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Man found dead with throat slit in Kaliyakkavilai

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Deepu, a native of Karamana, was found dead in his car on Monday night with throat slit in Kaliyakkavilai. Kanyakumari police have initiated an investigation.The initial probe suggests that the murder was likely the result of robbery, with Rs 10 lakh reportedly stolen. Deepu was previously involved in the quarry business and was now involved in the business of selling parts of JCBs that he sourced from Tamil Nadu. His business was based in Malayankeezhu. According to his relatives, Deepu had numerous connections, including friends and middlemen in Kaliyakkavilai. On the day of the incident, Deepu left his home around 6 pm with 10 lakh rupees which he had asked his manager to withdraw from the bank. Although he informed his family that he was travelling to Coimbatore, he instead headed towards Kaliyakkavilai. It is suspected that it was due to business contacts in Marthandam. Two children found Deepu's car parked by the roadside with its bonnet raised in Kaliyakkavila and informed the police. Upon inspecting the vehicle, they found Deepu dead in the driver's seat with his throat silt. Police suspect that the motive behind the murder was financial gain and that someone who knew him might have carried it out.

The New Indian Express 25 Jun 2024 1:03 pm

Shivrajs son says Delhi bowing to dad, Congress asks why not made PM

BHOPAL: Enthused by his fathers landslide Lok Sabha polls win and subsequent debut in the union cabinet, union agriculture minister Shivraj Singh Chouhans elder son Kartikey Singh Chouhan believes that Delhi is bowing to the ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Ive just returned after staying in Delhi. Earlier also our leader (Chouhan) was quite popular as the CM. But I dont know why it seems that he became more popular when he was not the CM. But now after the colossal win, the entire Delhi is natmastak (bowing), respecting, and recognizing him. But not just in Delhi, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, our leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan is being counted among the biggest leaders now, Chouhan Jr said while addressing a meeting of BJP workers and people in his fathers pocket-borough, Budhni assembly constituency of Sehore district on Friday. While lauding the overwhelming support of the voters of Budhni at the meeting, Kartikey said, This has been possible only due to the support of our people here in Budhni. The union agriculture ministers Delhi bows to our leader statement, however, was enough for the Congress to question, Is Kartikey trying to project his father as a bigger national leader than PM Narendra Modi? Reacting to his, fourth-time Congress MLA and state leader of opposition Umang Singhar said, It seems that Kartikey wants to project his father as a bigger national leader than PM Narendra Modi. The former MP CM and Congresss Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh said, If Shivrajs popularity truly extends from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, then BJP leaders nationally should acknowledge this and consider promoting Shivraj as the countrys PM. Notably, the only time Shivraj Singh Chouhan lost a major poll in his nearly three-and-a-half-decade-long career was in 2003, when then-CM Digvijaya Singh had defeated Chouhan by over 21,000 votes from the Raghogarh assembly seat. After winning the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 8.20 lakh votes, Shivraj Singh Chouhan was appointed as the agriculture minister in the Narendra Modi 3.0 cabinet and after winning the Lok Sabha election from the Vidisha seat, Chouhan resigned as an MLA from the Budhni assembly seat.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 9:16 am

A marvel in steel

JAMMU&KASHMIR: A historic feat of engineering takes shape; trains will soon begin traversing the worlds highest arch railway bridge, the Chenab Bridge, in Jammu and Kashmir. The awe-inspiring structure not only a milestone in engineering but also represents a monumental step towards realising the long-held dream of connecting Jammu and Kashmirs rail network with the rest of India. The Chenab Bridge, constructed over the Chenab River in the Reasi district, stands as a testament to human ingenuity and resilience. Built at a cost of `1,456 crores, the bridge soars 359 meters above the riverbed, making it 35 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower. Its arch span of 467 meters solidifies its status as a marvel, blending structural strength with aesthetic appeal. Designed by German firm LAP, with viaduct design by WSFP Finland Limited and proof consultancy by a UK firm, the Chenab Bridge is not only an engineering marvel but also a fortress. In collaboration with the DRDO, the bridge has been made blast-proof and can withstand high-velocity winds of up to 266 kph at deck level. It is also built to endure extreme weather conditions, including temperatures as low as -40C. Spanning over 1,315 meters, the Chenab Bridge is designed to last about 120 years. Trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to 100 km/h on the bridge, with all necessary safety measures in place to ensure smooth and secure travel. Supreet Singh Raina, SCN Chenab Bridge, highlights the extensive efforts made to ensure the bridges resilience against severe earthquakes, given its location in a high seismic zone. The construction process, which began in 2005 and gained momentum after 2013, involved the fabrication of 29,000 MT of steel, over 10 lakh cubic meters of earthwork, 66,252 cubic meters of concrete, and 84 kilometers of rock bolts and cable anchors. At its peak in 2017, the project saw around 3200 workers and engineers working simultaneously, with a small colony of 52 residential blocks set up to facilitate uninterrupted work. Before construction could commence, 26 km of approach roads and a 400-meter-long tunnel were built to access the site. With the completion of the bridge and the rail track from Sangaldan to Reasi, a trial run of an MEMU train was conducted on June 20. More trials are scheduled before the regular train services commence. Next week, the Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS) D C Deshwal will conduct a three-day inspection of the 46-kilometer Sangaldan-Reasi rail track. This inspection is crucial for the approval of regular train services, extending rail connectivity from Baramulla in North Kashmir to Reasi in Jammu. Currently, train services run from Baramulla to Sangaldan in Ramban district and from Jammu to Reasi. If the CRS gives the green light, it will mark a significant leap towards connecting Kashmir with the rest of India via the railway network. The Chenab Bridges opening will foster social integration by facilitating the movement of people and goods, promoting cultural exchanges, regional development, and boost economic activities, tourism and trade. Once the Bridge is operational, only a 15-18 kilometer stretch from Katra to Reasi remains to complete the ambitious 272-kilometer Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL). Of this, 209 kilometers have already been commissioned in phases. The final stretch includes the T1 tunnel, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, realizing the dream of rail connectivity from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Bridging people This rail link, at a staggering 359 metres above the Chenab River will reduce Kashmirs dependency on the 271-km Srinagar-Jammu highway, which frequently closes due to landslides. The all-weather rail link will significantly contribute to the economic development of J&K, boosting tourist footfall and providing cheaper transport for goods, especially for fruit growers, fostering improved trade and access.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 7:37 am

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Google News 23 Jun 2024 4:38 am

'Entire Delhi bowing down', says Shivraj Singh Chouhans son; '...make him PM', retorts Digvijaya

BHOPAL: Enthused by his father's landslide Lok Sabha election victory and entry into the Union cabinet, Kartikey Singh Chouhan, son of Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, claimed that Delhi is bowing to the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Ive just returned after staying in Delhi. Earlier, our leader (Chouhan) was quite popular as the CM. But I dont know why it seems that he became more popular when he was not the CM. But now, after the colossal win, the entire Delhi is 'natmastak' (bowing), respecting and recognising him, Kartikey said while addressing a meeting of BJP workers and people in the Budhni assembly constituency of Sehore district on Friday. But not just in Delhi; from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, our leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan is being counted among the biggest leaders now, he added while speaking in his fathers pocket borough. Amit Shah, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and more among 10 new ministers with highest victory margins While lauding the overwhelming support of the voters of Budhni at the meeting, Kartikey further said, This has been possible only due to the support of our people here in Budhni. Meanwhile, the junior Chouhan's comment was enough for the opposition Congress to question, Is Kartikey trying to project his father as a bigger national leader than PM Narendra Modi? Reacting to his remark, four-time Congress MLA and state leader of the opposition, Umang Singhar, said, It seems that Kartikey Singh Chouhan wants to project his father as a bigger national leader than PM Narendra Modi. Former MP CM and Congresss Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh also weighed in, saying: If Shivrajs popularity truly extends from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, then BJP leaders nationally should acknowledge this and consider promoting Shivraj as the countrys PM. Buzzing now: Shivraj Singh Chouhan's entry into Delhi and Himanta rival's big win Notably, the only time Shivraj Singh Chouhan lost a major poll in his nearly three-and-a-half-decade-long career was in 2003, when then CM Digvijaya Singh defeated Chouhan by over 21,000 votes from the Raghogarh assembly seat. Shivraj won the Vidisha seat of central MP by a gargantuan 8.20 lakh votes in the recent general elections. He subsequently made his debut in the Modi 3.0 Cabinet as the country's agriculture minister at the age of 65. Just a few days ago, Chouhan quit his Vidhan Sabha membership, resigning from his home constituency of Budhni, where he has won six times. This has necessitated a by-election to the seat, but the ECI is yet to announce the date of the by-election to the seat, which is a part of Chouhans Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency. An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania in the US, Kartikey Singh Chouhan is being seen among the frontrunners as a probable BJP candidate from the Budhni seat, even as the BJP national leadership is largely averse to furthering family politics. However, Chouhan Jr isnt new to politics, as it was he who largely managed his fathers election in Budhni in the 2023 assembly polls. In the assembly by-elections to 20 odd seats of MP in November 2020, Kartikey had actively campaigned for the party candidates.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 8:15 pm

Bengaluru has an audience I really want to perform for: Ashish Vidyarthi

BENGALURU: These days, it might take more than the usual time to describe what veteran actor Ashish Vidyarthi is up to. Enjoying multiple roles such as food vlogger, motivational speaker, and of course, actor, the 59-year-old has debuted as a stand-up comic. His interest in stand-up comedy has led to an Indian tour, and he will be in the city soon for the last leg of the show. Trying out new things is Vidyarthis favourite trait about himself. I like doing a lot of things while I am waiting for something to happen. I am an actor who loves doing amazing roles, but while waiting for amazing roles, I do many other things. I am a speaker, actor, food vlogger, and now a stand-up comic, and each one has its own time to do it. I love to explore more, he says. However, a few minutes into the conversation, Vidyarthi confesses that with stand-up comedy, he didnt know what he was getting into. It was not a very conscious decision. I went in for it without knowing much about it. If I had watched a few live stand-up shows in India, I would not have gone for it. I went for it like something you would be foolish enough to do; otherwise, with full knowledge, you wouldnt do it, he says. But Vidyarthi is now enjoying the stand-up stint. I began with one and a half months of preparation. I just shared the content I created from anecdotes from my life and wrote it in a funny way, he explains. A regular visitor to the city, Vidyarthi is looking forward to performing two shows in Bengaluru. I am looking forward to it. The city has an audience I really want to perform for. I am quite excited about it, he says, despite being under the weather. An avid traveller, Vidyarthi ensures that all his new projects somehow have a travel element in them. His upcoming expedition, Raining Smiles, is also about that. I always wanted to travel the country and its terrains during the monsoon. So we began the journey in Kanyakumari, and the idea was to vlog the whole day while chasing the monsoon, meeting people, talking to them and eating with them and each evening landing at a cafe or a home and performing a stand up sketch for them. It is my way of returning the love they have given, he explains. The plan is to travel from Kanyakumari all the way up to Kashmir. And again from Kutch to Arunachal Pradesh. Among all these new interests, Vidyarthis first love has always been acting. Having been an actor for more than three decades, Vidyarthi has witnessed the evolution of Indian cinema. In these changing times, he shares his philosophy on acting. I believe scripts might change but storytelling remains the same, he says. Many might think I am an amazing actor, but this amazing actor needs amazing roles for the magic to happen! Vidyarthi is currently looking forward to his upcoming film, Kill, set for July 4 release. An action thriller, it is written and directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and produced by Karan Johar and Guneet Monga. (Ashish Vidyarthi will be performing at Under Ground Comedy Club and Just Blr on June 28 and 29 respectively. Tickets available on bookmyshow.com)

