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Agriculture reforms are necessary, farm laws provide an option: PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): Noting that the process of reforms in agriculture is necessary and important, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the new farm laws provide an option to farmers and have been brought to meet the emerging challenges.
In his reply to the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister said no mandis have been shut after the implementation of these laws and there has been no impact on the MSP.
Congress members, who interrupted Prime Minister during his speech, later staged a walkout.
The Prime Minister said three farm laws were an honest effort by the government to improve the conditions of agriculture.
” Three farm laws were brought in by the Government. The process of agricultural reforms is necessary and important. The agriculture sector has been facing challenges for years. We will have to make efforts to meet them and we have made honest efforts,” he said.
The Prime Minister accused the opposition of misleading farmers protesting against farm laws.
“Congress MPs in House debated on the colour of the laws. It would have been better if they had debated on the content and intent of the laws. Let us understand, as far as the protests are concerned, our farmer brothers at Delhi borders have been a victim of rumours, propaganda and confusion,” he said.
PM Modi said that the Parliament and the government respect the “sentiments of all agitating farmers”.
“This is why the agriculture minister has been holding talks regularly with farmers groups with full honour and dignity. Talks have been going on for a while including way back when the agitation was in Punjab. We concede that if there is any shortcoming in the laws we are willing to amend. The changes should be practical and convincing,” he said.
“This House, our Government and we all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost Ministers of the Government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for the farmers,” he added.
He said the new farm laws provide alternatives to farmers.
“I want to ask has anything been snatched that was available earlier? What has happened is an alternative option has been provided. That is the arrangement under the new laws,” he said.
The Prime Minister attacked Congress for disruptions in the House.
“Those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy. They are unable to digest that people are seeing through the truth. It will not work. Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won,” he said.
He said Congress leaders had adopted one strategy in Rajya Sabha and a different approach in the Lok Sabha and this shows its “divisions”.
Taking a dig at Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary who had been repeatedly interrupting him, the Prime Minister said his actions have been noted where he wanted it to be”.
“Adhir Ranjan ji, ab zyada ho raha hai. I respect you. You will get more publicity than TMC in Bengal. Don’t worry…This doesn’t look good, why are you doing this? These laws are not coercive. They only offer options.” (ANI)

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NDA will form next govt in Puducherry, says Amit Shah

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Puducherry [India], February 28 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is going to form next government under the leadership of BJP in Puducherry in the upcoming elections, adding that Congress party is disintegrating not only in Puducherry but across the country due to dynasticism.
Addressing a public rally ahead of assembly elections in the Union Territory Puducherry’s Karaikal district, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shah said, “Based on my political experience, I say that the NDA government is going to be formed under the leadership of BJP in Puducherry in the next elections.”
This land of Puducherry is a very holy land. Mahakavi Subramania Bharati has resided here for a long time and when Sri Aurobindo started his spiritual journey, he preferred Puducherry to begin his future life from this place.
After Modi became Prime Minister, we were striving that Puducherry should become a model state in the entire country, he added.
“The Prime Minister took steps for the all-round development of the state by sending 115 schemes here. But the government here did not allow these schemes to hit the ground,” he said.
The Congress is alleging that the BJP toppled their government here.
“You had made such a person as the Chief Minister of the state,who lied in front of his supreme leader even in translation,” the BJP leader said.
Slamming the oldest party, Shah said, “With so many big leaders joining BJP, the Congress party is disintegrating not only in Puducherry but across the country due to dynasticism.”
Polling for 30 assembly seats in Puducherry will be held on April 6. Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. As many as 10,02,589 electors will choose the candidates for the 15 legislative Assembly of Puducherry. (ANI)

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TN polls: Stalin expresses willingness to contest from Kolathur

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 28 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on Sunday formally expressed his willingness to the party to contest from the Kolathur constituency in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election.
At DMK party headquarters in Arivalayam, Stalin submitted a formal letter to the party’s election committee expressing his willingness to contest from the Kolathur constituency in the upcoming State Assembly elections.
If this happens, then it will be the third consecutive time that he will be contesting from the constituency.
The 234-members Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
Ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). DMK has joined hands with Congress. This time actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray. (ANI)

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Become exam warrior, not worrier: PM Modi to students

