One of the highly ambitious and leading universities in North-East India, Himalayan University (HU), organized its very first grand convocation on 22nd December 2017, on its Jollang Campus in Itanagar in gracious presence of many dignitaries such as Shri Honchun Ndandam, Shri Tapir Gao, Shri Ravinder Sathe and Shri P Subba Rao. The Chancellor and the members of the Board of Management of HU, were also present along with the students in their formal dresses.
The Chief Guest at the magnificent convocation was Hon’ble Shri Honchun Ngandam, the Education Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. The Guest of Honor was Shri Tapir Gao (Ex. Member of Parliament & President of State BJP). The Convocation was presided over by its Hon’ble Chancellor Shri P. Subba Rao and the convocation received a Special Address by Shri Ravinder Sathe (Executive Director, Rambhau Mhalgi Probodhini).
At the Himalayan University’s first convocation at Jollang in Itanagar on 22nd December 2017, 410 students were awarded the degrees in arts, Social Science, Commerce, Science, Law, Special Education and Library Science. The Chief Guest Swami Vishwaha Nanda, Secretary, Rama Krishna Hospital, Itanagar urged the graduating students to contribute to the society and to work with integrity unmindful of challenges they would face.
Speaking on the occasion the Guest of Honor Shri Ravinder Sathe Executive Director, Rambhau Mhalgi Probodhini delivered the special address and explained the students that the degree can help and be useful only when education can be spread for the welfare of the society. The other Board members who were present on the gracious occasion were the Ex-MLA and BJP Leader Shri Tani Loffa, Prof. Dr. S.P singh, Vice Chancellor Himalayan University, Shri P. Subba Rai, Mr. Hemant Goyal, Chairman Himalayan University. Ashok Kumar and Mukesh Goyal.
Dilip Jain, Joint Registrar, Mr. Ravi Pokharna Executive Head RMP Delhi and all 130 faculty members were also present on the occasion.
Lama Yangki, Dawa Drema Maney, Marpi Dulom, Taglo Murtem, Kasem Moyong, Kenya Kadu were awarded with the gold medals.
One of the main and ultimate aims of the Convocation was appreciating and motivating the qualified students and professionals (belonging to diverse educational and professional streams) and wishing each of them a very successful and creative career in the field concerned.
India Israel Friendship Forum “We cannot let our students learn that Akbar was great. The Mughals never respected Indian values. Tell me how many Muslim invaders constructed educational institutions or hospitals for treatment of ailing people? Muslim invaders wanted to keep Indians illiterate so that they could serve as their slaves. No country in the world teaches its students about the atrocities they faced at the hands of foreign invaders.” —- Indresh Kumar
India Israel Friendship Forum (IIFF) and Forum for National Awareness (FANS)
started the centenary year celebrations to mark the victory of Haifa port, in Israel, by
barely armed Indian horse ridden cavalry soldiers from the Ottoman Turks today at the
Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. Haifa holds significance to both India and Israel history
books as hundreds of barely armed Indian soldiers – part of the Allied forces during the
First World War– sacrificed their lives to liberate the city on September 23, 1918. The
Haifa victory marked the end of 400 years of occupation by the Ottoman Turks.
The celebrations began with paying tributes to the Indian soldiers by Gen VK Singh,
minister for External Affairs, Minister of state for Power RK Singh, Minister state for
Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, International joint coordinator of Hindu Swayamsevak
Sangh Ravi Kumar, RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar and president of
FANS Air Marshal RC Bajpai, Rajasthan Minority Commission Chairman Jasbeer
Singh and president of IIFF Gen RN Singh and general secretary of IIFF Prof Shivaji
Sarkar. Later they joined a seminar at Nehru Memorial Museum, and Library, which is
a partner in the celebrations. The programme would mark the beginning of the
celebration in India and Israel at a grand scale. Delegations from the two countries are
to visit each other to jointly celebrate the occasion and open up a new chapter in
relations with Israel and the world. It may be recalled Indian soldiers have made
significant contributions to establish world peace and liberate the oppressed.
