Attendance At Republic Day Events Mandatory For Jammu And Kashmir Government Officials

The government directed all top officials to ensure attendance of employees in their departments.


Jammu and Kashmir government has issued an order to state government employees to be present at Republic Day celebrations, adding that failure to attend the ceremony would count as negligence of duty and disobedience of government instructions.

“All the government officers and officials posted at Jammu and Srinagar are required to attend the celebrations, as part of their official duty. Failure to attend the function will be construed as a dereliction of duty and disobedience of Government instructions,” read the order.

Furthermore, the order, dated January 15, states, “It is the duty of every government servant to attend the Republic Day function which marks an important turning point in the history of the nation.”

The government also directed all top officials to ensure attendance of employees in their departments at the functions.

The order said, “All Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Managing Director/Chief Executives of the Public Sector Undertakings are requested to ensure that all officers/officials working under their administrative control, and stationed at Srinagar/Jammu, attend the function at their respective places.”

The responsibility of transportation has been given to Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporations limited and Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation.

“Managing director, J&K SRTC Ltd and the Managing Director, J &K Tourism Development Corporations limited shall ensure that the buses/canter vehicles of their corporations are deployed for transportation of the employees of the moving departments at Jammu, report at their allotted government colonies/hotels/security zones etc at 8am on January 26, 2019, and facilitate to-and-fro movement of the employees for the attending the Republic Day function,” it read.

The official Republic Day celebrations will take place at University of Jammu /Sher-i-Kashmir stadium, Sonawar, Srinagar respectively.

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At 28.7 Degrees Celsius, Delhi Records Warmest January Day Since 2012

It was cold and foggy in the early hours with a minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius. (File)

New Delhi: 

The national capital today recorded the warmest January day since 2012 with the maximum temperature settling at 28.7 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s average.

While it was cold and foggy in the early hours with a minimum temperature of 7 degrees Celsius, which is normal for this time of the year, the mercury rose to 28.7 degrees Celsius by the evening, a Met department official said.

The humidity levels oscillated between 48 per cent and 100 per cent.

The official said it was the warmest January day since 2012, when it was 25.6 degrees Celsius on January 16, 2012.

Last year, the warmest day was recorded on January 19 at 27.7 degrees Celsius, he said.

The maximum temperature is expected to drop on Monday to 25 degrees Celsius, while the minimum is likely to be around 10 degrees Celsius, he added.

For Monday, the weatherman has predicted a cloudy sky with light rain or thunderstorms in the evening or at night.

There is also the possibility of isolated incidents of hailstorms, he said and added that gusty winds are likely to prevail.

On Saturday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 25.9 degrees Celsius and 5.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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Day After Mega Opposition Rally, Shatrughan Sinha Explains Its Real Goal

Shatrughan Sinha spoke at the rally as a representative of Yashwant Sinha’s party (File)


A day after attending West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rally for the anti-BJP politicians in Kolkata, BJP lawmaker Shatrughan Sinha said the parties gathered for a “common cause of saving the Indian democracy from being ruined”. The parliamentarian from Patna Sahib– who has been making savage attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi– thanked the Trinamool chief for bringing the opposition parties on the same platform

BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday stepped up his attack on the centre over the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must answer a few questions else he will have to hear “chowkidaar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)”.

After the rally, BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the party has taken “cognizance” of Mr Sinha’s presence at the rally.

Today, Mr Sinha renewed his attack, saying the rally had only one agenda– “Free India of Arrogance and Dictatorial Governance”.

“What an amazing gathering and what a mammoth audience that came together in Bengal in lakhs to listen to and support this spontaneous show of solidarity in favour of a change…parivartan!” he tweeted.

“Kudos to our sister, the great lady of Bengal, the fiery Mamata di, who needs to be roundly complimented for bringing together one of the largest congregations of the strongest and most influential political minds and leaders from all corners of the country on the same stage under a common cause…of saving the Indian democracy from being ruined…” he added.

Leaders of 22 opposition parties came together in Kolkata on Saturday as a show of strength at the rally, organised by Ms Banerjee. AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, TDP’s Chandrababu Nadu, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, DMK’s MK Stalin were among the attendees. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and BSP leader Mayawati gave the rally a skip, but they sent their representatives.

Shatrughan Sinha was a union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He had contested and won the Lok Sabha polls on a BJP ticket from Patna Sahib in 2014, but grew apart from the top leadership after being ignored for a ministerial berth. Over the years, he has been attacking PM Modi. His most recent dig at the party was when he came out in favour of setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to look into alleged financial irregularities in the Rafale deal, a vehement demand made by the opposition parties led by the Congress.

