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‘Switch Delhi’: CM launches EV awareness campaign


‘The Delhi government had decided that all hired cars being engaged by various departments will now be EVs within the next six months’

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched ‘Switch Delhi’, a mass awareness campaign to sensitise people about the benefits of switching over to EVs (electric vehicles) as well as to make them aware of the incentives under Delhi’s EV Policy. Kejriwal said Delhi had to turn its EV adoption policy into a mass movement, a ‘Jan Andolan’, to have a collective commitment to decrease pollution by purchasing EVs.

The campaign aims at informing, encouraging and motivating each person in Delhi to switch over from polluting vehicles to zero-emission electric vehicles.

He also said the Delhi government had decided that all hired cars being engaged by various departments will now be EVs within the next six months. Kejriwal said, “To address the vehicular pollution in Delhi, in August 2020, the Delhi government notified the landmark Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy.

Our vision is that by 2024, at least 25 per cent of all vehicles in Delhi should be electric vehicles.” He pointed out that the Delhi government had rolled out a lot of incentives on the purchase of EVs. Incentives on EVs range from a maximum of Rs 30,000 for 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers and up to Rs 1,50,000 on the purchase of 4-wheelers.

The government has made road tax and registration fees also completely free on EVs. Since EVs cannot run on petrol, the Delhi government will issue tenders to develop 100 public charging stations spread across the city.

On the positive impact of the policy, Kejriwal said, “Since the launch of our EV policy last August, nearly 6000 new EVs have been registered in Delhi.

Maximum EVs have been registered under subsidies and the rest are in the process. This is not sufficient. We need to do much more to promote this on a large scale. We have to turn this into a mass movement, a ‘Jan Andolan’, which means that when we decide to purchase any vehicle for our home, office or business, it should be an EV to show our collective commitment to decrease pollution.”

Kejriwal appealed to every vehicle owner in Delhi to switch over from polluting vehicles to zero-emission electric vehicles. He also appealed to RWAs, market associations, delivery fleets and large corporate houses to play a major role in this regard.

He wanted business houses to set up charging points on their business premises.




Rashtrapati Bhavan to re-open for public viewing from 6 February


Rashtrapati Bhavan to re-open for public viewing from 6 February

Visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was closed due to COVID-19 since March 13, 2020, will re-open from this Saturday i.e. February 6, 2021, for the public.

It will be open on Saturdays and Sundays (except on government holidays).

Visitors can book their slots online by visiting website https://presidentofindia.nic.in or https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in/.

As earlier, a nominal registration charge of Rs 50 per visitor will be levied. To maintain the social distancing norms, three pre-booked time slots at 1030 hrs, 1230 hrs and 1430 hrs have been fixed with a maximum limit of 25 visitors per slot.

During the tour, visitors have to follow COVID protocols such as wearing of a mask, maintaining social distance etc.




Army soldier killed in Pakistan ceasefire violation on LoC


Civilian lives, livestock, property and agricultural fields have to bear the brunt of Pakistan ceasefire violations on the LoC.

An Indian army soldier was killed in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan on Wednesday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

Defence sources said Pakistan resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the LoC by firing with small and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.

“An Indian army soldier, Sepoy Laxman got critically injured in Pakistan ceasefire violation. The injured soldier later succumbed,” a source said.

Pakistan has been violating ceasefire on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir with impunity during the recent years. This has brought miseries into the lives of thousands of people living in border villages.

Civilian lives, livestock, property and agricultural fields have to bear the brunt of Pakistan ceasefire violations on the LoC.




Myanmar blocks FB till Feb 7 fearing ‘instability’


MPT, a leading state-owned telecom operator, has blocked Facebook as well as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp on its network, reports NetBlocks that tracks global internet usage.

 Myanmar has directed state-owned telecom companies to temporarily block Facebook until February 7 midnight, alleging that the social media giant is contributing to instability in the country.

MPT, a leading state-owned telecom operator, has blocked Facebook as well as Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp on its network, reports NetBlocks that tracks global internet usage.

According to a report in TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson said late Wednesday that the company was “aware that access to Facebook is currently disrupted for some people”.

Several users in the country reported that Facebook was “inaccessible on their phones”.

