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Biplab Deb delivers yet another gem: Buddha walked on foot across India, Tibet, Japan etc

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Biplab Deb delivers yet another gem: Buddha walked on foot across India, Tibet, Japan etc

Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb has displayed a knack to make news, with his capacity for being unerringly incorrect.

On Monday, April 30, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, he did it once again. Speaking about Buddha’s life and preachings, he said: “We are celebrating Buddha Jayanti here. Gautam Buddha preached the message of peace, unity and solidarity, walking on foot across India, Burma, Japan, Tibet and other countries.”

Fortunately, the rest of what he said was unobjectionable: “India is a land where a king becomes a monk and preaches peace across the world. It speaks about the great Indian tradition and culture. I respect that tradition. I pray that everyone can live together in peace, harmony and embrace the lessons of Gautam Buddha,” Deb said.

While Buddha’s message did reach the Far East, it was much after the time of Buddha and was taken to these far off lands by his followers.

“Buddha didn’t travel to either of these countries during his lifetime. Buddhism spread to these places much later through other people,” said Subhas Ranjan Chakraborty, a former professor of history at the erstwhile Presidency College in Calcutta, reported The Telegraph (TT).

Tripura additional secretary Milind Ramteke, sought to set matters right. According to him, reported TT, the chief minister had said, “Lord Buddha gave his message of peace and prosperity on foot in the then Bharat Varsha which (message of peace and prosperity) has reached today’s Burma, Japan, Tibet.”

Be that as it may, Deb has, in the brief time since he was sworn in as Tripura CM on March 9, put Tripura on the world map and people who had not heard of this north-eastern state of India were forced to look it up on the atlas.

This started with his first bombshell of a ‘revelation’ that the Internet and sophisticated satellite communication system existed in the days of Mahabharata and Sanjay had used these technological means to narrate to Dhritarashtra ‘live’ the entire details of Mahabharata war as it happened.

While this made international headlines by itself, he followed it up with a comment that the 1997 Miss World, Diana Hayden, was not worthy of being crowned a beauty queen. Although Deb later regretted the comment on Hayden, he had already made a reputation.

He has lived up to it. Effortlessly.

He went on to claim that civil engineers should join the civil services but not mechanical engineers because civil engineers would be better suited for the job of a civil servant.

He followed it up with his advice to unemployed youths to open ‘paan’ shops or earn money by milking cows and rearing pigs and poultry instead of running after government jobs or depending on government for providing jobs or creating employment opportunities.

There were reports that the BJP central leadership had got rattled by his salvos and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had summoned him to Delhi.

However, additional secretary Ramteke said on Monday that Deb’s meeting in New Delhi on May 2 was a “pre-scheduled” one. “The trip has yet to be finalised,” he said.

Deb, whom PM Modi has presented as the “heera” (diamond) that Tripura should replace its former chief minister Manik (gem) Sarkar with, is not the only one. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, on Sunday likened mythological character Narada with Google saying the sage knew everything that was happening in the world.

“Narada had information of the whole world and can be compared with Google in today’s time. However, he only shared the information which was beneficial, and not harmful, to mankind,” Rupani said, according to media reports.

But the lead was taken earlier by PM Modi himself, when he talked about advanced plastic surgery and organ transplant being practised in ancient India and cited the example of Lord Ganesha. Besides, his gaffes relating to history and geography have been numerous – such as repeated mistake in name of the Father of the Nation whom he called ‘Mohanlal’ Karamchand Gandhi, locating Taxila in Bihar, crediting Bihar with defeating and sending back Alexander, blaming India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru for not going for Sardar Patel’s funeral (which Modi claimed he was misquoted and the daily that reported it withdrew the quote and issued an apology, though Ravi Shankar Prasad repeated it two days later), blaming Nehru for the partition of India and Pakistan, saying, “all of Kashmir would have been India’s if Patel had been allowed to become the first prime minister” (it absolved the two-nation theory campaigners Muslim League and Hindu Mahasabha of all responsibility and Patel was actually ready to give Kashmir to Pakistan).

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Enforcement Directorate says Arvind Kejriwal is deliberately eating mangoes, sweets, taking sugar with tea to increase his blood sugar level and create ground for bail

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

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The Enforcement Directorate told the court on Thursday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, arrested in liquor policy case, is taking high sugar intake like mangoes and sweets every day deliberately in spite of suffering from type 2 diabetes so that he can create grounds for medical bail. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made the claim before special judge for ED and CBI cases, Kaveri Baweja, who gave directions to the Tihar jail authorities to file a report in the matter which should also include Kejriwal’s diet chart.

