Facebook News https://twitter.com/TJMShow/status/1096397481028608001 Janet Jackson To Headline Tom Joyner Foundation’s 20th Fantastic Voyage Janet Jackson On Board For 20th Fantastic Voyage janet-jackson-headline-tom-joyner-foundations-20th-fantastic-voyage “I’m proud of a lot of things we’ve accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show,” said Joyner, “but I think I’m most proud of all the students we’ve helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs is the Fantastic Voyage cruise.”With 13 GRAMMY nominations, R&B/Gospel singer Charlie Wilson stands out among the previous nominees in the announcement. Others include Kem, Mase, MC Lyte, Sheila E., War, and Brian Courtney Wilson.Check out the full list, which includes emerging DJs and many more memorable artists such as Biz Markie, Midnight Star and the S.O.S. Band.Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’: For The RecordRead more More GRAMMY winners cruising on the “party with a purpose” include Shirley Caesar, Maxwell and Smokie NorfulPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 4:05 pm On April 7–14, the 20th cruise of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage will ship off from Miami and tour the Caribbean with wide-ranging activities and an incredible array of musical performances planned. Headlined by Janet Jackson, the “party with a purpose” also includes Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Maxwell, Chrisette Michele, Smokie Norful, and Fatman Scoop.In addition to concerts, enriching activities and fun, as well as Fantastic Voyage’s fundraising for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), this year a Filmmaker’s Scholarship Program in partnership with Denny’s will spotlight the work of a half dozen HBCU creatives who’ve made movies on the reality of hunger at the community level. Through the years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than a half million dollars in scholarships, also including support for K-12 students. Twitter Email
Spider-Man could be paired up with other superheroes in the upcoming live-action TV series. Sony Pictures Fans wanting to see more Spider-Man adventures on the small screen will get their wish with a new TV series from the duo behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.Directors/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are working on a series of live-action TV shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, which include Spider-Man. “We are developing a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters,” Miller told Deadline on Wednesday. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Tags Share your voice Marvel Spiderman Sony Post a comment More superheroes 50 Photos Sphero Spider-Man 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Miller didn’t offer any further details on which characters those might be bringing to TV in addition to Spider-Man, but it sounds like the web-slinging superhero might get paired with a sidekick.”We’ve been talking to a lot of potential teammates for trying to do something not like anything else that’s been done on television,” Miller added. “It’ll be a little while before it all comes together and is on the air, but I think it is going to be something really special.”Here’s hoping we see more of Spider-Gwen, who was recently spotted as an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame. Female Marvel superheroes who deserve their own ABC shows: She-Hulk, Valkyrie and more Spider-Gwen spotted in Avengers: Endgame? Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson: Plot, release date, cast, and more TV and Movies Comics 0
Indian school children prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]As the students are eagerly waiting for their class 12 results, the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) is expected to declare the plus two results on May 8 at 11 am.The results of VHSE, THSE and AHSE will also be released along with HSE results. The students are advised to keep their admit cards/hall tickets ready on May 8 to quickly access their results.The results will be available on the following websites –dhsekerala.gov.inkeralaresults.nic.inwww.prd.kerala.gov.inThe students who have taken their state syllabus board exams (private and regular) for the year 2019 can also check their results on examresults.net and also from the app iExaMS, which can be downloaded from the Google playstore.How to Check the results for 2019 Kerala state Plus Two results:-Log in to official websites of theDirectorate of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) at dhsekerala.gov.in, kerala.gov.in or keralaresults.nic.inFill in your details carefully (registration/hall ticket number)Click submitThe page will show your plus two resultsDownload and keep a print for further use