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Indian Missions Abroad Say Pro-Khalistan Group May Disrupt Republic Day Events

A separatist pro-Khalistan group plans to disrupt the flag-hoisting ceremony in US and Canada. (File)


Indian missions in the United States and Canada have sought security arrangements from local police and authorities as a separatist pro-Khalistan group plans to disrupt the flag-hoisting ceremony during the 70th Republic Day functions.

Sources said security has been sought for official functions to be held across cities in the US and Canada.

In the US, functions have been planned in Washington, New York, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta. Similar functions have been planned in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada. Toronto and Vancourver is home to a large number of Indians, especially from Punjab and the Sikh community.

A statement issued by the separatist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), from its New York headquarters through its legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, said it will honour the pro-Khalistan Sikhs who will disrupt the hoisting of the Indian tricolor.

The SFJ is considered a Sikh separatist group by intelligence agencies which is demanding the creation of Khalistan as a separate territory for Sikhs.

In recent years, the SFJ has increased its separatist activities in US, Canada and Britain.

In December last year, the SFJ put up separatist posters and hoardings of ‘Referendum 2020’ in Pakistan when Indian pilgrims went to Nankana Sahib town to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak Dev.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had ordered a crackdown on the outfit amid “complaints by people of deliberate attempts to vitiate the state’s atmosphere”.

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Flipkart Republic Day Sale Kicks Off – The Best Deals So Far

Flipkart’s Republic Day sale has kicked off with a bunch of offers on smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, and more. The Walmart-owned company’s first massive sale of the year offers a good opportunity to grab your favourite tech products at a discount. Flipkart has tied up with State Bank of India to offer 10 percent instant discount to the bank’s credit card customers. In addition, Flipkart will offer a bunch of bundled payment and exchange offers with select products/.

To help you cut through the noise, we’ve scanned through hundreds of deals that have just gone live on Flipkart’s Republic Day Sale to bring you the best deals that deserve your attention. Remember that Flipkart’s rival Amazon is also running a sale in parallel, so be sure to check out the deals on offer during the Great Indian Sale as well.

Flipkart Republic Day Sale 2019 – The best deals from day 1

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 64GB
The Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 64GB Wi-Fi is down to Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs 50,800). You can exchange your old smartphone and get up to Rs. 14,900 additional discount on the iPad Pro 10.5-inch. The iPad Pro 10.5-inch is powered by Apple’s A10X Fusion chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera accompanied by a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 42,999 (MRP Rs. 50,800)

Realme 2 Pro (8GB, 128GB)
The Realme 2 Pro (8GB, 128GB) is available at Rs. 16,990 on Flipkart Republic Day sale right now. The bundled exchange offer promises to take up to Rs. 13,900 off the listed price when you swap your old smartphone along with your purchase. The Realme 2 Pro features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display and a dual rear camera setup. On the front, the phone comes with a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The Realme 2 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM.

Price: Rs. 16,990 (MRP Rs. 18,990)

Asus ZenFone Max M2 32GB
Asus’ affordable smartphone, the ZenFone Max M2 32GB is currently available at a discounted price of Rs. 9,499 (MRP Rs. 12,999). The ZenFone Max M2 features a 6.26-inch HD+ display. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 632 SoC, supported by 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with a display notch and features a 4,000mAh battery. As for the cameras, the ZenFone Max M2 features a dual rear camera setup along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 9,499 (MRP Rs. 12,999)

Acer Nitro Ryzen 5 laptop
Acer’s Nitro 5 gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 CPU is currently selling at Rs. 49,990 (MRP Rs. 79,999) on Flipkart’s Republic Day sale. The laptop features a 15.6-inch display and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. The Nitro 5 comes with a 1TB conventional hard drive and weighs a little less than 3kg. You can swap your old laptop in a working condition and get up to Rs. 7,500 as an additional discount.

Price: Rs. 49,990 (MRP Rs. 79,999)

Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB
The Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB with Xbox starter bundle is now down to Rs. 18,990 (MRP Rs. 30,990) on Flipkart. The Xbox starter bundle comes with three months of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold access. If you have an ancient gaming console lying around, you can get up to Rs. 1,500 off on your purchase.

Price: Rs. 18,990 (MRP Rs. 30,990)

Motorola One Power 64GB
The Motorola One Power 64GB is again available at Rs. 13,999 (MRP Rs. 18,999) on Flipkart’s Republic Day sale. The smartphone features a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display and a massive 5,000mAh battery. It has already received the Android 9.0 Pie update so you’re pretty much sorted from a software point of view. The Motorola One Power also includes a dual rear camera assembly along with a 12-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 13,999 (MRP Rs. 18,999)

Nokia 5.1 Plus 32GB
In case you missed it during the last couple of sales, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is back to the Rs. 9,999 price point. Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch HD+ display, and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 13,199)

Nokia 6.1 Plus 64GB
Another deal that’s made a comeback is the Nokia 6.1 Plus at Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,600). The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by another Rs. 13,800 (maximum). The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a dual rear camera setup and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone ships with a 3,060mAh battery that should be decent enough to last an entire day, depending on your actual usage.

