Lucknow Clean

UP varsity students to organise clean environment programme

Youth of several universities from Uttar Pradesh had organised a programme on 14th February in Lucknow to spread awareness on Swach Bharat Abhiyan, chanting swach hawa avum paryavaran humara valentine (clean air and environment are our valentine ).

This programme was held at Gomti River Front which is in the heart of Lucknow in order to find the solution for clean environment in the city these students performed many arts, painting, music, debate and dance.

Students also raised their voice on electric vehicles to make the surrounding pollution free, developing the green areas and proper decomposition of garbage.

Promoting the programme, Tahira Hassan, social activist from the area also said few words to bring out UP from polluted areas which is considered to be the most polluted cities.

“Our city has been going through a lot of trouble due to a heavy air pollution that results many casualties and we should not be lenient about it. For such cause, people in the area should also take part proactively along with central and state government.”

Also they have talked about how important metro facilities are for commuting to have a hassle free, pollution free and to travel in nominal fare.

(The writer is an Assistant News Editor in Newsmantra)
Ram Mandir Babri Masjid

Residents sought closure on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute

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25-years-old Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid issue became the turning point in the history of Indian politics. Despite endless fights for justice, the residents of Ayodhya want to move on from all these blame game.

Today Amarnath Mishra, the president of Ayodhya Sadbhavna Samnvyay Maha Samiti, has claimed that former All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) executive member Moulana Salman Hasni Nadvi demanded money, position and land for building another Masjid in Ayodhya. However, the residents of Ayodhya want to move on from all these blame game. 

Recounting the day when more than 150,000 Hindu activists (kar-sevaks) gathered at the behest of the RSS, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the BJP and the Bajrang Dal at the medieval era mosque (Babri Masjid) in Ayodhya of Uttar Pradesh believed that the mosque had been made exactly the same spot where Hindu God Ram was born which resulted in the demolition of mosque and communal riots across the country.

Shakeel (74), a resident of Jiyan pur in Ayodhya says that the community just wants the dispute to be decided by the court in a free and fair manner.

"We just want the closure of this issue as it doesn't matter now whether the decision is in our favour or against us," said Shakeel.

In the wake of the demolition of the mosque, more than 2000 of Hindus and Muslims killed each other in riots that erupted in several towns and cities across the country in which maximum casualty was from the minority community.

"I still remember the day when thousands of kar sevaks with shovels, iron rods, hammers and anything they could have grabbed that time to pound the mosque. Even the speeches of Hindu leaders saying 'Gira do, dhakka do, tod do' through the microphone where the kar sevaks has earlier gathered. That day women, children and men to save lives were sitting in a room at Ayodhya police station. Even the Muslims who said that they are 'one of them' were slaughtered to death," said Jamal Akhtar, a local resident adding further that now it does not matter who wins, the life should be peaceful.

Today, Ayodhya, historically a place that drew to itself renouncers and seekers belonging to Hindu sects, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism, Now one can see all religion living together peacfully in town.

Many Muslims have returned to stay in the place of their birth, and continue to live here. "We are irked over with the reular checking and marching of security personal. It seems like we don not have our personal life anymore since the demolition. I hope this issue is resolved and life becomes normal," said Deepak who runs a Kiryana Shop in city.

The case over the 2.7 acre disputed Ayodhya site claimed by both Hindus and Muslims will be taken up by the Supreme Court on March 14. "We don’t want the court to let it become a political or a religious issue that’s why we don’t want to delay any further. It is a property dispute and nothing else," said Haji Mehboob of Sunni Waqf board.

The BJP have somehow gained from the issue of "Babri masjid or highlighting Ram Mandir" which had made the party to become single-largest opposition party in the 1989 elections. Since then, it has masterfully harnessed the religiosity of the majority Hindus to become India’s largest party with government in the Centre and in several states, including Uttar Pradesh.

Whereas political parties who used the Ayodhya card for electoral gains since 1992 have moved far and wide, the town and its residents have remained stuck in a development limbo. The small town has a biscuit factory, some brick kilns, and one-room manufacturing units, the towns have no industry to boast of.

The present BJP governments at the Centre and the state are for them a sign of God’s own intent to get the temple constructed. "The BJP party has come in power with God's will. Lord Ram also wants temple to be build here," said Raghuveer Sharma, a local resident.

(The writer is an Assistant News Editor of Newsmantra)

One Couple Two Spiritual Paths

‘One should not be so unromantic on V-day’

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It was not too tough for me to be precise upon what piece has to be written on Valentine’s Day, when asked during an official meeting at my office.

A wave had hit my mind that shivered me to my bones which reminded me of my relationship almost a year ago. 

When asking my girlfriend to be my Valentine on V day has an answer that came to me was imprint of five fingers on my face. Of course, without realising of what kind of stupid thing I have done with an old fashioned style on one of the most romantic days.

This had later taught me, “one should not be so unromantic on V-day” and I cursed my impatience and over-confidence. 

Say it with a rose, a symbol of color, passion and love and presented her, a voice came from within and she was cool and her eyes seemed to smile in anticipation. Making a slow advance, I proposed her with a chocolate followed by gifting a teddy bear.

I was having a feeling of a hero in me, trying to show up and I scripted some romantic dialogues to make promises and it worked. As Valentine day drew near, I cleared more decks and hugged her. I went to a gift shop for getting some suitable greeting card on Valentine day and a big card with picture of eyes with one word “focussed”, caught my attention. When I opened the card everything was crystal clear as it said “On you”.