Share Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesA man holds a placard at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday, reminding travelers that FAA safety inspectors have been furloughed during the shutdown.Updated at 9:45 p.m. ETThe U.S. government has been operating under a partial shutdown since Dec. 22. The shutdown, driven by a political battle over President Trump’s demand that Congress approve funds for a wall along the border with Mexico, is touching the lives of Americans in myriad ways.Nine federal departments (and some smaller agencies like NASA) are affected, at least in part, by the lapse in funding: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and the Treasury. Approximately 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or are being required to work without pay.Congress had already passed appropriations bills funding about three-quarters of the federal government, including Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, so those departments and agencies remain operational.Lots of important things are not affected by this shutdown: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace (aka Obamacare). Social Security, disability checks and veterans’ benefits. Getting a passport. And the U.S. Postal Service, an independent agency whose operations are funded by sales of postage and services, not taxes, keeps delivering mail.But other aspects of American life have become complicated, scarce or messy since the shutdown started. Here’s a look at how it’s affecting the country.Air safetyThe Transportation Security Administration is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Many of its workers are considered “essential,” so many are working without pay — though a greater number than usual have been calling in sick. So far, lines at airport security have not been significantly longer.TSA employees are among the lowest-paid federal workers.“If there’s no check on the 26th, I have no idea what we’re going to do,” 36-year-old Jacinda, whose husband is a TSA officer in Portland, told NPR. “Our rent is due, the electric bill is due, our cellphones are now past due. … I’m scared and I’m trying to be OK because I can’t be sad every day for my kids, and I can’t be stressed out because it affects how I parent.” She said her husband is stressed out too — and that he’s been given instructions on how to file for unemployment, though he’s still working 40 hours a week.Also affected: air traffic controllers, who are working unpaid.“It’s a very high-stress job and you need to be on your game at all times,” says Mick Devine of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “There is a concern that as this goes on the human factors aspect of this shutdown will take a toll on the psyche and concentration level of our members.”Many planes are not being inspected and pilot training is not being certified, says Capt. Dennis Tajer, a pilot for American Airlines and a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association.That’s because many of the FAA safety inspectors aren’t working.“We are able to maintain a margin of safety and security, but every day another player is pulled off the field and it comes some point where the game cannot be played properly,” Tajer told NPR.“We are another layer of safety,” inspector Troy Tomey told the Miami Herald. “We’re the last check of the box. Taking us out of it, mistakes can happen.”Food inspectionThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration furloughed about 40 percent of its staff since the government shutdown. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the agency has suspended all routine inspections of food processing facilities in the U.S., The Washington Post reports. He said he hopes to be able to bring inspectors to high-risk facilities as early as next week.“That puts our food supply at risk,” Sarah Sorscher with the Center for Science in the Public Interest says in a statement. “Regular inspections, which help stop foodborne illness before people get sick, are vital.”Food stampsThe Department of Agriculture has announced it will continue to fund SNAP (food stamps) through February. The USDA says it can keep paying SNAP benefits up to 30 days beyond the expiration of the most recent government funding resolution. That means SNAP recipients will actually get their February benefits early, on or before that spending authority expires on Jan. 20. About 1 in 10 Americans relies at least partly on SNAP benefits to buy food.The USDA’s other major nutrition assistance programs have enough funding to continue operations into February.Scientific researchClimate scientists from all over the world are meeting in Vancouver this month, as the lead authors of the next international climate science report. But at least seven U.S. climate scientists who were supposed to help write it aren’t there — scientists for NOAA, NASA and other federal agencies can’t work or travel for work because of the shutdown.Air-quality monitoring is also affected: The Environmental Protection Agency manages sensors all over the country that detect various kinds of air pollution, such as ozone, industrial chemicals and smog. Usually, this data is released to the public right away, but because the EPA isn’t operating at full strength, that’s not happening. Air sensors run by state agencies and private institutions are still working, however.Coast GuardWhile the other branches of the military are part of the Defense Department, the Coast Guard falls under Homeland Security. After some maneuvering, the government found a way to pay its military members on Dec. 31. The nearly 42,000 active duty members of the Coast Guard are still working, as they are considered essential personnel, but it’s not clear whether they will get a paycheck on Jan. 15.Former Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen described a wide range of operations that continue during the shutdown: search and rescues along the nation’s coastlines, efforts to stop drug smugglers, even the piloting of an icebreaker to Antarctica break the ice around McMurdo Station.