Price: Rs. 14,999 (MRP Rs. 17,600)

Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer’s Predator Helios 300 is currently available at a low price of Rs. 94,990 (MRP Rs. 1,39,999) on Flipkart’s Republic Day sale. The gaming laptop is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 16GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB conventional hard drive and a 128GB SSD and runs Windows 10 Home out of the box. The graphics are handled the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, supported by 6GB of video RAM. The laptop features a 15.6-inch full-HD display.

Price: Rs. 94,990 (MRP Rs. 1,39,999)

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Simmba Box Office Collection Day 22 Ranveer Singh Sara Ali Khan Overseas Blockbuster

खास बातें

  1. ‘सिंबा’ का विदेशों में भी धमाल
  2. रणवीर सिंह की दमदार एक्टिंग
  3. 200 करोड़ रुपए कमा चुकी है फिल्म

नई दिल्ली:

Simmba Box Office Collection Day 22: ‘सिंबा’ (Simmba) फिल्म में रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) ने पुलिस ऑफिसर के रोल में दमदार एक्टिंग से दर्शकों का दिल जीत लिया. हालांकि अब चौथे हफ्ते में कमाई में रफ्तार कम हो गई है, लेकिन बॉक्स ऑफिस इंडिया के मुताबिक फिल्म 240 करोड़ रुपए के आस-पास का नेट कलेक्शन करने में कामयाब हो जाएगी. रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) और सारा अली खान (Sara Ali Khan) की फिल्म कुल तीन हफ्ते में 233 करोड़ रुपए का कलेक्शन कर डाला है. ट्रेड एनलिस्ट तरण आदर्श के मुताबिक शुक्रवार को ‘सिंबा’ (Simmba) ने 66 लाख रुपए ही कमाई कर सकी. उन्होंने यह भी बताया कि फिल्म ने ओवरसीज में 91.11 करोड़ रुपए कमा डाले हैं. 

कॉमेडी किंग कपिल शर्मा ने पीएम मोदी से कुछ यूं की मुलाकात,सोशल मीडिया पर शेयर की दिल की बात


रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) की फिल्म ‘सिंबा’ (Simmba) अब अपने चौथे हफ्ते में प्रवेश कर चुकी है. लगातार तीन हफ्ते से करोड़ों में कमाई करने वाली फिल्म अभी भी कमाई में धीमी ही सही, लेकिन रफ्तार बनाई हुई है. ट्रेड एनलिस्ट तरण आदर्श (Taran Adarsh) ने अपने ट्वीट के जरिए यह जानकारी दी कि पहले सप्ताह में ‘सिंबा’ (Simmba) ने 150.81 करोड़, दूसरे सप्ताह में 61.62 करोड़ और तीसरे सप्ताह में 20.06 करोड़ रुपए कमा लिए है. कुल तीन हफ्ते में 233.15 करोड़ कमा चुकी ‘सिंबा’ रणवीर सिंह को ब्लॉकबस्टर स्टार भी बना चुकी है. अब उनकी आने वाली फिल्म ‘गली बॉय’ (Gully Boy) पर सबकी नजरें टिकी होंगी. फिलहाल फिल्म अब अपने चौथे हफ्ते में आ गई है और इस हफ्ते भी कमाई करोड़ों में कमा सकती है.


सारा अली खान ने ‘सात समुंदर पार…’ गाने पर कुछ यूं किया डांस, Video इंटरनेट पर वायरल


‘केदारनाथ’ से डेब्यू करने वाली एक्ट्रेस सारा अली खान अपनी दूसरी फिल्म ‘सिंबा’ (Simmba) की, जो पर्दे पर सुपर-डुपर हिट हो गई. शाहरुख खान की फिल्म ‘जीरो’ फ्लॉप होने का फायदा रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) की फिल्म ‘सिंबा’ को मिला, लेकिन ऐसा रिस्पॉन्स मिलेगा, यह खुद रणवीर सिंह (Ranveer Singh) ने भी नहीं सोचा होगा. डायरेक्टर रोहित शेट्टी (Rohit Shetty) की यह तीसरी फिल्म है, जिसने 200 करोड़ रुपए का बॉक्स ऑफिस कलेक्शन (Simmba Box Office Collection) किया है. 

