After keeping her at a local guest house for over 30 hours, the Sitapur police on Tuesday formally confirmed having arrested Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and at least 10 others, to “prevent the commission of cognizable offences”. However, the Congress leader was given a formal arrest warrant only Tuesday evening. Sources said the guest house where she has been under detention since Monday, has been notified as a temporary jail. The sources said a five-member Congress delegation led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday. Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would not give up as she is a “true Congress leader”. “The one who is kept in custody is not afraid— she is a true Congress leader, will not give up! Satyagraha will not stop,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had been stopped on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people died after a car owned by Union MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni allegedly ran over protesting farmers, triggering a clash. Other than Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, those arrested include Congress leader
Deepender Singh Hooda, UP Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party MLC Deepak Singh. The arrest has been made under Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the CrPC. “Total 11 persons have been arrested by us. On Monday around 4.30 am, Priyankaji was stopped while on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri. We told her that you should not go there as the situation is not fine and section 144 CrPC is in effect. She did not listen to us and in proper security presence, we had to take her to a local guest house,” said Hargaon station house officer (SHO) Brijesh Kumar Tripathi, adding that further course of action will be decided by senior officials.
Uttar Pradesh Police has registered an FIR against Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and 11 others for allegedly “disturbing peace” in the state. According to Hargaon Police station SHO Brijesh Tripathi, a case has been filed against 11, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Deepender Singh Hooda and Ajay Kumar Lallu, under Section 107/16 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The UP Police action came even as two advocates on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Supreme Court, demanding that the investigation of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident be conducted in a time-bound manner under the supervision of the top court. The letter sought direction from the Ministry of Home Affairs and police to register an FIR and punish the ministers involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. It also sought setting up of high-level judicial inquiry under the supervision of Supreme Court involving CBI in stipulated time.
The Congress has alleged that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was arrested yesterday while she was on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri. Earlier in the day, Vadra had claimed that she has been detained for the last 28 hours without any order or FIR. As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had on Sunday issued a statement regarding the incident, claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son, while the others have been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy. Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants merged with protesting farmers and pelted the stones on the car which lead to the “unfortunate incident”.
The mortal remains of three of the farmers, who were mowed down by a vehicle during a protest in Lakhimpur Kheri, were cremated at their native places on Tuesday, while the family of the fourth one demanded a second post-mortem. Bahraich additional superintendent of police (Rural) Ashok Kumar said that a decision on the demand for a second post mortem could be taken only by senior officials.
Meanwhile, targeting the Central government over inaction in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the site, where eight people, including four farmers, died on Sunday. Sharing a video on Twitter, the Congress General Secretary slammed the Centre for her detention and questioned the government for not arresting those who “crushed the farmers”. “@narendramodi Sir, your government has kept me in custody for the last 28 hours without any order and FIR. This person who crushed the annadata (farmers) has not been arrested yet. Why?” alleged Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet today.
In the video that she shared on her official Twitter handle, she is heard saying, “I have heard that you are visiting Lucknow today to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Have you seen the video where your minister’s son is mowing down the protesting farmers? Answer the nation, why the minister has not been sacked and why the accused has not been arrested,” the Congress leader said. “Why the opposition leaders like me are in the custody without any order or FIR. I want to know why the accused is free.”
She further pointed out that the farmers have been raising their voices for last many months now but they are being ignored. “Visit Lakhimpur Kheri once. You must listen to the farmers. It is your duty to safeguard the farmers,” she added. This comes amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing visit to Lucknow to attend the ‘Azadi@75-New Urban India: Transforming Urban Landscape’ Expo at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in the city.
In a related development, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday claimed that a drone has been seen outside the PAC guest house in Sitapur where Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been detained. “Whose drone is seen hovering over the Priyanka Gandhi’s room where she has been kept in custody for over 30 hours,” the Chhattisgarh CM tweeted in Hindi with a video of drone seen hovering over a building. Baghel on Tuesday claimed that he is not being allowed to leave the Lucknow airport, where he arrived to meet Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur. “I came to Lucknow to proceed to meet Priyanka Gandhiji at Sitapur. But I am not being allowed to leave the airport,” he said. “I am being stopped from going out of Lucknow airport without any orders,” Baghel tweeted in Hindi.
