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Fellowships for Books on Post-Independence India

(New Delhi)Fellowships for Books on Post-Independence India
The New India Foundation fellowships are awarded biennially to Indian citizens for a period of one year and carry a stipend of Rs 1.5 lakh a month in addition to editorial and publishing support.
In a statement, the foundation has announced August 31 as the deadline for applications for the tenth edition of its fellowship programme. The selected fellows will join a community of 21 published authors.
The proposals for the fellowship need to be oriented towards publication and outline a road map towards that destination, it said.
Spearheaded by Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani, Srinath Raghavan, Manish Sabharwal and Niraja Gopal Jayal, the foundation strives to foster interest in documenting the dynamic and rich landscape of post-Independence India and to encourage high-quality research.
Some of the works of non-fiction supported by the foundation and published in recent years include Rahul Pandita’s “Our Moon Has Blood Clots”, Akshaya Mukul’s “Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India”, Amrita Shah’s “Ahmedabad: A City in the World”, and Saba Dewan’s “Tawaifnama” to name a few.
According to founding trustee Guha, the foundation has published “more than 20 outstanding works of history and non-fiction, many by younger writers that have won a sheaf of prestigious awards”.
“Our ongoing fellowship programme aims to catalyse and produce many more such books that will illuminate in different ways the history and politics of India since Independence,” he said.
Based in Bengaluru, the New India Foundation encourages breakthrough research on contemporary Indian history by awarding fellowships to gifted, energetic, scholars and writers.

PM Modi Opens Emergency Relief Fund for Coronavirus Fight

(New Delhi)PM Modi Opens Emergency Relief Fund for Coronavirus Fight
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the creation of an assistance and emergency situation relief fund where people can contribute and help in the government’s fight against coronavirus.
The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund will go a long way in creating a healthier India, PM said on Twitter.
“People from all walks of life expressed their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19,” he said, adding the fund has been constituted respecting that spirit.

Terorists Attacked Gurdwara Sahib in Kabul,India Condemns

(New Delhi) Terorists Attacked Gurdwara Sahib in Afghanistan,India Condemns
Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 11 worshippers and wounding as many, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country.
India on Wednesday strongly condemned the terror attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan’s Kabul, saying targeting of a religious place in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak reflects the “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their backers.
As per The External Affairs Ministry India conveyed its sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
“India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan,”
“Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers,”

Cong Demand For RS Adjournment on Call Surveillance Syphoned to Zero Hr

(New Delhi)Cong Demand For Adjournment on call Surveilance Syphoned to Zero Hr :Rajya Sabha
Opposition Congress on Wednesday raised in Rajya Sabha the order of the telecom department seeking huge call data records in cities such as Delhi, saying it was tantamount to converting India into a surveillance state.
Congress Deputy Leader in the Upper House Anand Sharma gave a notice under Rule 267 seeking adjournment of business of the day to discuss the move but Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu converted it into a Zero Hour mention.
Sharma said under the new guidelines framed by the previous UPA government, after clearance from the Home Secretary, officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) and above alone were authorised to seek such details from telecom operators.
In addition to this, SPs are required to give a mandatory declaration to District Magistrates (DMs) about the CDRs obtained every month.
Responding to the issue, Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said with approval and cooperation of telecom operators, CDR had been sought to deal with call drop issue.
“I want to assure that there is no surveillance, no phone tapping, no call recording,” he said, adding there is no invasion of privacy.

PM Modi Assured SAARC All Help Against CoronaVirus Pandemic

(New Delhi)PM Modi Assured SAARC All Help Against CoronaVirus Pandemic
In a Video Conference of SAARC Nations Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that
We have to fight this battle together, and we have to win it together.
Members agreed to find cooperative solutions by sharing knowledge, best practices, capacities, and where possible, resources.
TPM Modi offered to Contribute 10 Million $ for this Universal Combat
Modi Said
Some partners have made specific requests, including about medicine and equipment. My team has taken careful note of these. Let me assure you, that we will do our best for our neighbours.

PM Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh Put Off :Corona Virus

(New Delhi) PM Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh Put Off
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh next week to attend the birth centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been put off after the commemorative programmes were deferred due to detection of Coronavirus cases in that country, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday.
Decision has been taken by Bangladesh to defer the public events being organised to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The deferment is on account of the detection of cases of coronavirus in Bangladesh, and the larger global public health situation in this regard.

