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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Did Not Allow BJP To Be Extreme Right: P Chidambaram
Source:  NDTV News
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:15

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today described former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as someone who anchored the BJP close to the middle and did not allow the party to swing to the extreme...

Vajpayee, charismatic former PM, passes away
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:15

NEW DELHI: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of India’s most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises while holding together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics and superlative oratory, died here on Thursday. He was 93.

Vajpayee, a bachelor, is survived by his adopted daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya. He will be cremated on Friday at 4 pm in New Delhi.

“It was Atalji’s exemplary leadership that set the foundations for prosperous and inclusive India in the 21st century,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, leading the nation in mourning the demise of the nationalist stalwart whose popularity cut across party lines.

Vajpayee’s  death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital where he had been admitted on June 11 with a variety of ailments.

“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former prime minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at 05:05 pm,” the AIIMS said in a statement.

It said his condition was stable for the last nine weeks, but “unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life-support systems.”

As it became clear that the end was near, a host of politicians and well-wishers began gathering at the AIIMS since morning. A pall of gloom descended at the BJP headquarters as soon the news of Vajpayee’s demise broke.

Modi said Vajpayee’s passing is a “personal and irreplaceable” loss for him and that his futuristic policies across various sectors touched the lives of each and every citizen of India.

“It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atalji that the BJP was built brick by brick,” Modi said in a tweet.

A seven-day state mourning was  announced by the government as a mark of respect to Vajpayee.

Vajpayee, who joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  in 1947 rose through ranks to become a stalwart of the BJP and was the first non-Congress prime minister to complete a full term in office.

In the evening, Vajpayee’s body was taken to his residence at Krishna Menon Marg in New Delhi where a host of leaders cutting across party lines and people from different walks of life paid their last respects.

Seen as a moderate face of BJP, Vajpayee’s first became prime minister in 1996, leading a shaky coalition whose members were suspicious of the BJP’s  right-wing politics. It lasted for 13 days and collapsed after losing a vote of no-confidence.

His second stint as prime minister was in 1998 when the National Democratic Alliance again came to power but that lasted for just 13 months.

Finally, the NDA with Vajpayee as prime minister  returned to power in 1999 and was voted out in 2004.

A lifelong bachelor, Vajpayee was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1957 from Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh in India’s second general elections.

His maiden speech in Parliament so impressed his peers and colleagues that the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru introduced Vajpayee to a visiting foreign dignitary thus: “This young man one day will become the country’s prime minister.”

He remained a member of Parliament for 47 years — elected 10 times to the Lok Sabha and twice to Rajya Sabha.

Vajpayee’s signature in politics was achieving pragmatic consensus, and in this process he earned the respect of his party, allies and opponents. Abroad, he projected a harmonious image of India and connected it to the world through his foreign policy outreach

The former prime minister was admitted to the hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

Vajpayee, a diabetic, had only one functional kidney. He suffered a stroke in 2009 that weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.

Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, to a schoolteacher Krishna Bihari Vajpayee and Krishna Devi. Today, his birthday is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’.

After schooling, he graduated from Victoria College in Gwalior, now known as Laxmi Bai College. He did his MA in political science from DAV College in Kanpur. Following a brief flirtation with communism, he became a full-time worker of RSS in 1947.

BJP president Amit Shah said the last rites of Vajpayee will take place at 4 pm on Friday at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal here. The body would be taken to the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at around 9 am and the funeral procession would leave the party office at 1 pm.

The Union cabinet condoled the demise of Vajpayee, official sources said.

As per convention, the cabinet passed a resolution, condoling the demise of the BJP veteran.

A brief moment of silence was also observed, the sources said.

A state funeral would be accorded to Vajpayee and a half-day holiday would be observed in all central government offices on Friday.

A seven-day state mourning has been announced by the government as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

In a circular, the Union home ministry said the national flag would be flown at half mast across the country for seven days from Thursday.

“As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, it has been decided that seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from August 16-22, both days inclusive.

“During this period, the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where it is regularly flown and there will be no official entertainment during the period of the state mourning,” the home ministry said.

The national flag would fly at half mast at all the Indian missions abroad on Friday, the day of Vajpayee’s funeral.

Miley Cyrus-Liam Hemsworth headed for splitsville? Couple 'not in a good place', says report
Source:  IBTimes India
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:15

A new report from Radar Online has revealed that the former Disney star and the Australian hunk are on the rocks.

