BJP activist escapes unhurt, cop & terrorist killed in gunfight


BJP activist escapes unhurt, cop & terrorist killed in gunfight

A policeman and a terrorist were killed on Tuesday night in exchange of fire when a BJP activist was targeted by terrorists in Nunar area of Ganderbal of central Kashmir.

The constable Altaf Hussain saved the BJP activist but lost his own life as he was critically injured.

The killed terrorist has been identified as Shabir Ahmad of Pulwama.

Terrorists fired upon the BJP activist but he escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile, an encounter has broken out in Shopian where about 3 terrorists have been trapped by security forces.

 

 




Jagan rushes to Delhi; speculation rife YSRCP may join NDA & Cabinet


Jagan rushes to Delhi; speculation rife YSRCP may join NDA & Cabinet

Andhra Pradesh chief minister and YSRCP leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy today arrived at New Delhi and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow amid widespread speculation that the regional party is all set to join NDA

This is his second visit to the national capital within a fortnight and the chief minister had met Union home minister Amit Shah on 22 September.

He, however, was not able to meet the PM for a one-on-one meeting. BJP- led NDA is looking for new allies after old and trusted ones like the Shiv Sena and Shironani Akali Dal left the alliance. YSRCP might be offered ministries in Union Cabinet as well if it joins NDA.

While BJP requires allies to shore up its strength in the Rajya Sabha for YSRCP it is going to be a win-win situation and a big blow to the Opposition TDP and Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena as well as the BJP state unit’s ambition to expand its base in Andhra Pradesh.

It will be further disappointing for TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu who was once part of NDA before he decided to quit.

YSRCP which was being cornered by BJP and TDP due to attacks on temples and even facing allegations of promoting Christianity will also breathe a sigh of relief.

The state hopes to improve its financial situation through Central funds.

The regional party has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha and another 6 in the Rajya Sabha, including Parimal Nathani group executive of Reliance.




China dared enter India & kill soldiers, Modi has weakened nation: Rahul


China dared enter India & kill soldiers, Modi has weakened nation: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Chinese had dared to enter India and kill our soldiers because the Narendra Modi government had weakened our nation with its anti-national policies and actions, of which the farm laws were the latest example.

Addressing a rally on the last leg of Day 2 of Congress’ ‘Kheti Bachao Yatra’ in Punjab, Rahul said China had realised that Modi had weakened India, and had taken advantage of this to take control of 1,200 kilometers of our land.

He said the Prime Minister had broken the backbone of the country, whose economic growth had plummeted from nine per cent under Dr Manmohan Singh to 24 per cent at present.

Accusing Modi of ruining the country to help his capitalist and industrialist friends, Rahul said India was going backward, which the Chinese had seen.

“Why else would China dare enter our territory? How could they kill 20 of our soldiers, who were on our side of the LAC, if the Chinese did not enter India, as Modi claims?”, asked Rahul, warning the people that they could shut their eyes to these facts at their own peril.

He also castigated the Modi government for controlling the media through the corporate houses and thus stifling all voices of dissent.

Warning the farmers against the dangerous designs of the Narendra Modi government, as part of a deliberate and malicious agenda to destroy their lives to promote the interests of a handful of industrialists, Rahul said the Prime Minister was only interested in helping out three-four of his industrialist friends.

Modi does not care for the people, said Rahul, recalling the plight of the migrants during the lockdown period, and the crisis triggered by demonetisation and GST. Rs 3.50 lakh crore in loans was waived off for industrialists after demonetisation, and even amid Covid, they were being given incentives while the poor were only getting subsidies, he said.

On the Covid pandemic, Rahul said Modi had claimed the war against the pandemic would be won in 22 days. “Has it happened? If so, then why are people wearing masks?” he asked.

Warning the farmers that the new laws of the Centre would lead to dismantling of the minimum support price and Food Corporation of India system and the Mandis, Rahul said this might not happen in the next two-three years but was the final game plan of Modi, who only wanted to promote the interests of his industrialist friends, particularly Ambanis and Adani.




