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Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies, aged 93

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Yesterday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj died at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, India. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Agra and was taken to Aligarh for treatment. The chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here [the night before he died] in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born in the Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on January 4, 1925, Gopal Das was a resident of Agra and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College in Aligarh. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’s body was reportedly to be taken to Aligarh today.



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July 19, 2018

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passes away at 93

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passes away at 93

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On Thursday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passed away at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Aligarh and was then taken to Agra for treatment. Chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here on Wednesday night in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district, Gopal Das was a resident of Aligarh and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007. He also received Yash Bharati Award from the state government for his work in Hindi literature.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’ body is to be taken to Agra on Friday. Per the reports, Gopal Das had declared himself as an organ donor.



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Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies at 93

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On Thursday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj died at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, India. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Aligarh and was taken to Agra for treatment. The chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here on Wednesday night in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district, Gopal Das was a resident of Aligarh and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007. He also received Yash Bharati Award from the state government for his work in Hindi literature.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’s body was to be taken to Agra on Friday. Per the reports, Gopal Das declared himself an organ donor.



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June 25, 2018

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On Saturday, the plastic ban in the Indian state of Maharashtra came into force. In an attempt to minimise pollution, the state government has introduced a ban on single-use plastics.

The leader of the Yuya Senaa political party, Aaditya Thackeray, said on Twitter, “The ban on single use disposable plastic cups, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic plates and cutlery, styrofoam cutlery and non woven bags”. He added, “these are global issues now and we have taken a step to combat it”.

Plastic pollution has led to the choking of drains, marine pollution and a risk of animals consuming plastics. This year, India’s motto for World Environment Day — June 5 — was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. People violating the plastic ban are to face a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees (INR) for the first offence. For the second offence, the fine is INR 10,000 and the third time offence is INR 25,000 and a three-month prison term. Deputy municipal commissioner Nidhi Choudhary said, “To weed out corruption, we plan to give inspectors payment gadgets for electronic receipts of the fines”.

The Maharashtra government has given a 90-day period for manufacturers to dispose of existing polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) plastic spoons and plates, while shopkeepers and citizens in general have six months to dispose of plastics. However, the ban does not prohibit plastic usage for wrapping medicines or milk cartons thicker than 50 microns.

The state government had announced the decision for the plastic ban on March 23. According to NDTV’s report, Maharashtra is the eighteenth Indian state to enforce a state-wide plastic ban. Aaditya Thackeray also said, “I congratulate the citizens for making this into a movement, even before the ban was enforceable, giving up single use disposable plastic.”



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August 26, 2016

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

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Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday a draft law to ban commercial surrogacy in the country. Commercial surrogacy is where a person or couple pay another woman (the surrogate) to carry a pregnancy for them. The new proposed law will allow only infertile couples who’ve been married five or more years to use a surrogate to conceive, on the condition that the surrogate is a close relative of the couple’s.

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The proposed ban will prevent single women, foreigners, non-resident Indian nationals, and the LGBTI community from accessing surrogacy services.

Minister Swaraj was quoted in the Indian Express newspaper saying, “we do not recognise live-in and homosexual relationships … this is against our ethos,” adding that Indians living overseas would be banned as “divorces are very common in foreign countries”.

The draft bill will now go to parliament for approval. If approved, minister Swaraj said the ban on commercial surrogacy would come into affect 10 months after passing parliament, allowing for women already in commercial surrogacy arrangements to give birth.

Experts in surrogacy have criticized the proposed law, saying that a complete ban on commercial surrogacy will simply force ineligible couples into illegal surrogacy arrangements. India is one of few countries in the world that currently allows commercial surrogacy. In 2012 the United Nations estimated that there are over 3,000 fertility clinics in India, generating approximately $400 million USD a year from commercial surrogacy.



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June 7, 2016

United States of America and India begin their bilateral dialogue in Washington

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently on his fourth visit to United States Of Amercia after assuming the Prime Ministerial Position in May 2014. Narendra Modi met Barack Obama on Tuesday at White House which also included a working lunch along with Vice President Joe Bidden. The two head’s of the state also hosted a joint press conference.