The programme began with Vande Mataram, playing of national band and march past
by NCC cadets who came from schools all over Delhi. It was followed a special lamp
lighting ceremenony to decorate the Teen Murti Chowk RSS National Executive Member Indresh Kumarsaid that he wants to see Indians
love every citizen and the land. India wanted peace and that there should be no need for
another Haifa-type operation in the current scenario, either with Pakistan, China or
Myanmar’s Rohingyas. Indresh Kumar also called for boycott of Chinese products
during religious festivals while saying China will have to retreat from Doklam as it has
no other option. He referred to China’s expansionist designs and said that Beijing
threatened war after its troops failed to enter Doklam following swift movement by the
armies of Bhutan and India. Kumar equated Chinese threats to that of a servant, who
repeatedly warns his employer over pay hike and finally agrees to continue working on
same salary. He said that the present government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
shown that it is a nationalist government. Kumar added that China failed to realise that
there has been change of leadership. “In 1954, we had an agreement with China on the
basis of Panchsheel and when it came to an end in 1962, China attacked us and annexed
Tibet and killed 12 lakh Tibetans during mass uprising there. It even got crushed under
tanks its three lakh students demanding democracy at Tiananmen Square,” he said.
“India became victim of the misconception that China will abide by friendship and the
peace pact.” RSS leader said that China couldn’t be trusted. He said that India has
opened fronts with Pakistan and “cards with China”. “India has warned Pakistan by
destroying terror camps during an operation in which 32 terrorists and their six trainers
were killed without any casualty on own side”. RSS leader also accused India’s first
prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of being “short-sighted” and “contributing
immensely” to the Kashmir issue. “There is no record whatsoever in our parliamentary
history that Nehru consulted his cabinet before going to the United Nations with the
issue,” he said. RSS leader said, “we cannot let our students learn that Akbar was great.
The Mughals never respected Indian values. Tell me how many Muslim invaders
constructed educational institutions or hospitals for treatment of ailing people? Muslim
invaders wanted to keep Indians illiterate so that they could serve as their slaves. No
country in the world teaches its students about the atrocities they faced at the hands of
foreign invaders.” Minister of state for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh said that the action of the
Indian troops has been vividly recorded in the Official History of the War-Military
operation Egypt and Palestine (volume 2). No more remarkable cavalry action of its
scale was fought in the whole course of the campaign. Machine gun bullets over and
over again failed to stop the galloping horses even though many of them succumbed
afterwards to their injuries. Gen. Singh emphasized that this remains the only known
incident in military history when a horse-ridden cavalry on the gallop captured a
fortified town. Gen VK Singh extolling the velour of Indian soldiers said that they had
the capacity to fight in the most adverse circumstances. They are the most disciplined
and for just cause sacrifice their lives. He also narrated how Indian defence forces along
with the ministry of external affairs conducted massive rescue of the people of 26
countries during the Yemen, Syria and other disturbing situations in the West Asia.
Singh said that India is the goodwill ambassador for the world and Haifa marks the
efforts to establish close relationship with Israel and other West Asian countries. Maj.
Gen. VK Singh praised the army in honour of the nation. “History proves, that India
has always helped the countries, whenever they have asked for support. Indians are
genetically brave from within. But it is a matter of concern that people forget the
martyrs”, he said. With efforts of the Indian Ambassador in Israel, the first Haifa day
was marked in the year 2010. Gen. Singh said that there are plans for the formation of
the memorial of war heroes, which is expected to be completed soon. Minister of state for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahirsaid, during the battle for Haifa
in September 1918, the Indian troops exhibited exemplary cavalry skills and bravery in
a successful cavalry charge which finally culminated in the liberation of Haifa. The
minister said India is committed to take on the demon of terrorism head on; and
expressed concern over illicit funds being generated from the sale of drugs to finance
terror activities. Ahir said the problem of narco-terrorism is assuming gigantic
proportions. Illicit funds being generated from the sale of drugs are being utilised for
funding terrorist activities and illegal arms trade, he said. About the presence of
Rohingya Muslims, he said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had already given
instructions to identify all these Rohingya to see to it that they did not disturb peace.
