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Canadian PM to meet Capt in Amaritsar

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On a weeklong visit to India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today arrived at Amritsar international airport to meet Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh after paying obeisance at 'Harmandir Sahib', popularly known as the Golden Temple.

It is noticed that the two heavyweights will meet for a one-on-one meeting at a local hotel and likely to discuss business as well as people-to-people ties.

Tight security arrangements have been made by the Punjab Police in Amritsar with over 1,500 cops being deployed in the holy city. Senior police officials including SSPs and DIGs, besides the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, have also been deployed.

Union minister of state (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu received Trudeau and a delegation of Canadian ministers and MPs at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport at around 10:40 am.

At the airport, they were also accompanied by the Amritsar Commissioner of Police S S Srivastva and the Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, officials said.

(With agency inputs)


Himanta backs Priyanka's Assam calendar controversy, says Cong seeking cheap publicity

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State Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma came to actress Priyanka Chopra’s rescue right after the opposition Congress legislators in the Assam Legislative Assembly asked for the removal of actress Priyanka Chopra as the brand ambassador of Assam tourism.

He also said that Congress is trying to get cheap publicity by doing this in the area.

Congress legislators, including Nandita Das and Rupjyoti Kurmi, have very recently pointed out during an ongoing session of the Assam legislative assembly to a photograph of the Bollywood star in 'minimal clothes' as featured in a calendar of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and asked Priyanka’s removal as the ambassador of Assam tourism.

The Congress legislators also showed a copy of the ATDC calendar where Priyanka was seen wearing a frock and not the traditional dress of Assam — mekhela chador.

"A section of Congress legislators in Assam are trying to get cheap publicity out of the issue. When we receive felicitation in some stage do we go wearing dhoti, the traditional dress of Assam or wearing pants and shirts? If someone comes to Assam from abroad will he be felicitated after wearing dhoti?," said Sarma while answering a journalist outside the House on Tuesday.

Congress leader and Assam's Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia said that it would have been better if the brand ambassador had worn Assam's traditional dress during the photo-shoot for the calendar of ATDC. "I think that (wearing an Assamese traditional dress) would have been appropriate for the actor to promote the culture and tradition of Assam," he said.

(With Agency Inputs)

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SC expected to hear Priya Varrier's wink plea today

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The apex court is likely to hear Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier's plea today, seeking quashing of FIRs and all other criminal proceedings initiated against her for winking in a scene in her upcoming movie.

The actress, on Monday filed a plea in the top court over the case registered against her film 'Oru Adaar Love' in Telangana.

On early of February 16, the Raza Academy had penned a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and asked to ban on internet sensation Varrier's song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' from her first ever movie 'Oru Adaar Love'.

The academy alleged that the Malayalam song insulted Prophet Mohammad and his 'pious wife'.

Asif Sardar, president, Rehmani Group, rquested Irani to "immediately issue instructions to the censor board and the film maker to cut the song and spare the nation from another controversy."

The academy also held a protest in Mumbai in front of the Minara Mosque, where they held placards with messages like, "Stop misuse of sacred personalities."

(With agency inputs)


Dalit students asked to sit separately to watch PM’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’

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All the dalit school students in Kullu district area in Himachal Pradesh were asked to sit outside the classroom by a teacher, during the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ on Friday.

PM interacted with thousands of students from across the country as a part of his Pariksha Par Charcha, an extension of his pet charcha theme. During the interaction session, PM Modi addressed several examination-related concerns of the students who are appearing for the board's exam this year.

The incident was focused after a complaint was filed with the Dy commissioner of Kullu by the students who alleged that a teacher named Meher Chand told them to sit outside the room where the television had been set up to air the programme.

The complaint, apparently written in Hindi on a school textbook, said that the place where the students were made to sit was used to keep horses. Further, they were warned that they could not leave until the programme was over.

“This matter has come to my notice today. I have asked Secretary, Education to get a report and take stern action,” state education minister Suresh Bhardwaj told The Indian Express.

In the meantime, authorities of the concerned school have issued an apology letter stating that they are investigating the matter.

“The headmaster of the school, Rajan Bhardwaj, has confirmed the incident and tendered an apology, assuring that this will not be allowed to happen again. But that’s not enough,” said a member of the state education department.

(With agency inputs)


PM: We are working to become a member of Five Trillion Dollar club

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday repeatedly said the digit that is moving towards a $5 trillion economy over the next few years with sustained, comprehensive and holistic development in the nation.

On the inaugural of the first mega global investors summit, "Magnetic Maharashtra: Convergence 2018" in Mumbai, PM said that our country is on the firm path of development simultaneously with the development of the states.

"We are working towards becoming a member of the Five Trillion Dollar club," Modi said.

He also appreciated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for taking the initiative to make Maharashtra the first state in India to become a Trillion Dollar economy in the next few years, while addressing a gathering of over 200 captains of Indian and global companies at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

Modi noted his government has taken a slew of steps to ensure all-round development of India with an ecosystem comprising development-friendly, investor-friendly governance with minimal governmental interference.

Indian states are now policy-driven, governance is performance-driven with full accountability, a transparent ecosystem, various norms are being eased, the government is changing laws where needed, and scrapped more than 1,400 old or outdated laws, and for new or modified laws, care is being taken to ensure they are simplified, he said.

In recent years, various states of India have also competing among themselves to attract maximum foreign investments as per their needs and requirements, including Assam, he said.

On Maharashtra, Modi said during the past three years, this state has initiated unprecedented measures to lure foreign investors on all fronts, led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

"The state's reforms have transformed business, huge improvements in its rating in Ease of Doing Business, changed the work culture, problems are being resolved in a time-bound manner, debottlenecking has been achieved with inter-departmental cooperation, all of which have reflected on its development," he said.

(With Agency Inputs)