How’s the weather? Well depends on where you are actually?
INDIA HAS A COLD WAVE AND A HEAT WAVE
This year, India has found itself in the throes of two diametrically opposite weather extremes. As Northern India looks at an extended winter, with a series of western disturbances in February and early March; the southern region was in the grip of inclement heat wave conditions on March 6 according to the IMD.
WHERE ARE THE MINISTERS IN MODI’s ADS?
Why am I talking weather? Well not just because of the extreme conditions in the country but also because It is so difficult to find news when all the newspapers are carrying full-page political ads, if it was just PM Modi and Delhi CM Kejriwal and occasionally Yogi Adityanath, the latest one to publicise its report card is Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik.
It’s only Modi. On Wednesday alone, there were huge newspaper ads of at least six ministries — from Skill Development to Defence, Home, Railways, Civil Aviation, and Science and Technology — all of which had just Modi’s face staring at the reader, with the respective ministers nowhere to be spotted.
PM’s LUCKY CHAIR
It is 8th March 2019 and ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kanpur, the local BJP unit has got a lucky chair all polished and spruced up for him. During his Uttar Pradesh visit, the prime minister is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the Agra metro railway and launch an extension of the Lucknow metro system.
What you don’t read the ads or what? But before we head to What Modiji said and did, given its International Women’s Day, its fair we start with how Indira Jaisingh, ace lawyer slammed the Attorney General directly with a hint of a punch flying towards Justice Arun Mishra.
“I AM A PERSON IN MY OWN RIGHT, NOT ‘WIFE OF SOMEONE’”. ACE LAWYER INDIRA JAISING SHUTS DOWN ATTORNEY GENERAL VENUGOPAL
The hearing in courtroom 4 of the Supreme Court yesterday in the contempt case against Prashant Bhushan was action-packed and not just because of this. When Senior Advocate Anand Grover sought to intervene in the matter after the Bench said that it will decide on the legal issue involved.
Justice Arun Mishra then proceeded to ask Grover who he was representing?
“Ms. Jaising”, replied Grover.
“Not Indira Jaising?”, asked Justice Arun Mishra
“Yes, Ms. Indira Jaising, it is the same name only”, replied Grover.
“You should say your wife”, Attorney General KK Venugopal who was seated in the court remarked.
This irked Jaising who was also present in Court. She vehemently objected saying that the Attorney General should withdraw his remark.
“Withdraw that remark Mr. Attorney. I am a person in my own right”, said Jaising.
Grover also said that the said statement was sexist. Well done Ms Jaising.
And onto our next news and I am doubling up with laughter and the irony-rich statement from the PM.
“THOSE WHO CANNOT CREATE HISTORY THEY SOMETIMES WANT TO PAINT HISTORY IN THEIR OWN COLOURS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CREATE HISTORY.” PM MODI AT LAUNCH OF DICTIONARY OF MARTYRS
Speaking at the launch of the first ever dictionary on martyrs of the Indian freedom struggle, Modi, whose party has often been accused by the Opposition of distorting history, said only if history is accepted as it is, will it inspire generations.
“Those who cannot create history they sometimes want to paint history in their own colours because they do not have the capacity to create history. Instead of painting history in these colours, we should accept history as it is and then we will be of great service to the country,” he said.
The five-volume dictionary contains an account of the martyrs from India’s First War of Independence in 1857, to India’s Independence in 1947. He said that this includes the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the noncooperation movement, the Quit India Movement, and those soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj, who attained martyrdom, among many others. Fair enough to say, you won’t find Hindu Mahasabha and the entire RSS progenies in there unless of course, someone has tried to alter history. I mean just by adding Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and changing names of anything Mughal, how could one expect that history can be distorted. Right?
BABU BAJRANGI, CONVICTED MASS MURDERER OF GUJARAT GRANTED BAIL BY SUPREME COURT
And while we are on the PM from Gujarat and the history he left behind with the Gujarat Riots of 2002, in case you missed it, Babu Bajrangi, sentenced to 21 years in prison for the single largest instance of mass murder during the Gujarat riots of 2002, has been granted bail by the Supreme Court after the state filed a medical report that certified him 100 per cent blind.
Bajrangi, then a leader of the Bajrang Dal, was convicted for the infamous Naroda Patiya massacre in which 97 people were killed. Bajrangi was accused of personally murdering at least one pregnant woman although a grisly version linked to the incident could not be established conclusively in a special court.
In 2007, Tehelka had caught Bajrangi boasting on camera how he and his associates had indulged in violence and arson at Naroda Patiya in 2002. “We hacked, burned, set on fire…,” he had bragged and declared: “I don’t care if I’m hanged….” Bajrangi had also claimed that he had called the then Gujarat home minister and informed him of the pogrom.
TIFR CLEARS SALARY AFTER TWITTER TAKEDOWN
In case you missed it , it took a twitter takedown of the prestigious central government-funded Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai after Faculty, staff and scholars received only half their salaries for February because of “insufficient funds”. The TIFR’s registrar, in a notice dated March 6, said the institute would pay only 50 per cent of the net salary for February to its staff, including teachers, as well as students and post-doctoral fellows “due to insufficient funds”. The money was released yesterday after Institute was slammed on Social Media.
PAY MORE AT AIRPORT TO PAY FOR CISF SALARY
Talking about not getting their dues, well here is you paying over and above your taxes to make sure you are secured when taking a flight.
Flying within India will get more expensive by Rs 20 while flying international will be dearer by US$ 1.60 after the Ministry of Civil Aviation decided to hike the passenger security fee (PSF) to pay for the pending dues of CISF personnel, who haven’t been paid their salaries.
So you pay taxes and on top of that, you pay extra on air tickets just so that all salaries can be paid. Like what the hell is going on?
TRUMP’S FORMER PERSONAL LAWYER SUES TRUMP, WHILE CAMPAIGN MANAGER SENTENCED TO 47 MONTHS IN PRISON
With that we head to the United States, where Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday sued the Trump Organization, saying it reneged on its obligation to reimburse him for millions of dollars of legal fees and costs related to his work.
And also that US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.
He was convicted last summer of hiding millions of dollars of income from his political consulting in Ukraine. The charges stem from an inquiry into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election
RUSSIA LAWS BAN ‘DISRESPECT’ OF GOVERNMENT AND ‘FAKE NEWS’
And while we are on Russia, Russia’s parliament has passed two bills outlawing “disrespect” of authorities and the spreading of what the government deems to be “fake news”.
The first ban refers to “blatant disrespect” of the state, its officials and Russian society, and repeat offenders face up to 15 days in jail.
The second bill prohibits sharing “false information of public interest, shared under the guise of fake news,” the TASS state news agency reported.
WOMEN BANG POTS AND PANS IN MADRID TO KICK OFF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
And before we say our goodbye for the week, it’s women’s international day and loudly banging pots and pans, a few hundred women protesters gathered in Madrid in the early hours of Friday to mark its start.
The women – some wearing purple bags and clothes, and holding banners that read “Sister I do believe you”
On that note, we wish you a healthy, relaxing and happy weekend ahead. Skip the newspaper where there are more ads than news, we will be back on Monday with what made news over the weekend. Until then, goodbye from takeapart.in