NEW DELHI: As a mark of respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee, Seven-Day State Mourning will be observed throughout India from today till 6th September. During the period, the National Flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.
Mukherjee, a stalwart of Indian politics, breathed his last on Monday (August 31). He was 84. The information was announced by his son Abhijit Mukherjee. The veteran politician was found to be coronavirus positive when he went to Army Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, he underwent surgery for a blood clot in the brain.
With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers ,duas & prarthanas from people throughout India !
I thank all of You 🙏
— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) August 31, 2020
Mukherjee served as 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. He also served as Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce.
A man of humble origin, Mukherjee was born in the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal as the son of freedom fighters, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi. He acquired a Master’s degree in History and Political Science as well as a degree in Law from the University of Kolkata. He then embarked on his professional life as a college teacher and journalist.
Inspired by his father’s contribution to the national movement, Mukherjee in 1969 plunged into full-time public life following his election to the Upper House of the Parliament.
Under the mentoring of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee’s rise in his political career was rapid. He served as Union Minister of Finance, Defence, External Affairs and Commerce.
Mukherjee was also Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission. He was elected to Rajya Sabha five times and twice to Lok Sabha.
Mukherjee served as Leader of both houses of Parliament. He had extensive diplomatic experience and served on the Board of Governors of the IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank. Mukherjee was instrumental in spearheading critical decisions of the Government on a range of issues such as Administrative reforms, Right to Information, Right to Employment, Food Security, Energy Security, Information Technology and telecommunication and setting up of UIDAI.
He was a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy-making body of the Party for a period of 23 years. A powerful orator and scholar, Mukherjee’s intellectual and political prowess as well as remarkable knowledge of international relations, financial affairs and parliamentary process are widely admired.
He has been acclaimed for his role as a consensus builder on difficult national issues through his ability to forge unity amongst the diverse political parties that form part of India’s vibrant multi-party democracy.
President Ramnath Kovind has condoled the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee. The president said that his demise is the passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage.
Vice President M. Vekaiah Naidu said that the country has lost an elder statesman in Pranab Mukherjee’s death. He rose from a humble beginning to occupy the country’s highest constitutional position through hard work, discipline and dedication.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Pranab Mukherjee has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of the nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman,
India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society. pic.twitter.com/gz6rwQbxi6
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 31, 2020
Terrorism Is Pakistan’s Only Glory In 70 Years: India At UN
India slammed Pakistan and highlighted its role in supporting and aiding terrorism.
NEW YORK (United States): India on Friday hit back at Pakistan with a stinging reply after its prime minister Imran Khan raised Kashmir and issues related to minorities at the UN General Assembly.
In a strongly worded reply, India delegate Mijito Vinito stated that “The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to the part that is still under illegal occupation of Pakistan.”
— League of India @ #IndiaFightsCorona (@league_of_india) September 26, 2020
The response said Khan had “no reasonable suggestion to offer the world” and his speech was about “lies, misinformation, war-mongering and malice.”
“The words used today at this great Assembly by the leader of Pakistan demean the very essence of the United Nations. For a nation that is deeply buried in medievalism, it is understandable that the tenets of modern civilized society such as peace, dialogue and diplomacy are farfetched,” Vinito said.
Calling Khan’s speech “rant” of someone who had nothing to show for himself, the envoy said: “The only crowning glory that this country has to show to the world for the last 70 years is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism, and clandestine nuclear trade.”
Referring to the Pakistan Prime Minister, he said, “The same leader who spewed venom today, admitted in 2019 in public in the US that his country still has about 30,000-40,000 terrorists who have been trained by Pakistan and have fought in Afghanistan and in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the country that has systematically cleansed its minorities including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others, through the abuse of its blasphemy laws and through forced religious conversions.”
Pakistan was characterised as “someone who professes to be a champion of Islam, this is also a country that has encouraged killing of fellow Muslims merely because they belonged to a different sect, or to a different region in Pakistan, and through sponsoring terrorist attacks against its neighbours,” he added.
Vinito said Imran Khan “is the same person who referred to the terrorist Osama Bin Laden as a ‘martyr’ in his parliament in July“.
He further said, “For a nation that is deeply buried in medievalism, it is understandable that the tenets of modern civilised society such as peace, dialogue and diplomacy are farfetched.”