India’s Covid tally crosses 66.85 lakh, death toll surpasses 1.03 lakh


India’s Covid tally crosses 66.85 lakh, death toll surpasses 1.03 lakh

With 61,267 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed 66.85 lakh cases, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s coronavirus tally case tally now stands at 66,85,082, with 9,19,023 active Covid-19 cases. The country has had less than 10 lakh active cases for the past two weeks, according to Ministry of Health.

In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 75,787 recoveries taking the total recoveries to 56,62,490. The recovery rate now stands at 84.70 per cent. and has remained above 80 per cent for two weeks now.

India which remains the second worst Covid hit nation in the world has recorded 903 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll now stands at 1,03,569 and  fatality rate of the country  stands at 1.55 per cent.

Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu andUttar Pradesh remain the worst affected states in the country. Maharastra which remains the worst affected state has reported a singe day spike of 10,244 Covid-19 cases taking the states’s total tally to 14,53,653 cases and 38,347 fatalities.

Delhi has reported 1,947 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,92,560 cases and 5,225 fatalities.

India has conducted a total of 10,89,403 tests, taking the total tally of Covid-19 tests conducted to 8,10,71,797.




2 CRPF jawans martyred, 3 wounded in terror attack on outskirts of Srinagar


2 CRPF jawans martyred, 3 wounded in terror attack on outskirts of Srinagar

Two CRPF troopers were martyred and three others injured on Monday when terrorists attacked a patrolling party near Tangan Bypass area of Pampore in outskirts of Srinagar district.

Confirming this, a CRPF officer said the attack came near the Kandizal Bridge on the bypass of the Jammu–Srinagar highway.

Preliminary reports said that terrorists opened fire near Tangan Bypass area of Pampore this afternoon in which five CRPF personnel were injured, a police official said.

The two critically injured troopers were shifted to the 92 military base hospital at Srinagar where both of them succumbed.

Security forces have cordoned the area and traffic has been halted on the national highway where search operation has been launched.




600 MW solar projects in Rajasthan to light up 4 lakh houses, generate employment


600 MW solar projects in Rajasthan to light up 4 lakh houses, generate employment

In a major breakthrough for the Indian solar space, Rays Experts, one of the leading Solar EPC and park developer companies in India, has successfully commissioned 6 solar parks in Rajasthan with the combined power of 600 MW.

They have invested Rs 3,000 crore on these parks which are spread across 2,500 acres of land, mainly in the districts of Bikaner and Jodhpur and provide more than 4 lakh houses with renewable energy.

The deployed solar parks have benefited thousands of families by helping create business and employment opportunities. The projects have collectively provided employment to over 2,000 people so far. They are further employing close to 600 people each month for the park maintenance and additional capacity expansion.

This is over and above other benefits for the state including enhanced business productivity, reduced carbon emissions, lower power tariffs, and increased GST collection.

With its solar parks, Rays Experts has catered to more than 275 customers in various industries ranging from traditional namkeen (snacks), wool, media, hotels, hospitals, and marble industries, alongside others.

Commenting on the development, Rahul Gupta, MD & CEO, said, “It gives us a feeling of satisfaction that we are giving back to our state. Rajasthan has over 15 GW solar plants in the planning stage for the next 3 years and we are proud to be a part of its solar journey.”

The company plans on investing Rs 50 crore additionally in Rajasthan over the next 2 years. The Solar EPC and park developer has a current order of 250 MW in the state. It is developing around 4 solar parks in other states as well, 3 of which have been approved and in advanced stages of development. The company aims to reach the 1,000 MW installation milestone by the end of 2021.




LG Sinha trying to strike chord with Kashmiri youth


LG Sinha trying to strike chord with Kashmiri youth

Lt-Governor Manoj Sinha is trying to strike a chord with the Kashmiri youth by flying across the Valley, including terrorism-hit Shopian in south Kashmir, and providing an opportunity to the youngsters to interact with him.

