Completely rattled by the total rout suffered in Delhi Assembly polls, the Congress on Tuesday even refused to hold its daily briefing with media-persons. Instead a statement from party president Sonia Gandhi was issued which said that the party accepts “the will of the people with humility” and would “sincerely introspect the reasons behind its loss.”After being completely decimated in Delhi, Congress’ campaign in-charge Ajay Maken and Delhi’s in-charge PC Chacko resigned from their respective posts. Maken along with other 69 Congress candidates was defeated in the election. “I believe I should take responsibility and therefore resign. I was face of the Congress campaign and haven’t been able to win the seat which I contested in as well. This result has nothing to do with party leadership,” Maken told reporters. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISeveral party members (who didn’t want to be named) voiced their discontent with the way the polls were fought by the Congress under the leadership of Rahul. “It’s strange. If we win it is Rahul’s victory if we lose it is a collective loss,” said one of them. While speaking to them the growing disgruntlement amongst the Old Guard as well as Rahul’s core young team was collectively evident.Senior leader Anand Sharma said, “We need to introspect and look into what caused this debacle. There are no simplistic answers, it’s a setback but it must not discourage our cadres.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHis colleague Manish Tewari said, “This election sends the messages that the people of India wanted to punish BJP and the prime minster for their arrogance and they thought in their wisdom the instrument of choice to that is the AAP and not the Congress.” Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is too early everyone has to sit back and take stock. This was clear mandate for Kejriwal and a strong anti-Modi sentiment where Congress was rendered irrelevant.”
The official function at the Naqshband Sahib Martyrs’ graveyard was presided over by the Chief Minister but the BJP ministers did not show up, indicating strains in the BJP-PDP coalition government. A BJP spokesman said although the ministers were in Delhi for a meeting with party president Amit Shah, the function at Martyrs’ Graveyard had no relevance to their party.“The 1931 martyrs have no relevance for us as a party. If they do not respect our leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, why should we (reciprocate)!” BJP spokesman for Kashmir Khalid Jehangir said. The function was to honour martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the Dogra rule in 1931. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe said his party does not want to do “emotional politics” on such issues. “The lesser we rake up these issues, the better it will be for the state,” he said. This is for the first time in the history of the state that a ruling party, or a coalition partner, was not represented at the official function held on this day every year. Congress, which was in power for 12 years in coalition with PDP (2002-2008) and National Conference (2008-2014), WERE represented by its ministers at the official function every year. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindEven this year, JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir and several other party leaders paid homage to the martyrs. Addressing the gathering at the graveyard, Sayeed asked people to use their vote if they want to defeat the attempts made at eroding the special position of the state within the Indian Constitution. “If you want to protect your (Jammu and Kashmir’s) unique identity and special position in the Indian Constitution, use your vote. Like they say ‘a diamond cuts a diamond’,” Sayeed said. Welcoming the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia, Sayeed said peace in the region can only come through sustained and meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan. He said both India and Pakistan have to resolve their differences by talking to each other for lasting peace in the region. Sayeed, without naming BJP, hit out at attempts to erode the special status of the state. “Jammu and Kashmir has a unique status and identity. I am saying it is a treasure for us. The power of our Assembly is supreme (in the state). If Parliament passes a law, it is our (Assembly’s) choice whether to implement it or not. We have a separate Constitution. We have a state flag alongside the national tricolour. We have state subject (law),” Sayeed said to applause from the audience. Highlighting the importance of democracy, the Chief Minister said the gun will not resolve any problem as it only brought destruction. “It is the ballot by which you can change your fate. You voted in 2002 and this time (2014) you decided that (the government) will be formed here.
Teen India Earth 2018 Bhavna Jain once again made the country proud by winning ‘Miss Teen Earth Fire 2018’ – an international beauty contest which was held in Ecuador, South America.The four-day contest took the participants through activities like beach cleaning, cancer welfare charities, photo shoots and tourism promotion.The event concluded with Aruba taking home the ‘Miss Teen Earth’ title, while India, Brazil and Puerto Rico settled with the titles Miss Teen Earth – Fire, Air and Water, respectively. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia also brought home the award for Miss Teen Earth Charity, for showing care and concern towards the staff of the cancer care and welfare community.Beside this, she also bagged the 1st runner-up title for best national costume and most photogenic face. She was crowned by ‘Teen India Productions’ under the National directorship of Jasmeet Kaur at the ‘Cotton is Cool’ event by Ratan Kaul in India.Bhavna will now serve as the ‘Teenage Ambassador’ to spread awareness on global warming, solar energy, effective use of electric resources and effects of heat radiating gadgets.Daughter of Manoj Jain and Manisha Nahar Jain, who resides in Yamuna Nagar, Bhavna began her journey in beauty contests by winning ‘Miss Bihar’, earlier this year.Her international mentor for the contest was Melvyn Noronha.
As hack attacks abound, including Chipotle’s F-bomb-laden Twitter hijacking and Newsweek’s infiltration by the Cyber Caliphate, Google is now rewarding users who commit to a fortified Web.In honor of Safer Internet Day yesterday, the search giant is offering Google Drive users an additional 2 gigabytes of storage permanently if they perform a 2-minute security check before February 17.The checkup, available here, runs through five steps to verify account recovery info, recent activity and approved devices.Once completed, users will see a series of three green checkboxes, Google says, and the additional storage will be granted by Feb. 28.Related: Google Is Adding Fact-Checked Medical Info to Search Results Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read February 11, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Part of the Herefordshire-based Westons Cider, the company will link with the 2018 League Leaders’ Shield Winners to offer fans a superb choice of refreshing ciders as we head into the 2019 season.“We are really excited to be working alongside the club,” Holly Chadwick, Brand Manager for Stowford Press, said. “St.Helens R.F.C. is a well-known brand in world sport and we’re really excited to develop the partnership.“The great taste of Stowford Press and Stowford Press Mixed Berries will be available for all fans that visit the club throughout the year and we will be looking at other ways of enhancing what we’re sure will be a mutually beneficial partnership.”Based in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, Westons have a long family history of premium cider-making, when Henry Weston first established the cider mill in 1880.Dave Hutchinson, Saints General Manager, added: “We have a history of working with great partners at the Saints and our link with Stowford Press is no different.“They are an innovative company that have several exciting brands and we have no doubt they will be popular in the bars around the Totally Wicked Stadium.“We’d like to thank them for their support and we really look forward to developing the partnership further.”