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 11:24 am

I carved out a space for myself in the literary world, says Mohammed Abbas

KOCHI: What better time is there to talk about the power of reading, if not Reading Week? And who better than writer Mohammed Abbas, renowned for his works like Visappu Pranayam Unmadam and Athmahathyakkum Bhranthinumidayil , can encompass all about how reading inspires a person? Abbas, who became a writer through the power of reading, is entering a new phase in his career with the release of his maiden novel Abuvinte Jalakangal . The writer who is known for his works centred around his personal life opens up about his life experiences and recounts his journey in Malayalam literature during a conversation with TNIE . Excerpts: How do someone who only knew Tamil fall in love with Malayalam? My father is from Kottakkal, but we settled in the Travancore area in connection with his job. I was born and raised in Perunchilambu in Kanyakumari. Eventually, this area became part of Tamil Nadu, so I had to learn Tamil. Later, we moved back to Kerala when I was in eighth grade. However, my lack of proficiency in reading and writing Malayalam prevented me from enrolling in school. And then financial constraints further put a stop to my former education. Later, I moved to Kozhikode where I took on various jobs in hotels as a day labourer. It was during this time that I met two sex workers. They encouraged me to learn to write Malayalam. They wrote words like Kadal (sea) and Akasham (sky) on a cigarette packet at Kozhikode Beach and started teaching me. I learned words such as Thiramala (waves), Vanji (boat), and Kappal (ship), from them. Since we speak Malayalam at home, I already knew how to read some words. Then, my life changed when my uncle found me and brought me to his home. Later, I moved to his rubber plantation in the hill area, where I spent three years. During this period, I would come down the hill weekly to visit the panchayat and party libraries at the junction, borrowing books to read in my free time. It was there I mastered my skills in reading and writing Malayalam. When did you begin writing? After becoming skilled in the language, I desired to write, despite being self-taught and facing a few limitations. Initially, I was hesitant to show my writing to others or submit it for publication due to errors and shyness. However, epics like Khasakkinte Ithihasam had a lot of influence on me and inspired me to start writing. Over time, my spelling errors came down, and I began writing stories and submitting them to publications. Rejections came swiftly, but I continued to write. I took on jobs like painting, selling vegetables, fish, and lottery tickets at that time. In 2017, I got a phone and joined Facebook. I joined the reading groups and began sharing small write-ups about the books I read and how they influenced me. The positive feedback encouraged me to post more. The platforms freedom allowed me to express myself without fear of negative feedback. This courage led to a publication contacting me to compile my write-up into a collection Oru Paint Panikkarante Lokasancharangal. I continued to write online, but I grew tired of the same format and started penning my personal life experiences, which became the book Visappu Pranayam Unmadam. To date, I have authored five books. So, we can say I taught myself and carved out a space for myself in the literary world. Can you share how your reading journey influenced you to view the world? In my youth, I turned from childrens publications to weekly magazines and eventually into soft porn novels that were available at that time. During this phase, I came across Ithihasathinte Ithihasam , a work where author O V Vijayan responded to criticisms of Khasakkinte Ithihasam . This led me to take Khasakkinte Itihasam , which helped me discover my preferred genres. Soon, I started exploring the works of writers such as Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, M T Vasudevan Nair, and various translated works of world literature. Naturally, my thoughts and perspectives evolved. I began reading nonfiction, history, and diverse subjects, which expanded my thinking. It also influenced how I viewed others. I realised that regardless of our own experiences, continuous reading is important to truly understand others. You said you often write about your life experiences. Isnt it challenging to write about painful experiences? Readers of Visappu Pranayam Unmadam have shared that they got emotional while reading the book. I cried a lot while writing it. There is a difference when we revisit our lives through language, almost as if we are reliving them in a new way. We never anticipate writing about our experiences when we are going through them. The experience is the true teacher, not any religion or culture. Its all about how we navigate and interpret these experiences. But I think everyone can write about their life experiences. But many stumble when beginning to write fiction, and they eventually discover if there is anything within themselves. My readers will find out this through my debut novel. How do you connect these emotions with your audience? I only know the language I speak my vernacular in a colloquial style. This makes it easier for people to connect with me, as opposed to using complex language. Speaking simply ensures that people pay attention, even if the language lacks ornamentation, similes, or substance. This might explain why my writing connects with others. Also, Facebook is a popular medium among ordinary people. While youngsters may prefer Instagram and intellectuals lean towards Twitter, my storytelling on Facebook reaches ordinary people. When we speak truthfully, readers sense our authenticity and embrace it. I write about both my best and worst days, my good and bad habits. I never hide anything. I just write and present myself as I truly am. Recently, one of your Facebook posts about your sons SSLC score went viral. Many people reacted and shared it through different mediums. What inspired you to write that note? I have three children. My two elder daughters have achieved excellent ranks and accolades. However, when my sons results were announced, our family was happy with that. But curious relatives and neighbours called to ask how many A+ grades he received. They viewed it as a matter of dignity and pride. For me, it was not. Seeing that these calls affected my son, I chose to appreciate his humanity instead, knowing that this quality would benefit him more in the future than any A+ grade. I dont believe marks define a person. Whether or not a child gets an A+, they are still our child, right? The most important thing is to support our children without succumbing to societal pressures. By doing so, they will truly flourish. Writing about politics and religion can attract a lot of criticism. How do you deal with that? I have faced a lot of criticism over the years. One notable instance was when I wrote about the kitchen dynamics during Ramadan. During this time, women in the house often have to handle double the household work. They wake up early and prepare food, while the men wake up later and head to the mosque, which is usually air-conditioned. Even during their menstrual periods, women have to carry on with their duties. Then women need to get the children ready for school and start preparing for the feast. They serve food to the men and listen to their minor complaints. Many people criticised me, saying their kitchens dont function like this. However, whether it happens in our own kitchens or not, we need to address these issues. To those who criticise me, I have only one response: Thank you, happiness, and more love. Its not my style to meet criticism with criticism or arguments. Instead, I believe in responding with love. Many considered you the star of the recent Kerala Literature Festival... Platforms like this hold significant importance in todays world. On stage, I didnt speak about the people who were present but about those who could not be there, those who lacked such privileges. When I took an autorickshaw to get here, I told the driver to take me to KLF. He didnt understand. I then mentioned the place where the festival was being held, and he still didnt know. This festival has been happening for seven or eight years, and he has been driving the auto for 16 years, yet he was unaware of the biggest literature festival. I shared this on stage, how many auto-rickshaw drivers, painters, and carpenters remain disconnected from such events. It becomes a significant event only for a small percentage of society. For ordinary people struggling to survive each day, literature is not a big thing. I guess I didnt speak much about literature. Perhaps that is why the audience noticed me. What are your future projects? My first novel has been released. I have always written about the struggles of ordinary people, highlighting issues that often go unnoticed. Over time, some readers commented that my work seemed to focus only on sorrow, asking if there was no happiness in my life. I also felt that my writing had become somewhat repetitive. Thats why I decided to try fiction. Another novel is set to be released next month. I am still going for my painting job because very few people can depend on writing alone. I am not particularly privileged to do so. I hope that my books will provide me with the opportunity to focus entirely on writing.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:14 am

DMK Minister Mano Thangarajs Brother Allegedly Issues Death Threat To TASMAC Bar Owner, Minister Denies Links To Brother

In a recent incident in Tamil Nadu, a man from Kanyakumari district has filed a formal complaint with Marthandam police alleging that he is being threatened with kidnapping and murder The post DMK Minister Mano Thangarajs Brother Allegedly Issues Death Threat To TASMAC Bar Owner, Minister Denies Links To Brother appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 19 Jun 2024 2:38 pm

Kanchanjunga Express Collision: THESE Trains Diverted, What Led to Accident? Details...

Further to the Breaking news earlier reported, A tragic collision occurred on Monday morning between a goods train and the Kanchanjunga Express on the busy route connecting Kolkata's Sealdah station and New Jalpaiguri station in Siliguri. The accident, which took place in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, resulted in the deaths of 15 people and left at least 60 others injured. What Led to the Collision? Investigations have identified two main factors that likely caused the collision between the goods train and the Kanchanjunga Express. 1. Missing Kavach System One of the significant reasons for the collision was the absence of the Kavach system, an Indian-developed safety mechanism designed to prevent accidents when two trains are on the same track. Reports indicate that the Kavach system was not installed on the tracks in Darjeeling where the collision occurred. Following the crash, an old video of Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw explaining the Kavach system has gone viral, highlighting its importance. Jaya Varma Sinha, Chairman of the Railway Board, stated that plans are underway to install the Kavach system on the Delhi-Guwahati route, covering over 6,000 km of tracks by next year, with Bengal included in the 3,000 km set to receive this protection within the year. 2. Goods Train Overshot Signal The second contributing factor was the goods train overshooting a signal. Officials confirmed that the goods train had missed the signal and subsequently rammed into the Sealdah-bound Kanchanjunga Express. Among the deceased were the pilot and co-pilot of the goods train, as well as the guard of the passenger train. Impact on Train Services In the aftermath of the collision, 19 trains have been cancelled. The affected trains include: 19602 New Jalpaiguri - Udaipur City Weekly Express (17.06.24) 20503 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 12423 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 01666 Agartala - Rani Kamlapati Special Train (16.06.24) 12377 Sealdah - New Alipurduar Padatik Express (16.06.24) 06105 Nagercoil Jn. - Dibrugarh Special (14.06.24) 20506 New Delhi - Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 12424 New Delhi - Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (16.06.24) 22301 Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express (17.06.24) 12346 Guwahati - Howrah Saraighat Express (17.06.24) 12505 Kamakhya - Anand Vihar Northeast Express (17.06.24) 12510 Guwahati - Bengaluru Express (17.06.24) 22302 New Jalpaiguri - Howrah Vande Bharat Express (17.06.24) 15620 Kamakhya - Gaya Express (17.06.24) 15962 Dibrugarh - Howrah Kamrup Express (17.06.24) 15636 Guwahati - Okha Express (17.06.24) 15930 New Tinsukia - Tambaram Express (17.06.24) 13148 Bamanhat - Sealdah Uttar Banga Express (17.06.24) 22504 Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Express (17.06.24) This incident underscores the urgent need for improved safety measures and systems across India's railway network to prevent such tragedies in the future. BREAKING: Kanchanjunga Express Collides with Goods Train in West Bengal, Several Injured Help Desk Set Up for Kanchanjungha Express-Goods Train Accident: Helpline Numbers For SoS What is'Kavach? Indian Railways Floats Tender for 10,000 km of 'Kavach' System, Details Here

News Track 17 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Kanchanjunga Express Train Accident: 19 Trains Cancelled

In the wake of the Kanchanjunga Express train accident, 19 trains have been cancelled on New jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction, Bagdogra & Aluabari road route. On Monday morning, eight people were killed and nearly 25 persons were injured after a goods rammed into the Kanchanjunga Express. Four coaches from rear side of the Kanchanjunga Express and 5 wagons of the goods train got derailed as a result of the incident. Earlier, Indian Railways issued help desk numbers in connection with the Kanchanjunga Express accident. List of trains cancelled: 1. 19602 New Jalpaiguri - Udaipur City Weekly Express of 17.06.24 2. 20503 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express of 16.06.24. 3. 12423 Dibrugarh - New Delhi Rajdhani Express of 16.06.24 4. 01666 Agartala - Rani Kamlapati Special train of 16.06.24 5. 12377 Sealdah- New Alipurduar Padatik Express of 16.06.24 6. 06105 Nagercoil Jn.- Dibrugarh Special of 14.06.24. 7. 20506 New Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express of 16.06.24. 8. 12424 New Delhi- Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express of 16.06.24. 9. 22301 Howrah- New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express of 17.06.24. 10. 12346 Guwahati- Howrah Saraighat Express of 17.06.24. 11. 12505 Kamakhya- Anand Vihar Northeast Express of 17.06.24. 12. 12510 Guwahati- Bengaluru Express of 17.06.24. 13. 22302 New Jalpaiguri- Howrah Vande Bharat Express of 17.06.24. 14. 15620 Kamakhya- Gaya Express of 17.06.24. 15. 15962 Dibrugarh- Howrah Kamrup Express of 17.06.24. 16. 15636 Guwahati- Okha Express of 17.06.24. 17. 15930 New Tinsukia- Tambaram Express of 17.06.24. 18. 13148 Bamanhat-Sealdah Uttar Banga Express of 17.06.24. 19. 22504 Dibrugarh- Kanyakumari Express of 17.06.24.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 4:03 pm

World's Highest Railway Bridge on Chenab River to Launch Train Service Soon

Srinagar: The train service from Ramban to Reasi, traversing the worlds highest railway bridge built over the Chenab River, is set to commence soon, as announced by Northern Railway. Currently, trains operate from Kanyakumari to Katra and services are also running from Baramulla to Sangaldan in the Kashmir Valley. Reasi Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Mahajan hailed the project as an engineering marvel of the modern world. The day when the train will reach Reasi will be a game-changing day for the district. It is a proud moment for us, as our engineers have created a marvel. It is the eighth wonder of the world. The bridge, the wind speed, and its strength are wonderful. The exact date cannot be said, but I hope the day comes soon, he told the media. Deputy Chief Engineer of Konkan Railways, Sujay Kumar, described the project as very challenging but noted that those affected by the project are very happy. We hope everything will be completed soon, he said. The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project, which includes this bridge, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the USBRL project, including the 48.1 km Banihal-Sangaldan section, on February 20, 2024. Phase I of the project, covering the 118 km Qazigund-Baramulla section, was inaugurated in October 2009. Subsequent phases saw the 18 km Banihal-Qazigund section inaugurated in June 2013 and the 25 km Udhampur-Katra section opened in July 2014. The Chenab Rail Bridge, constructed 359 metres (around 1,178 feet) above the Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir, stands approximately 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower. The 1,315-metre-long bridge is part of a broader project aimed at integrating the Kashmir Valley into the Indian Railway network. Election Rhetoric vs. Actions: Congress Raises Fuel Prices by Rs 3, Raising Eyebrows Bank Robbery Strikes Bihar Again: Rs 18 Lakh Looted from Axis Bank in Bihta Cow Smugglers Shoot Cow Protector in Haryana's Nuh District

News Track 16 Jun 2024 11:11 am

Train Service on World's Highest Railway Bridge over Chenab River to Begin Soon

Train services will soon commence on the world's highest railway bridge over the Chenab River, connecting Ramban to Reasi, according to Northern Railway officials. Currently, trains run along the railway line from Kanyakumari to Katra, and services also operate from Baramulla to Sangaldan in the Kashmir Valley. Vishesh Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner of Reasi, expressed pride in the achievement, stating, This is an engineering marvel of the modern world. The day when the train will reach Reasi will be a game-changing day for the district. It is a proud moment for us, as our engineers have created a marvel. It is the eighth wonder of the world. The bridge, the wind speed, and its strength are wonderful. The exact date cannot be said, but I hope the day comes soon. Railway officials recently conducted an extensive inspection of the newly constructed railway line and stations between Sangaldan in Ramban district and Reasi. Sujay Kumar, Deputy Chief Engineer from Konkan Railways, described the project as highly challenging. People affected by this project are all very happy. We hope everything will be completed soon, he said. The Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project is expected to be completed by the year-end. The USBRL project, which includes the 48.1 km Banihal-Sangaldan section, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 20, 2024. Phase I of the project, covering the 118 km Qazigund-Baramulla section, was inaugurated in October 2009. Subsequent phases saw the inauguration of the 18 km Banihal-Qazigund section in June 2013 and the 25 km Udhampur-Katra section in July 2014. The Chenab Rail Bridge, constructed 359 meters (around 109 feet) above the Chenab River in the Jammu and Kashmir region, stands taller than the Eiffel Tower by 35 meters. The 1,315-meter-long bridge is part of a broader project aimed at integrating the Kashmir valley into the Indian Railway network. Delhi Metro and Konkan Railway Partner on Global Metro Initiatives Global Airlines Expand in India, Anticipating Major Market Growth These 4 places are perfect for weekend travel, make a plan to visit

News Track 15 Jun 2024 1:11 pm

J&K | Train Services To Begin Soon On Worlds Eighth Wonder Chenab Rail Bridge

REASI, June 15: The train service from Ramban to Reasi via the worlds highest railway bridge built on the Chenab River will begin soon, according to the Northern Railway. At present, the trains operate along the railway line from Kanyakumari to Katra, while services run from Baramulla to Sangaldan in the Kashmir Valley. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp Reasi Deputy Commissioner Vishesh Mahajan said, This is an engineering marvel of the modern world. The day when the [] The post J&K | Train Services To Begin Soon On Worlds Eighth Wonder Chenab Rail Bridge appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 15 Jun 2024 12:01 pm

J-K: Train services to begin soon on 'world's eighth wonder' Chenab rail bridge

Train services from Ramban to Reasi, traversing the world's highest railway bridge on the Chenab River, are set to commence soon, as stated by Northern Railway officials. Currently, trains are operational on the railway route from Kanyakumari to Katra, with services also running between Baramulla and Sangaldan in the Kashmir Valley. Recently, railway officials carried out a detailed inspection of the newly built railway line.

