An offensive article on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa published on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked up a storm in India which acted with alacrity today to force the island nation to tender an unqualified apology.
As the article brought rival parties in Tamil Nadu together in a rare show of unity to condemn it, the Defence Ministry said the text titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi?' had been published without appropriate authorisation and that it has been removed from the website. The issue also triggered protests in Indian Parliament.
Taking strong exception to the article about her, Jayalalithaa dashed off a letter to Modi in which she said that though it had been removed the damage has been done. The Chief Minister accused Sri Lanka of trying to create fissures in India's federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her. The Indian High Commission in Colombo raised the matter with the Sri Lankan government following which the country's Defence Ministry removed it and tendered an unqualified apology to Modi and Jayalalithaa.
We extend an unqualified apology to the Hon Prime Minister of India and Hon Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, said a statement posted on the Lankan Defence Ministry website. The article which had been published without appropriate authorisation and not reflecting any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has since been removed, it added.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the Government acted with alacrity after knowing about the objectionable article and it drew immediate result.
We acted with alacrity. We have achieved our objective and should any further action be required we will certainly consider this and take appropriate action, he told reporters in Delhi. I can confirm to you that as soon as we took up the matter, we drew immediate result and too our entire satisfaction, that offensive article was removed. If there are further things that we need to do, we will certainly consider them, he added.
In a rare show of camaraderie, political parties in Tamil Nadu rallied behind Jayalalithaa even as ruling AIADMK and various Tamil outfits staged protests across the state and burnt effigies and photos of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Arch rival DMK called the article cheap. The visual rendering on the homepage of the official website just above the link is highly objectionable as it depicted both the Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (herself) in a very trivialized, derogatory and disrespectful manner, Jayalalithaa said in her letter to Modi.
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Supreme Court has granted jailed business tycoon Subrata Roy an office, a phone, Internet connection and three secretaries in the Delhi prison that has been his home for five months so he can sell two of his company's iconic hotels to help pay bail.
The World Health Organisation warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations today that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing catastrophic loss of life and severe economic disruption.
WHO chief Margaret Chan told the leaders of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at a regional summit the response to the epidemic had been woefully inadequate, revealing that the outbreak was moving faster than our efforts to control it.
The leaders were in the Guinean capital Conakry to organise the deployment of hundreds of extra medical personnel as part of a USD 100 million emergency response to an epidemic which has claimed more than 700 lives.
The plan will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce WHO's sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea.
If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries, Chan said. She described the outbreak as by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease.
It is taking place in areas with fluid population movements over porous borders, and it has demonstrated its ability to spread via air travel, contrary to what has been seen in past outbreaks, she told the summit.
Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities. This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response. The meeting came after Dubai's Emirates became the first global airline to announce it was suspending flights to the stricken area while the United States, Germany and France issued warnings against travel to the three African countries.
Meanwhile Nigeria quarantined two people who had primary contact with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week as west Africa battled to tame the outbreak. The WHO raised the death toll by 57 to 729 on Thursday, announcing that 122 new cases had been detected between Thursday and Sunday last week, bringing the total to more than 1,300.
Current numbers of national and international response staff are woefully inadequate, Chan said, revealing that 60 health workers had died treating patients in the outbreak.
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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed here on Friday that the objectionable article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is no longer on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry site. The moment we heard about this, the government of India has acted with alacrity, we immediately activated diplomatic channels, our high commission in Sri Lanka took this matter up immediately and we were assured that action would be taken forthwith. Subsequently I can now confirm to you that action has been taken and that objectionable article is no longer on that website, said Akbaruddin.
The article had reportedly criticised Jayalalithaa for writing frequently to Prime Minister Modi on issues related to Sri Lanka and the fishermen's issue. Earlier today, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry had tendered an unqualified apology to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jayalalithaa over it.
The apology from Colombo came after political parties in Tamil Nadu set aside their differences on Friday to strongly back Jayalalithaa after the website carried an article critical of her, with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A political furor arose hours after the article was published. The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Tamil outfits in various parts of Tamil Nadu staged protests, one was also held today outside Sri Lankan deputy High Commission.
NDA allies called on India to severe ties with Sri Lanka despite the offending article being removed from the website. Jayalalithaa urged Modi to demand an unconditional apology from the Sri Lankan government over the issue. The Tamil Nadu BJP unit said publishing of such a derogatory article in an official website was not acceptable.