Slamming the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh government for the detention of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that if the law was equal for everyone, why should Priyanka Gandhi Vadra be in jail while the “minister” roamed about free. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday. “These three farm laws should be repealed at the earliest and incidents like this (Lakhimpur Kheri) need to be stopped. I will discuss this issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in today’s meeting,” Channi told media persons in Chandigarh, before leaving for Delhi.
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FORMER PM MANMOHAN SINGH DOING BETTER THAN YESTERDAY: CONG
Congress spokesperson Pranav Jha on Friday said that former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is doing fine and is better than yesterday. Taking to Twitter, Jha urged all to respect the privacy of the former Prime Minister. “This is to inform that Dr Manmohan Singh ji is doing fine. He is better than yesterday. Let’s all wish him a speedy recovery. Any unfounded speculation is unnecessary and in bad taste. Also, request all to respect the Former PM’s privacy. Thank you! #HappyDussehra2021,” tweeted the Congress spokesperson.
Earlier, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), informed that Singh is stable and recovering.
Dr Singh, who was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday, is under the observation of doctors. The eighty-nine-year-old Congress leader had complained of weakness and is stable and under the observation of doctors, hospital sources said.
Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the hospital to meet him.
HERE RESOLUTION WAS TAKEN THAT NO ONE CAN KEEP INDIA AS SLAVE: SHAH VISITS CELLULAR
During his visit to the iconic Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands where Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was imprisoned, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday lauded the valour of Veer Savarkar as a ‘freedom fighter’ and said this was the place where a resolution was taken that “no one can keep Mother India as a slave”. The union minister also extended his greetings on the occasion of Dussehra. Speaking at the iconic Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Shah said, “Today is Vijayadashami. We celebrate the day of Vijayadashami as a symbol of the victory of good over evil all over India. This pilgrimage site of freedom is also a symbol of the victory of good over evil, it was here that a resolution was taken that no one can keep Mother India as a slave.”
“Savarkar turned Cellular Jail into a ‘teerthsthan’ (shrine). He gave message to world that you may mete out as much torture as you want but can’t block his rights- ‘making my country independent is my birthright’, Savarkar accomplished this here,” said Shah.
He further said, “Today, I paid tributes to the respected, well-known freedom fighter of India, Veer Savarkar ji. It gave me a sense of pride as I visited this place. Under his preachings, guidance, the Modi government has completed seven years in power and our governance model is appreciated across the world.”
“Today for the second time I have got a chance to visit the ‘teerthsthan’ (shrine) of freedom fighters.”
Om Birla dials JEE Advance topper, congratulates him on his success
Lok Sabha Speaker and Member of Parliament from Kota, Om Birla on Friday dialled the IIT Advanced topper, Mridul Agarwal and congratulated him on his success, according to the Office of the Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Mridul hails from Jaipur and had prepared for the examination from a coaching institute of Kota.
Taking to Twitter, the LS Speaker said, “Congratulations Mridul Agrawal, son of Rajasthan on securing the first rank in the IIT-JEE (Adv) exam. This success is the result of his tireless hard work, prayers of parents and dedication of teachers. With this result, the coaching institutes of Kota Parliamentary Constituency once again proved their superiority, congratulations!”
Interacting with the JEE topper, Birla asked him about his future plans, to which Agrawal revealed that he aspires to do BTech from IIT Mumbai and wants to be a participant in the “Navanirman” of India.
The topper also said that he wants to study abroad and return to India to develop the technology sector of the country.
Earlier, the National Testing Agency (NTA) announced results where Mridul of IIT Delhi scored top rank by obtaining 348 marks out of 360 while Kavya Chopra of IIT Delhi zone has topped in the female category with a common rank list (CRL) 98. She obtained 286 marks out of 360.
The NTA released the JEE results on the official website. A total number of 1,41,699 candidates appeared in both papers 1 and 2 in JEE (Advanced) 2021 and 41,862 candidates qualified JEE (Advanced) 2021.
In an effort to support the student community, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had organised the JEE (Main) 2021 in four sessions.
