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India reports 12,194 new Covid cases, total number 1.09 crore

Sabyasachi Roy Choudhury



India reported 12,194 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, while less than a hundred deaths due to the virus were recorded for the eighth time this month. The total number of cases now stands at 1.09 crore.

According to the figures released by the Union Health Ministry, the total number of Covid-19 cases is 1,09,04,940 currently. After the death of 92 more patients, the total number of deaths has increased to 1,55,642, while the death rate is 1.43 percent.

Meanwhile, according to the data, 1,06,11,731 people have recovered from the infection, after which the national rate of recovery for the infection has increased to 97.31 percent. The number of patients with the infection is less than 1.5 lakh now.

In Delhi, 150 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, after which the total number of infected people in the capital so far increased to 6,36,946. With the death of two more patients, the city’s death toll rose to 10,891. At the same time, 158 patients were cured during this period, raising the total number of recoveries to 6,25,024.

4,092 new patients of the coronavirus infection were confirmed in Maharashtra on Sunday while 40 infected people died. The health department said that the total number of infections in the state has gone up to 20,64,278, while the death toll has reached 51,529.

55 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Andhra Pradesh, after which the total number of infected people in the state increased to more than 8.88 lakh. The government said that no one has died due to the infection in the state in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to the epidemic in the state stands at 7,162.

With the death of four more people in Punjab, the Covid death toll in the state went up to 5,694. According to a bulletin issued by the health department, 261 new cases of the infection have surfaced in the state and 1,76,064 people have been confirmed infected so far. Of these, 2,335 people are being treated for Covid-19 currently.

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Nadda to announce alliance with AGP and BTR, says Assam BJP chief




New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda will announce an alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BTR for the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam on Thursday, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass.
“Our national president JP Nadda will announce an alliance with AGP and BTR for the Assam elections tomorrow,” Dass told reporters here after attending the meeting at Nadda’s residence yesterday.
He also informed that the names of the candidates for the first and second phase of elections have been decided. It will be announced after approval from the Parliamentary Board.
A delegation of Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland Territorial Region’s CEM Pramod Boro and BJP leaders met Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda at Amit Shah’s residence on Wednesday evening
Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma met Amit Shah at his residence on Wednesday to discuss strategies for Assam Assembly elections ahead of the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting scheduled tomorrow at the party headquarters.
In the last assembly election in 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in Assam ending Congress’ 15-year rule led by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) won a combined 86 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly. BJP bagged 60 seats, AGP 14 and BPF 12 seats.
The BPF this week joined the Congress-led seven-party grand alliance ‘Mahajath’ after snapping ties with the ruling BJP. The Mahajath comprises of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM).
Assam assembly elections will be held in three phases. In the first phase, 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls on March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1 while 40 assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6. Counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI)

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Chemical-free living is here to stay and is the way of the future, says I Say Organic CEO Aakanksha Kapoor



NewsX was recently joined by Aakanksha Kapoor, the CEO of I Say Organic for its special series NewsX India A-List. She shared her journey of working in the fashion and retail industry and how all that led to I Say Organic.

Sharing how candid and unpredictable her journey has been, Aakanksha said, “I landed in I Say Organic very unknowingly but I’ll start from the beginning. I did an undergrad and then studied a little bit in New York. I was there for about two and a half years, studied marketing at Parsons and then worked in fashion, moved back to India in 2012 and continued working in fashion in the luxury space as a brand consultant. While all of this was happening, I Say Organic was growing on the side; it was launched in 2012 and Ashmeet started the organisation and was looking to hire somebody in the marketing team; the company became what it is in front of me.”

She added, “While having unofficial work-related conversations and seeing this opening in the space, I realised what I Say Organic stands for—clean eating, responsible consumption, and production was very aligned with how I led my life like eating well, overall interested in the well-being, and personally dealing with minor health issues but having overcome them through regular good food habits. I just thought it was a very interesting time in the startup space and my personal vision aligned with the company so it was a great move.”

Aakanksha moved to I Say Organic on a full-time basis in 2014 and joined the marketing team. Since then, she has been working with the company in leading marketing and eventually leading their retail in 2015, setting up their offline stores and taking on as a CEO as of 2020.

