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Om Birla: The New Lok Sabha Speaker

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On 19 June 2019, the grassroots politician rose to become The New Lok Sabha Speaker. This has come across as a shock to many as this post of being a Lok Sabha Speaker is usually procured by the seniors. According to sources, the suggestion for the post was given by the Prime Minister himself, Shri Narendra Modi. Becoming the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla was a member of the parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha.

 

Early Life

 

Om Birla was born on 23rd November 1962. His father was Shrikrishna Birla and his mother, late Shakuntala Devi. His entry into politics was as a student leader who rose to be elected in the Rajasthan Assembly for three consecutive terms.

In the years 1992-1995, Birla was the chairperson of the Rajasthan Rajya Sahakari Upbhokta Sangh. In addition, he was the vice-chairperson of the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India in New Delhi.

In the years 1987-2003, Birla served as a key leader in the BJYM(Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha). From the years 1987-1991, Birla stood as the District President. Later from 1991-1997, Birla served as the State President in the state of Rajasthan. While from 1997-2003, he was the National Vice President of the same. This is why the 56-year-old is considered to be close to both PM Narendra Modi and the Home Minister, Amit Shah.

Political Career

In 2003, Om Birla won his first assembly elections from Kota South by defeating his Congress opponent with a margin of 10,101 votes. In the next assembly elections, his seat remained defended. This time, his closest opponent(Ram Kishan Verma, Congress) lost to him with a margin of 24,300 votes. In these years i.e. 2003-2008, Om Birla was the Parliamentary Secretary in the Rajasthan Government. The 2013 Assembly Elections was the third time Om Birla secured a win and this time with 50,000 votes more than his closest opponent, Pankaj Mehta of Congress. 2019 made him a member of the parliament for the second time.

Om Birla, who holds a masters degree in commerce has also introduced several social welfare programs. In 2012, he introduced ‘Paridhan’ which was an effort to provide the weaker section of the society with both clothes and books. He was also involved with the set up of several blood donation camps. In addition, he initiated a free meal program and a medicine bank so the poor could be supplied with required medicines free of cost along with meals.

The appointment as Speaker

His appointment as a Lok Sabha Speaker was seen as a shock as this post is usually given to more senior candidates. His successor to the post was Sumitra Mahajan who was an 8 time MP. In the 16th Lok Sabha, Om Birla had a significant contribution. His attendance was 86%, he raised a total of 671 questions. He participated in 163 debates. In addition, he introduced 6 private members’ bills in the 16th Lok Sabha. When he was the Parliamentary Secretary, he provided financial aid of about Rs. 50 Lakh to the poor, serious and helpless patients through the State Government.

 

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Government Answer On Migrant Crisis

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Migrant Crisis

With the starting of the Monsoon session as the parliamentary activities are finally moving, members are all set with their questions for the ruling party. Trinamool Congress MP Mala Roy has questioned Home Ministry about steps taken for the protection of Migrant crisis. Due to the imposition of stringent lockdown in wake of Co-Vid19 labors faced the most of heat. Lack of employment, lack of funds to survive and no transportation to move have contributed to their woes. Mala Roy asked in her question that what actions the Government took to protect them.

Centre says, “No data of migrants”

No Data, No Compensation: Migrant Crisis

Centre informed in Parliament there is no such data available. Replying to Mala Roy’s question and several such questions Ministry of Labour and Employment said that there is no recorded data about the death of Migrants available. A report by World Bank states that due to April’s lockdown in the nation about 40 million internal migrants have been hit by employment crisis. Furthermore, to the question, whether any steps are taken for the protection of migrants or any compensation was given? Centre answered that since there is no data no question of compensation. No recorded data of the unemployment due to Covid is found.

Steps taken by the center

Migrant crisis free ration

One after other shocker is received as Centre has no data of Migrants. Fruit sellers, hawkers, daily wage workers and unskilled labours working in factories are worst hit. The government said that as a country India responded by the local bodies, state governments, NGOs and many others. Government has started special Shramik trains for the labourers. Many facilities are made to help them survive. As the distribution of Cereals, Pulses, Sugar, vegetable spices and water for free.

In some places, cooked food is also distributed for free. Labour Ministry chief said that 1164 trains have operated to help migrants reach their homes. Almost 10.4 million labours have returned. Most of the labours or migrants who have been successfully dropped to their homes are in states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. On questions of deaths of migrants while on their way to home or even in trains center replies as- non-availability of data.

