Ramachandra Guha: Ramachandra Guha gets threat emails for criticising govt, PM, Amit Shah

I am also warned not to criticize Narendra Modi and Amit Shah who "are blessed & divine chosen one by Divine Mahakal to change the world". Iam also warned not to criticise Narendra Modi and Amit Shah who 'are blessed & divine chosen one by Divine Mahakal to change the world. "Like Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is a loner. The column further compared Amit Shah to Sanjay Gandhi, saying that Shah "appears to be driven by power and power alone". Guha says he intends to not do "anything more" about the emails for the moment.

March 28, 2017 20:08 UTC

Paris climate deal architect looks to India

“During the presidential campaign, every one heard climate change being described as a ‘hoax created by and for the Chinese and that the US could quit the Paris Agreement. Now, we observe decisions that unfortunately implement some of those statements. A climate sceptic has been nominated as the head of the (US) Environment Protection Agency. The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects have been revived. (And) Even though the (US) Congress is yet to vote on it, the White House has announced massive cuts in US federal climate funds.”For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

March 28, 2017 20:03 UTC

Donald Trump tosses Barack Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

"My action today is the latest in the series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth. "We are going to start a new energy revolution, one that celebrates American production on American soil. We will produce American coal to power American industry. We will transport American energy through American pipelines made with American steel, made with American steel, can you believe somebody would actually say that?" he said.The opposition Democratic party and environmental groups, however, slammed Trump for his latest move on energy and climate change.

March 28, 2017 20:03 UTC

Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call

Highlights 1 The Scottish legislature voted 69-59 to ask the UK government to sanction an independence vote. Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum that Sturgeon's Scottish National Party called a once-in-a-generation vote. British officials have indicated they would not agree to another independence referendum until Britain's EU exit is over and done with - a process that could take longer than two years. FORGE AHEAD, SAY SUPPORTERS OF INDEPENDENCEIn Edinburgh, supporters of Scottish independence urged Sturgeon to forge ahead.

March 28, 2017 19:57 UTC

Delhi confidential

Republican ConnectionTrust Ramdas Athawale, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, to think outside the box. Athawale is scheduled to attend a UN function — commemorating the 126th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar — there. Hike WorriesThe elevation of Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM has caused some distress in unexpected quarters. House HuntThe Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has six ministers, including the chief minister, who are not a member of either House of the state legislature. The BJP has only three MLCs in that House elected through the MLA quota, and two of them have become ministers.

March 28, 2017 19:53 UTC

Passengers protest after Rajdhani food leaves 6 sick

KOLKATA: Six passengers fell ill after eating the food served on the New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express leading to protests by co-passengers at two stations on Tuesday. Union minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo said he also found the food and service quality on Rajdhani "utterly disappointing" at times.A section of the passengers protested at the Asansol and Sealdah terminus against the "poor quality of food and equally poor service" on the iconic train. "The food quality in the train is poor and the timing of serving the food is equally bad. When the passengers spend such a substantial amount for travelling in a train, they expect a better quality and service, but that is often not available here. Of them 5-6 passengers from a specific coach have complained about the food quality.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Fast-track parking policy: L-G

more-inLieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday directed the Transport Commissioner to fast-track the parking policy in the city and to ensure that buses did not ply without proper permits. 77 congested corridorsSix teams earlier constituted to deal with traffic issues told the L-G that they had identified 77 congested corridors in the Capital. The L-G also asked the Chief Secretary to identify four to five corridors on pilot basis for taking immediate action. “The Chief Secretary was asked to coordinate with the agencies concerned to submit an action plan within three weeks,” the official said. The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Home), Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Secretary, Public Works Department, Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Transport) and other officials.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Petition in NGT against illegal slaughter houses

more-inAn environment activist moved the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday against “illegal” slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh, alleging that these were discharging untreated effluents into open drains and causing pollution. He’s also seeking execution of the NGT 2015 order for closure of all illegal slaughter houses in the State. Govt party in caseThe petition has made the Uttar Pradesh government, Central Pollution Control Board, U.P. The plea, which has been listed before a Bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim, has been filed through advocate Anuja Chauhan. The plea also highlights the issue of illegal extraction of groundwater by slaughter houses without requisite permission from competent authorities.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Resentment had been brewing for long: locals

more-inGreater Noida residents said that Monday’s incident was not instigated overnight. The locals said that several incidents had occurred in the past few years, which led to tension between locals — especially the Gurjar community, which dominates Greater Noida area — and Africans. After Monday’s incident, locals are reluctant to speak openly about these incidents. Such incidents between Africans and locals in Greater Noida have deteriorated their relationships. Monday’s incident is result of old resentment of locals against Africans.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

