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‘Void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled’: PM Modi pays tribute to Ram Vilas Paswan


‘Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity,’ PM said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the demised Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan by saying that “there is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled.”

Taking it to Twitter, PM Modi said, “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity.”


Prominent Dalit leader and the patriarch of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan, passed away at a Delhi hospital on late Thursday evening. The news of his death was shared by his son Chirag Paswan via a tweet.

74-year-old Ram Vilas Paswan had undergone a heart surgery a few days back.

Paswan Sr was the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the present Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

His son Chirag tweeted in Hindi, “Miss you Papa…(Papa, you are not in this world today but no matter where you are you will always be with me. Miss you Papa.)” Paswan Jr also shared an old photo of him and his father along with the tweet.

Ram Vilas Paswan began his political career as a member of the Samyukta Socialist Party and in 1969 became a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. He was an eight-time Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha and went to jail when an emergency was imposed in the country during the tenure of Indira Gandhi.

Paswan Sr was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as a Janata Party member and re-elected five consecutive times from Hajipur constituency, Bihar. He formed LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2004.

Hailing from Shaharbanni Village in Khagaria District of Bihar, he served as a Union Minister under five prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions.

Ram Vilas Paswan was serving as the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the current Narendra Modi-led NDA government.




‘Free media in India’: Centre replies to China over Taiwan coverage guidelines


‘All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honour their commitment to the One-China policy,’ China had said.

India on Thursday took a veiled shot China over the guidelines issued by its embassy in New Delhi to the Indian media to not violate the “One-China” policy ahead of the national day of Taiwan, saying there is a “free media” in the country.

“There is a free media in India that reports on issues as it sees fit,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.

The spokesperson said this when asked for comments about a letter sent to journalists by the Chinese embassy that called for honouring the “One-China” policy.

“All countries that have diplomatic relations with China should firmly honour their commitment to the One-China policy, which is also the long-standing official position of the Indian government,” the letter dated October 7 said.

“We hope Indian media can stick to Indian government’s position on Taiwan question and do not violate the One-China principle,” it said.

The letter was issued in the wake of advertisements issued by the Taiwan government in a couple of leading newspapers in India ahead of Taiwan’s national day on October 10

A Chinese embassy spokesperson on Thursday also tweeted that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.

India does not have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

In 1995, New Delhi set up India-Taipei Association (ITA) in Taipei to promote interactions between the two sides and to facilitate business, tourism and cultural exchanges.

The India-Taipei Association has also been authorized to provide all consular and passport services. In the same year, Taiwan too established the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Delhi.




Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passes away


Paswan Sr was the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the present Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

 

Prominent Dalit leader and the patriarch of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) from Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan, passed away at a Delhi hospital on late Thursday evening. The news of his death was shared by his son Chirag Paswan via a tweet.

74-year-old Ram Vilas Paswan had undergone a heart surgery a few days back.

Paswan Sr was the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the present Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

His son Chirag tweeted in Hindi, ” पापा….अब आप इस दुनिया में नहीं हैं लेकिन मुझे पता है आप जहां भी हैं हमेशा मेरे साथ हैं। Miss you Papa…(Papa, you are not in this world today but no matter where you are you will always be with me. Miss you Papa.)” Paswan Jr also shared an old photo of him and his father along with the tweet.


Ram Vilas Paswan began his political career as a member of the Samyukta Socialist Party and in 1969 became a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. He was an eight-time Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha and went to jail when an emergency was imposed in the country during the tenure of Indira Gandhi.

Paswan Sr was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 as a Janata Party member and re-elected five consecutive times from Hajipur constituency, Bihar. He formed LJP in 2000 and joined Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2004.

Hailing from Shaharbanni Village in Khagaria District of Bihar, he served as a Union Minister under five prime ministers and his party has been a member of all national coalitions.

Ram Vilas Paswan was serving as the Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution in the current Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

 

 




Family didn’t like our ‘friendship’, they tortured, killed her: Hathras accused writes to police


‘Apart from the meeting, we used to speak on the phone once in a while,’ he wrote.

In a new development in the Hathras gang rape case, the main accused has written to the Uttar Pradesh police, claiming that he and the three other accused are being framed in the case.

In the letter, the accused sought “justice” for the four men and also accused the woman’s mother and brother of torturing her (the victim).

The letter was written by jailed Sandeep Thakur who claimed that he and the 20-year-old woman were “friends”.

