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  • After Rahul's jibe, Philip Kotler congratulates PM Modi

    By Morning Glory News → Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Amid political sparring and opposition taunts over Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving "the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award", the marketing guru put out a clarification on Twitter on Tuesday and also applauded the prime minister's "selfless service towards India".

    NEW DELHI: Amid political sparring and opposition taunts over Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving "the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award", the marketing guru put out a clarification on Twitter on Tuesday and also applauded the prime minister's "selfless service towards India".

    "I congratulate PM @narendramodi for being conferred the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award. He has been selected for his outstanding leadership & selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy," tweeted Philip Kotler, a professor of marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

    He said PM Modi's efforts in India had resulted in "extraordinary economic, social and technological advances" and his win "raises the bar for future recipients."
  • 'Fir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar?' At National Council Meet Today, BJP Awaits PM's 'Magic Potion' for 2019 Polls

    By Morning Glory News → Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Seeking a second term, Modi this year would be defending a good first innings total of 273 plus. He registered a near cent percent strike rate in states where BJP matters — in the north, west and central India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP President Amit Shah on the first day of the two-day BJP National Executive Meet, at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

    Under the grand marquee, the invitees listened in with rapt attention. The top leaders on the stage are face to face with national council members one last time before the poll bugle is sounded in the next two months. Banners and posters urge cadres to work for 'Fir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar'. 

    Rewind to 2014. At the same Ramlila Maidaan in the national capital, the then BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi addressed the council members. For the leaders who opposed him from within and his adversaries outside he had a succinct message:

    “Aap chalen na chalen, desh chal chuka hai”

    At the end of the party council on Saturday, Modi’s speech will be listened in with great interest in the political circles. The politician in him — like many of his ilk — has this ability to get the public pulse right to the last beat. More than that, he has since his CM days been successful in setting the agenda and forcing his adversaries to bat on a pitch of his choice.

    As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi made state elections a contest between him and the Congress central leadership. The ‘Delhi Sultanate’ as he called it. In 2014, he sought a mandate to bring back ‘acche din’ after a decade of policy paralysis.

    In 2019, 60 years of Congress ‘mis-rule’ would be one of the talking points which BJP leaders from top to grassroots would use to attack the opposition. Party president Amit Shah in his inaugural address has compared the upcoming polls to the battle of Panipat between the Mughals and the Marathas. But beyond that, BJP in Lok Sabha polls will also have to talk about its performance after being handed a clear mandate to govern for full five years.

    Seeking a second term, Modi this year would be defending a good first innings total of 273 plus. He registered a near cent percent strike rate in states where BJP matters — in the north, west and central India.

    In the last five years, the party has attempted to strengthen its position in other areas as well. We have heard of the ‘look East’ policy to erase deficit elsewhere. Sorties to the Coromandal states have not yielded much. Prime Minister has given another call to potential and current allies.

    In running its first full majority government at the Centre, BJP has also sought to invest in new social blocks for electoral gains. Three decisions by the Prime Minister in this regard need special mention — demonetisation, GST and nomination of Ram Nath Kovind as President of the Republic.

    The first two were economic measures with a prominent political overtone. For once, BJP was attempting to pole vault from one side of the social divide to the other. From being seen as a party of the urban and upper caste to one with an egalitarian outlook.

    Ram Nath Kovind’s appointment as the President of India was another political outreach towards the Dalits.

    Ahead of the elections now, BJP seems to be making calibrated changes in the polls strategy. Ten per cent reservations to the Economically Weaker Sections has been promised. Universal Basic income of people living below poverty line is reportedly in the offing.

    RSS wants a temple. PM has ruled out an ordinance route for the same.

    In 2014, BJP's message to the electorate was clear and condensed. The party offered hope and people latched on to it. When BJP workers return to their constituencies on Saturday evening after the national council, they would be looking for that one central message to take back to the cadre and the voters. And they would be listening closely to Prime Minister's valedictory address to pick the leitmotif of BJP's pitch for another term in office.
  • BJP National Convention Day 2 Live: PM Modi To Address Party Leaders Today

    By Morning Glory News →

    PM Modi will address BJP members at the party's national convention at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.

    On the second day of the BJP National Convention, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to nearly 12,000 party members at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. The party's national convention, months ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, is the "biggest ever" gathering of BJP members which comes in the backdrop of the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties.

    Speaking at the national convention on Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah called the 2019 elections a "battle of ideologies" and compared it to the third battle of Panipat between Marathas and the Afghan army fought in the 1761. He dismissed the opposition parties' proposed grand alliance as a farce and said that the alliance is a disparate group that has been brought together by their greed of power.