The Times of India 15 Jun 2024 11:26 am

Gloom descends on Kollam as a fathers dreams fade away

KOLLAM: Adichanalloor village is mourning the loss of its beloved Lukose, affectionately called Sabu. The 48-year-olds life was a testament to the dreams he held for his daughters. Lukoses untimely demise has shattered his cherished vision of seeing his elder daughter, Lydia, become a nurse. For 17 years, Lukose toiled in Kuwait with plans to return home and share in his daughters achievements. Kuwait Al-Mangaf blaze: Agony in Kerala as lives housed in labour camp reduced to ashes Lukose was set to accompany his daughter to Bengaluru for her nursing admission. His greatest wish was to see her become a nurse. He dedicated nearly two decades in Kuwait to this dream. Recently, his elder daughter passed Class 12 in flying colours, scoring A+ in all subjects. They were all set to embark on this new journey to Bengaluru. He believed she would shine as a nurse and serve the community. His aspirations for his children were boundless, but now, tragically, those dreams have faded, shared Sheena Mathew, a cousin. Kuwait fire tragedy: Smoke caught residents unaware He was known among his friends and neighbours as a hardworking and amiable man who cherished family gatherings and travel. I still remember our last vacation together when he visited the village on leave. We travelled to Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari with our families, Sheena reminisced. His younger daughter, Louise, is currently in Class V. The familys hopes were pinned on a bright future, now overshadowed by profound sorrow. We initially withheld the news from Lukoses wife, but she eventually learned of his passing. Since then, their home has been engulfed in grief, lamented Aleyamma Johnson, a family friend and ward member of Adichanalloor panchayat. Kuwait fire tragedy: Survivors recount chilling tales

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 6:58 am

Two para cyclists from Hyderabad to represent India at Paralympic Games 2024

HYDERABAD : Para cyclists Jyoti Radheshyam Gaderiya and Shaik Arshad have taken the city to the centre stage of Paralympics in Paris from August 28 to September 8, by qualifying for the premier event. Both are products of the Hyderabad-headquartered Aditya Mehta Foundation. Gaderiya, a promising kabbadi player, she met with a horrifying life-threatening accident in 2016 at her village in Maharashtra. Her left leg was amputated and she went into depression that lasted all of two years. It was her steely resolve that kept her alive and she took to cycling. Now she is all set to represent India in the cycling events at Paris. Arshad, the No. 5 ranked para cyclist in the world, is jubilant that he will compete in Paris. When he was 12 years old, in 2014, his left leg was amputated following an autorickshaw accident near Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. Recalling her fight back, Gaderiya, 26, told Deccan Chronicle , I took up para rowing and clinched an international bronze in 2019. I shifted priorities and my concentration is now on cycling, in which I have won 12 international medals. Aditya Mehta Foundation is where I am honing my skills. They provide accommodation, food, training and counselling. Arshad explained, I was picked up by Aditya Mehta Foundation during a talent hunt in Bengaluru in 2018, I was brought here and trained in para cycling. When I failed to secure any medals, I was demotivated and left the sport. But the foundation members reached out to me. I resumed practice in 2022. Today I am at No 5 among para cyclists in the world. Among his achievements, he says, I climbed Mount Bhagarathi, which is one of the worlds toughest peaks. During this expedition, personnel from the Border Security Force supported me in 2019. In 2020 I cycled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. In 2022 I bagged two medals in the 2022 Asian track cycling championship.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 11:02 pm

Rootless, and open to life...

KOCHI: We have seen him as a ruthless villain, a corrupt and seasoned politician, a fierce cop and the scary goonda. In his life, Ashish Vidyarthi has donned many roles and has lived as many characters, many of which have become engraved in the psyches of movie lovers. A true character actor. Ask him what would be Ashishs character, pat comes the reply: rootlessness. His career in cinema spanning three decades is testimony to this. Over the years, he has been a fine mind working with similar artists making films that fetched him accolades, including the National Award for Supporting Actor in his very first Hindi venture (Drohkaal). Yet he never stuck to a mould. He has been part of over 350 movies in 11 languages, never setting up base in any of the industries despite several of his stints being widely appreciated for appeal and versatility. His character and negative roles bear the same rootlessness, as he flips from one role to another, flaunting a flamboyance rather than feistiness or frigid fright that should otherwise dictate what he is supposed to portray on screen. Off-screen, too, rootlessness is what roots him. The actor may scout for grounds and hills where life has deep moorings, yet finds himself tied down to none. A man famously known for good food, crazy travels, and free-spirited presentations, he is as easy anchoring two immensely popular vlogs as he is with his matinee presence. Ashish claims he bears no tags and is looking for more as he still straddles roles both in and out of the frames. The quirks and the fancies and the whims and the duties and fun and frolic and love and laughter, everything together makes up what he calls life. I am open to life, he says, as he reclines in the chair facing the sea at the resort where he and his wife Rupali Barua are staying.Before leaving for Kollam as part of the Raining Smiles project that takes him across India trailing the monsoon, TNIE caught up with the actor for a quick rendezvous where he opened up on what he feels is in store for him at this turn of life. Excerpts. You have straddled both mainstream cinema and arthouse. Was it a conscious decision so as to not get typecast? I began working in films in 1994, starting with Drohkaal by Govind Nihalani. Though I bagged the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for my performance, I understood that arthouse films meant not enough money to take care of my parents or pay rent. I am a passionate actor, have always been pulled by forces within, and wanted to do things that I would believe in. But a key part of my life is also my responsibility. It was my need to do commercial films then and I did them well. Because of that, I have 350-plus films to my credit and people know me better now. What is your take on the way lines between parallel and mainstream seem to be fading with the advent of the O TT platforms? We had a parallel platform offered to us by veterans such as Shyam Benegal and Nihalani when we came in as youngsters. Now, OTTs tell those stories that are relatable, with a deeper mass connect. Also, people who work in them are being seen and getting paid. This also reveals that the audience is no longer stratified, is intersecting, ready to lap up simple things. So, the OTT world is valid now, and lets see how it works. How do you view your journey through different phases of your career? I explain this often in my stand-up series Sit Down Ashish. There are layers to life, one that people see outside and those within. I gave my commercial movie roles my best though I did them for money. I also started doing films in the south in 1999 with AK 47 in Kannada and Dhill in Tamil. Then, there was also the inner urge to do good roles. I am very happy at the transition happening now which allows good films with great scripting and deeper meaning reach audience and amass appreciation. All these have resulted in me emerging as a panIndian actor, much before pan-Indian films happened. The steps you take at a particular juncture are as per the need of that time. Hence there are no right or wrong steps. I am in awe of those who need to do what they do. As for me, I am a direct consequence of whatever I have done over the years. When we speak of us, we have to remember that we are one of the 10,000 who started on the same road. So I value my journey and choose to celebrate it Your activity extends much beyond cinema. You are a motivational speaker, an avid vlogger, a traveller, and the list goes on. How do all these happen simultaneously? I am an actor who waits for the next amazing role. And that is good because I am usually restless and love to do things as I wait. I have many interests, and working across languages has brought in different possibilities. One such activity was my stint as a motivational speaker which was started some 12-13 years ago with AVID-MINeR, a consultancy forum that allows me to travel and share with corporates, students, educationists, and people at large. The conversations are customised, and personalised to make an impact. Then, post-Covid, social media came into my life. I make every moment count with my two vlogs Ashish Vidyarthi Actor and Fifty Plus Zindagi. You need to infuse your spirit into the moment you are in to bring in an element of cheer. Cinema is my passion, but my vlogs are more about me, authored by me. The entire effort is to get through to the audience. It is more of a personal reaching out rather than the product of many market surveys. This is where I see the scope of social media. There are no gatekeepers here. For years, we belittled many things. But here, those small things might inspire someone. It gives space to people who traditionally did not have one. About your new Raining Smiles project? Since childhood, I have always been fascinated by rain. I have always wanted to watch the rain land in Kanyakumari. I want to travel with it as it covers landscapes. There is an interesting reference in Kalidass Meghdoot which I read in Ashadh ka ek din by Mohan Rakesh. Like in Meghdoot, in my project too, the rain clouds are messengers whom I use to take love to the people who are yet to be my friends. Thus, I want to shower my country with smiles. I will also use my standup platform to surprise people in mofussil towns who might be in a cafe, office, or home with my performance. I will make them smile and inspire hope, and when hopeful, they will embark on amazing things. We started off from Kanyakumari and I have performed in two or three places including T e c h n o p a r k i n Thiruvananthapuram. I will also be at work in between. Thankfully, we have a long monsoon. This will be part of my vlog, but if OTT platforms are interested, they could pick it up. I will anyway tell the story for myself. You use moment, celebration, etc...words that hint at a seeking from within, a sense of rootlessness. How do you see this aspect of yours? When in doubt, I feel we should move. It allows me to appreciate various facets of life. Yes, I am comfortably rootless... I love to float, and I am open to life. The celebration is not for the one who tops. I constantly ask can the unknown person also celebrate life? We can. This is also how my vlogs came up I love to travel, meet people, and enjoy food I wanted to share all that and thus, happened the Ashish Vidyarthi Actor Vlog. Then I got married to Rupali and wanted to say that there are no barriers to celebration and hence came up Fifty Plus Zindagi vlog. To celebrate being rootless is now my need. I have finally arrived...for today. And yet I have long to go before I sleep.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:43 am

Tamil Nadu Assembly session to wind up on 29 June

Chennai: The State Assembly session, starting on June 20, would go on till June 29, the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) that met on Wednesday decided, while AIADMK leader S P Velumani objected to the schedule and wanted the session to be continued after the Vikravandi by-elections. Speaker M Appavu said the BAC was attended by top leaders of ruling DMK and also the opposition like Duraimurugan, K Ponmudi, Velumani and R B Udhayakumar. The opening day would be dedicated for obituary references and passing a resolution on the passing away of sitting MLA IN Pugezhenthi from Vikravandi. The discussions on the demands for grants for various departments would start on Friday, June 21. The cut motions for the demands of grants to be taken up on June 21 and 22 should be presented before 3 pm on June 18, the Speaker said. For the cut motions on the rest of the demands for grants the deadline for presenting them is 3 pm on June 20 and the forms would be available in the Assembly Secretariat. The morning sessions would begin at 10 am and the evening sessions at 5 pm, the tentative schedule drawn by the BAC said. The House would meet on Saturday, June 22, and only June 23, Sunday is a holiday. Velumani said that since the House would have time to debate only on eight days during the nine day period between June 20 and 29, it should be resumed after the by-election. He said members should be allowed to raise issues and not be stopped as earlier. The address of the Leader of the Opposition should be telecast in full, he said. Tharahai Cuthbert, the newly elected Congress member from Vilavancode in Kanyakumari district, took oath at the office of the Speaker at 10.25 am on Wednesday. The by-election, held along with the Lok Sabha polls on April 19, was caused by the resignation of three-time Congress MLA Vijayadharani, who switched over to the BJP,

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 12:33 am

India's growing soft power is in its rich cultural fabric: Shekhawat

Newly appointed Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, pledged to amplify India's tourism potential and celebrate its rich cultural heritage. Emphasizing India's transition from its colonial past to Bharat, Shekhawat highlighted the diverse art, music, dance, and natural sites spanning from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

The Economic Times 11 Jun 2024 3:45 pm

Of derailed hopes and diffused plans

KOCHI: Overcrowded coaches, dirty toilets, unreliable food, reduction in sleeper coaches to add AC coaches, and Vande Bharat trains upsetting the schedule of other services. Add to this compartments that are rickety, and rat- and cockroach-infested, and the woes of the Kerala rail user are complete. A recent video of an overcrowded Kerala Express, from Thiruvananthapuram to New Delhi, which showed passengers sleeping in compartment aisles and washrooms, was widely shared on social media. The total disregard for passengers is despite the fact that 11 railway stations in Kerala were among the top 25 under Southern Railway (SR) in terms of originating-passenger revenue in 2023-24. Thiruvananthapuram Central station stood fourth on the list with a revenue of Rs 262 crore. According to SR data, Thiruvananthapuram division, the largest in Kerala in terms of train services, registered a passenger traffic of 7.37 crore in 2022-23. This was a sharp increase from about 60 lakh in 2020-21. Passenger numbers for 2021-22 were not available. The trains run jam-packed, points out Thomas Simon, secretary of the Western India Passengers Association. According to him, the lack of services affects both long-distance travellers and daily commuters. A mere 14 trains run between Mumbai and Kerala a week, he says. In addition to Trivandrum-Mumbai Netravati Express, which runs daily, there are three biweekly services and a weekly train via Pune to Mumbai. In comparison, Tamil Nadu has 50 trains a week to Mumbai, Thomas adds. Tourist traffic The contrast is stark, given the number of passengers on the Mumbai-Kerala sector, vis-a-vis the Mumbai-Tamil Nadu route. The demand for seats on the Mumbai-Kerala sector is three times more. This is despite the fact that the population of Kerala is around half of TN. Thomas also cites how around 50% of passengers arriving in Kerala are tourists. The state attracts around two crore tourists a year and 90% of this traffic is domestic, he adds. Gireesh Babu, who has been taking up issues related to the railways for many years, says, There is a major shortage of super fast, express, passenger and MEMU services in the state. Recently, social media was flooded with videos of overcrowded trains. However, instead of introducing more services, the railway has tried to assuage ruffled feathers by adding a coach or two. But this has not solved the issue, he adds. Revenue-driven According to Babu, the sole goal of the national transporter in the last three-four years has been to increase revenue. For this, it devised a method of increasing the number of premium trains and AC coaches at the cost of general and sleeper coaches. This has come as a big blow to travellers, especially students and those from economically backward sections, who cant pay high fares, he adds. The Western India Passengers Association reckons that the Mumbai-Kerala sector will require another five to seven long-distance trains. Other destinations which are in demand for more services are Bengaluru and Hyderabad, where a good number of Keralites either go for studies or employment. We need 10 daily trains to and from Bengaluru. At present, we have only Sabari Express to Hyderabad, says Gireesh. Short shrift Passengers have also been demanding more services in the middle-distance category. A train like Parasuram Express, which meets the requirement of officegoers in Kerala, is an urgent requirement. Once that happens, incidents like the one in which around 18 women travellers fainted due to overcrowding can be avoided. It should be noted that crowding will increase further since plans are afoot to extend Parasuram Express to Kanyakumari, says Thomas. The train now starts its journey from Nagercoil. There is also an urgent requirement for more trains originating from Thiruvananthapuram. Kottayam and Ernakulam. Kottayam and Ernakulam stations can accommodate more trains following the development work that have been carried out, says Gireesh who has been campaigning for the conversion of Kottayam into an originating terminal. The middle-distance section needs at least three to four trains. Why not start some services from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram? More trains are needed besides Venad and Parasuram on this section, says Thomas. As for distances up to 200km, the best option is to run MEMUs. The situation today is that for the short-distance travel, people in Kerala have to depend on express trains. This again causes crowding! Liyons J, secretary of the Friends of Rails told TNIE recently. According to Indian Railways, it operates 571 train services under Thiruvananthapuram (300) and Palakkad divisions (271). The division operates 300 services including special trains that are pressed into service to tackle festival or annual holiday rush, a spokesperson for Thiruvananthapuram division said.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 9:01 am