“I think it’s pretty bad,” Allen told NPR. “I think when you have people providing emergency services to this country without pay, I think we ought to take a serious look at how we’re governed.”Immigration courts and enforcementThe country’s immigration courts are closed, and they already had a huge backlog even before the shutdown. Member station KPCC/LAist reported last month that Los Angeles alone had fewer than 40 judges and nearly 74,000 pending cases.With the courts now closed, the people who were due in court have their cases moved to the back of the line and must have them rescheduled — which could add two or three years to their wait.“It’s not like when we come back, we can absorb the cases,” Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told KPCC/LAist. “There’s no magical way to tell thousands of people to just come to their court hearings two weeks later so that the ones that were not heard can be heard.”The shutdown has also halted E-Verify, a federal program that aims to prevent immigrants from working in the U.S. illegally.“There’s an irony there,” Julie Pace, an attorney specializing in employment and immigration law at the Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, told NPR. “We have an electronic wall for E-Verify that should be being used, that the government has not funded.”Federal courtsThe federal judiciary continues to operate during the shutdown, using court fee balances and other funds. Its employees are reporting to work and remain fully paid, and it estimates it has enough money to sustain paid operations until Jan. 18.If the funds run out before new appropriations are received, “essential work” in the federal courts will continue. “Each court would determine the staff necessary to support its mission critical work,” the judiciary said in a statement on Jan. 7. “In response to requests by the Department of Justice, some federal courts have issued orders suspending, postponing, or holding in abeyance civil cases in which the government is a party for a limited period, subject to further consideration, or until appropriated funds become available.”Criminal cases are expected to continue without interruption.The artsAfter staying open for the first few days of the shutdown, the museums and institutions that make up the Smithsonian have all closed.The National Endowment for the Arts says it will honor its Fiscal Year 2019 grants and that it’s currently accepting applications for 2020 — though during the shutdown, nobody is working at the agency to answer any questions.And some arts organizations receive federal grants on a reimbursement basis, which means they aren’t sure when they will get back the money they paid upfront.“As you can imagine, any nonprofit cultural organization struggles with cash flow, as they really need to expend funds before funds are received,” Dorothy Ryan, managing director of Brooklyn theater company Theatre for a New Audience, told NPR. “And the question about when the National Endowment for the Arts will be distributing funds really hits home for us.”Mario Tama/Getty ImagesThe National Park Service says Joshua Tree National Park will close, after people drove off-road and defaced trees while rangers were furloughed. Previously, only sections of the park had been closed, as seen here on Friday.National parksMany national parks have stayed open through the shutdown, though without staff or servicing. While in some places other parties have stepped in to help — state or local governments, tourist bureaus, or volunteer groups — not all is well.After staying open for nearly three weeks during the shutdown, the National Park Service said California’s Joshua Tree National Park is closing. Without rangers around to keep watch, visitors had driven off-road through parkland, creating new, unsanctioned roads and had destroyed some of the park’s Joshua trees, the NPS said in a statement. “Law enforcement rangers will continue to patrol the park and enforce the closure until park staff complete the necessary cleanup and park protection measures.”Former NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis believes the parks have been kept open to avoid the public outcry that occurred over their closure during the 2013 shutdown. In an opinion piece for The Guardian, he warns of an array of ugly consequences of leaving the parks open: human waste in waterways, overflowing trash attracting wildlife and increasing human/bear encounters, poaching, artifact theft, and damage to fragile natural features.Two weeks into the shutdown, NPS announced it will dip into entrance fee funds to pay for staff and service at some parks — an unprecedented and controversial move, as entrance fees are earmarked for visitor services, not operations and basic maintenance.Oil and gas drillingThe oil and gas business is booming, but much of that drilling is on federal lands and operators worry about a slowdown, Cooper McKim of Wyoming Public Media reports. The Bureau of Land Management says it is still processing online applications to drill; however, it’s not clear what’s actually happening with those.