FM: Kerala is now ‘fundamentalists’ own country


FM: Kerala is now ‘fundamentalists’ own country

Speaking at a public meeting at Tripunithara near Kochi,organised in connection with the reception accorded to the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ led by BJP Kerala president K Surendran, Nirmala Sitharaman said Kerala which was famed as ‘God’s own country’ has now become ‘fundamentals own country’, because of the LDF government’s appeasement of the fundamentals

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday alleged that Kerala has lost its famed tag line of ‘God’s own country’ because of the LDF government’s policy of appeasement of fundamentalists.

Speaking at a public meeting at Tripunithara near Kochi,organised in connection with the reception accorded to the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ led by BJP Kerala president K Surendran, Nirmala Sitharaman said Kerala which was famed as ‘God’s own country’ has now become ‘fundamentals own country’, because of the LDF government’s appeasement of the fundamentals.

The union finance minister said that the CPI-M, which is leading the LDF government in Kerala is not just engaged in minority appeasement,but also the appeasement of the fundamentalists.


 
She alleged there is a secret deal between the CPIM and SDPI. Alleging that the law and order situation has gone worse under the LDF rule in Kerala, she said the Walayar rape cases, killings of Kripesh and Sarathlal and the recent murder of RSS worker Nandu Krishna in Alappuzha are examples for this.

She further said that the state government under Pinarayi Vijayan is neck deep in corruption and the government failed to contain the spread of Covid-19. She said the slogans of the 1921 Mapplla rebellion, which she termed as a rebellion against the majority community is being again sounded in Kerala.




Mehbooba accuses Centre of crushing J&K economy


Mehbooba accuses Centre of crushing J&K economy

Mehbooba, who was addressing a PDP convention in the apple growing belt of Pulwama in south Kashmir, alleged that apart from robbing us of our constitutional rights we have witnessed the loot of our resources and our economy being crushed.

Former chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday warned that attempts were being made to crush the economy of Kashmir by allowing flooding of the markets with apple imported from Iran.

Mehbooba, who was addressing a PDP convention in the apple growing belt of Pulwama in south Kashmir, alleged that apart from robbing us of our constitutional rights we have witnessed the loot of our resources and our economy being crushed. The horticulture sector which forms the backbone of our economy has not been spared either.

By allowing apple produce from Iran to flood the market and our own crop destroyed by supply of spurious pesticides, the nefarious designs are being implemented. “This also seems to be a part of the scripted scheme to pulverise our economy. The need is to stand up in unison and struggle for our rights, identity and the future of our coming generations,” she said.

Mehbooba advocated an unrelenting peaceful struggle for the restoration of democratic and constitutional rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

She said that people of Kashmir should not let despair decide their destiny but rather strengthen their resolve, unify their ranks and articulate their pain vociferously. Referring to the fact that more youngsters were taking to gun, she emphasised that gun is no solution to any problem and that we should always keep peaceful means as our lodestar and not lose sight of the fact that there are elements who wish to bracket us as violent and extremist so as to delegitimise our aspirations and our struggle.

Pointing to how farmers have mobilised and successfully rallied the whole world behind their cause, she said that the discipline underpinning the farmer’s movement is something worth emulating.

“Pulwama is the heartbeat of PDP and your unwavering support is the source of personal strength to me. And my first visit to your district after being re-elected as the party president is a reaffirmation of my love for you,” she said.

Reaffirming that dialogue and reconciliation as envisioned by PDP founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, is the only way to bring about peace and prosperity not only to the people of J&K but the whole of subcontinent, Mehbooba said that they she would continue to advocate dialogue between India and Pakistan no matter how disliked the idea is.

“We have always advocated dialogue and reconciliation. No matter what they said till yesterday, today we see them only emulating our roadmap as inevitable. The recent joint statement of DGMOs of Indo- Pak Armies is a case in point. We want them to take this forward to the highest levels and also engage with the people of Jammu & Kashmir constructively respecting their dignity,” she added.




‘India emerging as a frontline nation in scientific innovation’


‘India emerging as a frontline nation in scientific innovation’

Delivering the keynote address on the occasion of ‘National Science Day’ in the University of Jammu, Jitendra Singh said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the last few years, government has taken some revolutionary and programmatic decisions to give fillip to indigenous scientific innovations which will be a key to “Atma Nirbhar Bharat”.

Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that India is fast emerging as a frontline nation in scientific innovations.

Delivering the keynote address on the occasion of ‘National Science Day’ in the University of Jammu, Jitendra Singh said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the last few years, government has taken some revolutionary and programmatic decisions to give fillip to indigenous scientific innovations which will be a key to “Atma Nirbhar Bharat”.

