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CSIR scientist in trouble for uploading photos of Jagannath Temple interiors on Facebook



CSIR scientist in trouble for uploading photos of Jagannath Temple interiors on Facebook

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Devotees are prohibited by law from clicking pictures inside the shrine; judicial commission on reforms for the temple has sought a report on the incident

A scientist associated with an affiliate-institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has landed himself in trouble by uploading on Facebook photographs of the interiors of Puri’s famous Jagannath Temple in Odisha that he had clicked over a year ago.

Photography inside the world-renowned shrine is prohibited under Section 30A (4C) of the Jagannath Temple Act, 1953 and is punishable with imprisonment of up to two months or a fine of Rs 1000.

Sadanand Sharma, a scientist associated with the CSIR-affiliate Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), along with some experts from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), had in September last year carried out an inspection inside the Jagannath Temple’s sanctum sanctorum. It is believed that he had clicked the photographs then but only shared them on his Facebook account now, a year after his visit to the famous shrine.

Sharma’s action seems to have irked temple authorities as well as Justice (retired) BP Das who heads a commission of inquiry for the need for reforms in the Jagannath Temple. Justice Das has reportedly sought a report from Odisha’s law minister, the Jagannath temple administration, Puri district collector and the district superintendent of police within 10 days. The temple reforms panel chief wants to know on how Sharma was allowed to carry his camera or mobile phone inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and click photographs of the interiors when such activities are prohibited under law.

Justice Das told mediapersons in Bhubaneshwar that Sharma’s act was a “breach of security” and confirmed that he had sought a report on the incident from the authorities concerned. “They have been asked to find out the circumstances leading to circulation of the photos in social media,” he said.

Meanwhile, the scientist has tendered an apology to the temple’s chief administrator and senior IAS officer Pradeep Jena.

Jena informed the media that Sharma had been part of a team that had inspected the temple to study its structural stability and that “he had clicked the photos on his mobile phone”. The official added: “Sharma has sent an e-mail to me tendering an apology.”

Quoting from the apology letter tendered by Sharma to the authorities concerned, a temple administration official told mediapersons: “I was unaware of the sensitivity of the matter. I was associated with the temple project and had gone there to improve the temple’s condition. I had no ill intention and I sincerely apologise to all my friends, temple administration and local people.”

Although no official complaint has been lodged against the scientist so far for his action, Puri’s superintendent of police, Sarthak Sarangi explained: “Whenever people are caught with cameras and cell phones (inside the Jagannath temple), temple officials usually seized those articles, delete the photos and slap a fine on violators.” Sarangi said that if there is an official complaint filed against Sharma with the police, necessary action will be taken in accordance with the law governing the function of the temple.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Election Commission advises Bengal Governor to not visit Cooch Behar on voting day

The Election Commission advised the Bengal Governor to call off his proposed visit to Cooch Behar on April 19.



West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose has been warned by the Election Commission of India (ECI) not to visit Cooch Behar on April 18 and 19, since the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls will begin with a silence period on Wednesday evening.

According to those familiar with the situation in the EC, the poll body informed the governor’s office that no local program could be planned for the governor on April 19 due to the Model Code of Conduct and the election day.

The poll body added that if they had to provide local security cover for this unexpected proposed visit without a imminently known requirement, the tour would be a diversion because the district administration and police force will be completely occupied with election management on April 18 and 19.

As a result, under Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, campaigning is prohibited in Cooch Behar starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

In order to ensure a free and fair election process, the poll board has asked all district election officers and district police chiefs to make sure that all prominent individuals, campaigners, and political workers who are not local voters leave the polling area once the silence period begins.

The seven phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will take place between April to June. Polls will be conducted in seven phases: the first on April 19 and the seventh on June 1. On June 4, the results will be announced.

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Lamborghini Gallardo worth nearly Rs 1 crore set on fire over business dispute

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner.



A person who deals in the sale and purchase of old luxury cars and a few others has allegedly burnt an old but expensive model of Lamborghini Gallardo on a road in Hyderabad over a dispute with its owner on Monday. The police said the owner of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Neeraj wanted to sell off the vehicle, estimated to be worth up to Rs 1 crore, and had informed some of his friends to look for a buyer.

The police added that the main accused Ahmed had called a friend of Neeraj and asked him to bring the car. The said friend of Neeraj was known to the Ahmed. When the luxury car was brought to Mamidipalli Road which is situated on the city outskirts Ahmed along with a few others, burnt the luxury car using petrol and claimed that Neeraj owed him money.

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner. By the time fire department vehicles arrived at the scene it was too late as the luxury car was engulfed in flames and badly damaged. A video of the burning Lamborghini Gallardo has been circulating on social media.

The incident is a proof to the lengths to which disputes can rise. An expert spoke about the car that got burnt and said it was the Gallardo Spyder. He pointed out that it is a substantially older gen model which can only be found in the resale market. The expert further added the car has a powerful 5-litre NA V10 engine that made 513 horse power and 510 Nm of peak torque.

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2024 Lok Sabha elections: TMC releases manifesto, Mamata Banerjee vows to scrap CAA, stop NRC

The Trinamool Congress has today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections



West Bengal CM Mamta Banarjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) today released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In its manifesto, the TMC pledged to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), stop the development of a National Register of citizens and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), and stop its implementation nationwide.

The manifesto was unveiled by Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, and Amit Mitra, who is the Special Advisor to the Chief Minister. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was not present at the event.

As Derek O’Brien unveiled the manifesto, he said, this is what they will do when the TMC, as part of INDIA bloc, forms government.

The Citizenship Amendment Act has long been opposed by the Trinamool Congress. Five years after it was approved by Parliament, the central government finally put the CAA into effect last month.

The party led by Mamata Banerjee has also expressed resistance to the National Register of Citizens proposal, claiming that West Bengal will never adopt it. 

The manifesto titled Didi’s 10 sapaths, alludes to 10 oaths made by Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi.

The Mamata Banerjee-led party additionally pledges to raise the daily allowance under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to Rs 400 per day in addition to the UCC and CAA. Everyone has also been offered pucca houses by the party.

A monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for people over 60, free home delivery of 5 kg of ration for every ration card user, 10 free LPG cylinders annually for families below the poverty line, and universal healthcare coverage worth Rs 10 lakh are among the other significant commitments made.

Additionally, the Trinamool Congress has pledged to establish a price stabilization fund in order to control the cost of gasoline and LPG.

The party has assured the youth that every student will receive a monthly stipend up until the age of 25. A student credit card of Rs. 10 lakh will be awarded to those who choose to continue their education.

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