The party's state general secretary, Vanathy Srinivasan, said New Delhi should summon the Sri Lankan envoy and convey its objections to the article in the strongest possible manner. The opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) also criticized Colombo, saying that the article mocking Jayalalithaa's writing of letters to Prime Minister Modi on issues involving Sri Lanka, should be seen as cheap.
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The Delhi High Court on Friday pulled up Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) across the country for not being able to address the issue of vacant seats each academic year, saying they cannot afford any red-tapism in this regard.
It is rather intriguing to know that the IITs and the NITs, which are providing consultancy to others on technical matters, are unable to themselves find a solution for synchronising the admissions to eliminate or at least minimize the issue of vacant seats, a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini said.
They cannot afford any red-tapism in this regard and which, if becomes known to the world at large, may make them a laughing stock in the eyes of their clients, it added. The bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, said certainly they do not need years together to develop a programme for such synchronisation of admissions, adding the institutions themselves and their students are best equipped to find a solution to the issue.
The bench also said the filling up of vacant seats cannot be at the cost of maintaining standards of education and merit in IITs. The court made the observations while disposing of a petition seeking directions to IITs and NITs to address the issue of vacant seats.
The bench directed the Ministry of Human Resource Development to ensure that a Technical Committee, set up to deal with issues pertaining to admission process of IITs and NITs, to hold regular consultations to sort out the process for common counselling of admissions to NITs and IITs.
It also directed the HRD Ministry to ensure the process, thus evolved, is implemented for admissions from the academic year 2015-2016. It also asked the Ministry to consider and take a decision on whether the reserved category seats in the IITs, if remaining unfilled, can be transferred to the general category and to inform the court by November 30, 2014.
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Four militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Keran sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir as they were trying to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), a de...
Former External Affairs minister K Natwar Singh in his book ' One Life Is Not Enough' places himself as one of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's closest ally and placater of hostility amidst Gandhi and other Congressmen.
According to his book, both Jairam Ramesh and Arjun Singh had fallen out of favour from Sonia Gandhi.
Jairam Ramesh 'indiscretion' had led to him to be 'banished from the darbar.' Though Singh doesn't elaborate on the matter but he goes on to say how a 'distraught and anguished' Ramesh approached him to resolve the issue.
Sonia Gandhi had cut-off communication completely from Ramesh, says Singh. Following Ramesh's apparent pleas for help, Singh communicated to Gandhi about Ramesh's 'agitation'. This led Gandhi finally relented and Ramesh was back in favour with her. 'Jairam lived happily ever after,' he says.
Singh recalls another example of how his intervention helped top Congress politicians come back in Gandhi's good books.
A supposed misunderstanding between Sonia Gandhi and the late senior politician Arjun Singh led the latter ostracised by Gandhi.
Calling Arjun Singh 'a mystery man of the Congress' Natwar claims that there was a negative perception about Arjun within the party. According to him he was known to be 'wily, silent, schemer' amongst Congressmen.
Sonia Gandhi was told that Arjun Singh said that she was surrounded by a 'coterie' which resulted of Gandhi absolutely refusing to visit him. Finally he visited Natwar and requested for his help.
Natwar says that he conveyed to Gandhi Arjun Singh's misery and clarified that he had not used the word 'coterie'. After a few days, Gandhi met with Arjun Singh.
Natwar claims that Singh thanked him profusely adding, 'At this level in politics, no one makes the intervention you make on my behalf,'
Natwar says that he deeply appreciated the compliment.
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In episode 6 of Hum Paanch, Radhika asks father, Anand to post a letter. When Anand inquires about the letter, she says, This letter will take you directly into Guinness? World Book Records for living with two mother-in-laws at a time.
It begins with the mischievous sisters mocking badi-nani (Anand's first wife's mother) on seeing her bald patch. The girls' behavior disturbs badi-nani and she decides to take revenge for her insult.
In her conquest to take revenge from the sisters, Beena's mother also unites with badi-nani and both decide to practice the Britishers' famous policy of 'Divide and Rule'.
Will the grandmothers be able to divide and rule the girls? Watch out in the video below:
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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Sonia Gandhi always enjoyed a warm relationship. It was a far cry from the hostile bickering witnessed between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi during the last general elections. According to former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh's book, One life is not enough, former PM Vajpayee promptly arranged protection for Sonia Gandhi on request.