According to BuzzFeed, Facebook has designated Myanmar a “temporary high-risk location” after a coup earlier this week.

Facebook’s Asia-Pacific policy director, Rafael Frankel, has pledged to employ “a number of product interventions that were used in the past in Myanmar and during the US elections, to ensure the platform isn’t being used to spread misinformation, incite violence, or coordinate harm”.

“We are closely monitoring political events in Myanmar as they unfold and are taking additional steps to stop misinformation and content that could incite further tensions at this time,” the social network said.

Meanwhile, the police in Myanmar have filed several charges against elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi following Monday’s military coup.

She has been remanded in custody until February 15, police documents show.

The charges include breaching import and export laws, and possession of unlawful communication devices, the BBC had reported.

The coup, led by armed forces chief Min Aung Hlaing, has seen the installation of an 11-member junta which is ruling under a year-long state of emergency.

The military sought to justify its action by alleging fraud in the November 8, 2020, parliamentary elections, which Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party won an overwhelming majority.

Myanmar has been mainly calm following the coup, with troops on patrol and a night-time curfew in force.




Vehicles in Priyanka Gandhi’s cavalcade involved in accident in UP


The post-cremation rituals (teharvin) of Navneet Singh, 24, is set to turn into a major show of political strength in Rampur on Thursday.

Several vehicles in the cavalcade of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were involved in an accident on Thursday near Garh Mukteshwar while she was on way to meet the family of a young farmer killed in Delhi on January 26.

According to Congress leaders, four cars bumped into each other on National Highway-9 in Hapur district while the convoy was moving towards Rampur, though no one was injured.

Priyanka was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, senior party leader Jitin Prasada, Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV and others.

They were going to meet the kin of Navneet Singh — a resident of Dibdiba village in Vilaspur tehsil — who died in an accident during the tractor parade on the Republic Day near the ITO in central Delhi.

“Vehicles trailing Priyanka’s car bumped into each other due to sudden application of brakes by one of them. However, Priyanka’s car was not involved. After asking about the well-being of those involved in the accident, Priyanka left for Rampur,” Ajay Kumar said.

The post-cremation rituals (teharvin) of Navneet Singh, 24, is set to turn into a major show of political strength in Rampur on Thursday.

Samajwadi Party leader and Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly, Ram Govind Chaudhary, accompanied by other SP leaders was also slated to reach Rampur.




More young farmers join protest at Singhu border


The suspension of internet services at the Singhu border is another reason why the protesters are angry, especially the youth.

The protest site at Singhu border bore a different look on Wednesday with more number of protesters arriving from Haryana and Punjab, while the number of langars distributing food also increased in comparison to the past few days.

Around a 15 km-long stretch on the Delhi-Haryana highway was packed with tractors on both sides of the road, with people people walking and standing in different groups.

They were of the view that the viral video of a weeping Rakesh Tikait, news of barricading by the police, and the attack on the protesting farmers have touched a chord with the agricultural community.

“Our own government tried to punish us by using its police force in an attempt to derail the peaceful protest. We had high hopes from the government, but at present we have only anger,” Rana Randeep Singh, a protester at one of the langar sites at Singhu border, told IANS.

What has changed at the Singhu border is that young brigades of farmers have joined the protest in large numbers. And every young farmer has to say one thing: “The January 26 incident has changed the mindset of the people. No one will go back now until the anti-farm laws are taken back.”

Hamir Singh, a college student who joined the protest on January 29 and has given the responsibility of monitoring the security system at the protest site, told IANS that people in the villages of Punjab are full of anger.

“I had come here on January 25 to join the tractor rally and had gone back with my group after the event. After hearing the news of attack on our elders, I came back with 100 more protesters from my village,” he said.

Hamir Singh also said that the gram panchayats in both Punjab and Haryana have made it mandatory that one person from each home will join the protest for one week. “After the news of attack on farmers broke, the gram panchayats decided that more people will join the protest.”

Another young farmer said, “It has been made mandatory for each family to send one person for a period of one week to the protest site. Those who do not comply with the panchayat’s order will have to pay Rs 2,100 as compensation.”

The suspension of internet services at the Singhu border is another reason why the protesters are angry, especially the youth.




