UNCERTAINITY OF AERO INDIA VENUE ENDS, BENGALURU WINS OVER LUCKNOW

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The Ministry of Defence has put an end to questions over the venue of Aero India 2019. The Ministry of Defence in a press release said that the Aero Show 2019 will be held in Bengaluru between February 20 and 24. This event is said to combine a trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries alongside public air shows.

Remember, the upcoming Aero India had recently sparked a row after U.P CM Yogi Adityanath had appealed to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to host the show in Lucknow. His request had irked several leaders in Karnataka.

PTI quoted sources from Defence Ministry saying that they had received requests from other states including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Odisha to host the next Aero India Show. Experts feel that moving the venue would prove to be detrimental as Bengaluru is a home to Indian Aviation and Space with both HAL and ISRO being headquartered in the city.

There was a speculation that the Aero show 2019 would give a boost to the Defence Corridor which is coming up in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had asked the Defence Minister and urged her to hold the event in his state. This irked the Karnataka State congress and they hit out at they hit out at the Defence Minister telling her that being a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, she had to protect the interest of the state and retain the show in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also wrote to PM Narendra Modi about the show and urged him to retain the show in the city. BJP Karnataka on the other hand remained tight-lipped over the issue and were accused of remaining mute spectators to the injustice meted out to the people of Karnataka.

The Ministry of Defence has now put an end to all speculations regarding the venue of the show and has announced officially that Aero India 2019 will be held in the city of Bengaluru.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY APOORVA SHANKAR

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IS IT TIME FOR INDIA TO LEGALISE GAY MARRIAGE?

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History was created by India’s Apex Court on September 6th. Sec 377 of the Indian Penal Code was partially struck down. The Supreme Court Judges said that sex between two consenting adults was none of their business. While non-consensual sex and bestiality are still a crime, Supreme Court’s judgement has widened the definition of right to freedom.

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For the LGBTQ community, this is just the first step forward. The community will have to wage a lengthier battle now. While the community has the legal sanctity now. They will have to fight for social justice.

They will have to fight for themselves in the societal hierarchy. Many are now contemplating if the right to freedom of expression can be extended to marriage. But if laws are changed in connection with marriage act, there could a massive uproar in both the political class as well as the general public.

While many politicians have remained tight-lipped about the verdict, several have out rightly refused to accept gay marriages, claiming that marriages that led to production of an offspring were valid and rest were invalid. Also adding that gay marriages lead to unhealthy environment for children.

India has come a long way since its independence, but we will be able to call ourselves as a free country only every one has their rights intact.

It would be grossly wrong to deny LGBT partners the chance to take their relationship to culminate as a wedding. As far gay marriages are concerned, several same sex marriages have provided stable families for children, the best example being Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka who have raised two children. Also many are demanding right to adopt/surrogacy.

Whether Indian law permits this or not, whether soceity is open to its minority remains to be seen. But hopefully the “apology” note India “owes to the LQBT” community will be delivered with a gift of marriage & surrogacy.

Two ISIS Terrorists Arrested in India

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Special Cell of the Delhi Police were able to thaw a possible terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir after they arrested 2 men from New Delhi’s Red Fort Area.

Two residents of Shopian, Parvez Lone and Jamshed were arrested on September 6th. These two men were reportedly instructed by their handlers to pick up weapons from Uttar Pradesh and carry it to Kashmir, following which it would be used in the valley to stage an attack

The two men had two .32 pistols, 10 cartridges and mobile phones which were

PRAMOD KUSHWAHA, DCP, SPECIAL CELL

“DELHI WAS BEING USED AS A TRANSIT POINT. THESE MEN PICKED UP THE WEAPONS FROM UTTAR PRADESH AND WERE ON THEIR WAY TO JAMMU & KASHMIR, WHERE THE WEAPONS WOULD BE USED IN A TERROR INCIDENT.”

Parvez and Jamshed were both residents of Gannapura Village in Shopian. In fact Parvez was influenced by his brother Firdaus to join terrorism, Firdaus had been eliminated earlier this year by the forces.

