Getting rid of R-Day party-pooper
Fighter jets tearing through the skies and battle tanks rumbling down Rajpath at the R-Day parade make a billion hearts swell with pride. But the parade is robbed of its grandeur, when the nation watches heaps of poop, left behind by well-groomed camels, elephants and horses, being mopped up manually.
The defence ministry is weighing a proposal to import dung-disposal machines to restore the majesty of the celebrations. An army officer said, “The celebrations tend to be a messy affair… we don’t wish to project the country like that. It can easily be fixed.”
HQs Delhi Area has bought the machines and used them during pre-R-Day ceremonial functions. Each such machine costs about R7 lakh. About a dozen machines would suffice to keep Rajpath clean.
Among the 5,000-odd participants marching on Wednesday will be 100 camels of the Border Security Force, a dozen elephants carrying children who have won national bravery awards and mounted columns of 61 Cavalry.
President Pratibha Patil and her Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the chief guest at the parade, will arrive Rajpath escorted by the President’s 46 bodyguards astride thoroughbreds.
The camels have been practising for the big day since November. They are fed 10 kg of fodder and three kg of composite feed to endure four hours of daily practice. The elephants are on a diet of chapattis made of wheat and ghee.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Tuesday conducted searches at five places belonging to Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan on the basis of an Enforcement Directorate report on disproportionate assets case against him. According to ED, the raids were conducted at five locations including the residence of the Chamaranpet constituency MLA at Bengaluru Cantonment, a flat at silver Oak Apartment, a guest house at Sadashiva Nagar, GK Associates office at Banashankari and National Travels office in Kalasipalya.
Bengaluru may have topped the Union government's Ease of Living Index last year, but Karnataka's capital city fared the worst among Indian cities in the Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Index 2022, which was released on June 24. Bengaluru's position in Global Livability Index 2022 For the first time, a total of five Indian cities featured on the list; before 2022, only Delhi and Mumbai were featured.
Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rain amid monsoon arrival. As downpour lashed the city on Monday, Mumbai witnessed scenes of waterlogging in several areas. Waterlogging was also reported in the city's Sion area, which disrupted normal life. Waterlogging was also seen at Khandeshwar Railway Station in Navi Mumbai as commuters navigated their way through ankle-deep waters. The weather department has issued an orange alert warning of heavy rain in Mumbai for the next few days.
Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. He had demanded Rs 10 lakh extortion money from the commission agent. The accused has been identified as Ajay of Budha Khera village in Jind. The police said that they have now arrested three persons, including Ajay, Sunil alias Sahil and Akhil, in this case.
Karnal police claimed to have busted a gang involved in theft of copper wires from transformers with the arrest of four of its members. The police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. The accused have been identified as Bilal and Amjad alias Biaggi of Yamunanagar, Vasim Akram of Saharanpur, and Tahir of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.