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Delhi CM’s daughter duped of Rs 34,000 in e-commerce fraud

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New Delhi [India], February 9 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s daughter was duped of Rs 34,000 on Sunday while she was selling a second-hand sofa online.
According to the Delhi police’s statement, a case of cheating has been registered at the Civil Lines Police Station.
“The person, who posted himself as a customer, asked her to scan a bar code after sending a small amount on her account. And when she scanned the bar code, the money debited from her account in two installments–first Rs 20,000 and then Rs 14,000,” police said.
The police said a complaint was given to Civil Lines police station after which the police has registered a case of cheating and started the search for the accused person. (ANI)

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Budget Speech: CM Gehlot’s poetic repartees flatten Opposition, dissenters

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was seen taking a potshot not only at the opposition but also at his opponents (dissenters) in his own party Congress on Wednesday. The style of making repartees had poetic overtones. While presenting the Budget in the Assembly, Chief Minister Gehlot was eloquent and displayed a sharp oratory in the form of shayari laced with satirical potshots with verses in Hindi and Sanskrit.

He tried to woo all sections of society. But at the same time, in the Budget speech Chief Minister Gehlot did make it a point to send out a message to the opposition and his detractors that he is not ready to give up. He was seen sipping water seven times during the speech in what is understood to be a symbolic way to target former CM Vasundhara Raje over the issue of drinking water in the desert state. In a message to the BJP-led opposition, the Chief Minister announced that he will make drinking water available to every single household. However, the Central government is claiming to have provided water to the majority of households. It seems that the BJP will showcase this as a big achievement during the next general elections.

Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the responsibility of water to Rajasthan MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat who is the Union minister of Jal Shakti. Shekhawat hails from Gehlot’s Jodhpur area. He was quite talked about when the Gehlot government was facing trouble. Shekhawat is also said to be one of the central figures in the politics of BJP in Rajasthan. He is also known to be close to the high command but the much-awaited cabinet expansion will help observers to understand his closeness with the high command.

Chief Minister Gehlot has allocated a budgetary provision of Rs 478 crore for pure drinking water. His government’s budget has focused on agriculture, health, and education. The Chief Minister has also tried to woo the youth. In what is said to be the longest budget speech ever, Chief Minister Gehlot has indicated that he is ready to take on the opponents more aggressively. “Mere hausalon mein abhi bahut jaan baaki hai, ye to daud bhar thi abhi udaan baaki hai, meri saadgi se mere baare mein andaza mat lagana, yeh to shuruaat bhar thi anzam abhi baaki hai,” he said. Political observers interpret it as a message that “his simplicity should not be misconstrued as him being a naïve person rather he is ready to take everything head-on.”

In the past two years, Chief Minister Gehlot had to deal with the “problems created by both the opposition and his own party leaders”. Over a dozen MLAs led by former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had added to his problems. The BJP and some Central Ministers’ role was doubted. Chief Minister Gehlot somehow managed to save his government. 

The Chief Minister announced many schemes and budgetary allocations to woo common people, keeping in view the measures to deal with the situation resulting from Covid-19. He kept in mind the upcoming byelections in four assembly seats. Chief Minister Gehlot gave out a message to the opposition leaders that they can’t destabilise his government which will complete its term and retain power in the next elections again. “Nigahon mein manzil thi, gire aur girkar sambhalte rahe. Hawaon ne bahut koshish ki, magar chirag andhiyon me bhi jalte rahe.” This is how Gehlot drove home the message.

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RAJNATH SINGH CAN RESOLVE IMPASSE IF ALLOWED TO TALK TO FARMERS: NARESH TIKAIT

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Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Naresh Tikait on Wednesday, while accusing the Centre of adopting a “stubborn” stance over the three farm laws, said that the ongoing impasse between the protesting farmers and the government can be resolved if Defence Minister Rajnath Singh acts as an intermediary.

“The government has made defence minister Rajnath Singh into a caged parrot (‘pinjre ka tota’). If he is given the freedom to talk to farmers, I can guarantee that there would be a decision and the BJP’s prestige will also remain intact,” the BKU chief said.

Tikait made the comments while addressing a farmers’ mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki.

“The government is stubborn and is not ready to hear us out. It should change its attitude,” the BKU leader said.