In this context, he made a special mention of the decision to “unlock” India’s Space Technology to private players for the first time after independence and the approval given by the union Cabinet to go ahead with joint ventures in the field of Atomic energy and nuclear energy in order to promote the setting up of new nuclear installations.

The theme ‘Future of Science Technology Innovations…’ chosen for this year’s ‘National Science Day’, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, is most appropriate considering the rapid strides being made in contemporary India and being followed by other countries of the world.

He cited the example of Covid vaccine which India is not only among the first countries to prepare indigenously but also to export to other countries.

Jitendra Singh said, it is a remarkable coincidence that on the morning of ‘National Science Day’ today ISRO achieved another glorious landmark by successfully launching the PSLVC51/Amazonia-1. While India began its Space journey much after several other countries, today we are in a position to provide inputs from Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan to the premier institutions of the world like the NASA of the USA, he added.

He said, it is to the credit of PM Modi that he promoted the extension of applications of space technology to different sectors and areas in order to bring ‘ease of living’. He said, whether it is railways or smart cities, agriculture or disaster management, highways or defence, space technology is contributing in a big way.

In his concluding remarks, Jitendra Singh said, this year’s ‘National Science Day’ is being observed at a time when India is on the verge of entering the 75th year of Independence and we would be planning for the next 25 years when India celebrates 100 years of Independence. This is the period when India will be a world superpower and the journey of ascent has already started, he said.




CPM: Rahul Gandhi speaking like BJP recruiting agent


CPM: Rahul Gandhi speaking like BJP recruiting agent

“Rahul merely echoed the voice of the BJP in attacking the Left just serves to expose the Congress’ meek surrender to communalism. It is just such an approach that has led to Congress MLAs shifting base to BJP in many states,” said the CPI-M on Wednesday in the statement.

The CPI-M on Tuesday came out against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his unprecedented attack on the Left and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the concluding rally of UDF’s ‘Aishwarya Kerala Yatra’ here, saying Rahul’s speech sounded like that of a BJP’s recruitment agent.

In a statement, the CPIM state secretariat said the Congress national leader didn’t even try to make a feeble criticism against BJP while he launched scathing attack on the CPI-M.

“Rahul merely echoed the voice of the BJP in attacking the Left just serves to expose the Congress’ meek surrender to communalism. It is just such an approach that has led to Congress MLAs shifting base to BJP in many states,” said the CPI-M on Wednesday in the statement.


 
Rahul should remember that he himself is a person released on bail in a financial fraud case, the statement said and added that “Rahul would have thought of his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who is currently facing charges of amassing disproportionate assets.”

Gandhi on Tuesday came down heavily on the Left government and chief minister Vijayan over the recent allegations and issues, including the sensational gold smuggling case and the alleged backdoor appointments in government services.

“If you hold the CPM flag, you can do gold smuggling by sitting even in the CMO. If you are with the LDF, you are guaranteed to get all the jobs. Or else, you will have to go on a hunger strike. But the chief minister will not budge to hold talks with the protesters even if they die,” Rahul told the party workers and supporters gathered at a rally here organised at the culmination of the Aishwarya Kerala Yatra led by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.




ISF wants AIMIM in alliance; Left, Congress refuse


ISF wants AIMIM in alliance; Left, Congress refuse

Asaduddin Owaisi had expressed his desire to contest in the upcoming West Bengal State Assembly Election. He had said that AIMIM would tie-up with ISF.

The seat-sharing talks between the Left Front, Congress and Indian Secular Front seem to have hit another hurdle with the latter asking for Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM to be a part of it.

Owaisi had expressed his desire to contest in the upcoming West Bengal State Assembly Election. He had said that AIMIM would tie-up with Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui’s ISF.

Both the Left Front and Congress had shown no interest in having AIMIM. And with Congress’ staunch attacks on Owaisi’s party after the Bihar polls last year, it became apparent that the Hyderabad-headquartered party would find no place in the alliance.

But Siddiqui has argued in favour of AIMIM, saying that without them Congress’ fate in West Bengal could be similar to what happened in Bihar. It is believed that AIMIM had cut minority votes to deter Congress and RJD’s chance.

The Pirzada’s proposal further sent the seat-sharing discussion with the Left Front and Congress down into muddy waters. He had given an ultimatum on Tuesday that if a solution was not found sooner, ISF would go alone in the polls.

While the Left has been accommodative, Congress has taken a strong arm approach in front of the ISF in terms of sharing seats for the grand alliance in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly Election.