Data from states are found that almost 63.7 lakh stranded labours are returned to home by Shramik special train. Other migrants who set their journey on foot or by hitch-hiking is still not found. In trains 110 deaths are found to report. The reasons are many some because if illness, some due to accidents, lack of food and non-availability of water. In June the Chief of Labour Commission is ordered to meticulously record data of migrants from various sources under the orders by Central Information Commission. In many states and union territories the advisory guidelines are invoked. Orders are been given to maintain updated labour laws.

The state of labours and migrants is still bad. There seems to be no significant improvement. Due to the labour employment crisis financial wellbeing of country has also taken a hit. In upcoming sessions, the labour crisis and government’s actions on it will de looked into with even more depth.

 

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Rhea Chakraborty Arrested, Charged For Consuming Marijuana

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After days of rigorous questioning, Indian actress Rhea Chakraborty arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau on Tuesday. The actress has been taken into judicial custody till September 22. NCB has charged the actress for the involvement in procuring and financing the consumption of marijuana for her late boyfriend actor Sushant Singh Rajput along with her brother Showik Chakraborty, house manager Samuel Miranda and cook Dipesh Swant who were arrested earlier.

Charges against Rhea Chakraborty

Rhea Chakraborty Arrested

Rhea has been booked by NCB under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.  under section 8(c)  dealing with possession and purchase of illegal drugs, 20B(II) for possession, purchase, and transportation of illegal drugs, 27 dealing with financing illicit traffic, 28 dealing with an attempt to commit the offence, and 29 for abetment and criminal conspiracy.

Statement by NCB

NCB has charged her being a part of an “active drug racket” connected with drug suppliers. The agency has said that they have received a lot of information and nobody will be spared. The application by NCB states that all the deliveries of marijuana and other drugs and payment for these drugs were done with complete knowledge of Rhea and even at times, the order and choice of drugs, along with payment have also been done by Rhea herself. She is the tenth person in the list of people arrested. As per the report by NCB Rhea’s brother, Showik has made a statement that he has facilitated the drug delivery through peddler Basit Prihar, Kaizen Ibrahim, and Zaid Vilatra. He has been accused of procuring weed for Rajput from September 2019 to March 2020. The chat messages found on Rhea’s phone which lead to the involvement of NCB when the investigation was carried out by the Enforcement Directorate is prime evidence.

Rhea Chakraborty Bail plea rejected

The national Control bureau has not asked her custody as they have done enough questioning in the last three days. The agency has asked for Rhea to be sent to judicial custody, which means that the accused is put in the custody of the magistrate concerned. The judicial custody will be for 14 days i.e. till September 22. After her arrest rhea has been sent to Sion hospital for medical tests and will be sent to Byculla jail. The session court, today rejected the bail plea for Rhea Chakraborty. She will be again applying for bail in Mumbai high court tomorrow.

Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde termed rhea’s arrest as “ a travesty of justice” and said that the three agencies are hounding an innocent girl just because the man she loved was a drug addict. He was also suffering from mental health issues for years and was getting treatment from almost five famous psychiatrists of Mumbai and attempted suicide by taking illegal drugs”. Many Netizens and Bollywood celebrities have also come to Rhea’s rescue by saying it a witch-hunt and have shown disagreement for the unfair treatment done with Rhea by central agencies and the media.

Final words

With the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty, a new case has come into the light of drug cartel in Bollywood. However, a clear distinction needs to be made that the case of the reason for the death of the actor Sushant Singh Rajput. CBI and NCB are currently working in the case.

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Top 10 Quotes from India’s Former President Pranab Mukherjee

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Top 10 Quotes from India’s Former President Pranab Mukherjee

On 31 August, Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee took his last breath. He was known for his efficient administrative skills, role as a politician and eloquent speaking. His visionary quotes and inspirational lifestyle are inspirational for many. As the President of India, he has always been seen as a respectable figure by the countrymen and on his death, the Prime Minister has announced seven-day mourning.

Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th President of India

Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India and in his five-decade-old political career, he is known to hold a number of portfolios including finance, defence, foreign affairs, shipping, revenue, communication, transport, economic affairs and industry. He was awarded Bharat Ratna for his services to the nation in 2019 by current President, Ram Nath Kovind. Some of the major acts for which he is known to include SmarTgram project, the inauguration of the first phase of solarization project in President’s estate and conversion of The Stables and The Coach House into a magnificent museum in his tenure. He took his last breath at Army’s research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. The main cause of his death was a lung infection.

