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71st Republic Day celebrations: Brazil’s Prez Jair Bolsonaro arrives amid criticism, city under thick security cover

Preparations are in full swing to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day parade this Sunday at the India Gate, New Delhi. The day is celebrated with great pomp and show as a celebration of India’s diversity.

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Preparations are in full swing to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day parade this Sunday at the India Gate, New Delhi. The day is celebrated with great pomp and show as a celebration of India’s diversity.

The vibrant parade will involve different tableau representing various Indian states and their culture in a colourful way. The regiments of the Indian Defence Forces – the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy will also march to the iconic India Gate, where they will showcase their military power and strength.

The many firsts

This Republic Day celebration will be the first where the Chief of Defence staff will welcome the Prime Minister along with the Chiefs of the three defense forces – Army Chief Gen M M Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh. Former Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat on January 1 had taken charge as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

The Prime Minister will pay homage to fallen soldiers at the newly-built National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti beneath the India Gate arch. The National War Memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 25 last year.

Who is the Chief Guest?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest for this year’s Republic Day celebrations. He won the country’s presidential elections in 2018 after running on a far-right platform. Bolsonaro’s politics has been branded as “homophobic”, “misogynistic” and “radical”.

Bolsonaro, a retired army officer, entered politics in 1988 as he was elected as the city councilor in Rio de Janeiro, representing the Christian Democratic Party(CDP). He has been a vocal opponent of same sex-marriage, environmental regulations, abortion and affirmative action (particularly racial quotas).

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais),  destruction of the Amazon rain forest increased by 88% for the month of June 2019, during Bolsonaro’s first year as president. He has been criticized by environmentalists worldwide for not providing sufficient aid during the 2019 Brazil wildfire.

Walled city of Jaipur, Step-well of Patan as tableau

Sixteen states and Union Territories and Six Central Ministries will participate in the Republic Day Parade this year at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Start-up India, Jal Jeevan Mission and Financial Inclusion are some of the themes of the tableaux of Ministries and Departments.

The Walled City of Jaipur and Gujarat’s iconic step-well in Patan and the 550th Anniversary of Sikhism Founder Guru Nanak Dev will be thematically showcased among the host of tableaux in the Republic Day function.

Many tableaux were rejected this year. These states are Haryana, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Bihar and Kerala. This move has been heavily criticized by the opposition. Congress leader Abhishekh Manu Singhvi said that India’s diversity, heritage, cultural soft power and essence cannot be done justice after exclusion of these massive states, in terms of area and population.

“Daredevils” motorcycle stunt team, IAF’s new apache and much more….

This year the parade will also feature the country’s Border Security Force, the “Daredevils” motorcycle stunt team, Sikh Light Infantry, the Grenadiers, and the Parachute Regiment, which will make a comeback after a gap of four years.

The Dhanush guns, known as the ‘desi’ Bofors, will be the star attraction of the Army contingent at the parade.

Indian Air  Force’s new Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift helicopters will also be participating in a fly-by for the first time.

Highlight of this year’s celebration – Tania Shergill

Captain Tania Shergill, a fourth generation Army officer, will be the parade’s first female adjutant. Shergill, who will be leading the Corps of Signals contingent, was also the first women ever to have led a contingent on the Army Day.

Security

In light of the recent Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests, multi-layered security arrangements have been made for this year’s celebration. Officials have imposed restrictions on wearing black caps or scarves during Republic Day celebrations.

25,000 police personnel have been deployed to keep a watch on the route from Rajpath to the Red Fort.

More than 150 CCTV cameras have been installed in areas covering Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Yamuna Khadar.

Metro operations will also be affected as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) issued a statement saying that the gates of Central Secretariat & Udyog Bhawan remain closed up to 12:00 pm, Lok Kalyan Marg & Patel Chowk shall be closed from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm on 26 January.

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DGCA fines Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at Bengaluru airport

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday fined Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at the Bengaluru airport earlier this month and violating the rules.

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi. Reports said a total of airbuses were sent to pick up the passengers for the aircraft. While the first two buses went ahead, the other two were left behind.