Throwing light on how I Say Organic works, she said, “I Say Organic essentially started as a home-delivery company and as an e-commerce platform providing organic certified farmers across the country a platform to sell their products directly to the consumers. Getting into the offline space was one of the things that we wanted to experiment with and it ended up being a really good space for us as well. Our vision is to provide the safest and the purest form of food that’s available out there to the consumers, making it easy for anybody to go completely chemical-free in their living and get the option of eating safe food.”

Aakanksha further said that a person can order seven days a week from their website across Delhi NCR as they deliver seven days a week. Their portfolio is primarily fresh produce to grains, lentils, spices, oils and they’ve also ventured into value-added products like healthy snacks and savoury items that they manufacture on their own using their produce. According to her, I Say Organic has a huge variety of products needed to run a kitchen.

“A few years ago, when organic came into being the biggest question was what is organic and will this stay. We have been in the business for the last eight years, chemical-free living is here to stay and is the way of the future. It is how one should live their life but the biggest concern is that there’s a big misconception on what is organic and what is farm fresh. So, you’re hearing the word ‘farm fresh’ a lot, newer companies are coming into this space and using that term. I think the consumer is a bit confused and probably not fully aware that farm fresh does not necessarily mean organic,” said Aakanksha.

To give more clarity on farm fresh and organic, she expressed, “Farm fresh doesn’t necessarily mean it’s chemical-free, organic means that it’s completely chemical-free, without the use of pesticides, and how nature has intended it to be. It’s growing produce without any external chemical inputs into your agriculture. As an organisation, our goal is to get the most genuine and the most authentic practices to the customer’s doorstep. We want to work with farmers who are dedicated to growing produce that is good for the environment and good for us. We have everything under the sun on our website that you need to go completely chemical-free. We are authentic, genuine, and transparent about who we work with, where our products get lab tested from, which farmer is certified, and which farmer is in the transition period. We share this information regularly with our customers, especially if they ask we have all the certifications to show to our customers about our farmers.”

Talking about the future goals of the organisation, Aakanksha said that until now I Say Organic has been a Delhi NCR specific brand, and they are yet to explore it pan India. They want to do it with their dry produce and snack items. In the next five years, she expects I Say Organic to start making an appearance in different cities whether it’s through their own home delivery model, through different retailers or their offline stores which are their branded stores.

“I get very motivated when I hear other successful women entrepreneur stories and honestly if there’s anything that has pulled me back, it’s just doubting myself. Begin conversing with the right people and identifying people that you want to network with. Just go out there, you don’t need to fully set up a company, if you have an idea just start piloting it and then eventually it will brew into something,” said Aakanksha.

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The online ‘toolkit’ shared by Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg has exposed the pseudo-liberal brigade which is speaking on matters it has no idea about just for the sake of opposing the Modi government. However, it is more alarming to see some Indians at home, including the Opposition, collaborating with the people who wish to harm India’s image on the global stage.

Vishwas Pathak



Since the 2014 general elections, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge as the leader of this nation, a new trend of conspiring and mobilising people on the basis of false and motivated allegations has begun. Prior to 2014, the moot issue of discussions in the political arena had been the embarrassing corruption scandals by the Congress-led UPA government. However, with PM Modi walking the talk on his strong pitch for anti-corruption in the government, the Opposition has now resorted to leading people astray on the basis of false allegations.

If the chronology of the same has to be understood, it all began with the selective intolerance of the Award Wapsi gang in 2014, the balloon of which was quick to burst. That was followed by allegations of attacks on religious missionaries and churches, which again was refuted by enforcement agencies of the country. In the recent past, the controversies revolving around the CAA and NRC have shown how the political opposition of this nation did not leave a single stone unturned to corner the government on the basis of their hypocritical and insensitive presumptions. However, the people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions remained strong and this conspired controversy also came to an end with the political parties of the Opposition falling flat on their short claims.

Now in the sixth year of holding the office of Prime Minister, PM Modi has maintained the sanctity of his post and continued to walk on the honest path of “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” with efficiency and no corruption. However, his political opponents have now found a new way to attack the government.

