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Hijab is no hurdle: Dream of bakery worker's daughter takes wings
Hyderabad, Nov 19: "I want to become a pilot." When she instinctively answered a question at an event over a decade ago, the dream of a humble bakery worker's daughter had started growing wings. Hijab-wearing Syeda Salva Fatima is now all set to join an airline and is one of the four Muslim women in India who hold a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL). Fresh from multi-engine training in New Zealand and type-rating in Bahrain, this Hyderabad woman is waiting for endorsement from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which will enable her to fly the Airbus A320. It was, however, not a smooth ride as she had to overcome many odds to attain her life's ambition. The daughter of a bakery workCommer, Salva comes from the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Sultan Shahi in the old city of Hyderabad. What makes Salva's story stand out is her lower middle-class background and the fact that she wore a "hijab" (head scarf) during the entire course of training ...




Earlier People Fear Lion, Now people fear cow, thanks to Modi: Lalu
Patna, Nov 19: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday taunted Prime Minister Narender Modi by saying that earlier people used to fear the lion but now they fear the cow thanks to cow vigilantism across the country. "'Pahle log sher se darte the, ab gai se darte hain. Yeh sab Modi sarkar ki den hai," Lalu Prasad said at a meeting of his Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) here.He said that due to growing fear for being seen with cows and cattle, the Sonepur cattle fair in Bihar's Saran district, considered Asia largest cattle fair, had turned into a fair without cattle. He said people were angry with the Modi government in view of its "total failure" in the last three-and-half-a-years to meet any of promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. People were also upset by demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, he added. "Modi may go for Lok Sabha polls in 2018, ahead of its scheduled time in 2019," Lalu Prasad said, and asked his party activists to b...




Indira Gandhi opposed those dividing India over religion: Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, Nov 19: Indira Gandhi "fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people into lines of religion and caste", Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday. On the centenary of the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi spoke at the inauguration here of a photo exhibition, �A Life of Courage', on the life and achievements of Indira Gandhi. "I have heard Indiraji being referred to as the Iron Lady. But iron was only one of the elements in her character; generosity and humanity were just as prominent traits," she said. Indira Gandhi, daughter of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 19, 1917. She was Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination on October 31, 1984. On Sunday, Sonia Gandhi also recalled her relationship with the former Prime Minister, who was also her mother-in-law.&n...




Gujarat regressed in last 22 years: P. Chidambaram
New Delhi, Nov 19: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Sunday attacked the BJP on Gujarat's development model, saying that as a result of a distorted concept of development, many sections of the people were left behind and the state has regressed in the last 22 years. Sustaining his argument, the Congress leader, in his tweet, posted a data comparing the development figures of Gujarat against four other states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra.  "The table tells the story of Gujarat and how, despite the boasts, Gujarat is not ahead of four comparable states. While Gujarat has progressed industrially, in many critical areas of human development, Gujarat may have actually regressed in the last 22 years," Chidambaram said adding that the much-touted ‘Gujarat Model' was being dissected and examined.  In his series of tweets, the leader questioning the government, said: "As a result of a distorted concept of development or vika...




Time to fight against destructive elements in society: Amjad Ali Khan(Interview)
New Delhi, Nov 19: Veteran sarod player Amjad Ali Khan feels that it's high time everyone stood up against "disturbing elements that are trying to take away peace from the world" -- and artists should show the way. "Creative freedom needs some space. No world can stay united if you are not together from heart and soul. It's time for us to stand together against terrorism and other destructive elements that are curbing our growth and making us go back in time," Amjad Ali Khan told IANS when asked about his take on the backlash faced by some artists from a section of society. "How can someone disturb the peace, tranquility and why is nobody reacting to it? Education is important, but that is not the only way to bring compassion in a human being. It's time to raise a hand and fight against destructive elements as we all know that it's just one section of the world which is committed to destroying it," he said, adding that "it's time to fight ag...




Don't foresee more changes to GST rates in next few months: Adhia
New Delhi, Nov 18: Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Saturday said the recent reduction in GST rates on mass consumer goods items has resolved nearly 90 per cent of problems and discontentment related to the indirect tax regime. According to Adhia, he does not foresees any further changes in GST rate structure in the near future after the latest changes which were incorporated after the last GST Council meet.  However, as and when the need arises rates on other items may be changed, he said. Adhia who was speaking on DD News television channel said that the country's key economic parameters like low inflation, reduction in fiscal deficit and increasing tax buoyancy show that economy is in robust shape.He added that Union government in recent times has taken long-term structural reforms to increase the tax-to-GDP ratio and to curb tax evasion through the use of technology.




Gujarat children getting expired polio vaccine: Congress
New Delhi, Nov 18: The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of administering expired and unusable polio vaccine to the children in state and said it is a criminal act of negligence and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiate an "inquiry" into it. "A very shocking and worrisome report has come from Gujarat regarding child healthcare which depicts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their government has not learned any lessons from the infant deaths in Gujarat and in Uttar Pradesh. "The BJP government is playing with public healthcare in India," said Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. "The report says that BJP government in Gujarat is administering an expired unusable polio vaccine to the children of Gujarat. "This is an act of criminal negligence... When you administer an expired medicine, it is like administering poison. So, BJP government in the garb of polio vaccination is administerin...




Hasina meets Chinese FM on pragmatic cooperation, Rohingya issue
Dhaka, Nov 19: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, with both sides emphasizing their willingness to further deepen pragmatic cooperation, a media report said. During the meeting on Saturday, Hasina congratulated the successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. She thanked the Chinese side for offering long-term support and aid to Bangladesh's development and construction, Xinhua news agency reported. Chinese President Xi Jinping last year paid a historic visit to Bangladesh while establishing the strategic cooperative partnership between both countries, Hasina said, adding that Dhaka is willing to further deepen pragmatic cooperation with Beijing in all fields. Wang said China is willing to work with Bangladesh to firmly support each other on issues of core interests and major concern and deepen the strategic cooperative partnership. He expressed hope that the two sides coul...




Gujarat wants to see outcome of 23-year rule, not 23-year-old's CD: Hardik
Gandhinagar, Nov 19: Hardik Patel, the leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), on Saturday said the people of Gujarat want to see what the BJP has done in 23 years rather than the video of a 23-year-old youth. Hardik, who had earlier threatened to drop a "bomb" against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at "prestige rally" at Mansa, the hometown of party's President Amit Shah, however, stuck to the script of hitting out at BJP.  The PAAS, which has been agitating against the government for more than two years over the issue of reservation for the Patidar community, has pledged to oppose the ruling BJP in the coming state assembly elections in December. Earlier, they had sought the administration's permission to hold the rally in Mansa, but the same was denied by the Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police.Touted as a prestige rally for the young Patidar, who has been facing heat after a couple of his video clips allegedly showing his sexual escapa...




Kovind, Modi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on birth centenary
New Delhi, Nov 19: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. "Nation remembers former Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary," Kovind tweeted.  Modi tweeted" "Tributes to former PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary." Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to Indira and said: I remember you Dadi (grandmother) with so much love and happiness. You are my mentor and guide. You give me strength. #Indira100."  Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi went to Shakti Sthal to pay tributes. (IANS)  "Remembering Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. Her steely determination, clarity of thought and decisive actions made her a towering personality. Undoubtedly and rightfully India's Iron Lady," Mukherjee tweeted. ...