TNs Roads Lead to Economic Prosperity

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.(Twitter) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.(Twitter) Chennai: The broadening of 577 km of roads, converting them into four lane highways, at a cost of Rs 4,984 crore and converting 1710 km of roads into two-way passages in the last three years are just two of the many efforts made by the State government to improve road infrastructure, which has been the main cause of Tamil Nadu becoming the second largest economy in the country. Chief Minister M K Stalin has been taking steps to develop the highways of the State with a view to turning them into world class roads as history has it that it was former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who pioneered the development of roads by connecting rural pockets to urban areas through a network of roads in 1971. It was that initiative of Karunanidhi the brought villages closer to towns and cities, triggering an overall development in the State, and led to the State coming on top with 153 km roads for every 100 square kilometer area in 2010 when the national average was 103 km of road In every 100 square kilometer, says official data. Taking off from the robust road infrastructure, the present DMK government had embarked on a slew of road development schemes under which the level of 1281 road bridges have been raised, besides launching a project to pave 4581 km of roads at a cost of Rs 1610 crore and completing the work on 4492 km of road stretches. In the past three years, as per government data, work on the construction of 109 bye-pass roads were started and 18 of them have been completed. Work on the construction of a flyover in Madurai was expedited in 2023-24 after it remained in a limbo without any progress for many years since it was launched in 2011. Ever since Stalin took over as Chief Minister work on the construction of 70 rail over bridges were launched and work was completed on 22 bridges costing Rs 863 crore, and opened for road users. An app Our Roads has been launched to make the State roads accident free by identifying damaged roads and levelling potholes with the help of the public. Road engineers would be informed of complaints on potholes on roads through email and State roads would be repaired in 24 hours and village roads in 72 hours. So far, 2,129 complaints have been redressed through the app. A pedestrian pathway linking the Vivekananda Rock Memorial off the Kanyakumari coast and the adjoining rock, on which the Thiruvaluar statue has been set up, was being constructed at a cost of Rs 37 crore and another 3.30 km road connecting the recently constructed Jallikattu coliseum with the Kuttimeikipatti Athikaraipalam main road was converted into a two-lane road.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 1:51 am

NOTA votes come down further than 2019 LS polls

CHENNAI: The number of voters who opted for the None of the Above (NOTA) option in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has come down in Tamil Nadu in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections when compared to the 2019 general elections. In 2019, 5.47 lakh (1.27%) of voters opted for the NOTA in the State and in the current elections, 4,67,068 voters (1.07%) have adopted NOTA. In Sriperumbudur constituency, highest number of voters (26,450) have adopted for NOTA followed by the voters in the following constituencies: Dindigul (22,120), Tiruvallur (18,978), Tiruppur (17,737), Tenkasi (17,165); Kancheepuram (16,965), and Chennai South (15,653). In the Kanyakumari constituency, the lowest number of voters (3,756) opted for NOTA. Dying NOTA in need of reforms, say analysts The NOTA option which was made available in the EVMs in 2013 following a verdict of the Supreme Court, initially received a 'heroic response' from the voters as it is seen as an opportunity for them to register their protest if they do not like any of the candidates contesting in a particular election. However, in every election, the number of voters who are opting for this option is dwindling. A total of 24,591 voters opted for the 49-O option (zero vote or negative vote) in the 2011 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu to declare that they did not like any of the candidates in the fray. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, 18,162 voters opted for Zero Vote. After the SC verdict, in Tamil Nadu, the NOTA button was introduced in EVMs in 2013 for the first time in the Yercaud by-election. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, people overwhelmingly responded to the NOTA. A whopping 5.81 lakh voters (1.43%) opted for the NOTA in the State. In that election, NOTA secured the highest number of votes, i.e., 46,559 in the Nilgiris constituency. The number of voters who opted for NOTA was more than the votes polled by smaller parties in this election. In the 2021 Assembly elections, the number came down to 3.45 lakh (0.75%). Political analysts are of the view that the consistent campaign that the NOTA option did not serve the purpose for which it was introduced. The NOTA button in the EVMs was welcomed to discourage the political parties from fielding candidates with questionable backgrounds. But such candidates continue to be fielded. Experts have also expressed the view that the NOTA option would be meaningful only when the votes polled by this option have some value.

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 12:42 pm

SCR Set to Resume Divya Dakshin Yatra

Hyderabad : Buoyed by the overwhelming response to their Divya Dakshin Yatra Special, the South Central Railway (SCR) will resume the Bharat Gaurav train service with yet another trip that will take off from Secunderabad railway station on June 22. It will cover pilgrimage centres in South India like Tiruvannamalai (Arunachalam), Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Trichy and Thanjavur. Meanwhile, the Bharat Gaurav trains nine days and eight nights 19th Punya Kshetra Yatra to Ayodhya and Kashi will start from Secunderabad Railway Station on Saturday. The train will be carrying 726 tourists, who can have darshan at the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the Jyotirlinga at Kashi Vishwanath temple and get spiritual awakening or do pind pradan rituals at Gaya.

Deccan Chronicle 7 Jun 2024 12:26 am

Rahuls padayatra changed nations mood: Patole

Mumbai, June 6 (UNI) It was the 10,000 km of foot march by Rahul Gandhi in 2022-23 that ultimately changed the mood of the nation as he crisscrossed south to north and east to west from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and later Manipur to Mumbai, said Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nana Patole on Thursday. Congress... The post Rahuls padayatra changed nations mood: Patole first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 6 Jun 2024 9:26 pm

Rahul Gandhi right person to hold Leader of Opposition post: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

NEW DELHI: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi backed Rahul Gandhi to be the Leader of Opposition on Thursday and said that he was the right person to take up the coveted position as he was the face of the party in the 2024 general elections. Several Congress MPs are too pitching for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Speaking to The New Indian Express , the newly elected MP from Assams Jorhat said, Gandhis dedication to protecting the Indian Constitution was a theme that echoed in every nook and corner of this country, therefore, he is the right person to lead the party in Parliament. However, the final decision is taken by the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP). Rahul Gandhis two Bharat Jodo Yatras had a resounding impact on this election. His message of opening a shop of love in the market of hate had a long-lasting impact. Therefore, I feel that he should take the lead. But in the end, its the Congress parliamentary party to decide, said Gogoi. Though the party offered the position to Rahul Gandhi in 2014 and 2019, he turned down the offer as the party did not have the requisite seats to qualify as Leader of the Opposition (LoP). To claim the post, a party should have at least 10 percent of the membership of the Lok Sabha. While the Congress had 52 seats in 2019, in 2014, it had only 44 seats. However, the party registered a spectacular show by increasing its tally to 99 seats in the 2024 elections. Echoing the view, senior Congress MP Manickam Tagore wrote on X that Rahul Gandhi should lead the party in the Lower House. I sought votes on the name of my leader, Rahul Gandhi. I think he should be the Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha. I hope elected Congress MPs also think the same. Lets see how the Congress Parliamentary Party decides. We are a democratic party, wrote Tagore. Uttar Pradesh: 6-seat victory rekindles hope of Congress revival Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha said that Rahul Gandhi is duty-bound to take on the mantle of Lok Sabha parliamentary party leadership, as he led the campaign from the front. Rahul ji led the campaign frontally. He was the face. He is duty-bound to take on the mantle of Lok Sabha parliamentary party leadership. He cannot make all decisions about himself. Some decisions the party leaders / MPs have to take. Surely it will be a unanimous choice, wrote Tankha on X. Gogoi further said that Gandhi withstood enormous pressure, hate, and ridicule from the BJP and its ecosystem in defending the idea of India. There is an entire troll army who wants to malign his reputation. Rahul Gandhi withstood so much pressure, hate, and ridicule from the BJP and its ecosystem only to defend the idea of India as he walked from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and then later took a yatra from Manipur to Mumbai. He is the main face of our mission to save Indian democracy and protect the Constitution, said Gogoi. INDIA bloc partner Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut also welcomed the proposal. If Rahul Gandhi is ready to accept the leadership, why would we object? He has proven himself as a national leader multiple times. He is one of the popular leaders. We all want him and love him. There is no objection and difference in the alliance, Raut told the media.

The New Indian Express 6 Jun 2024 4:38 pm

Congress Celebrations at Gandhi Bhawan

Hyderabad: The TPCC office at Gandhi Bhavan which was deserted in the morning resounded to the sound of fire-crackers and drum beats by afternoon, as party members danced and raised party flags as it became clear that the party was winning eight Lok Sabha seats. Senior leaders addressed the media and workers gathered in front of Gandhi Bhavan to celebrate. Senior leader V Hanumantha Rao said that the BJP government at the Centre did not deliver on its promises in the last ten years. Despite assuming the role of a God-sent, Modi could not deliver his promises, Hanumantha Rao said. Rahul Gandhi walked for 4,000 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, analysing the problems of the public, especially the weaker sections of society and the farmers. People realise that Rahul Gandhi works for the welfare of the weaker class while Modi works for the welfare of Ambani and Adani. Rahul Gandhi promises a caste-based census and the lifting of the 50 per cent reservation ceiling. If you see UP, the double-engine government is losing. People wanted a change and that change is Rahul Gandhi, he said. He said that the BJP was expecting to cross 400 seats but was not even reaching 272. That shows that people are with the Congress. Whatever 60 declarations Sonia Gandhi made, we will fulfil, he added. He said the Congress performance in the state was on expected lines. We also expect to win Secunderabad and Medak. Medak, because it was the seat from where Indira Gandhi once fought, he stated earlier in the day. However, the BJP won both seats. Taking down the BRS for corruption and losing contact with the people, Rao said, What is interesting is the failure of BRS. Even changing the name from TRS to BRS did not help them. Eyeing national politics while farmers were dying did not do well with the people. The vacuum that the BRS has created has been filled by the BJP. The BRS also has several corruption charges.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 8:11 pm

Elderly Sikh Candidate's Bold Move Sparks Interest in Kanyakumari

Elderly Sikh Candidate's Bold Move Sparks Interest in Kanyakumari In a surprising turn of events, an elderly Sikh man arrived at a Kanyakumari district counting center carrying a knife neatly sheathed at his side. The individual, reportedly a candidate from a fringe political outfit, attracted immediate attention from the police on security duty. Authorities swiftly questioned the man about the knife, adhering to security protocols at the counting center. Suspense loomed as officers sought clarity on the candidates intentions and background. According to local television reports, the man is actively running for a position, elevating the stakes and speculations surrounding his presence. This incident underscores the heightened security measures and the diverse array of candidates in this election season.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 9:24 am

TN counting venues ready, results of 39 LS seats today

CHENNAI: All arrangements are in place for counting of votes on Tuesday for the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in Puducherry, officials said on Monday. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said 58 observers appointed to monitor the counting process have reached their respective constituencies. The counting will take place as per the Standard Operating Procedure laid down by the ECI, Sahoo said. Answering queries from reporters at the secretariat, the CEO said a control room has been set up at the secretariat and 12 DROs and other officials have been appointed to receive calls and clarifications from the districts. Responding to queries regarding the counting of postal ballots, the CEO said, as per rules, postal ballots would be counted first and at 8.30pm, the counting of votes polled in EVMs would begin. The number of votes polled via postal ballots would be conveyed to the agents of all political parties immediately after the counting, he said. In general, there will be 14 counting tables for each Assembly segment. There are three Assembly segments where the number of tables will be more than 14 --- Sholinganallur (30), Palladam (18), and Goundampalayam (20). There will be micro observers for all counting tables. The entire counting process will be video-recorded. About 874 men and 76 women candidates are in the fray for the election to the 39 Lok Sabha segments which recorded a voter turnout of 69.72% in the single-phase poll held in TN on April 19. 1L cops, 40k officials deployed Nearly 40,000 poll official have been deployed for the counting exercise. About one lakh police personnel will stand guard and 15 companies of personnel from the Central Armed Police Forces are also deployed. On June 4, the votes polled in the Vilavancode bypoll (Kanyakumari district) will also be counted, and complete results for the LS seats and the lone assembly segment are expected to be fully out by evening.

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 6:59 am

Raut calls ECI BJP branch after election body initiates action against Uddhav

Mumbai: On the eve of announcement of Lok Sabha election results, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said the PM candidate of the opposition INDIA bloc will be announced within 24 hours of the poll outcome being declared. He also slammed the Election Commission of Indias decision to initiate action against Thackeray calling the poll agency a BJP branch. Counting of votes nationwide for the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, which ended on June 1, will take place from 8 am on Tuesday. When asked about the PM candidate of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), Raut said, Narendra Modi will not be a Prime Minister again. BJP will not come back to power. Only the India bloc will win. Within 24 hours after the victory, we will announce our prime ministerial candidate. All the leaders of the opposition INDIA bloc will meet in Delhi and the announcement will be made there, Raut added. The Congress-led INDIA bloc comprises the Shiv Sena (UBT) and several opposition parties across the country. The Rajya Sabha MP criticised the ECI calling it a BJP branch. Reacting to the ECIs decision to initiate action against Thackeray for casting aspersions on the election body on May 20 and trying to influence the voters while the voting was still on, Raut said the action once again proves that the ECI is acting at the behest of the BJP. Raut slammed the ECI for allegedly ignoring complaints from opposition parties about poll irregularities and model code of conduct violations, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah allegedly seeking votes in the name of Ram Lalla. The Shiv Sena has sent 17 complaints to the ECl, but it has not even acknowledged any of the complaints, but it has acted swiftly on the BJPs complaint, he added. Taking a swipe at the PMs 45-hour dhyan programme at the Vivekanand Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Raut asked, Like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the ECI also meditating, Amid all exit polls predicting a comprehensive win for the BJP-led NDA and a third term as PM for Modi, the Shiv Sena (UBT) leader took a jibe at the BJP and said it can prepare ladoos and fafdas for victory celebrations but the people will celebrate the defeat of the ruling party.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 12:29 am

Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldie Brar gangs were planning to use minors to kill Salman Khan: Police

Police uncovered a plot involving Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldie Brar gangs planning to employ minors to kill Bollywood actor Salman Khan in Mumbai. Sharpshooters were stationed in multiple locations under Goldie Brar's orders, with plans to regroup in Kanyakumari and escape to other countries.