On one occasion in New York, Sonia Gandhi went with her Congress delegation but was not provided appropriate security. Natwar Singh was extremely perturbed by this although Sonia Gandhi wasn't particularly concerned. But Singh promptly called up Vajpayee. It was already midnight in New Delhi, but Vajpayee said that he would ensure security for the Congress President and all necessary arrangements were done within half an hour. The Indian high commissioner to the US ensured that a security ring was provided to Sonia Gandhi. It was a fitting example of courtesy extended by India's Prime Minister to a political rival.
Also Read: 12 things Natwar Singh's book says about Sonia Gandhi?
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The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered that the proposed e-mail policy, restraining government officials from using services of offshore internet service providers for official purposes, be placed before the Cabinet at the earliest for the approval.
The Additional Solicitor General also states that the draft e-mail policy is now ready for being placed before the Cabinet for approval. The same be done at the earliest, a bench of justices BD Ahmed and Sidhharth Mridul said.
The court referred to an incident in which National Investigation Agency (NIA) had passed on sensitive information relating to a terror case to its officials by using Google services.
The use of internet services, which transfers public data to offshore locations, concerns the integrity and sovereignty of the country. Why public records should go outside India? This is not permissible under the law, the bench said.
The bench, which also passed a slew of directions, was hearing a PIL filed by former BJP leader KN Govindacharya through his lawyer Virag Gupta. Govindacharya has raised various issues including use of e-mail services, provided by offshore providers, by government officials for official purposes.
The websites evade taxes and make public the personal details of Indian users, the PIL alleged, adding even minors below 13 years of age are being allowed to use Facebook. During the hearing, the counsel for Govindacharya alleged it is a matter of common knowledge that various ministries, including the PMO, have opened accounts on social networking sites -- Facebook and Twitter -- and it is against the Public Records Act and court directions as official records go to servers outside India.
We are not on Facebook so you please file an additional affidavit on the issue, the bench said. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, said he will take instruction and make a statement before the court on September 26, the next date of hearing.
The court also asked the ASG to make a categorical statement on the issue of payment of service tax by websites including Google and Facebook for their commercial operations in India.
On the allegation that certain foreign websites do not pay service tax, the bench said we do not pass any assessment orders. We just wanted to confirm as to whether the government authorities are acting as per law or not.
It also asked the Centre to file a status report in pursuance of an earlier order on appointment of Grievance Officers by internet firms, including Twitter, under the IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules to deal with users' complaints. Govindacharya, in the PIL, has also alleged that websites evade taxes and make public the personal details of Indian users.
The plea has also sought a direction to ensure safety of the data of 140 million Indian users which are transferred to the US and is being used for commercial gains in violation of the right to privacy.
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Taking note of the recent incidents of management-trade union face-off in West Bengal which dampened investor interest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called for a harmonious relationship between the two entities.
Those who give leadership to (trade) unions should always cooperate with the managements. The gates of factories should never be closed. Not a single manday should be lost because of shutdowns and strikes, Banerjee said.
She was speaking at the inauguration of a new facility of an industrial group at Barjora in Bankura district which will manufacture Dielectric (Capacitor) Film.
We do not support Dharmaghat (strikes), Banerjee declared.
Obliquely referring to the previous Left Front government, Banerjee said, We were disturbed and perturbed by the destructive and negative role the strikes played in Bengal for a long time.
When we came to power, there were a staggering 78 lakh mandays lost in Bengal (during the Left regime). They gradually began dropping from the first year itself till it came to zero now. I am proud that there is no manday lost now, she said
A few days back the ruling party suspended three of its leaders, including Aloke Das in Asansol, after the management of Shyam SEL complained to the police that the trio had threatened company officials.
Recently the state had witnessed a number of factory closures for non-labour related reasons. Prominent among them included the Jessor and Co, Hindustan Motors at Uttarpara and Shalimar paints in Howrah.
On June 15 workers at North Brook jute mill in Bhadreswar in Hooghly district had beaten the CEO of the company to death following a dispute over working hours. The company reopened soon after, though.
Recently the Eastern Coalfield Limited authorities threatened to close down one of its mines in Asansol after a Trinamool Congress labour leader allegedly threatened one of the mine officials.
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