Ivanka Trump Visit’s NASA Johnson Space Centre, Confesses Her Dream Job Was To Be An Astronaut


Ivanka Trump had a telephonic conversation with the crew onboard the ISS.

New Delhi: 

Adviser to President of The United States on job creation, economic development and entrepreneurship — this is what it says on Ivanka Trump’s Facebook page. While the credentials to her name seem like a “dream” job by itself, Ivanka Trump today confessed that her dream was to actually be an astronaut. 

US President Donald Trump’s daughter was touring the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston today, where she had a telephonic conversation with the crew onboard the International Space Station. 

“You actually have my dream job, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I always want to go to space,” Ivanka Trump was quoted as telling the astronauts according to reports.

The first daughter spoke to the six astronauts aboard the ISS, and told them of her dreams of being in space and took the opportunity to thank them for their service. 

 Along with the live chat with the astronauts, Ivanka Trump toured a mock-up of the ISS and checked out the space suits where she was caught high-fiving a space suit. 

“Dream realised,” she tweeted along with a video of her tour of the mock-up ISS. 

 The 36-year-old was also seen posing outside the door of the mock-up ISS. 

 Ahead of her tour at NASA’s Space centre, Ms Trump had tweeted” Looking forward to visiting the @NASA Johnson @SpaceCenterHou with Administrator @JimBridenstine! NASA’s work in #STEM education, space exploration & technological innovation is truly out of this world” (sic).

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Students working with NASA ahead of the international FIRST Robotics Competition

Ivanka Trump also interacted with “Robonauts” and students competing in a robotics competition. Her tour ended with her test-driving a robot built by the students. 

Ivanka Trump also took questions from interns at the space centre who are learning about engineering and science as part of their internship at NASA. 





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Qamar Javed Bajwa Pakistan Army Chief Visits China, To Hold Talks With Top Leadership


Qamar Javed Bajwa Bajwa will interact with various Chinese leaders including his counterpart

Beijing: 

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is in China for talks with the top Chinese leadership and defence officials amid reports that the new government led by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to renegotiate some of the projects under the multi-billion CPEC.

Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit comes days after Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s trip to Islamabad during which he held a comprehensive round of talks with Imran Khan and Mr Bajwa among others.

Pakistan Army’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations said Sunday that the Chief Of Army Staff arrived at Beijing on a three-day official visit.

During the visit, Mr Bajwa will interact with various Chinese leaders including his counterpart, it said.

After Wang Yi’s visit, both China and Pakistan denied any differences over the projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after Pakistan’s Commerce, Textile, Industry and Investment Minister Abdul Razak Dawood was quoted as saying in a media report that Islamabad “should put everything on hold for a year so we can get our act together”.

The minister is reported to have said this in an interview to the London-based Financial Times. He subsequently clarified that he was quoted out of context.

Reacting to the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that “the Pakistan-China relations are unbreakable and Pakistani government’s commitment to the CPEC is unwavering”.

Geng Shuang also said that both sides have decided to extend the CPEC to western provinces like Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, located close to the Afghanistan border.

Imran Khan in the past had accused the previous Pakistani government of depriving other provinces, specially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and allocating major share of the projects to the dominant Punjab province.

Apparently, China in a move to address the growing concerns over the viability of the CPEC projects now plans to extend them to the western region to address the concerns of the new government.

Mr Bajwa’s visit assumes significance as Wang during his visit praised Pakistani military’s role in the close ties between the two countries, saying that it is a “staunch guardian of China-Pakistan friendship”.

“China-Pakistan military relations are an important part of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and also a symbol of the high-level political mutual trust between the two countries.

“It is expected that the Pakistani military will make greater contributions to promoting the development of China-Pakistan relations,” Wang said, according to an official statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The CPEC, a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea.





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Yogi Adityanath visits Sadar hospital in Gorakhpur


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An Emotional Smriti Irani Visits Her First Home After 35 Years. Watch Video


New Delhi: 

TV producer Ekta Kapoor roped in Union Minister Smriti Irani as a part of her promotions for her new web series Home, which streams on ALTBalaji. Ekta Instagrammed three emotional videos of Ms Irani from her visit to her first home in Gurugram. The videos show Smriti Irani walking up to the society and meeting the residents, some of whom she recognises. She gets extremely emotional after seeing that her old home has been converted into a shop. “It is painful, tough and courageous to see a place you once called ‘Home’, now no longer there. But life is nothing more than a journey of bitter sweet memories,” Ekta captioned one of her posts. Smriti Irani also took a rickshaw ride to her favourite chaat shop and visited an old ration shop.