“Companies are waiting for leases,” said Kathleen Sgamma of the Western Energy Alliance, a group of oil and gas companies. “If you don’t have the full lease hold, it’s hard to do the exploratory work or full development work you’re planning on.”That could be significant in Wyoming, where taxes from oil and gas make up a third of state revenue. More oil and gas lease sales are slated for February and March, but some in the industry worry that if the shutdown drags on, they won’t happen.One place the shutdown isn’t slowing proposed drilling projects is Alaska. BLM is moving ahead with holding public meetings about oil and gas drilling leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Public Media reports. The bureau is part of Interior, one the departments affected by the shutdown.Raúl Grijalva, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wrote a letter to the acting secretary of the Interior, asking how these hearings are happening “while so many other essential services remain shut down.”BLM told Alaska Public Media that it’s using funds from the previous fiscal year to continue working.The District of ColumbiaWashington, D.C.’s courts are funded through the federal government, and its marriage bureau has been shuttered, leaving some engaged couples in the lurch. So the D.C. Council just passed the LOVE Act (Let Our Vows Endure Emergency Amendment Act of 2019) to give D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser the authority to grant marriage licenses during the shutdown. (As member station WAMU/DCist notes, divorces and trials have continued.)The federal government is also the largest customer of DC Water — and it told the utility company it wouldn’t be paying $5 million of its quarterly bill during the shutdown, WAMU’s Jacob Fenston reports. The DC Water board members joked about how to handle this big unpaid bill, perhaps by turning off the water at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.“Water is leverage,” says DC Water spokesperson Vincent Morris. “No one wants to go without it.”Colin Dwyer, Elizabeth Blair, Greg Myre, David Schaper, Rhitu Chatterjee, Philip Ewing, Dan Charles, Joel Rose, Rebecca Hersher, Cooper McKim, Ian Stewart and Marisa Peñaloza contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Dwayne Haskins Jr (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a problem solver. Whether he’s on a football field as the fourth-ranked pocket-passing quarterback in the nation, or in a classroom at The Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Haskins always seems to find a solution.He has a 3.5 GPA, and it’s no surprise that the high school senior’s favorite subject is math.“I like going through problems and finding the answer,” Haskins said. “When you finally find the answer, it’s satisfying because you worked so hard to get the answer.”Haskins is no stranger to working hard. He didn’t start playing football until he was eight, and even then, he stuck with defensive positions, such as fullback and blocking tight end. It wasn’t until Haskins turned eleven that he decided he wanted to be a quarterback. He progressed from being a third-string quarterback on his Pop Warner team to being a highly-recruited starter in high school.“That was a pretty cool experience for me, going from being someone who had to follow the crowd to being the leader of the crowd,” said Haskins, who committed to Ohio State in January.Haskins was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award.The Watkins Award recognizes exceptionally talented African-American male athletes who, through their example, help promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service. The finalists were selected based on their extracurricular activities, grade-point average, personal statement and letters of recommendation.Haskins is more than a pro-style quarterback and math wiz; he’s also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Bullis Bulldog.The 18-year-old said his parents, Dwayne Sr. and Tamara, and little sister, Tamia, have been very supportive over the years. He added that his faith-based family has always pushed him to overcome obstacles.“There were times I didn’t feel like I was good enough to play football or good enough to be recruited, so my dad stuck with me,” he said. “There were times when school started getting harder—and school always used to be easy for me—so I was like, ‘How do I continue to do well in school?’ My mom taught me that.”The other Watkins Award finalists are Brandon Burton (Los Angeles), Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, Ohio), and Brandon Hill (Orangeburg, S.C.). Past winners include Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle. This year’s winner will be announced on March 12 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.Ahead of the announcement, Haskins says he has already found the solution for his nerves.“My parents always told me to never have expectations for something you can’t control; just have fun and God will reward you,” he said. “You just have to work hard, and that’s what I did.”
