During agrarian distress, we delivered an effective loan waiver & ensured rural growth. It is my sincere belief that we need to go back to these time tested measures: Dr Manmohan Singh

Former PM Manmohan Singh interacted with business community and the media in Mumbai today. Excerpts :

  • The present slowdown and the Govt’s apathy and incapability are affecting the future and aspirations of millions of our people. The much advertised, double engine model of governance on which the BJP seeks votes has utterly failed.
  • Industrial slowdown has impacted by rising Chinese imports. In 5 years, imports have risen by more than ₹ 1.22 lakh cr.
  • As demand & production have contracted due to economic mismanagement, business sentiments are down across the state & many firms face closure. The Industrial slowdown is coming in India’s way to optimally utilise its demographic dividend.
  • It is thus no surprise that many of our young men and women are taking up low paying jobs, investors are shifting to other states. Distress prevailing in our rural areas will add to the unemployment problems as migration increases.
  • Caught between low income and high death traps, the suicide rate has doubled. The obsession with low inflation is inflicting misery on our farmers. The Central Government’s import export policies are also hurting farmers.
  • While we have no control over nature, we can ensure a mitigation of the damage if we are economically sound. Unfortunately, the BJP Govts at the Centre and in Maharashtra have been unwilling to adopt people oriented policies.
  • The Govt is obsessed with trying to somehow fix blame on its opponents. In the process, it is unable to find solutions that will ensure the revival of the economy particularly strengthening of our banking system.
  • During agrarian distress, we delivered an effective loan waiver & ensured rural growth.
  • It is my sincere belief that we need to go back to these time tested measures if we are to ensure gainful employment for our young people, farmer welfare and a better standard of living for all the people of Maharashtra.

In the News today – 15 October 2019


President Kovind paid floral tributes to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan


Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

#Modi #BJP #Haryana

The people of Haryana will give a befitting reply to Congress for giving priority to petty politics over national interest: PM Modi

PM Narendramodi tweeted after his Campaign in Dadri and Kurukshetra:

  • Campaigned in Dadri and Kurukshetra.
  • There is strong support for BJP in Haryana.
  • People from all sections of society are supporting the development agenda of our Party.
  • Haryana’s Nari Shakti is excelling in all fields.
  • The Central Government and Haryana Government are undertaking numerous efforts to further empowerment of women.
  • Through the power of their vote, the people of Haryana will give a befitting reply to Congress for giving priority to petty politics over national interest.

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

#YSJagan #AndhraPradesh #YSRRythuBharosa

AP CM YS Jagan launches YSR Rythu Bharosa – farm investment support scheme

  • AP CM YS Jagan launched YS Rythu Bharrosa scheme today.
  • An amount of RS 3750/- Cr has been earmarked for disbursement to farmers.
  • Under the scheme AP Govt will provide farm investment support of Rs 13,500 per farmer annually for 5 years..

#DMK #MKStalin #Nanguneri #TamilNadu

DMK President MK Stalin’s campaign speech at Thalapathisamudhiram in Nanguneri


‘More than 90 years ago in 1927..’

Shyam Krishnasamy @DrShyamKK – Puthiya Tamilagam Party :

  • More than 90 years ago in 1927, representatives from Devendra Kula Vellalar community wrote to then British govt not to add them in the depressed classes list.
  • Adding a land owning agrarian community to the schedule caste list is a historic wrong.


Current economic situation manufactured by the NDA-BJP Govt: Manish Tiwari

Congess leader Manish Tiwari spoke to the media on the economy. Excerpts

  • In the first 4 months of FY 2019-20, fiscal outward remittances are already at $ 5.8 billion. This is equivalent to the entire fiscal outward remittances during the 5 years of the UPA Govt during 2009-2014.
  • How is a country’s economy run? Common people save their hard earned money and put it in the bank. Bank gives them interest on that amount and banks extend loans to businesses and industries to generate employment. This is one aspect
  • The other aspect is, people make purchases & companies benefit from that. Companies use that money to further their business & generate employment. Third aspect is that Govt takes loan, invests and create infrastructure and public goods and that creates employment.
  • Today the fundamentals of Indian economy are in danger be it savings, expenditure, credit off-take or investments. People keep their money in banks thinking it is safe. When banks do scams like the PMC bank, people lose faith.
  • Senior economist Parakala Prabhakar has expressed serious concerns on the state of Indian economy. The current state of the economy is a man made tragedy. NDA-BJP Govt has manufactured current economic crisis through inaction and policies pursued over past 5 years.
  • Abhijit Banerjee who won the Economic Nobel prize yesterday, had written a letter to the PM along with 108 other economists in March, accusing that the Govt is fudging economic figures.
  • This project to turn India into a majoritarian nation has completely and absolutely crippled the Indian economy.