The Economic Times 3 Jun 2024 8:30 pm

PM Modis sankalps from Kanyakumari Bharats next giant leap to greatness

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modis call for dedicating the next 25 years to create a strong foundation for the coming generations and achieve a Viksit Bharat (developed India) by 2047 has received a tremendous response from various corners of the country with several ministers hailing the insights as inspirational and also []

bhaskarlive 3 Jun 2024 5:14 pm

BJP-led NDA to Get 450 Lok Sabha Seats: Uma Bharti After Exit Polls

Bhopal: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti said on Monday that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win around 450 Lok Sabha seats, more than the numbers predicted by the exit polls. In a post on X, former Union minister Bharti also said that pilgrims from various states and seers whom she met in the last two-and-a-half months of her stay in the Himalayas only spoke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Exit polls on Saturday predicted that Prime Minister Modi will retain power for a third straight term, with the BJP-led NDA expected to win a big majority in the Lok Sabha polls. While India Today-Axis My India has forecast 361-401 seats for the BJP-led alliance and 131-166 seats for the opposition INDIA bloc in the 543-member Lok Sabha, the ABP-C Voter predicted 353-383 seats for the ruling alliance and 152-182 seats for the INDIA bloc. Today's Chanakya predicted 335 seats to the BJP and 400 to the NDA, with a margin of 15 seats either way. It predicted 107 seats to the opposition alliance with a possibility of its tally going up or down by 11 seats. The Times Now-ETG Research's exit poll gave 358 and 152 seats to the NDA and the INDIA bloc respectively. The BJP had given the slogan' 400 paar' for its alliance in the Lok Sabha polls. The exit polls came out a day before yesterday, whatever their estimates are, but my estimate cannot be less than four hundred and fifty (seats for NDA), Bharti said on her X handle. Describing Modi as a charismatic person, she said, The way Modi ji did tap (meditation) in Kanyakumari, only alaukik (divine) person can do it. The BJP leader is working for the conservation of the river Ganga these days. Bharti said PM Modi has likened the Ganga to his mother, which has strengthened her belief that her dream (of the river conservation) will be fulfilled. The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister also expressed hope that her dream of implementing of the Ken-Betwa River Linking Project (in the Bundelkhand region of MP and Uttar Pradesh) will also be fulfilled.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 4:02 pm

PM Modi writes why India needs new dreams

A spiritually rejuvenated prime minister on board his flight from Kanyakumari to Delhi addressed the citizen of Bharat and implored them not to limit their aspiration and dreams, rather resolve to weave new ones and go ahead and fulfill them with ...

Web Dunia 3 Jun 2024 2:59 pm

Modi Pens 'Viksit Bharat' Vision Post Meditation At Kanyakumari

PM Modi has called for the nation to reassess outdated thinking and beliefs and free our society from the pressure of professional pessimists.

Bloomberg Quint 3 Jun 2024 10:58 am

PM Modi: We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after a period of meditation in Kanyakumari, returned to work with a renewed focus on Indias future. Immediately upon his return, he held over half a dozen back-to-back meetings, demonstrating his dedication and urgency. Before getting back to work, he authored an article in which he []

bhaskarlive 3 Jun 2024 10:14 am

PM Modi's New Resolve After 45-Hour Meditation In Kanyakumari: Full Text

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday concluded a 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanniyakumari. PM Modi's meditation began on May 30 and continued till June 1, for nearly 45 hours.

NDTV 3 Jun 2024 10:12 am

We must see Bharats development in global context: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reflected on India's progress and potential while urging for unity and dedication towards a developed India by 2047. In a note penned on Saturday, while on his flight back to Delhi after a 45-hour meditation retreat in Kanniyakumari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the nation to dedicate the next 25 years solely for the country to create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi, PM Modi began his note penned on June 1 between 4:15 PM and 7 PM during his return flight from Kanyakumari to Delhi. We must see Bharats development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharats internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharats strengths, nurture them, and utilize them for the benefit of the world. In today's global scenario, Bharats strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back, he said. Speaking about his thoughts during his three-day meditation, the PM wrote, Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. Citing Swami Vivekananda's message that, Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach. the Prime Minister wrote For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, Idam-na-mama (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat, he wrote. Today, Bharats governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living those dreams, the Prime Minister wrote. In his article, the Prime Minister stated that as the voting for the seventh and final phase is concluding, his mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions, adding that the 2024 Lok Sabha polls are the first in the Amrit Kaal. My fellow Indians, the biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, are concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi. Throughout the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting, he wrote in his article. My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions... I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed across the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanniyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti, PM Modi added. The Prime Minister said that as he entered into the meditation state, all the heated political debates, counterattacks and words of accusations vanished into a void. He said that he felt a sense of detachment from the external world. It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shaktithe trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist... I entered into a sadhana (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations that are so characteristic of an electionthey all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me...my mind became completely detached from the external world, PM Modi wrote. Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanniyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here, he added. Sharing his experience, the Prime Minister said that a part of his meditation was spent in a stream of thoughts thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation in Kanniyakumari. I am also grateful to God for instilling me with these values from birth which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanniyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts, he noted. Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanniyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realize the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived, PM Modi added. He further said that from 'Kashmir to Kanniyakumari' is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. Kanniyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this Memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanniyakumari as well, PM Modi wrote.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 9:33 am

While He is meditating at Kanyakumari They are busy lamenting everywhere

The moment Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on two-day meditation retreat, a great number of people started lamenting. Memes and cartoons criticising him were created as they began to insult him in the most impolite...

The Times of India 3 Jun 2024 7:41 am

New Sankalps from the Sadhana in Kanyakumari

My fellow Indians, The biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, is concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi. Through the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting. My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions... I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed across the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti. It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shakti the trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist... I entered into a sadhana (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations which are so characteristic of an election they all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me... my mind became completely detached from the external world. Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here. I am also grateful to God for instilling me with these values from birth which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts. Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realise the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived. Friends, Kanyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this Memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanyakumari as well. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari... this is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. This is the Shakti Peeth (seat of Shakti) where Maa Shakti incarnated as Kanya Kumari. At this Southern tip, Maa Shakti performed penance and waited for Bhagwan Shiva, who was residing in the Himalayas at the northernmost parts of Bharat. Kanyakumari is the land of confluences. The sacred rivers of our country flow into different seas, and here, those very seas converge. And here, we witness another great confluence the ideological confluence of Bharat! Here, we find the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Gandhi Mandapam, and Kamarajar Mani Mandapam. These streams of thought from these stalwarts converge here to form a confluence of national thought. This gives rise to great inspirations for nation-building. This land of Kanyakumari gives an indelible message of unity, especially to any person who doubts Bharats nationhood and the sense of unity. The grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar in Kanyakumari seems to be looking at the expanse of Maa Bharati from the sea. His work Thirukkural is one of the crown jewels of the beautiful Tamil language. It covers every aspect of life, inspiring us to give our best for ourselves and for the nation. It was my great fortune to pay my respects to such a great figure. Friends, Swami Vivekananda once said, Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach. For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, Idam-na-mama (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat. Bharats welfare benefits our planets journey to progress as well. Take the freedom movement as an example. Bharat gained independence on August 15, 1947. At that time, many countries around the world were under colonial rule. Bharats independence journey inspired and empowered many of those countries to achieve their own freedom. That same spirit was seen decades later when the world came face to face with the once-in-a-century Covid-19 pandemic. When concerns were raised about the poor and developing countries, Bharats successful efforts provided courage and assistance to many nations. Today, Bharats governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. Empowering 25 crore people to rise above poverty in just 10 years is unprecedented. Innovative practices such as Pro-People Good Governance, aspirational districts, and aspirational blocks are being discussed globally today. Our efforts, from empowering the poor to last-mile delivery, have inspired the world by prioritising individuals standing at the last rung of society. Bharats Digital India campaign is now an example for the entire world, showing how we can use technology to empower the poor, bring transparency, and ensure their rights. Inexpensive data in Bharat is becoming a means of social equality by ensuring the reach of information and services to the poor. The whole world is witnessing and studying the democratisation of technology, and major global institutions are advising many countries to adopt elements from our model. Today, Bharats progress and rise are not just a significant opportunity for Bharat alone, but also a historic opportunity for all our partner countries around the world. Since the success of the G20, the world has been increasingly envisioning a bigger role for Bharat. Today, Bharat is being acknowledged as a strong and important voice of the Global South. The African Union has become a part of the G20 group at the initiative of Bharat. This is going to be a crucial turning point for the future of African countries. Friends, The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living those dreams. We must see Bharats development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharats internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharats strengths, nurture them, and utilise them for the benefit of the world. In todays global scenario, Bharats strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back. The world of the 21st century is looking towards Bharat with many hopes. And we will need to make several changes to move forward in the global scenario. We also need to change our traditional thinking regarding reform. Bharat cannot limit reform to just economic reforms. We must move forward in every aspect of life towards the direction of reform. Our reforms should also align with the aspirations of a Viksit Bharat (developed India) by 2047. We must also understand that reform can never be a uni-dimensional process for any country. Therefore, I have laid out the vision of reform, perform, and transform for the country. The responsibility of reform lies with leadership. Based on that, our bureaucracy performs, and when the people join in with the spirit of Jan Bhagidari, we witness a transformation taking place. We must make excellence the fundamental principle to make our country a Viksit Bharat. We need to work quickly in all four directions: Speed, Scale, Scope, and Standards. Alongside manufacturing, we must also focus on quality and adhere to the mantra of zero defect-zero effect. Friends, We should take pride in every moment that God has blessed us with birth in the land of Bharat. God has chosen us to serve Bharat and fulfil our role in our countrys journey towards excellence. We must redefine our heritage in a modern way while embracing ancient values in a modern context. As a nation, we also need to reassess outdated thinking and beliefs. We need to free our society from the pressure of professional pessimists. We must remember that freedom from negativity is the first step towards achieving success. Success blossoms in the lap of positivity. My faith, devotion, and belief in the infinite and eternal power of Bharat are growing day by day. Over the past 10 years, I have seen this capability of Bharat grow even more and have experienced it firsthand. Just as we utilised the fourth and fifth decades of the 20th century to impart a new momentum to the freedom movement, we must lay the foundation for a Viksit Bharat in these 25 years of the 21st century. The freedom struggle was a time that called for great sacrifices. The present times call for great and sustained contributions from everyone. Swami Vivekananda had said in 1897 that we must dedicate the next 50 years solely for the nation. Exactly 50 years after this call, Bharat gained independence in 1947. Today, we have the same golden opportunity. Lets dedicate the next 25 years solely for the nation. Our efforts will create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. Looking at the energy and enthusiasm of the country, I can say that the goal is not far away now. Let us take swift steps... let us come together and create a Viksit Bharat. These thoughts were penned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 1 between 4.15 pm and 7 pm during his return flight from Kanyakumari to Delhi.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 1:22 am

India's governance model an example for the world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a blog post on Sunday, highlighted India's governance model as an example for the world. He praised the nation's achievements in lifting 25 crore people out of poverty and implementing innovative practices of good governance. Reflecting on his recent spiritual break in Kanyakumari, the PM recalled his election campaign journey from Meerut to Hoshiarpur, emphasizing the transformation in political discourse post-election.

The Economic Times 3 Jun 2024 12:32 am

MVA Rejects Exit Poll Predictions, Claims Victory in Maharashtra

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena UBT and Congress on Sunday rejected the exit poll predictions for Maharashtra and claimed that their alliance will win more than 35 out 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut called exit polls a fraud, while state Congress president Nana Patole claimed the exit poll figures were dictated by the BJP. Almost all exit polls have predicted advantage for the NDA in Maharashtra even though the alliance is predicted to win fewer seats than the 41 won in 2009. Stating that the Shiv Sena (UBT) will retain 18 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, Mr Raut said, The MVA will win 35 seats. The INDIA bloc will win 35 to 40 seats in Uttar Pradesh and more than 290 seats in the country. Mr. Patole also claimed that the MVA will win 35-40 seats in Maharashtra and the INDIA bloc will form the next government. The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader also claimed that there is a lot of pressure on these media houses. According to him, the exit poll exercise is a corporate game and a fraud. Do these companies conduct exit polls for free? he asked. Ridiculing the exit poll companies, Mr Raut claimed out that Rajasthan has 25 seats, but one exit poll company has given 33 seats to the BJP. He also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that it is the insult of his meditation at Kanyakumari to give him anything less than 800 Lok Sabha seats. I thought the exit polls would give the BJP 800 to 900 seats as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has meditated so much. He meditated for so many days, so 360 or 370 is nothing. A person who meditates should get 800 seats, said Mr. Raut. Mr. Patole said that his party is not relying on exit polls, which are misleading the people. He also appealed to his partys polling agents to keep vigil till all votes are counted at the counting centres. Mr. Raut alleged that the BJP has realised that it is losing the election and therefore Union home minister Amit Shah is calling district collectors and threatening them. He also claimed that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka will bring a change in the country along with Maharashtra.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 11:26 pm

Why PM Modi Chose Vivekananda Rock Memorial For Post-Poll Spiritual Sojourn?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari on Saturday. Prime Minister Modi was in Kanniyakumari on a spiritual visit. He was meditating at the Dhyan Mandapam, the place where revered Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata'.

NDTV 2 Jun 2024 11:08 pm

PM Modi In Kanniyakumari: PM Modi 45 ? Ground Report

PM Modi Meditation: (Kanyakumari) (Vivekananda Rock Memorial) 45 .. ..

NDTV 2 Jun 2024 12:47 pm

A 20-year-old pedalling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari for green future

Excelsior Sports Correspondent JAMMU, June 1: In a brave attempt to address climate change, a 20 year-old Pankaj Mahla, a third-year student studying Electronics and Communication Engineering at Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, and a novice cyclist, decided to follow his passion and began a 4,000 km cycling trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. This journey, dubbed Solaride, aims to promote the adoption of solar energy and sustainable living practices across India. Pankajs journey will span 33 cities in 50 days, [] The post A 20-year-old pedalling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari for green future appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 2 Jun 2024 5:09 am

Abhishek terms Modis meditation as media spectacle using tax payers money

KOLKATA, June 1: Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning his meditation session in Kanyakumari into a media spectacle funded by taxpayers money. Banerjee said meditation is a personal practice beneficial for body, mind, and soul but cautioned against making it a public show. You (journalists), []

thehillstimes 2 Jun 2024 1:15 am

My Life Dedicated PM Modi Writes Letter After 45-Hour Meditation At Kanyakumari | Watch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded a 45-hour-long meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, paying homage to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar. He expressed a profound sense of energy and spirituality, pledging every moment of his life to the nation's service. Reflecting on the historical significance of the memorial, PM Modi highlighted its association with Goddess Parvati, Swami Vivekananda, and Eknath Ranade, who brought Vivekananda's ideas to life by establishing it.

The Times of India 1 Jun 2024 11:27 pm

Sanjay Raut backs Rahul Gandhi as next PM

Mumbai : Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday backed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to become the next Prime Minister of India. Even as the exit polls conducted by various agencies and news channels indicated that the Narendra Modi-led BJP will form the the next government, the Shiv Sena UBT leader was upbeat about the chances of the INDIAbloc. He said that the next PM will be from the INDIA bloc and Mr. Gandhi is the peoples choice. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has already made it clear that Mr.Gandhi is his choice as a representative of the youth and the Country. Agreeing with the Congress national president, Mr Raut said that the way Mr.Gandhi had worked hard in this election; there is no parallel to him. The People have accepted Mr. Gandhis leadership. he INDIA alliance is winningafter 12 pm on June 4, you will know that the Prime Minister will be from the INDIA alliance. Mallikarjun Kharge had stated Rahul Gandhi is his choice for Prime Minister. In my opinion, he is the choice of the whole country. All of us will be backing Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Raut said. Shiv Sena (UBT), which is an alliance partner of Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP (SP) in Maharashtra, has contested on 23 seats out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, while Congress and NCP (SP) have contested on 17 and 10 seats respectively. The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 45-hour-long meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari. Calling Mr. Modis mediation as drama, Mr. Raut said that with the help of 27 cameras, Narendra Modi is doing meditation. In olden days, Rishis and Munis of the country meditated without cameras and security personnel. It appears as if these 27 cameras are his disciples. His meditation is being covered from all the angels. This is an insult to our Lok Sadhana, Mr. Raut said.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 10:14 pm

In Kanyakumari, PM Modi Concludes Meditation; Says He Feels Divine Energy

During his stay at the memorial, the PM did meditation and also performed 'Surya Arghya at the time of sunrise, a ritual associated with spiritual practice

News18 1 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

Feel A Divine Energy: PM Modi's Note After Meditating At Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Union Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday shared a note by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, written after his meditation session at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari.

NDTV 1 Jun 2024 9:20 pm

Exit Poll 2024: Will NDA complete a hat-trick? Here's what the numbers predict

The exit polls predicting who will stand where in the Lok Sabha elections 2024 and who will form the government are here. Statutory warning: Only June 4, the day of the results, will give the true verdict. On then to the numbers as shared by the various outlets: These predictions come after voting in the Lok Sabha election, which was India's second longest and spread over 44 days from April 19 to June 1, came to an end on Saturday . Only our inaugural parliamentary election that lasted for over four months was longer. The seven-phase election had 969 million-odd eligible voters. The polling percentages though have been lower than in 2019 with factors such as the heat and lack of any overarching narrative or resentment being cited as reasons. About Rs 1 lakh crore was said to have been spent making it one of the most expensive elections ever in the world, rivalling the money spent in the combined 2020 US elections . That one stat highlighted how money has been flowing over and above the spending limits of Rs 75-95 lakh for each candidate. These limits have been raised at least 30X times from the Rs 25,000 allowed per candidate during the first general election in 1951-52 to little avail. According to an estimate in 2019, nearly Rs 100 crore was spent per Lok Sabha constituency! The math remains to be done before we know how much higher it has been in 2024. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had over 206 rallies/outreach programmes in this election campaign, which was way more than his nearly 145 such engagements five years ago. He also gave 80 interviews to the media before heading for his 45-hour-long meditation on Kanyakumari's Vivekananda rock. On the other side, from the Congress, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were involved in 107 and 108 public outreach programmes respectively. The election saw officials from the Election Commission travel many kilometres across the sea to bring EVMs in remote corners of Lakshadweep and set up a lone booth in Banej, an isolated village in Gujarat's Gir Somnath district that has a lone voter in a temple priest. Key takeaways from the campaign have been the fact that it has been a relatively silent election. Prime Minister Modi has not towered like he did in the 2014 and 2019 elections, In fact, many including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, have criticised him for being divisive on thecampaign trail. Many observers have said how the election outcomes might revolve around the issues that matter with local problems and caste permutations being seen as important. The INDIA bloc campaign seemingly came to life after the first phase with the Prime Minister himself talking up his opponent's chances. As for the ' Ab ki baar 400 paar ' slogan, it led to the opposition countering it with ' Samvidhan khatre main hai ' (the Constitution is in danger). Both the ruling NDA and Opposition are fancying their chances of forming the government. Join us on June 4 for the final verdict and to see if PM Modi will return for the third time as he has promised and be able to implement the roadmap for the first 125 days as promised . Or to see if Rahul Gandhi's Bye, bye, Modiji will trump. The Congress leader had famously delivered the same message in 2019 too. Will he get to have his wish finally?

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 7:09 pm

PM Modi's Spiritual Sojourn at Vivekananda Rock Memorial Stirs Controversy

PM Modi's Spiritual Sojourn at Vivekananda Rock Memorial Stirs Controversy Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday concluded his 45-hour-long meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, paying floral tributes to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar. Modi, clad in white, visited the 133-ft statue of Thiruvalluvar next to the rock memorial and placed a huge garland there as a mark of respect. He used a ferry service to reach and leave the statue complex. After winding up his spiritual retreat, the Prime Minister departed via helicopter for Thiruvananthapuram before heading back to Delhi. Arriving on May 30, he had initially prayed at the Bhagavathy Amman temple before commencing his stay at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, where he participated in meditation and performed 'Surya Arghya' at sunrise, dressed in saffron. Modis visit to Kanyakumari for meditation prompted criticism from opposition leaders, including those from Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK, who argued that the meditation broadcast affected local businesses and tourism. DMK's Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K Selvaperunthagai expressed disapproval, the latter questioning the authenticity of Modis meditation amidst media presence.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 6:51 pm

With Rs 1 lakh crore spent, India's second longest election comes to an end

The voting in the Lok Sabha election, which was India's second longest and spread over 44 days from April 19 to June 1, has come to an end on Saturday . Only our inaugural parliamentary election that lasted for over four months was longer. The seven-phase election had 969 million-odd eligible voters. The polling percentages though have been lower than in 2019 with factors such as the heat and lack of any overarching narrative or resentment being cited as reasons. Some Rs 1 lakh crore was said to have been spent making it one of the most expensive elections ever in the world, rivalling the combined 2020 US elections. That one stat highlighted how money has been flowing over and above the spending limits of Rs 75-95 lakh for each candidate. These limits have been raised at least 30X times from the Rs 25,000 allowed per candidate during the first general election in 1951-52 to little avail. According to an estimate in 2019, nearly Rs 100 crore was spent per Lok Sabha constituency! The math remains to be done before we know how much higher it has been in 2024. Lok Sabha Polls 2024: Looking back at stories from our first election Prime Minister Narendra Modi had over 206 rallies/outreach programmes in this election campaign, which was way more than his nearly 145 such engagements five years ago. He also gave 80 interviews to the media before heading for his 45-hour-long meditation on Kanyakumari's Vivekananda rock. On the other side, from the Congress, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were involved in 107 and 108 public outreach programmes respectively. The election saw officials from the Election Commission travel many kilometres across the sea to bring EVMs in remote corners of Lakshadweep and set up a lone booth in Banej, an isolated village in Gujarat's Gir Somnath district that has a lone voter in a temple priest. From the far-off and fair Isles of Lakshadweep, comes this beautiful film, depicting the journey of an #EVM from the strongroom to the polling booth #ChunavKaParv #DeshkaGarv Video courtesy : @LakshadweepCeo pic.twitter.com/XTMcXXC5Lf Spokesperson ECI (@SpokespersonECI) April 18, 2024 Key takeaways from the campaign have been the fact that it has been a relatively silent election. Prime Minister Modi has not towered like he did in the 2014 and 2019 elections, In fact, many including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, have criticised him for being divisive in his campaign speeches. Many observers have said how the election outcomes might revolve around the issues that matter with local problems and caste permutations being seen as important. The INDIA bloc campaign seemingly came to life after the first phase with the Prime Minister himself talking up his opponent's chances. As for the ' Ab ki baar 400 paar' slogan , it led to the opposition countering it with ' Samvidhan khatre main hai ' (the Constitution is in danger). Both the ruling NDA and Opposition are fancying their chances of forming the government. They will only know their fate on results day on June 4. But before that we have the exit polls, a spectacle where pollsters try to play Guess the Prime Minister but which can at its best and its worst only serve to keep us in further suspended animation. To inform and keep those of you who are interested, The New Indian Express though will be bringing you all the numbers that have been crunched by the various pollsters/media houses too. Statutory warning: June 4 will only give the true verdict. Join us then for the final verdict and to see if PM Modi will return for the third time as he has promised and be able to implement the roadmap for the first 125 days as promised. Or to see if Rahul Gandhi's Bye, bye, Modiji will trump. The Congress leader had famously delivered the same message in 2019 too . Will he get to have his wish granted finally?

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 6:32 pm

Prime Minister Modi Concludes Spiritual Retreat, Meditates at Indias Southernmost Point in Kanyakumari

KANYAKUMARI, June 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday concluded his 45-hour long meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here and paid floral tributes to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar. On conclusion of his dhyan session, Modi, clad in white, visited the 133-ft statue of Thiruvalluvar, located next to the rock memorial and placed a huge [] The post Prime Minister Modi Concludes Spiritual Retreat, Meditates at Indias Southernmost Point in Kanyakumari appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 1 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

PM Modi ends 45 hr long meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari

PM Modi ends 45 hr long meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 4:24 pm

Modi ends two-day long meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday ended the two-day long meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. He arrived on Thursday to embark on a 45-hour long meditation session at the famed Vivekananda Rock Memorial. He arrived from nearby Thiruvananthapuram and first worshiped at the Bhagavathi Amman temple and later reached Vivekananda Rock Memorial for performing meditation for nearly two days. Modi came to Rock Memorial, a monument built in tribute to Swami Vivekananda after wrapping up the Lok Sabha polls campaign on Thursday. As many as 2,000 police personnel were deployed during Modis visit, even as the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy also maintained tight vigil. Modi had undertaken a similar exercise in a Kedarnath cave after the 2019 poll campaign.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 4:12 pm

Prime Minister Modi Concludes 45-Hour Meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Prime Minister Modi Concluded the45-Hour Meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial -Kanyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on Saturday and paid tribute to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar with a floral offering. Clad in white, Modi visited the 133-ft statue of Thiruvalluvar, adjacent to the rock memorial, where he placed a large garland as a mark of respect. He arrived at the statue complex via ferry and later returned to the shore using the same service. During his stay at the memorial, the Prime Minister engaged in meditation and performed the spiritual ritual of 'Surya Arghya' at sunrise. Modi, attired in saffron robes, meditated at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, known for its stunning views of the sunrise and sunset. Situated on a small islet near the shoreline, the memorial is a popular destination for spiritual and introspective activities. The Prime Minister commenced his 45-hour meditation session at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on the evening of May 30 and concluded it on Saturday. Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of India, serves as the meeting point of the country's Eastern and Western coastlines. It is also where the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea converge. Prime Minister Modi's visit to Kanyakumari is seen as a gesture of national unity. On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his election campaign in Punjab's Hoshiarpur for the final phase of the upcoming general elections scheduled for June 1. During the 75-day campaign period, Modi participated in approximately 206 election events, including rallies and roadshows, and conducted around 80 interviews with various news and media platforms. Traditionally, at the conclusion of election campaigns, the Prime Minister undertakes spiritual journeys. In 2019, he visited Kedarnath, and in 2014, he visited Shivajis Pratapgarh. Top Five Attractions to View in Kanya Kumari, Not to Miss How Modis Meditation at Historic Rock Memorial Emphasizes Spiritual Roots PM Modi Set for Spiritual Retreat at Vivekananda Rock Memorial as Old Photo Goes Viral

News Track 1 Jun 2024 4:10 pm

Travel tips: You can complete the trip to Kanyakumari in one day, know the 7 best tourist spots here

Kanyakumari is a small city located at the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland, which is also called Cape Comorin in English. This place attracts a lot of tourists. To reach here by train, you can go to Kanyakumari Railway Station, if you want to go by road then choose National Highway-44, Trivandrum Airport of Kerala is about 89 km from here. Let us know which places you can visit here in a day. This is the top tourist destination of Kanyakumari where Swami Vivekananda meditated here in the year 1892. A rock memorial was built in his memory in the year 1970. There is a meditation hall inside it which is called 'Dhyan Mandapam'. You can reach here via ferry. Near the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a huge statue of Thiruvalluvar (Thiruvalluvar Statue) which is 41 meters high, who was a famous Tamil poet and saint. This statue was inaugurated in the year 2000. This statue can be seen from a long distance. Triveni Sangam is called by this name because here 3 oceans meet together, which include the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Here you can also enjoy the waves on Kanyakumari Beach. Near the Triveni Sangam is the Gandhi Mandapam where the ashes of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi are kept. Here you can go for darshan from 7 am to 7 pm. There is no entry fee for this. Bhagavathi Amman Temple is dedicated to 'Goddess Kanyakumari', also known as 'Kunwari Devi', after whom the city is named. You can visit here from 4:30 am to 12:15 pm and then from 4 pm to 8:15 pm. Kanyakumari is one of those special places in the world where you can see the view of the sunset and sunrise in the sea, for this go to the View Tower. You will not have to spend much for entry here. This is a favorite place for those who are fond of photography. (PC: Zee news)

Kalam Times 1 Jun 2024 4:05 pm

Prime Minister Modi concludes meditation in Kanyakumari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his 45-hour meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial. He paid tribute to Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar by visiting his statue and placing a garland. He arrived by ferry, performed 'Surya Arghya' at sunrise, and meditated at the iconic location known for its sunrise and sunset views before leaving on Saturday.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 3:42 pm

PM Modi Ends 45-Hour Meditation At Vivekananda Rock Memorial In Tamil Nadu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his 45-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari on Saturday.

NDTV 1 Jun 2024 3:27 pm

Modi's Last Day Of Meditation In Kanyakumari As Exit Polls Near

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced a 45-hour-long meditation session at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu and is set to conclude his spiritual retreat today. After concluding his meditation at 1:30 pm, PM Modi will visit the statue of Tamil saint-philosopher Thiruvalluvar to pay his respects before returning via ferry. On Saturday, PM Modi initiated the second and final day of meditation by performing the 'Surya Arghya' ritual at sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

The Times of India 1 Jun 2024 3:26 pm

ECs silence on PM Modis meditation spectacle raises concerns

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (EC) chose to maintain radio silence over protests by the opposition parties that Prime Minister Narendra Modis meditation at the Vivekananda Memorial, Kanyakumari, between May 30 and June 1, close to the last phase of polling on June 1, would lead to a serious violation of the [] The post ECs silence on PM Modis meditation spectacle raises concerns appeared first on Pragativadi | Odisha News, Breaking News Odisha, Latest Odisha News .

