Tripura minister slammed for extending I-Day greetings on R-Day
What’s in a day? That which has the Tricolour being hoisted, by any other name should seem just as patriotic.
Tripura minister Bijita Nath probably believes in Shakespeare’s line of thinking. Or, maybe she just made a mistake.
Nath extended the warmest of Independence Day greetings to the nation on Tuesday, much to the amusement of those gathered to hear her speak at Dharmanagar’s BBI ground. “I extend my warm greetings to the people on the 67th Independence Day. We should recall the contribution of the great national heroes,” the minister read out from her written script.
Then, to reinforce her mistake, she repeated Independence Day a few more times.
But Birajit Sinha, head of the Congress’ Tripura unit, didn’t seem amused. He, instead, accused the Left Front government of picking a minister who wasn’t properly educated. “A minister should have a basic knowledge of India’s constitution. I recall how she once invoked Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary at Kailasahar. I can’t even find the words to criticise her,” he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb also took on Nath, stating that she did not have the right to have heavyweight departments like ‘social welfare and social education’ and ‘science and technology’ in her portfolio if she did not know the difference between Republic Day and Independence Day. “She must issue a public apology for her mistake,” said Deb.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Those entering India can be granted refugee status, but they will be deported if the government decides against it
- The 50-odd pages document, anchored by the national security adviser’s office, is now awaiting the approval from the Prime Minister’s office before it is released.
- Delhi, which gave shots to 1,679 people per million population in the second phase till Wednesday night, was in the second spot, while Odisha (1,283 doses per million) was third.
- The scenes that caused offence have since been deleted, and the makers as well as the OTT company have apologised.
- The medical fitness team of the Army tested close to 615 women SSC officers entitled for permanent commission, following the apex court judgment, on five counts: psychiatry, height, appendage (bone structure), physical and eye and ear.
- The EOL report has calculated its overall scores on the basis of four parameters: quality of life, economic ability, sustainability and citizen perception.
- Bengaluru, India’s technology capital, is an economic powerhouse on account of the presence of some of the world’s largest corporations.
- K Surendran, the state BJP president who made the original announcement claimed he was quoted out of context.
- The biosphere reserve spread over an area of 5569 sq km contributes 38% of the total protected area network in Odisha. It is also one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country having the largest zone of Sal trees.
- For the first time, junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and jawans are taking part in the top conference, as reported by Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
- According to the IMD's forecast, Friday and Saturday may see higher daytime temperatures that could rise to 39 degrees Celsius.
- A police officer said that the complainant's status as witness in the case of alleged sexual exploitation against former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is also unclear.