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Cong in MP fields Dheeransha Invati against BJP's Kamlesh Shah for Amarwara bypoll

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Cong in MP fields Dheeransha Invati against BJP's Kamlesh Shah for Amarwara bypoll

Bhopal, June 20 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday named Dheeransha Invati as its candidate for the July 10 bypoll to the Amarwara Assembly seat in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.

Invati, a debutant, will take on three-time former Congress MLA and BJP candidate Kamlesh Shah.

Kamlesh Shah switched to the BJP from Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, and also quit as Congress legislator, necessitating the bypoll. He had won Amarwara seat on Congress ticket in November 2023 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls.

Invati will file his nomination on Thursday accompanied by Madhya Pradesh unit Congress head Jitu Patwari and former chief minister Kamal Nath.

“I appeal to the people of Amarwara and Congress workers to give their full support and blessings to the Congress candidate,” Kamal Nath made an appeal through a social media post on Wednesday.

BJP nominee Kamlesh Shah already filed his nomination papers in presence of Chief Minister Mohan Yadav and state unit BJP chief V.D. Sharma on Tuesday.

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27 Jharkhand labourers stranded in Cameroon return home safely

Ranchi, July 22 (IANS) Twenty-seven labourers from Jharkhand, who were stranded in Cameroon, have returned safely to their home state.

The labourers from Giridih, Hazaribag, and Bokaro districts were working on a construction project in Cameroon since March 29, but were not paid their wages and were forced to work against their will.

After a video message from the labourers seeking intervention from the Jharkhand and Central governments, the state Labour Department wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs, which intervened to resolve the issue.

The company paid the pending wages to the labourers and allowed them to return home.

The labourers arrived in Mumbai on Sunday night and returned to their respective homes on Monday. They also expressed gratitude to the Central and state governments for their safe return and payment of pending wages.

The labourers who returned home include Shukra Mahto, Ramesh Mahto, Vijay Kumar Mahto, Daulat Kumar Mahto, Teklal Mahto, Chhatradhari Mahto, Bhikhan Mahto, Chintamani Mahto, Mohan Mahto, Deglal Mahto, Govind Mahto, Churaman Mahto, Jagdish Mahto, Murari Mahto, Lakhiram, Pusan Mahto, Kamlesh Kumar Mahto, Mahesh Kumar Mahto, Damodar Mahto, Mukund Kumar Nayak, Parmeshwar Mahto, Anu Mahto, Dhaneshwar Mahto, and Shital Mahto.

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PM should make CMs aware of 'raj dharma', says Cong after SC stays 'nameplate' orders

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PM should make CMs aware of 'raj dharma', says Cong after SC stays 'nameplate' orders

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Congress party on Monday welcomed the Supreme Court’s interim stay on the ‘nameplate’ display order along the Kanwar Yatra route in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and said that the Apex Court has rightly halted the ‘communal’ agenda of BJP-led governments.

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera, in a video message, said, “We are very happy that the SC has given such a strong order and I hope that the Prime Minister makes his Chief Ministers aware of their Raj Dharma.”

“We welcome the stay given by SC on the unconstitutional and illegal orders by Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and MP, where they asked eatery owners to display nameplates outside their shops,” he further stated.

The Supreme Court, hearing a batch of petitions on the ‘eatery name display’ directives by the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments, stayed the orders, till further hearing. The Apex court also issued notices to UP, Uttarakhand and MP governments and fixed July 26 as the next date of hearing.

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The SC observed that the directives by state governments are contrary to constitutional and legal norms as prevalent in the country.

The halt to the ‘eateries name display’ order in BJP-ruled states triggered reactions from many parties. Most of the Opposition parties had decried these orders, issued a week ago and called it ‘biased, lopsided and driven by malice’.

Pawan Khera also appealed to the PM in his video message and asked him to ensure that his Chief Ministers don’t indulge in passing such unconstitutional orders.

KC Tyagi, JD (U) spokesperson, told newsmen that he welcomes the SC order as “such decisions create division and rift in the society.” He however added that there should be a ban on shops selling non-vegetarian food on the Kanwar Yatra route.”

Imran Pratapgarhi, Congress MP, said that the Supreme Court’s stay on the UP government’s directive sends out a clear message that the country will be run as per laws laid in the Constitution and not on the basis of the state governments’ diktats.

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“BJP governments are unnerved over Rahul’s Mohabbat ki dukaan and hence are resorting to such tactics for dividing the communities on sectarian lines,” he further said.

Notably, the controversy broke out after Muzaffarnagar Police asked the owners of dhabas, eateries, and food outlets to display the names of their owners and staff members outside their shops to avoid ‘confusion’ for the Kanwar Yatris, along the Yatra route. This was later extended all across the state and also in adjoining states Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.

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Maratha community students can now submit caste validity certificates within 6 months

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Amid the fresh agitation launched by the pro-Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday announced that the students, especially from the Maratha community, can submit the caste validity certificates within six months.

The Chief Minister said that the students admitted to various educational institutions for engineering, medical and professional courses for the academic year 2024-25 can now submit the caste validity certificates within six months from the date of application.

The Chief Minister’s Office in a release said that the students from the Maratha community would not face any problems in getting the caste validity certificates, especially amid the ongoing legal battle over the implementation of 10 per cent reservation cleared by the MahaYuti government through an enactment.

“They can now submit in six months since the application for the caste validity certificate was made,” the Chief Minister’s office said.

