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Trump thought Modi is single and wanted to ‘set him up’!

US President Donald Trump wanted to help Narendra Modi find a wife. According to a report by Politico, he had inquired whether or not Modi would be bringing his wife along on his 2017 visit to the White House. On being told by his national security aides that Modi and his wife, Jashodaben, had been separated for decades now, Trump, allegedly joking, said: “Ah, I think I can set him up with somebody.”

The mysterious figure of Modi’s wife — Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi, now a 66-year-old retired school teacher, has eluded mainstream discourse even in the Indian media. They were married at a young age by their families in Vadnagar, Gujarat in 1968 — a practice common for the Ghanchi caste in the area.

For Trump, however, the matter was of less sensitive significance. The President’s effort at match-making, the same article reports, is just one of the many diplomatic faux pas he has made in his controversy-riddled 20 months in power. The article mentions instances where Trump has repeatedly tried to call Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at inappropriate hours of the night, as well as his “awkward meetings” with global leaders.

PM Modi’s Wife Jashodaben Injured in Car Accident in Rajasthan

It was not immediately known what caused the accident. Jashodaben was returning to Gujarat after attending a wedding in Kota.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben has been injured in an accident in Rajasthan, the police have said. Jashodaben has been rushed to a medical facility in Chittorgarh after she suffered injuries following a road accident this morning. It was not immediately known what caused the accident

One person has reportedly died in the accident, which took place on the Kota-Chittor highway.

According to Parsoli police station SHO Shyam Singh, Jashodaben did not suffer any serious injuries in the accident. She was travelling in an Innova along with her relatives when the accident took place near Katunda.

Jashodaben lives with her brother Ashok Modi at Unjha town of Mehsana district and is provided security by the Mehsana police force.

More Details are awaited

Election Commission censor “Pappu” after Congress objects on BJP using same in election ad

Fumed over the latest advertisement by the Bhartiya Janata Party in Gujarat for taking the word “Pappu”, which apparently target the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, the Election Commission has asked the BJP in Gujarat to drop the word. Giving the verdict on the same, the EC said to BJP that the term is “derogatory”. Though, the party insists that it never linked it to any individual.

“Pappu” is a name BJP supporters use to mock Rahul Gandhi on social media. Earlier this year, a Congress dissident was caught using the name, which loosely translates to “fool or simpleton”

If insiders from BJP are to be believed, the BJP has sent a script for its election ad titled “Kirana (Grocery)” to the media committee of the State Election Commission for approval. One of the characters in the ad goes by the name of “Pappu”when he visits the grocery store, staff comments: “Sir pappu bhai aaye lagte hain (seems Pappu has come)”.

Earlier this month, the BJP appealed against that decision to the top election officer in Gujarat. But the Commission’s reply was the same.

A senior BJP leader said that “If the party has to make any election-related advertisement, a script of the same has to be sent to the committee to get it cleared. However, they raised the objection to the word “Pappu”, terming it as derogatory. The committee has asked us to remove or replace the word”.

Adding further, the leader said that the party is in a mood to replace the word and submit a new script for the Election Commission’s approval. “Since there was no direct mention or linkage with any person while mentioning ‘Pappu’ in the entire script, we had appealed to the committee to reconsider their decision, but they rejected it,” he said.

The Election Commission’s report objection to the BJP poll ad in Gujarat quickly fuelled the battle of the words on social media, with supporters of Congress and the BJP taking swipes at each other. Soon, “Pappu” and “#PappuCensored” become trending topics on Twitter.

Gujarat will vote on December 9 and 14 and the results will be declared on December 18. Rahul Gandhi has campaigned aggressively in the state to try and prevent another win for the BJP, which has ruled Gujarat for 22 years.

Watch: Aamir Khan Urges India To Help People Affected In Gujarat And Assam Flood

As the flood in Gujarat and Assam is creating havoc and claiming lives, Actor Aamir Khan, who is well known for his generosity, recently posted a video on Twitter urging his fans to help the people who are affected in the floods in Gujarat and Assam. The actor also requested everyone to come forward in this time of crisis and help the people by donating to their capacity.

