Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui



Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females

New Delhi: A 31-year-old man, who was apparently annoyed over not getting married, allegedly tormented around 1,500 women and girls in Delhi-NCR by sending them vulgar messages and obscene video clips through WhatsApp and was arrested, police said today. Examining the mobile phones used by the accused, police stumbled upon contacts of more than 1,500 … Continue reading Delhi: Man held for sending lewd messages, videos to 1,500 females



Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Light to moderate rains or thundershowers occurred at a few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, while heavy rains occurred at isolated places in the past 24 hours in the state.  Balrampur and Iglas recorded 9 cm of rain, Bahraich 7 cm, Maharajganj 5 cm, Kakrahi, Bansi and Gorakhur 4 cm each, Fatehgarh, Regoli, Sidhauli, … Continue reading Light to moderate rain hits eastern Uttar Pradesh


Arun Jaitley felicitates winners of Social Media Contest organized as part of 67th Republic Day celebrations

Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting today felicitated the winners of the social media contest in various categories organized by New Media Cell of I&B Ministry as part of 67th Republic Day celebrations. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that the innovative approach to crowdsource ideas from the people provided government an opportunity to understand the people’s perspective on major flagship programmes of the government. The minister also complimented the winners for providing fresh ideas through social media platforms. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore and Secretary I&B, Shri Sunil Arora were also present during the occasion.
The contests were held on the Ministry of I&B Social Media platforms – Facebook (, Twitter (@MIB_India) and a specially designed webpage ( where Graffiti were invited from participants on various flagship programmes of the Government. The competition was open for a fortnight from, 1st January to 14th January, 2016. The winners of the contest were provided a unique opportunity to witness the Republic Day Parade, 2016 at New Delhi. The travel and accommodation arrangements of all these winners were sponsored by Ministry of I&B.

For Graffiti wall, the themes were Start Up India, Stand Up India; Digital Empowerment; Entrepreneurs of Young India; Skilled India, Powerful India; Make In India; Financial Security to All and Housing For All. The response on graffiti was over-whelming with 419 entries across all themes. The First prize in the Graffiti contest was awarded to Shri Narendra Kumar Singh for his work captioned Housing for All”. Shri Narendra Kumar Singh has beautifully captured the idea of “Housing for All” by using a metaphor of Weaver Birds’ nest. It shows independent and affordable housing for everybody across various income categories”, the jury described. The second prize was awarded to Shri Narendra Vasantrao Borlepwar’s artwork Skill India which depicts “the fusion of Education and vocational training leading to recognisable improvement in the economic graph”. The third prize was awarded to Shri Vimal Kumar’s artwork Make in India showing “ladders which visually double up as scaffolds on construction sites best captures the idea of ‘making’.”

For the Twitter contest, netizens’ responses were invited on Twitter on three hashtags; #VisionofTeamIndia, #MyIdeaofIndia and #RDayNotJustaHoliday. A total of 888 tweets were received by @MIB_India, the twitter handle of Ministry of I&B. The winners of the Tweet contests across three theme segments taken collectively were as follows in order of first, second and third places:

Shri Ganesh Joshi @Igjganesh –“#MyIdeaofIndia For evry Mouth there is Meal for evry girl there is life For evry head there is roof For evry foot there is road. The user has summed up in very simple terms that everybody in India should have the basic needs satisfied.

Shri Narayana Vinayak @vinumon2016 “#VisionofTeamIndia centre and states working together in the great act of nation building in spirit of ‘all for one and one for all”. The user has drawn our attention to cooperative federalism.

Shri Neeraj Gupta @neerjanni2000 – #RDayNotJustaHoliday It is a moment2get inspiration 4rm freedom fighters & to taking up new initiatives4making India No1 country. The user has invoked the sacrifices and sufferings of freedom fighters for whom India became independent and a constitution was framed.

Regarding the Poster making contest on Facebook, participants were invited to send posters on three themes; Give It Up – LPG Subsidy, Per Drop More Crop and Save the Girl Child. 432 posters were received by Ministry of I&B. The jury awarded first prize to Shri Advait Chitnis for his artwork captioned “Save the Girl Child” where “the artist highlighted a graphical representation of a female gene which led to the noose, whereas a male foetus seldom faces this ordeal.” The second best poster was designed by Shri Sudhir Komawar for his artwork captioned “Per Drop More Crop” which “brilliantly captured super imposed image of the leaves of crops inside huge drop of water reminding that how a universe of microscopic can subsist in a drop of water.” The third place was awarded to Shri Anunay Mandal for his painting captioned “There is no He without She” which captured “a brilliant truism that women are the substratum of mankind.”