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Women’s Reservation Bill Scares Political Parties: PM Modi

PM Modi praises women’s role in passing the Women’s Reservation Bill, inaugurates cricket stadium & schools during Varanasi visit.

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Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his day-long visit to Varanasi on Saturday, credited ‘women power’ for the passage of the women’s reservation bill named ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam‘ at a special session of Parliament earlier in the week. He emphasized that the bill would provide renewed energy, direction, and momentum to women-led development in the country.

During his visit, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation for an international cricket stadium in the presence of cricketing legends and BCCI officials. Additionally, he inaugurated 16 Atal Residential Schools (ARS) designed to benefit underprivileged and orphaned children. Addressing a gathering of women during his 42nd visit to Kashi over the past nine years, the Prime Minister acknowledged the historical influence of women leaders.

“The Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, which had been pending for three decades, has now become a reality. Your strength compelled even those political parties who were initially opposed to it to support the bill in both Houses of Parliament,” Modi said, giving credit to the women of the country. He added, “Your awareness and unity have made all Indian political parties tremble, and that’s why this bill was passed—this is your strength.”

The Prime Minister indirectly addressed those who had objections to the term “Vandan” in the bill, stating, “Who would be respected and worshipped if our mothers and daughters were not?”

During his visit, the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by women who showered flower petals on him as a gesture of gratitude for the passage of the women’s reservation bill. Speaking at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University grounds in Kashi, Modi highlighted the historical recognition of women’s leadership in India. He praised the valor and strength of figures like Rani Lakshmibai and Ahilyabai Holkar, emphasizing their contributions to India’s history.

“From Rani Lakshmi Bai and her freedom struggle to the achievements of Mission Chandrayaan in modern India, we have consistently demonstrated the power of women’s leadership in every era,” the Prime Minister remarked.

“Kashi is the holy city of Mother Kushmanda, Mother Shringar Gauri, Mother Annapurna, and Mother Ganga. The glory of their power is embedded in every corner of this place. Therefore, after the passage of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, I came to Kashi first to seek your blessings,” he added.

Earlier in the day, alongside UP CM Yogi Adityanath and cricketing legends including BCCI chairman Roger Binny, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Madan Lal, Karsan Ghavri, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, and vice-chairman Rajeev Shukla, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for a Rs 451 crore International Cricket Stadium. Designed with attributes inspired by Lord Shiva, this stadium will be the first sports facility in UP developed with the assistance of the BCCI, with an investment of Rs 330 crore from the BCCI and the rest from the UP government. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the stadium would not only benefit athletes but also boost the economy of eastern UP (Purvanchal), becoming a symbol of India’s promising future.

The Prime Minister concluded his visit to Kashi by inaugurating 16 Atal Residential Schools (ARS), including one in Varanasi’s Karsara locality, built at a cost of Rs 1115 crore across all 18 divisions of the state. He dedicated these schools to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who lost their parents during the pandemic, highlighting his vision of combining development with heritage conservation. He expressed hope that these ARS facilities would nurture India’s future leaders, who would excel in both education and other pursuits.

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Karnataka Deputy CM alleges BJP plotting Governor’s rule.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country.

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In a recent statement, Karnataka‘s Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar has raised concerns over the BJP’s alleged secretive agenda to impose Governor’s rule in the state amidst heightened tensions regarding the law and order situation.

The backdrop to this accusation stems from the BJP’s criticism of the deteriorating law and order scenario in Karnataka following the tragic murder of Neha Hiremath, the daughter of a city civic body councillor, on the premises of her college in Hubballi. The incident has triggered widespread outrage and protests across the state.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country. He accused BJP leader R Ashoka of clandestinely plotting to enforce Governor’s rule as part of a political strategy to undermine the current administration.

The tragic incident involved the stabbing death of Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student and the daughter of Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath. The alleged perpetrator, Fayaz Khondunaik, was apprehended by the police following his escape from the crime scene.

The incident has escalated into a political showdown between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. While the Congress attempts to portray the incident as a personal tragedy, the BJP has framed it within the context of ‘love jihad,’ further exacerbating the political tensions.

Protests, led by BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and other Hindutva-aligned organizations, have erupted across the state, demanding justice and stringent punishment for the accused. This has added fuel to the political fire, with both parties capitalizing on the tragedy to further their respective agendas.