In the video, Aamir Khan said, “Several areas of Assam and Gujarat have been affected by heavy floods. Our brothers and sisters who are staying there are facing a lot of difficulties. Many people have lost their lives and there has been a huge loss too. We are helpless in front of the fury of nature but we can help the victims of the floods. I appeal to you to help our brothers and sisters in Assam and Gujarat.”

He further added, “Please contribute in the Chief Minister Relief Funds of the two states. I will also contribute and I request you to do the same. Thank you. Jai Hind.”

After Referring Jesus As “Haivaan”, Gujarat Textbook Now Refer “Roza” As Cholera.

Months after another Hindi standard textbook was found to have an offensive adjective with Jesus, (in the Std IX Hindi textbook he was referred to as a ‘demon’) the printer’s devil has reportedly caught up with the Gujarat State School Textbook Board, again. In a “printing error”, Roza or fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramzan has been explained as “an infectious disease in which one suffers from diarrhoea and vomiting” in a Class IV Hindi textbook of the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB). This comes days after the GSSTB drew strong criticism over a derogatory reference to Jesus Christ in its Class IX Hindi textbook. It’s at the end of Page number 13, at the end of Chapter three (a story ‘Idgah’ by Premchand) in Class IV Hindi textbook.

The error factory that is the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) has churned out yet another shocker, says the Times of India. The class IV Hindi (first-language) textbook prescribed for Hindi-medium students defines Roza as “Ek chaatak aur sankramak rog jisme dast aur kai aati hai” (an infectious disease that causes diarrhoea and vomiting). Roza is the fast Muslims keep in the holy month of Ramzan.

The error was spotted on page number 13 at the end of chapter three — a story ‘Idgah’ by Premchand — of Class IV Hindi textbook for Hindi-medium students. The definition of the second word ‘roza’ in shabdarth (meaning) was given as “ek chaatak tatha sankramak rog jisme dast aur kaai ati hai (an infectious disease that leads to diarrhoea and vomiting)”.
When contacted by The Times of India and Indian Express, GSSTB chairman Nitin Pethani said, “This is a printing error. There should be haiza (cholera) in place of roza, but mistakenly both these words have been inter-changed.”While this textbook has been part of the curriculum since 2015, Pethani has claimed there was no such error in the earlier edition. He said the error cropped up in the print edition of 2017.

“We will issue a correction for Hindi-medium schools… Not more than 15,000 copies of this textbook were published due to a limited number of Hindi-medium students,” said Pethani.While GSSTB officials denied having received an official complaint from any organisation or individual, Ahmedabad-based Right to Education (RTE) Forum, led by Mujahid Nafees, said the matter would be taken up with higher authorities. “The Forum has planned to submit a complaint to the GSSTB and the state government… errors regarding religions will not be accepted… action must be taken against those involved,” said Nafees. Nafees has been running an inclusive and vibrant programme on minority rights in Gujarat.

KHOJ, education for a plural India programme had conducted a joint study and workshop on the issue in Ahmedabad in 1999. Communalism Combat’s How Textbooks Teach Prejudice researced by Teesta Setalvad is a collection of in-depth exposures and analyses on the question. For the students of Gujarati-medium government schools in the state, error-free textbooks remain a distant dream. Since 1999, and then again in 2014, when the Dinanath Batra textbooks were introduced.

A few months back it was the gaffe, in the Std IX Hindi textbook which described Jesus Christ as the demon. The blunder, which appears in a chapter on the ‘Teacher-student relationship in Indian cultural context,’ has put the state government in a quandary as the new academic session is just around the corner. Now the Std IV textbook has derogatory meanings described to the fasting during Ramzan.

PM Modi, Where He Used To Sell Tea, Will Get A Rs 8cr Facelift.

When a person becomes successful their place, their relatives, their school, their friends all of the people associated with them comes into limelight. With time, when you climb up the ladder of success everything about you comes into public domain. And the same thing is happening with PM Narendra Modi.


Vadnagar railway station in Gujarat, where Prime Minister used to sell tea at his father’s stall as a boy, is expected to get a makeover by this year. Giving the information about the same, Union Minister of Railways Manoj Sinha on Friday said about Rs 8crore had already been allocated for the purpose.


Vadnagar railway station is in Mehsana-Taranga Hill meter gauge section of Western Railways, which is being converted into broad gauge.