Pragativadi 1 Jun 2024 1:42 pm

Modis Kanniyakumari Retreat: PM embarks on day 3 of meditation; Check what rituals he is doing today

KANYAKUMARI (Tamil Nadu), June 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his third and final day of meditation here on Saturday, after performing the Surya Arghya during sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here, officials said. Modi carried out Surya Arghya, a ritual associated with spiritual practice involving salutations to the Almighty, manifested in the [] The post Modis Kanniyakumari Retreat: PM embarks on day 3 of meditation; Check what rituals he is doing today appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 1 Jun 2024 1:12 pm

Water Levels Dropped by 23pc in Major Reservoirs: CWC Report

Bellam Durga instructed officials to initiate measures to resolve the drinking water problem by constructing two new water reservoirs at a cost of Rs. 4 crore each. Represerntational image Bellam Durga instructed officials to initiate measures to resolve the drinking water problem by constructing two new water reservoirs at a cost of Rs. 4 crore each. Represerntational image New Delhi: The water level has dropped by 23 percent in the 150 main reservoirs of the country, the Central Water Commission (CWC) data revealed. It is 77 percent less at this time compared to last year. The data also stated that the present storage is just 77 percent of last years water levels and 94 percent of the normal water storage. The total live storage available is 41.705 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM), equating to 23 percent of the total capacity, said the commission in its new weekly bulletin released on Friday. This is a significant decrease from the 53.832 BCM recorded during the same period last year and the normal storage level of 44.511 BCM. Consequently, the current storage is only 77 percent of last year's levels and 94 percent of the normal storage, the commission said. Monitored by the CWC, the main 150 reservoirs have a combined live storage of 178.784 BCM, which is around 69.35 percent of the total storage capacity created in the country. According to the CWC bulletin for the week of May 13 to May 31, among the 150 reservoirs, 10 are located in the northern regions of the country, in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Punjab and they have a live storage capacity of 19.663 BCM. This has dropped to 5.864 BCM (30 percent of total capacity). During the corresponding period, last year, the storage was at 38 percent. At this time of the year, the normal storage is at 31 percent. There are 23 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 20.430 BCM, in the eastern regions of Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tripura, Odisha, Bihar, and Nagaland. The available storage is 28 percent i.e. 5.645 BCM of the total capacity, according to the commission. It was 25 percent in the corresponding period of the last year. The normal storage is 25 percent. In the western region, there are 49 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 37.130 BCM, in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The present live storage is 8.833 BCM, or 24 percent of the total capacity, which is a decline from 28 percent last year but an improvement over the normal storage of 23 percent. The central region has 26 reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 48.227 BCM, in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Uttarakhand. The total storage available now is 29.1 percent i.e.; 14.046 BCM of the total capacity. The storage was 37 percent, last year. The normal storage is 29.4 percent. Hence, 29.1 percent currently is below the normal level and below last year. There are 42 reservoirs with a total live storage capacity of 53.334 BCM, in the southern regions of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. The available storage is 14 percent i.e., 7.317 BCM. This is drastically lower than the 24 percent of last year and the normal storage of 19 percent. The Central Water Commission report further demonstrates that the basins of the Ganga, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Indus, Tapi, Sabarmati, Brahmani, and Baitarani have normal storage. Godavari, Mahanadi, Mahi, Barak, and Subarnekha, as well as the west-flowing rivers of Kutch and Saurashtra, including Luni, and the west-flowing rivers from Tapi to Tadri and Tadri to Kanyakumari, have storage levels that are closer to average. On the other hand, extremely inadequate storage is observed in the east-flowing rivers between the Mahanadi and Pennar basins, while inadequate storage is reported in the Krishna, east-flowing rivers between Pennar and the Kanyakumari and Cauvery basins.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 1:10 pm

PM Modi Embarks On Day 3 Of Meditation In Kanyakumari

KANYAKUMARI (Tamil Nadu), June 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his third and final day of meditation here on Saturday, after performing the Surya Arghya during sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here, officials said. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp Modi carried out Surya Arghya, a ritual associated with spiritual practice involving salutations to the Almighty, manifested in the form of sun. The PM poured little water from a traditional, beaker-like small vessel into the sea as [] The post PM Modi Embarks On Day 3 Of Meditation In Kanyakumari appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 1 Jun 2024 12:42 pm

In Saffron Attire, PM Modi Embarks On Final Day Of His Spiritual Retreat in Kanyakumari | PICS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his third and final day of meditation here on Saturday, after performing the 'Surya Arghya' during sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial

News18 1 Jun 2024 12:36 pm

Is PM Modi not governed by law and rules: Congress' Digvijaya Singh on PM's Meditation Hall pics

BHOPAL: Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday raised a question over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Meditation Hall photos asking Is PM Modi not governed by law and rules. Singh further asked the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to respond on the issue. On Saturday morning, the Congress leader posted on X (formerly twitter) quoting a post of an X user named Kapil (@kapsology), Thank you for pointing it out. Is Narendra Modi not governed by law and rules or rules don't apply to him. Would the PMO please respond? X user Kapil wrote on Friday, This is the first time you see the Meditation Hall photos inside the Vivekananda Memorial as photography here is not allowed and punishable by Law. But what is 'Camera-jeevi' without a camera? The X user also posted a screenshot of photography rules in the post. The screengrab in the post read, The photography rules for visiting the Vivekananda Rock Memorial are strict and limited, as it is a protected and sensitive area. You are not allowed to take any photos or videos inside the monument, as it is prohibited and punishable by law. You can only take photos or videos from outside the monument, or from the ferry, with prior permission from the authorities. You should also respect the privacy and dignity of other visitors, and not disturb or harass them with your camera. Notably, PM Modi's 45-hour meditation on the Vivekananda Rock Memorial that began on Thursday continued today and would conclude on Saturday evening. PM Modi started his meditation at the Dhyana Mandapam, the place where revered Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata'. The Prime Minister arrived at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on Thursday. According to mythology, Goddess Parvati also meditated at the same place on one foot as she waited for Lord Shiva. This is the Southernmost tip of India. Further, this is the place where India's Eastern and Western coastlines meet. It is also the meeting point of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi offered prayers at Bhagavathy Amman Temple in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, after the culmination of the Lok Sabha election campaign. The Prime Minister is known to undertake spiritual journeys at the end of election campaigns. In line with this, he will reach Kanyakumari on May 30 and stay there till June 1. In 2019, he visited Kedarnath, and in 2014, he visited Shivaji's Pratapgarh.

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 12:11 pm

PM Modi embarks on final day of meditation in Kanyakumari

The Prime Minister performed Surya Arghya at sunrise

The Hindu 1 Jun 2024 11:30 am

Modi's Kanniyakumari Retreat: PM embarks on day 3 of meditation; Check what rituals he is doing today

Kanyakumari is famous for its sunrise and sunset and the memorial is located on a tiny islet near the shoreline. At the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the PM embarked on meditation on the evening of May 30 and he is scheduled to complete it on the evening of Saturday.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 11:17 am

PM Modi embarks on Day 2 of meditation in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his second and final day of meditation here on Saturday, after performing the 'Surya Arghya' during sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here, officials said.Modi carried out 'Surya Arghya,' a ritual associated with spiritual practice involving salutations to the Almighty, manifested in the form of sun. The PM poured little water from a traditional, beaker-like small vessel into the sea as an offering (Arghya) and prayed using his prayer beads (Japa mala), they said. Modi was clad in saffron and also paid floral tributes to a statue of Swami Vivekananda, they added. He walked around the mandapam with his 'japa mala' in his hands. Kanyakumari is famous for its sunrise and sunset and the memorial is located on a tiny islet near the shoreline. At the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the PM embarked on meditation on the evening of May 30 and he is scheduled to complete it on the evening of Saturday.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 11:08 am

PM Modi's Spiritual Odyssey at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

PM Modi's Spiritual Odyssey at Vivekananda Rock Memorial Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his second and final day of meditation here on Saturday, after performing the 'Surya Arghya' during sunrise at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial here, officials said. Modi carried out 'Surya Arghya,' a ritual associated with spiritual practice involving salutations to the Almighty, manifested in the form of sun. The PM poured little water from a traditional, beaker-like small vessel into the sea as an offering (Arghya) and prayed using his prayer beads (Japa mala), they said. Modi was clad in saffron and also paid floral tributes to a statue of Swami Vivekananda, they added. He walked around the mandapam with his 'japa mala' in his hands. Kanyakumari is famous for its sunrise and sunset and the memorial is located on a tiny islet near the shoreline. At the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the PM embarked on meditation on the evening of May 30 and he is scheduled to complete it on the evening of Saturday.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 10:24 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari on Friday (UNI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari on Friday (UNI) The post Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari on Friday (UNI) appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 1 Jun 2024 1:05 am

DC Edit | PM has every right to meditate

After wrapping up the most intense election campaign in his political career where he addressed 206 public meetings and gave 80 interviews, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to the Indian mainlands southernmost tip the Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari for a two-day retreat. Over two days, Mr Modi planned to spend his time in meditation a kind of detoxification process that he undertakes after every major election. With Mr Modis decision to meditate coming hours ahead of the crucial final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Opposition parties are obviously jittery over its impact on peoples voting decisions. They complained to the Election Commission of India asking it to ensure that the media does not cover Mr Modis meditation as they believe it to be an attempt to influence voters during the two-day silent period ahead of the elections. To a neutral observer, Mr Modis meditation is strictly a personal affair and he is well within his rights to determine how he wants to spend his free time. Opposition parties have no say in how he uses his time for meditation, worship, scuba diving, paragliding, watching his favourite movies or even sleeping at home. The Opposition parties cannot intrude into his personal life to dictate how he spends his time. Similarly, the Opposition parties cannot determine what media personnel choose to cover. If their readers or viewers are interested in reading or watching a particular event, media organisations will cover it. Even if the Election Commission had directed media organisations against covering it, that would have been tantamount to be the violation of the fundamental rights of the people as well as a suppression of press freedom . Thats why the Election Commission has not issued any specific instruction to the BJP, Mr Modi or the media on this matter. If the Opposition thinks Mr Modis meditation is a passive campaign that violates the model code of conduct, then so be it. After all, nothing stops Mr Rahul Gandhi or Ms Mamata Banerjee from doing the same activity.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 12:10 am

PM Modi is meditating just for success of Bharat and people of India: BJP leader Shaina NC

PM Modi is meditating just for success of Bharat and people of India: BJP leader Shaina NC BJP leader Shaina NC hit out at the INDIA bloc for their criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditating at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari till June 1. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meditating just for the success of Bharat and the people of India. Shaina NC said, If the PM chooses to meditate, the opposition has a problem. If he chooses to speak, the opposition has a problem. This is not the first time he has gone for meditation. In 2019, he went to Kedarnath. In 2014, he went to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgarh where he got his inspiration from. Here in Kanniyakumari, we know it's not just a symbolic gesture, but there is a huge inspiration which one draws from Swami Vivekananda. PM Narendra Modi is just meditating for the success of Bharat and the people of India. She further asked that when elections are over then where is the question of the Model Code of Conduct. She further said, When the elections are over, what is this cry of Model Code of Conduct. If the most hard-working Prime Minister in the history of India chooses to take one day off to meditate for the people of India and the prosperity of India, then the opposition has a problem with that. Earlier, the Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI), alleging that PM Narendra Modi's two-day meditation retreat in Kanniyakumari would violate the '48-hour silence period provision' of the Model Code of Conduct ahead of the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha polling. Prime Minister Modi is in Kanniyakumari on a spiritual visit. He is meditating at the Dhyan Mandapam, the place where revered Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata'. He will continue his meditation till June 1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday offered prayers at Bhagavathy Amman Temple in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, after the culmination of the Lok Sabha election campaign. The Prime Minister is known to undertake spiritual journeys at the end of election campaigns. In line with this, he will reach Kanyakumari on May 30 and stay there till June 1. In 2019, he visited Kedarnath, and in 2014, he visited Shivaji's Pratapgarh. The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases starting April 19. The counting of the votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 11:07 pm

Legacy of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar to Inspire Future Generations

Legacy of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar to Inspire Future Generations Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Friday said his government will make events related to the life of Holkar ruler Devi Ahilyabai Holkar a part of the curriculum of schools and colleges. The state government will publish books based on historical documents to bring different episodes in the life of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar to the common people, Yadav said at the inauguration of 'Lokmata Ahilyabai Holkar Tricentenary Celebrations' in Indore, adding these books will be made part of school and college curriculum. The CM said this while supporting a suggestion of former Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. He, however, clarified that since the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls is in force, he is not making any formal announcement. Yadav referred to the construction work done by Devi Ahilyabai Holkar at the 'char dhams' and 12 'jyotirlingas' across the country and said she left an indelible mark of good governance. Speaking on the occasion earlier, Mahajan said historical documents written in Modi script (to write Marathi) used during the reign of the Holkar dynasty should be digitally saved and translated into various languages. Classical dancer and Rajya Sabha member Dr Sonal Mansingh said a major site, park, meeting place or road should be named after Devi Ahilyabai Holkar in national capital New Delhi. ''Names of Babar, Akbar and Shah Jahan should be removed from roads in Delhi and places should be named after great Indian women like Devi Ahilyabai Holkar,'' she said. Nivedita Bhide, who is associated with Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, also addressed the programme.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 11:03 pm

Is PM aware of concluding words of Vivekananda's Chicago speech, asks Yechury

New Delhi : Taking a dig at Prime Minister Is PM aware of concluding words of Vivekananda's Chicago speech, asks Yechury who presently sitting in meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday highlighted Swami Vivekananda's quote where he said he pitied those who dream of exclusive survival of their own religion. In a post on X, Yechury asked if Modi is aware of the concluding words of Swami Vivekananda at the final session of World's Parliament of Religions. Vivekananda, a Hindu monk, philosopher and disciple of mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa, made his iconic speech at Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago between September 11-27, 1893. Is Modi aware of these concluding words of Swami Vivekananda at the final session of the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 27 September 1893? Yechury said, and shared a quotation from his famous speech. If anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: 'Help and not Fight', 'Assimilation and not Destruction', 'Harmony and Peace and not Dissension',' he quoted Vivekananda's speech. The CPI(M), and other opposition parties have slammed the remarks made by Modi and other BJP leaders during campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, for which the last phase of voting will take place on Saturday. The Left party has filed a number of complaints against Modi and other BJP leaders for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, including those related to his speech in Banswara in Rajasthan. While addressing a rally in Banswara on April 21, Modi had suggested that if the Congress comes to power, it would edistribute wealth to Muslims. Modi began his 45-hour long meditation at the famed Vivekananda Rock Memorial here on Thursday evening. After arriving from nearby Thiruvananthapuram by a helicopter, Modi worshipped at the Bhagavathi Amman temple and reached the rock memorial by a ferry service and started meditation that is scheduled to go on till June 1.

