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Top 10 News Today: Govt apologises over BJP leader Ram Madhav row, Smriti Irani to introduce Yoga in schools, Monsoon set to reach N.India, more

Mon June 22 2015, 9:26 pm
  • Ram Madhav Hamid Ansari

    Govt apologises for BJP leader Ram Madhav's criticism of VP Hamid Ansari over Yoga Day

    The government today apologised for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav's criticism of Vice President Hamid Ansari's absence at the Yoga Day celebrations. Union Minister Shripad Naik cited protocol to say that the Vice President can't be invited to an event where the Prime Minister is chief guest amid reports that the government is upset with the needless controversy triggered by Madhav's tweets. "Unknowingly something happens, we apologise for that. It should have been avoided. It's a mistake, he(Madhav) agrees, he apologised. He withdrew his statement," Naik said when asked to comment on Madhav's controversial tweets yesterday. About the warrant of precedence, Naik said, "When the Prime Minister is chief guest, then inviting the Vice President is not proper. That is protocol. That's why we did not send the invite to him. President and Vice President are above the Prime Minister as per order of precedence and we cannot invite them accordingly." Ram Madhav had expressed displeasure at VP not attending the Yoga Day exercise on Twitter. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • Smriti irani yoga syllabus

    Yoga to be introduced as subject in govt run schools: Irani

    Yoga will be introduced as a subject from class VI to X in all central government run schools and 80 out of 100 marks will be reserved for practicals during which students have to perform various asanas, HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced today. "Yoga will be taught in upper primary and secondary (Class VI to X). We have decided that 80 per cent will be for practicals. I want an assurance from students that they will perform the practicals with full devotion," she said at a function here but did not specify from when it will be introduced. The remaining 20 per cent will be for theory, she said, adding there will be no additional burden on the students. Yoga will be introduced to students from Class VI to X in all Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas across the country. Officials said the ministry is considering whether the subject can be introduced in schools from this academic session itself. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • monsoon rain

    Monsoon advances further; to reach N India in 2-3 days

    After making a slow progress, the southwest monsoon has advanced rapidly and is likely to hit almost the entire north India, including Delhi in the next 2-3 days, the MET dept said. The weatherman said monsoon will also advance to Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and parts of Madhya Pradesh during that time. Belying predictions, the country has received 21 per cent more rainfall than normal for this time of the year, IMD said. "Conditions are favourable for further advance of SW into remaining parts of north Arabian sea, the state of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, entire Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, most parts of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Rajasthan over the next three days," the IMD said. "After a sloppy and delayed start, SW monsoon advanced at a fast pace against all odds and has already delivered 16 per cent excess rainfall since the beginning of the monsoon season. In a couple of days, it is likely to cover Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, North India including parts of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and hilly states including Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh," Skymet said. HP is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall on June 24 and June 25, it added. (Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia) (22/06/2015)

  • Hindu college

    No ECA quota admissions at Hindu College this year

    Much to the dismay of students seeking admission to Delhi University's Hindu college through Extra Curricular Activities, the college administration has decided not to enroll any student through the ECA quota. DU reserves 5 per cent seats in all its colleges under the sports and extra-curricular activities quota. However, this year the college has decided to enroll students only through the sports quota. "The governing body of the college had decided last year to not admit students through ECA quota. The same will be applicable this year too," Officiating Principal, Hindu College, Anju Srivastava said. Last year, the college had scrapped the admissions through these quotas following complaints of alleged irregularities in the selection process. (22/06/2015)

  • Prithviraj Chavan

    I was not briefed on Maria-Lalit Modi meet, says Prithviraj Chavan

    Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said he was not briefed by Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria about his meeting with tainted ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi last year in London, when the Congress-NCP government headed by him was in power. "I was not aware of Maria's visit to London and his meeting with Lalit Modi. Such trips are cleared at the level of Home Minister. I wasn't briefed about it," Chavan said. Adding yet another dimension to controversies around Lalit Modi, pictures of Maria meeting the ex-IPL boss surfaced last week. Maria later admitted that he had met Modi in London in 2014 at the insistence of the latter's lawyer. According to Maria, who came out with a statement after news channels flashed a photo of the former IPL commissioner and him, during the meeting that lasted 15 to 20 minutes, Lalit Modi sought the help of Mumbai police in view of "threat" to his life by the underworld in London. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • Yogendra yadav AAP TV ad