The Left parties are believed to have compromised 27 seats to the ISF. CPIM alone have spared 20. Congress has so far agreed to sacrifice eight seats to the the ISF.

“We don’t have cut money but we have manpower. That’s why we can create problems anywhere! If everything is sorted by February 28, we’ll bring a sea of people. But without me no one will be there,” Siddiqui said.

At a rally against the new farm laws in Kolkata’s Dharmatala on Tuesday, he further added, “If you accept my friendship I’ll keep you in my heart. But if you stab me then what?”

It was reported earlier Siddiqui’s ISF had demanded a minimum of 45 seats after starting negotiations from 72, asking Congress to sacrifice some of its winning seats in Murshidabad, Malda and South 24 Parganas.

The West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury then served a stern ultimatum that their won’t be any compromise from its end for seats in Murshidabad and Malda region. They also disagreed to spare seats in South 24 Parganas that they had won in 2016.

Reportedly this hardcore stance from Chowdhury has not gone down well with Congress and Bengal’s main opposition leader Abdul Mannan. The latter has let his disenchantment known in a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The party supremo had directed the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) to complete seat-sharing deal by January 31. But with Mannan and Chowdhury failing to reach a consensus, the All India Congres Committee (AICC) may take matters in its own hand now.




Cop, 3 militants killed in Kashmir gunfights


Cop, 3 militants killed in Kashmir gunfights

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

Three unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday, while in a separate gun battle still underway a policeman was killed and a second injured in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said.

The Shopian encounter started between terrorists and security forces in Badigam on Thursday night. It took place after security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about militant presence.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

The gunfight has stopped, the security forces are searching the area. Arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter spot.

“Three unidentified terrorists have been killed in the Shopian encounter. Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition recovered. Search is going on,” the police said.

In a second encounter underway at Beerwah in Budgam district “Special Police Officer (SPO) Mohammad Altaf was martyred and SgCt Manzoor Ahmad injured,” police said.




Lawyer couple murder: Telangana HC takes suo moto cognizance


Lawyer couple murder: Telangana HC takes suo moto cognizance

The lawyer couple Gattu Vaman Rao and P V Nagamani were waylaid and hacked to death by unidentified assailants on a road in broad daylight. The incident took place on Wednesday in Kalvacherla in Peddapalli district. The lawyer couple was returning to Hyderabad after attending a hearing in a local court in Mathani.

A day after a lawyer couple was brutally murdered in broad daylight, the Telangana High Court took suo moto cognizance of the incident. Chief Justice Hima Kohli described the killing as “most unfortunate” and called for severe action against the culprits.The High Court has issued notices to the state government for a thorough probe into the killing.

The lawyer couple Gattu Vaman Rao and P V Nagamani were waylaid and hacked to death by unidentified assailants on a road in broad daylight. The incident took place on Wednesday in Kalvacherla in Peddapalli district. The lawyer couple was returning to Hyderabad after attending a hearing in a local court in Mathani.

During his last moments, Vaman Rao reportedly named a local leader of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as being responsible for the attack. Vaman Rao’s family members had also alleged that a local TRS leader was behind the attack.

The FIR has named Vaman Vasantha Rao , Kunta Srinivas and Akkapaka Kumar.

According to the complaint filed by the father of Gattu Vaman Rao the killing was carried out because of the grudge over construction of Pedamma Temple and illegal house construction by TRS leader Kunta Srinivas. Following the arrest of the accused, the TRS has suspended its mandal president Kunta Srinivas.

Congress state unit president N Uttam Kumar Reddy has demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder of the lawyer couple alleging that the top TRS leadership was behind the murder.

He also added that the Congress party would meet the chief justice of Telangana High Court and write to Chief Justice of India.

Reddy suspected the TRS backed sand mafia was behind the murder and criticised chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his silence. Blaming the state government for the double murder BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar demanded a comprehensive inquiry by the sitting judge of the high court following his visit to the Peddapalli district hospital where the bodies were kept.




‘After Covid, fuel issue another jolt’’


‘After Covid, fuel issue another jolt’’

CPM says oil price hike will increase prices of all essential items

The relentless increase in the prices of petrol and diesel is adding to the problems of people already burdened by the pandemic woes of joblessness and loss of incomes, the CPI (M) said today.

In an editorial in its official journal People’s Democracy, the party said the daily increase in the retail prices had led to the petrol price breaching the Rs 90 per litre mark in various cities. At this rate, the Rs 100 mark will be reached very soon.The government and the oil companies justified this increase citing the rising global prices of crude oil. This was, however, a “specious” claim. “The single biggest reason for the crushing burden is the exorbitant Central taxes on petroleum products,” the party said.