Bihar Assembly Elections To Be Held On Oct 28, Nov 3, Nov 7; Results On Nov 10
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect with the declaration of elections.
NEW DELHI: The Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases starting from 28th of next month. The counting will take place on 10th November.
Announcing the poll scheduled in New Delhi today, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, the Model Code of Conduct, MCC has come into effect with the declaration of elections. He said, 71 assembly constituencies will go to polls in the first phase on 28th October, 94 seats in the second phase on 3rd November and 78 seats in the third phase on 7th November.
The number of phases for 243-member Bihar assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind security arrangements and festive season.
CEC informed that the voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day. He said COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in all aspects of life and Bihar assembly elections will be held under new security protocols.
The Chief Election Commissioner said that the number of polling booths has been increased to ensure social distancing and social distancing norms will have to be followed at public gatherings during the poll campaign. The number of people accompanying a candidate for submission of nomination has been restricted to two, while a door-to-door campaign can have a maximum of five people including the candidate.
The Election Commission has also created an optional facility to fill the nomination form and the affidavit online and submission of the same, after taking a print, before the Returning Officer concerned. For the first time, the candidates will have the option to deposit a security amount online for contesting the elections.
Arora informed that seven lakh hand sanitiser points, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged in the wake of COVID pandemic. He added that social distancing norms will have to be followed at public gatherings and other activities during the election campaign.
He said the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines. The Chief Election Commissioner added that anyone who indulges in misuse of social media with respect to elections will have to face consequences under the law.
Election Commission has informed that it will decide on bypolls for 1 Lok Sabha and 64 Assembly Seats after a review meeting on 29th September on issues raised by some states on poll timing.
Model Code of Conduct comes into force in Bihar:
Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi today, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect with the declaration of elections.
Arora said the number of phases for 243-member Bihar Assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind security arrangements and festive season. He informed that the voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day. He said COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in all aspects of life and Bihar Assembly elections will be held under new security protocols.
Arora informed that seven lakh hand sanitiser points, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged in the wake of COVID pandemic. He added that social distancing norms will need to be followed at public gatherings and other activities during the election campaign.
The Chief Election Commissioner said the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines. He added that anyone who indulges in misuse of social media with respect to elections will have to face consequences under the law.
Cricket Legend Dean Jones Dies In Mumbai
The Australian was working in Mumbai when he reportedly died of a heart attack.
MUMBAI (Maharashtra): In what comes as heart-breaking news to the cricket world, Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has passed away following a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai. Jones was part of Star Sports Select Dugout team for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and was in Mumbai due to it.
Jones was inside a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai for IPL 2020 duties and suffered a cardiac arrest which led to his demise.
Born in Melbourne, Dean Jones played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team. Though he boasted an excellent record in Test cricket and is best remembered for his batting and fielding in the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world.
Star India’s full statement on Dean Jones’ demise:
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.
Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young Cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Hero to a Generation:
Earl Eddings, chairman of Cricket Australia, said Jones would be sorely missed by cricket fans around the world. “Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game,” Eddings said.
“Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.
“Although many remember him for his brilliance in the 50-over game, arguably Jones’ finest moment in the national team came in scorching conditions in Chennai in 1986, where his selfless and courageous innings of 210 helped Australia to a famous tie against India.
“Jones remained an immensely popular figure in Australian and Victorian cricket throughout his life and was a much-loved columnist and commentator in every corner of the cricketing world.”
‘THE’ Chennai Test Match:
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) September 19, 2020
His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. He wanted to go off the field “retired ill” which led his captain Allan Border to say that if he could not handle the conditions, he would “get a Queenslander” (Greg Ritchie, a Queenslander like Border, was the next man in to bat). This comment spurred Jones to score 210, an innings he considered a defining moment in his career and one of the epic Test innings in Australian cricket folklore.
This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India. After the match, Jones was put on to an intravenous drip.
The Cricket Journey:
Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship.
Jones captained Derbyshire to second in the 1996 County Championship, their best finish for 60 years. Jones scored 1,338 runs in the season, more than any other Derbyshire player.
He left Derbyshire mid-season in 1997 after disagreements with teammates.
Jones also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85.
Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill. Jones himself was very ill before the Test, and deemed his score of 48 on his debut as his “best knock”.
Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.
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