‘We electrified 5,200 km of rail lines last year..’

@PiyushGoyal – Minister of Railways :

  • Before our Govt. came, 2013-14 saw rail electrification of 680 km & in a massive improvement, we electrified 5,200 km of rail lines last year.
  • By 2023, we will be the world’s 1st Railway of this size to be 100% electrically run and by 2030 will be the 1st ‘Net-Zero’ Railway.


#WestBengal #BJP

A delegation from the BJP comprising Ms Debasree Chaudhuri, Shri Mukul Roy, Shri Swapan Dasgupta, Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Shri SS Ahluwalia, Shri Arjun Singh and Shri Raju Bista called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

Swapan Dasgupta @swapan55 Member of Parliament tweeted about
meeting President Kovind with a delegation of MPs’ :

  • Met the President of India as part of a delegation of MPs from West Bengal.
  • We briefed him on the grim law & order situation and harassment of political workers.
  • A feature of this harassment is that ganja cases are routinely slapped on political workers because bail is impossible.


The royal couple of Netherlands at a Delhi Govt School

Manish Sisodia @msisodia – Dy CM of Delhi :

  • It was an honour to welcome the royal couple of Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to a Delhi Govt School in Nandnagri today.
  • Students delighted to meet them, vibrantly introduced Happiness Curriculum & Entrepreneurship Mindset curriculum to the royal couple.
  • The royal couple of Nederlands had an exclusive 30 minute discussion with the students of  Delhi Govt School about emotional learning outcomes.
Pic Credit: @msisodia

Moments from the Indian delegation’s day at ⁦IPU Parliament⁩ in Belgrade…

Moments from the Indian delegation’s day at ⁦@IPUparliament⁩ in Belgrade: with Speaker @ombirlakota & ⁦@shobhakarandla1⁩, consulting with colleagues
@kanimozhiDMK & ⁦@sasmitpatra⁩, & meeting Serbian dancers in full regalia! :
Dr Shashi Tharoor, @ShashiTharoor

Pic Courtesy : @ShashiTharoor


Why very few planes fly over Tibet…

A great NEM awaits Tamil Nadu!

Illuminated Golden temple

An illuminated Golden temple on the eve of 485th birth anniversary of the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ramdas Ji, in Amritsar :
Dr Jitendra Singh , @DrJitendraSingh

Pic Courtesy : @DrJitendraSingh


Guru Ramdas composed 688 hymns that are compiled in Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Ramdas ji composed 688 hymns that are compiled in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. He also created & planned the township of Ramdaspur, which is today known as Guru di Nagar Sri Amritsar Sahib:


In the News today – 13 October 2019


One part of my statement has been completely twisted out of context, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad withdrawing his comment on box office performance of films


Rousing reception for Prime Minister Modi at Sakoli, Maharashtra: Amit Malviya


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Maharashtra campaign trail

@RahulGandhi – Congress leader:

  • If you ask anyone about the problem of the public, the answer is – bad condition of farmers and unemployment.
  • The farmers are not getting the right price for their produce and the youth are not getting employment



President Kovind meets PM Modi’s mother

@rashtrapatibhvn :

  • President Kovind met Hira Baa, mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • The President conveyed his best wishes for her good health.



Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

PM Narendra Modi’s followers on Instagram cross 30 million

@amitmalviya – In-charge of BJP’s national Information & Technology :
  • PM Narendra Modi crosses 30 million followers on Instagram, popular among youth.
  • He is the most followed world leader on Instagram ahead of US President Trump as well as former US President Obama and the only world leader to reach the 30 million milestone.





Praggnanandhaa receives his first GOLD in U18 category!!!





#Arunachal #AmazingArunachal #VisitArunachal

‘The best time for bikers..’

