Several students of Afghanistan nationality studying in Delhi University lament at their country’s situation after the Taliban took control over there, saying that because of stress they are unable to attend classes in the University.
“Our semesters have not been completed, I could not attend online classes for more than three days because of stress, constant tension and pain after seeing my country’s situation,” a 19-year-old Iqbal Amhed Zai, an Afghan student of Economics in Delhi University told ANI. In a move to extend their stay in India, more than 250 students holding Afghan nationality in Delhi University want immediate solution over issues such as the extension of visas, hostel allotments after the recent developments in Afghanistan where the Taliban has taken over the country.
“There are students who have got admission in 2020 but, hostels have not been allotted yet following which they are facing residential and financial problems, etc. Even families in Afghanistan cannot transfer the money. Most of them don’t want to return to their country because the Taliban has taken control of their country and they will face more extremism, especially students who are about to complete their third year,” said Iqbal.
On being asked about their perspective on the “new Taliban”, students say that they believe that extremism towards women and minorities will exist.
One student from DU on the condition of anonymity (as his family is in Afghanistan) in resentment said, “They (Taliban) just want to take back Afghanistan to stone ages once again.”
“When I saw a video of Taliban entering the parliament and speaking in Urdu, I felt shocked. Seeing our national flag being taken down is the hardest feeling one can ever have,” said Iqbal.
Ehsanullah Karim, a student of the third year at Delhi University said, “The biggest problem is that several Afghan students are going through mental health issues. I have many such friends who are facing emotional and mental pressure because of the Taliban regime, its history and its impact on our livelihoods.”
Karim further stated, “I am studying at Delhi University. We are very much worried about how to stay back here as we all have visa limitations. The system back in Afghanistan has completely collapsed and there is absolute uncertainty of everything. I had spoken to so many classmates of mine and other Afghan students. Many are terrified.”
Various videos of Kabul airport have hit national dailies revealing the people’s crisis and fear.
“Many do not have an identity card, passport. Everyone is trying to escape the Taliban and their regime,” said another student as he worries about his family in Afghanistan.
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Himachal CM Thakur reviews preparations for launch of third and fourth phases of PMGKAY
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held virtual meetings with the MLAs and Deputy Commissioners of the state to take stock of the preparations for launch of the third and fourth phases of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in the state on 25 September, 2021.
The Chief Minister said that the state level function would be organised at Shimla on this occasion to have interaction with the beneficiaries of this scheme, which would be presided over by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal. Similarly, functions would also be organised at district headquarters, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level, in which few beneficiaries would also be provided ration bags.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to preside over this function but due to committed engagements, he would not be able to join this event.
The Chief Minister said that the MLA’s would also participate in the function from one of the place in their respective Assembly constituency. However, the functions would not be organised in the blocks where model code of conduct has been enforced due to by-elections to the PRI’s. As many as 140 LED screens would be set up at prominent locations across the state to enable people to participate and see the live telecast of the State level function which would also be telecast at district, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level through virtual mode.
Jai Ram Thakur said the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was a major initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the challenging Covid-19 times to provide food security to the poor, migrant labourers and unemployed. He said that Himachal Pradesh had more than 7.18 lakh ration card holders being covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) covering a population of above 29 lakh, who would be provided free ration bag by the end of October, 2021.
He said the main objective of orgavnising function was to ensure maximum participation of the beneficiaries in it so that they could be made aware about this special scheme launched by the Centre last year to give relief to the NFSA families of the state. He added that 25 September was also birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay, who gave the concept of Antodaya and it was a relevant day to carry forward his message.
The Chief Minister also directed the DC’s to take effective steps for checking spread of the Covid pandemic, especially focusing on contact tracing so that the appropriate Covid behaviour could be followed. He asked them to monitor the progress of second phase of vaccination against Covid so that the cent-percent target could be achieved by the end of November, 2021 adding that till now, 23.10 lakh people had been administered second dose of the vaccine.