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Climate Change was the major focus area during the joint statement. Both nations expressed their commitment in reaching a



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June 4, 2016

Sri Lankan refugees intercepted before reaching Australia

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Indian authorities intercepted a truck with 33 Sri Lankan refugees in Tiruvallur, a small town in Chennai, India. The refugees, missing from four different government-run camps, planned to board a boat to Australia to seek refuge.

The passengers included six women and six children. The two agents travelling with these people assured them they would be leaving from Pulicat Lake in Chennai, but were intercepted while being transported by truck between Tirupalaivanam and Sholavaram police limits in a neighbouring district.

The refugees were planning to travel to Christmas Island, 3,710 km away from the Tamil Nadu coast, and then board a boat to Australia.

According to police, four or five similar attempts have been made within the past 3 years to take the journey to Australia by boat, with an estimated 100,000 Sri Lankans seeking refuge in the past 30 years. These people have travelled to southern India, mainly to Tamil Nadu, due to the conflict between the Sri Lankan army and separatist rebels, ending in 2009.

There are 109 camps, holding 60,000 refugees in Tamil Nadu. Here, they receive food, an allowance and education.

Sylendra Babu, coastal security group head told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that, ‘”They are just being duped by agents, who have been arrested and will be booked under both trafficking laws and the national security act”.

According to officials, for a one-way ticket to Australia, smugglers charge 100,000 Rupees (A$2033) and most journeys are unsuccessful in reaching their destination.



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May 27, 2016

India set to Install Panic Buttons on Busses to combat Sexual Assault Crimes

India set to install panic buttons on busses to combat sexual assault crimes

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The Indian Government announced this week they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sexual related violence occurring on a bus in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. The buttons are set to become mandatory on June 2nd.

Tests will be conducted on 20 vehicles, with buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi, which will include panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device and CCTV cameras. These new buttons will be located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room will have the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that at the start of 2017, all phones sold in India will be required to adopt a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button will alert emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increase rates of sexual assault, the government has since felt pressure to make women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. Protests and mass outrage resulted from the bus sexual assault three years ago, across India. This resulted is an overall by the government in its laws regarding sexual assault.

In 2014, New Delhi was reporting 1,813 sexual assault incidents, making this city with the highest number of these cases. Data shows almost 94% of rapes are generally committed by people known to the victim. This includes parents in 539 cases and other relatives in 2,315 cases within the cases reported over 2013.

In 2012 the country had a record of 24,923. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported cases of sexual assault crimes.

One woman is raped every 21 minutes, according to the statistics of India’s National Crime Records Bureau. In 2014, New Delhi saw 1,636 cases of sexual assault crimes were recorded, along with the average of 92 women every day in India. 4 cases alone were reported in New Delhi, on a daily rate.



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India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

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The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.



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February 21, 2016

Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat Quota

Curfew in Haryana as protesters demand reservation for Jat quota

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A growing number of cities in the Indian state Haryana have been under curfew since Friday. At least eight people are reported dead, with government offices, property, dozens of buses, and eight railway stations burned after protests over job quotas for the Jat caste turned violent in several cities including Rohtak, Bhiwani, and Jhajjar. Reportedly some protesters broke into an armory in Rohtak, stealing arms and ammunition.

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Manohar Lal Khattar, Hyrana CM

Shoot-at-sight was ordered for Rohtak, Bhiwani, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhajjar, Jind and Hisar. Shops, hotels, and restaurants were set afire by protesters. Thirteen national army columns were called, and helicopters were used to reach various places in the state. Internet was disabled in affected districts, and the state government ordered blocks of all social networking websites.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting to decide if Jats should also gain the reservation rights for government jobs and colleges by classifying them under Other Backwards Castes.

Burning of stations and uprooting of tracks affected 810 scheduled trains, according to The Indian Express. Police said protesters torched Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu’s house. The state might face water crises. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was to hold the Haryana Central Teacher Eligibility Test today, but cited “administrative difficulties” for suspending it.

Back in 2014, the UPA government appealed for a Jat quota which was rejected by the Supreme Court. This morning, Manohar Khattar tweeted “I appeal to all my fellow Haryanvis to maintain law & order in the State, and ensure that harmony is maintained in society.”

Last year, similar protest took place in Gujarat as Patels protested for reservation led by Hardik Patel.


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