Government issues notice to Twitter, warns of action on ‘farmers genocide’ hashtag


The government has said that the hashtag is a ‘motivated campaign to abuse, inflame and create tension in society on unsubstantiated grounds. Incitement to genocide is not freedom of speech; It is threat to law and order.’

The government has sent a notice to micro-blogging site Twitter for ‘unilaterally unblocked’ accounts and tweets linked to farmers’ protest. The centre has warned Twitter of consequences of ‘non-compliance’ despite its order.

On Monday, Twitter had blocked more than 250 accounts for tweeting or retweeting with the hashtag ‘farmer genocide.’ Later at night, Twitter had reinstated the accounts after blocking them earlier in the day.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Sunday sought ‘emergency blocking of 257 URLs and 1 Hashtag under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act.’ This move came nearly a week after the clash between protesting farmers and Delhi Police as the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic day turned violent.

The ministry in its statement said that the micro-blogging company ‘unfortunately chose not to comply with the same till almost the time fixed for the meeting of a committee.’

The government has said that the hashtag is a ‘motivated campaign to abuse, inflame and create tension in society on unsubstantiated grounds. Incitement to genocide is not freedom of speech; It is threat to law and order.’

The government stressed the seriousness of the matter, said, “It is thus clear that, the offending tweets/ hashtag remained in public domain and must have been tweeted and re-tweeted several times at the risk and cost of public order and at the risk of incitement to the commission of offences.”

The statement further read, “The Ministry is in receipt of your reply dated 01.02.2021, wherein Twitter has declined to abide and obey the order issued by the Government of India.”

The government said that Twitter ‘cannot assume the role of (a) court and justify non-compliance.’ The statement read, “Twitter being an intermediary is obliged to obey the directions as per satisfaction of authorities as to which inflammatory content will arouse passion and impact public order. Twitter cannot sit as an appellate authority over the satisfaction of the authorities about its potential impact on derailing public order.”

In the notice, the government quoted ‘more than half a dozen Supreme Court judgments including of constitutional benches as to what is public order and what the rights of authorities are.’

Earlier on Wednesday the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reacted sharply to the tweets by celebrities, lawmakers, and other individuals from outside India in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest. The MEA in its a statement said that it is ‘unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on these protests and derail them.’

Thousands of farmers are protesting at the Delhi borders since November 26 against the three contentious farm laws. The police have strengthened security measures at the borders after the violence on Republic Day.

The protesting farmers are demanding that the three farm laws be repealed and legislation for the minimum support system for their crops. The farmers feel that the three laws would leave them vulnerable to the big corporate houses and do away with the wholesale market system.

The government and farmer unions have been holding talks to end this deadlock but the talks have failed to end this protest. The government has refused to take back the laws but has offered amendments to it.




Giving a gift to Bemetara district on the occasion of Gidhwa-Parsada Bird Festival


Giving a gift to Bemetara district on the occasion of Gidhwa-Parsada Bird Festival
Chief Minister shri bhupesh baghel inaugurated and laid foundation stones of works worth Rs 158 crore

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BEMETARA Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today inaugurated and performed Bhoomi Pujan during the Nagdha-Parasada stay in Bemetara district at a cost of Rs 158 crore 43 lakh.
This includes the inauguration of 16 works costing Rs 124 crore 81 lakh 39 thousand and bhumi pujan of 37 works costing Rs 33 crore 61 lakh 77 thousand. The program was presided over by Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar. Parliamentary Secretary and Regional MLA Mr. Gurudayal Singh Banjare was present as a special guest.
Among the works which the Chief Minister inaugurated were mainly under the Water Resources Department under Nawagarh Assembly Constituency, Re-modeling lining of Sakri Phase-2 main canal and branch canals and renovation of pucca works costing Rs 15 crore 98 lakh, Saja assembly constituency NARBAD MUTUATION SCHEME UNDER Construction cost of re-modeling, lining and pucca works of main canal and minor canals amounted to Rs. 15 crore 97 lakh, top work under Karra diversion scheme and main canal re-modeling and lining work cost Rs. 11 crore 93 lakh
Under the Public Works Department-Development Block Nawagarh, the Chaka Pendra Main Road, Gadamore, Ranbod Pratappur Road, Upgradation work length 24 km. Cost amounting to 60 crores 74 lakh rupees, High school buildings in Thangabhat and Nagadha of Vikas Block Nawagarh, 73 lakh 73 thousand rupees for each building, Bemetara Government Shivlal Rathi Excellent (English medium school)
Major works to be laid by the Chief Minister include Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna - Singhauri Rajkudi Mohlai Dangnia cost amounting to Rs. 5 crore 3 lakh, Navra Akoli to Kusmi Khudmudi road cost amounting to Rs. 2 crore 84 lakh, main road Silghat to Dhaba cost amounting to Rs. Lakhs, main road Temri to Khamharia cost amounting to Rs. 2 crore 43 lakhs, Bhathasorahi Kumhiguda Bachedi to Khapri costing amounting to Rs. 5 crore 41 lakhs, Gadamore Singardih to Bohardih Road Rs.

