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BJP’s Rajkumar Chahar urges common farmers not to take part in Rail Roko, says a party is sending its members to protest

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New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): Alleging that a party is sending its members to farmers’ protest and spreading propaganda about the farm laws, BJP’s national Kisan morcha president Rajkumar Chahar on Wednesday urged “common farmers” to refrain from participating in the proposed Rail Roko programme of protesting farmers.
Chahar, Lok Sabha MP from UP’s Fatehpur Sikri constituency, said that BJP will reach out to farmers and clear their confusion about farm laws and tell them about the benefits of the agricultural reforms brought by Modi government.
“Common farmer will not take part in the rail roko programme. I urge common farmers not to participate in it. You have seen earlier what kind of anarchy has taken place within this movement. People of one party are sending their workers in farmers’ protest. People whose political ground has been eroded, who have not been able to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi are spreading propaganda and creating confusion among farmers,” Chahar told media here.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint front of various farmer organisations, had on February 10 announced to organise ‘Rail Roko’ across India from 12 pm to 4 pm on February 18.
Chahar and other BJP leaders attended a meeting at Union Minister Sanjay Balyan’s residence here. The meeting lasted for over 3 hours. Farmers mostly from Western Uttar Pradesh are camping at Ghazipur border while protesting against farm laws for nearly three months.
Attacking the Opposition parties, Chahar said, “The only reason the Opposition is creating confusion is that elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in 2022. If the farm laws get implemented, farmers will start getting the benefits and they will stand exposed. Our duty is to remove confusion from farmers’ minds. We will be going to the village together and talk to the farmers.”
Commenting on Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s tweet on sugarcane farmers’ plight, BJP leader said, “She has become a farmer just now. Her husband captured thousands of acres of farmers’ land during Congress tenure at the centre. She should first ask her husband to return the land to the farmers.”
The central government has offered to put the farm laws “on hold” for 12-18 months, an offer rejected by the farmers’ unions protesting against the laws. Several rounds of talks have been held with farmers over their demand for the repeal of three new laws.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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Women have made outstanding contribution towards social change: Speaker

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said that women have held the highest positions in the socio-political and economic fields and have made an outstanding contribution towards the development of society.
Birla, who met women parliamentarians and women journalists on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Parliament House Complex today in the first-of-its-kind initiative, said women have led from the forefront while holding important positions like President, Prime Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker.
The event was also attended by Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of Women and Child Development and Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani.
According to a Lok Sabha Secretariat release, Birla said that apart from holding positions of power, women are also playing the role of catalysts in social welfare.
He said women have the ability, patience, self-confidence, will power and equity and they are serving the nation from panchayat to Parliament.
Recalling the role of women freedom fighters and their role in post-Independence India, Birla said that the development and progress was possible because of the participation of women in every stage of nation-building.
He noted that the present Lok Sabha has the highest number of women parliamentarians.
Birla also appreciated the performance of women parliamentarians in the House.
Speaking about women journalists, Birla said that “journalism is a challenging and tough task” and women are becoming successful “because of their competence and courage on the one hand, and empathy and compassion towards public cause on the other”.
He said women, through their reporting, highlight the problems of deprived sections of society and of the last man at the periphery.
When the Lok Sabha met for the day on the first day of the second half of the budget session, Birla greeted the Members of Parliament on International Women’s Day.
“Today is the day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women towards nation and society,” he said.
The Speaker also interacted with women employees of the Lok Sabha Secretariat and lauded their contribution towards the smooth working of the House. (ANI)

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Indian Railways announces integrated Rail Madad Helpline number “139”