CONGRESS DESTROYED MADHYA PRADESH DURING 15-MONTH TENURE, SAYS SHIVRAJ SINGH CHAUHAN
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan slammed the previous Congress government in the state, alleging that the state witnessed destruction during its tenure.
“Kamal Nath was the Chief Minister for 15 months. His government destroyed the state for those 15 months. Development works and schemes were halted. Kamal Nath could not provide water and money to farmers. But after 15 months, I was back into power during the Covid crisis. Everything had stopped. There was also a challenge of upgrading healthcare infrastructure,” Chauhan said. As a part of the programme, Chauhan launched 103 Angandwadis in 32 districts of the state. 10,000 nutrition gardens were also launched in 52 districts of the state.
Speaking on the success of his government, the Chief Minister added, “We tried to work for farmers in spite of facing a financial crunch. We purchased paddy and wheat. We also purchased Moong dal from farmers so that they would not have to face losses. I provided Rs 8,000 crores to farmers under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojna.”
“The Prime Minister provided an amount of Rs 6,000 per year and I provided Rs 4,000 from my side as well. This government works for farmers. But the previous government could not even provide water to farmers,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state last year in March with Shivraj Singh Chouhan assuming the chief ministerial post. This came after the Kamal Nath-led Congress government collapsed following the resignation of then party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who went on to join the BJP along with 21 MLAs.
AMID COVID-19, TRIPURA HC REJECTS TMC PLEA TO HOLD RALLY ON 22 SEPTEMBER
TMC leader Shantanu Sen said that the state’s BJP government is scared of the Trinamool Congress and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities, under the garb of legalities.
Keeping in view the Covid-19 situation in the state, Trinamool’s Abhishek Banerjee will not be able to hold any meeting or procession till November 4 in Tripura, stated an official decree of the Tripura High Court. Earlier, on Tuesday morning, Tripura CM Biplob Deb also banned the holding of any meeting in the state, citing the similar reasons. However, according to some sections of the political circles, the reason behind this is political.
The Trinamool Congress had sought permission for Abhishek Banerjee, the All India General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress, to hold a march for the third time. The matter was taken to the Tripura High Court. During the hearing of the case, the court said that the Tripura government had informed that it was not allowing any meeting, committee, or any procession in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state. The ban is in place until November 4.
“Any kind of meeting/procession/public gathering by any political party in Sadar Police Subdivision (East Agartala and West Agartala areas) is prohibited w. e.f. 6 A.M of 21.09.2021 to midnight 04.11.2021,” said the notification.
A single judge high court bench of justice Arindam Lodh on Tuesday rejected TMC’s petition for staying the notification.
In this context, the Tripura High Court said that the court does not want to interfere in any way in the decision taken by the Tripura government in the panemic situation. As a result, Abhishek Banerjee’s march for Wednesday has been canceled. Although the Trinamool alleges that the BJP government has used this legal step to stop Abhishek.
Because, before that, their program was not allowed on September 15. After that, the procession of Abhishek was canceled on 16 September, citing the reasons of Bishwakarma Pujo.
TMC leader Shantanu Sen said the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is scared of them and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities.
“But we are with the people, and we will stick to them in the coming days as well,” Sen was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times.
On the contrary, BJP claims that this decision has been taken by the government in view of the emergency situation, and it has nothing to do with politics.
Meanwhile, Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh fell ill during interrogation at Tripura police station on the same day. He was summoned for questioning by the Tripura Police. The interrogation lasted for some time, and in the midst, Ghosh fell ill at the police station. He was rushed to ILS Hospital in Tripura for treatment.
PM MODI, MACRON DISCUSS WAYS TO PROMOTE SECURITY IN INDO-PACIFIC REGION
NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday discussed the important role that the India-France partnership could play in promoting stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
The two leaders also reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration between the two countries. This was discussed during a telephonic conversation between PM Modi and Macron, the French embassy said in a statement. “They reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region,” the statement said.