 

 




Shri Chandulal Chandrakar played an important role in formation of Chhattisgarh state: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel


Chief Minister pays floral tribute to the picture of Late Shri Chandulal Chandrakar  on his death anniversary

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DURG :Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today paid a courteous tribute to late Shri Chandulal Chandrakar on his death anniversary, by garlanding his picture, in a programme organized at Bhilai-3 Bazar Chowk. In his address to the programme, Chief Minister said that Shri Chandulal Chandrakar had played an important role in formation of Chhattisgarh state. He led several movements, held meetings and extensively created public awareness for the formation of Chhattisgarh state. Chief Minister said that Shri Chandrakar had a special vision for development of Chhattisgarh. He always used to talk about the possibilities of horticulture in the state.Today, Durg district is at the top in the production of vegetables and fruits in Chhattisgarh, as a result of late Shri Chandulal Chandrakar ji's vision. He had also played an important role in the industrial development of Bhilai. As a sports journalist Shri Chandrakar travelled every nook and corner of the world. He took his state pride everywhere he went. He would always carry the typical khurmi with him even during his foreign trips. He would never forget to take 'datun' with him everywhere he went. He was among the top journalists of the country. He had spent a lot of time with Gandhiji during his days at Birla House. Late Shri Chandulal Chandrakar's contribution in the service of the nation cannot be forgotten.

Chief Minister further said that Chhattisgarh Government’s agriculture-related schemes have reinstated the confidence of farmers in agriculture. This year 92 lakh metric paddy has been purchased, which is a record so far.  Chief Minister said that farmers are earning extra income through the Godhan Nyaya Yojana. Earlier farmers used to buy motorcycles by selling paddy, now farmers are also buying motorcycles by selling cow dung. Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh is marching ahead on the path of development by following the vision of late Shri Chandrakar. On this occasion PHE Minister Shri Guru Rudra Kumar said that late Shri Chandulal Chandrakar made an important contribution to the politics of Chhattisgarh. He was instrumental in the creation of Chhattisgarh state. Along with Late Mini Mata ji, he made an incredible contribution to the development of Chhattisgarh.

 

 




Delhi blast: CCTV shows cab at site, letter warns of ‘trailer’


A high alert has been sounded in the capital and security at the airport and other strategic locations have been intensified.

Delhi Police Special Cell has obtained a CCTV footage showing a car dropping off two persons who walk towards the spot near the Israel Embassy where a minor explosion took place on Friday evening.

The team of investigators from Israel could arrive in New Delhi as early as Saturday to assist Indian agencies in the probe over the blast in which some cars were damaged in the high-security zone of Lutyens’ Delhi.

The driver of the vehicle has been traced and sketches of the two people are being prepared. A probe has been initiated to ascertain their involvment in the blast.

A letter has also been recovered from the site of blast that mentions the explosion was just a “trailer”.

Sources said that the letter also mentions Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani and top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as “martyrs”.

Both were assassinated last year. Soleimani was killed near the Baghdad International Airport in a drone strike ordered by then US President Donald Trump on January 3.

Friday’s blast took place 1.4 km from Vijay Chowk, where the President and Prime Minister and other senior members of the government had assembled for the Beating Retreat ceremony.

A high alert has been sounded in the capital and security at the airport and other strategic locations have been intensified.





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