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Delhi to Mumbai in just 10 hours by train, Delhi to Howrah in 12 hours

There is good news for those who frequently travel between Delhi to Mumbai, and Delhi to Howrah as the Indian Railways has planned to embark on an ambitious project to reduce the travel time considerable for these locations. Soon, you will be able to reach Mumbai from Delhi in just 10 hours by train. The distance between Delhi to Howrah will be covered in 12 hours.

According to media reports, the Indian Railways plans to achieve a speed of 160 kmph on these routes by 2023, which means a reduction of travel time by five hours on Delhi and Mumbai route. This also means five-and-half-hours of journey time saved between the national capital and Kolkata.
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The railways has finalised this proposal as a part of its 100-day agenda under the Narendra Modi government’s second edition say media reports. The railways has estimated to spend around Rs 13,500 crore in shoring.

These two routes are very busy and there is an immediate need to shore up the track infrastructure. These two tracks account for nearly 30 per cent of passenger and 20 per cent of total freight traffic. As per the media reports, the ministry has sent the proposal to the PMO in this regard.

NDTV News | “Had To Stand Up For Uber Driver”: Ex-Miss India On Midnight Horror In Kolkata

After Kolkata-based model-actor Ushoshi Sengupta alleged that she, her friend and their Uber driver were chased and harassed by a mob on Monday night in the heart of the city, seven people have been arrested. Ms Sengupta, winner of the Miss India title in 2010, had narrated the ordeal in a Facebook post and shared a video she recorded on her mobile phone.

Ms Sengupta, 30, said she was returning home from a five-star hotel with a colleague when their Uber cab was hit by a few men on motorcycles near Elgin in central Kolkata. She said the group stopped their Uber cab, dragged the driver out and assaulted him. The incident happened around 11:40 pm.

Ms Sengupta, in her post, said she then shouted and called the police while filming the incident. She alleged that policemen on duty kept directing her to different police stations, citing “jurisdiction” issues.

“My Uber driver was beaten up and I stood up for him,” she told NDTV. “When I started taking a video and asked them why they were not wearing their helmets, why two to three of them were on a bike, another guy came and tried to stop me from taking their video.”

A 17-second clip recorded by Ms Sengupta shows three young men knocking at the car as she asks them where their helmet is.

She claimed in her post that officers of the nearest police station, in Maidan area, initially did not come for help despite her repeated requests. The Maidan police station is within 50 metres of the spot. She was told that the area where they were stopped falls under the jurisdiction of another police station. “This is when I broke down I begged them to come or else the boys would have killed the driver,” Ushoshi Sengupta wrote on Facebook.

When the policemen finally intervened, the “boys” pushed the officers and ran away, her post said.

The ordeal did not end there as six of them allegedly followed Ms Sengupta and her colleague and threw stones at the car and tried to drag her out. She claimed the accused tried to break her phone and delete the video she had earlier recorded. The alleged assault stopped after local people came out.

“That spot where the incident happened is the place that my sister, father and friends pass through. It could have happened to anybody. I had to stand up stand up for the driver when he started getting beaten up,” Ushoshi Sengupta told NDTV.

Ushoshi Sengupta also alleged that officers at the Charu Market police station, close to where the second incident of manhandling took place, refused to take any complaint and advised her to, instead, approach the Bhawanipore police station. “After raising a lot of questions, the officer took my complaint but refused to take the Uber driver’s complaint, stating that two FIRs can’t be taken for the same complaint,” she wrote on Facebook.

The police said, on the orders of the Kolkata police chief, they have initiated an inquiry into the alleged non-registration of a First Information of the driver.

“Those arrested seem to be locals who have been violating traffic rules for quite some time. We are hopeful of nabbing the others from the CCTV footage of the surrounding areas.”a senior police officer was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

As strikes end, SC defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open ‘larger issue’ of their safety

According to The Economic Times of India news, The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.

A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to the Centre) but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open.

“We agreed to hear the plea today as there was a strike by doctors and medical fraternity in West Bengal and other states. The strike has been called off and there appears no urgency to hear the petition. List (the matter) before an appropriate bench,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association also filed an impleadment application seeking the court’s intervention into the plea already filed, saying protection needs to be provided to doctors across the country.

The bench said it needs to take a holistic view in providing security to doctors.

“We can’t protect doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against the protection given to doctors,” the bench said.

Why June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is approaching and people around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and do some yoga. But, do you know why June 21 is chosen to be the ‘International Yoga Day’.

International Yoga Day: Brief history

The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be seen as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. Since 2015, International Yoga Day is been celebrated worldwide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September of 2014 addressed the UN assembly and discussed the essence of Yoga.

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with you” PM in UN General Assembly.