और भी हैं बॉलीवुड से जुड़ी ढेरों ख़बरें…

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5 Luxury Cars Missing From Workshop In Delhi’s Nangloi Ahead Of Republic Day

New Delhi: 

Five luxury cars are missing from an automobile workshop at Nangloi in west Delhi. Senior Delhi Police officers say, several teams have been formed to find the vehicles. A case has been registered and an investigation is underway.

The high profile theft assumes significance as it comes just a week ahead of Republic Day, when security is heightened across the national capital region.

The five vehicles, which have gone missing, include a Volkeswagen Polo, Honda Amaze, Force Gurkha, Ford Ecosport and Mitshubishi Pajero.

The police are analysing a CCTV video from the area, which apparently shows five men, who came and jumpstarted the cars and sped away.

The owner of the workshop, who has been identified as one Praveen Kumar, said that six cars were parked for repair, when he left the night before the theft. But the following day when he came to the workshop, five of the vehicles were missing.

Reports suggest that the owner of the Force Gurkha is the son of a senior defence ministry official.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Flying Of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Banned Ahead Of Republic Day In Delhi

The order prohibits flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The Delhi Police today prohibited operations of any unmanned aircraft systems by the public from January 20 in view of the Republic Day celebrations.

The order prohibits “flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like paragliders, para-motors, hang-gliders, UAVs, UASs, microlight aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, hot air balloons, small size powered aircraft, quadcopters or parajumping from aircraft, etc.”

It stated that someone found doing so would be charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, punishable with a maximum imprisonment of a month and a fine) of the Indian Penal Code.

The order came ahead of the Republic Day celebrations and would remain in force from January 20 to February 15.

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On Kolkata Mega Rally Day, Sonia Gandhi’s Message To United Opposition

Mallikarjun Kharge read out a message sent by Sonia Gandhi who wished the opposition rally


UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Saturday wished the opposition rally all the success and said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be an election to restore the nation’s faith in democracy and fight the “arrogant and divisive” Narendra Modi government.

Sonia Gandhi and her son, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, decided to give the rally in Kolkata a miss, but had sent party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a show of solidarity to the gathering organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mr Kharge read out a message sent by Sonia Gandhi who wished the opposition rally all the success.

“The upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not be ordinary one. It will be an election to restore the nation’s faith in democracy, defend our secular ethos and heritage, and defeat the forces that are trying to sabotage the Constitution of India,” she said in her message.

Sonia Gandhi described the opposition rally as an “important attempt to galvanise leaders across the political spectrum to fight the arrogant and divisive Modi-rule”.

“I wish them all the success,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi said a crisis looms over the country’s farmers and extends to the borders, adding the youth are jobless and fishermen are incurring deep losses.

The country, at large, is “under immense strain”, she said, claiming citizens have been screeched economically, institutions have been undermined politically and the pluralistic fabric has been vitiated.
Rahul Gandhi Friday had extended his support to Mamata Banerjee for her “show of unity” and hoped it would send a powerful message of a united India.

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Scientists Finally Know How Long A Day Is On Saturn

This was unknown till now because Saturn was hidden in the rings.


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed that a day on Saturn is just over 10 and-a-half-hours-long, a finding that solved a long-standing mystery of solar system science.

Using new data from the now extinct Cassini mission, scientists led by the University of California-Santa Cruz found that a year on Saturn is 29 Earth years. The day only lasts 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.

This was unknown till now because it was hidden in the rings.

Christopher Mankovich, a graduate student in astronomy and astrophysics at the varsity, analysed the wave patterns within the rings.

The findings showed that they respond to vibrations within the planet itself, acting similarly to the seismometers used to measure movement caused by earthquakes.

The inside of Saturn vibrates at frequencies that cause variations in its gravitational field. The rings, in turn, detect those movements in the field.

“Particles throughout the rings can’t help but feel these oscillations in the gravity field,” Mr Mankovich said.

“At specific locations in the rings these oscillations catch ring particles at just the right time in their orbits to gradually build up energy, and that energy gets carried away as an observable wave.”

His research, published in the Astrophysical Journal, describes how he developed models of Saturn’s internal structure that would match the rings’ waves.

That allowed him to track the movements of the interior of the planet, and thus its rotation.

Unlike Jupiter and Earth’s magnetic axis that are not aligned with its rotational axis, Saturn is different. Its unique magnetic field is nearly perfectly aligned with its rotational axis.

This is why the ring finding has been key to homing in on the length of a day.

“The researchers used waves in the rings to peer into Saturn’s interior, and out popped this long-sought, fundamental characteristic of the planet. And it’s a really solid result,” said Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker. “The rings held the answer.”

Cassini spacecraft, when low on fuel, made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn on September 15, 2017, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

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