As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in Karnataka remains tense, with accusations and counter-accusations dominating the discourse. The fate of the state’s governance hangs in the balance amidst growing concerns over law and order and the specter of Governor’s rule looms large, intensifying the political turmoil.

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Bengaluru Firm: Rs 1,500 ‘Forest Bathing’ at Cubbon Park – Viral Post

Debate erupts as Trove Experiences offers Rs 1,500 forest bathing in Cubbon Park. Is commercializing Shinrin Yoku ethical? Explore the controversy.

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In Bengaluru, Trove Experiences’ decision to monetize Shinrin Yoku, a revered Japanese practice, has stirred controversy. The offering of guided forest bathing experiences for Rs 1,500 has triggered outcry and ridicule, igniting a fierce debate over the commercialization of a sacred ritual.

Research highlights the benefits of communing with nature, emphasizing its capacity to alleviate anxiety, depression, and uplift mood and self-esteem. Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, has long served as an escape from urban chaos, offering a slow, deliberate stroll through wooded areas to soothe modern malaise and restore well-being.

However, criticism has mounted with the introduction of paid guided forest bathing experiences, a novelty in Bengaluru. Trove Experiences’ initiative has sparked a firestorm of debate with its Rs 1,500 forest bathing excursions, conducted not in a forest but at Cubbon Park, where strolling has always been free.

On Trove Experiences’ website, the description of their offering underscores the need for city dwellers to reconnect with nature amidst the stress of urban life. The immersive forest walk promises to leave participants feeling centered and revitalized.

Yet, screenshots of Trove Experiences’ pricing have circulated widely, provoking outrage and mockery. Social media users have derided the notion of paying for a forest bathing experience in a park where grass-touching remains free. The viral post on X has garnered significant attention, with thousands of likes and comments reflecting widespread skepticism and humor.

The controversy surrounding Trove Experiences’ commercialization of Shinrin Yoku underscores broader questions about the ethical boundaries of monetizing sacred practices and the commodification of nature’s healing benefits. As debates continue, the clash between commercial interests and cultural reverence remains unresolved, leaving many to ponder the true essence of Shinrin Yoku amidst the uproar.

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Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event

Tejasvi Surya faces criticism at Bengaluru campaign event as investors demand answers on Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam.

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Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya encountered a turbulent situation during a recent election campaign event in the city. The event, held at the Laxmanrao Imandar auditorium, took an unexpected turn when investors who had suffered losses in the multi-crore scam involving the Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha demanded accountability from the parliamentarian.

The investors, visibly frustrated by the delay in compensation for their losses, sought answers from Surya and other leaders present, including Basavanagudi BJP legislator L A Ravi Subramanya. Despite attempts by the leaders to assuage their concerns, the investors remained dissatisfied with the responses provided.

Footage from the event circulated on social media platforms, capturing the moment when Surya was escorted out of the venue by his security personnel. During his exit, he engaged in heated exchanges with some of the investors who approached him with their grievances.

The incident drew attention from various political quarters, with Karnataka Congress seizing the opportunity to criticize Surya’s handling of the situation. The party took to Twitter to highlight the MP’s departure from the event, characterizing it as an escape through an “emergency exit door.”

In response, Surya’s office released a statement accusing Congress workers of disrupting the meeting and attempting to derail the BJP’s campaign efforts. The statement condemned the alleged tactics employed by Congress workers, including pushing and shoving attendees, and emphasized the BJP’s commitment to a positive and development-oriented campaign.

The controversy surrounding the campaign event underscores the ongoing fallout from the Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam, which came to light in 2020. Despite efforts by regulatory authorities and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation to mitigate the impact on depositors, many individuals remain uncompensated for their losses.

The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the scam revealed instances of fund misappropriation and financial irregularities, leading to the attachment of the bank’s properties worth Rs 159 crore. With over 15,000 depositors yet to receive full compensation, the Karnataka government’s decision to hand over the probe to the CBI reflects the seriousness of the situation.

As the election campaign in Bengaluru South unfolds, the incident involving Tejasvi Surya serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by politicians in addressing the grievances of affected constituents amidst ongoing controversies and political scrutiny.

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