The leaders also agreed to maintain close and regular consultations, in the spirit of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which both countries cherish deeply.In addition, the two leaders also discussed regional issues including recent developments in Afghanistan.
In this context, they shared their concerns about the possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, as well as the need to ensure human rights, rights of women and minorities, the statement added.
Macron also reiterated France’s commitment to contributing to strengthening India’s strategic autonomy, including its industrial and technological base, as part of a close relationship based on mutual trust and respect between two strategic partners.
‘Work on AIIMS Bilaspur progressing fast’
With the creation of Bilaspur AIIMS, the health sector of Himachal Pradesh will get a huge boost and will be of great help to the needy. Not only Himachal Pradesh, people of entire north India will get state-of-the-art health facilities in the region:
On Tuesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, BJP national president and former Health Minister J.P. Nadda and Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur, along with other officials of AIIMS Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, took a review meeting regarding the construction work of AIIMS Bilaspur.
Nadda said that is it a great gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Himachal. The entire Himachal is thankful to him for giving this premier health institution like AIIMS to Himachal.
He said along with serving the healthcare sector, new employment opportunities will be created. Work on AIIMS Bilaspur is going on very fast. In 2022, this institute, equipped with state-of-the-art health facilities, will be given to the whole of North India as a gift of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has resolved that every countryman should get the best health facilities and to make this a reality, he started 15 AIIMS in his government. PM Modi has started the work of medical colleges in every district. There has been an increase in medical seats in the country. Nadda thanked Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for continuous monitoring and appreciated Anurag Thakur and thanked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for providing basic facilities by the state government.
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya directed that the construction work of AIIMS Bilaspur should be completed within the time limit by 2022. With the start of AIIMS Bilaspur, the people of Himachal Pradesh will benefit a lot.
Those who used to go to Delhi to get their treatment done with good health facilities will now get the benefit of having better technology and specialist departments of many diseases in their home state itself.
Himachal minister meets Shah, discusses plan to promote FPOs in cooperative sector
Urban Development and Cooperation Minister Suresh Bhardwaj called on Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday. Bhardwaj discussed the possibilities of expansion up to the block level by bringing cooperative societies under the Integrated Cooperative Development Project or outside it under the Agricultural Produce Organization (FPO) scheme.
Bhardwaj said that Himachal is working on a scheme aimed at promoting FPOs in the cooperative sector. Under this, the state government has set a target of reaching at least 10,000 farmers through registration of 100 FPOs in a year. He said that the formation of FPOs in the cooperative sector would strengthen the crop harvesting management infrastructure.
He urged the Union Minister to make available funds for the training of the members of the FPO Management Committee separately from the training of Secretaries. He also discussed other issues related to the Ministry of Cooperation with the Union Minister. Suresh Bhardwaj informed that the process of computerization of cooperative societies has been started by the state government in collaboration with NABARD and a provision of Rs 5 crore has been made for computerization of 300 meetings in the state. He urged to provide assistance in the ratio of 80:20 or 90:10 through State-Centre Partnership Scheme to connect all the cooperative societies of the state with this scheme.
He urged for extending the interest subvention to primary agricultural credit societies working in the health, education, MSME and eco-tourism sectors. Till now this facility is being provided only to the meetings working in agriculture and horticulture sector. He also urged for provision of collateral free credit facility up to Rs 20 lakh to cooperative societies so that more cooperative societies can take maximum benefit of schemes like Primary Agricultural Credit Societies or Integrated Cooperative Development Project of the government.
Suresh Bhardwaj also urged the Union Minister to bring state and district cooperative banks under the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises. This move will encourage these banks to provide advance loans to cooperative societies. He also urged to make provision for establishment expenditure under Integrated Cooperative Development Project, so that proper arrangement of staff could be made for this project. The Union Minister assured to provide all possible assistance to the state.
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