Kejriwal had moved court and also sought permission to consult his regular doctor via video conference because his sugar levels were fluctuating. The judge directed the authorities concerned to file the report by tomorrow, when the court will take up the matter again.

 Advocate Vivek Jain, counsel for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal responded to the ED’s argument and said this is an issue made by Enforcement Directorate so that home-cooked food should also be stopped. He said this would have a major impact on his health. Advocate Jain added that whatever Kejriwal is eating is as per his doctors prescribed dietary chart. He said the matter is sub judice and they do not have anything to say.

Advocate Vivek Jain objected to the Enforcement Directorate’s submission and said that the agency is making these allegations only for the media. He said that some toffee and other things are given to diabetic patients so that they can maintain their sugar levels. Jain added that Kejriwal is withdrawing his application and will file a better one later.

AAP minister Atishi Marlena said that Arvind Kejriwal had fallen ill and lost about 4.5 kg since his arrest on March 21. She addressed a press conference where the AAP leader said, Arvind Kejriwal is a severe diabetes patient but he never lets his health issue come as the way of his in the service to the nation.

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Enforcement Directorate seizes Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97 crore

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday seized businessman Raj Kundra’s properties worth Rs 97.79 crore. The siezed properties include a residential flat in Mumbai’s Juhu, which is named after his wife and Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty.  The Enforcement Directorate said the seized properties include another property which is a residential bungalow in Pune and Equity shares in the name of Raj Kundra.

The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the Mumbai zonal office of ED has provisionally attached immovable and movable properties of Kundra under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. The Enforcement Directorate began the investigation on the basis of a number of FIRs which were registered by Delhi Police and Maharashtra Police. It is being said that Kundra collected large sums of money in the form of bitcoins which were worth Rs 6,600 crore in 2017 from the public with the false promises of 10 % monthly return in the form of bitcoins.

The ED said that it was planned that the collected bitcoins will be used for bitcoin mining and investors will get to get a large return in Crypto assets. But the promoters cheated the investors as they concealed the ill-gotten bitcoins in obscure online wallets. The Enforcement Directorate revealed in its investigation that Raj Kundra received 285 bitcoins from the mastermind and promoter of Gain Bitcoin Ponzi Scam Amit Bhardwaj for setting up bitcoin mining farm in Ukraine.

The Enforcement Directorate in its statement said that the bitcoins were sourced out of proceeds of crime collected by Amit Bhardwaj from gullible investors. Since the deal did not go through, so Kundra is still in possession and enjoyment of 285 bitcoins which are valued at more than Rs 150 crore. Earlier a number of search operations were conducted in connection with this case, leading to the arrest of three people — Simpy Bhardwaj on December 17, 2023, Nitin Gaur on December 29, 2023, and Nikhil Mahajan on January 16, 2023.

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Religious outfit vandalises The Blessed Mother Teresa High School in Telangana after teachers object to students wearing Hanuman Deeksha dress

The Religious group broke glass windows and flower pots and pelted stones on the statue of St. Mother Teresa at the school’s entrance. The religious outfit also attacked Father Jaimon Joseph, the school manager.

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A religious group shouting Jai Shri Ram has vandalised a Catholic school and assaulted a priest in Telangana’s Mancherial district on Tuesday. The saffron mob staged protest and vandalised The Blessed Mother Teresa High School in Kannepally village. They broke glass windows and flower pots and pelted stones on the statue of St. Mother Teresa at the school’s entrance. The religious outfit also attacked Father Jaimon Joseph, the school manager.

The priest who is a member of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) said some of members of the mob even slapped and threw punches at him while others attacked him from behind. The religious outfit accused the school management of not allowing Hindu students to wear their religious costumes. The school authorities said the allegation made by the mob is misleading and has no truth in it.

Earlier, the students who wore religious costumes had informed the school principal that it was part of a 21-day special religious practice. The principal said he had only asked the students to bring their parents to school after noticing that they are not wearing the school uniform.

Later, members of the religious outfit started protesting outside the school. They demanded action should be taken against the management for stopping the students from entering the school and appearing for their annual examinations as they were wearing the Hanuman deeksha dress.

The priest said soon after the video started circulating on social media and became viral with hate messages against Christians. After this incident many Hindus reached the school and vandalized it. A complaint has been lodged at the local police station by the school management, but no arrests have been made so far. Instead of taking action against the miscreants, the police have filed a case against the school management for hurting religious sentiments of the local people.

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