I bought the card and a strange feeling gripped me. I was not able to remember how many girls had been able to get my focused attention but today I was focussing on my Valentine. Everything went as anticipated and Valentine day passed with lot of fun and promises to keep. But kiss gave me a miss.

Later, surfing the net I found a strange sequence of eight days to Valentine day, each conveying its own message. I was dumbfounded when I knew that my girlfriend knew all this 10 years ago. I am looking for a better Valentine day and hopping that there would be no “miss” this time. I am told the Valentine day is falling under Venus-Moon conjunction, considered very auspicious for strengthening the love bonds, harmonising the emotional level and adding to romance in lives of couples.

I find a strange coincidence in Valentine, a concept borrowed from the West and the colourful festival of Basant, which fall during the spring season. Why not look for a yellow rose covered by a beautiful Valentine day card to wish my sweetheart in style and convey that love is without bounds, I suggested to myself.

“Spring will come and go but love will blossom only in loving hearts”, I received SMS from some unknown friend which explained to me the real meaning of Valentine.

Suddenly my mobile rang and my girlfriend was on the line. She asked me whether I would be with her on Valentine day. I was not sure about my programme and she got upset and said some harsh words. I also lost my cool and replied the same way.

Realising that the arguments were going the wrong way she put a stop to verbal dual and said “Baby have some Paani and come out of Bhiwani”. I also realised that the provocation was uncalled for and told my sweetheart: “If my piece goes well in time, I will be there on Valentine”.

(Writer is an Assistant Editor with NewsMantra)


‘My wife’s patience enhanced my patience level’

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A 50-year-old man’s struggle has provided his sons a secular education which has took them to study and earn overseas in one of the reputed universities and companies.

Jeevan Kumar, 50, after a struggle of selling cigarettes, tobacco and now a fruit chat seller, despite being not allowed to stay at one place he had somehow managed by loitering in different areas daily.

Kumar has sacrificed almost everything and still surviving on fruit chat business from the past 27 years.

50 year old man faced many threats from the people who were already in the market, even was thrown out of the area due to the suffering of the existing businessman and stayed on footpath for several years

His only aim and dream was to provide the best education so that the kids do not suffer what he has, for which he appreciates his wife.

"My wife has been an inspiration, despite returning home without a penny, she maintained calm and that's what enhanced my patience". Jeevan said.

Before his kids were born, Jeevan’s father was bedridden for approximately 5 years for which he had spent every drop of blood that he and his father had earned till then.

After his father’s demise, he had no burden but even nothing was left for survival because he did not even have the money to cover the last rites of his father’s cremation.

Gradually, he pulled his socks and started collaborating with one businessman in fruit chat business and took over the command completely after almost 5 years of sleepless nights.

When he initially started, he had to go through many hurdles but was fortunate enough to fight with all of them.

Today he is still paying his debt which he took at the time for his kid’s education but leading a happy life.

He is still not hoping his kids to set him free from the entire burden of debt that he owes to the market that he took while providing education to his kids but overwhelmingly enjoying the pressure by clearing his debt slowly since he is absolutely tension free about his dream has come true.

Indian Economy

Financial Survey divulges new facts about Indian economy

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Featuring the real accomplishments of the current monetary - the effect of GST, India's libertarian send out structure, the inclination of the Indian culture for a male child and lower charge accumulations - the Economic Survey 2017-18 has featured nine new actualities about the Indian economy. 

(1) There has been a vast increment in registered indirect and direct taxpayers: A 50% for each penny increment in one of a kind circuitous citizen under the GST contrasted and the pre-GST framework. So also, there has been an expansion (far beyond incline development) of around 1.8 million in singular wage impose filers since November 2016.

(2) The formal non-farming finance is significantly more prominent than trusted: More than 30% for each penny when convention is characterized as far as government managed savings (EPFO/ESIC) arrangements; more than 50% for every penny when characterized as far as being in the GST net.

 (3) The flourishing of the states is associated with their international and inter-state trade: expresses that fare all the more globally, and exchange more with different states, have a tendency to be wealthier. In any case, the relationship is more grounded amongst thriving and worldwide exchange.

 (4) India's firm fare structure is generously more populist than in other huge nations: The main 1% for each penny of Indian firms represent 38% for each penny of fares; in every single other nation, they represent a considerably more prominent offer (72, 68, 67, and 55 percent for each penny of fares in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and US, individually). Also, this is valid for the top5%, 10% for each penny and so on.

(5) The apparel incentive package boostedfares of ready-made garments. The alleviation from inserted state charges (ROSL) reported in 2016 supported fares of instant articles of clothing (however not others) by around 16% for each penny.

 (6) Indian culture displays solid son "Meta" preference:  Parents keep on having youngsters until the point that they get the coveted number of children. This sort of fertility-stopping rule leads to skewed sex proportions however in various ways.

 (7) There is considerable avoidable case in the duty field which government activity could diminish: The assessment tax department's petition rate is high, despite the fact that its litigation rate in prosecution is low and declining (admirably beneath 30% for each penny). Just 0.2 for every penny of cases represented 56% for every penny of the incentive in stake; though around 66% for every penny of pending cases (each not as much as Rs.10 lakh) represented just 1.8% for every penny of the incentive in stake.

 (8) To re-ignite development, raising speculation is more vital than raising sparing: cross country encounter demonstrates that development stoppages are gone before by investment slowdowns however not really by reserve funds slowdowns

(9) Own immediate expense (direct tax) accumulations by Indian states and local governments are fundamentally lower than those of their partners in other federal nations: This offer is low in respect to the immediate taxation powers they really have.


(Views are personal and writer is a student of Mass Communication and Journalism in Delhi)