Raj Thackeray wants Modi-mukt Bharat, says note ban biggest scam: 10 points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah might look forward to a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’, but Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, playing on their words, has called for a “Modi-mukt Bharat” (India free of Modi) after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Raj Thackeray has launched an all-out attack on Prime Minister Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Thackeray, who was addressing party workers at a rally at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, called on all Opposition parties to come together in order to remove the BJP-led NDA government from power and usher in a “Modi-mukt Bharat”. The MNS chief also claimed that the country was “fed up with the false promises” made by Prime Minister Modi.
Thackeray’s call for Opposition unity comes at a time when BJP’s rival parties have started to come together under one tent — from dinner parties at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s house to the bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Raj Thackeray’s remarks also came after he met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar, who is also reportedly set to host a meeting of Opposition parties at read more


TDP, YSR Congress no-confidence motions against BJP govt today: 10 points

The N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy-led Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR Congress Party) on Monday will push their notices of no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha, as they continue their respective agitations for the granting of a special-category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The development comes after the TDP quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and moved a no-confidence motion on Friday, a day after the YSR Congress Party had moved a no-confidence motion against the Modi government. Their notices were not taken up last week because of the din in the House.
YSR Congress Party’s Y V Subba Reddy has written to the Lok Sabha secretariat to put his notice of the motion in the revised list of business for today. The TDP has also moved a notice for a no-confidence motion.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said that the TDP and YSR Congress Party’s notices were not taken up last week due to the House not being in order, with members of several parties raising slogans in the Well. However, Monday might not prove very fruitful for the two parties from Andhra Pradesh as the Lok Sabha will meet today amid no signs of a let-up in the deadlock in the House’s proceedings. It remains uncertain if order will be restored in the Lok Sabha today with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro go on sale at 12 noon on Flipkart, Mi Store

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi seems in no mood to slow down. Its latest phones, the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, seem similar on the first look but are very different devices.

While the Note 5 adds ultra-wide screen along with enhanced camera on the back when compared with the Note 4, the Note 5 Pro is a new package with substantial upgrades.
The Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, launched on February 14, would go on sale today, exclusively on home-grown e-commerce platform Flipkart and Xiaomi’s Mi Store. As for the price and variants, the Redmi Note 5 comes in two storage and RAM combinations – 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB – priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with 64GB internal storage but in two RAM variants – 4GB and 6GB – priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively read more


Ola, Uber drivers in major cities to go on an indefinite strike from today

The transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for an indefinite strike of drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola starting Monday midnight.Scores of commuters could be inconvenienced due to the indefinite strike starting from Monday.

The strike has been called by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena which has claimed that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business.

Union leaders said that drivers in other cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among others would also be participating in the strike
“Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 500,000 – 700,000 and were expecting to make Rs 150,000 a month. But drivers are unable to make even half of this because of the mismanagement by these companies,” Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena told PTI.

Naik further alleged that these taxi-hailing companies were giving first priority to company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles, causing a slump in their read more


Best Unconventional Workout and Sporting Activities for Summer

Summer is the season of holidays, picnics, outings and beaches. With travel and binge eating proper workout becomes that much more essential in summers. But with heat and the sun outdoors, an individual has to balance his indoor and outdoor activities to get a fulfilling workout. In summers, depending upon conditions and circumstances one can incorporate both outdoor and indoor activities in their training schedule. Mentioned below are some of the best physical and sporting activities that one can use as a workout to stay fit in the summer season.

Beach Sports – If in summers one is going to spend much time on beaches or at a beach destination then one may use beach sporting activities such as beach rugby, beach soccer, beach tennis and beach volleyball to stay fit. All of these sporting activities on sand provide a good workout for all muscle groups, especially for the legs. Beach sporting activities can be both fun and accomplishing; also as many of these are team activities one will find themselves motivated spontaneously. Outdoor beach activities will help one stay active while holidaying; one may play between relaxing breaks too read more


Kejriwal’s ‘meek surrender’ to Majithia: Apology to Jaitley next? 10 points

Facing a political turmoil at home, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal appears to have decided to take a step back from his past brand of combative politics and settle the attendant defamation cases — in particular, the one initiated by former Punjab minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia.

After Kejriwal tendered a writtem apology to Majithia for alleging the latter was involved in drug trade in Punjab, the SAD leader said he would withdraw his defamation suit against the chief minister. However, Kejriwal still has to contend with a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among other cases.
Kejriwal withdrew his allegations and an application regarding this was filed in a trial court in Amritsar, where the defamation case filed by Majithia against the AAP supremo on May 20, 2016, is being heard. “In the recent past, I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now, I’ve learnt that the allegations are unfounded,” Kejriwal said, adding: “Hence, there should be no politics on such issues. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for read more


Aircraft grounding: IndiGo, GoAir to cancel more than 600 flights

The grounding of planes due to engine malfunction have led IndiGo and GoAir to cancel around 620 flights this month. IndiGo has decided to cancel around 480; the rest are of Go Air.

The airlines will give passengers an option to choose an alternate flight or get a full refund.
IndiGo and GoAir cancelled around 70 and 55 flights on Wednesday and Thursday. The passengers who were affected were accommodated in another airline. “We have around 16 departure daily on Delhi-Mumbai route. If two flights are cancelled, we have a network to accommodate the passengers on other flights,” said a senior IndiGo official.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday grounded 11 Airbus A320 neo aircraft due to recurring malfunctions in their engines. Of the 11 aircraft, eight belong to IndiGo and three to GoAir. The malfunction has occurred with sub-population of engines manufactured by read more