“If the PM is not ready to repeal the laws, we are also not going to backtrack. The country’s farmers have been ruined and we are not getting the right price for our produce. The rise in prices of petrol and diesel has also affected us,” he added.

The BKU leader further alleged that the Central government was “defaming farmers” by labelling them as “terrorists and Khalistanis”.

He also accused the BJP of dividing society on communal lines. “Earlier Hindus and Muslims lived in amity. But from 2013, BJP has been spreading misconceptions among them and it has divided the society. But now people have understood their tricks,” the BKU leader said.

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TIES WITH CHINA WOULD DEVELOP AS PER INDIA’S WISHES: ARMY CHIEF

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Asserting that nobody wants an unsettled border, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General M.M. Naravane on Wednesday said that the relationship with China would develop along the path as per India’s wishes.

“Whatever we did as a government, as a nation has shown that the resolve that we have in maintaining our interest foremost. I think with this Whole-of-Government approach, our relations with China would develop along the path that we wish to develop,” Naravane said during a virtual conference on the ‘role of the Indian Army in dealing with contemporary national security challenges’.

“As two neighbours who would like to have peace and tranquillity on their borders and who would like all the other engagements which have been going on in the past should continue also in the future. Nobody wants an unsettled border,” he added.

Commenting upon the India-China disengagement, the Army Chief said, “What we have achieved so far is very good and it is a very good end result—win-win situation.”

“The agreement signed with any country is premised on the fact that it will be observed in letter and spirit. We will trust, but we verify. We have put systems in place to make sure that there is no re-occupation of these heights and it is part of the agreement. If it is violated then you have violated the spirit. We can only hope that China and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) adhere to these principles and agreements in toto, and that has been our stand from the beginning. If those agreements adhere to letter and spirit, then most of the issues which are pending between the countries would get resolved automatically,” he added.

The disengagement process from both the north and south banks of Pangong Lake was completed by the two nations and further disengagement is underway at other friction points.

Both the armies of India and China have agreed for disengagement in few areas and military troops have also been removed to maintain a status of pre-face-off that happened last year.

India and China have had a stand-off along the LAC since April-May last year due to actions of the Chinese Army and have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks.

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Rahul consumes opium of myth, spreads it in people: Giriraj Singh

Union Minister says the Congress leader aims to woo the fishermen community by spreading confusion.

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Rahul Gandhi’s statement on creating a separate fisheries ministry has again created controversy and the BJP has hit out at him calling him a “hate peddler”. Union Minister Giriraj Singh, whose ministry was under constant attack, spoke exclusively to The Sunday Guardian. Excerpts:

Q. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has again said a separate fisheries ministry will be created if his party comes to power at the Centre.

A. I can’t call him ignorant. See, he himself asked a question (in Parliament) to my Ministry on February 2 and my department had replied to that question. I can say that he had knowingly raised this issue in Pondicherry and now in Kerala because Assembly elections are round the corner in both of the states. His aim is to woo the fishermen community by spreading confusion. As per my understanding, this man consumes opium of myth and just spreads it in the people.

Q: He has also made a statement regarding the difference of political understanding of voters of North India and South India over the issues.

A: He only can think on the South India-North India line. When he goes to Assam, he peddles hate between East and West, when he goes to South, he peddles hate between South and North. It’s North India which gave his family a reputation, he represented Amethi in Lok Sabha for 15 years and now he is abusing it. If he wants to understand political awareness of people of North India, he should read about her Grandmother (Indira Gandhi). She had to impose Emergency to suppress political awareness of the people. All the citizens are equally aware, be it Kerala or be UP.

Q: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is frequently visiting Kissan Panchayats. What’s your take on it?

A: All I want to say is that brother (Rahul) is peddling hatred in the fishermen community and sister is doing the same in the farmer’s community. Both of them are busy spreading lies. He does not know anything about fisheries or fishermen’s plight in their villages and his sister does not know what kind of crops are sown in the month of October. She only knows how to use farmers’ anger to spread hatred and politicise it. This is their well-planned strategy to spread hatred and lie.

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CONGRESS WILL FURTHER SHRINK IN 2024 THANKS TO RAHUL GANDHI: SMRITI IRANI

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement on the political divide of North and South has triggered a war of words between the BJP and the Congress. Union Minister Smriti Irani in an exclusive chat with The Sunday Guardian said that Rahul Gandhi is doing politics of hate and only he and his family are to be blamed for the dwindling fortune of the Congress.