I BROUGHT THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF FITNESS CULTURE: DR MICKEY MEHTA
In an exclusive interview with NewsX India A-List, Dr Mickey Mehta spoke about his journey as a health guru, fitness culture, life coaching, and much more.
Dr Mickey Mehta, Author & Health Guru, recently joined NewsX for a candid chat as part of NewsX India A-List. In the exclusive interview, the author spoke about his journey as a health guru, fitness culture, life coaching and much more.
Speaking about his journey till now, he said “Many years back, I would say, when I actually started in the industry, as a career, that was the year 1980, so 1980-81. That was the time that coaches and fitness trainers had no respect, and there was not any formal training or qualifications available. People would say, ‘Kya karega jake, kya uthayega?’. I would say people had very scant respect for fitness trainers and they were called bodybuilders. We were put in the category of pehlwan, pehawani. I brought the whole concept of this culture—fitness culture, wellness culture, physical culture, and culturing the body. While you culture the body, culturing of the mind comes along. It translates into culturing your emotions, your psychology, and your spirit as well. So, anything to do with exercise, anything to do with training your body, shaping your body, culturing the body, translates into awareness because you become aware of more physical parts moving. You become aware of better by-product of circulation because if you circulate well, you don’t know how many liters of blood you have pumped inside because there is a feel-good factor.”
“It is about awareness that you have heart and you have lungs. Your heart beats for good things, for creativity, for sympathy, compassion and glow. When you do a lot of exercises, vanity comes to form because there is a glow because you are circulating. There is oxygen, so radiance, vibrance, so these are the by-products of fitness and physical culture. Mindlessness is not a negative connotation here. Mindlessness is when your mind is not you are and when the mind is, you are not, so you as a spirit are absent in the presence of mind and when you as a spirit are completely present in duality, the mind is absent. Mind is a negative phenomenon because the mind only lives and comes alive, either in the past or in the future. The mind is always wandering in the past. So, fears of the past keep haunting you, the anxiety of the future keeps you occupied,” he added
When asked about the plethora of people he has trained in the past and his experience of the same, he responded, “I think I had a short time of month and a half with Aamir Khan. While he was shooting for ‘Talaash’ and was also preparing for ‘Dhoom 3’. That short span with him was very interesting. My training with Lara Dutta also was very interesting. My training with Yukta Mukhi was very meaningful. With Priyanka Chopra, she was only 15 when I touched her, so not have memories with her but I am extremely proud of who she is today. They are the people who are very desiring and these are the people who are sincere as well. They were very disciplined. I remember Aamir used to call me at 3 AM in the night. The very first day, it was a 5:35 reporting and I thought that I would go there and he would then wake up. To my surprise, he was already up and about. These are very focused people, which is why they are successful, which is why they are leaders.”
Mental health is not just about anxiety and stress: Divija Bhasin, mental health therapist
Mental & Emotional Health Therapist Divija Bhasin opened up to NewsX Influencer A-List about being a therapist in the digital age and responsibilities that come with being an influencer.
Divija Bhasin, Mental & Emotional Health Therapist, recently joined NewsX for a candid chat as part of its special series NewsX Influencer A-List. In the exclusive interview, Divija opened up about being a mental and emotional health therapist in the digital age.
Talking about the kind of content she puts out on the Internet, Divija shared, “I make all kinds of things. I don’t just put out psychology or mental health stuff. I put that stuff along with other random or relatable funny stuff, even things that are indirectly related to mental health. Mental health is not just anxiety and stress, it is way more than that. It is also about our family systems and our education and even abuse. I try to make it a little simpler, relatable, and put it out there based on trends. It is like entertainment and education together. “
When asked did therapy come into her life first or being an influencer come first, she responded, “I have always wanted to be a therapist. I have been studying psychology since class 11th. I started out on TikTok last year. I used to make random videos on TikTok, sometimes psychology-related videos. I was just doing it for fun because of the lockdown but then I started gaining a lot of followers. I was like I like it and I am not that bad at it. After it got banned, I switched to Instagram and that’s when I started putting out more serious stuff. I realised that the audience on Instagram likes that and they also appreciate it more. I tried it on TikTok but it didn’t work out that well. Here, my audience likes both. That’s why I put both. I became a therapist after I started making videos not because I wasn’t going to be but because I am still doing my second master’s. While making these videos, I started working with another clinical psychologist. Under her guidance, I took sessions and now since I have some experience, I do private practice.”