Hansraj said, PM Modi is the first prime` minister of india to visit the haifa memorial
in Israel. India has been practicing the custom of helping the countries, whenever they
have asked for support. Haifa is a concrete example of this. India supported in the
formation of Bangladesh and Atal Behari Bajpayee compared Indira Gandhi to goddess
Durga. Rajiv Gandhi helped Sri Lanka, but unfortunately had to sacrifice his life for
this. Recently, we helped Tibet on the Doklam issue. Immediately after 6 months of
formation of Bangladesh, it tried to claim Assam as its territory. This was sad. Till date
Bangladesh has a negative approach towards India. Bangladesh needs to realise the role
of India in its formation rather than promoting terrorism against india. 30 LAKH people
lost their lives in the massacre. We are already fighting with Pakistan against terrorism.
Atal ji ensured that, the Kargil war remains limited to Kargil and not become an IndoPak
war. Bangladesh should take lessons from India. Minister of state (independent charge) R.K. Singh said “I am deeply honored to
stand here today to salute the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the
liberation of Haifa during WW-I.” He recalled how the Indian troops exhibited
exemplary cavalry skills and bravery in a successful cavalry charge that finally
culminated in the liberation of Haifa. Shri Ravi Kumar, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) and writer of the book on
Haifa, “Indian Heroism In Israel” who is also an advisor to Indo Israel Friendship
Forum, highlighted many contributions of Jewes in India. He shared how Jews suffered
discrimination almost everywhere but in India. The minister said that Jews had to face
discrimination in various countries including the UK, Russia, Germany and Italy, but
they never faced it in India. Jews in India have flourished since the time they migrated
and they are on senior positions. Air Marshal RC Bajpaiquoted a few rare books on war history to make his point that
Indian soldiers irrespective of caste and religion are the best and most dependable. He
also remembered Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh, who were
awarded the Indian Order of Merit and Captain Anop Singh and 2nd Lt. Sagat Singh
were awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their bravery in this battle. Major
Dalpat Singh was awarded a military cross for his bravery. Parvesh Khanna, National General Secretory FANS gave vote of thanks. He noted
in his speech that the soldiers fought valiantly for the British while they were engaged
in a struggle against the British for independence. FANS President Air Marshal (Retd)
RC Bajpai, National General Secretaries Sarla Singh and Parvesh Khanna were present
at the occasion. The media were in attendance in large number befitting the occasion
and gave very wide coverage in print and electronic media.
Every year, September 23 is celebrated as Haifa Victory Day in India and Israel as a
mark of respect to the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and to mark the end to
400 years of the Turkish control over the city. Forum for Awareness of National
Security (FANS), like previous years, celebrated Haifa Day with a seminar on ”
Significance of Indo-Israel friendship”. This is in commemoration of the supreme
sacrifice of more than 900 Brave Indian Soldiers who laid down their lives for liberating
the Palestinian Port of Haifa from Ottoman Empire of Turkey during World War I on
September 23, 1918. They were from the Lancers of Maharajas of Jodhpur, Mysore and
Nizam of Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, barely three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modihad visited Israel
and saluted the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives protecting the Israeli city of
Haifa during World War I from the Ottoman Empire forces. He said their sacrifice was
a mark of the enduring bond between the two nations. Mr. Modi visited the Indian
cemetery in Haifa along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the last
day of his visit to Israel and laid wreaths at the site. Together in homage to the fallen
brave, both PM Narendra Modi & Netanyahu presented wreaths at Haifa. He also
unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh, known as the ‘Hero of Haifa’
for his critical role in the liberation of the city. PM Modi wrote in the guest book. “The
exceptional bravery and supreme sacrifice of Major Thakur Dalpat Singh MC, the
‘Hero of Haifa’ and his men, will be remembered and continue to inspire generations
to come. Next year, the centenary of the battle of Haifa will present another opportunity
to mark this enduring bond between India and Israel.”