    The convention also passed a resolution on development in rural areas, even as the opposition accused the government of "betraying" farmers amid protests by various farm organisations in different parts of the country.

  • BJP council meet HIGHLIGHTS: Shah says LS polls battle of ideologies, slams Opposition’s grand alliance

    By Morning Glory News →
    Prime minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley and others at the inauguration of the “BJP National Convention” in New Delhi on Friday. (Express photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

    BJP National Executive Meeting HIGHLIGHTS: Amit Shah, while exuding confidence in the party workers, said BJP will again make the government at Centre under PM Modi's leadership. He said the party was keen on the issue of Ram Mandir but Congress was delaying it.

    Addressing BJP workers from across the country at the National Executive meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Friday, party chief Amit Shah expressed confidence ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and said the polls will be a battle of ideologies. The BJP will lay the final guidelines for thousands of party leaders for the upcoming elections with its two-day National Executive meeting at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Friday and Saturday. The event was inaugurated by party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, in the presence of senior BJP leaders.

    After the recent Assembly election rout, the party, during the convention, is likely to focus on how to bring back the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The saffron party had lost to the Congress in the three Hindi heartland states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Besides this, two resolutions, one on political issues and another on the economy, are also likely to be passed. The national convention will be attended by BJP national executive council members, national council members, all MPs, MLAs, MLCs, national office-bearers of all morchas among others.
  • Intermittent snowfall in Kashmir, flight operations hit at Srinagar airport

    By Morning Glory News →

    Srinagar, Jan 12 (PTI) Intermittent snowfall continued in Kashmir for the second consecutive day Saturday, leading to disruption in flight operations at the Srinagar airport, officials said. However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway the only all-weather road-link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country was through for traffic.

    Intermittent snowfall continued in most parts of Kashmir for the second day, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.

    He said while the plains, including Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experienced light snowfall, most of the higher reaches of the state received moderate snowfall.

    The snowfall has led to decrease in visibility, resulting in disruption of flight operations at the Srinagar airport.

    "The air traffic to and fro Srinagar airport has been hit because of the low visibility due to continuous snowfall," an official at the airport said.

    He said so far three flights were cancelled while a few others were delayed.

    However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was open for one-way traffic, an official at the Traffic Control Room here said.

    The Met office has said there is a possibility of light rain and snow in many places, with heavy falls at isolated places, in the state on Saturday. It said the weather is likely to improve on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, the minimum temperature at Srinagar settled at minus 0.8 degrees Celsius last night slightly up from the previous night's low of minus 1 degree Celsius, the official of the Met office said.

    He said Qazigund the gateway town to the valley in south Kashmir also recorded a low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius last night.

    The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at a low of 0.2 degree Celsius, the official said, adding Kupwara was the only place in Kashmir where the night temperature settled above the freezing point.

    Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius last night, while Pahalgam tourist resort registered a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.

    The official said Leh recorded a low of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius last night, while the mercury in Drass settled at a low of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius and Kargil experienced the minimum of minus 16.8 degrees Celsius.

    Kargil was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

    'Chillai-Kalan' ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

  • Three houses, seven shops gutted in fire in JK's Doda

    By Morning Glory News →

    Doda (JK), Jan 12 (PTI) At least three houses and seven shops were gutted in a fire in this hilly district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.
    The fire broke out in a house at Kahara village, 45 kms from here, around 4.30 AM and quickly spread to adjoining structures, a police official said. 

    He said the fire and emergency services immediately rushed to the spot and managed to douse the flames after an hour-long operation.

    A total of three houses and seven shops belonging to five different owners were damaged in the fire, the official said.

    He said timely action of fire and emergency services and police averted a major tragedy as the fire happened in the densely-populated market and most of the structures are made of dry cedar and pine wood. 

    Efforts were on to ascertain the cause of the fire, the official said.

  • Jharkhand CM for having SRTMI hq in Ranchi

    By Morning Glory News →

    Ranchi, Jan 11 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das Friday urged Union Steel Minister Virendra Singh to open headquarters of Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) in Ranchi to help the mineral-based units in the state and neighbouring states.

    The SRTMI is an Institutional mechanism in the form of a Society facilitated by the Ministry of Steel and driven by major steel producers of India, to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the Iron & Steel sector of India.

    Calling on the steel minister in the national capital, Das informed Singh that the institute would benefit mineral-based units in the state such as the SAIL, MACON, MIT, Tata Steel and JSPL, an official release said here.

    Besides, industrials towns like Rourkela in Odisha and Durgapur and Burnpur in West Bengal are also near Ranchi and these would get help if the SRTMI headquarters is opened here.

    Das said the state government was ready to cooperate to open SRTMI's headquarters in Ranchi.