When prodded further if these two worlds collide, she added, “Not particularly. It feels like my audience and clients are able to differentiate. They don’t try to talk to me and I make my boundaries clear. In the first session, I send them a formal email, stating that I will not be able to interact with you outside the session, just to maintain boundaries. They all respect that. I haven’t had experiences where my clients would try to become friends with me or something like that on social media. They follow me and like my videos but that’s it.”
Speaking about responsibilities that come with being an influencer, considering the fact that with being a mental health professional, the responsibility is twofold, Divija expressed, “I do have to be extra careful compared to other influencers because I feel like people are looking up to me to give the right information. Every time I put out anything serious, I make sure to read a lot about it, including research papers, not just random things on the Internet, so that it is properly verified and also in case someone questions me and thinks that I am just giving my opinion.”
Mental health is not just anxiety and stress, it is way more than that. It is also about our family systems and our education and even abuse. I try to make it a little simpler, relatable, and put it out there based on trends. It is like entertainment and education together.
The colour green is deemed to be therapeutic and soothing to the eyes. A person with a green thumb is someone who looks after their plants with a passion. Researchers recommend consuming green vegetables and to spend time in green environments whenever one can.
Nurturing plants and even crooning to them is believed to accelerate their growth. It is an opportunity for budding singers to practice their vocal cords for audiences or lack thereof. Humour aside, spending time with our green friends is cheaper than therapy.
People addicted to wanderlust in the current Covid-19 scenario have limited turf to wander on. With the work-from-home culture, many want to create inspiring and cosy nooks to work in while the wanderlust seekers take it a notch up by setting up a tropical vibe at home.
One can go to town making different and imaginative arrangements with plants and pots. As a result of which India-made garden accessories are en vogue.
The pandemic has brought many close(r) to mother nature. The lessons mothers teach us the hard way!
Zoom into the Tier one cities, The Humans of Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore also have different motives in keeping plants in close proximity to them. These cities with Air Quality Indexes that make one cringe have people stressing over not having clean air.
There is a gamut of indoor plants that can diminish pollutants from the air. There is no limit to how creatively these things of joy can be placed. A few popular plants are Areca Palm, Snake Plant, Aloe Vera plant, Spider plant, and Money plant. Plants lend a feel-good vibe to an abode cutting down on toxins in the air rendering them the most cost-effective air purifiers.
Areca palms make aesthetic plants that need moist soil and some sunlight indoors.
Snake plants are the least demanding ones requiring water once a month.
Aloe Vera is a multi-utility plant. Not only does it alleviate the impurities in the air but the gel found inside the plant has therapeutic properties. It maintains its stature without a constant supply of H-2-O.
A home decor aficionado’s dream plant: the Money plant. This decorative plant is easy to look after with a few sprays of water once a week. It winds around the shape of what adjoins it (only if that happened with real money).
There is an array of made-in-India pots to choose from. They are made from myriad materials such as terracotta, brass, glazed ceramic and handmade crochet.
A playful homegrown brand, The Wishing Chair (inset) doles out some charming little hand-painted pots. These bump up the cuteness quotient of any corner. Glazed pot with floral and chevron motifs is their signature style.
For a formal look, plant takers can head over to Mora Taara for their gold-finish and textured planters. Whether you are placing your stack on your workstation or on the floor of a living room these gilded numbers add a luxe feel.
Elementary, a Jaipur brand has a variety of earthy pots. These are minimalist with their geometric lines and are available with subtle tones. They are great extensions to a contemporary style.
The June Shop, a quirky Kolkata-based shop has some game-changing planters too. Their hanging crochet planters are truly special. These babies are suitable for any space ranging from a cosy family room to a covered outdoor patio.
Whatever the time, it is always ripe to nurture what is natural. Plant some seeds of time to potter around. It is sure to do you good. Happy Pottering!
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