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Karnataka tells SC, it has only prescribed uniforms which are religion neutral

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Karnataka tells SC, it has only prescribed uniforms which are religion neutral

The Karnataka Government, while justifying its decision to prescribe a dress code in the educational institutes, apprised the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it had prescribed uniforms which were religion-neutral.
Representing Karnataka state, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) KM Nataraj said on Wednesday that the state has not banned Hijab but has only prescribed a uniform which is religion-neutral. ASG Nataraj submitted that the state government had neither prohibited nor promoted any religious activity. He was arguing before a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia.
ASG KM Nataraj said all religious rights must be balanced and no one can say that they have an absolute right. Countering the submission of the petitioner, ASG Nataraj said that the matter did not require to be referred to a larger bench as it was a simple case connected with the issue of discipline in educational institutions.
He also said that no person has been discriminated against and all have been treated equally.
Defending the state government’s decision, Karnataka’s Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi submitted before SC the restrictions of Hijab are inside the classroom. Karnataka’s Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi emphasised that there is no restriction on wearing hijab in school transport or even in the school campus.
The Karnataka Advocate General said that ground reality was something which has never happened in Karnataka.

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10 killed as tractor-trolley falls into pond

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Ten people were killed on Monday after a tractor-trolley carrying 46 persons overturned and fell into a pond after skidding off the main road on the Itaunja-Kumhrawan road in Lucknow. The injured were admitted to Itaunja CHC.
Laxmi Singh, IG Lucknow Range, said, “Tractor’s trolley got imbalanced and overturned in a pond in Itaunja when they were going to a temple. SDRF team rushed to the spot. 37 people were rescued and are healthy. Ten people were declared dead at the hospital. “
Suryapal Gangwar, District Magistrate, Lucknow said: “ State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) team are engaged in rescue operations on the spot. The injured have been admitted to Itaunja CHC. “
SDRF teams are on the ground helping in the rescue operations.

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Punjab’s kuharianwali village expands its forest cover

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Punjab’s kuharianwali village expands its forest cover

Kuharianwali village of Fazilka in the district of Punjab has become a trendsetter in expanding its forest cover. As per the data of the Forest Research Institute, Fazilka had only used 1.34% of the forest cover, one of the lowest in the state. To change the numbers in its favour, the District Administration adapted a Japanese technique called the Miyawaki Method to grow a forest at a fast pace.
The villagers open-heartedly welcomed the project named ‘My Village, My forest’ in October last year. The plan was to develop a forest on one acre of unused land in the Kuharianwali village by adopting the Miyawaki method. In just a time span of less than a year, the efforts have borne fruit as the area now has plants like Kachnar, Neem, Arjun, Ashok, Jamun, Guava and others.
Speaking to the The Daily Guardian, a local farmer, Shamsher Singh, said, “The forest is now self-sustainable as plants have gained enough strength. In the initial few months, the trees need attention, but once they grow taller, they are strong enough to sustain. “
The Miyawaki method, which was devised by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1980s, is a technique to create micro-forests over small plots of land. Achieving this goal requires planting a wide variety of plants in a fairly dense manner so that the plot of land has different layers of a forest, such as shrubs and canopies, and not just trees. Plants typically require anywhere between eight to nine months of care before reaching a point where the micro forest becomes self-sustaining.
The project was initiated by Sagar Setia, the then Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) of Fazilka. He was transferred in July this year.
Dr Himanshu Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Fazilka, said that since the project had worked well in Kuharianwali, more sarpanches were approached to replicate the success.
“It was decided that to celebrate 75 years of Indian Independence and Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, 75 such forests would be created by the end October 2022,” said Dr Himanshu Aggarwal.
The work for the coverage of such micro-forests has been completed in 12 villages. The process is underway in another 25 villages, and all 75 villages will see the project kick-off by the end of October. “Panchayats are being persuaded to give a chunk of land for this purpose. Everyone, including Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat officials or the localites, are very excited to have their own grown forests,” said Aggarwal. He shared that they are also constructing pathways inside these forests so that village residents can walk through them.
Last year itself, more than 11 lakh saplings of 23 different varieties were prepared in different nurseries in the villages—this was done with the help of workers under MGNREGA, the rural jobs guarantee scheme. A total of 6,200 plants can be grown on one acre of land, but many panchayats have planted as many as 8,000 as well. At a cost of Rs 5.3 crore, these 75 micro forests would be developed. In other words, the average cost per project is Rs 7 lakh.