Participating in the third edition of the Back to Village (B2V3) programme launched in the Union Territory, Sinha is these days visiting different parts of the Valley and his focus is youth and rural masses.

Sinha’s flights to the terror hit areas have generated positive vibes and people were bringing to his notice their problems also directly on his tweeter account which the Lt-Governor has kept open for the public. During a recent interaction with media persons here, Sinha said he was getting vital feedback about functioning of the officialdom on his social media account from the common people.

He underlined the need to change the narrative about the youth and said proper opportunity to youth in sports, education, entrepreneurship, employment, and other fields will certainly usher development in the UT.

During his visit to Shirmal village in Shopian on Friday, Sinha mingled with the youth and asked the misguided boys to shun militancy and return to the mainstream as the government was ready to rehabilitate them with jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. He sought help of the youth in making J&K a role model of development and prosperity.

International and National Sqay martial arts players Suzain Zahoor, Faizan Ayoub, Laiba Imtiyaz and Urkan Lateef said the facilities and support of the administration will give wings to their dreams.

He inaugurated a youth recreation centre and nomadic Gujjar & Bakerwal hostel library and also laid foundation stone of 100-bedded Girls’ hostel costing Rs 3.34 crore. The library was dedicated to inhabits of 100 capacity hostel completed recently. Students living in the hostel from Class 6 to 12 can use this library 24×7 to make their future bright and become a useful resource for the society. The library contains 4,000 books with all kinds of information to fulfill the syllabus needs and increase the knowledge of the students of the Gujjar & Bakarwal hostel.

Sinha presented sports kits to youth and other assistance to facilitate sports activities. To motivate school dropouts, he presented school bags to 57 dropout girls.

The Lt-Governor called upon the youth to take advantage of the new wave of educational and business reforms being incorporated by the J&K administration. He said two candidates from each of the nearly 4,900 panchayats are to be identified and assisted by the Special Desk of Jammu & Kashmir Bank.

During a visit to north Kashmir’s Bandipura, Sinha presented loan assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to two educated young aspiring entrepreneurs of Nesbal Panchayat.

However, Sinha’s Kashmir centric announcements have upset the youth and political activists in the Jammu division where the feeling of discrimination was deep-seated.




‘Fake’ farmers presented at MP CM Chouhan’s function: Cong MLA


‘Fake’ farmers presented at MP CM Chouhan’s function: Cong MLA

As the Congress launched its ‘kheti bachao’ protest in Punjab under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership today, Congress MLA Kunal Chaudhary in Madhya Pradesh alleged that ‘fake’ farmers were presented at a function of MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and demanded the chief minister submit a public apology for the fraud done by officials.

Addressing a Press conference here today along with MP Congress media cell vice-president Bhupendra Gupta and young Congress leader Puneet Tandon, Kunal Chaudhary claimed that while interacting with the ‘fake’ farmers at a function recently, the MP chief minister tried to show how those farmers had not only succeeded in increasing their production but were also earning lakhs through just a small agricultural field of three acres.

Chaudhary said the CM was trying to showcase how the BJP state government and its departments concerned with agriculture and farming were doing a great job and helping farmers become prosperous.

Chaudhary, however, claimed that when a genuine farmer got impressed by the programme and tried to contact the agriculture and horticulture departments for getting more information about the farmers in the event, he was first refused any information and then threatened by some officials to never call again.

The Congress MLA went on to claim that when the said farmer pursued the matter, some official of the horticulture department gave him the phone number of one of the farmers shown in the CM’s event.

“When this farmer called up on that number, the person on the other side could not even tell the difference between an acre and hectare and he did not even have experience in farming of garlic, about which he was speaking during the CM’s event,” Chaudhary claimed.

Chaudhary averred that the fraud of the BJP state government and its officials had been exposed through this incident. The Congress MLA demanded that the chief minister tender a public apology to farmers of the state and also immediately dismiss from service the officials responsible for such a fraud.




