A Wedding Giveaway hosted by the Villa Rose & Jackson’s Hotel drew to a close last week as one lucky couple claimed the prize of a lifetime. Damien McVey and Helena McFadden from Kerrykeel were the ecstatic winners of a bespoke wedding reception for 120 guests within the popular family run hotel group.Helena and Damien celebrated the occasion with owner Tommy Gallen and Banqueting Managers – Rhonda Gillespie and Shannen Doherty. In total, over fifty couples entered the draw by simply booking their wedding date with either the Villa Rose or Jackson’s Hotel and confirming with their booking deposit. Since opening the ballroom just over a decade ago, the Villa Rose is now one of Donegal’s most sought after wedding venues, a boutique hotel comprised of 55 contemporary guestrooms, 2 suites and an award winning spa.In 2017, The Villa Rose acquired the stunning Jackson’s Hotel and recent refurbishments have only added to its offering. Jackson’s boasts an impressive ballroom with sweeping staircase and breathtaking views from the balcony with executive suites overlooking the River Finn.An impressive wedding open weekend is due to take place at the hotels this May… stay posted for more details. For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact Villa Rose or Jackson’s using the details below:www.donegalweddings.netVilla Rose Hotel & Spa | 074 9132266 | firstname.lastname@example.orgJackson’s Hotel | 074 9131021 | email@example.comDonegal wedding couple win prize of a lifetime! was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jackson’s HotelVilla Rosewedding
Evolution News, a blog of the Discovery Institute ID think tank, was launched in 2004 to try to correct misrepresentation in the media. It never seems to have a shortage of material (see their 3/2/2006 post). Even though the Discovery Institute maintains public documents on its website defining what intelligent design is and what it means, many reporters seem to get their information from ID’s most virulent critics without even checking the accuracy of their statements. They also repeat old arguments and caricatures that the Discovery Institute has repeatedly addressed. The first rule of journalism ought to be to get the facts straight. The second ought to be to strive for neutrality and balance. If it were not for the internet, it seems the public would get a very lopsided and inaccurate view from the media of what ID is, what its proponents believe, and what they are trying to do. Out of the steady stream of critical articles about ID, we’ll summarize a few and look at one in more detail (emphasis added in all quotes):Utah: Deseret News called evolution a “fact-backed theory,” put ID into a false dichotomy against Darwin’s natural selection, and repeatedly associated ID (but not evolution) with religion.Australia: The Scoop spoke of ID “infiltrating” schools, a word with sinister connotations. It quoted an education official treating ID like bird flu: “He called on federal and state education ministers to withhold public funding until these schools agreed to quarantine science teaching from religious dogma” and the “Intelligent Design myth” promulgated by “fundamentalists” but gave no opportunity for the other side to respond.Florida: The Sun-Sentinel spoke of groups that wanted to “water down” passages about Darwin and introduce the “controversial idea of intelligent design.” It said, “Mainstream scientists have discredited the theory as a repackaged form of old-school creationism” being “peddled” by its supporters. Buried in the article were responses by Discovery Institute, but an evolutionist got the punch line: “…students are really going to waste their time looking for alternative hypotheses to evolution. There are none.” This prompted a letter to the editor from John West (reprinted on Evolution News).Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Inquirer gave ample space for Judge John E. Jones to answer softball questions about his Dec. decision in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case; the interview portrayed him as a historical hero. One question began, “Reading through the opinion, it was hard to evade the impression that you were surprised at the weakness of one side of the case,” to which the judge replied, “The opinion speaks for itself.” Undoubtedly few will ever hear of Dr. Kevin Anderson’s penetrating critique of the decision in a newsletter called Creation Matters.Nevada: an AP story in MSNBC News gave a fairly straight report on efforts by Steve Brown’s petition to introduce a constitutional amendment to correct errors about Darwinian evolution in textbooks and school curricula. The article began, however, with a hypothetical: “A proposed constitutional amendment would require Nevada teachers to instruct students that there are many questions about evolution – a method viewed by critics as an opening to teach intelligent design.” The bill said nothing about intelligent design.New York: Evolution News felt it necessary to spill a lot of ink correcting repeated errors by the New York Times, despite numerous attempts to communicate the facts to them.Virus Attack: The cover story of Discover Magazine was titled “Unintelligent Design.” It announced a strange idea that viruses were somehow responsible for the origin of life. Yet this radical minority view was posed as a triumphal attack against ID: “This is striking news, especially at a moment when the basic facts of origins and evolution seem to have