123rd flower show in Ooty, Sachin Pilot addresses press conference in Jaipur, and other news in pictures

The parliament building made of one lakh and twenty thousand carnation flower's is the main attraction at the 123rd flower show in Government Botanical garden Udhagamandalam, on May 17, 2019.

The parliament building made of one lakh and twenty thousand carnation flower's is the main attraction at the 123rd flower show in Government Botanical garden Udhagamandalam, on May 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: M . Sathyamoorthy

6.00 pm

123rd flower show in Ooty

Tourists enjoy the 123rd flower show at the Government Botanical garden in Udhagamandalam on May 17, 2019.

Tourists enjoy the 123rd flower show at the Government Botanical garden in Udhagamandalam on May 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: M . Sathyamoorthy

 

A 23-foot high floral replica of the Parliament building made of nearly two lakh red and white carnation is the cynosure of all eyes at the 123rd Flower Show inaugurated by Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Botanical Gardens in Udhagamandalam on Friday.

It is indeed a matter of pride and happiness that the people of Nilgiris district have played host to the show for several decades, thus exhibiting their love for nature and their appreciation of beauty, the governor said in his inaugural address.

The annual show enjoys national and international recognition in terms of its antiquity and stature and flaunts the beauty of nature in all its colourful versatility, he said.

The garden has a sprawling expanse of 22 hectares and attracts around 30 lakh tourists every year, hosting an enormous collection of over 2,000 species of flora, he said.

It is the enormous variety that makes the flower show a unique event and there are more than 150 varieties of cut flowers, various kinds of tropical and temperate vegetables and tropical and temperate fruit on display.

The 30,000 potted flowering plants that have been specially arranged for the five-day show are sure to enthrall the visitors, Mr. Purohit said.

5.00 pm

 

Resentment among people due to politics of BJP: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addresses a press conference in Jaipur on May 17, 2019.

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot addresses a press conference in Jaipur on May 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Rohit Paras Jain

 

There is resentment among the people of the country due to the politics of the ruling BJP government at the Centre, Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said on Friday.

Referring to the violence in West Bengal and BJP nominee Pragya Thakur’s statement on Nathuram Godse, Pilot said it is for the first time that a constitutional institution like the Election Commission of India had to face several questions.

“The type of politics that BJP has done in past few days, it has created an environment of resentment in not only the Congress and other political parties but also in the entire country,” Pilot said at a press conference here.

“None of the senior BJP leader neither stopped nor objected to Thakur’s statement calling an individual who killed Mahatma Gandhi as a patriot,” he added.

“The party leadership has neither refuted the statement nor terminated her (Thakur) membership. The BJP’s sidelining itself from the statement is not enough,” he said further.

Pilot, who is also the Rajasthan Congress chief, said that the feedback on six phases of Lok Sabha election indicates that the BJP is trailing in all phases.

He said that the frustration of losing in elections can be gauged from the statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and other senior leaders.

4.00 pm

Hail storm and rain in Delhi

Heavy spell of hail storm and rain lashed North West Delhi on Friday

Heavy spell of hail storm and rain lashed North West Delhi on Friday   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

 

As the weatherman had predicted, Delhi recieved heavy rains and gusty winds on Friday.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature on Saturday is likely to be around 24 degrees Celsius. The weather is likely to remain pleasant on Saturday.

 

12.00 p.m.

Respite from the heat

Lakshmi, the elephant of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple being given a shower by mahouts to beat the heat at its enclosure in the Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple on Mahatma Gandhi Road on Friday.

Lakshmi, the elephant of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple being given a shower by mahouts to beat the heat at its enclosure in the Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple on Mahatma Gandhi Road on Friday.   | Photo Credit: T. Singaravelou

 

The star attraction of Manakula Vinayagar Temple and the much adored 29-year-old elephant Lakshmi takes a shower to beat the heat.

Lakshmi was donated when she was 10 years old when R.V.Janakiraman was the Chief Minister.

10.00 a.m.

Stalin campaigns in Aravakurichi

DMK president M.K. Stalin campaigns in Aravakurichi constituency on Friday, May 17, 2019, ahead of the Assembly by-election scehduled to be held on May 19, 2019.

DMK president M.K. Stalin campaigns in Aravakurichi constituency on Friday, May 17, 2019, ahead of the Assembly by-election scehduled to be held on May 19, 2019.   | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

 

DMK president M.K. Stalin campaigned in the Aravakurichi Assembly constituency, ahead of the by-election scheduled to be held on May 19, 2019.

Campaign ends today.

9.00 a.m.

Taiwan begins debating same-sex marriage bill

Gay rights supporters wait for the results under the rain outside Parliament while law makers discuss the same sex marriage bill in Taipei on May 17, 2019.

Gay rights supporters wait for the results under the rain outside Parliament while law makers discuss the same sex marriage bill in Taipei on May 17, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

 

Taiwanese legislators are scheduled to decide Friday on legalising same-sex marriage, marking a potential first in Asia.

Lawmakers pressured over the past two years by LGBT groups as well as church organisations opposed to same-sex marriage will choose between bills that broadly legalise the unions and give couples many of the tax, insurance and child custody benefits available to male-female married couples.

If the legal changes are approved, Taiwan would become the first place in Asia with a comprehensive law supporting same-sex marriage.

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8.00 a.m.

Udhagamandalam flower show kicks off

A replica of the parliament building made of 1,20,000 carnation flowers at the Government Botanical Gardens in Udhagamandalam on Friday, May 17, 2019

A replica of the parliament building made of 1,20,000 carnation flowers at the Government Botanical Gardens in Udhagamandalam on Friday, May 17, 2019   | Photo Credit: M.Sathyamoorthy

 

The annual flower show at the Government Botanical Gardens in Udhagamandalam kicked off with the unveiling of a replica of the parliament building made entirely out of carnation flowers.

This is the 123rd flower show at the Gardens.

 

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