@PemaKhanduBJP – Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh :

  • Motorcycle Road Trip today from Yingkiong to Pasighat.
  • The 122km route offers best road conditions and picturesque views.
  • Now is the best time for bikers in Arunachal. 
Pic Credit: @PemaKhanduBJP


In the News today – 12 September 2019

‘Today is a historic day for Jharkhand’

PM @narendramodi :

  • Today is a historic day for Jharkhand.
  • The new building of the Legislative Assembly has been inaugurated & foundation stone of the new building of Secretariat has also been laid
  • At the newly inaugurated Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha complex, interacted with MLAs of the state.
  • May this Vidhan Sabha complex serve as an important centre of realising people’s dreams.
  • I hope more youngsters from across Jharkhand come to visit this complex in the times to come.

Video of PM Modi inaugurating the new Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha premises:


Video: New building of the Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand

Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke today about the state of the economy

Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses a meeting of General Secretaries, Incharges of States, PCC Presidents and CLP Leaders at AICC HQ

PM Modi’s birthday to be celebrated as ‘Sewa Saptah’: BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh

  • BJP has planned to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday which falls on September 17th as ‘Seva Saptah’ (Service week), between September 14 and 20.
  • The Seva Saptah will be launched by Home Minister Amit Shah and Party President JP Nadda from AIIMS, New Delhi.
  • BJP Party General secretary Arun Singh said a campaign to discourage single-use plastic, promote water conversation are among the few things that are planned during the Seva Saptah.
  • Organising blood donation camps, health and eye check-ups and operations, and distributing fruits in hospitals, orphanages and old age homes will also be done.

Bollywood has taken Switzerland to every nook and corner of India: President Kovind

Congress leaders KC Venugopal and RPN Singh speak to the media after the meeting of party leaders in Congress HQ

‘Stadium named after Arun Jaitley ji is a befitting tribute to him’

@AmitShah – Home Minister :

  • Arun Jaitley ji played a pivotal role in promoting cricket and providing world class cricket facilities at DDCA, which gave World cricket some of the finest players.
  • Stadium named after Arun Jaitley ji is a befitting tribute to him.
  • I thank @RajatSharmaLive for this decision.
Pic Credit: @AmitShah

Collegium has no hesitation in disclosing reasons for transfer of judges, if necessary, says Supreme Court Secretary General in a statement


DRDO successfully test fires Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation @DRDO_India  successfully flight tested indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in the ranges of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher and the target was mimicking a functional tank. The missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision. All the mission objectives were met.
  • Defence Minister @rajnathsingh has congratulated @DRDO_India for the successful test of Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM).

MPATGM.jpgSource : DRDO

This whole exercise is only to harass. No case, no investigation : Karti P Chidambaram

INX Media Case: ED says it doesn’t want custody of P Chidambaram

Karti P Chidambaram  @KartiPC  Tweeted : 

  • Ingenious argument by ED.
  • In SC they clamoured for the custody of @PChidambaram_IN but in Rouse Avenue Court they say they don’t want his custody.
  • Whole purpose is to exercise it only when bail is given from Judicial Cusody, so as to maximise the inconvenience.
  • This whole exercise is only to harass. No case, no investigation.

RSS Chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat addressed a large gathering of Ganesha devotees who participated in the Shobhayatra organised by Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samiti at Hyderabad

Pic Credit: @rajeshpadmar

India Coast Guard Ships, Hovercrafts and Aircraft provided Search & Rescue cover during Ganesh Visarjan at Maharashtra,Goa and Karnataka Coast

Pic Credit: @IndiaCoastGuard

The historic battle of Saragarhi; when 21 Sikh soldiers fought against 10,000 men


  • My tributes to the soldiers of the historic Battle of Saragarhi.
  • Today’s youth must take inspiration from the indomitable spirit of 36th Sikhs to fight social evils to create a better tomorrow.
  • Joining our Armed Forces would be one such step.

Saragarhi Day, is a Sikh military commemoration day celebrated on 12 September every year to commemorate The Battle of Saragarhi. The story was retold through the film Kesari, in which Akshay Kumar played Havildar Ishar Singh.


