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Barrackpore (West Bengal), February 21 (ANI): Around 12 companies of Central Armed Police Forces reached West Bengal after the Bharatiya Janata Party urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to deploy Central Forces in the state for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state, sources said.
“One company have reached in Naihati, Bhatpara areas of the Barrackpore constituency,” according to sources.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has been appealing the Election Commission of India (ECI) to deploy Central Forces in the state at the earliest claiming there is a ‘sense of fear’ among people ahead of elections.
West Bengal BJP Vice President Pratap Banerjee on Saturday wrote to the Election Commission of India and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over “attack on Parivartan Yatra at Minakha Bazar, Basirhat, North 24 Paragnas on February 20” allegedly by Trinamool Congress members.
In the letter, Banerjee urged the Home Minister and Election Commission to take action and ensure the peaceful conduct of elections.

“…after seeing the success of such Parivartan Yatra and gaining popularity among the people, AITC’s miscreants threw non-stop bombs and bricks as well as air-firing upon such Parivartan Yatra at Minakha Bazar, near Cheital Bridge, Basirhat, North 24 Parganas on February 20, 2021, at 4.30 pm in the presence of Media. Local police were mute spectator, now West Bengal police are became AITC cadres,” said Banerjee in the letter.

He alleged that due to ‘ruthless bombing and bricks-throwing’ many supporters of BJP, along with innocent people were injured, and vehicles were damaged.

“Despite the prior intimation, local administration did not take any steps toward safety and security of the participants of such Parivartan Yatra.SP, North 24 Parganas should be transferred immediately on such failure on his part,” the BJP leader said.(ANI)

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Fake notes worth Rs 7.9 cr seized in Odisha, 3 held

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Koraput (Odisha) [India], March 2 (ANI): Fake Indian Currency notes worth face value of Rs 7.9 crore have been seized by the police in Koraput district of Odisha on Tuesday.
According to the police, three people have been arrested in connection with this case.
“All the notes were of Rs 500 denomination,” the police said.
A case in this matter has been registered at Pottangi Police Station in the district under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Further investigation into the matter is underway. (ANI)

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People feeling suffocated due to current majoritarian form of democracy, says AIMIM Chief Owaisi

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 2 (ANI): Party President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday alleged that people were feeling “suffocated” due to the current majoritarian form of democracy.
Addressing a rally here, ahead of Telangana MLC polls, Owaisi said: “Today, every citizen in India wants that his or her voice should be heard. But, they are feeling suffocated due to the current majoritarian form of democracy. We have to strengthen the participative form of democracy in the country to fulfill dreams seen by freedom fighters.”
Telangana MLC polls are slated to be held on March 14 this year.
Earlier on Monday, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) said that they will contest Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu as well.
“We will contest Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. Some of our candidates won in Gujarat local body polls. I’ll be going to Rajasthan today to review and speak with party members. Our party workers are also working hard in Uttar Pradesh,” Owaisi had said. (ANI)

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Punjab Budget session: AAP slams Governor for skipping para in his speech on farmers’ stir

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Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], March 2 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday hit out at the Punjab Governor Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore for allegedly skipping the paragraph on the ongoing farmers’ movement during his address in the state Vidhan Sabha on the second day of the budget session.
Addressing a press conference here, Leader of Opposition (LoP) of Punjab Assembly and AAP leader Harpal Singh Cheema said, “The Governor skipped the paragraph in his speech which mentioned the ongoing farmers’ agitation across the country.”
Terming the Governor’s speech as a hoax, he said: “The speech mentioned that the farmers’ debts were waived off in the state and job opportunities have been created in Punjab. But the reality is that the youths of Punjab are struggling from unemployment and farmers in the state are committing suicide due to loans.”
AAP MLA Aman Arora mentioned that a notice was issued to discuss the ongoing mining mafia in Punjab in the Assembly, but was dismissed by Speaker saying that the issue was not fresh.
“The notice also mentioned the names of the bigwigs running the mining mafia should be made public but they avoided it,” he told media here. (ANI)