    Yogendra Yadav attacks AAP for TV advertisement

    In an offensive against the Delhi government over its recent advertistment, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav today accused the AAP government of indulging in "political corruption" by resorting to such means. Yadav said the government was using public money in glorifying one person despite the restrictions by the Supreme court against such ads. "This is a form of political corruption as it is using the public money for the advertisments. "The AAP had come to power by promising new type of politics. But by coming up with such advertisement, it is getting into the league of Mayawati and Jayalalitha," the former AAP leader, who was expelled from the party after he upped ante against Kejriwal, told reporters here. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • Vinod Tawde fake degree

    My degree is not bogus, BJP minister in Maharashtra says after row

    Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde today said the engineering "degree" he obtained from a Pune institute in 1984 is not bogus as claimed by a television news channel. The minister's clarification came after media reports that his BE Electronics "degree" was fake. "I am a student of Pune's Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth and I am proud of it. I have never hidden the degree I obtained from that university," Tawde told reporters here. "A bridge course was started at the Vidyapeeth with the objective of imparting practical experience to students along with theoretical knowledge. I took admission to the course in 1980 and passed out in 1984. The course comprised part-time education and part-time internship," Tawde said. "Students were told while seeking admission that the course is not recognised by the government. I knew it and accepted it," the minister said. After Manohar Joshi became the Vidyapeeth's chancellor, his rival went to court and the court banned the course, he said. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • Mount Kailash

    China opens 2nd route to Mount Kailash for Indian pilgrims

    China today opened a new, "safer" and "more convenient" route for Indians undertaking the arduous Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra as the first batch of pilgrims crossed the Indian border and entered Tibet via Nathu La, in the latest confidence-building measure between the two neighbours. A total of 43 Indian pilgrims, several of them middle-aged, went through the second land crossing in Tibet, the new route in addition to the existing Lipulekh Pass and the only route earlier that was badly damaged in the Uttarakhand floods in 2013. The opening of the second route through the Himalayan pass of Nathu La in Sikkim, 4,000 metres above sea level, was officially announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China last month and will allow more Indians to undertake the pilgrimage. It will shorten the pilgrimage time from more than 20 days to about eight. The new route will enable pilgrims to travel the 1,500 km-long route from Nathu La to Mount Kailash by buses. (Reuters) (22/06/2015)

  • Lalu Yadav BJP

    BJP on fire, don't know what will happen next: Lalu

    Putting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the mat over infighting within the party and among the NDA constituents, RJD president Lalu Prasad today said the party is "on fire" and nobody has an inkling as to what will happen next. "The BJP is on fire. Nobody has any idea of what earthquake will come or which volcano will erupt. Nobody knows what will happen next," Prasad told reporters here. Attacking the BJP for not declaring its CM candidate, Prasad alleged it was not doing so with an intention to cheat different castes by telling that the CM would be from among them, and also out of fear that the infighting within the party would come out in the open. "Their senior most leader L K Advani said emergency may return to the country. When other leaders fell on his feet, then he said there is an one man rule in the country. You can very well understand to whom he was pointing," he said. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

  • Delhi rain

    Rains keep temperatures below 40-degree Celsius mark in Delhi

    Fresh showers in the afternoon after overnight rains kept the mercury below the 40-degree mark in the national capital today though high humid conditions made life tough for Delhiites. The maximum temperature was recorded at 38.2 degrees Celsius while the minimum settled two notches below the season's average at 25.6 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said. Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official reading for the city, received 10.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Humidity in air oscillated between 80 and 51 per cent. The MeT office has predicted overcast conditions along with the possibility of one or two spells of very light rain or thundershowers in some parts of the city. "The skies will be partly cloudy. One or two spells of very light rain or thundershowers could occur in some parts of the city," the MeT official said. "Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle at 39 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively," the official added. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 34.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 28.5 degrees Celsius. (PTI) (22/06/2015)

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