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Asking students, who are about to face their annual exams, to become a warrior and not a worrier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he updated the Exam Warriors book with new mantras and interesting activities.
In his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi asked students to go gleefully for the examination and come back with a smile.
“Most of the young friends will have exams. All of you should remember – you have to become a warrior and not a worrier, go gleefully for the examination and come back with a smile. You have to compete with yourself, not with anyone else,” he said.
The Prime Minister asked the students to get adequate sleep and be mindful of time management and also not to stop playing. “For those who play are the ones that blossom. Revision and smart methods of memorisation are to be adopted, that is, overall, in these exams, you have to bring out your best. You must be thinking about how all this will be possible. We’re going to do it together,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi said that like every year, this year too he will have ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ with students in March, and asked the “exam warriors, parents and teachers” to share their experiences and tips.
“You will get all the information on MyGov – how to participate, how to win the prize, how to get an opportunity to discuss with me. So far, more than one lakh students, about 40 thousand parents, and about 10 thousand teachers have participated,’ he added.
PM Modi further said that in the times of Corona, he took out some time, and added many new mantras in the exam warrior book.
PM Modi also asked the people to not lower their guard against COVID-19. “There should not be any laxity in the rules regarding Corona as well,” he stated. (ANI)

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PM Modi lauds Assam residents for protecting nature, forest conservation

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded residents of Assam for forest conservation, water conservation and protection of nature.
In his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi said a total of 112 species of birds were sighted in Kaziranga National Park, Assam. He also highlighted the role of Assam temples in protecting nature.
“The Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve Authority has been carrying out its Annual Waterfowl Census for some time. This Census reveals the population of water birds and also about their favourite habitat. Just two-three weeks ago, the survey was conducted again. You will also be delighted to know that this time the number of water birds has increased by about one hundred seventy-five (175 per cent) compared to last year. A total of 112 Species of Birds have been sighted in Kaziranga National Park during this Census,” he said.
“And of these, 58 species happen to be winter migrants from different parts of the world including Europe, Central Asia and East Asia,” he added.
Prime Minister said the most important reason for this is that “there is better water conservation along with very little human interference. However, in some cases, positive human interference is also very important.”
PM Modi shared the example of Jadav Payeng of Assam, who has received the Padma award for his work.
“Jadav Payeng is the person who actively contributed in raising about 300 hectares of plantations in the Majuli Island in Assam. He has been constantly working for forest conservation and is also involved in motivating people for plantation and conservation of biodiversity,” he said.
PM Modi asserted that temples in Assam are also playing a unique role in the protection of nature.
“If you take a look at our temples, you will find that every temple has a pond in the vicinity. The Hayagriva Madheb Temple at Hajo, the Nagashankar Temple at Sonitpur and the Ugratara Temple at Guwahati have many such ponds nearby. They are being used to save near-extinct species of turtles. Assam is home to the highest number of species of turtles. The ponds of these temples can become excellent sites for their conservation and breeding and training about them,” he said. (ANI)

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People not able to open Babri Masjid, TRS have opened 7 closed Masjids in Telangana: Mohammed Saleem

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 28 (ANI): Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and chairman of Telangana State Waqf Board, Mohammed Saleem on Saturday said that people are not able to open Babri Masjid but claimed that his party have opened at least seven Masjids.
On the occasion of completing his four years, Saleem has conducted a meeting with his staff members and said, “The Waqf board has achieved something that no other board in this country was able to achieve. We have opened seven Masjids here while the people of this country couldn’t able to open Babri Masjid.
Talking about the issue of “illegal transfer of Waqf Board land”, he further said that he has cancelled 115 registrations and 400 other registrations are under the process of getting cancelled. (ANI)

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Woman stabbed to death for resisting snatching bid in Delhi; 10 police teams to probe case

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Ten police teams have been constituted to probe Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar case where a woman was stabbed to death by a chain snatcher while resisting the robbery, according to DCP Northwest Usha Rangnani on Sunday.
The residents here alleged that several incidents of snatching have taken place in the area but still Delhi police have not intensified patrolling.
However, police said that patrolling is going on in the area and they are doing their best to combat these incidents.
A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital, Delhi Police said.
According to the police, the woman was stabbed to death in north-west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar while trying to resist a snatching bid. She was coming home from a market and was holding her child when the incident occurred.
An FIR has been registered, but no arrest has been made till now. Further investigation of the case is underway, the police said.
This is the second stabbing incident in the last two days.
A 17-year-old boy was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday after being beaten up and stabbed by three boys in the Kalkaji area when he objected to them following his sister and passing indecent remarks. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. (ANI)

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