African victims recount brutal attack

We were shopping in Ansal Plaza Mall when suddenly we saw a mob coming towards us. Recalling their nightmarish experience, the students said that they had been living in the city for years but never imagined such treatment. Amalcima was discharged on Monday while Imran was discharged on Tuesday,” Dr. Sanil Kapoor of Kailash Hospital told The Hindu. All were admitted in wards,” Mr. Kapoor said, adding that Amalu and Amarawa are likely to be discharged by Wednesday. A video of Monday’s attack has gone viral which shows a man trying to protect himself as a mob repeatedly hits him with chairs and trash cans.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Man accused of defiling national flag

more-inA large number of people, including members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and the Hindu Yuva Vahini, protested outside the office of a cellphone company here on Tuesday after one its employees allegedly tore an Indian flag and threw it in a dustbin. The accused, identified as a Chinese national, works as a production manager in the firm located in Sector 63. The protesters raised slogans against the accused and demanded his arrest. “We demand that the police analyse CCTV footage. “We will take action only after we scan the CCTV footage,” the police said.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Delhiites start feeling the heat

Heat wave: People nap under the shade of trees on a hot Tuesday afternoon in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Vermamore-inDelhiites started feeling the effect of the long summer months ahead on Tuesday after the maximum temperature in the city spiked by three degrees to settle at 38.0 degrees Celsius. The recorded temperature was six degrees above normal for this time of the year. Weather stations at Palam and Ayanagar recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees and were the hottest areas in the Capital. Indian Meteorological Department Director-General K. G. Ramesh said the weather department will release heatwave forecast every Thursday for April, May and June.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

Greater Noida officials try to restore confidence

Security tightenedTo restore confidence, the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration and police officials held meeting with representatives of African students’ associations, officials of the Nigerian High Commission, local RWAs, private universities where African and other foreigner students study and African students’ associations. After the meeting, Mr. Singh told The Hindu: “I have directed officials to regularly hold meeting with foreign students to understand their issues. Over 200 cops have been deployed outside Nimbus residential society, Sharda University, Alistonia society, Eldeco society and Delhi Police society, where African nationals live in large numbers. The police said that that are nearly 5,000 Africans living in Greater Noida. Talking to The Hindu Greater Noida’s Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh said: “We have stepped up security near residences and colleges of Nigerian students.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

‘Govt must take action to protect us’

more-inThe kind of atmosphere African students find around themselves here in India has led them to believe that they are not here to study but to fight a battle. The government has been all talk and the time has come that assurances translate to action. What is the point of these assurances if we do not feel safe here,” said Samuel Jack, president of AASI. They also said that they themselves tried to file a complaint but the police did not even receive it. The situation, they said, was alarming as 10 incidents of violence against Africans in Greater Noida were reported in the past 48 hours.

March 28, 2017 19:52 UTC

In season of meat ban, Mamata Govt rolls out meat delivery vans

The scheme was launched by Animal Resources Development Department Minister Swapan Debnath on Monday at the department’s headquarters at Salt Lake. The initiative has been started by West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation Limited (WBLDCL)’s popular brand ‘Haringhata Meat’, which also deals in non-conventional meat such as that of quail, duck, turkey and emu. An official said that Haringhata Meat’s sales had trebled over the past few years, with that of quail, duck and turkey meat doubling in the last one year. The organisation also sells non-meat products like table eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs, pure mustard oil, ghee and honey. The corporation has two modern hygienic meat processing units in Haringhata of Nadia district — one for pork products and the other for chicken, duck, goat and lamb.

March 28, 2017 19:49 UTC

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