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MEHBOOBA MUFTI SAYS SHE’S BEEN DETAINED THIRD TIME IN ‘LESS THAN A FORTNIGHT’

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SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday questioned her detention over security reasons, saying that BJP ministers are allowed to campaign freely for District Development Council (DDC) elections. The former J&K Chief Minister claimed that she has illegally been detained three times in less than a fortnight.

“Illegally detained today for the third time in less than a fortnight. Too much democracy indeed. If my movements are curbed due to ‘security concerns’, then why are BJP ministers allowed to campaign freely in Kashmir while I’ve been asked to wait until culmination of DDC elections?,” she tweeted, while posting a letter from Director, Special Security Group (SSG), mentioning that she can’t go to Budgam due to security reasons and her programme might be deferred till the DDC elections.

Mehbooba was scheduled to meet the families in Budgam district who have been evicted from their land holdings by the government in light of high court orders in the Roshni Scam.

On Twitter Mehbooba said that she has been detained thrice in less than fortnight and not allowed to move to campaign for the DDC candidates fielded by her party in coalition with PAGD.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mehbooba posted a video and tweeted that she was detained at her Gupkar residence by police and not allowed to campaign in Budgam district. In her Tuesday tweet, Mehbooba said: “Illegal detention has become GoIs favourite go to method for muzzling any form of opposition. I’ve been detained once again because I wanted to visit Budgam where hundreds of families were evicted from their homes”.

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Trouble mounts for Boris Johnson as two more leave ministry

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In another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, two more ministers resigned from the UK government on Wednesday, following the departure of Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, media reported.Will Quince, minister for children and families and junior transport minister Laura Trott resigned on Wednesday. In his resignation letter, Quince said he had “no choice but to tender resignation”, after being given an “inaccurate” briefing over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s appointment of a politician who was the subject of complaints.

“Thank you for meeting with me yesterday evening and for your sincere apology regarding the briefings I received from No. 10 ahead of Monday’s media round, which we now know to be inaccurate,” he said in his resignation letter to Johnson which was posted on Twitter.“It is with great sadness and regret that I feel that I have no choice but to tender my resignation as Minister for Children and Families as I accepted and repeated those assurances in good faith.”Meanwhile, junior transport minister Laura Trott said she was quitting over a loss of “trust” in the government.Earlier, on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson named the new UK Health Secretary and Finance Minister shortly after Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak tendered their resignation, media reports said.UK Cabinet chief of staff Steve Barclay has been appointed as the new health secretary. Meanwhile, UK education secretary Nadhim Zahawi was named as the new finance minister.In his resignation letter, Sunak said he was “sad to be leaving the government”, but has come to the conclusion that he “cannot continue like this”.“The public rightly expect the government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning,” Rishi Sunak said.Javid said he had lost confidence in Boris Johnson’s ability to govern following multiple scandals, saying he could “no longer continue in good conscience”. The minister said that many lawmakers and the public had lost confidence in Johnson’s ability to govern in the national interest.

In his resignation letter, which he posted to Twitter, Javid told Johnson that “the values you represent reflect on your colleagues,” and in light of recent scandals, the public had concluded that their party was neither “competent” nor “acting in the national interest.”

The exit of the top minister comes amid the row involving the former Conservative party whip Chris Pincher, who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Last week, Pincher quit as deputy chief whip after claims that he groped two men but Johnson knew about allegations against him as far back as 2019. Boris acknowledged he should have sacked Pincher when he was found to have behaved inappropriately when he was a Foreign Office minister in 2019.

The British PM said he regrets giving Pincher a government role as Deputy Chief Whip following the revelation of a misconduct complaint against him.“In hindsight it was the wrong thing to do and I apologise to everyone who has been badly affected by it. I just want to make absolutely clear that there’s no place in this government for anybody who is predatory or abuses their position of power,” he said. (ANI)

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MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI LIKELY BJP CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT

Naqvi resigned on Wednesday from the post of Minority Affairs Minister. Smriti Irani was given additional charge of his ministry.

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is likely to be fielded as the BJP candidate for Vice President’s office, election to which is slated to be held on 6 August, Naqvi resigned from the Union Council of Ministers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Smriti Irani was appointed as minority affairs minister after Naqvi resigned .