Q: Rahul Gandhi has given a speech in which he said that the politics of North India is superficial and the politics of Kerala and South India is very deep; what do you think about his statement?

A: I think the public will never support Rahul Gandhi’s politics of putting divide among states. He introduced the politics of divisiveness and spewing poison against the states. When he went to Assam, he stunned everyone with the kind of insults he heaped on Gujarat and Gujaratis and on Tuesday everyone knows what happened to Congress in Gujarat which was trounced badly. In coming times, if Rahul Gandhi has a misconception that, if he will continue to humiliate the people in this way, then the base of the Congress will increase. Then I should say, which I may have said earlier before, that leaders of Congress are left in the Lok Sabha now, will shrink further in 2024. And if anyone gets credit for this, then only and only will go to Rahul Gandhi.

Q: On one hand, Rahul Gandhi says that the north Indians do not understand politics, do not understand the in-depth, superficial, in the same way Priyanka Gandhi; on the other hand, is touring the state, attending the mahapanchayat, what do you think of that?

A: Priyanka Vadra is trying to sail the boat, Rahul Gandhi is trying to sink the boat, this is his family matter. However, it is also true that even after this statement will be made for 24 hours, but insult to North India, even after trying to put foot in India. Not a single Congress leader denied this. And what did the leaders of Congress have towards Rahul Gandhi, you saw in Puducherry in this public meeting, he misinterpreted the former Chief Minister, which also shows towards a woman that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi do not give due importance to intelligence.

Q: Again and again, he is giving a statement about Giriraj Singh’s ministry of fisheries; today again he said that when he comes to power, he will make it a department. What is your opinion on this statement?

A: The first thing is that they will never be able to come in majority, because liars like him won’t get it. The second thing is that in Parliament he asked a question in Parliament related to the Ministry of Fisheries. So, either Rahul Gandhi was not present in the House and that question was asked by his proxy and if you look at the Constitution, it’s a crime to do this and secondly, when he knows that there is a ministry as Giriraj Singh has told him a couple of days back on this issue. So, Rahul Gandhi is either making fun of people of Kerala or he is repeating his lie. 

Q: You are an MP from Amethi and Rahul Gandhi was an MP from Amethi. Do you think he should apologise for his statement?

A: I have always said that Amethi is like my family and if anyone repeatedly insults my family and then apologises, I don’t think that would be enough. I don’t think Rahul Gandhi has that humility that he would apologise.

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INDIA TO START SECOND ROUND OF VACCINATION FROM 1 MARCH

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The government on Wednesday announced that people above the age of 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities will be able to receive Covid-19 vaccines from 1 March.

Speaking at a media briefing, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the vaccinations will be given free of cost at around 10,000 government centres spread across the country.

Vaccines will also be provided at 20,000 private centres, but there, people will have to pay to get inoculated, he added. This comes as the Bengal government has made it mandatory for passengers travelling in flights from Maharashtra, Kerala and two other states to produce a negative Covid-19 report.

In the meantime, India reported 13,742 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health Ministry. With this, the country’s total caseload has risen to 1,10,30,176, while the death toll has surged to 1,56,567. The total number of active cases is now at 1,46,907, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease is now over 1,07,26,702, the Ministry said.

Mumbai on Wednesday recorded 1,167 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily spike in about four months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The tally of cases in the country’s financial capital thus rose to 3,21,698, while the death toll reached 11,453 with four new fatalities. 

Kerala has recorded 4,106 new cases with the tally now touching 10.45 lakhs. The active number of cases in the state currently sits at 52,689.

Gujarat, on the other hand, reported 380 new cases taking the total to 2.68 lakhs.

In Goa, as many as 52 persons tested positive for coronavirus, while 35 were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the infection on Wednesday, an official from the health department said. With the addition of the latest cases, the state’s Covid-19 tally has reached 54,700, of which 53,416 patients have recovered so far, the official said.

Andhra Pradesh reported 94 new cases and 66 recoveries in the last 24 hours. There were no deaths reported in this period. This has taken the total number of cases to 8,89,503 with the total recoveries at 8,81,732. The total death toll stands at 7,168 in the state while active cases are at 603.

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