Pic Courtesy : @capt_amarinder

Beautiful aerial view of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie


In the News Today – 3 September 2019

1st visit by an Indian PM to Russian Far East

Raveesh Kumar – MEA India :

  • A new chapter in our Special & Privileged Strategic Partnership.
  • PM Narendra Modi departs for Vladivostok.
  • The 1st visit by an Indian PM to Russian Far East, for 20th India-Russia Annual Summit.
  • On a special invitation from Prez Putin.
  • PM will also attend 5th EEF as Chief Guest


Pic Credit: @MEAIndia

Dr S Jaishankar:

External Affairs Minister of India

  • Good to be among friends.
  • Ranil Wickremesinghe – PM of Sri Lanka.
  • Abdullah Shahid – Foreign Minister of Maldives

MEA14.jpePic Credit: @DrSJaishankar

The rally for rivers initiative should be supported: Kamal Haasan

  • The rally for rivers initiative by Isha foundation should be supported overlooking Ideological,religious and political differences.
  • The rationale is, it is a common cause, an endeavor to start saving our world. Happy birthday @SadhguruJV and all the luck for the rally.

Cauvery Calling rolls from Talacauvery:

  • Cauvery Calling rolls from Talacauvery, the source of Cauvery.
  • Spectacular downpour of monsoons out here.
  • Riding soaked to the bone.
  • Cauvery Calling is a twelve year commitment for me and everyone else with me.
  • This one aspect, if you fulfill, your karma for this world is done.
  • We should hand over Cauvery to the next generation the way our elders handed it over to us.
  • Three generations at my childhood home in Mysore, working to keep Cauvery flowing, tweeted SadhguruJV

50th year of iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari

PM Narendra Modi :

  • I had an excellent meeting with a delegation from the Vivekananda Kendra.
  • In addition to talking about the exemplary work they do, they spoke to me about a unique mass contact programme they have started, ‘Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat.’
  • My best wishes for the endeavour.
  • The mass contact programme, ‘Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat’ has been initiated at a time when we mark the 50th year of iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari.
  • This Memorial gives energy and inspiration to millions of youngsters.


Pic Credit: @narendramodi

TN CM EPS visits dairy farm at Buffalo near New York

He visited the farm to know about the latest techniques that need to be adopted in the world class livestock park to be set up at Thalaivasal near Salem.

Pic Courtesy : @CMOTamilNadu

‘Assured him of uninterrupted supply of petroleum products…’ : Dharmendra Pradhan

Met R Kamaraj, Min. for Food & Civil Supplies, Govt. of Tamilnadu.
Assured him of uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to further facilitate ease of living for people & strengthening the energy infrastructure for the overall socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu : Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan

Pic Courtesy : @dpradhanbjp

In an attempt to draw away attention from their own misdeeds, the BJP Govt is taking false actions against Congress leaders: RS Surjewala – Congress


The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated: DK Shivakumar

  • I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me.
  • The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP’s politics of vengeance and vendetta.
  • I appeal to my party cadre, supporters and well-wishers to not be disheartened as I have done nothing illegal.
  • I have full faith in God & in our country’s Judiciary and am very confident that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics.

The real opposition will come not in parliament, but from the common people : Prakash Karat

What they have done in Jammu and Kashmir is a threat to all the states of India, to the federal Principle, to the fight for difference of federalism, for secularism, for democracy and difference of livelihood.

All the struggles must be brought together. And I am sure in the coming days it will happen.

The opposition is weak in parliament today. But the real opposition will come not in parliament, but from the people. We will fight against the danger : CPIM Leader Prakash Karat at an event conducted by CPIM in Cuddalore

First de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully  performed


The first de-orbiting maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was performed successfully today (September 03, 2019) beginning at 0850 hrs IST as planned, using the onboard propulsion system. The duration of the maneuver was 4 seconds.

The orbit of Vikram Lander is 104 km x 128 km. Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter continues to orbit the Moon in the existing orbit and both the Orbiter and Lander are healthy.

The next de-orbiting maneuver is scheduled on September 04, 2019 between 0330 – 0430 hrs IST.

Source : PIB

IAF inducts eight AH-64E Apache attack helicopters at Pathankot Air Force Station

Apache AH-64E are one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, this will be a major boost to the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Hamamatsu Airbase in Japan

At the Hamamatsu Airbase in Japan, I had a good look at the functioning of F-15 and also spent some time checking out the trainer plane :@rajnathsingh

‘Took a Shinkansen Bullet Train…’

Took a Shinkansen Bullet Train from Shin Yokohama to reach Hamamatsu Air Base in Japan. India is also working on a Bullet Train project with Japan’s active collaboration :
Rajnath Singh

NCP leader and MP, Supriya Sule chosen top performing MP in 17th Lok Sabha



PM Modi inaugurates Garvi Gujarat Sadan

Located in the heart of Delhi, the Garvi Gujarat Sadan will further popularise aspects of Gujarat’s glorious culture!