“Apart from the meeting, we used to speak on the phone once in a while,” he wrote.

The letter has the thumb impressions of all four accused.

Sandeep Thakur alleged that her family did not like their friendship. “On the day of the incident, I had gone to meet her in the fields that day where her mother and brothers were also present. I returned home after being asked by her to do so. I then started feeding cattle,” he said.

“I later got to know from the villagers that her mother and brothers beat her up over our friendship, injuring her badly. I have never beaten her or done anything wrong with her. Her mother and brothers falsely accused me and three others and sent us to jail. We’re all innocent.  Request you to please investigate and get us justice,” he said.

The sending of letter has been confirmed by a senior officer of Aligarh Jail, where the accused are.

“They sent their letter to the Hathras Superintendent of Police yesterday evening. As per law, we have sent to the Hathras Superintendent of Police… They have put forth their version. Now the investigating agencies will see,” Alok Singh, Senior Superintendent of Aligarh Jail, told reporters.

Earlier, the police had claimed that the call records have revealed that the victim’s brother was in touch with Sandeep Thakur. As per the police, over 100 calls were made between them from October last year to March.




Rafale fighter jet to be key highlight at IAF’s 88th anniversary celebrations; PM Modi extends greetings


A grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony was held at the Air Force Station at Hindon near Delhi.

The Indian Air Force on Thursday marks the 88th anniversary showcasing its prowess and put its mainstream fighter jets on display.

The newly inducted Rafale fighter aircraft will also be featured at the ceremony.

A grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony was held at the Air Force Station at Hindon near Delhi.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extending greetings said in a tweet in Hindi, “Many congratulations to all the brave warriors of the Indian Air Force on Air Force Day. You not only keep the skies of the country safe but also play a leading role in the service of humanity in times of disaster. Your courage, valour and dedication to protect Maa Bharti inspire everyone.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on the occasion, said the country is “proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the IAF as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries”.

On the day of rehearsal, Tejas LCA, Jaguar, Mig-29, Mig-21 and Sukhoi-30 aircraft participated, besides the Rafale fighter jet, an IAF official said.

The Indian Air Force came into force in 1932 as the Royal Indian Air Force under then British rule. The name was changed to Indian Air Force in 1950.

Many leaders and prominent personalities extended their greetings on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the IAF.




‘We’ll knowingly break Section 144 at Nabanna’: BJP after WB govt denies protest march permission


‘Mamta didi is scared of the BJP. I have heard that she has closed the Chief Minister’s Office. I like this fear, it signals Parivartan (change) in Bengal,’ said Tejasvi Surva.

The Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government has denied permission to the opposition party to hold its protest march to the state secretariat Nabanna on Thursday.

This has led to a possibility of a confrontation between the ruling TMC and BJP which anyhow remain at loggerheads.

Bengal government has cited among other things Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment on public protests at the cost of public inconvenience.

“We will knowingly break Section 144 at Nabanna,” declared Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, reported NDTV. Accusing the state government of singling out the party, he said political parties including the ruling Trinamool Congress, holds protests and rallies in prohibited areas.

“Mamta didi is scared of the BJP. I have heard that she has closed the Chief Minister’s Office. I like this fear, it signals Parivartan (change) in Bengal,” said Tejasvi Surva who reached Kolkata yesterday to attend the protest march.

Amid the plan for protest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared a two-day holiday at Nabanna on Thursday and Friday. She cited sanitization as the reason for the shutdown.

“Didi has shut down Nabanna tomorrow, which is fine. It will anyway shut down in a few months’ time,” said BJP leader in Bengal Dilip Ghosh.

BJP national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, tweeted, “The BJP announced its Nabanna Abhiyan on October 8 in Bengal and Mamta didi sent her secretariat on a day long holiday. Keep watching, people will send Didi on a permanent holiday soon.”




PM Modi gives clarion call over coronavirus crisis, asks citizens to unite in fight against menace


‘Let us always remember: Wear a mask. Wash hands. Follow social distancing. Practice ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori.’ Together, we will succeed. Together, we will win against COVID-19,’ he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gives a clarion call over the coronavirus crisis by asking the citizens to unite to fight the crisis.

“India’s COVID-19 fight is people-driven and gets great strength from our COVID warriors. Our collective efforts have helped saved many lives. We have to continue the momentum and protect our citizens from the virus,” PM said in a tweet.

