The parents of some students from Bangalore were shocked when they looked into the text book of their children. The text book named ‘Current School Essays and Letters’ by Purabi Chakraborty has a controversial chapter named `Modern Girl’. Well if you are wondering why this chapter has become controversial, have a look at some of the statement mentioned in the chapter- “a modern girl is a self-centred creature than a loving daughter or sympathetic sister... She loves to wear jeans, pants and hot pants. The colourful saree has no place in the modern girl’s stock of garments.”
“She is eager to enjoy life fully and so she does not want to miss any party, cinema show, concert, fashion parades and such outdoor activities. She talks and makes friendship with boys freely and easily.” The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had to step into the scene and issue a warning to the schools to be careful while selecting text books for the students.
The flash floods in Kerala have caused a devastation that could only occur once in a hundred years. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and property worth thousands of crores has been destroyed. However here is an interesting allegation from Kerala. The state has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court claiming that Tamil Nadu is solely responsible for these flash floods. It accused that sudden release of flood waters from the Mullaperiyar dam was a cause for the floods in the State. Kerala has further alleged that their neighbouring state has ignored their continuous requests to release the water in a step by step process. However, Tamil Nadu has denied these allegations and said that they have given enough warnings to Kerala regarding the release of water.
Well! All these days we have a feeling that Andhra Pradesh has suffered a huge loss of bifurcation of the state. Nothing has gone in the favour of the new state since four years. But now... here is a reason for the people in AP to have a broad smile. The Mines and Geology department has found a huge treasure in Chigargunta and Bisanatham areas of Chittoor district. The government officials have estimated that 1.83 metric tonnes of gold ore is present in the area and 9.4 tonnes of gold can be produced from the ore. The government might grab more than thousand crores by auctioning the ore. And that’s not the end of the news. The government is planning to revive defunct gold mines present in Anantapur district.
India has achieved an exceptional record in the ongoing Asian Games. Rahi Sarnobat has become the first Indian woman to grab a gold medal in the 67 year old history of Asian Games. However the achievement of Rahi was not surprising looking at her past. She has already bagged two gold medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and a bronze in the 25m pistol pairs event at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. She is also the sixth Indian to shoot gold in the Asian games. India now stands at the 7th position with 4 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze medals. And there are many more events yet to come which could shower medals to Indian athletes.
Humanity would certainly show up from unexpected parts when a calamity occurs. Here is an example for that. A temple hall in Kochukadavu village of Thrissur district was offered for Eid prayers during the holy festival of Bakrid. Around 200 Muslim devotees entered the temple hall and participated in the prayers as the nearby mosque at Kochukadavu still remained in flood waters. The temple hall was also serving as the relief camp for the people of Kochukavdu and nearby Kuzhur village as well. However this is not only the isolated incident of communal harmony in Kerala. A mosque in Malappuram district has provided shelter and food to neighbouring Hindu families.
The leader of the opposition Rahul Gandhi hugging Narendra Modi has become more than viral in the nation. It paved way to several debates and memes. Some awfully criticised the gesture while some applauded it. Not it’s time for Rahul Gandhi to give some explanation regarding his surprising action. ``When the prime minister was making sort of hateful remarks at me, I was feeling that I needed to go and give him a hug and tell him that world is not such a bad place and it is not all evil out there,” said Mr. Gandhi during a recent interaction. However he said that even some of his party members didn’t like his conduct. ``Some of them didn’t like it. Some of them told me later that you should not have hugged him.” Well one may like it or not like it... it’s all a part of the history now!
India has been surging ahead in the ongoing Asian games in Jakarta. By the end of fourth day it grabbed the 7th position with 10 medals in its bag. Altogether our players have grabbed three gold, three silver and four bronze medals and made a reasonably good start. Vinesh Phogat created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. She grabbed the gold in 50 kg category. If you are wondering who Vinesh Phogat is.... let us remind you that she is none other than the cousin sister of Geetha Phogat and Babita kumara whose life you have witnessed in the movie Dangal.
The safety of women is no more a reality. It’s almost a myth. Read this news if you still believe that women in our country are in safe hands. A 19 year old youth was found dead near the railway tracks in Bhojpur District. Some friends of the deceased suspected a woman to the culprit behind the death... and that’s it! The mob started vandalising the town and went straight to the residence of the suspect. They thrashed her, ripped her clothes off and paraded her in public. And as you can guess... no one stepped forward to help her. The police had to open fire to disperse the mob and take the woman in to custody. Opposition leaders criticized the Nitish Kumar government for the alleged surge in crime against women in Bihar.
Keralites have always been an integral part of United Arab Emirates. Most of the people from Kerala migrate to those countries for livelihood. This is perhaps the reason behind the decision by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to donate 700 crore rupees as relief to the ongoing flood situation in Kerala. However it is interesting to note that India has not been accepting any relief from foreign countries since 2014. The government of India is of the opinion that it is capable of tackling adverse situation single handily. But the present situation seems to be too hot to handle as there were reports that the damages in Kerala are worth more than 20,000 crores!!! So, it would now be interesting to watch whether the government would accept this huge sum which is certainly hard to ignore.
Don’t worry! This news is from our neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The Directorate of Collegiate Education (DCE) in Tamil Nadu has issued a circular asking all colleges to ban use of cellphones by students on the premises of the institutions. Here is a peculiar reason behind it. According to one of the official responsible for the notification - “In co-education colleges, we have received complaints that boys were taking videos and pictures of girl students. Mobile phones are also occasionally used for malpractices during examinations.” So get ready folks! Even the Telangana and AP government could take a cue from this decision to impart a ban in our colleges too!
Farmers and debt always have a long and sad relation together. This relation often ends along with the ruining of the entire life of the said farmer. Mirroring this fact a report from NABARD has released a survey. NABARD has found that 52.5% of the agricultural households had an outstanding loan. For non- agricultural households it was just 42%. And that’s not the only surprise found with the survey! The average debt of an indebted agricultural household stood at 1,04,602 Rs. in comparison to just 76,731 Rs. for non-agricultural households. The biggest reason for the debts of farmers is said to be the investment for their farming. Sadly the Telugu speaking States of Telangana (79%), Andhra Pradesh (77%) are found with highest percentage of debts.
India has made a lucky start on the first day of the 18th Asian Games being held in Jakarta. Wrestler Bajrang Punia who was named as Indian favourite for the games has lived to the expectations. He won the gold in the 65 kg category of wrestling final. Bajrang has been in good form before coming into the Games. He has won three tournaments -- the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International and looked so confident of aiming a gold in the Asian Games too. Besides Bajrang, our shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event. India is now at the ninth position in the medals tally after the end of day one.
The god’s own country Kerala has been devastated by heavy floods since two weeks. It is estimated that the floods have caused a loss of over thousands of crores to the state. More than 300 lives were lost and the whereabouts of thousands of people are still unknown. More than ten lakh people have lost their shelter and many of them are taking refuge in government provided relief camps. However here is the good news! The fortnight long rains were slowing down and the flood water is receding. Transport and train services were partially restored.