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How this Tamil Nadu village is celebrating Kamala Harris’s VP nomination | Trichy News


TRICHY: When Indians rejoiced at the nomination of Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the US, a hamlet near Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district was over the moon. Residents of Thulasendrapuram, the native village of her grandfather and former Indian diplomat P V Gopalan, have showcased their pride and joy by putting up flex banners with her photographs at several places.
One banner described her as ‘Singapenn’ (fearless or lion-hearted woman) while others carried such taglines as “Thulsendrapuram to America, bring laurels to the home country” and “People of the village wish Kamala Harris, who has Thulasendrapuram Agraharam as her native, win the election”. Kamala was born to Shyamala Gopalan, one of the daughters of Gopalan, and Donald Harris in California.
“Until she was chosen for the election to a powerful post in the US, we had no idea about her. But when she was nominated, we felt proud at having a woman with roots in our village in the political arena of a superpower,” village committee member M Gurunathan, 57, told TOI. He had erected some of the flex banners on behalf of Thulasendrapuram residents to celebrate the proud moment.
S V Ramanan, administrator of the Dharma Sastha temple of the village, is in touch with the family of P V Gopalan who was born in the Agraharam (a colony of Brahmin residents) in Thulasendrapuram in 1911. An Indian civil servant, Gopalan had served in Zambia as Director of Relief Measures and Refugees.
“I haven’t met her since I was in Chennai for my profession till my retirement. But as my father told me, Kamala Harris had visited the village several years ago,” said Ramanan who is a retired central government employee.
Ramanan recalled instances of Kamala’s aunt Dr Sarala Gopalan asking him to pray for the victory of Kamala Harris in her political career. He said Sarala would visit the temple once in a few years. “Her aunt is in touch with us asking us to perform pujas for them,” he said adding that Kamala through her aunt had donated money for the consecration of the Dharma Sastha temple in 2014 which is the family deity temple of Gopalan. The name of Kamala Harris has been etched on the plaque in the temple.
Ramanan also said that besides the descendants of Gopalan, there are around five families of Agraharam who migrated to the US and settled in California. The house of Gopalan was demolished several years ago, said Ramanan, but he didn’t know if anyone else had bought it from them.
“The Agraharam which had more than 100 families has narrowed down to 10 now,” he said. Exuding confidence that she will win, both Ramanan and Gurunathan hoped Kamala will visit their village after becoming the vice-president of the US.



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Nagas will co-exist but not merge with India: Thuengaleng Muivah | Guwahati News


GUWAHATI: As Naga people, from US to Myanmar to Nagaland to Bangalore, celebrated the “74th anniversary of the declaration of Naga independence day” on Friday and hoisted the “Naga national flag”, NSCN(IM) leader Thuengaleng Muivah, in his address to Naga people while being in talks with the Centre in New Delhi, said the Nagas will co-exist sharing sovereign powers but will not merge with India.
The “Naga national flag”, a rainbow and a six-point star of David on a blue background that was hoisted at Parashen in Rengma for the first time on March 22, 1956 along with a Naga constitution, are the major points of the ongoing dialogue with the Centre.
“We are not asking for Naga national flag and constitution from the Government of India. Recognize them or not, we have our own flag and constitution. Flag and constitution are ingredients of our recognized sovereign entity and the symbols of Naga nationhood. The Nagas must keep their flag and constitution,” Muivah said in his address.
He added, “As mandated, a negotiating team led by me had a series of talks with the representatives of the Government of India from the position of our unique history. It took a long time for us to make the Indian leaders understand and admit what the unique history of the Nagas is.”

