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BJP to woo young UP voters on development, Hindutva plank

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tasked its young brigade to target youth in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh as they will have a crucial role in the upcoming assembly elections. To take the message of the party to young and first-time voters, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha has already begun its campaign on issues that include nationalism, development and Hindutva.

With many political parties using Ayodhya to launch their campaigns, BJYM too has chosen the birthplace of Lord Ram to kickstart its reach out to the voters. A grand temple of Lord Ram is coming up at Ayodhya after the Supreme Court verdict of November 2019.

BJP’s youth wing has asked its members to reach out to the young voters and also inform them of the welfare schemes of the central and state government. Uttar Pradesh has a sizeable number of voters in the age group 18 to 39 years.

BJYM chief Tejashvi Surya began his visit to the state from Ayodhya and is slated to address a gathering of youth workers at Ramkatha Park in Ayodhya today evening. “I have come from the land of Hanuman to the land of Bhagwan Shri Ram on my first visit to Uttar Pradesh. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi, BJP is striving towards establishing Ram Rajya in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Surya, MP from Bengaluru, will be addressing the BJYM working committee meeting in Lucknow on October 1 where a strategy to reach out to all eligible young voters will be chalked out and tasks will be delegated. Nearly 12.36 lakh first-time voters were eligible to cast their ballot in the last Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh is set to poll for 403 Assembly constituencies early next year. BJP had won 312 seats in the 2017 elections.

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MUTILATED BODY OF MAN FOUND TIED TO POLICE BARRICADE NEAR SINGHU BORDER

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The body of a man, with hands and legs chopped off, was found hanging on a police barricade at the farmers’ protest site near the Singhu border in the early hours of Friday. The man was identified as Lakhbir Singh, a resident of village Cheema Khurd in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. Nihang Saravjit Singh, a man belonging to the Nihang order, surrendered to the police on Friday evening claiming that he had committed the murder. He has been arrested and will be produced in court on Saturday.

The deceased, about 35-36 years old, used to work as a labourer, did not have any criminal records or affiliations with any political party, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Hansraj.

“At about 5 am today, Kundli police station received information about a body of a man hanged near a stage where the farmers have been protesting at the Singhu border,” the DSP told reporters here today. “A police inspector reached the site with a team and found that the man’s body only had his undergarment on and his hands and legs were chopped off. He was hanged to a police barricade… The probe is on,” he added.

Lakhbir Singh, a Dalit, was a labourer and is survived by his wife and three daughters, the eldest of whom is 12 years old.

There were unconfirmed reports that the man was mutilated and killed for allegedly desecrating the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. His body was then strung up on the police barricade.

Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border, Samyukta Kisan Morcha senior leader, Jagjit Singh Dallewal said, “When we reached the spot some people were saying that the deceased man, before dying, admitted he was sent by someone and given Rs 30,000. I don’t have the video proof of it. Government should probe this matter thoroughly.” Terming the incident a “conspiracy”, the SKM alleged that an attempt was being made to give communal colour to the morcha.

The umbrella body of farmers’ unions further condemned the killing, and stated that they were against “sacrilege of any religious text and symbol.”

He said, “Samyukt Kisan Morcha” condemns the gruesome killing of Lakhbir Singh. “We want to make it clear that both the parties to this incident, the Nihang group and the deceased, have no relation with SKM. The Morcha is against sacrilege of any religious text, symbol.”

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NEW DEFENCE COMPANIES WILL BRING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH, MSMES: PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the seven defence companies launched on Friday would create new opportunities for the youth and for micro, small and medium enterprises. The country has already placed orders worth Rs 65,000 crore for these new companies, said the Prime Minister.

“New opportunities are being created for the youth through the new defence companies. And in the name of the supply chain, new opportunities would also be created for MSMEs,” said PM Modi at the launch of the defence companies on the DRDO campus here.

“Some time ago, the Ministry of Defence had released a list of more than 100 such tactical equipment which will no longer be imported from outside. The country has already placed orders worth Rs 65,000 crores for these new companies. This shows the country’s faith in our defence industry,” he added.

