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‘Kedarnath trip was to meet my inner self and not for politics’: PM Modi in 1st Mann Ki Baat after polls



Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to controversies over his Kedarnath trip and last Mann ki baat address apart from reminding his listeners of the importance of upholding democracy that was trampled during Emergency, reading books and water conservation among others.

He started with a clarification on his trip to Kedarnath shrine during the polls. He said it was not a political trip but an opportunity for him to meet himself.

“Most people saw political meaning in it, but for me, it was an opportunity to meet my inner self. In one way it helped me fill the void left by Mann ki baat in the interim,” PM said

He also rejected allegations that he had used last Mann ki Baat in February — last one before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls– to make a poll pitch.

“People had even given political meaning to my last “Mann ki Baat,” when I promised to see you on the programme after the polls. Critics called it ‘over confidence’ but it was your confidence that has aided my return. I couldn’t have come back on my own unless you invited me,” he said.

PM chose to talk about the Emergency in 1977 and how fundamental rights were trampled during this period to emphasise the importance of polls in upholding democracy. “Every citizen during the Emergency felt like he had lost something,” he said.

“Democracy is about respecting every single voter,” he said, recounting how electoral officers had to travel for two days to set up a polling booth for a single woman in a remote Himachal village.


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Amit Panghal becomes first Indian male boxer to win World Championships Silver



Amit Panghal settled for silver medal at World Boxing Championships after he lost to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the 52kg category final on Sunday. He became the first Indian male pugilist to win a silver metal in World Championships. The southpaw suffered a defeat via a unanimous decision (0:5).

The second-seeded Panghal became the first Indian male boxer to finish second in the world event and the country achieved its best ever medal haul of two. Manish Kaushik (63kg) had signed off with a bronze earlier, after losing in the semifinals.

Once again up against a taller and more muscular opponent, Panghal gave it his all but fell short when it came to connecting accurately. The Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist nonetheless achieved a historic feat.

The silver here marks a new high for the boxer from Rohtak, who has been simply unstoppable since breaking into the national scene with a bronze in the 2017 Asian Championships. Zoirov, despite being unseeded here, was always going to be a tough challenge as he also has to his credit silver medals in the Asian Games and the Asian Championships.

Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal at a single edition of the world championship.

The past medal-winners at the big event are Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017).

This time, India was among nine countries, out of a total of 78, which had their boxers in the finals. Uzbekistan topped the finalists count with four boxers.


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Doodle for Google contest 2019: Winner to get scholarship of Rs 5 lakh



Google has invited applications for ‘Doodle for Google’ 2019 competition held for school students from Class 1 to 10. The winner of the contest will be awarded Rs 5 lakh worth of College Scholarship by Google. The winning doodle will also be showcased on Google’s India homepage on November 14.

The last date to submit the applications along with Doodle Entries is September 30, 2019.

Here’s the direct link of the online application.

There are 5 class groups in which the doodles will be grouped:

1.Class 1-2

2.Class 3-4

3.Class 5-6

4.Class 7-8

5.Class 9-10

Students can work with any materials they want as long as it adheres to the theme of the year i.e. ‘WHEN I GROW UP, I HOPE…’

How to submit a doodle:

•Candidates must download and print the entry form

•Candidates can create their doodles on top of the printed entry form.

•Write a description regarding the doodle you have created

•Fill in the required information along with your signatures on the entry form

•Submit your doodle online by uploading the Doodle on Google’s website in .jpg or .png format.

•Candidates can also courier the doodle on the following address:

Doodle for Google 2019, PMG Integrated Communications, 576, 1ST Floor, Chirag Delhi Main Road, above Oriental Bank of Commerce New Delhi, 110017

Selection criteria

After receiving entries for Doodle for Google contest, Google will shortlist 4 entries from each group as the national finalists. The 20 shortlisted Doodles will be put up for public voting from October 21 to November 6, 2019. These votes will help determine the five Group Winners. A cumulative score based on public voting, scores by guest judges and panel of Google executives will choose one of the five group winners. The National winner will be announced on 14th November 2019.


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3 women allege torture inside police post in Assam, one suffers miscarriage



Assam Police on Tuesday booked two of its officials for allegedly torturing, stripping and assaulting a pregnant woman and her two sisters inside a police outpost in Assam’s Darrang district last week. The woman who claimed she was two months pregnant reportedly suffered a miscarriage because of the assault.

The police swung into action after the sisters on Tuesday told the media about their plight and alleged that the force had not acted for eight days on their complaint against the police personnel involved in the assault.

The three sisters were picked up by the police following a kidnapping case lodged against their brother by the family of a woman with whom he had eloped earlier this month. The man and the woman are from different religions.

“A criminal case has been registered against under relevant sections of the law against the in-charge of the police outpost and the woman constable named in the complaint and both of them have been placed under suspension,” said Kuladhar Saikia, Assam’s director general of police.

The police chief also said that deputy inspector general of police B Singha has been asked to inquire into the incident and submit a report within seven days. The two police personnel have been booked for assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, wrongful confinement and assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe her.

One of the three sisters, a 28-year-old housewife had complained to Amrit Bhuyan, Superintendent of Police, Darrang, on September 10 that she, her husband and her two siblings were stripped naked, beaten up by two police officials – Mahendra Sarmah, the in-charge of the police post and a woman constable Binita Boro and,

She said that police officials from Darrang district landed at her residence in Guwahati at 1.30 am on September 9 and took her, her husband and two of her sisters one aged 30 and 18 to the Burah police outpost in Darrang.

“The officer in charge Mahendra Sarmah put a pistol to my head when I asked why he was taking us,” the complainant said on Tuesday. At the police post, she claimed the three sisters and her husband were assaulted by the cops.

“They locked up my husband. First, they stripped my youngest sister naked and hit her with a baton. She is partially disabled in her left leg. They hit her on the same leg,” the complainant said.

The elder sister (30), the second one to be allegedly assaulted said she kept telling the policemen that she was pregnant. “They hit me on the stomach. I have had a miscarriage,” the woman claimed. Police, however, claimed that they were not aware if she was pregnant or if she suffered a miscarriage since it was not mentioned in the complaint.

All the three sisters have dark red patches in various places which they claim is a result of beating by the police.

Even as the women were at the police post, their brother arrived at the police station with the woman he eloped with, according to the complainant. “He (the brother) is estranged with his first wife and was in a relationship with the woman he eloped with for the past two years,” said complainant.

The police released them in the evening that day.

According to the police, the family of the girl who had eloped registered a case of kidnapping against the man on September 6. “The brother kidnapped a girl from the other community as per the complaint. The police believed that the sisters were sheltering the brother and that is how they got to their home,” said Bhuyan. The women’s brother was arrested by the police.

Bhuyan also refuted claims that he did not take any action on their complaint saying he instituted an inquiry on September 11. “We are awaiting report of the inquiry. I have also asked for their medical report done after they were released on September 11,” said Bhuyan.

Sarmah and Boro, the two suspended police personnel, could not be reached for a comment despite various attempts through the day.


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