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Nov 24 2020 (20:23) Railways resumes service of 4 pairs of clone special trains (
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As the protesters in Punjab have lifted their rail blockade, the Railways has restored four pairs of clone special trains originating from or having a halt in Chandigarh.

However, the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi train would remain cancelled until further orders due to low occupancy.

Divisional Railway Manager Gurinder Mohan Singh said the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi had been cancelled as its occupancy level remained around 40 per cent.

“We have been reviewing whether to restore or not the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi on a weekly basis. The AC train will be restored if its bookings go up,” he said.

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Punjab Farmers are saying that they won't allow passenger trains to operate, Only Freight will be allowed

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Looks like you need to update yourself. Farmers have already agreed to lift the blockade 2 days ago, for passenger trains as well.

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Sep 01 2020 (01:50) Pranab Mukherjee, Indispensable Man of Indian Politics, Dies at 84 (

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A journalist turned politician, he was India’s president from 2012 to 2017 and wore many hats during a career that spanned political generations.

Pranab Mukherjee, an Indian politician who rose to high office alongside one of India’s longest-serving prime ministers, Indira Gandhi, died on Monday at a hospital in New Delhi. He was 84.

death was announced on Twitter by his son Abhijit Mukherjee.

Before undergoing brain surgery in recent weeks, Mr. Mukherjee announced on Twitter that he had also tested positive for the coronavirus. He was later put on a ventilator and slipped into a coma, according to doctors who were treating him at a military hospital.

Though Mr. Mukherjee never became prime minister, the top post in India’s government, his ability to build consensus on contentious issues earned him the title of the indispensable man of India’s coalition-era politics. He played a major role in the government of Mrs. Gandhi and the political career of her daughter-in-law, Sonia Gandhi.

In 2012, Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Indian National Congress party, cleared the way for Mr. Mukherjee to become president, a largely ceremonial job, while passing him over for the chance to be prime minister.

The party’s history of refusing to let anyone other than a member of the Gandhi family be its face has been at the core of bitter infighting in the past few months.

Many Indians see the Congress party as a protector of the nation’s founding secular values, a feeling that has become more prominent since the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. But the party remains tied to the Gandhis, who are often perceived as a symbol of India’s Anglicized upper class.

Mr. Mukherjee fit right in. Born on Dec. 11, 1935, in the small village of Mirati in India’s West Bengal state, he was a college teacher and a journalist, and his father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, was a Congress leader himself. His mother, who went by the single name Rajlakshmi, was also involved in politics.

Mr. Mukherjee quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Indira Gandhi’s closest lieutenants. He was criticized for being a loyal supporter of Mrs. Gandhi, and for playing his own small part in her government’s decision to send dozens of political dissidents to prison.

Decades later, Mr. Mukherjee wrote in a memoir about those tumultuous years, acknowledging that as a junior minister he had not understood “its deep and far-reaching impact,” and that the party ultimately paid a heavy price for it.

In 1980, Mrs. Gandhi picked Mr. Mukherjee as her finance minister. That would define his long political career, cementing his position as an important party leader for decades to come.

After Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated in 1984, he viewed himself as her rightful successor. Mrs. Gandhi, however, had chosen her son Rajiv Gandhi to become the next prime minister.

Sidelined by Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Mukherjee left to form his own party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress. But in 1989 he folded it into the Congress party after it failed to garner much support in West Bengal, his home state.

The party welcomed him back, and over the next few years Mr. Mukherjee became the chief architect of Sonia Gandhi’s ascent to power. From then on he held several cabinet posts, from foreign affairs and defense to finance, and served on numerous key committees. He was called upon routinely to break political logjams or defuse controversies.

Under India’s Constitution, the president holds some meaningful powers, including the right to grant clemency to prisoners. During his five-year term, from 2012 to 2017, Mr. Mukherjee rejected 42 mercy pleas out of a total of 49 from prisoners on death row.

In 2019 he was awarded India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, for his public service over five decades.

In his final address as president, Mr. Mukherjee said that he had received “much more” from the country than he had given, and that India’s foundation as a pluralistic society was what made it the world’s largest democracy. “The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance,” he said.

In addition to his son Abhijit, he is survived by his daughter, Sharmistha, and another son, Indrajit.

In a statement on Twitter, Mr. Modi praised Mr. Mukherjee as “a towering statesman” who was “admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society.”

After stepping down as president, Mr. Mukherjee continued to play an active role in public life, often delivering speeches in which he liberally quoted Mohandas Gandhi.

“I have no hesitation in stating that the ideas of truth, openness, dialogue and nonviolence espoused by Gandhiji provide the best way forward for a world confronted with intolerance, bigotry, terrorism and xenophobic politics,” he said in a lecture in 2019.