Under the “Atmanirbhar” campaign, the country’s goal is to make India the world’s biggest military power on its own, and to achieve the development of the modern military industry in India, stated the Prime Minister.

“In the last seven years, the country has worked to take forward this resolve with the mantra of Make in India,” said PM Modi.

“The world saw the strength of India’s Ordnance Factory at the time of World War I. We used to have better resources, world-class skills. After independence, we needed to upgrade these factories, adopt new technology, but it was not given much attention,” PM Modi said.

The decision to revamp 41 ordnance factories and the launch of seven new companies is a part of this journey of the country. This decision was pending for the last 15-20 years.

“I am confident that all these seven companies will become a major base of India’s military power in the coming times,” said PM Modi.

According to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Government has decided to convert the Ordnance Factory Board from a government department to seven 100% government-owned corporate entities, as a measure to improve self-reliance in the defence preparedness of the country.

This move will bring about enhanced functional autonomy, efficiency and will unleash new growth potential and innovation, it said in a statement.

The seven new defence companies that have been incorporated are Munitions India Limited (MIL); Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVANI); Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWE India); Troop Comforts Limited (TCL); Yantra India Limited (YIL); India Optel Limited (IOL); and Gliders India Limited (GIL). ANI

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RSS CHIEF FLAGS ‘DEMOGRAPHIC IMBALANCE’ IN VIJAYA DASHAMI SPEECH

Mohan Bhagwat also spoke on the security issues facing the country, misgovernance in the administration of temples and unregulated content on OTT platforms.

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‘Severe demographic imbalances” in the country, challenges from the troika of Turkey-China- Pakistan, misgovernance in the administration of temples, unregulated content on OTT platforms, patting the government for the steps that it has taken to revive the economy post Covid-19 and use of uncontrolled currency like Bitcoin were the central theme of the keenly followed annual Dussehra address by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

The speech of the RSS chief is followed by the national and international audiences as it is during this speech that the RSS’ views, the ideological guardian of the BJP, are made public. Apart from senior RSS and BJP leaders, Friday’s address was also attended by Kobbi Shoshani, Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai.

Bhagwat reiterated the 2015 resolution, which talked about the rising population of minorities. The written text of Bhagwat’s speech, released by the RSS, citing the 2011 census states that the “population of religions of Bharatiya origin which was 88 per cent has come down to 83.8 per cent while the Muslim population which was 9.8 percent has increased to 14.23 percent during the period 1951-2011.”

Bhagwat, while expressing “deep concern” over the demographic imbalances urged the government to reformulate the demographic imbalances in the country.

“The rate of growth of the Muslim population has been very high than national average in the border districts of border states of the country like Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, clearly indicating the unabated infiltration from Bangladesh. The report of the Upamanyu Hazarika Commission appointed by Hon’ble Supreme Court and several judicial pronouncements from time to time have also corroborated these facts. It is also a fact that the infiltrators are usurping the rights of citizens of these states and are becoming a heavy burden on the already scant resources apart from creating socio-cultural, political and economic tensions.”

“The religious imbalance of population in the northeastern states has assumed serious proportions. In Arunachal Pradesh, the people of religions of Bharatiya origin were 99.21% in 1951. It came down to 81.3% in 2001 and to 67% in 2011. In just one decade the Christian population of Arunachal Pradesh has grown by almost 13 percentage points. Similarly, in the population of Manipur, the share of religions of Bharatiya origin which was more than 80% in 1951 has come down to 50% in 2011. These examples and pointers of unnatural growth of the Christian population in many districts of the nation indicate an organized and targeted religious conversion activity by some vested interest groups”, he said.

Political observers believe that the topic of population control, which has been hugely controversial, will become a major issue in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections where the BJP under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is seeking to return to power.

In what is being seen as a message to the Home and Defence Ministries, Bhagwat said that the country’s military preparedness should be sound and internal security must be secured.

“Another situation, which was not entirely surprising, but occurred before the expectation, is the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Their predisposition—passionate fanaticism, tyranny and terrorism in the name of Islam—is sufficient to make everyone apprehensive of the Taliban. But now China, Pakistan and Turkey have coalesced in an unholy coalition with the Taliban. Since Abdali, our north-western borders are once again a matter of serious concern. Taliban has time and again alternated between Kashmir and peace talks simultaneously. This is an indicator that we cannot retire in complacency. Our military preparedness on the borders needs to be alert and sound on all ends and at all times. In such a situation, the internal security and stability of the country must be secured by the government and the society with caution and vigilance.”