President Trump is Wheels Up From Historic India Visit

(Washington,Delhi) President Trump is Wheels Up From Historic India Visit
The President and First Lady Melania Trump are now en route back to Washington, D.C., after a productive and awe-inspiring trip to India this week.
The two-day schedule was packed with both working meetings and visits to cultural landmarks such as the Taj Mahal ,Sabarmati Ashram,,RiverFront etc
President Trump received a roaring welcome from over 100,000 people at a rally and huge crowed at 22 Km Long Roadshow hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional kindness and generosity of the Indian people,” President Trump said. “We’ll always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state showed us upon arrival.”
Earlier today, the President spoke to reporters about his successful visit and the growing power of the U.S.–India partnership. A few highlights:
On India: “I admire your country tremendously. I respect your Prime Minister tremendously . . . I think that India is going to be a tremendous player [now and] over the next period of 50 years and 100 years.”
On economic opportunity: “We just had a meeting . . . I thought it was a great meeting with some of the biggest businessmen in the world that come from India. They’re agreeing to invest billions and billions of dollars.”
On trade: “We also talked about tariffs because as you know, India is probably the highest-tariff nation in the world, meaning charging tariffs to outsiders. And I said we have to stop that. We have to stop it.”
On the Middle East: “We don’t have to act as a police force. We can act as a military force to win—not a military force to just take care of things in that very, very difficult part of the world.”
As part of President Trump’s talks with Prime Minister Modi this week, India is set to buy more than $3 billion of advanced American military equipment for its troops. A stronger India will boost U.S. efforts to defeat terrorism and drug trafficking worldwide.
The President also teased progress toward a major new trade deal, which would come on the heels of a recent Phase 1 agreement with China and the NAFTA-replacing USMCA.
“We think we’re at a point where our relationship is so special with India,” President Trump said alongside Prime Minister Modi. “It has never been as good as it is right now.”

India is Capable to Deal with CAA So No Comment :Trump

(New Delhi)India is Capable to Deal with CAA :Trump
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he discussed the issue of religious freedom with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his comprehensive talks and that the Indian leader wants people to have this freedom. He Refused to Comment on CAA Saying that India is Capable to Deal with it
He also said that talked about his country’s peace deal with the Taliban with Modi, and said that India will like to see it happen.
Addressing a press conference, Trump described Modi as a “terrific” leader and India as a “tremendous country”.
However, when asked if he discussed the violent incidents here during his visit, he said that he didn’t discuss individual attacks with PM Modi and “that is up to India”.
He also said that India is buying a lot of military hardware from the US.
To a question about reports of Russia trying to influence the US presidential poll, he said intelligence agencies never shared such information with him.

Punjab’s DGP Gupta Takes U Turn on His Remarks on Kartarpur Sahib Devotees

(Chd,Pb)Punjab’s DGP Gupta Takes U Turn on His Remarks on Kartarpur Sahib Shrine Devotees
Punjab Director General of police, Dinkar Gupta, has expressed shock and outrage over his remarks made at the Indian Express Ideas Exchange event on February 20, being misunderstood or being willfully misconstrued.Earlier Top Cop has said that Sri Kartarpur Sahib has Potential to Turn a Sikh Devotee into a Terrorist within 6 Hrs
In a statement issued here, Gupta said, “I rejoiced at the opening of the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor which has fulfilled the decades-old aspirations of millions of devotees like myself all over the world who profess their faith in Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his divine teachings. Their daily ardas for ‘khulle darshan-deedaar’ of religious shrines that remain in post-Partition Pakistan, was finally answered. It was a matter of even greater happiness that it coincided with the 550th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji”.
Top Cop also said that, as the DGP of the state, which is faced with continuing battle against violent extremism that continues to be funded and supported from across the border, he cannot over emphasize the need to remain vigilant.
He said,“I only red-flagged the obvious ‘potential’ for misuse by elements notorious for their hostility towards India and their effort to exploit every opportunity, even the most pious one, to disturb peace and communal harmony”
Gupta further said that his remarks at the Indian Express event were strictly pertaining to the security and safety of Punjab and India. There was absolutely no reference to any religion or community in his remarks but simply that some anti-national elements based in hostile neighborhood could misuse and exploit this opportunity and, therefore, “we” need to be vigilant to such potential dangers in the interest of peace and security of the people of the State, who, he said, had already suffered a lot in the past at the hands of terrorism promoted by our hostile neighbour.
Earlier Bikram Singh Majithia of Shiromani Akali Dal Slammed Capt Led Punjab Govt And Top Leaders of Congress asking that out of 51,000 devotees how many sikhs are converted terrorists