The passage of the three historic and revolutionary farm legislations in the Parliament have irked a few anarchist elements of the country who had for a long time monopolised the supply chain of agricultural commodities in the country, especially in the states of Punjab and Haryana. As these three farm legislations brought in by the Government of India aimed at ensuring a free market for farmers, along with countless other benefits for the sector, the agents of chaos have come together in opposing the bills.

While a negligible percentage of the population, disguised as farmers of this nation, sat together to protest, the chronology of events began with the political opposition of the country taking a plunge into the issue and glorifying it with false statements or misleading facts. What was a nadir to these developments were the drastic and horrifying incidents led by these protestors on Republic Day which went on to become the day of sorrow for all Indians.

The intent of these elements which were causing unjustified disruptions was to tarnish the image of India on the global platform. Perhaps this was the reason why the protestors caused such violence even on Republic Day. Although the nation stood strong against this conspired and shameful act by miscreants, further execution of the plan was deemed necessary by these anti-national elements or the so-called liberal lobby, to keep up with the planned agenda as per the “toolkit”.

After 26 January, the nation witnessed a sudden foreign interest in the farm protests where nationally irrelevant international opportunists started speaking up for something which they have absolutely no knowledge of. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg shared the orchestrated script, which is popularly called as a “toolkit”, that reflected the idea and planning behind creating a conspiracy against the country with the sole intent of maligning its image. The suspected international angle to this entire controversy also came true when Thunberg removed the toolkit after tweeting it. The toolkit did not just have details of how to conduct agitations in the capital, but was also something very dangerous for a democratic country like India.

Apparently, Greta Thunberg is known for her work in the field of environment. Here I want to highlight the hypocritical mindset of the pseudo-liberals who are tight-lipped when it comes to environmental erosion in the states of Punjab and Haryana but are quick to exhibit sympathy for farmers, while absolutely uninformed about the issue.

Unfortunately, these irrelevant international elements were being helped by some misled Indians like Disha Ravi, who allegedly played a role in the entire controversy. It has been alleged that Ravi is an editor of the document and a key conspirator in its “formulation and dissemination”. “She started a WhatsApp group and collaborated to make the toolkit document,” the police have stated.

According to the police, Disha Ravi was the one who shared the document containing the toolkit with Greta Thunberg. Later, 21-year-old climate activist Disha asked the international environmentalist to remove the main document after its incriminating details accidentally got into the public domain.

The visuals of 26 January, where police personnel were seen helpless, cannot be forgotten for a very long time. What happened on Republic Day was shameful for all of us. However, the culprits of it do not shy away from taking pride in what they did, disguised as innocent farmers.

Some unscrupulous and fame-hungry international elements talking about the issue for self-motivated benefits of the pseudo-liberal ideology is one thing to consider. However, the fact that our fellow Indians are being accused of collaborating with these people is an alarming sign. What is absolutely a nadir is the fact that politicians sitting on the opposition benches, in their quest to corner PM Modi’s popularly accepted government, have forgotten the limits of the opposition. It is the need of the hour for the nation to ask these supporters of the farm protests, orchestrated by such international miscreants, how far is too far?

The author is Media Head, BJP Maharashtra. The views expressed are personal.

The visuals of the 26 January tractor rally, where police personnel were seen helpless, cannot be forgotten for a very long time. What happened on the Republic Day was shameful for all of us. However, the culprits of it do not shy away from taking pride in what they did, disguised as innocent farmers.

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Haryana’s upcoming War Memorial in Ambala Cantt, being built under the guidance of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal will be of National Level. It will showcase the contribution of the people of Haryana and especially Ambala in the War of Independence of 1857.Haryana Chief Secretary, Vijai Vardhan, shared this during a meeting with historians in which he said that the War Memorial should be designed in such a way that the visitors are enlightened about the genesis of war of Independence of 1857 was from Ambala Cantt instead of Meerut. Besides this, the visitors would also be familiarized with the historical folklore and popular costumes and weapons of that era.

The Chief Secretary said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal wants the War Memorial to have such an outlook that the generations can understand the importance of War of Independence of 1857 and the priceless contributions of martyrs and the people of Haryana during that era for years to come. The Chief Secretary said that a lot of people believe that the War of 1857 has its roots in Meerut, however, on the contrary the war had started earlier in Ambala Cantt on 10 May 1857. This can be established by a telegram sent by the British Government on May 10, 1857, which will be displayed at the War Memorial to be built in Ambala Cantt. Several historians also expressed their views regarding the War Memorial on the occasion.