“About Rs 8 crore has been allocated (for the task),” said Sinha who was visiting Sachana in Ahmedabad district to unveil a new Inland Container Depot (ICD), developed by Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva).


Ahmedabad Divisional Railway Manager Dinesh Kumar, who was accompanying the minister, told media persons, “Tourism ministry has allotted Rs 8 crore for the development of Vadnagar station. The work is being executed by state tourism department as part of a Rs 100 crore project to develop the Vadnagar-Modhera-Patan tourist circuit. The makeover of the station is expected to be completed by this year.”


The development had made its way after Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) partner had offered a daylong tour package of Modi’s birthplace, Vadnagar, in 2015. Under “A Rise from Modi’s Village” package worth Rs 600, tourists could visit Modi’s ancestral house and primary school, the temple where he used to play drums besides the railway station.


Narendra Modi Stopped his Convoy to Meet a 4-year-old

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India is always known for his unique way of meeting general public. His desire to be in contact with the people of India is seen on many occasions.

He took a metro ride to inaugurate extension of the Badarpur line in 2015 which will directly connect Faridabad to capital. The metro was filled with common people who met the PM for a quick chat and photographs.

Recently, he took the PM of Australia for a metro ride till Akshardham for a visit while meeting common people on his way.

During Independence Day and Republic day after the parade ceremony, he is always known to meet the common people. Instead of riding in a bulletproof car for a while he prefers to walk while waving the people and shaking hands with them.

Recently, in Gujarat, Narendra Modi stops his convoy to meet a four-year-old. The road was tightly packed with people all around while his convoy was passing when suddenly a young girl named Nancy appears hesitantly to take a glimpse of him but stopped by the commandos. Narendra Modi who saw her stopped his SUV and called back that little girl. He met her for few seconds, said few words and resumed his journey again.

The crowd who saw this felt amazed by his sweet gesture and started chanting ‘Modi, Modi Modi ’.

Earlier this month the Prime Minister went on to receive Sheikh Hasina without the traffic restriction placed for smooth VIP movement.


By – Parul Kulshrestha

Mr Prime Minister! You Have Got The Best Sense Of Humour. Here’s The Proof


There’s no hidden truth that that Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows how to turn the tide in his favour. Whether it’s dealing with the public or making opposition falling down to their knees.  Above all, PM Modi is better known for his witty comment on the opposition and on time sarcasm to turn the situation to his favour.

In a video, PM Modi is seen delivering a speech where his mic suddenly goes off. Instead of panicking out, he casually calms the situation to his favour by saying “Khabar yeh nhi aye gi ki mic kharab hua, khabar yeh aayegi ki Modi ki bolti band”. Watch his on time sarcasm here:




Amazing! India’s women cast off the burden of water carrying.


Water hygiene and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less arduous, Wello, an American social venture company, has designed a device to transport water in a more efficient and hygienic way.

The WaterWheel is around 50-liter container that enables people to roll water from water sources rather than carry it on their heads. Thanks to this new invention, three to five times more water can be transported compared to traditional methods.

Girls and women carrying plastic jerry cans of water on their heads is a common sight in rural areas of poor countries. The WaterWheel eases that burden by storing water in a round 50-litre container that doubles as a wheel.

In 2011, the Wello team travelled to India with the goal of finding a way to improve the experience of collecting, storing and using water. The team interviewed over 1,500 community members, practitioners and experts and found that the problems that stem from the traditional methods of water transportation profoundly impact families and communities in a negative way.

For many isolated areas, family members (mainly women) are forced to trek up to five miles to the nearest water source with large, heavy plastic containers balanced on their heads. It’s estimated that Indian women spend up to 25 percent of their time each day collecting water. This time spent often keeps children out of school and cuts out the valuable time that could otherwise be spent generating income from other means.

Fewer trips to collect water means women and children can spend more time on productive educational and economic activities, The daily burden of water collection undermines productivity, limits educational opportunities and traps households in poverty. Wello focuses on reducing the negative social, economic and health consequences of carrying heavy loads of water over long distances.

After their time in India meeting with numerous people in the villages of Rajasthan, the Wello team won a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to develop the WaterWheel. The resulting product is a high-quality, human-safe plastic wheel that offers a convenient, hygienic and durable way to transport water. Currently, the WaterWheel is being manufactured in Ahmedabad city in Gujarat and may also be used to provide water for herds of animals and irrigation purposes. Our goal is to distribute on a large scale, on small margins to 10,000-20,000 customers a year.

