yoga-yogiChief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said “no Indian should be hesitant” about being proud of his or her Hindu identity. Addressing an event on ‘Hindvi Swaraj Diwas’, organised at Lucknow University on the anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation, Adityanath asked if like Hinduism, any other religion can claim its voice for ahimsa (non - violence), Abhay (fearless) and Satya (truth)  the three pillars of ‘Hindu satan Sanskriti’.

Referring to Swami Vivekanand’s speech in Chicago, he said: “At Chicago, when asked about Hinduism, Swami Vivekanand had said that he was proud to be a Hindu. I believe that no Indian should be hesitant about this.”

He added that the aim of Hinduism is ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’. “Hindu is the merit ras dharna going towards the ocean of truth… Ahimsa, Abhay and say are the three pillars of Hindu Sanatan Sanskriti, and that is why we feel proud in being a Hindu,” he said.

Claiming that “distorted portrayal of history has tried to bound our great personalities”, Adityanath said: “But true history is where we remember those heroes centuries after they are gone and today, this function tells that Shivaji was great and Aurangzeb was not.”

Governor Ram Naik, who was also present at the event, said that last year, during the same function, he inaugurated a grand statue of Shivaji in the university. He asked the university to hold for this program at a bigger level.

“Shivaji’s name is on top of world’s best strategists. He was a truly secular leader with a lot of Muslims (holding) important designations during his regime,” he added.

Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, Uttarakhand leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari and University Vice - Chancellor S P Singh were among the others present at the event.

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aljazeeraTurkey's parliament has approved a legislation allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar.

The bill, first drafted in May, passed with 240 votes in favour, largely with support from the ruling AK Party and nationalist opposition MHP.

Wednesday's decision is an apparent support for Qatar as it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers.
Turkey is a key ally of Qatar and is setting up a military base in the country which also hosts the largest US air base in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, accusing it with financing extremist groups.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. It is the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the Arab states' move, saying isolating Qatar and imposing sanctions will not resolve any problems and adding that Ankara will do everything in its power to help end the crisis.

Turkey has maintained good relations with Qatar as well as several of its Gulf Arab neighbours.

Turkey set up a military base in Qatar, its first such installation in the Middle East, as part of an agreement signed in 2014. In 2016 Ahmet Davutoglu, then Turkish prime minister, visited the base where 150 troops have already been stationed, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

In an interview with Reuters in late 2015, Ahmet Demirok, Turkey's ambassador to Qatar at the time, said 3,000 ground troops would eventually be deployed at the base, planned to serve primarily as a venue for joint training exercises.

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trumpDuring his previous service at the Department of Justice, Christopher was the leader of major fraud investigations, and was a key part of the team overseeing the Justice Department’s actions in the war on terrorism following the 9/11 attacks,” Trump said in a statement.

“He is an impeccably qualified individual, and I know that he will again serve his country as a fierce guardian of the law and model of integrity once the Senate confirms him to lead the FBI".Wray represented New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal. Christie told NorthJersey.com that he had “the utmost confidence in Chris".

“He’s an outstanding lawyer,” Christie said. “He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director".

Wray was interviewed for the job last week, the White House said. Trump was also said to have considered politicians including Sen. John Cornyn, Rep. Trey Gowdy and mostly notably, former Sen. Joe Lieberman. He appeared to reverse course following pushback from Democrats.

Trump’s critics on both sides of the aisle including Matthew Miller, who served as Justice Department spokesman under former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Jack Goldsmith, who served alongside Wray in the Justice Department during the Bush administration praised the president’s decision to tap Wray.

The president fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, last month.Andrew McCabe, who started with the FBI in 1996 and served as deputy director under Comey, was named the acting director at the time. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller took over the bureau’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia after Comey was fired. Comey is set to testify in front of the Senate on Thursday and is expected to be probed about the White House’s handling of the investigation.

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They don’t have to consult Members of Parliament on what they should do, said Jaitley. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said Army officers should be allowed to take a decision on how to deal with a situation in a “war-like zone”, and “they don’t have to consult Members of Parliament” on what they should do in the given circumstances. “Military solutions are to be provided by military officers, not through comments of politicians. How a situation is to be dealt with when you are in a war-like zone, we should allow our Army officers to take a decision. They don’t have to consult Members of Parliament as to what they should do under these circumstances,” Jaitley told reporters during the course of a briefing on a Cabinet meeting.