Deccan Chronicle 31 May 2024 10:55 pm

PM Modi takes stock of situation in natural disasters-hit states

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took stock of the situation in several states in the wake of natural disasters after Cyclone Remal struck. He said in a post on X, Unfortunately, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal have witnessed natural disasters in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected there. The prime minister added, Took stock of the prevailing situation. The central government has assured all possible support to the states and is continuously monitoring the situation. Officials are working on the ground to assist those affected. Home Minister Amit Shah also briefed Modi, who is currently in Kanyakumari on a spiritual sojourn, about the situation.

Deccan Chronicle 31 May 2024 9:30 pm

PM Modi Continues His Tapas at Vivekananda Rock

Kanyakumari: Prime Minister Narendra Modis 45-hour meditation on the Vivekananda Rock Memorial that began on Thursday continued with the performance of Surya Arghya ritual during sunrise that was spectacularly on view from the place of his stay, but which inconvenienced tourists landing at the rock memorial on Friday. Photographs of Modi meditating in front of the statue of Swami Vivekananda and videos of him performing the Surya Arghya ritual and offering prayers with folded hands even as the sun was rising from the Bay of Bengal on the eastern horizon were released on social media by the BJP. In one video clip titled Sunrise, Surya Arghya, Spirituality, posted on X by the BJP, showed Modi standing on the edge of the rock memorial facing the reddish rising sun and performing the ritual by pouring water from a small traditional vessel into the vast expanse of the ocean before him. He is also seen praying with folded hands, with a chain of prayer beads in his hands. Modi is scheduled to conclude his meditation on the rock by Saturday evening, take a ferry to mainland Kanyakumari and reach the helipad by road. He would fly in a Mi-17 Air Force helicopter to Thiruvananthapuram and take his special flight from there. Though the number of tourists at the lands end, which is one of the few spots from where the sun rising from and setting into the sea can be viewed, was less than usual in view of the perception that their movements would be restricted, the counters of Poompuhar Shipping Corporation that operates the ferry service to the rock from the mainland opened at 8 am, much to the jubilation of tourists. Since the ferry service was stopped on Thursday afternoon as the Prime Minister arrived at Kanyakumari by an Air Force helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram, where he flew in from Punjab after wrapping up his campaign, the opening of the counters on Friday morning was a welcome sign for the tourists who had gone there to check it out. But only those with Aadhaar cards were allowed to board the ferry, that too after intense frisking and security checks. After they reached the rock memorial, they were not allowed to enter the central and meditation halls that were being used by the Prime Minister for his meditation. Soon, at the behest of the security personnel, the boat service counters were closed around 11.45 am and those who were already on the rock were hurriedly ferried back to the mainland. Though shops and other commercial establishments on mainland Kanyakumari, including those along the shore, were open, and people were allowed to visit the beach for witnessing sunrise and sunset after a thorough security check, the number of visitors to the popular tourist-cum-pilgrim town in general was less than normal. According to a state tourism department official, the number of tourists went down from the regular average of 25,000 visitors a day to less than 10,000 since Thursday.

Deccan Chronicle 31 May 2024 8:30 pm

At Vivekananda-related colleges, academics split over PM Modis meditation

Academicians affiliated with the Ramakrishna Mission were split over PM Modis 45-hour meditation at Kanyakumari, with some calling it a cheap gimmick and others arguing that such a feat requires strength of will

The Hindu 31 May 2024 7:34 pm

Dont disturb Modis meditation: Madhya Pradesh MP tells opposition

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Friday said the opposition should not disturb Prime Minister Narendra Modis meditation in Kanyakumari. Speaking to reporters here, he accused Congress of always questioning Hindu traditions. If the opposition does not know how to meditate, it should not try and disturb someone elses meditation, he said. Congress Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 31 May 2024 7:30 pm

Has anyone stopped the Opposition...: BJP's Ghazipur candidate

Has anyone stopped the Opposition...: BJP's Ghazipur candidate Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Ghazipur, Paras Nath Rai slammed the opposition for criticising PM Modi for meditating at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari and said has anyone stopped the Opposition from performing meditation. He also exuded confidence that he will come out victorious and the party will win more than 400 seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for performing meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari and said the pilgrimage site is of high prominence for Indian culture. Speaking to ANI on Friday, Paras Nath Rai said, I am confident that I will win the elections. I have always worked with full dedication in my life. When I used to teach in college, every year some of my students made it to the list of top performing students in the state. We will surely win more than 400 seats, no one can stop it from happening...Day by day, the popularity of PM Modi is increasing, he added. BJP's Paras Nath Rai is in the electoral fray against Samajwadi Party's incumbent MP Afzal Ansari, who is the brother of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari. The voting on the seat will take place in the last phase on June 1. The BJP candidate said it is very important to promote the religious sites that are of cultural prominence to the country. Prime Minister Modi is in Kanniyakumari on a spiritual visit. He is meditating at the Dhyan Mandapam, the place where revered Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata'. He will continue his meditation till June 1. It is a site of high importance. It is also the meeting point of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea...Earlier PM Modi went inside water in Dwarka, went to Kedarnath after elections, only he (PM Modi) can do this, no one else is capable, Rai said. Some people ask will we get food from Ram Mandir? These sites are at the centre of the country's culture, Lakhs of people from across the country are coming here to worship. Will all of them be on fast? No institution in the country can give as much to the industry as these religious sites; Kashi Vishwanath and Ayodhya, he further added. Refuting the allegations by the Opposition that it is a way for PM Modi to grab attention ahead of the polls, the BJP candidate said, Has anyone stopped them (Opposition) from performing meditation? Has the Election Commission put a ban on them meditating? The Prime Minister is known to undertake spiritual journeys at the end of election campaigns. In line with this, he will reach Kanyakumari on May 30 and stay there till June 1. In 2019, he visited Kedarnath, and in 2014, he visited Shivaji's Pratapgarh. The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases starting April 19. The counting of the votes will be held on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 6:09 pm

Yechury Critiques Modi's Meditation Amidst Poll Campaign

Yechury Critiques Modi's Meditation Amidst Poll Campaign Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who presently sitting in meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday highlighted Swami Vivekananda's quote where he said he ''pitied'' those who dream of ''exclusive survival'' of their own religion. In a post on X, Yechury asked if Modi is aware of the concluding words of Swami Vivekananda at the final session of World's Parliament of Religions. Vivekananda, a Hindu monk, philosopher and disciple of mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa, made his iconic speech at Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago between September 11-27, 1893. ''Is Modi aware of these concluding words of Swami Vivekananda at the final session of the Worlds Parliament of Religions in Chicago on 27 September 1893?'' Yechury said, and shared a quotation from his famous speech. ''If anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: Help and not Fight, Assimilation and not Destruction, Harmony and Peace and not Dissension, he quoted Vivekananda's speech. The CPI(M), and other opposition parties have slammed the remarks made by Modi and other BJP leaders during campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, for which the last phase of voting will take place on Saturday. The Left party has filed a number of complaints against Modi and other BJP leaders for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, including those related to his speech in Banswara in Rajasthan. While addressing a rally in Banswara on April 21, Modi had suggested that if the Congress comes to power, it would ''redistribute'' wealth to Muslims. Modi began his 45-hour long meditation at the famed Vivekananda Rock Memorial here on Thursday evening. After arriving from nearby Thiruvananthapuram by a helicopter, Modi worshipped at the Bhagavathi Amman temple and reached the rock memorial by a ferry service and started meditation that is scheduled to go on till June 1.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 5:32 pm

Is PM Modi's meditation break at Kanniyakumari a violation of the Model Code of Conduct?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to embark on a meditation retreat at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, coinciding with the silence period preceding the Lok Sabha elections, has ignited a fiery debate. Opposition parties, including the Congress and Trinamool Congress, have raised objections and approached the Election Commission of India (ECI), alleging a violation of election rules.

The Economic Times 31 May 2024 5:07 pm

Travel tips: Wearing veshti and angavastram, PM Modi worshiped in Bhagvati Amman temple, know about it

And with this, after the campaigning for the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections ended, now PM Narendra Modi has reached Kanyakumari on Thursday. After reaching here, he worshiped in the historic Shri Bhagvati Amman temple, which is included in the 108 Shaktipeeths. PM Modi reached Kanyakumari by helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram. There is also a helipad at the government residence in Kanyakumari, where the PM's helicopter landed. After resting for a while in the government residence, he reached the Amman temple and then he worshiped there. The priests of the temple welcomed the PM in a traditional way. During this, the PM was seen in a very different style. He was wearing the traditional dress of that place. With this worship, the PM has now started his 45-hour meditation. Different styles seen in the pictures In the pictures that have surfaced, PM Modi is seen worshiping God and doing parikrama. During this, he wore the traditional Veshti (dhoti) and Angavastram. After worshiping the presiding deity, the Prime Minister circumambulated the sanctum sanctorum. After the worship, the priests of the temple also presented him with a souvenir. Many people do not know what Veshti and Angavastram are, so let us tell you about this as well. What is Veshti? Let us tell you that in many states, Veshti is their traditional dress. It is an unstitched white colored cloth, which is carried like a dhoti. Veshti is mostly worn during worship. Also know about Angavastram Angavastram is a rectangular cloth worn on the shoulder, which looks like a shawl. There is beautiful work on its border. The PM also wore Angavastram on his shoulder during worship in Kanyakumari. Reached Kanyakumari for 45 hours of meditation Let us tell you that after the end of the campaigning for the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to meditate at the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial (on Vivekananda Shila) in Kanyakumari. He has come here to meditate for 45 hours. (PC: PTI)

Kalam Times 31 May 2024 4:45 pm

Travel tips: PM Modi meditating in Kanyakumari, know the popular tourist places here

Whenever there is talk of the map of India, there is mention of Kashmir in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. This Kanyakumari is once again in the news. The Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi is on a tour of Kanyakumari. During this, he is meditating at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari for two days. A huge statue of Swami Vivekananda is installed at this place, in front of which PM Modi is meditating. Seeing the meditating pictures of PM Modi, many people must have started wishing to visit this place. If you also want to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial or want to meditate like PM Modi, then you can come to Kanyakumari. By the way, there are many other tourist places here, which are famous all over the world. Let us know about the tourist places of Kanyakumari and the special things about the Dhyan Mandapam of Vivekananda Memorial. Vivekananda Rock Memorial The place where PM Modi is meditating is located on a small island, which is one of the top tourist places in Kanyakumari. It was at this place that Swami Vivekananda sat in meditation for three days in 1892, when he attained enlightenment. It is also believed that Goddess Kanyakumari (Maa Parvati) performed severe penance by standing on one leg on this rock. Vivekananda Mandapam and Sripad Mandapam are located in the Rock Memorial. A huge statue of Swami Vivekananda is installed at this place. The best time to visit this place is from October to March. Kanyakumari Beach Kanyakumari is also very famous for its beaches. One of these is Kanyakumari Beach. This beach is the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Three different colors of water can be seen here. Due to the lack of water activities, the amazing view of sunrise and sunset in the calm environment on this beach looks very captivating. Statue of Thiruvalluvar A huge statue is installed near Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Thiruvalluvar was a prominent Tamil poet and philosopher, whose 133 feet high statue stands on a 38 feet high pedestal. This statue can be seen from a long distance. Thirupparrapu Falls The Thiruparrapu Falls falls from a height of 50 feet in Kanyakumari, which is one of the most spectacular places to visit in Kanyakumari. This man-made waterfall is a collection of streams that fall into a pool below. Apart from the waterfall, you can also take a bath in the water of the pool below. You can also take a boat ride. (PC: Instagram)

Kalam Times 31 May 2024 4:42 pm

Top Five Attractions to View in Kanya Kumari, Not to Miss

Nestled at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean converge, lies the enchanting town of Kanyakumari. Steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, this coastal gem offers an array of attractions that are sure to captivate any traveler. Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue Begin your journey at the iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a tranquil monument that stands on a rock island a short ferry ride from the mainland. Dedicated to the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, who meditated here in 1892, the memorial offers stunning views of the sea and the coastline. Nearby, the towering Thiruvalluvar Statue, honoring the ancient Tamil poet and philosopher, is a sight to behold. Standing 133 feet tall, it symbolizes wisdom and beauty, overlooking the sea as a beacon of peace. Notably,India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who began his meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial since May 30, 2024 evening, carried his dyan for the second day on Friday, May 31. Kanyakumari Beach No visit to Kanyakumari is complete without a stroll along its beautiful beach. Renowned for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, the Kanyakumari Beach offers a perfect opportunity to witness the convergence of the three seas. From the early morning hues to the evening's vibrant skies, every moment spent here is a testament to the town's natural beauty. Padmanabhapuram Palace Delve into the region's rich history with a visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace, an ancient wooden palace dating back to the 16th century. Nestled amidst a lush forest, this architectural marvel boasts intricate carvings, beautiful murals, and a fascinating blend of Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. A walk through its corridors and courtyards offers a glimpse into the royal past of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple For those seeking spiritual solace, the Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple is a must-visit. This 17th-century temple is dedicated to the trinity of gods - Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma - and is renowned for its towering gopurams (gateway towers) adorned with intricate sculptures. The temple's musical pillars and majestic architecture are a testament to the town's cultural and religious diversity. Gandhi Memorial Mandapam Reflect on India's rich cultural and political heritage at the Gandhi Memorial Mandapam, built on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were kept before immersion in the sea. This serene monument, designed in the Orissan style of architecture, houses a memorial hall adorned with photos and memorabilia of the Mahatma, making it a poignant reminder of his teachings and legacy. How Modis Meditation at Historic Rock Memorial Emphasizes Spiritual Roots PM Modi Meditates at Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari PM Modi Set for Spiritual Retreat at Vivekananda Rock Memorial as Old Photo Goes Viral

News Track 31 May 2024 1:56 pm

PM Modi immersed in meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

PM Modi started his meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. After the hustle and bustle of election campaigning subsided, PM Modi visited this significant site situated on the southern tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea converge. His visit spans two days, during [] The post PM Modi immersed in meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial appeared first on Tfipost.com .

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