PROFILING THE TERRORISTS:

PARVEZ

  • AGE: 24 YEARS
  • LOCATION: GANNAPURA, SHOPIAN
  • EDUCATION: B-TECH GRADUATE
  • MEMBER: ISLAMIC STATE J&K

PROFILING THE TERRORISTS:

JAMSHED

  • AGE: 19 YEARS
  • LOCATION: GANNAPURA, SHOPIAN
  • EDUCATION: FINAL YEAR DIPLOMA STUDENT
  • MEMBER: ISLAMIC STATE J&K

Both these men were foot soldiers of the ISJK and were in fact A Grade terrorists. They had even helped a terrorist named Bashir who had recently been arrested by NIA.

PLOT TO DESTABILIZE INDIA?

  • TWO .32 PISTOLS PICKED UP FROM UTTAR PRADESH
  • PISTOLS WERE TO TRANSPORTED TO J&K
  • WEAPONS TO BE USED IN J&K TERROR ATTACK
  • NEW DELHI CHOSEN AS TRANSIT ZONE

ISIS is slowly spreading its tentacles in the valley, the big question is will the government remain a mute spectator or will they take counter measures to curb this menace.

AERO INDIA 2019: CONGRESS TAKES ON BJP

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Congress has fought the BJP over Water, Border (read land) and now they are the battle has gone aerial, both figuratively and literally!

The bone of contention this time around is the Aero India 2019. The biennial event has been held in Yelahanka Air Station for the last 22 years. But several media outlets have reported that the Defence Ministry is mulling over the idea of shifting the location of this show. Sources suggest Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab Airforce Station could be the next destination for this Aero Show. This has infuriated the Congress who are reportedly extremely upset with the development.

Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao wrote a letter to the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claiming that the move was akin to the other ‘ill-guided policies’ of the Central Government and could hurt the state’s Defence and Aviation sector. He also questioned Nirmala Sitharaman’s contribution to the state given she was a representative of the state in the Upper House. Surprisingly local leaders of the opposition have not taken a stand on this issue.

Couple of days back on her visit to the state of Karnataka, the Defence Minister had stated the final call on this issue would be taken soon as her ministry was yet to take the final call.

On the other hand several defence experts are of the opinion that Lucknow Air Base is not capable of holding a show of this caliber. The air base is reportedly smaller than that in Bengaluru.

But most Bengalureans are upset by this news. Aero India has been associated with this cities culture. If the show is shift it could hurt the sentiments of many & several are now crossing their fingers hoping this doesn’t happen.

DENYING A MARINA BEACH BURIAL TO KALAIGNAR M KARUNANIDHI WILL HAUNT AIADMK FOREVER

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In less than 3 hours after the death of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi , AIADMK Government found itself in the midst of a massive controversy. The Tamil Nadu Government rejected DMK’s request for a burial of the Tamil politics stalwart at the Marina Beach.

Several DMK leaders and Karunanidhi’s children MK Stalin, MK Alagiri along with Kanimozhi paid a visit to the Chief Minister E Palaniswami requesting for Karunanidhi’s burial next to his mentor Annadurai’s memorial.

However the Chief Minister chose to go by the rule book, he reasoned that no former Chief Minister was buried along Marina Beach. While incumbent Chief Ministers Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa have memorials at Marina Beach, Former Chief Ministers K Kamaraj and Rajaji were buried in Gandhi Mandapam.

Also the other reason cited by AIADMK was that there were at least 7 petitions filed in the Madras High Court which were against constructing memorials and burial of dead bodies along the beach as they violated the rules of Coastal Regulation Zones.

While the Chief Minister is right in stating that the memorial could violate CRZ rules, the same diligence was not followed when ‘Amma’ Jayalalithaa passed away, laws were tweaked to ensure Jaya was buried at the Marina Beach.

Section 319(3) of Chennai City Municipality Cooperation Act was altered following which ‘eastern side of the MGR memorial’ became a burial ground. Many wondered if the same would happen this time around. But the AIADMK stuck to their stand, forcing DMK to seek justice via judicial means.

In what can only be described as an unprecedented move, DMK moved a petition forcing a two judge bench to hear the case at the Chief Justice’s residence.

This incident will most certainly have massive ramifications. This will lead to intense political battles between the two parties, this can also swing the public sympathy in the favour of DMK.

While AIADMK grapples to contain its flock, this avoidable controversy could embolden DMK leadership to unleash a political storm. May be showing magnanimity in this hour could have earned brownie points for EPS and OPS.