An entire section of the speech was dedicated by the RSS chief to the issue of temple mismanagement in the country, which shows the seriousness with which the RSS is taking the matter. Bhagwat said that “It is also necessary and reasonable that the operating rights of Hindu temples be handed over to the Hindu devotees and the wealth of the Hindu temples is utilised for the worship of the deities and the welfare of the Hindu community only.”

Bhagwat also shared his worries over the absence of a “prudence and regulatory” framework to control the OTT platforms. This is likely to increase the severity of government control over what OTT platforms show in India.

“At present unregulated broadcasts of varied material on OTT platforms are open for everyone’s indiscriminate consumption. In the backdrop of the pandemic online education was to be introduced. School-going children are hooked on mobile phones as a rule. In absence of prudence and a regulatory framework, it will become difficult to predict in which way and to what extent will this emerging phenomenon of contact with fair and unfair means sweep our society. However, to what extent anti-national forces wish to use these means is well-known. Therefore, the government must make efforts to regulate these affairs in no time”, Bhagwat said while adding that “clandestine, uncontrolled currency like Bitcoin has the potential to destabilise the economy of all countries and pose serious challenges.” These observations may put a stop to any move by the RBI to make crypto currency legal in India in the coming months.

The RSS chief also said that post Covid-19, the Indian economy was bouncing back. “There is growing confidence that if the government succeeds in ensuring the participation of all the stakeholders then the country will sail through the difficulties smoothly,” he stated.

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ED ATTACHES ASSETS IN BANK FRAUD CASE

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Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday provisionally attached assets worth Rs 146.67 crore of Future Metals Pvt Ltd and Future Exim India Pvt Ltd in a bank fraud case. According to ED, the total attachment in the case has reached Rs.185.67 crore. “ED has provisional attached assets worth Rs.146.67 Crore of M/s. Future Metals Pvt. Ltd. and M/s. Future Exim India Pvt. Ltd. under the provisions of the PMLA, 2002 in a Bank Fraud Case. Total attachment in this case has reached to Rs.185.67 Crore.”

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‘NOD TO COVAXIN FOR KIDS AGED 2-18 YRS UNDER EVALUATION’

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NEW DELHI: The final approval for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children aged 2-18 years is under experts’ opinion and evaluation, stated government sources on Thursday. Sources said after evaluation of the data, the final approval will be given by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Bharat Biotech in an official statement had said they are waiting for further approvals from drug regulators. This is one of the first worldwide approval for Covid-19 vaccines for the age group of beneficiaries.

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HAVE FULL FAITH IN PARTY HIGH COMMAND: SIDHU

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Amid Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu’s visibly rebellious attitude towards the recently appointed State Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, the former on Thursday said that he has kept his concerns pertaining to the state before the party high command, adding that he will follow their directions, expressing faith in their decisions.

Sidhu’s remarks came while speaking to reporters after meeting Congress in charge for Punjab Harish Rawat and party general secretary KC Venugopal in Delhi today. “I expressed my concerns regarding Punjab and Punjab Congress to party high-command. I’ve full faith in Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka ji and Rahul ji. Whatever decision they’ll take, it’ll be for the betterment of Congress and Punjab. I’ll follow their directions,” said Sidhu.

The meeting lasted for more than one and a half hours. In the meeting, the issues of Punjab regarding over which there is a dispute between Sidhu and Channi were discussed as well as whether Navjot Singh Sidhu will remain the President of Punjab Congress or not.

Rawat told reporters after the meeting that Sidhu will continue to serve the party as the Punjab Congress chief and will set up an organisational structure in the state. He further said that a decision on the same shall be announced tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Rawat said, “Navjot Sidhu has clearly stated that the decision of the Congress President will be acceptable to him. The instructions are clear that Navjot Sidhu should work as Punjab Congress President and set up the organisational structure. An announcement will be made tomorrow.”

Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28.

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