Let’s take a tour of Smriti Irani’s old home.

 

 

Smriti Irani also tweeted about it.

 

 

Smriti Irani and Ekta Kapoor have been friends for several years. The actress-turned-politician often appears on Ekta’s throwback posts on Instagram. Here are some:

 

 

 

 

Ekta Kapoor had launched Smriti Irani in her one of the most-successful shows Kyunkii…Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu, in which she played Tulsi. Hum Hain Kal Aaj Aur Kal, Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan and Virrudh are some of Smriti Irani’s other shows. She is married to businessman Zubin Irani. She is currently the Minister of Textiles.

Ekta Kapoor’s Home is a family drama, featuring Annu Kapoor, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Amol Parashar, Parikshit Sahni, Himani Shivpuri and others. It is directed by Habib Faisal.





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Kim Jong Un’s Visits Memorialised In North Korea At Cosmetics Factory


Glass cases preserve chairs, books, and lotion bottles Kim Jong Un touched during his visit.

Pyongyang: 

At the Kim Jong Suk cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, a North Korean tour guide dressed in traditional costume gestured to a wall of photos framed in brass and red velvet.

“On that day, the beloved supreme leader gave us a valuable lesson that he will make our country’s cosmetics industry world-class level,” she told a group of international journalists visiting for the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation.

Besides photos of leader Kim Jong Un surrounded by smiling workers, the rooms were full of signs listing the guidance provided by Kim during visits in 2015 and 2017.

Glass cases preserve chairs, books, and lotion bottles he touched during his visit, while diagrams record every spot the leader stepped.

At model factories, schools and other facilities shown off to foreign visitors in Pyongyang, a common feature is several rooms devoted exclusively to memorialising previous visits by members of the North’s ruling Kim dynasty.

“The little museums displaying sacred objects touched by the leader are an integral part of the cult of personality that Kim Il Sung and his crew first developed along Soviet lines,” said Bradley Martin, a journalist who wrote a book chronicling the Kim dynasty, referring to Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and the country’s founding leader.

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The guide reminds visitors that North Korea revolves around Kim Jong Un.

“Those efforts intensified as Kim Jong Il, before taking full power himself and while he was in charge of propaganda, made Kimilsungism into a veritable religion.”

At their core, the memorials are meant to underscore the supreme leader’s personal hand in guiding success at the given facility, analysts say.

Kim has intensified visits to economic and infrastructure projects this year as part of his new emphasis on economic development after saying North Korea had achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear-armed nation.

He has publicly criticised unfinished power plants and the healthcare sector, praised new rail bridges, and provided advice at a bag factory. In every case, he appeared to portray himself as personally indispensable in the well-being of North Korea.

Boost In Resources

Visits to facilities usually correspond with an increase in resources, a move analysts say is key to the Kims showing themselves as fatherly leaders who personally provide for their citizens.

North Korea’s state media has not mentioned what happened to the officials publicly rebuked by Kim, although a recent report by the defector-run website Daily NK said some officials scolded by Kim during his visit to a medical appliances factory last month have been fired and exiled.

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Kim Jong Un’s visits so far show he still envisions an economy with him at the centre

But even those facilities Kim found faults with were likely to receive a boost in resources, said Hong Min, senior researcher of Korea Institute for National Unification.

“It’s inevitable that the facilities be given resource increases once Kim visit, regardless of whether they were rebuked or praised, because performance must be improved going forward,” Hong said.

At the cosmetics factory, the guide credited a visit by former leader Kim Jong Il with doubling soap production. Kim Jong Un’s first visit in 2015, meanwhile, led to the construction of a new wing of the factory, she said.

A school for training teachers in Pyongyang also featured rooms packed with memorabilia from the Kims’ visits, and plaques were placed over the doors of each classroom the leaders entered, including during a tour by Kim Jong Un in January.

“Thanks to our beloved leader’s love and care, our university was wonderfully reformed,” said a guide at the school.

Despite the growth in private markets, Kim Jong Un’s visits so far show he still envisions an economy with him at the centre, which may limit the true extent of any reforms, Martin said.

At the model cosmetics factory in downtown Pyongyang, meanwhile, the guide reminds visitors that North Korea revolves around Kim.

“All of our workers and staff thank the beloved supreme leader who loves and takes care (of the people), creating miracles and renovation every day with the robust idea to carry on the task of modernisation to the end,” she said.

