Gorakhpur tragedy: Adityanath asks media to desist from ‘fake’ reporting


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Gorakhpur tragedy: ‘Nobody can feel their pain more than me’, asserts CM Yogi


Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 13 (ANI): Expressing concern over the deaths of children in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than him. CM Yogi said that he interacted with teams to take out a solution for this problem, adding that Prime Minister Modi has also assured every possible help in this regard. CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Sunday visited the hospital where the deaths of 63 children have sparked massive outrage.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged the media to desist from reporting “fake” news of the tragedy at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College at Gorakhpur and instead report the actual situation.


At least 30 children have died since Thursday at BRD hospital, allegedly due to the snapping of oxygen supply by a private supplier company over pending bills of Rs 68 lakh. Adityanath, flanked by health minister J P Nadda, toured the hospital. He said anyone found guilty of negligence would not be spared and the government was awaiting the report of a probe committee.


However, the Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government continued to struggle on Sunday to respond constructively to the onslaught of criticism from Opposition parties. Nadda announced the setting up of a Rs 85-crore regional medical centre for research into children’s diseases in the district.



Centre wants to create patriotic mood on Independence Day; Mamata says no

Mamata Banerjee, TMC chief, West Bengal


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Ahead of , 70thIndependence Day the Centre has written to states to organise events in schools towards creating a “patriotic mood” and a “mass fervour” to help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ vision.


However, West Bengal had instructed its schools to desist from following the Centre’s circular, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said, terming the decision of the Trinamool Congress government “unfortunate”.


Javadekar told reporters, the instructions, such as administering of the prime minister’s Sankalp Siddhi oath or commemorating the martyrs of freedom struggle or “various wars/terrorist actions”, are not binding on the schools and were part of a “secular agenda”. “It is desirable that this momentous occasion should be celebrated with an objective to create a festive and patriotic mood across the nation and a movement is created to involve every citizen of this country in the mission of realising the vision of a new India, which is clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism,” Maneesh Garg, joint secretary, ministry of human resource department, had written to the states.


In the letter, Garg also requested the states to publicise the events held between August 9 and 30 to help create a mass fervour in favour of the mission. It said apart from administering oath, the schools, including those affiliated to the CBSE, may be asked to organise quiz competitions on the struggle for Independence Day and the country’s development and painting competitions on the same theme.



Toilet: Ek Prem Katha review-Manages to raise a stink but gets preachy

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review

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There is a point of no return in the plot when we, the audience, become so immersed in the protagonist’s crusade for a better tomorrow that we are cheering and stomping our feet in encouragement for that bright sunshine-drenched tomorrow of which Sahir Ludhianvi dreamt in Pyaasa and Phir Subah Hogi.

Our protagonist Madhav’s battle is not really reformatory in the way the great heroes of our times meant it to be. In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Satyakam, when the protagonist Dharmendra marries the rape victim, he does it with the least amount of self-congratulations. In Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar’s mission to build a toilet for his wife is compared with Shah Jahan building the Taj Mahal for his wife.

I wonder who should feel more affronted by such flamboyant self-glorification: Moghul history or Modi politics. Either way, there are too many self-congratulations and heroic hurrahs playing at the foreground of this eventful drama, accompanied by an over-punctuated background score.


Akshay Kumar means business. This film is not so much a vehicle to promote the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat campaign as to promote Akshay Kumar, period. He milks the film for all his trademark chuckles and giggles, making Madhav seem like a Basu Chatterjee hero with a certain sly and smooth sinewiness to his heroism.


It is debutant director Shree Narayan Singh who proves you don’t need extra sinewiness to shine in every frame. He is the Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee of our times. He makes hygiene and sanitation seem humorous without trivialising or tempering the issue. The sorority evidenced among the village women as they troop off in the morning for nature’s call is captured with a respectful laugh.


Business Standard Fund Cafe 2017: Managing mutual funds in the fast lane

Business Standard Fund Cafe 2017


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Welcome to the Business Standard Fund Café 2017. The last three years have seen an unprecedented growth in the mutual fund industry as the total assets under management have more than doubled from 9 lakh crore rupees in March 2014 to 20 lakh crore rupees today.


Even as the mutual fund industry is celebrating its achievement, we have also brought in a change in the format for toasting the success of the Business Standard Fund Managers of the year. Two top fund managers, one from equity and one from debt, will receive awards today. The chief guest of the function Mr C B Bhave will present the awards.