BURARI SUICIDE: WHY DEATH MUST NOT BE TRP

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Given this age of breaking news and whatsapp forwards, there are high chances that one must have heard, read or watched those cringe worthy episodes of crime specials on a TV channel about the Burari Suicide.

Few days ago, 11 members of the same family were found dead in one house in Delhi’s Burari Suburb. As insensitive as this may sound, this news was a pot of gold for media outlets.

One old woman was murdered, 2 of her sons, daughters in law, 6 grand children found hanging under mysterious circumstances. The dead bodies were reportedly discovered by a neighbour after he found the door ajar.

Now under given circumstances police should have conducted a thorough investigation. But probably the media interest in the case made them share the investigation reports prematurely.

Police happily shared the details of an under investigation crime to media. A diary and a few notes which indicated that this could have been a ritualistic suicide pact now became the focus. The diary was unverified by police and handwriting not sent to forensics for investigation. Yet the diary was taken at face value. Not one person questioned the veracity of this diary. Not one person wondered why the door was left open during a suicide pact. No one bothered to investigate if this was a murder staged as suicide.

On the other hand, media sensationalised this case. Panelists debated over this, despite their being no two sides to this case . Scenes of this gruesome death re-enacted without viewer discretion. Death trivialised for TRPs.

While the police investigates this mysterious case, what needs to be spoken of is the hype around it. If this case was murder, then media needs to respect the investigating authorities and give them time to solve the case. Editors must learn to take a step back from their breaking news syndrome. And police must look beyond the diary and hunt for real clues.

Secondly if this were indeed the first case of mass shared psychosis suicide, then making a joke out of it will only act as a setback for mental health care. When a person decides to end their life regardless of the reason, it shows their fragile state of mind. If one decides to trivialise it, then many others will refuse to seek help and will be trapped in the vicious circle. Mental health is ignored in India. Many mental health care believe that if the family sought professional help then the suicide could have been prevented.

11 lives with a bright future ahead of them would still be with us.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF SUSHMA SWARAJ’S VIRTUAL HARASSMENT

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June 30th, 2018:

Union Minister for Ministry of External Affairs in India, Sushma Swaraj posted a poll on Twitter. Sushma is among a handful of female cabinet ministers in the PM Modi led cabinet and had been subject to online harassment. Her question was simple, ‘DO YOU APPROVE OF SUCH TWEETS?’

124,305 votes were cast, a vast majority said no, but sadly 53,451 said yes. They approved of the harassment.

But why was the union minister subject to vicious trolling?

Well, the drama began at an RPO office in Lucknow, where a woman named Tanvi Seth was supposed to be interviewed by Regional Passport Officer named Vikas Mishra.

The RPO in question noted two discrepancies in Tanvi’s application. Firstly the marriage document shown by her revealed that her name was Shadia Anas (a name mentioned in her nikahnama as she married a muslim man Mohammed Anas Siddiqui) and that her permanent address was different from the address mentioned in the application. Tanvi who is resident of Noida had applied for a passport from Lucknow. However during the interview, Vikas Mishra allegedly chided Tanvi for her inter-religious marriage. Tanvi then took to twitter to air her grievances and all hell broke loose after media channels picked up the story. The issue polarised the online community.

Subsequently the RPO was transferred and later Tanvi was issued a passport. This too however did not go down too well with many.

Soon they trained guns against the head of the external affairs minister: Sushma Swaraj. Sushma’s integrity was questioned. Her health issues were made fun of and not just that, her family was not spared too.

Soon MEA issued a clarification over this issue. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “I will clarify these two points. On the marriage certificate, under the revised passport application rules, there is no requirement for submission of a marriage certificate at the time of application of passport. Therefore, the name in the marriage certificate is not relevant to the issue of passport. Second, on the address, Tanvi Seth had submitted her Adhaar Card and a joint bank account as a proof for her name and address which was the same as mentioned in the application form. Therefore, the issue of passport to Tanvi Seth was found in order based on the existing rules.”

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However in the midst of all this drama , what has really caught the attention of many is the ‘shrill pitch’ silence of PM Modi and his cabinet. PM and several top leaders from the cabinet refused to comment on the issue. Till date only Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Ram Madhav and Ram Vilas Paswan have backed Sushma. PM and top BJP leaders have spoken in length of women empowerment and safety, however when their very own leader was in distress, they maintained a not so golden silence.