While the historians were sharing the views, the Chief Secretary said that it is relevant to find out as to which folk songs were popular in Haryana during that era and songs that were sung to ignite the feeling of freedom among common people of the state so as to relive that era. Besides this, the pattern of historic roads during that era should be re-created in such a way so that the visitors who would walk on those roads get a feel of that era.

Among other important documents of historic prominence dating back to 1857 are some letters written in Urdu language exchanged between the kings of India during that era. These were presented by the Director of the Haryana Archives Department. The Chief Secretary directed the officer concerned to translate them in both English and Hindi.

Sharing views the historians suggested that the layman will be able to connect with the War Memorial only if authentic information and pictures relating to that era are displayed. He further asked to constitute committees and sub-committees so as to comprehensively discuss the work to be done in different sections of the War Memorial and to further ensure completion of its work at the earliest.

On this occasion Director General of Information and Public Relations Department, Dr. Amit Agarwal, Director Archeology, Government of India, Dr. Sanjay Manjul (present through video conferencing), Head of Department, Kurukshetra University, K.C. Yadav, Chairperson Draupadi Dream Trust, Neera Mishra, Former Head of Department, Ancient History, Kurukshetra University, Arun Kesarwani, Head of Department of Maharishi Dayanand University, Jaiveer Dhankar, Former Head of Department of S.D. College, Ambala Cantt, Udai Veer Singh, In-charge of Museum of Kurukshetra University, Professor Maha Singh Poonia and In-charge of Virasat-e- Khalsa Anandpur Sahib Punjab, Sh. Pushpajit Singh were also present.

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Chandigarh: The budget for year 2021-22 will now be presented in the Punjab Legislative Assembly on 8 March. It was earlier scheduled to be presented on 5 March. This change has happened as per the decision taken during the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly.

The report related to the committee’s meeting was laid on Wednesday by Speaker Rana KP Singh in the House. According to the changed schedule, the budget would now be presented on March 8, instead of 5 and the debate on it would be on March 9 and 10. The debate would conclude on March 10 and the budget will be passed.

Then the House would adjourn sine die after the Legislative Business. Meanwhile, the debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address would end on March 5 with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s reply. CAG reports would also be presented on this day.

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‘Another theatric’, says Dharmendra Pradhan on Rahul’s ‘Emergency a mistake’ remark



A day after Rahul Gandhi said that the Emergency imposed by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was a mistake, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday took to Twitter to slam the Congress leader, terming his remarks as “another theatrical exercise.”

“Accepting that Emergency was a mistake is another theatrical exercise by Rahul Gandhi to fool the nation. Such insincere and tactical regrets can not wash away memories of the dark chapter when fundamental rights were infringed, press was gagged, and the institutions were held hostage,” Pradhan tweeted. “The country has not forgotten how the government of the day had the gumption to tell the Hon’ble Supreme Court that the right to life had been suspended,” he added.

The union minister added that Rahul’s comments were part of a trick by Congress which it uses to come to power after being rejected by people of the country.

Pradhan also asked Rahul Gandhi if he forgot his ordinance-trashing episode and how he shamed and disrespected the then Prime Minister of India.

“Has Rahul forgotten that Late Rajiv Gandhi apologised but justified the Emergency and thereafter attempted gagging the press by bringing ‘Defamation Bill’, curbing civil liberties and seeking to spy on citizens through the Post Office Amendment Bill in 1986?” he further remarked.

The MP from Wayanad, while participating in a webinar organised by US university Cornell on Tuesday, had said that the Emergency imposed in the country in 1975 was wrong.

“There is a fundamental difference between what happened in the Emergency, which was wrong, and what is happening now. Congress party, at no point, attempted to capture India’s constitutional framework. Our design doesn’t allow us that. Even if we want to do it, we can’t,” the Congress leader had added in the interaction with professor Kaushik Basu.

On June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi had announced a national emergency in view of “threats to national security”. During the emergency, opposition leaders were arrested, censorship was imposed and a ban was announced on grassroots organisations which lasted for a period of 21 months.

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