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Ward boy arrested for molesting female COVID patient in Maharashtra’s Thane

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Thane (Maharashtra) [India], March 2 (ANI): Maharashtra Police on Tuesday arrested a ward boy at Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) COVID-19 Centre in Thane for allegedly molesting a woman patient on February 28.
Police in an official statement said that a case has been registered against the ward boy at Bazarpeth Police Station in Kalyan.
“In a shocking incident, a female COVID-19 positive patient had arrived at KDMC Covid Centre in Kalyan to admit herself for treatment. Here, she alleges, that a ward boy molested her while she awaited treatment. After filing a complaint, now an FIR has been registered and the accused arrested,” the statement said.
It added that the victim informed her husband about the incident via a telephone call and cried out for help, following which the ward boy fled the scene.
“Further investigation in the case is underway,” police added. (ANI)

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Air services from Ayodhya I’ntl airport expected to start early next year

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 2 (ANI): After the Central government’s nod for an international airport in Ayodhya, the construction work for the project is on full swing and air services are expected to start early next year, according to a state government official.
This comes ahead of the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
On November 9, 2019, a five-judge of the Supreme Court bench led by then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ruled in favour of Ram Lalla and said that the entire disputed land spread over 2.7 acres will be handed over to a trust formed by the government, which will monitor the construction of a Ram Temple at the site.
In February 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, to oversee the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
On August 5, 2020, PM Modi performed the Bhoomi puja for the construction of the Ram Temple.
Recently, the Central government has disbursed Rs 250 Crore and the State government has also allocated a sum of Rs 1000 Crore for the construction of an international airport in Ayodhya.
The state government has approved a total amount of Rs 1001 crore 77 lakh to purchase 555.66 acres of land for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s dream project Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram Airport in Ayodhya.
Apart from this, a separate provision of 100 million rupees has been made for Ayodhya Airport in the next financial year 2020-21. So far, an amount of 9,47.91 crore has been released by the state government to purchase the land. 377 acres of land has also been made available to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the development of the airport so far.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath started planning a strategy for the all-round development of Ayodhya after coming to power. He instructed to work out an action plan for the international level air connectivity of Ayodhya, including the airport, and other necessary facilities.
The central government also selected the Ayodhya airstrip on October 4, 2018 for the Ayodhya-Hindon air route under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Government of India.
On November 6, 2018, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster had announced the development of an airstrip at Ayodhya for large aircrafts such as A 320 and B 737, construction of suitable runway and terminal building. Later, in order to develop an international airport in Ayodhya, the Chief Minister modifying his earlier announcement ordered to develop the airport for Code-E B777-300 type aircrafts.
An MoU was signed on February 24, 2014 between the state government and the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the operation of civilian air services from the state airstrip in Ayodhya.
At that time there was Congress at the centre and Samajawadi Party government in the state and the entire area of the runway was 177 acres and the runway size (length and width) was 1500 meters X 45 meters, but the project remained unimplemented. (ANI)

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54 students of Karnal school hostel test positive for COVID-19

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Karnal (Haryana) [India], March 2 (ANI): A total of 54 students of a school hostel tested positive for Covid-19 here on Tuesday following which the classes and other academic activities in the school were suspended, informed an official.
Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Civil Surgeon, Karnal told ANI, “54 students of a school hostel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnal, Haryana. Our medical teams have reached the spot and the hostel is being marked as a containment zone.”
In February, the Haryana government had decided to reopen schools in the state for students of classes 1 and 2 from March 1.
Schools in Haryana also resumed for the students of classes 3 to 5 from February 24.
Meanwhile, India reported 12,286 new cases in the last 24 hours.
India’s total active caseload stands at 1.68 lakh (1,68,358) today. The country’s present active caseload now consists of 1.51 per cent of India’s total positive cases. (ANI)

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