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Rousing Welcome To Israeli PM Netanyahu in Gujarat, Praises Modi As Revolutionary



Rousing Welcome To Israeli PM Netanyahu in Gujarat, Praises Modi As Revolutionary

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, held an eight-kilometer-long roadshow which ended at the Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived for over a decade.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara were received at the airport by Narendra Modi. Security was tightened along the route from the Ahmedabad airport to Sabarmati Ashram. They were greeted with song and dance at the airport.

Around 50 stages were set up along the route that Modi and Netanyahu took to Sabarmati Ashram. The stages on the roadshow depicted Gujarat’s cultural and heritage values by various artistes. There were artistes from 22 States showcasing their traditional art and dances.

Pleased with the rousing welcome at his arrival, Netanyahu thanked the people: “Thank you to the thousands of Indians who welcomed us to Ahmedabad today with Israeli flags and tremendous support!”[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The Israeli PM and his wife spent around 20 minutes in the Sabarmati ashram premises, where they visited ‘Hriday Kunj’, the home of Mahatma Gandhi.

Netanyahu and his wife described Mahatma Gandhi as one of the great prophets of humanity. In a four-line message jointly signed by him and his wife Sara in the visitors’ book at the ashram, the dignitaries said their “visit was inspiring.”

“An inspiring visit to the hearth of one of humanity’s great prophets of inspiration — Mahatma Gandhi,” they wrote.

They tried their hands at the ‘charkha’, the hand-spinning wheel that was emblematic of India’s quest for self-reliance during the freedom struggle.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYmxvY2txdW90ZSUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIydHdpdHRlci10d2VldCUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGFuZyUzRCUyMmVuJTIyJTNFJTNDcCUyMGxhbmclM0QlMjJldCUyMiUyMGRpciUzRCUyMmx0ciUyMiUzRUFobWVkYWJhZCUzQSUyMFBNJTIwTW9kaSUyMGFuZCUyMElzcmFlbCUyMFBNJTIwTmV0YW55YWh1JTIwYW5kJTIwaGlzJTIwd2lmZSUyMFNhcmElMjBOZXRhbnlhaHUlMjBhdCUyMFNhYmFybWF0aSUyMEFzaHJhbSUyMCUzQ2ElMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRmhhc2h0YWclMkZOZXRhbnlhaHVJbkluZGlhJTNGc3JjJTNEaGFzaCUyNmFtcCUzQnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTNFJTIzTmV0YW55YWh1SW5JbmRpYSUzQyUyRmElM0UlMjAlM0NhJTIwaHJlZiUzRCUyMmh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGdC5jbyUyRldCZkp6aFFNeXYlMjIlM0VwaWMudHdpdHRlci5jb20lMkZXQmZKemhRTXl2JTNDJTJGYSUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0UlMjZtZGFzaCUzQiUyMEFOSSUyMCUyOCU0MEFOSSUyOSUyMCUzQ2ElMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRkFOSSUyRnN0YXR1cyUyRjk1MzUxNDUxOTk3OTk5OTIzMiUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTNFSmFudWFyeSUyMDE3JTJDJTIwMjAxOCUzQyUyRmElM0UlM0MlMkZibG9ja3F1b3RlJTNFJTBBJTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwYXN5bmMlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXRmb3JtLnR3aXR0ZXIuY29tJTJGd2lkZ2V0cy5qcyUyMiUyMGNoYXJzZXQlM0QlMjJ1dGYtOCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRnNjcmlwdCUzRSUwQQ==[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The Indian PM and his Israeli counterpart also flew kites for a couple of minutes, as their visit comes just a few days after ‘Uttarayana’ (or Makar Sankranti), Gujarat’s popular kite festival.

Later, PM Modi and Netanyahu inaugurated a start-up hub called iCreate in Gujarat’s Bavla town. iCreate or the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology, formed in 2011 as an autonomous institution to nurture aspiring entrepreneurs, has tie-ups with leading Israeli firms.

