Sharif absent at court hearing

Nawaz Sharif, the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan failed to appear before the court on a hearing of corruption cases against him. According to the TOI, he was in London taking care of his ailing wife hence couldn’t come before the court.

The accountability court is hearing the corruption cases filed against Sharif after the Supreme Court on July 28 and was disqualified in the Panama Papers scandal.

The court had summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar for the first hearing on September 19.

Sharif’s political advisor, Asif Kirmani  was present in the court on his behalf.”I informed the court that my leader (Sharif) was in London along with the entire family due to illness of wife,” he said. Sharif’s wife is undergoing cancer treatment in London.

The court accepted the plea and the case was adjourned till September 26. Fresh summons to be issued for Sharif’s family to appear on the next hearing ordered court.

According to the SC, the accountability judge should resolve the case with in six months.

Sources: TOI, Hindu

3 year-old Hyderabad girl cries tears of blood

A three-year-old girl from Hyderabad is suffering from a strange medical condition which causes her to bleed not only from the nose but also from ears, eyes and other parts of the body.

It was 16 months ago when Ahana Afsal started bleeding from her nose but doctors at that time said she only had a high fever.

“When she was one year old she started bleeding from her nose. But doctors told me at that point in time that she was suffering from Pneumonia. The doctors did not answer when I asked if she will ever be completely fine” Afzal said to ANI.

Dr. Sirisha who is treating Ahana said to ANI that she is suffering from a rare condition called Hematidrosis. She added that she had to be admitted to the hospital many times and undergo multiple transfusions.  “The disease affects one’s physical health badly. Ahana is not permanently cured yet but the process is going on”, she said. 

Ahana’s father also said he will approach the government so that they support his daughter’s treatment.

Hematidrosis is a condition in which the patients bleed from various parts of their body. This causes due to the rupturing of the capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands. Even though the condition is not fatal but it needs serious medical treatment. 

Sources: Times of India, Indian Express

Former Punjab CM passes away

Surjit Singh Barnala, former Chief Minister of Punjab has passed away at the age of 91. He had been admitted to the Cardiac Care unit at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh on Thursday. On Saturday, January 14, he was shifted to the respiratory ICU, where he breathed his last.

Barnala had been Chief Minister of the state from 1985 to 1987, when Punjab was at the peak of its militancy. He was a moderate leader of the Akali Dal and was made the CM in 1985 after the Rajiv-Longowal accord was made to bring about peace in the troubled state.

He has served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 1991, as Governor of Tamil Nadu, Barnala famously refused to recommend the dismissal of the DMK government. When he was transferred to Bihar, Barnala chose to resign as Governor. He held the position of Agriculture Minister in the Moraji Desai government and was appointed the Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister when Atal Bihari Vajpayee took over.

Barnala was a candidate for the Vice-Presidency in 1997, but ultimately lost the race to Krishna Kant.

His death has been condoled by political figures in Punjab, by the CM Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing “Pained by demise of Shri Surjit Singh Barnala. His rich service & contribution to the nation will be remembered. Condolences to his family.”

Sourced from Hindustan Times and Times of India

Kapil Sharma and Irrfan Khan Booked for Illegal Construction

Comedian Kapil Sharma and Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan have been booked for illegal construction in their apartments. An FIR was filed against them on Monday for unauthorized extensions in their apartments in Goregaon, Mumbai. According to The Economic Times, the named flat owners and the builder under section 53 (7) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966. Others who are among the accused are Gurdeep Narang, Sara Maine and Shri Verma.

The complaintent, Abhay Jagtap, a BMC official alleged that Sharma had violated norms and carried out illegal construction in his flat. The construction of Khan’s flat was carried out against the rules and regulations released by the P-south ward in November 2013. The police demanded a formal complaint in July this year but it was registered only on Monday. It has listed unauthorized merger of elevation features, ducts, voids, common passage and part podium for parking. It has been believed that the BMC found such violations in 15 apartments of the building Sharma and Khan live in. If found guilty, they will face from one month to three years of jail time and a fine of Rs 2,000-5,000.

Kapil Sharma was recently in the news regarding his tweets disparaging Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Weaving ways to revive Handloom

In 1905, August 7thwas the day the Swadeshi movement was officially launched in India. The movement focused on the removal of British Empire and improving the country’s economic conditions by boycotting British goods and production of local products. Today, over a century later,the country celebrates this day as National Handloom day. The day marks the importance of Handloom weavers in India whose unique and exceptional skill set form a huge part of pride for the nation.

From Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram silk sarees to Jammu and Kashmir’s pashmina, handloom in the most basic sense is a hand woven fabric, the industry encompasses almost one tenth of the India’s complete production of textile. Having the world’s largest weaver industry, it is a significant part of the rich heritage and culture of the nation.Mahatma Gandhi who chose the chakra to weave his own clothes as a manner rejection to the factory made British goods is another testimony of the valuable history attached to Khadi and hand spun clothes in India. Over the years, large varieties of indigenous cotton, suitable raw materials, age old techniques and skills have died down with the introduction to newrange of American cotton and westernised preferences in clothes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra at the first town hall on National Handloom day this year, “Khadi for fashion and Khadi for nation” is an attempt to revive and revolutionize the Handloom sector in the national as well as the international space. The campaignis also aims atincreasing the awareness of Handloom industry among the youth who have largely been influenced by modernization and western standards. The ultimate goal is to increase the use of indigenous handloom and handicraft products. Thiswill snowball job opportunities and ensure stable livelihoods for the weaver community and bring Handloom to the foreground, which has been a long promise of the Prime minster in his constituency, Varnasi.

In a bid to keep up to its promises seven days before the National Handloom day, BJP government’s 20 days old Textile Minister, SmritiIrani also started a #IwearHandloom campaign on social media. The campaign went viral within 24 hours and garnered attention from several handloom enthusiasts across ages. However, Irani’s agenda to modernize the sector while retaining its sensitivity and traditional approach of the weavers is the tricky task which the ministry has to tackle.

Some people feel that a mere campaign exhibiting handlooms won’t lead to any change or bring a difference in the life of the weaver community. But increasing dialogues on creating, savouring and embracing indigenous hand woven goods is also encouraging many to invest, understand and provide a market for this sector. Last few seasons of the Amazon Fashion week and India Couture Week are good examples to explain how high-end designers are growing tounderstand the beauty, pride and uniqueness that is Handloom. The coming years will show if efforts by the government have been concrete enough to provide employment to vast majority of craftsmen who await their return in the mainstream market.


A wall around Baghdad not possible, points Iraq PM

In an official statement released on Saturday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dismissed any plans to have a concrete wall around the country’s capital Baghdad, in the context of a looming threat from the Islamic State (IS) militants.

The statement comes after indications by the interior ministry spokesperson police Brigadier General Saad Maan and Baghdad Operations Command that the plan to construct the wall was progressing. The PM put all the claims to rest, as he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in a statement, “Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it’s not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city.”

Instead, Abadi emphasised on reorganisation of checkpoints, plugging of gaps in the security perimeter and easing of transit, as measures to ensure a secure capital.

Notably, the city of Baghdad has been a nerve-centre for various assaults – especially on the armed forces as well as the Shiite population – with IS leading the charge. The most recent attack, claimed by the transnational group, targeted a shopping mall on January 11, reportedly killing at least 18 people.

Narendra Modi releases first Uzbek-Hindi dictionary

PM Modi releases first Hindi-Uzbek dictionary  PC: International Business Times
PM Modi releases first Hindi-Uzbek dictionary
PC: International Business Times

TASHKENT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, released the first Uzbek-Hindi dictionary, during his official visit to Uzbekistan. The dictionary was launched by him along with Uzbekistan Prime Minister and Indologist Rakhmatov, during an interaction with indologists and scholars in Tashkent.

Modi spoke about the significance and value of Hindi language as the country marches towards economic advancement. According to him, countries with strong economies encourage people to learn their language helping ‘the wings of the language grow faster.’

Talking about the importance of education, Narendra Modi said, “I believe that for personality development, language plays a huge role. A common language binds strangers who meet in a foreign land. Language is a window to the immense amount of knowledge that it offers.”

Modi opined that ‘people-to-people contact’ is the basis for ties between any two countries with language and culture playing vital roles.

Apart from reviewing key regional issues, the discussion also covered ways to enhance economic, strategic, and energy ties. In a tweet he said, “Indian movies, language & music are very popular in Uzbekistan. In 2012, Uzbek radio completed 50 years of Hindi broadcasting.”

Uzbekistan president Karimov and Prime Minister Modi held extensive discussions on means to strengthen relationship in areas of trade and defense.

Read More: The HinduDNA