‘Govt of India recognised sovereignty of Nagas’

The Indian negotiators acknowledged that the Nagas have the history of sovereign independence. They are also well informed of the historical fact that the Nagas have neither been a party to the Union of India nor to that of Burma.”
He added that in 1950, the constituent assembly of India invited the Nagas to join the Union of India but it was rejected by the Naga people. “This historical fact was reaffirmed by subsequent conduct of plebiscite in 1951, where 99.9% of the Naga people voted in favor of a sovereign independent Nagalim, which is still fresh in the memory of many older people today,” he said.
He added that in the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015, the Government of India has recognized the “sovereignty of the Nagas,” as the agreement says, “Inclusive peaceful co-existence of the two entities sharing sovereign power.” “The Nagas will co-exist with India sharing sovereign powers as agreed in the Framework Agreement and defined in the competencies. But they will not merge with India,” Muivah said.
On the day, Naga people greeted each other and posted photos holding the Naga flag, including Virginia State in the US, by members of the ‘Global Naga Forum’.
Nagas celebrate this day as ‘Independence Day’ every year and like in the past, the influential Naga Student Federation (NSF) this time also gave a call to all its units to hoist the Naga flag on August 14.
“The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) extends our warmest Independence day greetings to all the Naga people living in different parts of the world. As Nagalim celebrates its 74th year of its length and breath free from any occupational and imperialistic forces, the federation joins the Naga people in taking their legacy forward. Today’s celebration is in furtherance of the Naga people’s legitimate rights based on historical facts,” the student body said.



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2020 Mahindra Thar: Mahindra reveals 2020 Thar, to launch October 2


NEW DELHI: Mahindra on Saturday revealed the 2020 Thar. The launch and bookings for off-road capable SUV will being on October 2.
The new Mahindra Thar comes with two engine options- 2.0-litre mStallion petrol engine and the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The petrol engine can churn out 152 PS of power and offers a peak torque of 320 Nm. The diesel engine can churn out 131 PS of power and offer a peak torque of 300 Nm.

The 2020 Thar comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 4×4 powertrain comes as standard.
The 2020 Thar boasts 3rd gen chassis with greater rigidity for superior off-roading capability. In addition to that, the 6-seater off-roader has a water wading ability of 650 mm.
On the inside, the Thar boasts all-new roof-mounted speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that displays the on-road and off-road real-time stats of the vehicle.
The Mahindra Thar will be available in two variants- AX (adventure variant) and LX- (lifestyle variant). The standard features include fixed soft top, dual airbags, ABS and rear parking assist.



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Door opens, lift doesn’t arrive, man falls 4 floors to death in Ghaziabad society | Ghaziabad News


GHAZIABAD: A 76-year-old man died in a freak accident in a housing society in Muradnagar on Thursday evening when the door of the elevator duct opened but he stepped into thin air and fell four levels into the basement as the lift hadn’t arrived.
The elderly man, Kedarnath Gaur, was found unconscious in the basement of the society – Moti Residency – by a resident who had just parked his car. At the basement, too, the door of the shaft was open but the lift hadn’t arrived, which prompted the resident to look down into the duct with his phone torch.
Gaur, who was oozing blood, was stuck in the narrow gap between the shaft and the wall. Workers in the society’s maintenance department had to cut through a portion of the metal shaft to pull out the elderly man. Gaur, who was still breathing then, died during treatment at a private hospital.
It is being assumed that Gaur, a retired engineer with the electricity department, was crushed under the lift every time it came down to the basement. When he was found at the base of the elevator duct, the lift was on one of the floors above. Since towers in the housing society do not have CCTV cameras on every floor, it could not be said for certain how exactly the accident happened.
Around 5pm on Thursday, Gaur had stepped out of home for an evening walk on the society premises. “He would have pressed the button of the lift and stepped into thin air as the door of the elevator duct opened but the lift did not arrive. He fell into the base of the shaft, which is four levels down,” said Rajesh, his son.
The residents staged a protest at the maintenance office on Thursday night and Friday morning, accusing the management of negligence. “We have been facing problems with the lifts every now and then. Many times, residents get stuck in the lift. Despite numerous complaints, the maintenance team has done little to repair the elevators,” one of the residents said. There are 500 families living in the housing society.
A senior official from the maintenance team said they were trying to find out how Gaur fell into the shaft. The official declined to speak on the maintenance of lifts.
Amit Kumar, the SHO of Muradnagar police station, said Gaur’s body had been sent for an autopsy and the reports are awaited. “On the basis of a complaint by the family, an FIR has been registered against the builder, Vishwanath Aggarwal, and his two sons Aseem and Palash under Section 304 of the IPC. They will be called for questioning soon,” the officer said.
Despite repeated attempts, the Aggarwals could not be reached for a comment.