Modi said: “When I went to Israel last year, I made up my mind that this foundation should have more strong relations with Israel. From that time, I was waiting for my friend Benjamin Netanyahu to come to India. He is here & now we are inaugurating this foundation.

“When a farmer sows a small plant, coming generations receives fruits of that huge tree. The farmer’s soul feels elated with this. We are feeling the same happiness on the inauguration of iCreate.

“My motive was that this institution and our youth is benefited by Israel’s experience and their start-up environment. Israel has proved it to the world that commitment of the people, not size of the nation takes the country forward.”

Rousing Welcome To Israeli PM Netanyahu in Gujarat, Praises Modi As Revolutionary

The prime minister said he hoped that iCreate would help youngsters fulfil their dreams and implement their innovative ideas, said media reports. “We are working towards making entire system in our country innovation-friendly, so that ideas are formed from intent, innovations are formed from ideas and a new India is formed from innovations,” said media reports quoting Modi.

Quoting the former President of Israel, Shimon Peres, Modi said innovation had the bigger role in taking people of India and Israel together. “The greater the dream, the more spectacular will be the results,” he said.

Netyanahu praised Modi for doing revolutionary work, and recalled the historic links between the two countries, the Hindustan Times reported. Many Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation of the Israeli city of Haifa were Gujaratis, the Israeli prime minister said.

The youth and technology of the two countries are the future, and the two are coming together and opening new ways, Netanyahu added, before concluding his speech by saying: “Jai Hind! Jai Bharat! Jai Israel!”

The prime ministers then visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables at Vadrad in Sabarkantha district where they spoke with farmers. “We are all aware of the strides Israel has made in agriculture, including when it comes to managing water resources and irrigation,” Modi said. “Israel shows the way on how to transform a nation with the agriculture sector at the core.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government was attempting to help farmers double their incomes by 2022, and thanked Netanyahu for taking time out to talk to farmers.

The two leaders and Sara Netanyahu returned to Mumbai in the evening.

On Thursday, the Israeli prime minister will launch a magazine at the Magen David Synagogue at Byculla in South Mumbai, PTI reported. The magazine, called Namaste Shalom, will focus on the relations between the two countries and will be published every month.

Netanyahu and his wife are on a six-day trip to India. Netanyahu’s visit to Gujarat will focus on agriculture, irrigation, innovation and enterprise, the Indian Prime Minister’s Officer said on Twitter.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Voter turnout of 56.68% recorded till 5pm in 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections

Elections are being held in 49 constituencies across eight states and Union Territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024.



A voter turnout of 56.68 % was recorded in phase 5 till 5 pm as per the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout App, with the highest voting percentage in West Bengal (73 %) and the lowest in Maharashtra (48.66 %). Lok Sabha elections are taking place in 49 constituencies across 8 states and Union Territories in the 5th phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Voter turnout of 56.68% was recorded till 5pm. The breakup is as follows: J&K: 54.21%, Bihar: 52.35%, Ladakh: 67.15%, Jharkhand: 61.90%, Maharashtra: 48.66%, UP: 55.80%, Odisha: 60.55% and West Bengal: 73%. The fate of 4 Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, as well as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be decided in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Former UP CM Mayawati, BJP’s Rae Bareli candidate Dinesh Pratep Singh, Smriti Irani were among the early voters today who cast their vote in the morning.

 The Lucknow East Lok Sabha seat will also hold a bypoll on the same day. The Lok Sabha seats which are participating in this phase include Rae Bareli, Mohanlalganj, Jalaun (SC), Amethi, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Banda, Kaushambi (SC), Fatehpur, Faizabad, Barabanki (SC), Gonda  and Kaisarganj. The candidates also include and minister of state of consumer affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti (Fatehpur) and minister of state for housing and urban affairs Kaushal Kishor (Mohanlalganj). Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat which was previously held by his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

 The total number of voters expected to cast their vote in this phase is over 2.68 crore voters, with 144 candidates looking for their support. 11 BJP incumbent Lok Sabha MPs are contesting in this phase, while nominating new candidates in Kaisarganj and Barabanki (SC) Lok Sabha seats.

