Statue For His Disciple Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,, But Not For Mahatma Gandhi? Asks Shashi Tharoor

A 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Patel was innaugurated on Wednesday in Gujarat.


Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple.

Addressing a function at the district Congress committee office in Thiruvananthapuram, the Congress leader said there was no such gigantic statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.

“The biggest one is in Parliament..But this is a 182 metre statue for his disciple. Why is there such a big statue for a disciple of Gandhiji in the country where there is no statue of that size for the Mahatma?” he asked.

“Patel, a very simple person, was known as the disciple of Gandhiji,” Mr Tharoor said.

“I am asking a question…Is it right to erect such an imposing statue of Patel, a man of simplicity and a true Gandhian, who moved along with poor peasants,” he said.

Mr Tharoor said BJP had no answer to the query why they did not erect a bigger statue of the Mahatma.

The reason is that they do not believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, he alleged.

He also alleged that BJP was trying to “hijack” the legacy of freedom fighters and national heroes like Patel as they have no leaders of their own in history to celebrate.

He said Sardar Patel was a Congress leader and BJP should not be allowed to adopt him.

“Patel had worked along with Gandhiji and strengthened the Congress party. We should remember him always,” Mr Tharoor said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday inaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the world’s tallest, on an islet Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district. 

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Grigor Dimitrov Hires ‘Amazing’ Andre Agassi For Title Bid

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov hailed US legend Andre Agassi as “amazing” after hiring the former world number one and eight-time major winner to work with him at the Paris Masters. Dimitrov, who reached the third round in the French capital for the sixth straight year on Wednesday by beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (12/10), 6-4, said it was possible he could form a longer-term relationship with Agassi. “He’s amazing. I couldn’t think of a better guy, sharing thoughts, feelings, emotions, on and off the court. I just believe that he has gone through so much overall with the ups and downs and all that,” said 27-year-old Dimitrov. 

“He’s one of the only people that I feel I can really relate to and open up to.”

Agassi previously coached Novak Djokovic from the 2017 French Open until they split in March this year.

Dimitrov is coached full-time by Daniel Vallverdu who was once part of Andy Murray’s team.

“Hopefully I can travel with Andre a bit more next year, and for sure we’re going to try to spend a lot more time together in the upcoming weekends and months. 

“Hopefully in the next couple of months, we’ll know more about how we’re going to do our schedule.”

Dimitrov, the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals champion, will face fifth seed Marin Cilic on Thursday for a place in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Earlier, Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters guaranteeing Novak Djokovic’s return to world number one spot. Ahead of the start of the tournament, Nadal, in a press conference, revealed that he has been recommended by the doctors not to play.

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Delhi Businessman Allegedly Murdered By 2 Friends Over Loan Repayment

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A 35-year-old businessman died allegedly after being hit with an iron rod, stabbed and then run over by his two friends, one of whom had borrowed money from him and was unable to repay, police said Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Pawan Bathla, they added.

The incident took place on Tuesday in North Delhi’s Timarpur area.

One of the accused was unable to pay loan he had taken from the victim and hatched the conspiracy to kill him, the police said.

The two men called the victim to an isolated location on the pretext of paying him interest on the loan of Rs 2.35 lakh. Then, the two men allegedly hit him with an iron rod, stabbed him and ran over him using his vehicle, a senior police officer said.

A passerby, who saw a man being run over by a vehicle, informed the police about it around 9.30 pm on Tuesday, the officer said.

The victim was found lying on a secluded stretch near Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, the officer added.

The accused — Nitin and another person Mannu Wadhwa — were arrested on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said.

During interrogation, Nitin told the police that revealed he was not able to repay loan he had taken from Pawan Bathla, so he, along with Wadhwa, hatched the conspiracy to kill him.

A case has registered, the police said.

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Chandrababu Naidu To Meet Rahul Gandhi In Delhi Today

Chandrababu Naidu is expected to visit Delhi today, where he would meet Congress chief Rahul Gandhi

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who is trying to bring all non-BJP parties to a single platform, is expected to visit Delhi today, where he would meet Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders. Sources said the two sides will take forward the talks of an alliance with Mr Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party for the coming assembly elections in Telangana, which will be held in December.

The preliminary discussions between the Congress and Mr Naidu’s party have been conducted by state leaders and the two sides are trying to evolve a seat sharing formula. This will be the Congress’ second key tie-up in the south. In May, the party had tied up with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal Secular to keep the BJP out of power in Karnataka.

The Congress is also reportedly trying to forge an alliance with a smaller regional party in Telangana. The CPI is also keen for an alliance, but the seat sharing issue is proving a hurdle.

Mr Naidu – who walked out of the NDA in March after failing to make any headway with his demand for special status for his state – has chosen to take up the role of a “facilitator” in evolving a united opposition. In that capacity, he has already met Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Dalit powerhouse Mayawati.

With an anti-BJP front still at a nascent stage, his attempts to bring on board all the opposition parties has received an endorsement from Samajwadi leader Akhilesh Yadav.  

Sources said during his Delhi visit, Mr Naidu is likely to meet other opposition leaders, including Sharad Pawar and National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah, whom he met earlier this month.

He is also expected to meet senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily, who recently invited Mr Naidu’s TDP to join the UPA.

Mr Naidu’s list of grouse against the Centre has grown since he left the NDA soon after the union budget, disappointed with the meagre provisions made for his state. Over the last months, he has accused the Centre of reneging on the promise to financially support the Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati, refusing the requisite financial assistance during cyclone Titli and conducting tax raids at his home as part of a “political vendetta”.

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Rakhi Sawant Sues Tanushree Dutta For Defamation, Seeks 25 Paise Damages

Rakhi Sawant filed her suit at a civil court in suburban Malad. (File)


Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant on Wednesday filed a 25 paise defamation suit against Tanushree Dutta for allegedly hurting her reputation by making “unwholesome” and “deeply derogatory” statements.

She claimed that Tanushree spoke in derogatory fashion about her during an interview with a television channel where she accused actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on a movie set in 2008.

In her suit, filed at a civil court in suburban Malad, Rakhi Sawant said she has been part of the film industry for two decades and made a “promising career and name for herself”.

“The defendant (Tanushree) had an uncharacteristic, unstable and disappointing career in the film industry, spanning for only five years. After which she was out of limelight. Upon her return to limelight, Tanushree made certain unwholesome and deeply derogative statements against (Rakhi) Sawant due to which, she (Rakhi Sawant) has incurred huge financial losses and has suffered a dent on her reputation, which had taken years to build,” the suit said.

Rakhi Sawant also took objection to a press release issued by Tanushree, where words such as “uncouth”, “uneducated” “characterless” and “classless” were allegedly used for her.

She urged the court to order Tanushree to pay her 25 paise as damages for “maligning her reputation” and to tender an unconditional apology in “print, television and social media”.

Tanushree hit headlines last month when she levelled allegations of harassment against Mr Patekar and others. She followed it up by registering a police complaint against him.

Tanushree’s allegations came amid a raging #MeToo movement in the country. Mr Patekar denied the allegations and sent a legal notice to Tanushree, seeking apology.

The court has not yet set any date for hearing on the suit, Rakhi Sawant’s lawyers said.

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US Could Send As Many As 15,000 Troops To Mexico Border: Donald Trump

The Department of Homeland Security described “an unprecedented crisis on our Southern Border”


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that as many as 15,000 soldiers could be dispatched to the US-Mexican border to stop what he described as dangerous groups of immigrants.

With more than 5,000 soldiers already being sent, Trump told reporters “we’ll do up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel.”

“It’s a dangerous group of people,” Trump said of the latest caravan of mostly impoverished Central Americans trying to walk through Mexico to the US border.

“They’re not coming into our country.”

Security on the southern border has rarely involved active duty troops and 15,000 troops would mean a similar size deployment to the US war effort in Afghanistan.

Trump has made clamping down on what he regularly describes as an “invasion” of illegal immigrants the centerpiece of his campaigning for Republican candidates in next Tuesday’s midterm legislative elections.

Opponents say the rhetoric is alarmist and even tinged with racism.

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday described “an unprecedented crisis on our Southern Border.”

However, according to the department’s own statistics, 400,000 illegal immigrants were intercepted in 2018, just 25 percent of the figure in 2000.

The major change, the department points out, is that in 2000 nearly all the illegal immigrants were single adults and today around half are coming in families or as unaccompanied minors.

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Lenovo K9, Lenovo A5 to Go on Sale in India for the First Time Tonight via Flipkart: Price, Specifications

Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5, the company’s latest smartphones in India, will go on sale in the country via Flipkart tonight. Both the smartphones feature displays without the notch and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. While the Lenovo K9 bears a dual camera setup on both sides, its other key feature includes two colour variants and a USB Type-C port. Meanwhile, the highlight of the Lenovo A5 is its 4,000mAh battery. Notably, both the smartphones will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart at 12am IST (Midnight). Notably, Flipkart will be hosting its Big Diwali Sale starting tonight.

Lenovo K9, Lenovo A5 price in India

The price of the Lenovo K9 is Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. The Lenovo A5, on the other hand, costs Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant and Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant. While the Lenovo K9 will be available in Black and Blue colour models; and the Lenovo A5 will be available with Black and Fine Gold colour options. As mentioned, the smartphones will go on sale via Flipkart during its Big Diwali Sale. This time, Flipkart has partnered with SBI Bank as an exclusive credit card partner, to offer instant discounts and other benefits. Apart from that, there are debit card EMIs, PhonePe cashbacks, and no-cost EMI options from other banks.

