Monday of icons
The Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) on Monday celebrated its 40th foundation day. The Bharatiya Jana Sangh was re-born as the BJP on April 6, 1980. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi (pictured) addressed party workers through video-conference, others like BJP chief J P Nadda unfurled the party flag at their residence and paid obeisance (before their pictures) to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Deendayal Upadhyaya, and “Bharat Mata”. Congress leaders such as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reminded the people that this day the Mahatma Gandhi-led Dandi March, or the salt satyagraha, had culminated in 1930. Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar implored the people to follow in the footsteps of 19th-century social reformer Jyotirao Phule, who campaigned against superstition and whose birth anniversary is later this week.
Help over net
The Centre on Monday said 769 foreign tourists had registered on its portal www.strandedinindia.com since it was launched on March 31. It said states and Union Territories had deployed nodal officers to assist stranded foreign tourists. It said an American woman was in Supaul, Bihar, amid the lockdown, while her son was undergoing a surgery in Delhi. The portal facilitated her travel to Delhi. Similarly, the portal helped two Costa Ricans in Chennai after their surgery. An Australian family, touring India, was in Ahmedabad and a member of the family who had epilepsy had run out of the medication prescribed by Australian doctors. The portal helped the tourist find relief: The office of the district collector provided him sufficient medication and food, besides offering them local transportation.