The two outstanding achievers in equity and debt were selected by a prominent jury comprising Mr G N Bajpai, Jury chairman and former Sebi Chairman, Mr Ashishkumar Chauhan CEO of the BSE, Mr Ashvin Parekh, Managing Partner, APAS LLP and Mr Pradip Shah, Chairman, IndAsia Fund Advisors.


The award function will be followed by two Round Tables.

The first round table “Growth with Consolidation” will have the top CEOs of the fund industry.

Anuradha Rao, MD&CEO, SBI MF

Radhika Gupta, CEO, Edelweiss MF

Sundeep Sikka, ED&CEO, Reliance MF

Nimesh Shah, MD&CEO, ICICI Prudential MF

Milind Barve, MD, HDFC MF

Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak MF


Rift in JD(U): I am with mahagathbandhan, says Sharad Yadav

Clipping the wings?


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In a display of defiance against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, senior JD-U leader and former party president Sharad Yadav on Thursday declared he was still with the Grand Alliance of the RJD and Congress.


“I still stand with Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) that was given a mandate by 11 crore people in Bihar in the 2015 assembly polls to rule for five years,” Yadav told the media after landing at the Patna airport from Delhi.


Hundreds of his supporters, including some JD-U leaders, welcomed Yadav as he came out of the airport, shouting slogans in his support.


Two former JD-U legislators, including former minister Ramai Ram and Rambadan Rai, were also in the crowd. Not a single JD-U legislator was present.


Without naming Nitish Kumar, Sharad Yadav said: “The decision to join hands with the BJP and form a government in Bihar was against the mandate given in the 2015 assembly polls against the BJP-led NDA.


“I was personally hurt and pained by (the decision),” he said. “I had also vigorously campaigned for the Grand Alliance.”


Yadav is on a three-day visit to eight districts in Bihar including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura.

He said he won’t speak any more on the subject. “I will speak more when I visit people.”

Earlier, the ruling Janata Dal-United on Wednesday distanced itself from Yadav’s visit.


“Sharad Yadav’s visit to Bihar is his personal initiative. The JD-U has nothing to do with it,” JD-U state President Vashisht Narain Singh said.


JD-U leaders started targeting Yadav since last week after he spoke out against Nitish Kumar’s decision to embrace the Bharatiya Janata Party.


Apart from Sharad Yadav, two JD-U Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — have also voiced their opposition to Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the BJP. Both are in touch with Sharad Yadav.


A sense of insecurity is creeping in among Muslims: Hamid Ansari

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In an interview to Karan Thapar, outgoing Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari talks about a wide range of issues, including on cow vigilante attacks, lynchings and the mood of the Muslim community. The interview is scheduled to be broadcast by the Rajya Sabha TV at 8 pm on August 10, the last day of Ansari’s term. Full transcript of his interview with Karan Thapar:


Karan Thapar: Mr Vice-President, let me start with a rather unusual question – you were born on April Fool’s day in 1937. Is that the secret of your success?


Hamid Ansari: Well most of my life I got away without having to give a birthday party. And that tradition was broken only in my first birthday in this House, when a message came in the morning that Dr and Mrs Manmohan Singh would wish to come and wish you happy birthday. I couldn’t say no to that!


Karan Thapar: Now, you’ve spent 10 years as Vice-President, and as I said, no one has spent more time as Vice-President than that – what did it mean to you, a career diplomat, to be Vice-President of India?


Hamid Ansari: Well, I said right in the beginning that every citizen is in a sense, a political creature. But being in the thick of things was a new experience, a novel experience.


Karan Thapar: Did the protocol, did the prestige become inhibiting for someone who was quite a free bird? Or was it something that you were to accustomed to as a High Commissioner and as an Ambassador?


Peepli Live’ actor Sitaram Panchal passes away


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Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away early morning today after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54.


The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with “Bandit Queen” and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, “Peepli Live”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Jolly LLB 2”, died at his residence here, family sources confirmed.


“He died today morning. He was suffering from cancer and was unwell. He wasn’t keeping well in the last few months,” family sources said.


The actor had celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his son Rishabh Panchal and wife Uma Panchal on Wednesday.


Panchal’s son had posted a picture with the actor and wished his parents– “Happy 26th anniversary mom and dad.”


Last month, Panchal had even put up a post on social media seeking financial help for his cancer treatment.


“Brothers, please help me, I have cancer, your artiste, Sitaram Panchal,” he had written.


Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) then came forward to help the actor.


“We assure him of all the help we can provide to him in his hour of need and also urge all of you to open your hearts,” it wrote at the time.


He was discharged from the hospital last month.