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a Cabinet meeting held in the day was all praise for the work the outgoing minority affairs minister had done all these years. Effusive in his praise, the Prime Minister told his cabinet colleagues that they all would miss him, creating a buzz that Naqvi may be fielded as candidate of BJP-led alliance NDA for the office of Vice President of India. The Cabinet meeting rather turned into a farewell party for Naqvi, said sources. He was congratulated in advance by his Cabinet colleagues for a bigger responsibility that he would be given charge of in coming days. Nominations for the election will commence from 19 July.

Naqvi, who is a Rajya Sabha member, was not nominated to Upper House for a second term elections to which were held on 10 June. He was not given a ticket in the recently held parliamentary elections, either, thus leaving the saffron party bereft of any Muslim law maker in either house of Parliament. Naqvi’s term as a Rajya Sabha MP comes to an end on Thursday.

The question is why Naqvi for the post? The answer lies in the international outrage that Nupur Sharma’s unsavoury remarks against Prophet Muhammad created, battering India’s image, especially among Muslim countries, with calls for boycott of Indian goods and Indian ambassadors being summoned by their host countries. India needs a Muslim face to correct the perception that the controversy has created.

Naqvi, as a Union minister, has visited many Muslim countries and has established personal rapport with them. According to sources, if the BJP promotes Naqvi to the office of Vice President of India, it will help PM Modi and his government to refurbish country’s image.

Sources in the BJP told The Daily Guardian Review that there were two prominent Muslim leaders whose name had been proposed to PM Modi for the post. One among them was Naqvi and the other was that of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan. However, the balance tilted in Naqvi’s favour. Since Vice President is also the Chair of the Upper House, Naqvi was found a good choice as far as helping the BJP government implement its agenda through Rajya Sabha is concerned.

With Naqvi at the helm both as Vice President and as Chair of the Rajya Sabha serves the purpose well.

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Million Dollar Vegan has distributed 1 million meals since start of pandemic

The international non-profit thinks that access to sufficient, nourishing, and pleasant foods is a basic human right.

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The international non-profit organisation Million Dollar Vegan will meet its goal of distributing one million plant-based meals to communities all around the world this month.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the group has collaborated with volunteers, small vegan businesses, and neighbourhood charities to distribute plant-based snacks to Covid 19-affected communities. It promised in March 2020 to distribute one million meals, together with hygiene supplies, seeds, and equipment, as well as knowledge about how to prepare inexpensive, nourishing plant-based meals, where they were most needed.

“We could see many communities struggling with the loss of income and access to basic healthcare. Some people felt isolated and lonely. Others were desperately worried about their livelihoods and futures. It seemed more important than ever that we connect with people, learn from them, provide support where we could, and showcase veganism as compassion in action.”, says Darshana Muzumdar of Million Dollar Vegan India.

Million Dollar Vegan supports people from all walks of life, from those who have been displaced to youngsters to those who are fighting for labour rights, by providing delicious plant-based meals. Million Dollar Vegan thinks that access to sufficient, nourishing, and pleasant foods is a basic human right. The organisation also works to spread awareness of the advantages of veganism and how it contributes to a more compassionate, secure, and healthy society for all.

The number of animals farmed in factory farms is in the billions, and a growing number of reputable environmental scientists and research organisations are advising people to eat plant-based diets to prevent the planet’s climate from breaking down, according to Million Dollar Vegan.

Continues Darshana: “One thing is certain: our own health is connected to that of the planet and animals, and when we harm one, we do harm to all. Pandemics emerge when we destroy the natural world; antibiotic resistance is driven by the overuse of antibiotics in factory farms; rearing animals for their meat, milk, and eggs generate vast amounts of greenhouse gasses; while the consumption of animal products is connected to some of the world’s biggest killers, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating plant-based addresses all these issues and more, and helps us create the future we all want.”

Despite exceeding its initial goal of one million meals, the organisation, which has campaign staff in ten countries, emphasises that this is not the end of its work in food solidarity. It intends to keep preparing and distributing plant-based meals where they are most needed as well as educating, motivating, and encouraging individuals to make healthful eating decisions.

