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Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal questions Home Minister Amit Shah on the killing of people in police custody in UP, Twitter divided

The questions came just a day after gangster politician Mukhtar Ansari’s right hand, Sanjeev Maheshwari, alias Jeeva, was shot dead in a Lucknow court.

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Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal questions Home Minister Amit Shah on the killing of people in police custody in UP, Twitter divided

Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP and senior advocate Kapil Sibal today, questioned Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the killings of people in police custody in Uttar Pradesh between 2017-2022.

The questions came just a day after gangster politician Mukhtar Ansari’s right hand, Sanjeev Maheshwari, alias Jeeva, was shot dead in a Lucknow court. A 2-year-old girl and a policeman were injured in the incident.

In a tweet, Sibal wrote, he failed to understand how 41 people were killed in police custody in UP in the five-year span of 2017-2022. He also added Jiva was shot dead in Lucknow on Wednesday. Dreaded gangster Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were also killed in police custody and the list ended at 41 nos.

Sibal asked Shah whether he’s worried about the killings.

In Wednesday’s incident, the accused Vijay Yadav was immediately caught after he shot Jeeva inside the Lucknow court complex in front of the Judge. According to eyewitnesses, the accused came dressed as a lawyer and fired six rounds.

The incident took place just two months after. Gangster-turned-politician Atiq and Ashraf were shot dead inside the hospital complex, while they were being taken for medical examination in Prayagraj in police custody. Opposition parties have hit out at the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government and Centre over Wednesday’s incident.

Twitter users said it was pure hypocrisy of the government. Another user said, Sibal supported gangsters and the mafia. While some said, there was a failure in the law and order situation in UP and hence the Central government and the UP government should look into the matter seriously.

Another user said the opposition had taken all for granted. She added, when the system fails, nature delivers. Another user said these 41 people were criminals. Some refuting Sibal’s tweet said the justice system needs overhauling as cases were being prolonged for decades.    

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PM Modi hails Chennai space start-up for rocket milestone on 5th launch

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also congratulated Agnikul Cosmos for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad.

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PM Modi hails Chennai space start-up for rocket milestone on 5th launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai based private space start-up, for achieving a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey. The space start-up successfully launched its rocket named Agnibaan SOrTeD (Suborbital Tech Demonstrator) on its fifth attempt, marking a historic moment in the nation’s space endeavors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X, formerly Twitter to congratulate Agnikul Cosmos on this milestone. He hailed that the rocket launch is a remarkable feat which will make the entire nation proud. He added that the successful launch of Agnibaan rocket powered by world’s first single-piece 3D printed semi-cryogenic engine is a momentous occasion for India’s space sector and a testament to the remarkable ingenuity of country’s Yuva Shakti. 

The Prime Minister also extended wishes to the private space start-up team for their future endeavours. The test-firing of Agnibaan SOrTeD took place at 7:15 am, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed the success of the launch. Reportedly, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath confirmed the accomplishment and emphasized the significance of this achievement for the Indian space industry.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also congratulated Agnikul Cosmos for the successful launch of the Agnibaan SoRTed-01 mission from their launch pad. The Space Organisation said that this is a major milestone, as the first-ever controlled flight of a semi-cryogenic liquid engine realized through additive manufacturing.

Reportedly, incubated at IIT-Madras, this was the first test flight for the start-up, founded in 2017 by two young aerospace engineers with a dream to create a place where people learn to use fire. The rocket, which weighs 575 kg and is 6.2-metre long, lifted off from Sriharikota plunging into the Bay of Bengal.

Furthermore, the Agnibaan SOrTeD is powered by a semi-cryogenic engine that uses commercially available aviation turbine fuel, essentially kerosene and medical grade liquid oxygen, said Moin SPM, co-founder of Agnikul Cosmos Private Limited.

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Manmohan Singh accuses PM Modi of using hateful language, urges voters to protect democracy and Constitution from despotic regime

Manmohan Singh appealed to the voters that they have 1 final chance to ensure that democracy and India’s Constitution are protected from the repeated assaults of a despotic regime, trying to unleash dictatorship in India.

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Manmohan Singh accuses PM Modi of using hateful language, urges voters to protect democracy and constitution from despotic regime

Former PM Manmohan Singh on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using hateful, unparliamentary language to target either a specific section of society or opposition.  He wrote a letter to Punjab’s voters ahead of the 7th phase of Lok Sabha elections on June 1.

Singh appealed to the voters that they have 1 final chance to ensure that democracy and India’s Constitution are protected from the repeated assaults of a despotic regime, trying to unleash dictatorship in India. Manmohan Singh said the prime minister indulged in the most vicious form of hate speeches. He said PM Modi has lowered the dignity of public discourse.

Singh said he has been closely monitoring the political discourse during this year’s election campaign and PM Modi has indulged in the most vicious form of hate speeches, which are purely divisive in nature. He said PM Modi is the first PM to lower the dignity of public discourse, and thereby the gravity of the office of the prime minister.

The senior Congress leader said no prime minister in the past has uttered such hateful, unparliamentary and coarse terms, meant to target either a specific section of the society or the opposition. He has also attributed some false statements to him. Singh further added that he had never in his life singled out one community from the other and this is the sole copyright of the BJP.

PM Modi had accused Manmohan Singh of saying that Muslims have the first right on the country’s resources. The former PM also criticised the saffron party for imposing the Agniveer Scheme on the armed forces, labeling it as ill-conceived. He accused the BJP of undermining patriotism, bravery, and service by limiting their value to just 4 years and highlighted it as fake nationalism. The Congress party has therefore promised to abolish the Agniveer Scheme.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

The book not only delineates Ruskin Bond’s journey as a writer but also depicts the changing literary landscape from the 1950s to recent times.

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The Hill Of Enchantment Review: Ruskin Bond revisits his life as writer

India’s most loved and prolific writer from the hill, who wrote his first book when he was around 17, Ruskin Bond, turned 90 this year. In his seven decade literary journey, the author has written more than 500 novels, short stories, and poems set mostly in the hills and mountains of India. 

The Hill Of Enchantment published by Aleph Book Company, is a memoir of his writing journey, with the subtitle, the story of my life as a writer. Bond revisits the people, mountains, railway stations, rooms, and markets that shaped him as an author. He says, characters in his novels and short stories are mostly inspired by the people he met in his life. The author confesses that some characters also portray his adopted family, friends and colleagues. 

Expressing that if a writer wishes to create a little magic with his pen he must find a little magic in his life, Ruskin Bond shares that he only has to open his window to see a magical world – clouds racing across the sky. In the book, the author mentioned how Pari Tibba, Fairy Hill, which he could see from his window, and solitude has influenced his books.

In The Hill of Enchantment, Ruskin Bond pens about how his need for privacy and solitude have inspired his first work, The Room on the Roof, published in 1956. He also portrayed how his frequent visits to a railway station led to the story, Time Stops At Shamli and others. Sharing an anecdote, Bond wrote that his frequent visits to railway stations made him so popular, just like a coolie, he did not have to buy a platform ticket to sit at the railway station.

The book also highlights the ordeal of Indian writers in the days dating back to 1950s to get published as compared to modern writers. It pointed out the change in the literary scene in the twenty-first century, which brought literary festivals along with online forums for writers and publishers. The author says, “writers were becoming faces and mini celebrities”. 

Ruskin Bond’s book not only delineates his journey as a writer but also stresses on the changing literary landscape from 1950s to recent times. The book is an utter testament for the aspiring writers. 

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