Many say it is unfair to drag in PM into this controversy as he had no role to play in it. But doesn’t the same logic apply to Sushma as well? As far as transferring Vikas Mishra was concerned, it was a decision by the Lucknow Passport Office, secondly the passport was only issued after necessary verification. Thirdly Sushma was not present in India when the episode took place.

Criticism is a part and parcel of public life and work space, however unfair and unjust criticism can only demotivate a person. We must learn to criticise in a constructive manner and not criticise only for the sake of criticism. Also let’s not forget the good work Sushma’s ministry has done in the past.

Secondly harassment of any kind, be it in workplace or public or private or on social media must be condemned. BJP must learn that silence by their leaders on such a vital issue, will only be in detrimental in the long run for the party.

‘CON-STARS’ WHO CHEATED INDIA

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It was an oh-so-perfect plan, but like they say- you can run, but you can’t hide from law. When businessman Nirav Modi hatched a plan to loot the second largest public sector bank in India, the plan was simple- bypass the core banking system and exploit a loophole.

Duplicitous ‘Letters of Undertakings’ (type of guarantee issued for overseas import payments) were issued by two bank officials in favour of Nirav Modi’s firms such Diamond R Us, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds. The employees also relayed SWIFT instructions to overseas branches of Indian Banks to raise Buyer Credit without making any formal entry.

Ni-Mo is on the run and only time will reveal if he evades law like Mallya. But, not just Nirav, there are several who conned Indians and here is list of these scamsters.

SURESH KALMADI, COMMONWEALTH GAMES SCAM

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When India was to host Commonwealth Games in 2010, there was a massive buzz around it, but this excitement soon gave way to embarrassment. Suresh Kalmadi, the organizing chairman of the games was accused of corruption. Bills of common items were inflated, the cost of the games overshot the mandated budget. If that wasn’t enough, 10000 volunteers walked out just one week of the games . All in all, the scam ruined India’s image around the world.

HARSHAD MEHTA-WOLF OF DALAL STREET

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In April 1992, there was blood bath on Dalal Street, courtesy the ‘Raging Bull’ Harshad Mehta who managed to con the banking system. Due to operational restrictions Indian Banks were prohibited from investing in equity market directly. But investment into Fixed Interest Bond was allowed up to a certain ratio. Harshad was aware of this loophole. He then tricked banks to invest their money into share market and promised banks higher returns. In the meantime, Harshad use the money invested by banks into his account to again buy shares. Creating an ‘inflation bubble’. He would then resell these shares and return the money to banks and the pocket the profit.

KETAN PAREKH -THE BUTCHER OF BSE

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Another Dalal Street slayer, Ketan Parekh perfected the art of con. His methodology?Simple: Parekh would purchase large stakes in small market capitalization companies and would inflate their prices by trading with larger companies or traders (called circular trading). These shares were traded in a set of 10s and was colloquially knowsn as K10. Later it was learnt that several businessmen would pay Parekh to ensure the prices were inflated. This scam was busted only after Govt set up an inquiry to find out why markets tumbled in March 2001.

HeliTaxii Service now in Bengaluru

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The heavy traffic en route the Kempegowda International Airport is something every passenger dreads. But all thanks to the HeliTaxii Service introduced by Kochi based Thumby Aviation, relief is in store for passengers.

The helicopter taxi services aim to ferry passengers between Kempegowda International Airport and the Electronic City within 15 minutes, a fry cry from the previous 3 hour ride to the Airport.

The HeliTaxii service due to be launched on February 21 will initially have only 2 Bell 407 choppers. These choppers are capable of carrying either 6 or 13 passenger. While one chopper ferries passengers, the second will remain on standby.

The HeliTaxii service is linked to 90 helipads across the silicon city, but as of now, clearance for operational purpose has been given to one helipad on Residency Road.

Passengers will be chauffeured from the Airport terminal to the helipad or vice-versa in a car.

The prices however could be a major factor in determining the success of this initiative. The services of this 15 minute ride have been priced at Rs 3500 + taxes for each passenger travelling between Electronic City and Kempegowda International Airport.

Not just within Bengaluru, Helicopter services will be extended to other parts of Karnataka.