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROA mandate spawned by the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising in April 2015, is at the threshold of being delivered this month.Reviewers have just completed sifting through 427 applications, representing more than $75 million in funding requests from the City of Baltimore’s recently created Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. The fund has $10 million available for its first round of winners, which are set to be announced after a final review this month.(Courtesy Image and Logo/@BYCFUND on Facebook)“We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to move this process forward holding true to the values that came from the legislation and the Children and Youth Task Force,” said Dianne Bell McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities (ABC), the organization tasked with developing a community involved process for the funding request and review of proposals for the Youth Fund.The overwhelming response of applicants for this year’s initial funding cycle of children and youth funding, revealed the breadth of individuals, groups and organizations invested in Baltimore’s young people, according to Danielle Torain, Project Director, Frontline Solutions, one of the organizations supporting ABC in coordinating the review process.“The applicants are really diverse in every aspect you can think of,” Torain said.“There are a diverse range of neighborhoods and geographic areas of the city involved; the applicants are diverse in the age range, types of populations of children and young people that will be served, and there is great diversity in the methods that will be used to serve youth,” she added.Torain and Dayvon Love, director of public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots Black think tank, were both active in advising how participants in the community driven process the Fund has embraced and emphasized the transformative potential for bringing the funding process closer to the community.“This is an applicant pool that has involved a lot of what the fund intended. A lot of grassroots groups and ‘Mom-and-Pops’. We welcomed different types of practitioners,” Love said.“We imagine there will be a lot of organizations that get funded from the Youth Fund that have never gotten funded before; that’s really the goal, is for organizations that traditionally aren’t able to get resources but do great work, the community knows and respects,” he added.The fund, conceptualized by Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young, was created through an amendment to the city’s charter approved by voters in 2016. Young said one of the first concerns expressed by Baltimoreans in the aftermath of Gray’s death was the need for more support for Baltimore’s youth.In 2017, Young established A Children and Youth Task Force, co-chaired by Adam Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dr. John Brothers, President of the Program for Charitable Giving at the T. Rowe Price Foundation, to make recommendations on how the Fund would operate. The task force recommended six guiding principles including transparency, community-driven and youth led processes and accountability to local communities.“The Task Force wanted to make sure opportunities were provided and there was community voice. I think this has been a great process thus far,” Bell McCoy said.The complete applicant list and names of the review panel for the Children and Youth Fund will be available in August in tandem with the names of the first recipients of the Children and Youth Fund.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A research group in the UK has crafted a source of single photons – photons emitted one by one – with a convenience and ease of use they liken to “plug and play” computer hardware devices. This is a key step forward in single-photon production, which is essential to successful, secure quantum communication, the transmission of data using individual photons to carry bits of information. Quantum sensor breakthrough using naturally occurring vibrations in artificial atoms Citation: ‘Plug and Play’ Source of Single Photons (2007, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-source-photons.html A sketch of the single-photon source with the integrated optical-fiber bundle. The quantum-dot wafer is mounted onto the sample holder (right inset) with the fiber bundle attached directly to its top surface. The “WDM” is the beamsplitter. Explore further The device’s plug-and-play quality lies in its novel design. A bundle of optical fibers is coupled with – or “plugged into,” so to speak – a wafer patterned with quantum dots. Quantum dots are tiny atom clusters of a semiconducting material, such as silicon, that contain as few as a hundred atoms and play a key role in many single-photon-production schemes. In this case, they emit photons when excited with laser light.