out from Andhra Pradesh last year.
He will meet families of farmers who committed suicide
due to agrarian distress in Telangana and will address
farmers at Koratikal village at the end of his padyatra.
During the first leg of his agitation, he had conducted a
similar padyatra in Vidarbha, which is notorious for farmer
suicides, April 30.
Despite mounting an aggressive campaign and claiming
credit for the separate state of Telangana, the Congress last
year lost the general and state elections to the Telangana
Rashtra Samiti led by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Six new governors for India’s states
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed six new governors for Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram,
Tripura, Manipur and Jharkhand.
Droupadi Murmu, a former Odisha minister, has been
appointed as governor of Jharkhand in place of Syed
Ahmed who has been appointed governor of Manipur for
the remainder of his term.
J P Rajkhowa has been appointed governor of Arunachal
Pradesh and V Shanmuganthan has been appointed governor of Meghalaya.
Tathagata Roy, a former president of the Bharatiya
Janata Party’s West Bengal unit and a member of the BJP
national executive, has been appointed governor of
Tripura, which has a Communist Party of India-Marxist
Retired Lieutenant General Nirbhay Sharma, currently
the governor of Arunachal Pradesh, has been transferred
and appointed governor of Mizoram for the remainder of
The appointments have brought down the number of
governors who had been holding additional charge of more
than two states for the past few months. No photographs of politicians on govt ads: Supreme Court
India’s Supreme Court issued a slew of guidelines on the
regulation of public advertisements and said they can only
carry pictures of certain dignitaries like the president,
prime minister and the chief justice of India.
The court held that taxpayer-funded advertisments cannot be used to build the personality cults of political leaders. This order will prevent political parties from running
advertisements with photographs of chief ministers, ministers or other leaders in the media.
The apex court said these photographs divert attention
from the government’s policies and associate an individual
with a government project.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi
rejected the central government’s plea that the judiciary
should not tread into the territory of policy decisions and
said that the courts can step in if there is no policy or law in
The judges asked the central government to constitute a
three-member committee to regulate the issue of public
advertisements. Rajnath Singh rules out enactment of law to build Ayodhya temple
India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh virtually ruled out
the enactment of a law for building the much debated Ram
temple in Ayodhya.
Singh told reporters in Ayodhya that the Narendra Modi
government would prefer to wait for the Supreme Court’s
verdict on the issue.
On being asked about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s
repeated promise to enact a law to build the Ram temple
once the party came to power, Singh shot back, ‘Well, we
still do not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha. No law can
be enacted without the approval of both Houses of
A makeshift temple stands on the debris of the 16th cen-
tury Babri Masjid that was pulled down by mobs on
December 6, 1992. The demolition of the mosque sparked
off nation-wide riots that took thousands of lives. Politician in Australia first to take oath on Gita
Indian-origin Daniel Mookhey became the first politician to
be sworn in to an Australian legislature on the Bhagwad Gita.
Mookhey, 32, was elected to the New
South Wales upper house, making him
the state’s first politician of Indian
‘It is an incredible honor and I am
humbled to be the first Australian
politician to take his oath of allegiance on
the Gita,’ he said.
‘My story is only possible because
Australia is so open and so welcoming to
the contributions of people like my
parents and I’m thinking a lot about them
today as I take my oath,’ Mookhey said,
adding that the Gita is one of the world’s
great religious texts, along with the Bible,
the Quran and the Torah.
Mookhey’s parents migrated from
Punjab to Australia in 1973. Born in
Blacktown, Mookhey holds three
university degrees and currently works as
a consultant to unions, charities and
community groups. China’s military budget over three times that of India: Pentagon
China’s defense budget is now more
than three times that of India and the
country could pose a threat to US security
interests in the region, the Pentagon has
China’s official defense budget last year
was $136.3 billion while that of India was
$38.2 billion, the Pentagon said in its
annual report to Congress based on its annual assessment
of military and security developments involving the giant
Having established a modern defense industry, China has
now begun exporting arms with Pakistan being its top
From 2009 to 2013, China signed about $14 billion in
arms export agreements for conventional weapons systems
worldwide, ranging from general purpose material to
major weapons systems.
Chinese defense firms are marketing and selling arms
throughout the world with the bulk of sales to the Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan African regions. Yoga Day to be celebrated at National Mall
The first International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at
the historic National Mall in Washington, DC, June 21
featuring yoga demonstrations by experts and Indian
dance and music.
Being organized by the Indian embassy in the US in
association with Friends of Yoga, an association of yoga
organizations in the region, the event will be held from
8:30 am to 11 am and feature an exclusive video message by
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Indian government plans to celebrate the First
International Day of Yoga in all countries, including the
There will be a series of curtainraiser yoga events during
May-June, including at the World Bank, at the Durga
Temple and the Rajdhani Temple in Virginia. Railway officers told to travel second class
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has told railway babus
to travel in the country like ordinary citizens — in second
Prabhu plans to observe the completion of the first year
of the Narendra Modi government by asking his officers to
travel by train to get a sense of the ground realities.
The minister feels there is a lack of understanding
between the railways’s policy makers and passengers. The
officers have been told to discontinue the use of luxurious
saloons and travel second class instead.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his spiritual guru Swami Atmasthananda, 96, at the Ramakrishna Mission Sewa Pratisthan Hospital in Kolkata, May 9, 2015. Swami Atmasthananda, the president of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, reportedly spoke to Modi in Gujarati. The swami had advised the younger Modi against becoming a monk, telling him he was destined for other roles.
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