Governance Now Visionary Talks Series

And the show goes on – with Modi on WCF dais

AoL extravaganza begins amid heavy showers

GN Bureau | March 11, 2016


#NGT   #religion   #culture   #environment   #Yamuna   #Delhi   #World Culture Festival   #Art of Living   #Narendra Modi   #Sri Sri Ravi Shankar  
Sri Sri Ravishankar and PM Narendra Modi at the inaugation of the World Culture Festival
Sri Sri Ravishankar and PM Narendra Modi at the inaugation of the World Culture Festival

Activists, courts, and finally even the rain could not stop Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s World Culture Festival. Prime minister Narendra Modi too ignored alerts about its rickety dais and attended the inauguration of the three-day event in the Yamuna flood plains

In a symbolic development open to interpretation, an unseasonal drizzle started in the afternoon, developing into heavy showers just when the show was scheduled for the start at 5 pm Friday afternoon, but the organisers bravely went on, participating artists covered themselves with polythene sheets, and the dignitaries on the dais – including justice RC Lahoti who delivered the welcome – too were given protection against weather.

Rains and thunderstorms unsettled quite a few people at the venue. The Indian meteorological department (IMD) had predicted heavy rain and thunderstorm for this weekend. A brief spell of shower failed to dampen the spirit of the participants who ran looking for shade. Heavy gusts of winds also blew away some plastic furniture.

Meanwhile, protests continue over the venue chosen for hosting the festival. The national green tribunal (NGT) had fined Rs AoL 5 crore for not adhering to guidelines issued by Delhi development authority (DDA). It had asked AoL to deposit the fine by Friday 4 pm. But it relaxed its rules and has allowed them to deposit Rs 25 lakh by Friday. The remaining amount can be deposit within the next four weeks.






 

Comments

 

Other News

India inches towards a million Covid-19 tests a day

India is focusing on relentless testing, as part of its strategy of ‘Test, Track and Treat’, as the number of Covid-19 tests conducted in a day has risen to cross 8 lakh a day. In the 24 hours to Thursday evening, a record high of 8,30,391 tests were conducted in the country, as

Honouring the Honest: PM launches platform for transparent taxation

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a platform for “Transparent Taxation - Honouring the Honest” through video conferencing. Addressing trade and industry bodies over video conferencing, Modi said the process of structural reforms in the country’s economy has

Few pvt channels give credit to DD: Prasar Bharati CEO

Very few of the 200-plus private news channels gave credit to Doordarshan for the live footage of the historic Bhumi Pujan ceremony at Ayodhya on August 5, says Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharati. This can impact the revenues but that is not what the public telecaster is aiming at.

Covid-19: More than 3 crore N95 masks distributed

More than 3.04 crore masks of N95 variety and more than 1.28 crore personal protection equipment (PPE) kits have been distributed by the centre to states and union territories (UTs) as part of their joint fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 11th March 2020, more than 10.83 crore HCQ t

Covid-19: Vigorous testing leads to fatality rate drop

India has been registering more new cases of Covid-19 infection than any other country for the past seven days, yet its rigorous push on testing and thus on early identification is bearing fruits, with the case fatality rate (CFR) going further down to 2.1. In a new high, India has scaled th

Election manifestos and voters` Right to Know

Recognising the importance of election manifestos, the supreme court directed the election commission (EC) of India to frame guidelines directly governing the contents of the election manifestos in the case of S. Subramaniam Balaji v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors. reported in (2013) 9 SCC 659. Although th

Governance Now 5th PSU IT Forum

Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter