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Yogi Adityanath in Mumbai on ‘Mission Bollywood’

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray says nobody will be allowed to ‘forcibly’ take away business from his state.

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Actor Akshay Kumar calls on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in Mumbai on Tuesday. ANI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reached Mumbai tonight to ring the bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the listing of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) bonds.

The Chief Minister will also interact with prominent industrialists and Bollywood celebrities on Wednesday at Hotel Trident and invite them to invest in Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknow is the first city of north India to release the bond of its municipal corporation and soon the municipal corporations of Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Agra will follow suit. The Rs 200 crore-bond issue was floated just before Diwali and was oversubscribed by 4.5 times to raise Rs 450 crore. The 10-year bond closed at a very attractive coupon rate of 8.5 per cent only because India Inc has “shown faith in the potentiality and prospects of Uttar Pradesh”.

The CM will then meet top executives of companies like Tata, L&T, Hiranandani, among others. He will be meeting celebrities of the film industry during the second part of his Mumbai visit to encourage them to invest in UP. Actors Randeep Hooda, Jimmy Sheirgill and filmmakers like Subhash Ghai, Pahlaj Nihlani, Rajkumar Santoshi, Boney Kapoor, Bhushan Kumar, Neeraj Pathak, Tigmanshu Dhulia and trade analysts like Taran Adarsh, Komal Nahta are reportedly set to attend the meeting. Gorakhpur MP and actor Ravi Kishan is also set to be a part of the meeting.

Previously, the Adityanath Government had held a meeting with Bollywood celebrities in Lucknow in September. At that time, Anupam Kher and Udit Narayan were among the attendees. The UP government is planning the country’s “biggest and most beautiful film city” in Gautam Buddh Nagar, it was announced in September.

The Shiv Sena has objected to the Uttar Pradesh film city and the way the Uttar Pradesh government is “wooing the Bollywood”. Obliquely referring to Adityanath’s visit, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today sounded out a sharp note, saying nobody will be allowed to “forcibly” take away business from his state.

“We are not jealous if someone progresses, we do not have any problem with someone’s progress if one competes. But if you are going to forcibly take anything away, then, of course, I won’t let it happen and you (industrialists) will not be willing to go,” Thackeray said at an event organised by IMC, a small businesses-focused lobby group.

“Some people are coming today; they will also meet you all and ask you to come (for investments). But they do not know the magnetic strength (of Maharashtra), it is so powerful that forget people going from here to there, it should not so happen that somebody from there comes here,” he said.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister had earlier warned against attempts to malign or finish off the film industry from Mumbai.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, politics over Adityanath about his visit to Mumbai has begun. Sachin Sawant of Maharashtra Congress slammed the UP CM, saying that there is a “jungle raj” in Uttar Pradesh and that Adityanath has conspired with the Central government to defame Bollywood and Maharashtra. He said that Adityanath might be coming to “threaten Bollywood celebrities and industrialists to move business to Uttar Pradesh”, adding that adequate security should be given to these celebrities and industrialists. Adityanath will also address a press conference in Mumbai and leave tomorrow 7pm for Lucknow.

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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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WEDDING BELLS FOR PUNJAB CM BHAGWANT MANN

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is set to tie the knot with 32-year-old Dr Gurpreet Kaur in Chandigarh on Thursday. CM Bhagwant Mann got divorced from his first wife in 2015. It is being said that Bhagwant Mann›s mother and sister wanted this marriage to happen. 

At the age of 48, Bhagwant Mann will marry for the second time. The wedding ceremony will take place at his residence in a simple manner. Only family members will attend the wedding ceremony. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to attend the function. Bhagwant Mann will get married according to Sikh customs. 

Dr Gurpreet Kaur belongs to a simple family. It is also being said that both the families have known each other for a long time. Dr Kaur is a Chandigarh-based practising Doctor. 

Bhagwant Mann got divorced 6 years back and has two young children from his previous wedding. Both the kids attended Mann›s CM Oath ceremony and are residing in America with their mother.

AAP MP Raghav Chadha wished CM Mann a happy married life on Wednesday. Chadha responded to a Twitter user’s comment, “And one thought that Raghav Chadha was the most eligible bachelor in AAP”. To which, he said, “Chhote da number vadde ton baad hi aunda hai. Best wishes to my vadde veer Mann Saab and Dr Gurpreet Kaur for a happy and blessed married life.”

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