Indian educational institutions should maintain high standards: Venkaiah Naidu
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged Indian educational institutions to maintain high standards and foster academic excellence.
Speaking at the convocation of Great Lakes Institute of Mananagement in Chennai, Mr. Naidu said India is an attractive destination for global investors.
Mr. Naidu said India was poised to become a USD 5 trillion economy in the next few years and there was a need to remove economic imbalances, urban-rural divide, end gender and social discrimination and enhance the prestige of all institutions, including the Supreme Court, Central Vigilance Commission, Election Commission, Parliament and state legislatures.
He said nobody should say or do anything to undermine the sanctity of these institutions. There are appropriate forums to redress grievances, if any, he added.
He urged educational institutions to maintain high standards and foster academic excellence.
Asking the graduating students to respect their alma mater and always act to enhance its reputation, Naidu advised them to focus on achieving academic excellence and become socially conscientious citizens.
India crashes out of Sudirman Cup 2019
India's dismal show in badminton continued in the ongoing Sudirman Cup 2019 as the shuttlers lost their respective matches to suffer a 0-5 defeat against China in the Group 1D tie.
With the second consecutive defeat, India's campaign in the tournament also came to an end.
In the men's singles match, Sameer Verma suffered a 17-21, 20-22 defeat against Chen Long. Later, Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy went down 5-21, 11-21 to Wang Yafan and Huang Dongping in the mixed doubles contest.
Later in the day, the men's doubles pair comprising Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to notch a win as they went down fighting 21-18, 15-21, 17-21 to Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong.
Meanwhile, a lot was expected from India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal. However, she also disappointed going down to Chen Yufei 12-21, 17-21 in a 33-minute affair as the scoreline read 4-0 in China's favour.
Later, women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also lost 12-21, 15-21 to Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan of China.
Tight security at counting centres
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha seats on Thursday, a top election officials have said.
Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, will begin at 8.00 am Thursday and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time.
67.11 per cent of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the 7-phase elections. This is the highest ever-voter turnout in Indian parliamentarian elections.
This is for the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results of voting machines will be matched with slips generated by paper trail machines.
The exercise will take place in five polling stations per assembly segment which effectively means that out of nearly 10.3 lakh polling stations, the EVM-VVPAT matching will take place in 20600 such stations.
Taiwan Navy holds drill
Taiwan’s Navy has held a major live-firing exercise off the island’s east.
The May 22 drills are part of the annual Han Kuang exercises that simulate an attack by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary .
In addition to firing of cannons and missiles by navy craft and the release of depth charges, fighter jets launched missiles and anti-submarine warfare aircraft released buoys.
Along with its vast array of ballistic missiles, submarines are considered among China’s most potent weapons against Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949.
Cambodia's royal oxen predict plentiful rice harvest
Cambodia's royal oxen predicted a plentiful harvest of rice, the country's biggest crop, at an ancient ploughing ceremony on Wednesday.
King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the televised annual ritual in which two oxen are given offerings after ploughing a field, marking the start of the rice-growing season in the Southeast Asian country.
Dressed in ornate robes and colourful headdresses, the oxen ate 85% of the rice and beans on offer and 90% of the corn in decorated bowls - indicating a bountiful harvest.
Palace astrologers make their predictions each year depending on the oxen's choice of crops and the amount they eat.
“I pray ... for seasonal rain and regular weather,” Korng Ken, a Brahmin priest dressed in traditional white robes, said at the ceremony in Takeo province.
He prayed that “Cambodia avoid any natural disasters that would destroy the agriculture harvests which are the lives of the people and country.”
First anniversary of anti-Sterlite protests observed in Thoothukudi
The first anniversary of the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests, which left 13 people dead in 2018, was observed in Thoothukudi on May 22 with scores of locals turning up to remember the victims.
Security was beefed up in the district though there were no reports of any untoward incidents so far.
The victims were remembered by their near and dear ones at events held in different parts of the district.
On May 22, 2018, police fired on protesters demanding the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit. Thirteen people were killed in the firing.
The incident triggered widespread outrage and criticism against the Tamil Nadu government even as the ruling AIADMK later announced a “permanent” closure of the copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi.
Leaders of various political parties and Tamil groups have expressed solidarity with the victims and the anti-Sterilite movement.
Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss
Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate clashed with security forces in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, burning vehicles and throwing rocks at police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
The protesters tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency late Tuesday and clashes have continued since then. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said more than 20 suspected provocateurs have been arrested.
Local media reported several deaths among protesters but there has been no official confirmation.
White-robed protesters blocked streets in one central Jakarta neighborhood and in another, rioters fought running battles with police, throwing rocks and setting fires.
During the night, vehicles and a paramilitary police dormitory were set ablaze as police using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon battled protesters who threw molotov cocktails and burning projectiles.
Indonesia’s Election Commission on Tuesday said President Joko Widodo had won a second term with 55.5% of the vote in the April 17 election.
ISRO launches radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B
In a pre-dawn launch on May 22, RISAT-2B, the country's newest microwave Earth observation satellite, rode to its orbit 557 km above the ground.
Data that will come from the all-weather, day and night satellite are considered to be vital for the Armed Forces as also agriculture forecasters and disaster relief agencies.
In a post-launch address from the Sriharikota launch port, K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), hailed the event as a textbook launch of a very important and complex satellite.
Dr. Sivan said ISRO has included two important secondary or "piggyback" trial "payloads that would revolutionise ISRO's future missions."
The mission carried a complex 3.6-metre unfurlable radial antenna.
It also tested a new low cost, light Vikram processor developed at the Semiconductor Complex Chandigarh. The processor will control future ISRO launch vehicles.
Dr. Sivan, who is the Secretary, Department of Space, also announced that the Chandrayaan-2 lander-rover mission would take place during July 9-16.
(With inputs from agencies)