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Tirupati temple faces money crunch, plans to take loans

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has reported massive losses, including a shortage of more than Rs 800 crores in revenue. The trust, which manages one of the richest Hindu shrines of the world, is now contemplating drawing loans from banks to make up for their losses.

TTD has earned Rs 270 crore in the current financial year — a sum much lower than its estimated revenue of Rs 1,100 crore. The amount takes into account interests from bank deposits worth Rs 240 crore, indicating that devotees have brought in only Rs 30 crore in recent months.

Even revenue from laddu sales have fallen to only Rs 3.5 crore, reported TTD. The board had previously announced a budget of Rs 3,309 crore for the financial year of 2020-21, but the amount may be slashed to Rs 2,000 crore given the current situation.

The trust is already running on a reported budget deficiency of Rs 40 crore.

The financial crisis is being seen as a result of the drop in footfall at temples due to Covid-19 concerns. Even though the TTD still permits 12,000 visitors daily, the temple has been drawing an average of only 5000 people every day.

The Tirumala Bypass Road has also been kept open for pilgrim traffic, even though the Chittoor district administration declared Tirupati a containment zone on 20 July.

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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”

“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.

Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.

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Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes

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Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.

In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.

The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.

The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.

Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.

According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.

Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”

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Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail

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A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.

“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.

The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.

“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.

Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.

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6 people of the same family found dead in jammu

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In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.

Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.

The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.

Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.

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S Jaishankar on buying Russian oil: ‘duty towards the people’

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The world has somewhat accepted New Delhi’s stance on buying Russian oil in light of Moscow’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, because New Delhi has not been defensive about its choice and instead has helped other nations understand the responsibility they have to their citizens.

“Once you lay it out very openly and honestly, people accept it.” Jaishankar remarked, “They may not always appreciate it, but once it is there and you are not trying to be too clever about it, you actually have laid out your interest in a very direct manner, my sense is that the world somewhat accepts that as reality,” addressing a meeting with the Indian community in Bangkok, Jaishankar remarked.

Jaishankar, who has frequent liaison with Americans, remarked, “I do see that—not just in the United States but including the US—that they know what our position is and they move on with that.”

Since Europe is buying less oil from Russia, many of India’s suppliers have switched their shipments to Europe, according to the foreign minister. “Oil prices are unreasonably high, and so are gas prices. A lot of traditional suppliers to Asia are diverting to Europe because Europe is buying less oil from Russia. It is a situation today where every country will try to get the best deal possible for its citizens to try to cushion the impact of these high energy prices. And that is exactly what we are doing,” Jaishankar said.

“We are not doing it in a defensive way. We are being very open and honest about our interests. I have a country which has a per capita income of two thousand dollars. These are not people who can afford higher energy prices. It is my obligation, my moral duty to actually ensure that I get them the best deal,” he further added.

In light of India’s continued purchase of Russian oil, questions regarding the relations between India and the US were put to the foreign minister. To participate in the 9th India-Thailand Joint Commission Meeting as both nations commemorate 75 years of the start of diplomatic relations, Jaishankar arrived in Thailand on Tuesday. Following the meeting, India and Thailand will sign their MoUs.

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OVER 5 CRORE TIRANGA SELFIES CLOCKED AS PART OF HAR GHAR TIRANGA CAMPAIGN

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More than five crore Tiranga selfies have been uploaded on the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign website so far, the Ministry of Culture informed on Monday and termed it a “stupendous achievement”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a call on 22 July 2022, to join the Har Ghar Tiranga’ movement by hoisting or displaying the national flag at homes.

“In a stupendous achievement, more than five crore ‘Tiranga’ selfies have been uploaded on the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ website,” the ministry of Culture said in a statement.

As India embarks on its 76th year of Independence, wrapping up the 75-week countdown to 15 August 2022, was the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ initiative of the government driven by the nodal ministry for ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ the Ministry of Culture.

The commemoration of 75 years of independence started on March 12, 2021, as a 75-week countdown to 15 August 2022, and will continue till 15 August 2023.

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