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AI-BASED SYSTEM AT DISPLAY IN INTERNATIONAL POLICE EXPO

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On Wednesday at Pragati Maidan here, more than 18 nations took part in the International Police Expo-2022, displaying their cutting-edge weapons and AI-based safety systems for the protection of society.

Senior police officers from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, and other states stopped by the booths to learn about the most recent tools available to deal with any law-and-order scenario. An AI-based facial recognition system that can recognise suspects with masks on their faces and goggles on their eyes has been demonstrated to visitors. The software-based method just needs 40% of the face, from any angle, to recognise the person from the server-stored list.

The International Police Expo 2022, organised by Nexgen Exhibitions, will close on Thursday. More than 350 top-tier firms from nations including the UK, US, Israel, Germany, France, Dubai, UAE, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden are currently exhibiting there.

Highlighting the key attractions, Mukesh Kharia, Organiser, International Police Expo said, “With this gala inaugural of our two-day International police expo, we are confident that senior police and law enforcement officials, security agencies, government representatives and professionals will successfully connect and interact with global and domestic manufacturers, suppliers and innovators so as to shape up a bright future for policing and homeland security in India.”

Companies from different nations are showcasing their most recent ideas and solutions for mob and riot controlling as mob violence becomes a big concern for policing in India. “With significant advances in technology and AI, Facial Recognition today has become increasingly valuable for authorities and agencies to rapidly extract biometric imprints of perpetrators in mob or riot situations. Corsight’s technology enables authorities/agencies to quickly run investigations in order to resolve dangerous situations and identify those involved. This can be done in large crowds, with poor lighting, obscure camera angles and even with individuals wearing sunglasses or masks.”, says Prashant Kaul, Regional Sales Director, Corsight.ai.

India’s leading companies and government organisations such as PLR Systems – Adani Group, (Advanced Weapons), Cellebrite, (Internationally acclaimed company for mobile forensic), Pelorus Technologies (Forensic products), Ordnance Equipment Factory – A Unit of Troop Comforts Limited, Munitions India Ltd (Ministry of Defence, Government of India), Advanced Weapon and Equipment India Ltd. (Govt. of India Enterprise, Ministry of Defence) and Abbott Diagnostics Medical Private Limited are participating at the 7th edition of International Police Expo.

“We are the leading manufacturers of indigenous quick response hand-held anti-drone systems for use by security and police forces for countering rogue drones and unauthorised photography. We are displaying our state-of-the-art three-channel system and projecting a seven-channel system at International Police Expo 2022.”, says Col. Balaram Pillai, Head, Defence & Aerospace, HILD Defence and Aerospace Pvt Ltd.

A Noida-based startup called Sparsh CCTV has created a breath analyzer that can identify the presence of alcohol from a distance of two feet, improving on-road safety.

According to official data, it will help reduce the number of drunk driving incidents where drivers refuse to take a breathalyser test and claim they can receive Covid by blowing into the metre.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONSOON WEDDING

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After the sweltering hot and sunny days, the monsoon season brings in the much needed wet and cool climate. If you are getting married in this romantic weather, make the most of it by following the simple tips by wedding curators Aaradhana & Prateek Kashyap of Made in Heaven.

Venue: Check the weather forecast before finalising the date and make sure the venue is monsoon proof. Opt for an indoor venue. Choose one that has glass walls, transparent ceilings or even windows to enjoy the lovely weather. Have humidifiers at the venue to balance the temperature. Also, an indoor venue will keep all the decorations safe. Make sure the venue is well ventilated and has a constant power supply as there are sudden electrical breakdowns due to bad weather.

Going in for an outdoor venue will be cumbersome as you will need to go in for waterproofing and don’t forget to have a bug repellent plan in place as the monsoon invites lots of bugs. We have a lot of umbrellas and sheds in the venue. Always have a backup plan in case you want to go in for an outdoor wedding. If you really want to go for an outdoor venue, look for a convertible venue if you really want to go for an outdoor venue, or opt for a venue that has both indoor and outdoor facilities so that if the rain comes, the entire wedding can happen inside, but make sure the indoor is big enough to accommodate all the guests. 

Make sure the venue has valet service so that the guests can easily leave their vehicles and move in if it’s raining. You should have escorts and ushers, especially if there’s a distance between the parking area and the venue. You should have a hot beverage station to serve hot beverages and snacks the moment guests arrive. Plan out flexible times for your festivities as the monsoon invites a lot of traffic jams.