At present, in Delhi, 63 per cent of the retail price of petrol per litre comprises of taxes, of which the Central component is 40 per cent while the State VAT is 23 per cent.


 
Between 2014-15 and 2021- 21, prices of the Indian basket of crude oil (the mix of crude oils that India buys) went up by 17.6 per cent. In the same period, the average retail selling price in India went up by 55.3 per cent for petrol and 72.5 per cent for diesel. It is clear the retail prices had increased far more than the global price levels, the party said.

The backbreaking prices have been caused by the constant increase in excise duties and cesses levied by the Central government. Even in the year of the pandemic last year, the Modi government on 14th March hiked the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 3 per litre each, the editorial said. This was followed by a savage hike in the excise duties on 6th May ~ Rs 10 per litre increase on petrol and Rs 13 per litre on diesel.

Between 2014-15 and 2019-20, the excise duty collections by the Central government increased by 125 per cent, while the states tax revenue from the petroleum products increased by 37.5 per cent.

Instead of reducing its taxes, Centre has proposed in the recent Budget a new agriculture and infrastructure development cess of Rs 2.5 per litre of petrol and Rs 4 on a litre of diesel. CPI (M) politburo statement said the hikes in prices of petroleum products will result in higher transportation costs which will increase the prices of all essential commodities.




India Af sign accord to build Shahtoot Dam to meet Kabul’s drinking needs


India Af sign accord to build Shahtoot Dam to meet Kabul’s drinking needs

The accord was signed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar after a virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Reinforcing its commitment to help Afghanistan stand on its own feet, India today signed a landmark agreement with the war-torn nation for the construction of the nearly $300 Shahtoot (Lalandar) Dam that would meet the safe drinking needs of the Kabul city and provide irrigation water to neighbouring areas.

The accord was signed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Afghan counterpart Hanif Atmar after a virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The project is a part of the ‘New Development Partnership’ between India and Afghanistan. The proposed dam on a tributary of the Kabul river would also rehabilitate the existing irrigation and drainage network, aid in flood protection and management efforts in the area, and also provide electricity to the region.

This is the second major dam being built by India in Afghanistan, after the India- Afghanistan Friendship Dam [Salma Dam], which was inaugurated in June 2016.

“Signing of the MoU on Lalandar (Shahtoot) Dam is a reflection of India’s strong and long-term commitment towards the socio-economic development of Afghanistan and the enduring partnership between our two countries. As a part of our development cooperation with Afghanistan, India has completed more than 400 projects covering all 34 provinces of Afghanistan,” the MEA said.

In his remarks at the summit with the Afghan President, Modi highlighted the civilisational relationship between India and Afghanistan and gave an assurance of India’s continued support for a peaceful, united, stable, prosperous and inclusive Afghanistan.

The PM expressed concern over the increasing violence in Afghanistan, saying both India and Afghanistan wanted to see an end to terrorism and extremism in the region. ”Peace and violence cannot go hand in hand. We support an immediate ceasefire (in Afghanistan),” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, President Ghani said India’s development assistance was iconically marked on the Afghan landscape. “With Shahtoot Dam, Kabul’s snow and rain will be harnessed to quench the thirst of two million citizens of Kabul,” he said.




One more wanted in Red Fort case arrested from Punjab


One more wanted in Red Fort case arrested from Punjab

Punjabi actor-cum-activist Deep Sidhu was arrested from Karnal in Haryana. Another co-accused Sukhdev Singh was earlier arrested from Chandigarh.

Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Ikbal Singh, a wanted in the Red Fort Republic Day case, from Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

Singh carrying a bounty of Rs 50,000 on his head, was arrest on Tuesday night. It comes a day after key accused Deep Sidhu’s arrest, who has been sent on a seven-day police custody.

Foty-five-year-old Singh hails from Ludhiana. He along with sidhu and others were part of the R-Day tractor rally that breached course and created ruckus in the national capital. His videos went viral on social media where he was purportedly heard threatening cops on duty and inciting protesters to go on a rampage.

Following the rampage, the Delhi Police announced cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each on Deep Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh and Gurjant Singh; and Rs 50,000 each on Jajbir Singh, Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Iqbal Singh for their alleged involvement in the violence that saw at least one person die and several injured, including policemen.

Police will now probe where Ikbal Singh got after January 26 and who all provided it. Those who provided shelter to him and others could also face legal action.

Punjabi actor-cum-activist Deep Sidhu was arrested from Karnal in Haryana. Another co-accused Sukhdev Singh was earlier arrested from Chandigarh.




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