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Sushant Singh Rajput case: Anupam Kher opens up on Mahesh Bhatt’s alleged involvement in the case | Hindi Movie News


Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise has left the entire nation in shock. The death probe is taking a different shape every day. In a recent interaction with Times Now, veteran actor Anupam Kher opened up about the case.

The actor came forward to extend his support to the late actor and urge for a CBI probe in Sushant’s case. While speaking to Times Now, he spoke about Mahesh Bhatt‘s alleged involvement in the case. He praised Mahesh and said that he wants to give the filmmaker the benefit of doubt. He further added that he would do so until he is proven guilty or he himself comes out and comments on the case.

Anupam said that he often reached out to the filmmaker for advice on life. He also stated that Mahesh Bhatt does not need his support and he is a man who can fight his own battle.

Recently, the CBI has reportedly recorded statements of SSR’s father KK Singh, sister and his other family to record their statements. Recently, Sushant’s sister and ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande took to their social media to urge the actor’s fans for Global 24-hour spiritual and prayer observation.





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No one will be safe in Biden’s America, Kamala Harris is ‘step worse’: Trump


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, saying “no one will be safe in Biden’s America” adding that the California Senator is a “step worse”.
“If Joe Biden would become the President, he will immediately pass legislation to gut every single police department in American and probably Kamala (Harris) is a step worse. She is of Indian heritage. I have more Indians than she has,” said Trump while speaking to members of the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.
The president, in his speech, took a sharp aim at Harris as being hostile to police, and suggested that she and Biden were at the center of “a left-wing war on cops.”
“This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect… No one will be safe in Biden’s America,” Trump said, adding, “And I’m telling you, on November 3 you’re going to be getting it back.”
In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly asserted that Biden supports defunding the police, Fox News reported.
On Friday, President Trump’s reelection campaign was endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYCPBA).
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who also spoke at the NYCPBA meeting on Friday, attacked the prosecutorial record of Kamala Harris. Giuliani said that when Harris was California’s Attorney General, “she prosecuted little people but she wouldn’t prosecute big people.”



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Infographic: PM Modi’s 7th Independent Day speech is his third longest | India News


NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi seventh Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort went on for 90 minutes, making it his third longest one. ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ was the centrepiece of his speech. He also presented a broad outline for spurring India’s growth in diverse sectors and asserted that the coronavirus pandemic cannot halt the country’s march towards self-reliance. His shortest speech was in 2017 when he spoke for a little under an hour. His longest was in 2016, when he spoke for 94 minutes. Till 2015, the longest speech ever given by an Indian PM was in 1947, when Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru spoke for 72 minutes. Here’s a look at the duration of I-Day speeches since 2002, when BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee was PM.

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All villages to be connected with optical fibre in next 1,000 days: PM Modi


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that the task to connect India’s over six lakh villages with optical fibre network will be completed in the next 1,000 days.
Besides, a high speed internet connectivity via submarine optical fibre cable will be extended to Lakshadweep in this period, he said.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on India’s 74th Independence Day, he pointed out that only five dozen panchayats in the country were connected with optical fibre cable before 2014.
The Prime Minister also announced a new policy on cyber security to be unveiled shortly amid threats emanating from cyber space.

He said the country is witnessing expansion of roads and internet at unprecedented and rapid speed, from the peaks of Himalayas to islands in the Indian Ocean.
In the last five years, 1.5 lakh village panchayats have been connected with optical fibre cable, Modi said.
“In the next 1,000 days, all villages in the country will be connected with optical fibre,” he said, adding Lakshadweep too would be connected with submarine optical fibre cable in the next 1,000 days.
Modi recently inaugurated the first ever undersea optical fibre cable project for Andaman and Nicobar Islands which will provide high speed broadband connections in the union territory at par with services in the mainland.