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Minor crashes Porsche killing two in Pune, granted bail in 15 hours, asked to write essay



Tragedy struck in Kalyani Nagar, Pune during the early hours of Sunday when a speeding Porsche collided with a two-wheeler, resulting in the immediate deaths of two motorcyclists. Police officials have confirmed that the luxury car involved in the horrific accident was being driven by a juvenile. 

The juvenile court has granted bail to the 17-year-old after 15 hours with specific conditions. The bail terms included working with Yerawada traffic police for 15 days, writing an essay on the accident, seeking treatment from a doctor for alcohol cessation, and undergoing psychiatric counselling with a report submission.

The victims, a man and a woman, died on the spot after the speeding Porsche Taycan crashed into them from behind. Soon after the accident, the police arrived at the spot and booked the minor for rash and negligent driving, endangering life, and causing harm under IPC Sections 304A, 279, 337, 338, 427, and relevant sections of the Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Act at Pune City’s Yerwada Police Station.

The victims have been identified as Anis Avlia (24), and Ashwini Kosta (24). Both the victims hailed from Madhya Pradesh and were employed in Pune as engineers. Anis Avlia, a graduate in computer science, was employed at a multinational company situated in Kalyani Nagar, while Ashwini had been working alongside him at the same company until recently, before opting for a break.

Meanwhile, concerned authorities said that they have dispatched the minor’s blood samples for analysis to determine potential alcohol influence, with the results pending at the time of press. Reportedly, the accused is the son of renowned builder and Brahma Realty and Infrastructure owner, Vishal Agarwal. The Porsche involved in the accident was an unregistered vehicle.

It is reported that when the Pune police produced the minor in front of the magistrate, they requested the court to treat him as an adult. Nonetheless, the request was rejected and the court granted bail under the Juvenile Justice Act, imposing a few conditions along with the bail.

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Messages threatening Arvind Kejriwal appear on walls of Delhi metro station, inside trains, AAP blames BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs has a letter sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday and demanded prompt and severe action in response to graffiti that had appeared on the Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar stations of the Delhi Metro.



Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recieved threating messages today, May 20, which were witten on a poster. These posters were found at two metro stations of Delhi and inside the metro coaches.

Images of the statements appeared on social media, with at least two of them appearing on signboards carrying the names of the Patel Nagar and Rajiv Chowk metro stations, and several of them sticked on the walls of metro stations. However, it is yet to confirm that who did this.

According to a senior police officer, the incident has been brought to their attention and an inquiry has been started.

Following the appearance of threatening graffiti within the metro stations of Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar in the nation’s capital, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP were preparing an attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh claimed claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was the hub of the purported plot to target Arvind Kejriwal.

The BJP has been in a panic since Arvind Kejriwal’s release from jail. Right now, the BJP is preparing to strike Arvind Kejriwal with deadly intent. The prime minister’s office is the direct source of this plot. At the Metro stations in Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar, an attack threat against Kejriwal ji has been inscribed, according to Sanjay Singh’s statement today.

There have also reportedly been threatening messages scrawled inside metro trains.

AAP leader Atishi said the BJP is afraid of losing the next Lok Sabha elections in Delhi.  She claimed Arvind Kejriwal was targeted by the BJP through Swati Maliwal.

Meanwhile, the MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has a letter sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday and demanded prompt and severe action in response to graffiti that had appeared on the Rajiv Chowk and Patel Nagar stations of the Delhi Metro.

Social media users have also posted pictures of the graffiti. Security guards are stationed 24/7 and these stations are covered by CCTV. Why don’t the cops take any action? The Cyber Cell is where? This indicates that the BJP is behind this, she claimed.

In light of the Lok Sabha elections, Kejriwal was granted interim relief by the Supreme Court earlier this month. On March 21, Kejriwal was taken into custody in relation to his purported involvement in the Delhi excise policy case.

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