He was responding to a query on the unrest in Kashmir and the view that a proper solution did not appear to be emerging. His remarks came a day after Opposition parties in the Valley criticised the Army decision to award a commendation certificate to Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, who, on April 9, ordered troops to tie a Kashmiri man to a jeep bonnet as a shield against stone-pelters. On Tuesday, after the Army announced punitive fire assaults on Pakistani posts aiding infiltrators, Jaitley backed the action.

Source: Indian Express

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A day after the Indian Army released a video of ‘proactive attacks’ on Pakistan army posts, Pakistan Air Force jets reportedly flew over Siachen glacier on Wednesday morning. The Indian Air Force has, however, categorically rejected the reports of any such flight over Siachen.

A report in the Pakistan media said that all operating bases of the Pakistan Air Force had been made operational. According to the report, Chief of Air Staff Sohail Aman paid a visit to the forward airbase in Skardu on Wednesday. He was said to have been accompanied by the top brass of the Pakistan Air Force.

The report in Pakistan media further said that Aman met pilots and the technical staff and a fighter squadron soon carried out higher and lower attitude flights. Aman, himself, is said to have flown over the region.
The move comes a day after a video clip, provided by Army sources, showed heavy artillery bombing on Pakistani bunkers. Indian Army spokesperson Major General Ashok Narula said Pakistan Army has been supporting armed infiltration in Kashmir and targeted attacks have been carried out to put an end to such activities.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa had said that the military would give a befitting response to the enemy in case of any aggression across the LoC.

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The mother decided to donate her uterus as her daughter was born without one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.

Doctor Shailesh Puntambekar said he and his team were euphoric after successfully conducting the country’s first uterus transplant in a day-long operation at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital.
“The first case always takes time and in the case of this 21-year-old girl who was born without a uterus, we had to recreate the blood supply before fitting the womb that was donated by her 41-year-old mother,” Puntambekar, who is the director of the hospital, told The Indian Express.

The mother decided to donate her uterus as her daughter was born without one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.
On Thursday, the woman from Akkalkot in Solapur was fitted with the donated womb in a procedure that went on till late Thursday night.
“We started at noon on Thursday. It took us four-and-a-half hours to retrieve the uterus from the 41-year-old woman,” Dr Puntambekar said.
Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, who has done heart, lung and kidney transplants, assisted Puntambekar.
“The uterus needed to be properly anchored to nearby organs and the blood supply had to be recreated. So we had to take extreme care for vascular anastomosis (connection to blood vessels),” Dr Jadhav explained.

This is the first such case in the country and hence, it took time. The operation was completed by 9 pm. According to the doctors, both mother and daughter have responded well.
“Initially, the transplant had been planned on another patient — a 26-year-old woman from Baroda,” Dr Milind Telang, a gynaecologist on the team, said. But because of fitness related issues, that transplant will be performed on her on Friday. Telang along with Dr Pankaj Kulkarni, Dr Uday Phadke and others were on the team and said the transplant was a huge achievement in the field of medicine.

Source: Indian Express

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Hyderabad: Alleging the BJP won the Uttar Pradesh polls by "spreading communal hatred and using money power", the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday asked the "democratic forces" to join hands to defeat communalism. "It is imperative to bust the myth that the BJP and Sangh Parivar are undefeatable. In the wake of the results of current Assembly elections, many are expressing the opinion that they cannot be defeated. However, I do not think that it is true," Vijayan said addressing a public meeting on Sunday evening. The veteran CPM leader alleged that the BJP used undemocratic means to form governments in Goa and Manipur despite having lost the polls. "In Punjab, they won only three seats. The peoples' mandate was clearly not in their favour, but this manipulation was done," he said. Vijayan said the BJP's vote share in UP in the 2014 general elections stood at 42.3 percent whereas in recent Assembly polls in the northern state the party's vote share was 39.7 percent.

"Those who are saying that the BJP has won a stellar victory are conveniently overlooking the fact that more than 60 percent of the people in UP have voted against the BJP," the Kerala CM said. He said the BJP won by "spreading communal hatred, through heavy injection of money and concentration of entire machinery of the Central government in Uttar Pradesh." "Opposition was not united against the right wing in UP. We should not be led to believe that this victory is here to stay. In the fight against communalism people will win," he said. Targetting the Congress, Vijayan said the national party did not stake claim to form the governments in Manipur and Goa despite emerging as the single largest party. "There are several examples of the Congress leaders joining the BJP, including SM Krishna (in Karnataka) and Rita Joshi (in UP).