© Thomson Reuters 2018





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Poll Panel Team Visits Telangana To Assess Preparedness For Early Polls


K Chandrashekar Rao dissolved the state assembly to clear the decks for early elections in Telangana

Hyderabad: 

A team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) headed by senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha, visited Hyderabad today and conducted a meeting to assess the preparatory work for the Telangana assembly elections.

The team conducted a meeting with all the district collectors, superintendents of police (SPs) and city police commissioners and collected information regarding voters’ list, Electronic Voting Machines and polling arrangements. They will submit a report to the Commission after the completion of the visit.

Earlier on Monday, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar briefed senior officials of ECI about the preparatory work in the state to hold early assembly elections.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao last Thursday dissolved the state assembly to clear the decks for early elections in the state. The elections were earlier due for the middle of 2019.





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Pakistan PM Imran Khan Visits home to PM residence by helicopter just 55 Per Km – घर से PM आवास हेलिकॉप्टर से जाते हैं इमरान खान, लोगों ने कहा


नई दिल्ली: सत्ता में आते ही पाकिस्तान के प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान ने राष्ट्रपति और प्रधानमंत्री समेत अधिकारियों तथा नेताओं के सरकारी निधि को अपने मन से खर्च करने और प्रथम श्रेणी से हवाई यात्रा करने पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया. इस ऐलान के बाद इमरान खान की काफी तारीफ भी हुई, ऐसा लग रहा है कि वह खुद सरकारी खर्च कम करने के मूड में नहीं हैं. ऐसी खबर है कि जब से इमरान खान ने शपथ ली है, उस दिन से लेकर अब तक प्रधानमंत्री आवास से अपने निजी घर हेलिकॉप्टर (चौपर) से आते-जाते हैं. इस बात की तस्दीक खुद पाकिस्तान के सूचना मंत्री का कार्यभार संभाल रहे फवाद चौधरी ने की है. 

सत्ता में आते ही इमरान सरकार हुई सख्त, पाकिस्तान में सरकारी अधिकारियों पर लगा यह बड़ा प्रतिबंध


दरअसल, इमरान खान प्रधानमंत्री आवास और अपने निजी घर के बीच की दूरी 15 किलोमीटर की यात्रा हेलिकॉप्टर से करते हैं. इसी वजह से वह आलोचकों के निशाने पर आ गये हैं और लोग आलोचना करने लगे हैं कि उन्होंने जो सरकारी खर्चे कम करने का जो वादा किया था, उसका क्या हुआ? गौरतलब है कि सत्ता में आते ही इमरान खान की सरकार ने विदेशी या घरेलू यात्रा के लिए विशेष विमानों और बिजनेस क्लास में यात्रा करने पर भी रोक लगाने का फैसला किया है. 

इमरान खान और अमेरिकी विदेश मंत्री की बातचीत के ब्यौरे पर विवाद, पाकिस्तान या अमेरिका आखिर कौन बोल रहा है झूठ

मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स की मानें तो पाकिस्तान के सूचना और प्रसारण मंत्री फवाद खान ने एक प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस के दौरान कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री इमरान खान द्वारा प्रधानमंत्री आवास से अपने घर हेलिकॉप्टर से जाने में सिर्फ 55 रुपये प्रति किलोमीटर का खर्च आता है. उनका दावा है कि यह खर्च रोड से जाने की तुलना में काफी कम है. इसके बाद सोशल मीडिया पर यह खबर सनसनी की तरह फैल गई और लोगों ने इस पर जमकर मजे भी लिए. 

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सोशल मीडिया पर लोगों ने इमरान खान की हेलिकॉप्ट यात्रा पर खूब मजे ले रहे हैं. एक ट्विटर हैंडल एमकाजमी खरमांगी ने लिखा- नये पाकिस्तान में आपका स्वागत है. हेलिकॉप्टर की सेवा 55 रुपये प्रति किलोमीटर. कंपनी का मालिक- फवाद चौधरी. 

वहीं, एक अन्य ट्विटर हैंडल सदिया शौकत ने लिखा- तो अब हेलिकॉप्टर करीम और उबर से सस्ता है. तब तो सरकार को सभी लोगों के लिए हेलिकॉप्टर सेवा शुरू कर देनी चाहिए, ताकि वह ज्यादा से ज्यादा पैसे बचा सकें. 

एक ट्विटर हैंडल @OeMariya ने लिखा  – मैं सोच रही हूं कि अपनी कार बेच दूं और हेलिकॉप्टर खरीद लूं. कम से कम खर्चा कम हो जाएगा. 