International Yoga Day: Reason Behind June 21

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly in 2014 said:

The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

June 21 is the day of the Summer Solstice when the tilt of a planet’s axis in the northern hemisphere is most inclined toward the star that it orbits – in our case, the earth and the sun.

June 21 is considered the longest day of the year with the sun rising early and setting late for the northern hemisphere.

The summer solstice is also considered as an important day in Indian mythology as it marks an event that could be considered the start of Yogic science.

When people saw the Adi yogi, they flocked to him for enlightenment but left as he stayed unaware of their presence.

Whereas, seven people stayed insistent to learn from him but Shiva refused to claim that a lot of preparation was to be done.

The seven people then sat determined through 84 years of sadhana, after which Shiva took notice of them as the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run which was the day of the Summer Solstice.

It is said that he could no longer ignore them as they were overwhelming with knowledge. When the next full moon arose 28 days later, Adi yogi transformed himself into Adi Guru and started teaching the ways of the yogic science to his disciples.

Now, you know the reason why Yoga is celebrated on June 21, every year. Therefore, take a pledge this year and celebrate Yoga on the international Yoga Day. With this also embodied yoga in your daily routine.

It will not only help you to connect your mind and heart but also it will help you get cure many diseases and problems.

10-15 terrorists ready to infiltrate Indian Territory: Intel

Intelligence agencies have warned the government of a possible infiltration into Indian territory by a group of terrorists waiting near the Line of Control (LoC).

Intel sources said that the terrorists may carry out a big terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) or may target security forces stationed along the Amarnath Yatra route.

According to an intelligence report forwarded to the government, terrorist movement has been spotted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with a group of 5-6 foreign terrorists in Losar and Sardari area ready to infiltrate into India. Sources added that the terrorists may infiltrate by taking the route Losar-1 to Sardari PoK to Indian side Govind post to Nani post.

Intel agencies observed another group movement that comprised 3-4 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) foreign terrorists. This group is probably the receiving party in the forest area of Trinch, Reshwari in Kupwara.

Intelligence reports also revealed that a group of 10-12 terrorists were spotted in Hugom, Bijbehara area.

Sources said that all the terrorists are being controlled by Pakistan-based terrorist commanders and Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Subrata Roy Family: Sushanto Roy and Swapna Roy no longer citizens of India?

The wife and son of Subrata Roy Sahara have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Macedonia, a country in the central Balkan peninsula in South-East Europe, which is attracting foreign investment by offering citizenship, say reliable sources.

Sushanto Roy and Swapna Roy, the son and wife of Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy, have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Macedonia, a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in South-East Europe. There is talk about another key director also acquiring Macedonian citizenship.

While Subrata Roy remains in jail for failing to obey orders of the Supreme Court (SC) of India, key members of the Roy family, who are part of the powerful private investment companies that control all the funds collected by the group are not even Indian nationals any longer.

Interestingly, we learn that Mr Subrata Roy himself has been a state guest in Macedonia several times. He is understood to have proposed to build a huge statue of Mother Theresa in Macedonia. There was also talk about setting up a swank Casino there.

Moneylife sent emails to Sahara Group’s PR agency on Friday for a response. Its key PR contact responded by telling us that this is a three year old issue and that many companies and businessmen have been acquiring Macedonian citizenship. However he did not want to be quoted or named.

According to an official from Sahara group, who does not want to be named, the Macedonian citizenship has been taken by Sushanto and his mother almost a year back. “The reason is that we are going for three big businesses in Macedonia. One is a dairy, which will export to many countries from there. For this fairy we have already got around 14,000 acres of land from Macedonian government. Second project is a seven star hospitality on the line of Las Vegas. It will be a ‘Las Vegas’ for European Countries, India and Middle East. The third project is a complete indoor setup for movie production. We are getting dozens of advantages (due to this citizenship) right from government permissions, allocations of lands and all level of tax benefits even up to 0% tax up to 10 years. It was a situation of compulsion for us to acquire citizenship in that country,” the official said.

It is indeed a fact that Macedonian citizenship is among the least expensive, of the many countries that offer citizenships in exchange of investment. However, the fact that many top Indian industrialists and their key confidants are opting for foreign citizenship is important in the context of the government’s effort to trace black money overseas.

Macedonia, like Montenegro, Buglaria, Romania and several Balkan countries, are trying to attract investment by offering citizenships. According to media reports, Macedonia’s government offers citizenship to anyone who invests at least 400,000 Euros and employs at least 10 people. “This offer stands for all investors except those in the hospitality and trade sectors,” a news report said quoting government spokesperson, Aleksandar Gjorgjiev.

In addition, foreigners who buy real estate worth over 40,000 Euros are given the right to stay in Macedonia for a year. Foreign nationals are currently allowed a maximum of three months stay before having to check out.

Macedonia was part of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. It became a member of the United Nations (UN) in 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over its name, it was admitted under the provisional reference of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Resource: MoneyLife