This Sadan has been completed before time and is an eco-friendly building too. Had the honour of inaugurating it today. ( 2 Sep.2019)

Sharing some glimpses : PM @narendramodi

Pic Courtesy : @narendramodi

A traditional Japanese dinner last night

I thank the Defence Minister of Japan, Mr. Takeshi Iwaya for being a gracious host and inviting me for a traditional Japanese dinner last night. ありがとう Arigatou Iwaya San! : Defence Minister @rajnathsingh

In the News today – 24 July

TN Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had darshan of Athi Varadhar in Kancheepuram


The centralisation of power in the hands of the centre, the federal structure being violated & individual liberty being violated: Karti Chidambaram on why he is opposing the amendments to The Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) Amendment Bill, 2019

No deviation in promise to farmers: AP CM YS Jagan tells TDP in Assembly

  • AP CM YS Jagan read out from YSRCP manifesto to clarify in the Assembly that the Govt is sticking to the letter and spirit of its election promise.
  • He said, as promised, farmers will be paid Rs 50,000/- in four instalments. The first instalment will be paid on 15 October this year and the remaining three in the month of May for three consecutive years.
  • He found fault with the TDP for trying to mislead the public, instead of Congratulating the Govt for its efforts to stand with the farmers.
  • He further said that every day an issue misinterpreting the Govt’s attitude is being raised by the opposition and asked them to stop this approach.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on the need to rehabilitate the families displaced by the construction of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre


Arvind Kejriwal’s speech after winning Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work on RTI

Swearing in Ceremony of Biswa Bhusan Harichandan as Governor of Andhra Pradesh at Raj Bhavan, Vijayawada

There is a staggering innumeracy in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a policy level : Dr P Thiaga Rajan


There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept..

DMK MLA & Party Spokesperson PTR. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Tweeted :

Entering electoral politics after a ~30 yr. expat professional career has been an incredible learning experience. Some day, I hope I’ll find the time to write about it in detail. For now, I want to touch on two troubling aspects showing a decline in our Democracy.

First, a statistic to explain the extent to which the role of the Legislature has been reduced. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed 16 Bills (new or amended laws) in the final hours, of the last day, of the month-long Demand-for-Grants session which finished July 20th.

The total time allowed for discussion (on only 4 of 16 bills), was about 12 minutes! Also, 13 of the 16 Bills had been delivered to the Members/placed on the Table of the House only in the last 3 days of the session. 3 of them on the last day after we reached the Assembly!

Remember that Tamil Nadu has only 1 Legislative body (Council abolished by MGR in the 1980’s). If this Legislative body’s members do not even see Bills till hours before they’re passed, where is the deliberative role for the legislature as envisaged in the Constitution?

The Legislature is now a rubber-stamp for ruling party’s law-making agenda. There are many causes for this, & potential remedies, but I’ll leave that for wiser people to debate, for now. Instead I want to touch on something that compounds the problem of lack of debate/review.

There is a staggering INNUMERACY (mathematical illiteracy) in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a practical/policy level. And the real tragedy is that many times, no one seems to to care.

There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept. Today, I want to start with a particularly bad instance: revival of a very important Land Acquisition Law post HC judgement.

The Bill’s first page & Explanatory note, are attached (now public information after Bill was placed in the house & passed). Consider the NUMBERS on the explanation page. The Govt. openly admits that it has only put ~5.8% of “acquired land” (1,373 of 23,804 ha) to actual use!

Note this Bill (law) is being revived to overcome MHC Court verdict. Is a history of such poor utilization a positive argument for continued acquisition, or an argument against? Now look at the next number: Cost of acquisition of remaining 22,431 ha = ~Rs. 1.85 LAKH CRORES.


Numbers lead to second question 2) The entire ’19-’20 Budget voted for TN is 2.17 Lakh Crores – of which >70% if for Salaries, Pensions, Interest, etc. So ENTIRE discretionary amount =~60,000 Crores. So how long will it take to raise 1.85 Lakh Crores just for acquisition?

