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#* 'Mother Gives Birth to Child, Teacher Gives Life,' PM Tells Students: Highlights
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing students across the country ahead of Teacher's Day in New Delhi.
Here are the highlights of his speech:
We pay tributes to Dr. Radhakrishnan and mark his birthday as Teachers' Day
Sometimes people ask why spend time with students on Teachers' Day?
The student is the identity of the teacher
Students makes elders proud
Whatever the teacher says - 'keep the pillow like this' - we'll remember that for the rest of our lives
Sometimes, I think teachers should write their memoirs. It is then that we will know how much they have invested in the life of their students.
Dr Radhakrishnan always kept reminding us of the importance of the teacher
Students spend most of their hours with teachers, thus they have a huge role in the life of students
In villages, grandfathers naturally assume the role of a teacher
Youngsters did not live during the time of Dr. Radhakrishnan but you have seen Dr. Kalam. He always wanted to be remembered as a teacher.
Even in his last days, he died while teaching.
How true was his passion that he never left students for a moment in his life.
I once heard the story of an Anganwadi worker. She had barely studied till the 5th grade.
So what she did was, with an old saree she had - she made small pieces and taught the students how to use a handkerchief
Just imagine how a huge lesson this was - to stay clean
Being a teacher is not like any other career. It is something different
A doctor if he saves someones life, his photo is published in a newspaper
Today is the day to recognize, honour them
Teachers Day has always been celebrated
We have to think how far we can take Teachers Day
I bow to all the teachers. It is the teachers who make the generations.
PM's interaction with students:
I don't think any one person makes a life. It is about having a receptive mind, people keep teaching us something or the other.
You can learn something new even during a train journey. I have learnt a lot from my teachers. I spent lot of time in the library.
When I had time on my hand, I went the library and read about Swami Vivekananda. I think it taught me a lot.
Good people and people from all walks of life are required in politics
Do you recall how people from all walks of life joined Mahatma Gandhi during freedom struggle. It benefitted the nation.
Leadership quality is essential. You must also be clear why you want to be a leader: to fight elections only or to make a difference.
If we want to solve problems of people then you need to be attached to people very much. Their pain should not let you sleep.
You should be very clear why you want to become a leader - for happiness, for elections or to solve problems
On Electricity, Digital India:
Digital India is an empowering movement. It is not about collecting phones, computers
There are villages with no electricity. In next 1,000 days we have taken up the effort to give power to 18,000 villages.
On the Swachh Bharat initiative:
If class 9 girls can make an app for waste management, what challenges can be there?
Swachh Bharat is connected to people's habits
If school students are achieving so much, making Apps on Swachh Bharat and winning laurels then am sure India can be Swachh
Everybody is supporting Swachh Bharat Campaign
There are some simple ways. If there is a small town, with villages nearby. Get earthworms and dump them in the garbage. Garbage turns into manure.
Can serve the nation not only by joining the armed forces or being in politics. Several ways to contribute to nation building
It is not like there are no good teachers in the country. The children i've been speaking to today, are there because of their teachers.
Today's programme will inspire teachers as well.'Teaching is a profession to inspire a generation.
I want to see that people who have done something well, can they dedicate an hour every week or 100 hours a year to go and teach some students, that will change things a lot.
There is no shortage of talent, but just need to channelize it
There is no recipe for success. There can be a resolve for success.
Biggest thing is to never get bogged down by failures. We should learn from them.
Only those who learn, not get stopped by failures can succeed.
I suggest you read a book - Pollyanna
#* The world's 'treason': Drowned kid's images enrage Syrian refugees
Images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, showing the little boy wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts and lying face down in the surf on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum, went viral on social media and appeared on the front pages of newspapers in several countries.
Syrian refugee Abu al-Yaman said that when he saw the photo of little Aylan, "I hugged my daughter tightly, imagining she could have been that innocent child."
Like millions of others, Yaman was riveted by the image of the toddler, who drowned along with his mother and brother when their boat capsized on a short run from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos and hopes of a new life in Europe.
Umm Hussein, a 40-something mother who fled Syria's war in the central city of Homs to a poor neighbourhood of the Jordanian capital, said the photo was too much for her.
"We witnessed the bombing, the destruction... but I couldn't cope with the picture of that innocent child, whose only fault was to have been born in Syria," she said, tears welling up in her eyes.