Lenovo K9, Lenovo A5 specifications

The dual-SIM Lenovo K9 runs Android Oreo with ZUI on top. The smartphone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D glass protection. It comes with a 2.0GHz MediaTek MT6762 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Lenovo K9 features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. It also has a dual front camera setup with a 13-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. Both the cameras come with a flash.

The Lenovo K9 is equipped with 32GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB storage). Connectivity options on the smartphone include LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, and more. Sensors on board the Lenovo K9 include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. It is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 153.8×72.9×7.95mm.

The Lenovo A5 is also a dual-SIM handset that runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based on ZUI 3.9. The smartphone comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, coupled with up to 3GB of RAM.

In terms of camera, the Lenovo A5 features a 13-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus at the back. There is a monochrome flash as well. It is equipped with an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

The Lenovo A5 comes with 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage options, both of which are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

There is a fingerprint sensor on the Lenovo A5. It packs a 4000mAh battery. The handset measures 146.2×70.86×9.8mm and weighs 160 grams.

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CBI also questioned Nitish Kumar in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case: RJD

खास बातें

  1. अधिकांश बालिका गृहों के संचालन के ठेके नीतीश की सरकार बनने के बाद मिले
  2. गृहों के संचालन का ठेका प्राप्त करने वाले मुख्यमंत्री के करीबी लोग
  3. नीतीश के कारण ठाकुर के अखबारों को जमकर सरकारी विज्ञापन मिलता रहा

पटना: राष्ट्रीय जनता दल ने मांग की है कि मुजफ्फरपुर बालिका गृह मामले में सीबीआई को मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार से भी पूछताछ करनी चाहिए.

पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय उपाध्यक्ष शिवानंद तिवारी ने एक बयान में कहा है कि ब्रजेश ठाकुर के रसूख और ताकत के पीछे नीतीश कुमार से उनके संबंध हैं. यह जगजाहिर है कि मुख्यमंत्री बनने के बाद नीतीश जी ब्रजेश ठाकुर के पुत्र के जन्मदिन के उत्सव में  भाग लेने मुजफ्फरपुर गए थे.

यह भी पढ़ें : मुजफ्फरपुर कांड: बिहार सरकार ने कहा- हमें नहीं पता मंजू वर्मा कहां हैं, तो सुप्रीम कोर्ट बोला- अजीब बात है, ऑल इज़ नॉट वेल

तिवारी ने कहा है कि सीबीआई को यह भी देखना चाहिए कि ब्रजेश ठाकुर और उनसे जुड़े लोगों के एनजीओ को बालिका गृह के अतिरिक्त इस तरह के अन्य कितने गृहों के संचालन का ठेका मिला है. इनमें से अधिकांश को यह काम नीतीश कुमार की सरकार बनने के बाद मिला है. विदित है कि टाटा इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ सोशल साइंस (टीस) ने लगभग सौ गृहों की जांच की है. प्राय: सभी की स्थिति नारकीय है. अत: जितने गृहों की जांच टीस ने की है, उन सभी के संचालन की जांच सीबीआई को करनी चाहिए. सरकार से इनके संचालन का ठेका प्राप्त करने वाले अधिकांश मुख्यमंत्री के करीबी लोग हैं. मधुबनी में तो नीतीश कुमार के साथ अत्यंत करीब से जुड़े व्यक्ति के सचिव की पत्नी को बालिका गृह के संचालन का ठेका मिला है.


VIDEO : बिहार सरकार को सुप्रीम कोर्ट की फटकार

तिवारी ने कहा है कि ब्रजेश ठाकुर मुजफ्फरपुर से हिंदी, अंग्रेज़ी और उर्दू का अख़बार भी निकालते थे. नीतीश कुमार से अपने रिश्तों की बदौलत ठाकुर के अखबारों को जमकर सरकारी विज्ञापन मिलता रहा है. इसकी जांच की जाए तो ब्रजेश ठाकुर और नीतीश कुमार के बीच रिश्ते की गहराई को प्रमाणित किया जा सकता है. उन्होंने कहा है कि हम उम्मीद करते हैं कि सीबीआई इस दिशा में कार्रवाई करने पर विचार करेगी.

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Eicher Motors Says Labour Strife Hurt Royal Enfield Production

A part of Eicher Motors factory workforce walked out last month demanding higher pay, job security and a right to form unions to collectively bargain.

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Royal Enfield saw a slump in production of 25,000 motorcycles in September-October

India’s Eicher Motors Ltd said on Wednesday strike at one of its southern Indian facility led to a slump in production of 25,000 motorcycles in September-October, after a part of its workforce “stayed away” from work.

Workers at the facility of Eicher Motors, best known for its Royal Enfield motorcycles, saw a part of their workforce walkout last month demanding higher pay, job security and a right to form unions to collectively bargain.


The facility in Oragadam, situated in Tamil Nadu, remained operational through October, and a majority of the workforce continues to report to work, Eicher said.

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