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): To overcome the inconvenience over multiple helpline numbers for grievances and enquiry during railway travel, Indian Railway has integrated all railway helplines into a single number1–39 (Rail Madad Helpline) for quick grievance during the journey.
According to an official statement: “Various Railway grievances helplines were discontinued last year. Now, Helpline number 182 would also be discontinued from March 1 and merged into 139 which is available in twelve languages.
Passengers can opt for IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System), or directly connect to the call-centre executive by pressing (asterisk). There is no need for a smartphone to call on 139, thus, providing easy access to all mobile users.
On an average basis, the merged helpline number received 3,44,513 inquiries per day, the statement read.
The customer has to press 1 for security and medical assistance, 2 for PNR status enquiry, 4 for general complaints, 5 for vigilance related complaints, 6 for Parcel and goods related queries, 7 for IRCTC operated trains queries, 8 for the status of complaints, 9 for talking to call centre executive and press *( asterisk) for talking to call centre executive.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Railways has also launched the Social Media campaign #OneRailOneHelpline139 to inform and educate the passengers. (ANI)

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Bengaluru civic body all set to beautify 12 major junctions

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 8 (ANI): The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is all set to revamp and beautify 12 major junctions in the city, said an official statement on Monday.
In the statement, the BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta said that the architects have studied the city’s 12 major junctions and thought of a number of themes for the junctions to make them appealing to the public while incorporating modifications for smooth traffic.
The designs must be implemented with emphasis on the beautification of the junctions.
“Once the junctions are revamped, the vehicular movement must not be affected. The sidewalks must be designed in a pedestrian-friendly way. The designs must be considered only after consultation with the traffic police department,” he instructed.
The construction work should be taken up in coordination with the department, he said.
Chalukya Circle junction is designed on the theme of the erstwhile Chalukya dynasty. Anil Kumble Junction, which is near Chinnaswamy Stadium, is designed on a sports theme. Likewise, the Mysore Bank Circle junction design is based on the theme of the Karaga festival.
Special Commissioner (Planning) Manoj Jain, Chief Engineer Prahlad of Road Infrastructure Division, architects and other concerned officials were present in the meeting at BBMP head office today. (ANI)

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Over 2.26 cr COVID19 vaccine doses administered in India

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 2.26 crore on Monday, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
According to MoHFW, A total of 2,26,85,598 vaccine doses have been given till today. As many as 70,41,584 healthcare workers have received the first dose and 37,12,906 healthcare workers have taken the second dose.
When it comes to frontline workers, 67,73,081 have taken the first dose and 3,13,835 have received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, 41,85,274 beneficiaries are more than 60 years old and 6,58,918 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.
The nationwide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 2021 and vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.
The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination has started from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. (ANI)

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SC to hear former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s plea on Tuesday

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear plea by BJP leader and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh seeking directions to transfer all cases registered against her by the West Bengal police to an independent agency.
A two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit gave directions for the matter be listed tomorrow.
“Considering the urgency, let the matter be listed tomorrow before the appropriate bench of this Court”, Justice Lalit said.
The top court had earlier granted protection from arrest in all the cases registered against Ghosh, who had joined the BJP.
Ghosh claimed in her plea that she joined the BJP before the last Lok Sabha elections and 10 first information reports (FIRs) were registered against her “in false cases”. She said four more FIRs were filed against her after the elections.
The petitioner sought a stay on the arrest warrant issued against her on February 4, 2021, registered at Keshpur police station.
She sought a direction to the respondents, particularly the Union of India (UOI), to call for reports of the Central Industrialist Security Force (CISF) submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) regarding the alleged incident of May 12, 2019.
Ghosh also sought direction to the West Bengal government to furnish the complete list of cases/FIRs registered by them, directly or indirectly, against her.
The petitioner sought directions for the West Bengal government to give the petitioner prior notice, at least 10 clear days in advance, in the event of their registering a new/fresh case/FIR against her. (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu CM promises Rs 1,500 per month to housewives, six LPG cylinders to each family per year

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 8 (ANI): Ahead of Assembly elections, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Monday promised to provide Rs 1,500 per family to housewives every month and six LPG cylinders in the AIADMK manifesto if elected to power.
The Chief Minister promised six LPG cylinders per year for each family under its poll manifesto.
“On this Women’s Day, considering the well-being of women, six LPG cylinders per year for each family will be included in the AIADMK election manifesto. And Rs 1,500 will be handed over to housewives per family each month. AIADMK manifesto will be released soon,” Palaniswami said.
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.
While the ruling AIADMK is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the BJP, DMK has joined hands with Congress. (ANI)

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