fallen under a shroud,” it says. “In the discussions of intelligent design, one hears a yearning for an old-fashioned creation story…. Now the viruses appear to present a creation story of their own: a stirring, topsy-turvy, and decidedly unintelligent design wherein life arose more by reckless accident than original intent.”Poison Pens: The leading science journals routinely censor letters from ID supporters or creationists, but give full rein to evolutionists to speak whatever is on their minds (example: 11/24/2005). Last week, Science (3 March 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5765, pp. 1240 – 1241) printed a letter from a high school teacher who arrayed scientists against moaning ID supporters: “Many supporters of intelligent design find discomfort in the concept that humans have evolved as a result of ‘mistakes.’ Although it is not an obligation of scientists to address discomfort in concepts, it is an obligation of scientists to present findings in an objective, scientific manner.” That, by implication, is exactly what evolutionists do (but ID “supporters” do not). No mention is made of the 500+ scientists on the Discovery Institute list who think Darwinian evolution is inadequate and should be critically examined.The Evolving ID: Sid Perkins in Science News1 portrayed ID as “evolving” from creationism to intelligent design to “teaching the controversy”. While he is not the first to use the metaphor of ID evolution, it is a very misleading one, because ID proponents are (hopefully) employing their intelligence toward a purposeful end: challenging what they see as an entrenched dogma. The metaphor puts ID at a rhetorical disadvantage before its proponents speak a word. What’s more, Perkins’ reference page listed only staunchly anti-ID sources. It appears he did not even attempt to do a journalist’s homework and find out what leaders in the ID movement believe. (Note: this article will be critiqued in more detail in the commentary that follows.)Ironically, some evolutionists feel the media is biased against them. Jason Rosenhouse and Glenn Branch wrote in BioScience2 a stern warning about the danger of people being swayed against evolution by the media. In their list of suggestions to fellow biologists who find themselves on the air, their first recommendation was as follows:In any encounter between scientists and the media on the subject of creationism, declare first and foremost that the specific scientific assertions of ID proponents are false.State unambiguously that evolutionary theory is perfectly capable in principle of explaining the formation of complex biological systems, and, indeed, has done so in practice many times. (Emphasis theirs.)In other words, get your sound bite out before anyone else can. Their other suggestions had to do more with style than substance. They ended with advice from Thomas Huxley, who said: “I am sharpening up my beak and claws in readiness.” Others called him Darwin’s bulldog; he seemed to be calling himself Darwin’s vulture. Those who want a taste of the pro-ID attitude in spite of all the negative reporting should read Jeffrey C. Long’s letter in North Carolina Conservative. His metaphor for ID is a bit different than the one used by Sid Perkins. To Jeffrey Long, it’s not over till it’s over, and the strength of the combatant is more important than the circumstances.In my favorite scene from Star Wars, Luke Skywalker has been transported to an arid wasteland where he is bound and pushed to the end of a gangplank from which he’ll be cast headlong to a certain horrible death. When asked if he has any last words, he turns to the hideous giant slug and his janissaries and defiantly yells: “I’m warning you, Jabba — this is your last chance!”Incidentally, the Los Angeles Times printed a fairly complimentary article about Dr. Henry Morris, who died last weekend (see 02/25/2006 entry and Scientist of the Month). ICR’s latest Back to Genesis article, written by Dr. Morris shortly before he died, was critical of intelligent design also – but for totally different reasons: he felt it is not Biblical enough. Whatever one thinks about ID, perhaps the bottom line is to end one’s race well. Even Morris’s critics had to admit he was an honorable and gentlemanly combatant. Maybe Dan Letha’s “After Eden” cartoon honoring Henry Morris (see Answers in Genesis) will even leave some evolutionists – those who grew up in Sunday School only to reject their faith in biology class3 – with a bit of nostalgic longing in their hearts.1Sid Perkins, “Evolution in Action,” Science News Week of Feb. 25, 2006; Vol. 169, No. 8.2Jason Rosenhouse and Glenn Branch, “ Media Coverage of ‘Intelligent Design’,” BioScience Volume 56, Number 3, March 2006, pp. 247-252(6).3Examples: Will Provine, Michael Shermer, many others. Lee Strobel told a story in The Case for Faith about evangelist Charles Templeton, who lost his faith to evolution at Princeton. As the elderly Templeton, struggling with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, bared his soul about his life, he was at first very critical of God, the Bible and Christianity. But when he thought of Jesus Christ, he softened and said that he felt Jesus was the most perfect man who ever lived. In a moment of weakness, welling up with tears, he blurted out, “and I… I miss him!” Templeton died in bitterness and cynicism. In contrast, Henry Morris, like all Christians, considered meeting Jesus Christ face to face in heaven as his “blessed hope” (Titus 2:12-14).The reporting on intelligent design is a national travesty. It represents either extremely sloppy reporting, or intentional misrepresentation by leftists with an agenda to stymie all efforts to bring the Darwin Party to accountability. The article by Sid Perkins in Science News is a case in point. The spin had been spun before his sin had begun. Perkins used only hardline Darwinist sources like Eugenie Scott and Robert Pennock. He presented no evidence that naturalism is correct or even capable of explaining how hydrogen became brains; he merely assumed it is the established truth of Science. To these people, ID supporters are not even worth listening to, because the sentence is in: all who doubt molecules-to-man evolution must be fundamentalist creationist flat-earth pseudoscientific wackos trying to stuff religion into science. Well, with that kind of outlook, the only thing to do is load them onto the trains to Ravensbruck and get it over with. The arrogance of the Darwinist empire is atrocious. Do they ever try to explain the complexity of DNA and molecular machines? No. Do they explain the fine-tuning of the universe? No. Do they really attempt to explain the abrupt appearance of all life in the fossil record? No. Can they figure out the origin of life? No. They don’t have to, because they have power. Their absolute power has corrupted what it usually corrupts, absolutely. When the peasants rage, they pacify them with another bedtime story. It’ll work, because criticism is against the law. All they have to do is fool some of the people all of the time, and muffle the others. There is not one facet of the scientific materialist philosophy, worldview and story line that is not under stress from the evidence: not the fossil record, not human evolution, not the origin of life, not the big bang, not the origin of language and the mind, not historical geology, not planetary evolution. You’ve read it all right here for over five years. The only place where there is complete confidence in the whole shebang is in the imagination of the Darwinists, who are accustomed to believing six million impossible things before breakfast. Rosenhouse and Branch, and Olsen with his Dodo film (see LiveScience), are concerned about style. They recognize that King Charlie’s PR is taking a beating. They want to spruce up his image with a better coat of whitewash, not to really examine their hearts and confess their sins, but to find more effective ways to shout Long Live the Usurper. Style is nice, but nothing matters more than truth. Telling people hydrogen will evolve into brains is a hard sell. It just doesn’t make any sense to most people. Intelligent design has the advantage of being straightforwardly believable and in accord with the evidence. So here is the battle line: a corrupt Darwin Party drunk on power vs. critics who are determined to let the truth come out. Since the Darwinists have wrested power over the journals, the lawmakers, the big-science institutions and the schools, they think they don’t need evidence. They don’t need to be held accountable. Since they have power, they can portray their myth as fact and force it on everyone. It doesn’t matter to them that the Kingdom of Science was predominantly Christian for many centuries, and that many of the greatest scientists of history proclaimed overtly essentially the same position revitalized by today’s intelligent design movement. The Darwin Party usurped power in Huxley’s day, and are not about to give it up. How do you treat bullies? How do you deal with entrenched, institutionalized corruption? You keep on. You force the issue. You stand up to them, and call bystanders to take note of their injustices. You call their bluff. You demand they explain why the rules of logic and evidence do not apply to them. You force them to face the evidence. You confront them when they lie and sidestep the real issues. When they slam one door in your face, you run to the next one. You keep on keeping on, and you never tolerate bluffing and evasion for an answer. In short, you don’t acquiesce. What is required for evil to triumph, class? Nor do you act like them, because the goal is not merely a shift in power, but a return to righteousness. That’s a great word that is rarely heard today. Be righteous, and expect righteousness. Acting honorably, demand honor. Acting honestly, demand honesty. Acting truthfully, demand nothing less than the truth. Acting nobly, despise all that is ignoble. But honesty is not incompatible with wisdom, strategy and tactics. Perkins and the others are wrong to portray creationists and ID supporters as evolving ideologues, because Big Science today is corrupt, and things needs to change. The ID minority is not evolving; it is engaging an important issue by intelligence and design. You would think people willing to call corrupt authoritarians on the carpet for dishonesty and dogmatism would be praised; maybe someday they will be, by historians looking back on this era. In the meantime, what do the Goliaths expect the Davids to do? When Darwinists find lawyers willing to lie and influence judges to make fallacious decisions about scientific matters, when they threaten lawsuits to shut off debate, when they threaten loss of tenure and forbid publication, when they promote falsehoods in the media and pull their power plays to ensure their dominance, should they not anticipate that some critics will not take this behavior lying down? Of course. They should expect that the critics will dodge, feint, duck and keep fighting, because some people believe their cause is just. So here’s our challenge, Darwinists: we realize your fat, blubbery monstrosity of evolutionary theory has lots of minions at his command. You think you have the freedom fighters surrounded, at the mouth of the Sarlacc, but we’re calling you out. You cannot defend methodological naturalism as a philosophy of science. You cannot defend hydrogen becoming brains. 