गौरतलब है कि बीते दिनों चौधरी ने कहा कि सेना प्रमुख को प्रथम श्रेणी से यात्रा करने की अनुमति नहीं है और वह हमेशा बिजनेस श्रेणी में यात्रा करते हैं. उन्होंने कहा कि मंत्रिमंडल ने प्रधानमंत्री, राष्ट्रपति तथा अन्य अधिकारियों ने निधि के विवेकाधीन आवंटन पर भी रोक लगा दी है.

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Imran Khan Visits Pak Army Headquarters For Security Briefing, His 1st As PM


Pak PM Imran Khan paid his first visit to the country’s army headquarters in Rawalpindi (File)

Islamabad: 

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan today paid his first visit to the country’s army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where he was briefed on security issues.

Mr Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI, won the July 25 general election amidst the perception that the Pakistan Army, a major player in the country’s politics, has thrown its weight behind his party.

Imran Khan was accompanied by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Finance Minister Asad Umar among others.

Mr Khan was received by Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters, Pak Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said. “Prime Minister Imran Khan (is) being briefed on defence, internal security and other professional matters,” he said.

On Monday, Pak army chief General Bajwa had the first formal meeting with the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, who was sworn-in as the 22nd premier of Pakistan on August 18. They discussed the security situation in the country, as well as the efforts to ensure long-lasting peace and stability in the region.

General Bajwa had congratulated Imran Khan on assuming the top ministerial job during their meeting.

Pakistan’s military has ruled the coup-prone country for nearly half of it’s history since its formation in 1947.

Mr Khan and General Bajwa had held their first meeting in 2017 when the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated the latter over his promotion and appointment as Pak army chief.
 





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PM Narendra Modi Got Gifts Worth 12 Lakh During Foreign Visits In A Year: Ministry Data


New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received 168 gifts worth Rs 12.57 lakh during his foreign visits between July 2017 and June 2018, according to data of the Ministry of External Affairs’ treasury.

These gifts include a Montblanc wrist watch valued at Rs 1.10 lakh, a silver plaque and a set of Montblanc pens worth Rs 2.15 lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh respectively, the Toshakhana (treasury) data on the ministry’s website showed.

The prime minister was also gifted figurines, paintings, books, photographs and a model of the bullet train, it said.

The Toshakhana stores gifts above a certain value.

During this period, PM Modi visited 20 countries, including Israel, Germany, China, Jordan, Palestine, the UAE, Russia, Oman, Sweden, the UK, Indonesia and Malaysia.

PM Modi also received crystal and silver bowls, replicas of the Pashupatinath and Muktinath temples of Nepal, shawls, figurines of gods and goddess, tea sets, carpets, cardigans, mufflers and fountain pens, among others, according to the data.

The prime minister also received a replica of a mosque valued at Rs 50,000 and a dagger worth Rs 20,000, it stated.

Gifts valued at over Rs 5,000 received by government officials representing India abroad are deposited in the treasury of the ministry. 

If the market value of the gift is less than this amount, the person is allowed to keep it. 





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Arvind Kejriwal Visits Sheila Dikshit To Enquire About Her Health


Sheila Dixit is expected to leave for France for her aortic valve replacement surgery (File photo)

New Delhi: 

Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal visited his predecessor Sheila Dikshit on Sunday at her residence. The 80-year-old former chief minister of Delhi is suffering from heart ailment and is scheduled to undergo surgery soon.

Mr Kejriwal tweeted, “Visited Mrs Sheila Dikshit to enquire about her health. She has a cardio problem and will undergo surgery soon. I pray for her good health.”

Mrs Dikshit is expected to leave for France for her aortic valve replacement surgery. The Delhi government had formed a four-member committee to expedite her travel and treatment abroad. 

Earlier this month, Mrs Dikshit in her letter to the Chief Minister had said that doctors treating her at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in the capital have advised that she undergoes the surgery at University Hospital in Lille in France. 

The three-time chief minister who had governed Delhi till 2014 when she was defeated by AAP, had welcomed the Supreme Court judgement in the power tussle between Delhi government and the Lieutenant-Governor saying “What Supreme Court has said is very clear. As per the Constitution, Delhi is not a state, it is a Union Territory. If the Delhi government and governor don’t work together then the city will face problems.” Supreme Court had said that the Lieutenant-Governor “should not act in a mechanical manner and stall decisions of the Delhi cabinet.”

Sheila Dikshit had undergone an angioplasty procedure in 2012 during her third stint as chief minister of Delhi.





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