The designers played around with different sizes – 10-20 litres – before agreeing on 50 litres. While the WaterWheel was created with women in mind, as they tend to collect water

The device, to be constructed Ahmedabad city in Gujarat, also saves time, at least an hour in many cases. It is also being used for irrigation and to bring water to animals.

Wello plans to sell the WaterWheel in the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat states, as well as explore opportunities for water purification.

It is an age-old image of rural India: a woman trudging a long distance with a huge pot of water precariously balanced on her head. And despite an ambitious nationwide effort to provide piped water to every rural household, it remains a common sight in most Indian villages.

After tests in India, Mexico and Haiti, she is confident that the WaterWheel can be an all-terrain alternative to water pots, taking a huge, historic and debilitating load off impoverished Indian women.




Wow! Beauty And The Beast Has an Indian Connection

Emma Watson recently wished her fans in India ‘Happy Holi’ before the release of her movie “Beauty and The Beast”. That was a promotional video for her film. Not many Indians actually know that this was not the only contact the film has with India.

The role she is playing in the movie is called as a modern Belle’s role. The costume is also designed accordingly. “She doesn’t wear ballet pumps, she wears boots,” says Jacqueline Durra the Oscar-winning costume designer in an interview to a tabloid. “She has her 18th-century pockets, but she has them on the outside of her costume so that you can see they’re like a tool belt. They’ve got useful things in them that she’ll need for doing the different things she does in the village. She tucks her skirt up into her waistband so you can see her bloomers, and she wears bloomers so that she cannot be trapped by the skirt.” All of these elements serve as reminders of Belle’s will for freedom.

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@beautyandthebeast is out today! I was an assistant designer to Jacqueline Durran on the job, which had a costume team of almost 100 people. As a team, we tried to source ethical, fair-trade and sustainable fabrics wherever possible. For Belle's "red cape look" in particular we decided to challenge ourselves to see how difficult it would be to create a costume that was head to toe fair-trade, organic and sustainable, but which didn’t compromise Jacqueline's design. We contacted Eco Age, who provided us with a set of criteria which we could adhere to. All of the production was done in our in-house workshops, and the whole costume team got involved in the challenge. This specific costume required 12 different fabrics to make her cape, jacket, blouse, bodice, skirts and bloomers, with trims and ties, and we ensured that each element was certified organic and fair-trade. Our dyeing team took on the challenge of using natural and low impact dyes, and printing with traditional wood blocks, which the set carpenters helped make in the construction department, from redundant bits of the set. Some of the fabrics and trims used were vintage, including the cape which was made from hand-woven Scottish Jacob’s wool, that was then over-dyed using madder. The fabric for the jacket was made using a hand-woven linen found on E-bay, which was actually a lady in manchester’s school project from the 1960’s. Her apron was hand painted by London based artist Oliver Kilby @oliverkilbyart who also painted some of Belle's other accessories. The rest of the fabrics were sourced from fairtrade co-operatives in India and Nepal. #whomademyclothes #whomademycostume #ethicalcostume #ootd #jacquelinedurran #fairtrade #behindthescenes #beautyandthebeast #artisan #organic #naturaldyes #vintage #disney #sustainable @beautyandthebeast #thecostumedirectory

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She further stated that “instead of a corset, Belle wears a flexible bodice that ties at the side. Nothing she wears is inhibiting. She can do whatever she would want to do in any of her costumes. She rides a horse. And most ironically, she dances with the Beast”.

The movie got released and is winning hearts all over the world and it is really praised for its animations, songs, beautiful sets and of course the costumes. The costumes of  ‘Beauty and the Beast are earning appreciations everywhere. The assistant costume designer Sinéad O’Sullivan just shared beautiful pictures on her Instagram account on what went behind bringing the character of Belle to life.

On Instagram, she has explained how to make French floral design for Belle’s costumes and revealed of taking the help of some commendable artisans of Bhuj, Gujarat. She posted the story as ‘Who made my clothes’ and shared pictures of two artisan brothers Kasam and Juma, who were behind the beautiful Aari work, that went behind Belle’s costume.