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Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Ryan Matthew Pierson How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Carnegie Mellon#Internet of Things#IoT#MIT#Pittsburgh#White House In an effort to drive continued innovation in a handful of key areas of technology and science, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a one-day conference in Pittsburgh. This conference is a joint venture between the White House, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.During the conference, President Obama announced a number of new initiatives. These include funding to help in the development of smart cities, brain research, health, criminal justice, space, and climate change. Also among the initiatives announces was the release of a report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence.”This 58-page report outlines a number of important topics related to artificial intelligence. It also touches on the history of AI, the current state of the technology, and where it’s headed in the near future.Topics of focus in the report include:Applications of AI for Public GoodAI and RegulationResearch and WorkforceEconomic Impacts of AIFairness, Safety, and GovernanceGlobal Considerations and SecurityPreparing for the FutureArtificial intelligence is a big focus in both the public and private sector. It’s being utilized to provide quick, data-driven insights in the areas of business, science, law enforcement, and even national security. We live in a big data world, and that data is becoming increasingly difficult for humans to sort through.Turning large amounts of unorganized data into actionable insight quickly takes the type of computing power artificial intelligence can provide. This makes AI not only a useful tool for businesses that want to learn more about their customers, but for areas of public interest. According to the report, artificial intelligence is already making an impact:Public and private sector investments in basic and applied R&D on AI have already begun reaping major benefits to the public in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion.Regulatory considerations are on the front burnerThe need for regulation on AI in the interest of public safety is high. For example, smart cars that use AI to assist in obstacle avoidance and steering need to be thoroughly tested, reliable, and meet high safety standards.Tasks that can’t currently be automated but will through AI will result in less need for human workers. This will have a direct, short-term affect on the economy. The report explores ways AI can be used to assist in building a more skilled workforce. Identifying opportunities for growth aids in offsetting the jobs that artificial intelligence will supplant.Security and safety are other important areas of consideration. Researchers at MIT have identified how AI can be used to detect cyber attacks with extraordinary accuracy in real time. Cyber attacks and hacking are an increasing concern.Artificial intelligence is already here, and it’s getting better every day. While Skynet isn’t a real thing yet, we are already seeing the beginnings of a much more connected, intelligent world.
Australian Women’s Open Touch Football representative, Emilee Cherry has been recognised for her impressive start to her Rugby Sevens career, being named the Women’s Player of the Year at the John Eales Medal in Sydney on Thursday night. Cherry, who celebrates her 20th birthday today, has had a busy year, juggling her Touch Football commitments with her Sevens commitments as well as university studies. Cherry has had an impressive year on the Touch Football field, helping her South West Queensland Swans team make the final of the 2012 National Touch League and being part of the Australian Women’s Open team that defeated New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series. She also helped guide the Queensland Women’s Open team to their State of Origin Series win over New South Wales in September, being named Player of the Series. Cherry recently was also a part of the South West Queensland Swans team that won the 2012 Queensland State Championships and was named Player of the Final. After taking up Rugby in 2011, Cherry has been a constant inclusion in the Australian Women’s Sevens team and was recently part of the team’s title win at the Asia Pacific Women’s Sevens Championships in Malaysia. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Emilee on her award. Related LinksCherry Wins Sevens Award
38 teams have nominated to participate in the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September to Saturday, 19 September 2015. Please find more information in the documents below in relation to the event. NYC UpdateNYC Team CodesNYC Draft Tent MapNYC TFO Tour Leaders OverviewKeep up-to-date with the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNYC Memo
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.”
TORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths for March 2019.According to the report, in March there were 104 suspected drug overdose deaths from across the Province.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been five reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 82 deaths in March.Within Northeastern B.C., during the month of March, there were five reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.The BCCS says the data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends in B.C. and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is for only up until March 31, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.
New Delhi: As voters cast their ballot in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 91 seats across 18 states and two union territories, it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that has a lot at stake. It had won 32 of these seats in 2014. The Congress fared poorly in the last parliamentary elections and could win only seven of these 91 seats. Five of its seats came from the North-East where the BJP has considerably consolidated its position in the last five years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The battle is tough for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won all the eight seats that have to the polls today. This time, the party faces challenge from the coalition of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal. Analysts say it will be difficult for the BJP to repeat its 2014 performance. In Uttarakhand, where BJP had won all the five seats in 2014, the party faces strong candidates from Congress, including former Chief Minister Harish Rawat and Manish Khanduri, son of former Union Minister Major General B.C. Khanduri. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The “nationalism” narrative of the BJP seems to be a strong factor in the hills which has a large population of ex-servicemen and those serving in the uniformed forces. The BJP faces a stronger challenge in Assam with its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been opposed by its allies. The Asom Gana Parishad, its ally in Assam, is opposed to the Bill which finds a mention in the BJP manifesto. In Bihar, BJP had won three of the four seats going to the polls and is now contesting one. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had in 2014 won all the seven seats going to polls in the first phase in Maharashtra, but the BJP later lost one seat. The first phase election will decide the fate of six Union Ministers — Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur), Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur), General V.K. Singh (Ghaziabad), Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal West). As it tries to retain its seats, BJP will also be seeking to gain in two seats each in West Bengal, Manipur and Tripura. The Congress is hopeful of scaling up its numbers from seven particular from Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Assam and Uttarakhand. The BJP and Congress are not seen as major players in Andhra Pradesh, which is undergoing both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the party will improve its performance compared to the last Lok Sabha polls. “Nationalism is a factor. The people continue to have faith in Modiji. Various government programmes have taken off, making an impact among communities seen to be loyal to other parties,” Shastri told IANS. He said there was “a visible wave” last time but this time it “is an inner current”. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha said the party will do “much better than last time.” Prominent leaders whose fate will be decided in the first phase are Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha (Nizamabad), Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi (Kalibor), Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan (Jamui) and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad). In Tura, former Union Minister Agatha Sangma is fighting former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma of Congress.
Hussainabad (Jharkhand): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said naxals will be rooted out in the country by 2023. Rebels and terrorists come in the way of the country’s security, which is an essential part of development, and will be crushed, Singh told a poll rally here. Naxals have been almost eliminated in Jharkhand and their remaining pockets in the state will end soon, he said. Singh, who was campigning in support of Palamau (SC) constituency sitting BJP MP V D Ram, claimed that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress have joined hands in the state due to their “lust for power” but will not be successful in acheiving their goal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There is no leader in the opposition to match the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who appear to be leaders in the opposition are “dwarfs” compared to him, he said. Referring to developmental schemes like the Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana, the union minister said BJP is committed to usher in development of the country by 2022 and its poll manifesto reflected it. Ridiculing opposition parties seeking proof of bodies in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes, Singh said the air force’s job was to hit the terror camps, which it carried out, and not count bodies. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Our leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was then in the opposition, had praised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the 1971 war against Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. But now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a big step (Balakot air strike) the opposition leaders are raising questions instead of praising him. After Pulwama attack all the countries, including Islamic countries, stood with India. “India’s policy is not to fire the first bullet but to respond strongly to any bullet fired at it”, he said. Addressing another rally in neighbouring Chatra Lok Sabha constituency for BJP’s sitting MP Sunil Kumar Singh, the union minister said that Garibi-mukt Bharat can only be possibble only when there is a Congress-mukt Bharat. In the last five years the BJP-led NDA government made notable achievements in opening bank accounts for the poor, building roads, distribution of gas cylinders and its housing scheme and according to a survey report 7.5 crore people were taken out of poverty. Palamau goes to the polls along with Chatra and Lohardaga(ST) seats in the fourth phase of polling on April 29, which will be the first phase for Jharkhand.