In one of his last speeches, in December, he spoke about the importance of press freedom. “Democracy without a free press is like a blank piece of paper,” he said.

“We ought to remember that democracy will be the loser when and if we cease to hear voices other than our own.”
Aug 24 2020 (21:12) As the India growth story peters out, desperate states turn to nativist quotas (

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A consensus seems to be developing politically on reserving state jobs for locals.

Less than five months into his latest innings as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan made a significant policy announcement. On Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader declared that state government jobs would only be open to residents of the state. If implemented as law, Indian citizens from other states would be barred from taking government jobs in Madhya Pradesh.

The decision is drastic – but, of late, not unexpected.

In just the past year, as many as four states have either passed or promised legislation that reserves jobs for only their residents. In July, 2019 the Andhra Pradesh assembly passed the Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act that makes it mandatory for industries to reserve 75% jobs for Andhraites.

In November, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition in Maharashtra announced that it would reserve 80% of private sector jobs for Maharashtrians. A similar promise was made by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in its November manifesto, with 75% of jobs being reserved for Jharkhandis. After the party won the election, its chief minister Hemant Soren repeated this promise during his Independence Day speech. Haryana has already introduced an ordinance mandating 75% reservation for Haryanvis with a bill backing it up to be introduced in the upcoming monsoon session of its state legislature.

Economy driver

Contextualised for India’s massive population, the number of people moving across states for jobs is actually quite low. As per the 2011 census, India has around 5.6 crore inter-state migrants – which is only 12% of all Indian migrants. The vast majority of migrants actually seek jobs within their state’s borders. Compared to other large countries, research shows that India has very low rates of inter-state migration – China and Brazil were nearly four times higher while the United States was nine times. In fact, in a survey of 80 countries, India ranked last on internal migration: a situation that led the researchers to describe state boundaries in India as “invisible walls”.

While still lower than other countries, India’s economic boom in the 1990s and 2000s has helped push up this inter-state migration rate significantly. In the 1991 census, the number of inter-state migrants stood at only 2.7 crore. Over the next decade, this figure went up sharply, going up by 55%. In the decade after that, the rise was also substantial: 33%.

Driven by a desire for jobs, this flux was most visible in states which were either very rich or poor. From 2001 to 2011, for example, migration into Tamil Nadu went up by 39 times. The outflux of migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the same period went up by 2.3 times and two times, respectively.

A small boost

Troublingly, however, the engine that drove this increased migration – India’s economic growth – seems to be juddering to a halt. For the year 2019-’20, Indian economic growth was the lowest in 11 years. Indians had got used to being one of the world’s fastest growing economies but the past two years have seen India drop down the list.

Even at the best of times, with its massive population, India needed high economic growth to provide jobs. But without this growth, the jobs situation has turned dire. The unemployment rate for 2017-’18 stood at a four-decade high of 6.1%. This has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an incredible 12.15 crore jobs lost during April, the first month of the lockdown.

In the 1990s, a bright economy had spurred migration. Unsurprising then that the spate of nativist measures are coming in as jobs become scarcer. At a time of high growth, inter-state migration is welcomed for its efficient allocation of human resources. However, in a situation where jobs are scarce, it is inevitable that local communities would move to first guarantee jobs to its own members. This is what explains this sudden rise in nativist politics.

Bipartisan support

This lack of jobs is not only finding voice in the politics of identity but also in caste as the past decade has seen vigorous – sometimes violent – demands by dominant rural castes for job quotas. In spite of their rural wealth, powerful castes such as Haryana’s Jats or Gujarat’s Patels are finding it difficult to get jobs in the organised private sector, an indicator of how small it still is.

The force of these economic conditions means nativist job quotas for state residents is one of the rare policies in India to enjoy cross-party support. In Madhya Pradesh, for example, even as the current BJP government has moved to reserve government jobs, earlier in 2019, it was the Congress government that had promised private sector reservations.

While a consensus seems to be developing politically on nativist job quotas, the big hurdle remains the judiciary. Till now, nativist job quotas have been implemented in states such as West Bengal using the backdoor of state language criteria. However, this tactic is inapplicable to states such as Madhya Pradesh or Jharkhand, given that their official language, Hindi, is present in several states.

Legal challenge

Legally, nativist job reservations hit a number of roadblocks. For one, as per the Indian constitution, only the Union parliament is allowed to put in a residence requirement for government jobs – not a state legislature. Reservations in India are defined using socio-economic criteria, which has meant that the Indian judiciary has often ruled against nativist quotas. Moreover, the current spate of reservations surpass – by some distance – the Supreme Court’s 50% cap on quotas.