“Pairing the optical fiber bundle and the quantum-dot wafer presents a way to implement real quantum communication that other single-photon sources do not have,” said lead researcher Xuilai Xu, a scientist at Hitachi Europe Ltd. in Cambridge, to PhysOrg.com. Xu and his colleagues at Hitachi performed the study in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge.The wafer is mounted onto a sample holder, immersed in liquid helium, and then excited with a laser. During this process, the dots’ atoms absorb the laser photons and jump to a higher energy state, but almost instantly re-emit the photons and return to a lower-energy state. The emitted photons travel through the fiber bundle to a beamsplitter, which sends the emitted photons out one fiber and the residual laser photons out another.Accurately determining if the source produced single photons was a tricky task. Xu and his colleagues had to use several devices to analyze the emitted photon signal. These included a spectrometer, which measured the intensity of the light, and two single-photon-counting “photodiodes,” semiconductor devices used to detect light. They also applied a filter to subtract out background photons, ensuring that the photons emitted from the quantum dots were not mixed with photons emitted from the wafer’s “wetting layer,” a thin layer of residue formed on the surface of the dots as the wafer was created.Analysis of the data produced by the measurement and detection devices showed that the photons tended not to be emitted in pairs. And, according to the researchers’ calculations, the addition of the filter, when it was placed at the proper angle, greatly reduced the probability that photon counters would detect more than one photon at once – specifically, the likelihood of this was reduced 100-fold.“This indicates a nearly ideal single-photon source,” said Xu.To test the stability of their design, the group measured the photons emitted from 27 quantum dots, traveling through different optical fibers in the bundle, over a 24-day period. The results showed the photon source to be stable over a timescale of weeks, with no evidence that a considerably longer period would result in degradation.Citation: Xiulai Xu, Ian Toft, Richard T. Phillips, Jonathan Mar, Kiyotaka Hammura, and David A. Williams, “’Plug and play’ single-photon sources.” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90 061103 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Krishnagar: Accusing the Centre of running parallel governments in states, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that her government will withdraw from the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme.Addressing a gathering at Krishnagar Government College ground after giving away prizes to the winners of the first Jaltarang Sports festival, she said letters bearing the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with health cards under Ayushman Bharat scheme were being sent to individuals. The logo embossed on the letter is a lotus which is also the official party symbol of the BJP. “This is cheating. Where is the budget to provide medical assistance to the beneficiaries,” she wondered and added: “The Centre collects various kinds of taxes from the states and gives back a percentage of the collected amount. Thus, the states have a share. But the BJP is projecting it in such a manner as if it is giving the medical assistance to them.” Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe Chief Minister said under the Constitution, health, education and law and order are State subjects and she failed to understand why the Centre is intervening into the matter. “What does Modi think of himself? Is he trying to run parallel governments in the states? I will request all the states to intensify vigil and stop this nasty practice,” she said. Banerjee further added: “The new government in Delhi will ensure that the federal structure in our country is strengthened. ” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said in case of crop insurance of the farmers, the Centre gives only 20 percent of the premium and publishes the picture of the Prime Minister to give a message to the farmers as if the BJP is giving the money to them. “We have decided to pay the premium on our own and have paid Rs 625 crore in 2018. Everywhere the BJP is playing dirty politics to mislead people,” she maintained. Banerjee said 10 percent reservation for economically challenged general caste “is another big hoax. Modi is lying to the masses and whenever an election comes, the quantum of lies go up. Have you received Rs 15 lakh which he had announced before the 2014 election.” She alleged that Modi has destroyed the institutions like CBI, ED and even RBI. “He has a big mouth and talks a lot. He should buy two mirrors — one to see his face and the other to see him talking. Even when he gives speeches in English, they are manipulated. When we speak, we make mistakes but we never use technology to project ourselves as flamboyant orators.” Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Kanyashree University and said a country can make progress if girls are looked after properly. She added that Kanyashree has helped girls to pursue higher education and a day will come when girls from Bengal will reach the top in every sphere of life.