Décor: A monsoon wedding calls for a vibrant and colourful décor. Avoid real flowers as they get spoilt easily in rain, and they might attract small insects and crawlies. You can use origami, sheer curtains, glassware, and bright floral print fabrics and can add umbrellas, boats, origami, danglers, and fairy lights for the decor. If you choose an outdoor venue, avoid using props as they might fall in case it rains or the winds are heavy. Floral umbrellas, light colours, and the vibgyor theme are popular décor themes in the monsoon.

Food: Have plenty of live stations for hot snacks and beverages. You can have South Indian dishes, Chinese and grilled sections. Avoid raw salads and any cold beverages, as they can make you sick easily. Make sure the food is fresh and prepared hygienically, as rain brings in a lot of bugs and food allergies. Sweet dishes like garam jalebis and gulab jamuns are a must-have in your menu. Avoid dishes that have leafy veggies as ingredients like palak paneer, green chicken, hara bhara kebabs, etc., as leafy veggies are high in infections due to the conditions, they are grown in. Avoid risky sea foods like shrimp and an overdose of non-vegetarian preparations, as meat too leads to a lot of stomach infections this season. Plan a pre-wedding rain dance party and enjoy the lovely monsoon weather. A rain dance theme bachelorette party or even a pool-side party. You can even plan your haldi ceremony followed by a rain dance party. This can happen if you plan a destination wedding or book a hotel.

Wedding invites and favours: Opt for the monsoon theme for designing your invites, e.g., a couple dancing in the rain. Accessorise the wedding favours with umbrellas, cute raincoats, and other rain-wear gear like flip flops.

Photography & Videography: How about a pre-wedding shoot in the lovely monsoon weather. The romantic weather can definitely bring in the love in the air and complement the Pre-wedding shoots. 

Wedding Outfits: Choose lighter outfits, and not too long hemlines and trails. It’s advisable to keep a spare.

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Patiala man writes ‘pro-Khalistan slogans’, arrested

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Karnal Police has arrested a Patiala-based man for writing “pro-Khalistan slogans” on the walls of two educational institutions on 20 June, and said that the accused was promised to pay USD 1,000 by a US-based person for accomplishing the job. The accused has been identified as Manjeet, hailing from Punjab’s Patiala.

Manjeet was produced before the court which remanded him to five-day police custody for further probe.

“Haryana Police arrested a person for writing pro-Khalistan slogans in Karnal On 20 June, slogans were found written on the walls of two educational institutions. We started probing the matter and arrested an accused identified as Manjeet, a resident of Punjab’s Patiala,” said Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of police, Karnal on Tuesday.

“The accused was produced in the court, which sent him to 5-day police remand. During interrogation, it came to the fore that the accused was in contact with a US-based person, who promised to pay 1,000 dollars for doing this work. Further probe into the matter is underway,” the official added.

In a similar incident that occurred in Himachal Pradesh in May, one more Punjab resident was arrested for allegedly putting Khalistani flags and writing slogans on the walls in the Dharamsala city of Himachal Pradesh, informed Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Another person who put up Khalistani flags and wrote slogans on the wall in Dharamsala has also been arrested from Punjab. Every Himachali is united against the forces dividing the country. Long live Mother India Jai Hind, Jai Himachal,” Thakur had tweeted.

“In a joint raid with Himachal Pradesh Police, we arrested a resident of Morinda in connection with putting up pro-Khalistan flags and writing slogans on the wall of Himachal Assembly in Dharamsala,” said Rupnagar SSP Dr Sandeep Garg.

He further said, “During interrogation, the accused also accepted that he along with his accomplice had put up Khalistan banners outside our office (mini-secretariat complex) in Ropar, Punjab on 13 April. The accused have been handed over to Himachal Police.”

Notably, the ‘Khalistan’ flags were found tied on the main gate of the Assembly and walls on 8 May.

Police had also registered an FIR under sections 153-A and 153-B of IPC, section 3 of HP Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985, and section 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) at Dharamshala Police station after the ‘Khalistan’ flags incident.

Police booked banned outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) general counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and called him the ‘main accused’ in the case.

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