"Even historically there are a plenty of instances where the Congress has been soft on communalism. Thus they have lost their identity and those who once used to call themselves as the guardian of secularism are not even a force to reckon with now," he said. Vijayan said the Congress was no more a credible ally in the fight against communal politics. "It is clear that time has come for all democratic and progressive forces to come together to defeat communalism and neo-liberalism which are the bedrocks of all injustice, inequality and misery that exists in our society today," the CM said. He accused the Central government of violating the federal principles enshrined in the constitution.

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New Delhi: Opposition Congress on Monday pressed for expeditiously taking up of its substantive motion on the conduct of the governors of Goa and Manipur in not calling the single largest party to form the government after the Assembly elections. Raising the issue, Digvijaya Singh (Congress) said he has moved a substantive motion under rule 168 on the conduct of governors and wanted to know when it will be taken up. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the notice has been received and it is under consideration. "As and when chairman decides on the admissibility, you will be intimated," he said.

He said "democracy is murdered" as the governors called BJP, the second largest party, to form governments. The conduct of the governors, he said, has gone against the established practice and constitutional propriety and urged that his motion is taken up expeditiously, otherwise "the urgency is lost". The Congress was the single largest party in both Goa and Manipur and had the first right of refusal in forming the government, he said. Singh had on Friday moved a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the happenings in Goa but the chair had ruled that the conduct of governor can only be discussed under a substantive motion. Anand Sharma (Congress) charged the BJP of "committing theft (of mandate) by deceit." Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said the phrase "murder of democracy" should not go on record, a plea which was vehemently opposed by the Congress and other opposition parties including Left.

"Murder of democracy is not an unparliamentary phrase and it cannot be expunged," said Tapan Sen (CPM). Prasad said the "in-house problems of Congress party should not be shifted to the governor." Sharad Yadav (JDU) also supported the demand for early consideration of the motion saying an impression has been given that when the issue first figured in the House on Thursday and Friday, it would be taken up on Monday. "If a notice is given, there is a procedure. Chairman has to examine its admissibility," Kurien said adding he will convey the feelings of the members about the urgency for a discussion to the chairman. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the chairman will have to decide if such a motion is to be admitted and, if admitted, under what rule. Jairam Ramesh (Congress) gave an acronym of Modi, which was immediately expunged from the records. When leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the motion should be taken up for discussion at 2 pm on Monday, Kurien said a decision on the admissibility of the motion will be conveyed as early as possible.

News source: First Post

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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) did not interfere in the selection of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, who was BJP's central observer for election of the state legislature party leader, said on Monday. Amid criticism over BJP going for a Hindutva hardliner in Adityanath, Naidu said that it was the legislators who decided on the leader and that is the system in the party. He asked the Opposition to be "graceful in defeat", accept the mandate of the people and give a "fair opportunity" to the new chief minister. "It is the legislators under the Parliamentary party board that decide the leader. That is the system in the BJP. RSS never interferes or suggests any names (for the chief minister's post)," Naidu said. The Union minister also maintained that after discussions with the elected MLAs, he had conveyed their views to BJP national president Amit Shah. "Then, I had a meeting of the legislators. In that meeting, Adityanath's name was proposed by Suresh Khanna and nine others seconded it," "All the legislators stood up and unanimously agreed to the name. So this is the decision of the MLAs of Uttar Pradesh which was approved by the central party," Naidu said.

His remarks come in the backdrop of allegations levelled by opposition parties, such as BSP, that BJP's wants to contest the 2019 General Elections not on the issue of development, but by "polarising the voters". "That is why they have made an RSS man the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh," BSP supremo Mayawati said on Sunday. Adityanath took charge as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday after BJP's landslide victory in the recent Assembly election. Naidu, who is a former BJP president, said that the chief minister has already declared that he would work with all sections of the society without any discrimination. Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said they are not able to digest the massive mandate given to the BJP. "I appeal to them to be graceful in defeat and respect the mandate of the people and wait to see the performance."

News source: First Post

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