Inspirational quotes

Pranab Mukherjee was a wonderful orator. He was a visionary man with an optimistic outlook. Here a few quotes by him which clearly portray his vision and thoughts.

Thoughts about the political system

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Quote about the Constitution of India

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Views about women empowerment

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Quote about himself

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The way to achieve development

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Views about Poverty

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The four pillars of development and work culture of a nation

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What leads to the dilution of national identity?

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Views about secularism

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The most abusive humiliation

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Pranab Mukherjee was one of the visionaries who played a very important role in Indian Political system both as a part of active politics by being a minister and also as the President of India. He will always be remembered for the services rendered by him for the nation.

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‘Black Panther’ Star, Chadwick Boseman, Dies Of Colon Cancer, Aged 42

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2020 is continuously giving bad news. Recently, Chadwick Boseman, the actor famous for his role as Black Panther in marvel series died at the age of 42. The cause of death is colon cancer. Chadwick Boseman has played several iconic roles in Hollywood. He has always given a famous speech at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family through his social media handle.

Chadwick and his iconic performances

Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance as Black Panther in Marvel Series. Bur he has also played several iconic roles. He is best known for his roles as baseball player Jackie Robinson, music icon James Brown, and Marvel superhero T’Challa also known as Black Panther. Chadwick was born and raised in South Carolina.  He has studied directing at Howard University. After his education, he soon began his acting career playing historic Black icons like Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, Brown in getting on Up, and Robinson in 42.

Boseman’s speech about Black Panther’s legacy

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Boseman delivered a famous speech about the representation and legacy of Black Panther at 2019’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. In his speech, he said, “We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be the tail, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above. And that is what we went to work with every day. Because we knew not that we would be around during awards season or that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world — that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing.”

Confirmation of death

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Chadwick’s death has been confirmed by his family on his Twitter handle. They confirmed that Chadwick Boseman was suffering from colon cancer, the fourth stage. He was diagnosed with stage three of colon cancer in the year 2016 and it progressed with time. The statement says, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. “It was the honour of his career to bring T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”

Final Words

It is a hard time as a superhero in real life has lost us. He has managed to work better everyday battling with cancer but cancer won the battle. Chadwick was a real hero who is still alive in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. He will always be remembered for his iconic performances.

 

 

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KFC Gets Rid Of Iconic Tagline ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’ After 64 Years In View Of The Pandemic

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KFC gets rid of iconic tagline 'It's Finger-Lickin' Good'

Whenever someone says ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, KFC is what comes to our mind. This 64 year old and of one of the most successful food chains in the market has decided to get rid of its iconic tagline due to coronavirus. As the number of cases is rising day by day, the food chain has shown its concern and changed its tagline which was not at all in the purview of safety measures prescribed. However, the global chief marketing officer of KFC has assured that the tagline has been suspended temporarily only and it will be brought back once situation will restore to normal.

Reason of suspending tagline

KFC gets rid of iconic tagline 'It's Finger-Lickin' Good'

The main reason behind suspending the iconic tagline of KFC was the ongoing pandemic. The tagline was not following the safety measures prescribed during a pandemic. On Monday, when KFC announced that it will be suspending its slogan, it also called it “most inappropriate slogan for 2020”. In a statement, the company said, “Think we can all agree, this year has been like no other and, right now, our slogan doesn’t feel quite right. So, for that reason, we’ll be pressing pause on using it in our advertising, for a little while.” As the safety measures include not touching face or eyes with unwashed hands, KFC found it’s slogan inappropriate for this year.

Statement of Global Chief Officer at KFC

KFC gets rid of iconic tagline

Catherine Tan-Gillespie, the global chief officer at KFC has made a statement regarding the slogan. She has also assured the customer that the only tagline is changing but the food will remain the same. Her statements also made it clear that the suspension of a tagline is temporary and it will be restored once this pandemic situation will be over. In her statement, she said, “We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment. While we are pausing the use of ‘It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good’, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn’t changing one bit.

KFC as a global brand

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KFC has been one of the most successful food chains of restaurants in the global market. It is popular in almost every corner of the world. But as a global brand, the responsibility of the food chain company is also great. The part is that KFC realizes this responsibility and has taken steps by keeping it in mind.

Final Words

The Global cases for Coronavirus are increasing and this is a matter of concern. What KFC has done is an example of Corporative Social Responsibility and the other big brands should also realize this as well. Customers are very happy at this decision of KFC as the brand has taken favourable steps for their safety. All we can do now is praise KFC and pray for the situation to get normal so that we can once again enjoy listening to the iconic tagline of KFC.

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