The Prime Minister had laid the foundation for 2,312-kilometre Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) connecting submarine optical fibre cable project on December 30, 2018.
Referring to the digital India, he said the importance of the mission has been realised during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the last month only, transactions worth about Rs 3 lakh crore took place through BHIM UPI alone,” he said.
During the lockdown period, digital transactions witnessed a huge surge.



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‘Olive Ridley turtles fall in line with nature — it carries them forth safely’ | India News


R Suresh Kumar is a wildlife biologist at the department of endangered species management, the Wildlife Institute of India. An expert in migratory Olive Ridley turtles, which swim from Australia to Sri Lanka and India, Kumar shares insights with Times Evoke on how this marine species plans its 9,000 km-long voyage:
The famous Olive Ridley turtle nests along the Indian coastline, which is about 7,500 kilometres long. The Olive Ridley is a tropical to subtropical subspecies, found in warm waters globally. It is fond of India — from the Gujarat coast to the Andamans and Lakshadweep to Odisha and Bengal, this species nests here annually. It journeys from foraging grounds off Australia to Sri Lanka and India, covering 9,000 kilometres.

AS THE TIDE TURNS: Olive Ridley turtles keenly follow nature’s cues. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
Odisha has the right kind of nesting beaches, located by river mouths. The eastern coast, criss crossed by the Kaveri in the south to the Ganga up north, is rich in river systems. These have deltaic areas with sandpits, which nesting turtles like.

Turtles also seek a specific latitude. As you move away from the Equator, the higher up you go, it gets colder while lower down, it becomes warmer. Olive Ridleys look for a beach environment located along a latitude of 25 degrees. This is possibly why their only other mass nesting, called arribada nesting, which takes place in the thousands, is seen around Costa Rica and Mexico, both of which are similar to Odisha.

But how Olive Ridleys know all this is a mystery. Their sense of magnetic fields is clearly very strong. Closer to the poles, the magnetic fields are dense and narrow while nearer the Equator, these are far apart. Turtles can understand the magnetic field. Remarkably, turtles have a sense of the chemical composition of their natal beaches as well. Hatchlings from one beach are led back by olfactory cues almost 15 years later to the same place!

Olive Ridleys display collective migratory behaviour. About 1,50,000 turtles move at a time. Small batches converge, starting migration simultaneously. The group swims to the waters around their natal beach. One day, a ‘trigger’ makes them emerge together and start nesting. How do they decide this synchronised emergence? They use environmental cues — sea currents, the sun’s position, surface winds, temperature, seasons and the moon.

Even the hatchlings depend on these to start swimming together one day. They have no parental guidance since adult turtles usually leave their eggs and swim away. The hatchlings make their own way to the foraging grounds, guided by environmental cues — Olive Ridleys are practically programmed by nature to sense signs like a displacement of water in ocean currents. As the monsoon recedes, and the winter starts to set in, ocean currents change. The turtles just need to hop onto these currents, which transport them over vast areas. Olive Ridleys know how to fall in line with nature — it carries them safely to ideal locations.



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From LAC to LoC, our soldiers gave befitting reply to those who challenged country’s sovereignty: PM Modi | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid border tensions with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Indian soldiers gave a befitting reply to those who tried to pose a challenge to the country’s sovereignty, be it at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or the Line of Control (LoC).
“From LoC to LAC, whoever tried to challenge the sovereignty of our country got a befitting reply from our soldiers in their own language,” the Prime Minister said, without directly referring to China or Pakistan.
Referring to the clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June this year, he said: “What our jawans can do, what the country can do, the world has seen in Ladakh.”
Addressing the nation on Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, the Prime Minister said that India stands united and is committed to protecting its sovereignty.
“India’s sovereignty is supreme for us,” he added.
Referring to the present scenario, PM Modi said the neighbours are not only those who meet our geographical boundaries but also those who meet our hearts. “Where there is harmony in relationships, bonding occurs.”
The Prime Minister said that while India strives for peace and harmony, it is more committed towards national security and making its Army stronger.
“India is also fully equipped for self-sufficiency in defence production,” he added.
India and China have held military and diplomatic for disengagement of troops along the LAC and de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh amid border tensions.
Pakistan has been resorting to ceasefire violations along the LoC which have been effectively retaliated by the Indian Army.



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