Read: Drowned Syrian kid's father wants to be 'buried with him'
Umm Hussein said she can't afford to send her children to school, and she's furious with the Gulf's wealthy Arab oil monarchies, who are targets of a social media campaign highlighting their failure to take in refugees.
"Do Arab leaders have no shame when they see the photo," she asked."They squander billions of dollars on weapons that rust in their armouries or to build the (world's) tallest tower but, despite their humanity, they ignore the suffering of the Syrian people and close their doors to us."
Syria's civil war broke out four and a half years ago when President Bashar al-Assad brutally cracked down on peaceful protests against him and people took up arms.
It has claimed more than 240,000 lives and driven nearly half of Syria's people from their homes. Some four million people have fled abroad, primarily to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The world's 'treason'
Jordan has taken in at least 600,000 of them, according to the United Nations, but the government in Amman says the figure is 1.4 million.
Nearly 80,000 of them have taken shelter at Zaatari, a sprawling desert camp in northern Jordan where Abu al-Yaman is the spokesman for refugees, and their plight has also left him furious.
He denounces what he calls the "treason of the world, particularly of Arab countries," whom he also accuses of a closed-door policy.
"I'm not talking about Lebanon and Jordan," he said.
"My rebuke is addressed to the countries who have the ability to help and are doing nothing, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia."
Read: Italy PM says Europe 'cannot just get emotional' about migrants
He also accuses unnamed news media of "using the photo (of Aylan) in an exaggerated and negative way, as if their aim is to frighten Syrians and dissuade them from emigrating."
And despite the risks, he doesn't rule out heading for Europe himself.
"There is no other way out for Syrians but to emigrate, even if it means death," he said.
The conversation returns to the image of Aylan, which Yaman said is "distressing for every human being who sees it".
Abu Malek, a 30-year-old teacher living in Zaatari, said: "I never imagined that things would reach the point where one saw Syrian bodies lying on a beach or floating in the sea."
Louei, 19, also deplores the sense of being "abandoned" by Arab countries. "This image will haunt those countries forever," he prophesied.
Sensex plunges 521 points in early trade on weak global cues
The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged over 521 points and the NSE Nifty fell below 7,700-mark in early trade on Friday on weak global cues and caution ahead of a decisive US jobs report due later in the day.
The 30-share barometer, which gained 311.22 points in the previous session, tanked 521.63 points, or 2.02%, to 25,243.15. All the sectoral indices, led by realty and bankex, were trading in the negative zone with losses of up to 3.75%.
The National Stock Exchange index Nifty dipped below the crucial 7,700-mark by falling 134.10 points, or 1.71%, to 7,688.90.
Brokers said besides profit-booking by speculators and sustained capital outflows by foreign funds, a weak trend on other Asian bourses with investors awaiting a key US jobs report influenced sentiments here.
The European Central Bank indicating that it could expand its stimulus also weighed on the market sentiment, they said. Brokers also said that fears of poor agriculture output as monsoon deficit widened triggered selling in stocks.
Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was trading 1.13% down, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.19% in early trade on Friday.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.14% higher in Thursday's trade.
#* Ousted Guatemalan president detained
A judge ordered the detention Thursday of Guatemala's disgraced president Otto Perez Molina, hours after he resigned his post amid a massive corruption scandal.
Judge Miguel Angel Galvez said that Mr Perez Molina, who was in court answering a raft of corruption charges, posed a flight risk and should be held at the Matamoros military prison near the centre of Guatemala City.
The former president was later seen entering a military barracks where he will spend the night in custody.
Galvez cited a need to "ensure the continuity of the hearing" and guarantee the former president's personal safety.
Mr Perez Molina reiterated his willingness to face the investigation head-on.
"I have always said I will respect due process," he said. "I do not have the slightest intention of leaving the country."
Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.President Alejandro Maldonado reached out to protesters who took to the streets against the country's entrenched corruption, promising he would "leave a legacy of honesty" and restore faith in Guatemala's democracy in his brief few months in office.
"You can't consider your work done," Maldonado said in remarks aimed at all those demanding change. "In what is left of this year, there must be a positive response."