The government’s decision is important as the caste validity certificate is required for admission to vocational education courses. After the results of the 10th and 12th classes, numerous applications are being made seeking caste validity certificates.

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In addition, the state government has taken steps to issue Kunbi caste certificates to the Maratha community with Kunbi records.

Maratha community students have been applying for caste validity certificates. However, the admission process was hampered due to the delays in the submission of caste validity certificates due to various procedural problems.

With Mondya’s decision, the students from the Maratha community in particular can submit the caste validity certificates within the next six months from the date of application if admission is done under the Maratha quota.

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IANS Bookshelf: From Gongbi to Confucius, this author keeps alive a tradition

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Drawing from traditional ancient Chinese philosophies, Regina Linke, a Taiwanese-American artist specialising in gongbi style painting, tells (and depicts) the parable of ‘The Oxherd Boy’ (Penguin), who seeks to find joy in the mundane.

Gongbi is an ancient form of brush painting that illustrates narrative subjects in intricate and colourful detail. Although naturally drawn to this art form, Regina did not dive into it headfirst until her teacher’s remark when she was young: “You’ll never be a great gongbi artist.”

Regina shared with IANS her train of thoughts and what sailed her through this apparent discouragement to make a mark in this tradition of fine art “that was already brimming with incredibly talented and persistent painters.”

“What pulled me through this challenge was exploring and trying to understand why my teacher felt this way. When I looked more closely, I realised that becoming a ‘great gongbi artist’ wasn’t my purpose at all,” she said.

“I didn’t want to spend every waking hour perfecting my linework or dedicate years to a handful of works to be enjoyed by few collectors. I would rather make many simple, charming works for everyday people to enjoy,” she explained.

“I’m not a great gongbi artist, but I am a creator that applies gongbi style illustration in a new way, and I’m very happy with that,” she made the admission.

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However, when Regina’s teacher encouraged her to forge her own path with her background in Western composition and perspective, she knew that it was good advice.

“Culture is a funny thing. It’s very difficult to notice your own culture unless you get a chance to compare it with another, and explore a different way of being,” said Regina, who was born and grew up in the US to Taiwanese immigrants.

“So while I was raised with cultural Chinese values, I saw the world through a fairly American lens. I became very aware of this aspect of myself after I moved to Taiwan as a mom to a young son. I felt myself compelled to reflect on what I could teach him, and choose what traditions from which culture to pass on.”

Sharing about how she got a hold on the cultural nuances that prompted her to come up with a work like ‘The Oxherd Boy’, she chose to instil in her five-year-old son values from the three major teachings of traditional Chinese scholarship—Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism—through a little boy and his animal friends, “in a way that felt more approachable and applicable in the kind of world that my son is growing up in now.”

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Regina’s maiden work certainly has had a bearing on her journey of parenthood.

“My son became very curious and also concerned about death when he was four,” she said, recounting an incident: “We were on a road trip through a very beautiful part of Taiwan, and he was sitting next to me, crying as he realised that some day, the people he knows and loves would no longer exist. No one ever warned me about little children having existential crises!”

While Regina has been familiar with various explanations and beliefs about the afterlife, she does not believe in any one of them very strongly.

“You could say that my parents encouraged the Confucian perspective that I would do better to try to live a life of goodness than worry about death. But that wouldn’t have helped my son at the time. So, I introduced him to the Buddhist teaching that life and death are one, that when conditions are just so, we experience life, and when conditions no longer support life, we experience death.”

She explained further: “If life is a wave coursing across the surface of the sea, death is simply the wave falling back into the ocean. This became a chat between the ox and the oxherd boy in the book, and remains the most relevant explanation that my son relies on today when he thinks of death and reincarnation. He might come to a different conclusion someday, and that’s alright.”

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Such moments have been significant for Regina as they “have challenged me to reflect on my own understanding of the world. It’s one of the humbling parts about being a parent for me, realising that I don’t have all the answers, but I can explore the questions with him.”

‘The Oxherd Boy’ became the book Regina needed to create for herself. It was and continues to be an exercise of self-inquiry as “I unlearn and learn anew the things that I understand to be true,” she revealed.

Replete with quotable thoughts, a conversation in the book goes as such:

“It makes me sad when others don’t get their happily ever after,” the Rabbit grumbled; the oxherd boy said: “Maybe their happily ever after is the chance to begin again.”

With ‘The Oxherd Boy’ Regina Linke conveys the message that “life can be both honest and joyful through the daily work of love.”

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Gopalganj police arrest two shooters of Lawrence Bishnoi gang

Patna, July 22 (IANS) Gopalganj police arrested two shooters of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, confirmed an official on Monday.

The sharp shooters, identified as Kamal Rawat and Shantanu Shivam, are residents of Rajasthan.

They were apprehended during a vehicle checking drive at the Bihar-Uttar Pradesh Balthari border on Sunday.

The SHO of Kuchaikote police station confirmed the arrests and stated that the police team recovered four pistols of Austrian make from them.

This incident highlights the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat organised crime in the region.

“We have interrogated these two shooters, and they confessed to their involvement in murders in Rajasthan. They have also revealed the names of some of their handlers in Rajasthan. On the direction of the District SP, a police team has been sent there for their arrest,” said the SHO.

The officer mentioned that the accused were close to the top bosses of the Lawrence Bishnoi-Goldi Brar gang.

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During interrogation, they confessed that they had specific targets in Muzaffarpur and Motihari and had plans to execute there.

The police are currently interrogating them further and will produce them in the District Court for remand.

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