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Congress unhappy as Bihar government site terms Indira's rule worse than British
Patna : The Congress, which is part of the ruling Grand Alliance in Bihar, has expressed its strong displeasure over the state government's website describing former prime minister Indira Gandhi's rule as worse than British rule in India.
 
"It is not only wrong but condemnable. We will take this issue to the Bihar government," Congress spokesperson Sarbat Jahan Fatima said on Monday.
 
Another Congress leader, Prem Chand Mishra, said the party would look into it as it is a serious issue.
 
State congress president Ashok Choudhary, the Bihar education minister, said it is highly objectionable if anything of what is reported has been mentioned in the official website of the government.
 
What angered Congress leaders here that it was mentioned in the references made in the history of Bihar section under state profile. "It was he (Jay Prakash Narayan) who steadfastly and staunchly opposed the autocratic rule of Indira Gandhi and her younger son Sanjay Gandhi. Fearing people's reaction to his opposition, Indira Gandhi had him arrested on the eve of declaring National Emergency beginning June 26, 1975. He was put in the Tihar Jail, located near Delhi, where notorious criminals are jailed."
 
It further said: "Thus, in Free India, this septuagenarian, who had fought for India's freedom alongside Indira Gandhi's father, Jawaharlal Nehru, received a treatment that was worse than what the British had meted out to Gandhiji in Champaran in 1917, for his speaking out against oppression."
 
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Congress expels Amit Jogi for six years
Raipur/New Delhi : The Congress on Wednesday expelled its legislator Amit Jogi, son of former chief minister Ajit Jogi, for six years for indulging in anti-party activities.
 
The expulsion came in the wake of revelations about his alleged role in fixing the Antagarh by-election in 2014.
 
The decision was taken during a meet of the Congress state unit that also approved a proposal to suspend his father and former chief minister Ajit Jogi. 
 
Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said the party had acted, and it was now the Bharatiya Janata Party's turn to act against those involved in the "murder of democracy" in Antagarh.
 
"The proposal to expel Ajit Jogi was also passed. Since this right is beyond the domain of the state Congress, the proposal to expel him will be sent to All India Congress Committee (AICC)," he said.
 
Amit Jogi, a legislator from Marwahi, voiced disappointment.
 
"I am hurt. The decision to expel me without proving the allegations against me is biased and unfair," he said. 
 
"I will exercise my right to appeal under rule 8 of article 9 of party's constitution. I have full faith in the party's leadership."
 
The Congress had earlier issued notice to Amit Jogi over purported conversations that suggested that financial inducement was offered to the party candidate to make him withdraw from the fray in the by-election to the Antagarh assembly seat in 2014.
 
It also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Raman Singh and a probe into the issue by a Supreme Court judge.
 
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Modi starts trend in year 'Indianness' found feet in men's fashion
Several fashion events plugged the gap between women and men's fashion
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sartorial taste continued to create waves as multiple designers made a splash in the growing segment of menswear and 2015 turned out to be a year for the style-conscious male to rejoice.
 
Modi's style statements - from the US to China - have been inspiring many men, says designer Troy Costa, who was roped in to create some outfits for the PM last year.
 
"He's a leader. People are getting inspired by what he is wearing. He has started a trend of his own," Costa told IANS, referring to Modi's jackets which he has made popular globally by flaunting them during international visits.
 
Designer Raghvendra Rathore said that Modi "has opened up the walls of the mind of the youth".
 
"I don't believe in this or that party. I believe that the most important thing is to unlock the imagination of the youth. He has done that by creating an appetite for what I think is the Indian look...11 years from now, we will remember this day. It's like a Renaissance of a sort.
 
"It is about reaching out to weavers and using our resources. It's the revival of classic clothing. Why do we always need a three-button suit or a tuxedo when we can do a good job with a bandhgala jacket," Rathore, known for the iconic Jodhpur style Bandhgala suits, told IANS.
 
Several fashion events plugged the gap between women and men's fashion. Even the country's fashion galas this year gave a push to the booming menswear segment, which saw experiments with cuts and colours. 
 
Joining the wagon was renowned designer Manish Malhotra, who has completed 25 years as a costume designer and 10 years of his label. He showcased his debut menswear line titled 'The Gentlemen's Club' at a fashion week in Mumbai in August.
 
The collection had suits and jackets in abundance with embroidery and intricate detailing, and much more.
 
Actor-comedian Vir Das surprisingly displayed another creative side by showcasing his debut collection as a designer on the runway this year. He launched a quirky clothing line under his company Weirdass Comedy. There were also boxer shorts, which Vir had conceptualised himself. He even created T-shirts dedicated to Bollywood's star comedian Govinda.
 
Later this year, Gionee India Beach Fashion Week (GIBFW) 2015 soared the temperature of Goa with bikinis and bold resort wear for women. But it was the menswear that stole the show. Ace designers including Wendell Rodricks offered more options for men through their collections that consisted of bright coloured swimming trunks, shirts with lungis and sherwanis with palazzo pants.
 
Popular magazine for men GQ India and Van Heusen, a premium lifestyle brand for professionals, commemorated the best of menswear in India through an event - Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights. It saw designers like Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Shantanu & Nikhil -- who are set to launch a menswear store in Kolkata soon, showcasing trends that are sophisticated and sharp, catering proficiently to the urban Indian men.
 
Delhi hosted L'Homme, Men's Weekend, which was first launched in 2013, and introduced a fashion show exclusively for men, in December.
 
"With a lack of men-centric activations in the country today wherein all major activations are targeted towards women like Amazon India Fashion Week and wedding shows, we at DLF Emporio, aimed to plug-in this gap by growing our brand property L'Homme with men's fashion show that highlighted DLF Emporio as one stop destination for menswear from international and Indian luxury brands," said Dinaz Madhukar, senior vice-president, DLF Emporio.
 
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