#* Govt to Ask Flipkart, Amazon & Snapdeal To Sell Solar/Wind Powered Products
The government of late seems to be betting big on renewable sources of power. Just a few months back, Government approved Masayoshi Son’s Softbank to partner with Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology to install a 20GW solar power generating facility through it’s Indian Partner, Bharti
The latest buzz now is that Government is ushering a green movement by asking e-commerce portals like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and the likes to promote solar powered products. Aware of the reach of these e-commerce portals, the government wants to reach out to the public with the goodness of using solar powered products. A Govt official said, “We have been writing to Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal to showcase more solar products to sell as none can match their reach today. We want to leverage this opportunity.”
Solar power driven products like water heaters, lanterns, chargers, house systems, lights, coolers, kitchen appliances etc are to be showcased in these online retail markets. It would be safe to say that our country solely runs on electricity and other renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power, thermal power etc are almost non-existence when you compare the reach of water power.
The government wants to bring these renewable sources or rather solar power to the fore front. The government’s current solar energy target, it wishes to produce is 100,000 MW by 2022. Grand plans for solar energy will only sustain if people start consuming it.
The government has also gone one step further in helping citizens set up solar roof-top installations. To do so, 270 firms have been enlisted to help the government assist in setting up these units. Soon the government hopes to pump of the demand for solar products which in turn will build the economy of solar product manufacturers and solar power generations.
The demand for such products can be created by marketing these products on such e-commerce sites. Most of the environment friendly products come at a relatively higher price than the non-environment friendly ones.
The only way to reduce the price of these products is have a large number of manufacturers providing same products, the prices are bound to fall due to perfect competition.
Solar energy isn’t the only one the government is keen on, it has also announced to reach a 60,000 MW of wind power generation by 2022. The estimated investment is Rs.10 trillion. The government is also building up it’s green army (ie skilled personnel to help with renewable energy products) and also to help unemployed graduates create their own businesses by dealing in this sector of generation of renewable sources of energy.
The government also has Mr. Son’s investment in the sector and with these new moves, surely the government seems to be taking the green energy into it’s focus. All we need to do is to wait and watch how the government will get it’s ball rolling. We only hope that these grand propositions don’t evaporate in the sun!
#* Sheena Bora Murder Case: Indrani Wants to See Peter, Cops Say No
MUMBAI: High drama ensued at Khar police station yesterday, as Indrani Mukerjea was finally allowed to meet her lawyer, but the police still refused to let her meet her husband, or in fact, even see his face.
For the first time since Indrani's arrest, her lawyer, Gunjan Mangla, was allowed to meet her for 20 minutes. Sources said that when the police refused the lawyer's request to let Indrani and Peter meet, she asked them to at least let Indrani see Peter's face, if not talk to him.
However, even this request was denied. Peter was also at Khar police station yesterday, where he was grilled by cops for over 12 hours. They provided him with a list of questions in writing, and asked that he write his responses. Cops said Peter spent a long time thinking before he wrote his answers, which were quite lengthy.
These questions were then also put to Indrani separately, to see if her answers matched. Meanwhile, Indrani's lawyer turned up at the police station at 10 am, but could only meet her client at 12.30 pm for 20 minutes, that too in the presence of cops. Indrani was also allowed a new set of clothes.
#* Rahul Dravid wants Indian team to focus on rotating strike, constructing partnerships
Mumbai: India A and Under-19 cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid is concerned about the country's young batsmen's inclination towards attempting big shots, ignoring the importance of rotating strikes to construct partnerships.
"One of the areas that could be a concern for Indian cricket is that there is a lack of balance; people are either defending or hitting big shots and it easy to set fields to that as you can set in-out fields," Dravid was quoted as saying by espncricinfo on Wednesday.
The former Indian captain, known for his steely resolve and flawless batting technique throughout his career, recently coached India A in the series against Australia A and South Africa A.
India A lost one four-day match to Australia A on a dry Chennai pitch and against the spin of Steve O'Keefe before coming back with a victory over South Africa A in Kerala.
"The ability to rotate the strike and construct a partnership when people have put men on the boundary line, and not hitting cover or point all the time, being able to hit to long-on or long-off and playing risk-free cricket, and building an innings against spin on tracks that are slow and turn a bit -- these skills need to be worked on and developed," the 42-year-old said.
Dravid did not see a lack of love for the longer format cricket in the youngsters, but he realised that unlike in his era, succeeding in Tests is not a must presently.