A victory in Himachal Assembly poll foregone conclusion
By Amba Charan Vashishth
With a historic win in Shimla Municipal Corporation elections in June BJP has maintained its winning streak in Himachal Pradesh too. For the first time BJP has won majority and grabbed Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s posts 31 years after elections were held to the country’s oldest urban local body since the days of the British Empire when the city enjoyed the privilege of being the summer capital of both the then Government of India and the undivided Punjab.
For the past 26 years consecutively Congress had ruled Shimla MC and during the last five years it was CPM which controlled it as the party won both the mayor and deputy mayor’s posts which were then filled through direct election.
BJP won 17 (50 percent) of the seats and its toll rose to about 56 percent with one BJP rebel rejoining the party and one newly elected Congress councillor joining the party.
In another historical first BJP candidate Kusum Sadret, a Dalit, won the Mayor’s post getting 19 votes while Rakesh Kumar Sharma scored 20, with one Congress member cross-voting in favour of BJP.
It is also for the first time that more than 50 percent (18) winners are women out of which 10 belong to BJP, 7 to Congress and the lone CPM winner.
Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, himself facing corruption charges in court, seems to have seen the writing on the wall and that is why he ordered postponement of the elections on the pretext of “revising the electoral rolls”. Former Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhuamal had described the act as unconstitutional. The decision was challenged in the High Court which ordered the Virbhadra Government to order elections immediately.
The results are a great personal setback to CM Virbhadra Singh as he had personally campaigned in the elections cancelling his pre-scheduled engagements. Congress lost the Totu seat which falls in Singh’s assembly constituency. In the adjoining seat of Boileugunj BJP marked its win where CM’s son and HP Youth Congress President Virkramaditya Singh campaigned extensively.
On the BJP front, former CM P. K. Dhumal, Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda and State President Satpal Satti held the fort and campaigned extensively. It is also a welcome gift for Shri Mangal Pandey who assumed charge of Himachal BJP organisational matters over a month back. BJP youth wing was also very active. Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur led the youth in the campaign.
The election results are being seen as a curtain raiser for the outcome of the state assembly elections which are just a few months away in October-November this year. BJP is bound to romp home to victory and form the next government with a thumping majority. The State capital of Shimla has sent a message loud and clear. The results have sent shocks of shivers down the ruling Congress.
In what could be seen as a major step towards ending the VIP culture prevalent in India, the government on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.
As per sources, the decision taken by the Union Cabinet will be implemented from May 1.
It is reported that five categories would be allowed to use the red beacon- President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker.
The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.
It was reported last week that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.
Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath, the new chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, have already taken steps to either end or restrict VIP culture.
In its first cabinet meeting, chaired by Captain Amarinder, the newly formed Punjab Government decided to completely shun the VIP culture by removing the red, yellow and blue beacons from their official vehicles.
On December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as ‘kar sevaks’. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the mosque.
A subsequent inquiry into the incident found 68 people responsible for the demolition, including several leaders of the BJP and the VHP. The demolition also resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.
There were two sets of cases relating to the Babri Masjid demolition.
The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, in a Raebareli court.
The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.
The Cabinet has start to discuss the matter of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). It’s Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Cabinet has so far cleared two tranches of Rs. 1,009 crore and Rs. 9,200 for the Election Commission to buy new voting machines.it’s so castly
Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the government seeking funds for VVPAT machines.
Last year, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to the funds needed for the machines.
The Supreme Court has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.
The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress had attacked the Election Commission for allegedly using “tampered” EVMs.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.
The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election
There was uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the train mishap in Bihar that has left at least 37 people dead as the Rajya Rani Express ran over them. The issue was raised in the House with the Opposition demanding a statement by the Railways Minister.