The PM’s speech
Source:  The Hindu
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:13

 Narendra Modi’s last Independence Day speech before the next general election was a politically significant one, both in terms of what he said and wh

AB Vajpayee's funeral: Traffic not allowed on these roads
Source:  Oneindia News
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:11

New Delhi, Aug 17: Several roads in the national capital will be closed for the public  in view of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral, the Delhi Traffic Police said on Thursday. Vajpayee's last rites will be performed at the Rashtriya

BJP-Sena ally benefitted from Atal Behari Vajpayee-Bal Thackeray
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:09

"Even as PM Vajpayee was in constant touch with Thackeray and always discussed various issues," Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

Show some grit, says Shastri
Source:  The Shillong Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:08

NOTTINGHAM: Under-fire India coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday called on his struggling batsmen to show more discipline and grit when the third Test against England gets underway at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
He said that despite tough conditions, need of the hour is to show resolve and play gritty cricket. England lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first two Tests in Birmingham and Lord’s.
“Conditions have been tough right through this series. But that’s where character and discipline come into play. The resolve to know where your off stump is, leave a lot of balls, be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit,” said Shastri. “I don’t think its fair to single out any one player,” he added, when asked about Ajinkya Rahane’s struggles on this tour.
“Batsmen from both teams have struggled. When the occasion demands, it’s a case of mental resolve – how you put mind over matter. Mental discipline will be the key as far as batsmen are concerned going forward in this Test match. Rahane is one of our pillars and he will remain so.”
There is some good news ahead of the must-win Test for India. Skipper Virat Kohli is near full fitness ahead of the game as he batted without any discomfort and also took slip catching. Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have already been declared fit for the game. India will be looking to find the optimal combination for the game, and the coach admitted that they had made a mistake going with an extra spinner at Lord’s.
“Kohli is feeling much better. You saw him in the nets – he is moving much better and improving by the day. “In hindsight, it (picking second spinner) was an error. We should have gone, seeing the conditions, with an extra seamer. It might have helped. Then again, you didn’t know how much it would rain, whether a match could go into the final day where just in case a second spinner is needed and the ball starts to turn, would we have needed him? “But in hindsight the way things panned out, the amount it rained, the time we lost, a seamer could have been a better option,” said Shastri.
England are on the cusp of wrapping up the series with victory at Trent Bridge, and the only way India can avoid that is to register only their second win in six overseas Tests in 2018. Shastri said that the team knows how to do it because they have been in this position before. “Just believe in your self,” he said.
On the other hand, England have a selection headache at hand and a problem of plenty with the return of Ben Stokes to the Test squad. (PTI)

Ready to open in Tests: Rohit

MUMBAI: Opening in shorter formats proved to be a boon for Rohit Sharma, who said that he will not mind taking a shot at it in Test matches too, if the team management ever considers that as an option in near future.
The 31-year-old has scored 1479 runs at shade under 40 per innings in 25 Tests with three hundreds and nine half centuries but is currently out of favour as far as longest format is concerned.
With the trio of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay struggling, Rohit was posed a question if he would like to open the innings in Test matches too. “Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit stated.
While his technique in testing conditions outside the Indian sub-continent has time and again come under scanner, the stylish batsman is still hopeful of a Test recall “I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands.” He added. (PTI)

Governor, CM condole Vajpayee’s demise
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:08

PANAJI: Governor Mridula Sinha and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday condoled the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, on Thursday evening.

In her condolence message, the Governor said, “It is hard to believe that Atalji is no more with us… the nation is in a state of shock. I along with my husband and Goans join the nation in paying respect to the departed soul. May God give strength to his family strength in this moment of grief.”

Expressing his condolences, Parrikar said that Vajpayee was an astute and articulate parliamentarian, as wells as poet and statesman.

Parrikar said that Vajpayee held the distinction of becoming the first prime minister from the BJP, adding that Vajpayee became prime minister thrice and will be remembered by the country for his foresight.

During his tenure, Vajpayee took India on the pinnacles of glory. With the passing away of Vajpayee, the country has lost a true visionary and a great leader, the Chief Minster said.

Leaders of all parties mourn Vajpayee’s death
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:08

NEW DELHI: Leaving boundaries of their respective parties, political leaders on Thursday bid an emotional goodbye to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee describing him as a visionary statesman with acceptability across a diverse ideological spectrum.

Vajpayee, who was 93, died at AIIMS on Thursday evening after a prolonged illness.

Several leaders saw a personal loss in death of Vajpayee, one of India’s most respected leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Vajpayee as a “father figure” who taught him valuable aspects about ‘sangathan’ (organisation) and ‘shaasan’ (administration).”

In a brief televised address, Modi said Vajpayee used to hug him with affection whenever they met.

Veteran BJP leader L K Advani, who along with Vajpayee was a central figure in the party for much of its existence, described the former prime minister as one of the country’s tallest statesmen and his closest friend for over 65 years whom he will miss immensely.

President Ram Nath Kovind said the “gentle giant” will be missed by one and all.

In his tribute, BJP president Amit Shah said he was a “rare politician, brilliant speaker, poet and patriot, his demise is not just an irreparable loss for the BJP but also for the entire country.” Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said Vajpayee was a great patriot and among modern India’s tallest leaders who spent his whole life serving the country.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said India has lost “a great son” who was loved and respected by millions.

Several of his own party leaders also said Vajpayee was an inspiration to millions, an intense speaker and a true diplomat.