"Definitely, just as keen as I was when I was their age. When I look at them, they are very keen to play Test cricket and succeed in four-day cricket at the Ranji level. They all want to do well. I think what has changed is that they don't necessarily need to do it. Today, a living can be made off the sport even if you don't succeed in long-form cricket,” Dravid, who scored 13,288 runs in 164 Test matches, pointed out.
"I think that opportunity never existed to cricketers of my generation. When I was growing up, if you wanted to make a career off the sport and wanted to make the sport you love a profession for a long period of time, you just had to succeed in long-form cricket. Today with Twenty20 cricket, the opportunities have changed,” Dravid, who scored 10,889 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), added.
#* UAE detains 11 Indians for planning to join, fund Islamic State
New Delhi: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has detained as many as 11 Indian nationals on charges of planning to join the Islamic State (IS) and recruiting, financing and providing logistics to those willing to joining the terror outfit.
According to The Times of India, the Indian nationals have been under detention in the UAE since early August.
The report comes days after the UAE deported two men from Kerala, who had posted pro-Islamic State comments on Facebook.
The daily quoted intelligence sources as saying that the “UAE security services came across two groups of people hailing from India, based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, who were involved in sharing and discussing issues pertaining to IS on social media.”
The groups, comprised of Indians, Pakistani, Bangladeshi nationals, were also reportedly trying to establish online contact with leaders of the terror outfit.
Of those detained, eight were in Abu Dhabi and five in Dubai, reported the daily.
As per intelligence reports, the UAE authorities suspect that the 13 Indians were planning to travel, one by one, to Syria, possibly via Yemen or Turkey, and were in the process of organising funds and logistics.
Notably, 17 Indians have already joined the IS.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE last month, the two countries had denounced terrorism and agreed to coordinate efforts to counter radicalisation.
#* Ex-Sri Rama Sene man held
ttavar 'threatened' writer Bhagwan on a Facebook post.
Prasad Attavar, former district president of Sri Rama Sene and an accused in the pub attack case of 2009, has been arrested for allegedly posting on his Facebook page a message threatening writer K.S. Bhagwan.
The arrest follows a suo motu case registered by the Mangaluru North police on Thursday. According to the police, Attavar posted on his Facebook account a message, saying that those mocking Hinduism would die like M.M. Kalburgi.
The Central Crime Branch police arrested Attavar under Sections 153 (a) (Promoting enmity between classes) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
He was produced before the Second Judicial Magistrate First Class, who remanded him in judicial custody.
The Mangaluru City police invoked Section 153 (a), a non-bailable section, against Attavar. The Bantwal police had invoked a bailable provision against Bhuvith Shetty, a Bajrang Dal activist, who reportedly made similar comments on his Twitter account.
The Bantwal police on August 31 arrested Shetty for allegedly posting on his Twitter account a warning that those mocking Hinduism would die like U.R. Ananthamurthy and Kalburgi. He had reportedly mentioned that writer K.S. Bhagwan would be the next target. The Bantwal police invoked Sections 153 and 506 and produced Mr. Shetty before the local magistrate, who granted him bail the same day. This led to criticism of the action of the police.
According to a senior police official they had a consultation with legal experts and those from the Department of Prosecution following the arrest of Attavar. This led to invoking of the non-bailable section.
Prasad Attavar has denied making any such comment on his Facebook account. He told reporters that the Facebook account “Jai Bajarangi” in which the comments are seen, was a fake one. “When I do not know who is Kalburgi, there is no question of making any such comment,” he said.
“When I do not know who is Kalburgi, there is no question of making any such comment.”
Attavar, who runs a private security agency, was with the Bajrang Dal for nearly eight years. Following the attack at the busy Pumpwell junction in June 2005 on employees of a saree shop belonging to different communities, who were going on a trip, there was a division in the Bajrang Dal leading to the formation of Sri Rama Sene of which Attavar became district president.
It was during his time as district president that Sri Rama Sene activists assaulted men and women at a pub near Jyothi Circle on January 24, 2009. Mr. Attavar was arrested and he was named the 25th accused in the pub attack case.
#* White House: sanctions relief for Iran tied to compliance with nuclear deal
Iran will only see sanctions relief if it complies with the nuclear deal, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday.
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.