Congress leader Rajeev Shukla has said that Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has been directed by the government to make a statement in the House. “Everybody in the House is sad about the train accident. I have asked the Rail Minister to give a statement in the House and do the needful.
Former Railways Minister Lalu Prasad has said that the accident was a result of neglect. “The death toll is likely to rise. It appears that the accident may have been a result of neglect. Such an incident never took place when I was the Rail Minister.
Calling it a sad incident, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, “The train was moving very fast. This is a very sad incident and reports of many deaths are coming in. BJP extends its condolences to the families of the victims.”
Over 37 people have died in the accident while over 40 have been injured in the train tragedy in which many people were run over by the Rajya Rani Express at the Dhamara railway station near Saharsa.
Jharkhand government on Tuesday announced Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the family of Special Branch officer Francis Indewar who was killed by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).
”Apart from compensation, the insurance claim of about Rs 11 lakh and job to a family member will also be given,” Jharkhand Home Secretary JB Tubid said in Ranchi.
Tubid said the government would also get the education expenditure of his children.
The beheaded body of Indewar, abducted from Hembrom market under Arki police station in Naxal dominated Khunti district on September 30, was recovered on Tuesday from Raisa ghati under Namkom police station.
The Maoists owning the responsibility of killing Francis had demanded release of their top-rung leaders like Kobad Ghandy, Chhatradhar Mahto and Bhushan Yadav against the life of the police officer.
The Prime Minister rode a SUV, standing and waving through its sun-roof, as the frenzied crowds through the 11-km route from airport to the circuit house chanted his name.
PM Modi has come to Surat for a two-day tour after wrapping up the BJP National Executive in Odisha. This is his eighth visit in nine months to his home state.
“Thank you Surat! Your affection and blessings will remain etched in my memory,” he tweeted at the end of the two-hour-long roadshow.
“He is visiting Surat for the first time after the BJP’s landslide victory in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. We are very excited to receive him,” state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said.
But ahead of the elections, the roadshow turned out to be a show of strength for the BJP in the backdrop of the Patidar agitation. Thousands of people lined the sidewalks of the route that the Prime Minister took. The entire stretch from the Surat airport to the circuit house was decked up and all government and commercial buildings along the route were illuminated.
Over the next two days, besides several functions inaugurating hospitals and irrigation projects, the Prime Minister will also address a rally in Katargam area, which has a significant percentage of Patidar population.
The BJP, which is seeking a fifth straight term in the state, is facing a challenge from the state’s politically powerful Patidar community led by Hardik Patel. Traditional BJP supporters, the Patidar community has been on a collision course with the party after their demand for quota in jobs and education was turned down by the state government.
An advisory has been issued by the Jammu and Kashmir police to its field personnel to avoid visiting their homes “for the next few months”, following incidents of attacks by militants on their residences and family members.
The advisory issued by the police headquarters referred to the recent incidents in the valley where terrorists, andanti-national and anti-social elements have cause damage to the life and property of police personnel.
“In view of these unfortunate incidents, police personnel, particularly from south Kashmir, are advised to exercise extreme caution while visiting their homes. They should preferably avoid visiting their homes for the next few months as their personal security is of paramount importance,” the advisory said.
It advised all the heads of various formations to brief their officers and men regarding the threat so the life and property of police personnel were secure.
The advisory follows over a dozen incidents of attacks on families of police personnel in Kulgam and Shopian in South Kashmir. The family members of police personnel deployed in anti-insurgency operations were threatened and asked to persuade the uniformed men to quit service.
The first incident of militants entering the house of a police personnel was reported in March this year when Hizbul Mujahideen militants threatened the family of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Shopian.
The unprecedented incident had sent shock waves through the police force, prompting the state police chief S P Vaid to issue a warning to militant groups.
Vaid had said, “This is between police and militants and families should not be brought into this conflict.” He had wondered what would be the reaction of militants if police started threatening and intimidating their families. “If the police start doing this, what will happen to their families?” he had asked. However, militants have remained unfazed by the warning.