Remember, ~60,000 Crores is to pay for all other expenses like Capital Investment, Govt Schemes, Ration Supplies, Scholarships, etc. So at best, Govt. can set aside a few 1,000 Crores for acquisition/year. Also it’s running big deficits, so increasing borrowings not possible.

Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost : Rahul Gandhi

From its first day, the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat & an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost :
Rahul Gandhi

The Congress party will hold nation wide protests against the immoral political destabilization carried out by the BJP : KC Venugopal, General Secretary, INC


In the News today – 22 July

GSLVMkIII-M1 successfully injects Chandrayaan2 spacecraft into Earth Orbit

It is a historic journey by India to an unexplored part of the moon to carry on scientific studies : Dr Sivan, Chairman ISRO

Dr Sivan, Chairman of ISRO speaking after the launch of Chandrayaan2 into earth orbit said:

  • ‘Today is a historical day for Space and Technology in India. I am extremely happy to announce that GSLVMkIII has successfully injected Chandrayaan 2 in the defined Orbit, infact it has been placed in an orbit, which is 6000kms higher.’
  • Higher orbit will give the satellite more life, more fuel, for more maneouvers.
  • It is a historic journey by India to an unexplored part of the moon to carry on scientific studies.
  • A mind boggling amount of work went into identifying and fixing the technical snag that delayed the mission. This was completed in just 24hrs.
  • Another one and a half days were spent for carrying out the required checks to ensure that the snag was fixed.
  • Behind the success of the mission is the hard work put in by ISRO staff at all levels who stayed away from their families to give time for the project.
  • The mantle has now been given to Team Chandrayaan 2. In the next 45 days they will be handling 15 crucial manoeuvres and finally brining Chandrayaan2 around the moon, Dr Sivan added.

This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon : PM Modi

Efforts such as Chandrayaan2 will further encourage our bright youngsters towards science, top quality research and innovation. Thanks to Chandrayaan, India’s Lunar Programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the Moon will be significantly enhanced.

Chandrayaan2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon.

Lok Sabha passes The Right to Information Amendment Bill, 2019

A Raja, DMK :
Today is a dark day for democracy. Democracy is a continuous process, it doesn’t end with elections. It’s wrong to say that CIC cannot be equated with the CEC because the former is a statutory body, while the latter is a constitutional body.

Shashi Tharoor, INC :
What’s the hurry in bulldozing every bill without scrutiny? Why the parliamentary standing committees are not being constituted?

Karti Chidambaram, INC :
303 being used to kill and massacre the spirit of RTI.

Sougata Roy, AITC :
The govt has brought the amendment to curtail the powers of information commissioners.

B Mahtab, BJD :
Past and present govts have sought amendments to dilute the RTI law. This attempt is an assault on the idea of federalism.

Congress MPs hold protest in Parliament premises over Sonbhadra firing incident

In the News today – 20 July 2019

Priyanka Gandhi offers prayers at Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi




‘A recipe for disaster..’

  • Review of Power PPAs by the incumbent government in AP is a recipe for disaster.
  • It will hurt the industry. It will hurt the state’s prospect to attract investments.
  • And it will hurt India’s image as an investment destination tweeted

N Chandrababu Naidu – Former AP CM

Tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji

BJP National Working President JP Nadda along with Maharashtra CM Dev Fadnavis paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Pic Credit: @BJP4India

International Chess Day:

Happy International Chess Day. An old favourite. That was how we learnt chess in my youth. Reading magazines. The best gift today. The 64 GM’s in India. Happy Chess day India: Viswanathan Anand – @vishy64theking

In the News today – 19 July 2019

The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing : Rahul Gandhi

The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP said Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi in a Tweet

In the video below General Secretary UP East Priyanka Gandhi addresses party workers from Chunar Fort :


AP CM YS Jagan alleges corruption in the Polavaram project

Speaking in the AP Assembly today, CM YS Jagan said :

  • Contracts for the Polavaram project have been given to people known to the then ruling party.
  • Contracts have been alloted at an enchanced value .
  • A relative of the formaer Finance Minister has also been given a contract.
  • The Power project there too has been given to a company known to the former ruling party members.
  • The contractors for the project have not taken a single step till date and haven’t supllied even the deisgns.
  • They have been given an advance of Rs 724 crores.
  • A committee is going through all this and the findings will be public soon.