Notably, some of these objections also apply to the 2019 Economically Weaker Sections quota meant for poor forward castes. For the first time, a quota has been applied without social backwardness and it also surpasses the 50% cap. While the judiciary has not decided on the constitutionality of the measure yet, unlike in other new quotas, it has also not stayed it, allowing it to be implemented on the ground. This would make any future legal decision to scrap the quota practically rather difficult.

Backers of nativist quotas are counting on this new form of reservation attracting the same lenient treatment that the courts gave the forward caste quota.
Aug 20 2020 (18:39) These are the top 20 cleanest cities in India— Indore tops the list for fourth year in a row (

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According to the latest Swacch Survekshan 2020, Surat is the
second cleanest city in India followed by Navi Mumbai in
Maharashtra. Indore has been winning the award for India’s cleanest cities for the last three years. Indore is India’s cleanest city — for the fourth year in a row.

government today announced the results of the annual Swach
Survekshan 2020.

"I visited Indore a few years ago, along with a member of a Japanese delegation. When we reached the city, I saw a Japanese going to various places in Indore. I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ He said

‘I was trying to find filth, but couldn’t’. I don’t think there could be
any bigger testimony to the achievement of the city.”

According to the latest Swacch Survekshan 2020, Surat is the
second cleanest city in India followed by Navi Mumbai in
Maharashtra. Indore has been winning the award for India’s
cleanest cities for the last three years.

These are the top 20 cleanest cities in India with a population of more than a lakh
1.Indore, Madhya Pradesh
2.Surat, Gujarat
3.Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
4.Chattisgarh, Ambikapur
5.Mysore, Karnataka
6.Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh
7.Ahmedabad, Gujarat
8.New Delhi
9.Chandrapur, Maharashtra
10. Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
11. Rajkot, Gujarat
12. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
13. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
14. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
15. Gandhinagar, Gujarat
16. Chandigarh
17. Dhule, Maharashtra
18. Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
19. Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
20. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the results of Swacch
Survekshan 2020. It was the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness
survey conducted in the country. The results were delayed this year.

As many as 1.87 crore citizens from 4242 cities participated in the
cleanliness survey which lasted for 28 days.

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C), MoHUA Durga Shanker
Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA participated in the event along with
various Mayors, State Mission Directors, Municipal Commissioners
and other stakeholders in the area of urban sanitation and waste

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Aug 19 2020 (20:52) Pandit Jasraj: A ‘huge pillar of Indian music has fallen’ (

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Tributes are pouring in for Indian classical music legend Pandit Jasraj, who has died at the age of 90.

The singer died at his home in the US on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

enthralled audiences across the world with his soulful performances for more than seven decades.

The maestro also wrote music for some Bollywood films but he will mostly be remembered for making Indian classical music popular across the world.

He was in the US when India went into a lockdown in March to halt the spread of coronavirus. He chose to stay back until travel restrictions were lifted, his family said.

His sudden death has shocked many, including PM Narendra Modi who led the tributes.

The unfortunate demise of Pandit Jasraj Ji leaves a deep void in the Indian cultural sphere. Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists. Condolences to his family and admirers worldwide. Om Shanti.

End of Twitter post by @narendramodi

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who worked with Pandit Jasraj, said she was "extremely saddened" by the news.

Many singers, lyricist, musicians, including Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Akhtar, paid their tributes.

I’m devastated by the news of the “Light Of Music”, our beloved Legend of Legends Pandit Jasraj’s demise...Today, the world of music is darkened as it’s brightest light has faded.A giant of a musician who was blessed with divinity in his voice.A father figure for me.. RIP🙏😢

End of Twitter post by @AdnanSamiLive

Devastated after hearing the news that Sangeet marthand pandit Jasraj has moved on to the next dimension . A big void in the world of Indian Classical music . His music will live on in this planet 🙏

End of Twitter post by @Shankar_Live

A huge pillar of Hindustani sangeet has fallen today . My heart felt condolence to Pandit Jasraj ‘s family . I can see him standing on the stage with his arms raised as if he is blessig all of us and in his soft and silken voice for the last time he is saying JAI HO !!

End of Twitter post by @Javedakhtarjadu

Pandit Jasraj was born into a family of musicians. His father was a vocalist in a royal court and his two brothers were also musicians.

His training started early and he started performing on stage with his brothers at the age of 11. He soon became known for his unique style - some describe his music as "spiritual and divine".

His fame grew steady over the years and he became a permanent fixture in many classical music festivals in India and around the world.

His also collaborated with directors on some Bollywood projects but stage performances remained his top priority. He will also be remembered for teaching and nurturing many celebrated music directors and singers.

He received numerous awards, including Padma Vibhushan - India's second highest civilian honour.
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