India committed to complete elimination of N-arms: Shringla


India committed to complete elimination of N-arms: Shringla

Participating in the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the ‘International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons’, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India’s approach to nuclear disarmament was encapsulated in the working paper submitted to the UN General Assembly first committee in 2006 and to the Conference on Disarmament in 2007.

India today reiterated its longstanding and unwavering commitment to universal, verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament leading to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

Participating in the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the ‘International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons’, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India’s approach to nuclear disarmament was encapsulated in the working paper submitted to the UN General Assembly first committee in 2006 and to the Conference on Disarmament in 2007.

”We believe that nuclear disarmament can be achieved through a step-by-step process underwritten by a universal commitment and an agreed multilateral framework. India remains convinced of the need for meaningful dialogue among all States possessing nuclear weapons, for building trust and confidence,” he said.

The Indian diplomat noted that India’s annual resolution in the UNGA on the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons” tabled since 1982, enjoyed wide support and reaffirmed that any use of nuclear weapons would be a violation of the UN Charter and a crime against humanity.

Mindful of the catastrophic consequences of unintentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons, India has since 1998 tabled an annual resolution in the UNGA on ‘Reducing Nuclear Danger’ that calls for immediate and urgent steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, including through de-alerting and de-targeting, he said.

Shringla pointed out that India accorded high priority to the Conference on Disarmament as the world’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum and supported the commencement of negotiations on a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention.

“Without prejudice to the priority attached to nuclear disarmament, India remains committed to the immediate commencement of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty in the CD,” he added. India espoused the policy of “No First Use” against nuclear weapon states and non-use against non-nuclear weapon states. India was a key partner in global efforts towards disarmament and strengthening the non-proliferation order.




India’s defence interests compromised by previous govts: Modi


India’s defence interests compromised by previous govts: Modi

“They compromised on security concerns of the country, whether it was about procurement of modern fighter planes, procurement of ammunition, modern rifles, bulletproof jackets, winter equipment or anything else,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the majestic Atal Tunnel, beneath Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district, would serve as a lifeline for Leh-Ladakh and would give new strength to India’s border infrastructure.

Addressing a function after inaugurating the all weather Atal tunnel from its South portal towards Manali, the Prime Minister said the tunnel, which connects Manali with Lahaul valley of HP en route to Leh and is the longest in the world at this altitude (10,000 feet), is an example of world-class border connectivity.

Modi said there have been demands to improve border infrastructure in the entire country. However, for decades, the projects of strategic importance were delayed deliberately. “These projects could either not come to the planning stage or got stuck in files,” he said.

“They compromised on security concerns of the country, whether it was about procurement of modern fighter planes, procurement of ammunition, modern rifles, bulletproof jackets, winter equipment or anything else,” he added.

Modi said one of the top priorities of his government is to strengthen the country’s international border on all sides, along with taking care of the needs of the security forces. In the last six years the border infrastructure ~ be it roads, bridges or tunnels ~ is being developed with full impetus and great speed, he said. “The previous government had no will to do so,” he said.

Praising the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for completing the challenging task of constructing the tunnel in tough terrain, Modi said the Atal tunnel is going to be a lifeline for a large part of Himachal Pradesh as well as the new Union Territory of Ladakh and would reduce the distance between Manali and Keylong by 3-4 hours. He added that tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will be connected with the rest of the country and would witness speedier economic progress.

The Prime Minister said that such border connectivity projects will also aid the security forces in ensuring regular supplies to them and also in their patrolling.

Modi noted that former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation of the approach road for this tunnel in 2002. He said after the Vajpayee government, the work was so neglected that till 2013-14, only 300 metres of tunnel was built each year. “If the construction of the tunnel had continued at the earlier pace, it would have completed in 2040,” he said.

He said his government had fast tracked the project and the construction went on at a speed of 1400 metres each year. He said the project could be completed in 6 years.

Modi said in 2005, the estimated cost for the construction of the tunnel was about Rs 900 crore. But due to continuous delays, today it has been completed after spending more than 3 times i.e. 3200 crore rupees.




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