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BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekar demands Padma awards for former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan

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New Delhi | Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)  leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekar in a letter to the Union Government has demanded to felicitate former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan who was arrested in an alleged spy scandal with the prestigious Padma Awards

In a letter to the government, Chandrashekar wrote, “I request the Government of India to 1) To ensure that the process of justice is completed by pursuing those that are responsible and holding them to account; 2) To honour Narayanan’s struggle – by a Padma Award for a similar recognition by Government of India that recognizes eventual triumph of good over evil.”

Terming Narayanan’s arrest as an attempt to “terrorize the entire ISRO community” Chandrashekar further wrote, “Regretfully, this is not just a case of a person being falsely accused in a case as stated by the Supreme Court of India, it is also about a brilliant scientist being humiliated, subjected to third degree torture at the behest of some police officers, then apathetic government and its political conspiracy.”

Chandrashekar further wrote, “Nambi Narayanan was a senior scientist at the ISRO, in-charge of the cryogenics division, making rapid progress in the field of liquid technology – a key technology in rocket propulsion that is being deployed in GSLV. He was one of the chief architects of the ‘Vikas’ engine that is at the heart of India’s rockets, the same ones that made missions like Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan possible and which will be involved in many more space voyages in future,” the letter said.

“Vikram Sarabhai, the celebrated scientist and father of Indian Space, put his trust in Narayanan and sent him to Princeton University for higher studies on rocket propulsion,” he added.

Earlier the Supreme Court on September 14 termed the arrest of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in an alleged Spy scandal as ‘needless and unnecessary’ and ordered a 50 lakh compensation to the scientist who was arrested in 1994 by the Kerala police.

Nambi Narayanan a pioneer in introducing the liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s was charged with leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officers in 1994. The Kerala police accused that Nambi Narayanan and another scientist, D Sasikumaran had sold the secrets of ISRO in millions.

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Akhilesh slams Yogi government over proposed move to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’

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Lucknow | Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Monday attacked the Yogi Adityanath government’s proposed move to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj, stating that the present dispensation wanted to show their work only by “renaming”.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Allahabad on Saturday had announced that there was a proposal to rename the city as Prayagraj ahead of the 2019 Kumbh Mela.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Yadav said today’s rulers were trying to show that they are working by just changing the name of Allahabad.

“… They have even re-named Ardh Kumbh to Kumbh. This is toying with tradition and belief,” the former UP CM tweeted.

However, reacting to Yadav, Energy Minister and government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma claimed that the belief of people were hurt when the city was named Allahabad.

“Some persons are objecting to renaming Allahabad as Prayagraj. The objections are baseless. It is the right of the government to rename any city. If needed, we will rename more cities and roads. The mistakes done earlier will be rectified,” he said.

UP Governor Ram Naik had already supported the demands of the saints and the people of the Sangam city, he had said.

“The government will soon send a proposal to the Centre to change the name of the city,” the CM had said.

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I am not a Congress spokesperson: Shashi Tharoor clarifies on ‘Ram Temple-Hindu’ remark

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New Delhi | Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday gave his clarification about his earlier statement on the Construction of Ram Temple on the disputed land in Ayodhya.

“I condemn the malicious distortion of my words by some media in the service of political masters. I said: “most Hindus would want a temple at what they believe to be Ram’s birthplace. But no good Hindu would want it to be built by destroying another’s place of worship,” tweeted Tharoor.

Tharoor further stated that he was asked about his personal opinion on the matter in the festival and it does not reflect the view of his party. He wrote,”I was asked for my personal opinion at a literary festival & gave it as such. I am not a Spokesperson for my party & did not claim to be speaking for @incindia.”

Earlier on Sunday while speaking at the ‘The Hindu Lit for Life Dialogue 2018’ in Chennai  Tharoor said, “A vast majority of Hindus believes that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship.”

Various BJP leaders criticised the Tharoor’s statement. Union HRD minister Prakash Javdekar while responding to Tharoor’s remarks said,” Astonished that Shashi Tharoor believes that true Hindus don’t want a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This could be a view of Tharoor or Rahul Gandhi, not of ppl. This shows how cutoff they are from reality and how they only become Hindu during elections.”

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Rahul Gandhi targeting Hindus to appease ‘Pakistan’, says Rajasthan Minister

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Jaipur | Rajasthan Minister Jaswant Singh Yadav on Monday attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Congress president has called Hindus terrorist.

Addressing a public rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar constituency, Yadav said, “He (Rahul Gandhi) says Hindus are terrorists. What will such a man do by becoming the Prime Minister? He tells people of India that Hindus are terrorists. What does it mean? If you want to please Pakistan why are you insulting us?”

Responding to the ongoing Indo-France Rafale deal controversy where the opposition has cornered the Union government of an alleged scam in the deal, Yadav called Rahul Gandhi ‘disturbed’ as Pakistan had acquired the fighter Rafale jets. He said,” There was Rafale deal. These are fighter planes which are acquired after great difficulty. Pakistan did not acquire it. Rahul Gandhi is disturbed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji and not Pakistan received it.”


Yadav’s comment has come weeks before the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan. Assembly election will be conducted in the state of Rajasthan on 7 December while the results will be announced on 11 December.

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