Following the incident, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to the responsible manager of the airlines and directed them to take enforcement actions against Go First for the dereliction of their regulatory obligations.

Replying to the DGCA, the airline released a statement saying the airline had launched an inquiry into the matter assuring it is being investigated. The airlines also offered a free ticket for travel on any domestic route to all the affected passengers.

A senior DCGA official reacted to the reply and said the airline failed to provide adequate ground arrangement handling, flight dispatch and passenger and cargo handling, and preparation of load and trim sheet.

DGCA further enforced action and penalised Rs 10 lakh for violation of CAR Sections 3, Series C, Part II of the Air Transport Circular 02 of 2019, reports said.

Sharing her inconvenience through a tweet, an affected passenger called it her most horrifying experience with Go First airlines. She shared her ordeals on Twitter and called the incident the heights of negligence.

Watch the video of the incident here:

Earlier a similar incident took place wherein Singapore-bound Scoot Airlines left behind more than 30 passengers at the Amritsar Airport. The DGCA sought a report of the incident and also slammed the airlines.

In a reply to DGCA, the airlines informed that the passengers were updated about the rescheduling of the flight, however, their travel agents failed to convey them. The airlines also offered free tickets to all the affected passengers.

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Who is Suhani Shah? Everything you need to know about the internet sensation

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven.

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If you are an avid social media user, you might have come across the name, Suhani Shah. The 32-year-old is hogging headlines for her ability to read people’s minds. Prime Time news channels couldn’t stop covering her and tagging her as a Jadu Pari or a magician.

Shah came into the limelight amid the Bageshwar Dham row. The mentalist ripped off the 26-year-old Dham Trust chief Dhirendra Shastri’s false claims about magic and divine power.

Who is Suhani Shah?

Shah is not just a mentalist but also a social media sensation. She has a verified Instagram account with 1.2 million followers and her bio reads ‘Mentalist.’

Apart from being the cover story of magazines like Be Attractive, L’utopia, Fashion Herald, and others, she has collaborated with several Bollywood stars like Kareen Kapoor Khan, Rajkummar Rao, Boman Irani, and others.

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven. An illusionist, a clinical hypnotherapist, an author, a corporate trainer, and a mentalist, she has been honoured with several awards and the title Jadoo Pari by the All India Magic Association.

Shah also owns a YouTube channel where she keeps uploading videos on mentalism, magic, vlogs, and others. Other than her social media appearance, she also runs a web shoe That’s My Job wherein she invites guests. Public figures like Zakir Khan, Triggered Insaan, Munawar Faruqui, Tanmay Bhat, Samay Raina, Nischay Malhan, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and several others have been a part of her web show.

Born in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Shah discontinued school in Class 2 to pursue her passion for magic. As she started her career at the age of seven and toured across the world, she was home-schooled.

In 1997, she performed on the stage for the first time at Thakorbhai Desai Hall in Ahmedabad and up until now has done over 5,000 shows in and across India.

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Madhya Pradesh: Four men creep into coal mine to rob scrap iron, die of asphyxiation

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Four men, who crept into a coal mine to allegedly steal scrap iron from the place, died of asphyxiation inside in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, reports said.

According to reports, the now-deceased men broke into a closed coal mine in Kalri under Dhanpuri police station to rob scrap iron by stripping junked machines, while one of their partners stood outside to stand guard.

However, the man standing guard became anxious when his gang members didn’t return for a long time and there was silence from inside. The man fled the spot and fearing the worst, returned back and informed his friends and family of the incident.

Reports said police got wind of the incident, and sent a rescue team inside the mine who managed to pull out the bodies of the four thieves.

Police said that four men were already when the rescue team found them inside the mine.

The deceased have been identified as Raj Mahto, Hazari Koul, Rahul Koul and Kapil Vishwakarma, police said, adding that they suspect the men died due leakage of methane gas inside the coal mine.

The mine had been shut since 2018 and the four men had reportedly dug a tunnel to get inside the coal mine.

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