Giving a hashtag over twitter #Unite2FightCorona, PM said, “Let us #Unite2FightCorona! Let us always remember: Wear a mask. Wash hands. Follow social distancing. Practice ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori.’ Together, we will succeed. Together, we will win against COVID-19.”

Last month, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech at the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mentioning India’s pledge to use the vaccine-production capacity to help all humanity.

Taking it to twitter, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said, “Thank you for your commitment to solidarity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Only together, by mobilizing our forces and resources jointly for the common good, can we end the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi had said, “So many people lost their life’s savings, had to leave their homes. The world is fighting Corona for the last 8-9 months. Where is the UN in this fight?”

In India, 78,524 coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus case tally now stands at 68,35,655 out of which 9,02,425 are active cases.

Talking about the recoveries, 83,011 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, which takes the tally now at 58,27,704. The Recovery rate stands at 85.25 per cent.

The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours due to coronavirus stands at 971 which takes the tally to 1,05,526.




India’s Covid tally passes 68-lakh mark, recoveries cross 58-lakh mark


India’s coronavirus tally case tally now stands at 68,35,655, with 9,02,425 active Covid-19 cases. The active Covid-19 cases constitute around 13.20 per cent of the total coronavirus cases.

With a spike of 78,524 coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally has crossed the 68 lakh mark, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s coronavirus tally case tally now stands at 68,35,655, with 9,02,425 active Covid-19 cases. The active Covid-19 cases constitute around 13.20 per cent of the total coronavirus cases.

In the last 24 hours, the country has recorded 83,011 recoveries taking the total recoveries to 58,27,704. The recovery rate now stands at 85.25 per cent and it has remained above 80 per cent for more than two weeks now.

India which remains the second worst Covid hit nation in the world has recorded 971 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll now stands at 1,05,526 and  fatality rate of the country  stands at 1.55 per cent.

Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh remain the worst affected states in the country. Maharastra which remains the worst affected state has reported a singe day spike of 14,578 Covid-19 cases taking the states’s total tally to 14,80,489 cases and 39,072 fatalities.

Maharastra has reported 335 fatalities in the last 24 hours, followed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi has reported 2,871 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,98,107 cases and 5,616 fatalities.

India has conducted a total of 11,94,321 tests, taking the total tally of Covid-19 tests conducted to 8,34,65,975.




Yogi gives 10-day extension to Hathras SIT


According to Additional Chief Secretary Home, Avanish Awasthi, the SIT has been given additional ten days to complete the probe and submit its report.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given a 10-day extension to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing the Hathras incident.

The SIT, led by Home Secretary Bhagwan Swaroop, had initially been given seven days’ time to complete the probe. Other members of the SIT are DIG Chandra Prakash and commandant PAC Poonam.

The SIT was set up on September 30 and asked to wrap up investigations within seven days.

According to Additional Chief Secretary Home, Avanish Awasthi, the SIT has been given additional ten days to complete the probe and submit its report.

The SIT has been camping in Hathras since October 1 meeting the families of the victim and the accused, police and district officials and local people and recording their statements.




Honour killing: Teen strangled, mutilated by father & brother in UP


She did not reveal the name of the person responsible. Police are trying to find out about the person, who could be the rapist as she is a minor.

Honour killing was witnessed in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, where a 16-year-old pregnant Dalit girl was brutally attacked and killed by her father and elder brother and then her body was mutilated for ‘bringing shame’ to the family.

The father has confessed and arrested but the brother is on the run, police said. The body was recovered on Tuesday and police cracked the case within hours. The girl had been missing since September 23 but no complaint was lodged by the family.

According to reports, the girl was beaten and strangled to death. Her head was severed from the body which was then buried near the river bed.

“The father has confessed to having killed his daughter because she was pregnant. People had started insulting him publicly. The girl’s elder brother is also involved in the murder and we have booked both of them under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence),” Shahjahanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) S. Anand told reporters.

“We have also questioned the mother and other relatives but their involvement has not been established,” he added.

During preliminary inquiry, the family told police that the girl was living with a relative.

The girl, who was never sent to school, never informed her family about her sexual encounter. It was only when her baby bump started showing that the family came to know about her pregnancy.

She did not reveal the name of the person responsible. Police are trying to find out about the person, who could be the rapist as she is a minor.

“We are also trying to identify the person responsible for the girl’s pregnancy as having a sexual relationship with a minor girl is also a crime,” SSP Anand said.





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