In the News today

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam abolishes L1, L2, L3 VIP Darshan facility from today

TTD Trust Board Chairman YV Subba Reddy spoke to the media after the meeting of the TTD Trust board, he said:

  • It has been decided by the Board to abolish the L1, L2, L3 VIP Darshan facility from today.
  • It may take a few days for the authorities to implement the decision since they may need time for the systems to be updated.
  • He made it clear that the abolition will not impact Darshan for Ministers, Judges and Officers in high positions. They will continue to receive the same courtesies extended to them in the past.

We have emerged victorious: Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Supreme Court order on Karnataka

Aavin, Public Transport and Govt. Hospitals in focus in the announcements made by TN CM EPS in the Assembly today:

  • Govt to introduce 2000 new buses this year too at a cost of Rs 600 crore. 10 Government Transport Workshops will be upgraded at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crores.
  • New Milk Producers Unions to be established in Cuddalore, Karur, Dharmapuri,Theni and Thoothukudi.
  • By bifurcating the existing Milk Producers Union and creating new ones it is proposed to enhance Milk Procurement through Aavin from 33 lakh litres per day to 35 lakh litres per day. The milk sold through Aavin will increase from 22.5 lakh litres a day to 25 lakh litres a day.
  • “My Hospital My Pride” initiative to be launched to further enhance the services of Government Hospitals.
  • 32 Medicine Vending Machines for 28 types of Medicines will be set-up in Govt Medical College Hospitals and 5 urban health centers in Chennai.
  • In order to prevent the loss of lives due to suicides, counselling services will be offered through 104 Telephone Services in 22 Govt. Medical College Hospitals. This facility will be created at a cost of Rs 6.72 crore.

Do not allow hydrocarbon exploration in the state: Leader of Opposition MK Stalin in TN Assembly

Assembly time being spent on issues like seating arrangements and on right to raise supplementary questions leading to less time for discussion on Budget: YS Jagan – AP CM

  • AP CM told the leader of Opposition in the AP Assembly Chandrababu Naidu that the ruling party is ready to follow any system of seating in the Assembly that the Opposition may want to suggest. But was not happy that it becoming an issue for discussion in the house.
  • He also expressed his disappointment that raising supplementary questions is being made an issue when the rules are clear on the issue.
  • He further said that the Assembly has taken-up just two of the ten questions listed after spending considerable amount of time debating points raised by the opposition.
  • Discussion on the Budget which is important is yet to be taken-up.


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DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at the launch of Poet Vairamuthu’s book Tamizhattrupadai

If there is no water scarcity, why is water being brought in train wagons : Karti Chidambaram

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri and Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram speaking to the press at Madurai Airport

Tamil Nadu Congress is organising demonstrations in every district today to register strong protest of Tamil Nadu People against BJP for conspiring to destabilise elected Govt in Karnataka thru blatant misuse of money/central agencies & to express our solidarity with INCKarnataka.

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri will be leading the agitation in Ramanad district, CLP Leader KRRamasamy, Congress MPs/MLAs in their respective constituencies, TNCC functionaries & other leaders in assigned DCCs & I will be participating in Chennai : Sanjay Dutt , Secretary AICC – Incharge Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.

President Kovind presents LL.D to three eminent judges

President Kovind attends special convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University conferring LL.D. (Honoris Causa) on Justice Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala & former CJI; Justice Bobde, Judge, Supreme Court of India; and Justice Tahilramani, Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Speaking at the function President Kovind said, Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency.

This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person. The legal profession must continue to address this collectively, he added.

Swachhata Abhiyan at Parliament House

Speaker, Lok Sabha Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other dignitaries during SwachhataAbhiyan, at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

The soon to be handed over 2BHK Dignity Housing program of Mandepalli Village in Rajanna Siricilla district


Tamil Nadu Live – News Headlines – 11 June

  • Congress – JDS coalition in the state is going strong despite the efforts to destabilize. We are confident and prepared for a smooth and fruitful conduct of legislative sessions: HD Kumaraswamy

  • Karnataka rebel MLAs submit their resignations to the Speaker. Speaker says he needs time to scrutinise and decide on the resignations

  • Ayodhya Case : Supreme Court orders Justice Kalifullah to submit status regarding progress of mediation by next Thursday. Matter to be heard from July 25 on day to day basis in case matter cannot be resolved by mediation : @barandbench

  • Six elected to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu. Three from the AIADMK front and three from the DMK front. Vaiko and Anbumani Ramadoss are among those elected