PM Modi opens Sardar Sarovar Dam, Priyanka Chopra shines at 69th Emmys, India’s win against Australia: Top stories to bring you up to date
PM Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to public, ban on drinking liquor in public places in Goa, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal shine in India’s win against Australia, Priyanka Chopra wins red carpet at 69th Emmys: stories to bring you up dateindia Updated: Sep 18, 2017 07:45 IST
When World Bank refused funds, Gujarat temples donated for Sardar Sarovar Dam: PM Modi
Gujarat’s temples gave money when the World Bank refused funds for the Sardar Sarovar project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, attacking a “list of people” who allegedly tried to stall the world’s second largest concrete dam. The dam is the centrepiece of the multi-billion dollar Narmada Valley development project, one of India’s most grand schemes that is expected to provide water and power to millions of people in four states. “A massive misinformation campaign was launched against the project. The World Bank which had earlier agreed to fund the project, refused to give loan for it raising environmental concerns. But, with or without the World Bank, we completed the massive project on our own,” he told a public rally about 55 kms from the dam site in Dabhoi town of Vadodara district. Read the story here.
Medha Patkar ends jal satyagrah as Narmada Dam opens, says struggle to continue
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and 36 others affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) in Madhya Pradesh ended their ‘jal satyagrah’ Sunday evening, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated one of the dams of the project to the nation in Gujarat. Patkar and her supporters had started jal satyagraha at Chhota Barda Ghat, about 350 km southwest of Bhopal on Friday. Although the protest ended at about 6 pm on Sunday, the NBA leaders said they would continue their agitation for proper rehabilitation of the SSP affected people. “We wish to convey that our struggle will continue. Prime Minister may want to close the chapter, but it is not, since the people of Narmada Valley have not received their full entitlement and not all is lost,” the NBA said. Read the story here.
India Gate ‘too clean’, volunteers ‘arrange’ garbage for minister Alphons to start Swachhta drive
Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam reached India Gate lawns in New Delhi on Sunday as part of the fortnight-long Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign only to find there was no garbage at the place where he was supposed to kick off the drive. To the surprise of ministry officials and volunteers, mostly college students, who frantically went about “arranging” some garbage for Kannanthanam, the newly appointed tourism minister began collecting litter, including empty water bottles, pan masala sachets, ice-cream cups and dry leaves with his hands. Read the story here.
American tourists attacked with acid in Marseille, 2 injured
A woman threw acid at four female American tourists at a train station in the French city of Marseille on Sunday, an attack police said they did not believe was terrorism-related. Two of the women, in their early twenties, were treated in hospital for burns to their faces, police said. The tourists were on their way from the southern city to Paris. One of the two women was suffering from partial loss of vision. The attacker, a woman in her 40s, was arrested at the scene. Read the story here.
Sleep less and don’t fight: Rlys cuts down nap time to check quarrels on trains
In a bid to put an end to quarrels between passengers in reserved train compartments, the railways has decided to reduce official sleeping hours by an hour. In a circular dated August 31, the railway ministry has stipulated that passengers in reserved coaches can sleep only between 10pm and 6am, while allowing other passengers to sit on the lower berths for the remaining period of time. At present, passengers are permitted to sleep between 9pm and 6am. The Railway Board has received thousands of complaints from passengers about the difficulties caused on account of “oversleeping passengers”. Read the story here.
Congress leader Manish Tewari makes abusive remarks against PM Modi, triggers row
Congress leader Manish Tewari triggered a row on Sunday after he posted a tweet using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The tweet evoked sharp reactions from the BJP and the Twitterati, who demanded an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Tewari is the second Congress leader after party general secretary Digvijaya Singh to come under fire for using foul language against Modi. Singh had recently retweeted a post which contained expletives against the Prime Minister. Read the story here.
Goa to ban drinking liquor in public places: Parrikar
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that the state will ban drinking of liquor in public places to curb the nuisance created by people in drunken state. He said necessary amendments to the excise act will be done next month. “We need to come out with the notification banning drinking of liquor in public places. The notification will be issued by October end for which we will amend the existing law,” Parrikar said at a function in Panaji. Goa has already announced ban on drinking in selected public places including beaches. Read the story here.
Kerala schools, colleges to remain shut on Monday as torrential rains hit state
At least one person was killed in heavy rains lashing Kerala since Saturday and gates of five dams in various parts of the state have been opened, officials said on Sunday. An eight-year girl died in Palakkad when she fell into a water-filled pit near her house. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said district collectors and other officials have been put on alert and directed to take necessary precautionary steps to meet any eventuality. In a Facebook post on Sunday, he also announced all educational institutes in the state, including professional colleges, will be remain shut on Monday in view of the heavy rains. Read the story here.
Indian community divided as UK caste row reaches boiling point
The Theresa May government is facing a delicate balancing act on the sensitive issue of outlawing caste-based discrimination when a public consultation ends on Monday, as rival lobbying from the 1.5 million-strong Indian community reaches a boil with high-profile interventions. The issue has implications for New Delhi, which has opposed clubbing caste with race in international fora in the past. The May government is also loathe to rile the Narendra Modi government at a time when post-Brexit Britain is focussing on enhancing trade with India. Read the story here.
India vs Australia: Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal shine as AUS slip in Chennai rain
India thrived under the pressure of playing a one-day match that turned into a Twenty20, inflicting a 26-run defeat (D/L method) on Australia to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series here on Sunday. Electing to bat, the India top order succumbed to the temptation of chasing wide deliveries before all-rounder Hardik Pandya and ‘local boy’ MS Dhoni scored fifties to guide the hosts to 281/7. A nagging drizzle however reduced Australia’s innings to 21 overs, forcing them to chase 164 for victory. The target would have been par for the course for a Twenty20 match but the visitors just couldn’t make the transition. Read the story here.
69th Emmys LIVE: Priyanka Chopra won the red carpet, can Westworld or Stranger Things win the awards?
The 69th prime-time Emmy Awards kicked off in Los Angeles with HBO science fiction western drama Westworld and NBC sketch comedy Saturday Night Live leading the pack with 22 nominations apiece. Other favourites include Hulu’s Margaret Atwood adaptation, The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This is Us, and Netflix’s breakout hits, Stranger Things and The Crown. HBO rounds up the pack with hit miniseries, The Night Of and Big Little Lies. Read the story here.