Union minister Jitendra Singh said even non-BJP supporters would listen to Vajpayee in public rallies just to pick up speaking skills from his oratory.

“We grew up listening to him, learning from him, inspired by him. There was no electronic media  those days, but many of our college-mates, who did not subscribe to our ideology, would come over to his rallies, just to pick up speaking skills from his oratory,” Singh told PTI.

Union minister Harsh Vardhan said he has lost his “mentor and guide” who had handheld him into politics.

“A visionary statesman, with political sagacity, his acceptability across diverse ideological spectrum endeared him to all,” Vardhan said.

He said Indian scientific community would ever be grateful to Vajpayee who he expanded the ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ slogan to include ‘Jai Vigyan’ after the Pokhran nuclear test and his courageous decision to go for the second nuclear test was the beginning of an India to reckon with.

Another Union minister V K Singh said he was deeply saddened by the demise of our beloved leader.

“India has lost one of her most beloved sons, a statesman, and unarguably one of the best PMs to have led the country. Rest In Peace Atalji, we will miss you,” he tweeted.

Congress MP Milind Deora said, “Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a poet and statesman who put country before party. In the spirit of bipartisanship, he worked closely with my late father Murlibhai to strengthen Indo-US ties and liberalise India’s insurance sector. My condolences to Gunu didi, Ranjan, his family & supporter(sic).”

Lok Janshakti Party  chief Ram Vilas Paswan said many people are known by the post, but the post of prime minister was very small in front of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“He was a great politician, intense speaker, a true diplomat, having clarity in thinking, warrior of social justice and a great nationalist,” Paswan tweeted.

Union minister Suresh Prabhu said, “Atalji struggled all his life to uphold the ideals so dear to him, it culminated in his becoming PM In 1996, period of 1998-2004 when he held the position again, will be always remembered #GoodGovernance. Fought with ailments, last few years, today fight ends. We always will miss you”.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “It is a great loss to the country. It was a joy to listen to Atal ji, he cut across ideology, he was a person who had compassion and his belief to take India together is to be remembered. India has become poor in his loss. He has left a deep imprint.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described the death as his personal loss.

Describing him as one of the greatest leaders ever, Fadnavis said his footsteps are followed by many, he is an inspiration to millions, encouraged and taught everyone how to serve the last man with the weapon of democracy.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandra Babu Naidu also expressed deep sorrow and condolences on the sad demise.

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also offered his condolences to Vajpayee and said the inspiration will survive even after the end of a great life.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Atalji. India has lost the tallest leader. May his soul rest in peace.”

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said he can’t imagine that Vajpayee is no more.

“He was an inspiration and support. It’s an end of an era of Indian politics. He wasn’t among those to lose battle. He was a fighter,” he said.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said, “I just pray the almighty to receive his soul and give strength to his followers and well wishers to bear the loss.”

ODPs for Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco to be redrafted
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:07

PANAJI: The Town and Country Planning Board on Thursday decided to redraft outline development plans for Panaji, Mapusa and Vasco in consonance with the uniform procedures of  the Town and Country Planning Act.

The decision was taken at a TCP Board meeting, which was chaired by TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai on Thursday at the Secretariat, Porvorim.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Sardesai said the government will issue directives to the North Goa Planning and Development Authority and the Mormugao Planning and Development Authority for redrafting the ODPs for Panaji, Mapusa and Vasco respectively.

“We want the PDAs to redraft the ODPs under their jurisdictions by following the uniform rules and procedures notified under the TCP Act. So accordingly, the TCP Board took a decision today in this regard,” Sardesai said, adding that as of now only the South Goa PDA is drafting the ODP following the uniform procedures as per the notified rules.

While redrafting ODPs the PDAs must follow the uniform rules on the land-use plan, the land-use register, the draft plan and the final plan under Section 8 of the TCP Act, Sardesai maintained.

At present, all the PDAs follow  different procedures for drafting ODPs. Now, directions will be issued to the PDAs to go by the notified rules for drafting the ODPs.

The TCP Board also decided to denotify the proposed stretch of the state highway-8 passing through Chandor village in Salcete taluka.

The particular stretch had been notified in the Regional Plan 2021.

Sardesai said that considering the views of villagers the board decided to denotify the proposed stretch of the state highway-8 passing through Chandor, which is notified as a heritage area.

“Now we will ask the PWD to work on an alternative route for the SH-8 before the next TCP Board meeting is held on September 3,” he added.

Other decisions taken at the TCP Board meeting include the granting of relaxation in FAR for the construction of Shri Krishna temple at Pajifond, Margao, by Dalits  with certain conditions; the dropping of the proposed 25-metre wide major district road under the Regional Plan 2021, which had been aligned along the 400-year-old Our Lady of Merces Church at Colva, and the reduction in the width (from 20 metre to 15 metre) of the proposed road  from the Ambedkar circle to the railway station in Curchorem.

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