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Shah to address public meetings in J&K

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir from 30 September to 2 October, said BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh on Sunday. This will be Shah’s second visit to the Union Territory since the abrogation of Article 370. Last year, in October, the Home Minister visited Kashmir in the wake of rising attacks on minority community members by terrorists in the Valley.
During his visit, Shah will meet intellectuals and prominent personalities and will address two public meetings on 1 October in Rajouri and will also address another rally in Baramullah on 2 October.
“Amit Shah will visit different areas in this visit and this is a special occasion just like a festival as he was the key person to finish the controversial Articles 370 and 35(a) and broke the shackles of Jammu and Kashmir residents to free them from long bondage. SCs, women, Gujjars-Bakkarwals and other communities were empowered after being neglected for 70 years,” said Chugh.
He further said that the Rajouri and Baramullah areas have been neglected for all these years, hence Amit Shah has decided to visit these areas and address the rallies there.
“BJP has tried to politically empower all those who were denied due space for 70 years,” said Chugh.
The BJP leader further said that the Central government led by PM Narendra Modi has ensured the development of Jammu and Kashmir constantly despite Covid-19 and other
difficulties.
“Modi government is committed for “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas” and not only the Vikas of Abdullah and Muftis, Modi government has ensured the development of Jammu and Kashmir constantly despite Covid and other difficulties. Today, Jammu and Kashmir airports are flooded with private airlines. Tourist places like Pahalgam, and religious yatras like Vaishno Mata, and Amarnath are flooded with visitors. Now ‘Pani and Jawani’ of Jammu and Kashmir are being utilised for the development of the region,” he said.

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Delhi HC issues notice to ED on Jain’s plea challenging transfer of his case

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The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on the plea of former Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain challenging the order of transfer of his case and asked the ED to file a reply. The court will hear the matter on Wednesday.
The bench comprising of Justice Yogesh Khanna posted the matter on 28 September, after Additional Solicitor General SV Raju said to argue the case later.
On the other hand, senior advocates N Hariharan and Rahul Mehra submitted that it is an urgent matter.
Hariharan submitted that the hearing on the bail application was going on from August. This transfer order is unwarranted and sends the wrong message to society.
Mehra submitted that the order of the Supreme Court said that the bail matter should be decided in 14 days. This matter should be heard today or tomorrow.
ASG SV Raju said that the notice has not been issued. “I am not available tomorrow, so please keep the matter on Wednesday,” he added.
At this point, Hariharan said, “There is an election on Wednesday. So please keep it for tomorrow.”
Satyendar Jain had on Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking a transfer of his case to another judge.
Jain moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Principal District and Sessions Court order allowing an ED petition to transfer his case to another judge.
The Division Bench of Justice Satish Chander Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad allowed the mentioning and listed the matter for Monday after senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Jain, mentioned the matter to the bench. The move came hours after Rouse Avenue Court transferred the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case of Satyendar Jain to another court on Friday morning, after hearing a petition from the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
On Friday, the Principal District and Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Gupta agreed to transfer the Satyendar Jain money laundering case to another judge and listed the matter afresh for hearing.
According to the order, the case was transferred to Special Judge Vikas Dhull. Earlier, it was heard at length by Special Judge Geetanjali Goel.
Earlier on Thursday, during arguments of ED, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju submitted that there was an attempt to seek medical bail by using false medical reports.
“Satyendar Jain was also the Jail Minister. He spent most of the time in the hospital during judicial custody, the medical report was fake. We gave all the documents to the court, but
nothing happened.

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PM’s efforts made India FIFTH largest economy in the world: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday lauded India’s ranking as the fifth largest economy in the world and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped the country improve its rank.
“India was on 11th position in the world of being the largest economy and When Narendra Modi became the PM and he bought it on 5th position now. Congress had brought it from the 11th to the 12th position. PM Modi has taken India to such a position where any important decision cannot be taken without hearing what India has to say,” said Shah.
He also slammed the Congress and underlined the Gujarat riots during the latter’s ruling days.
“I have seen Gujarat in the time of Congress. So many riots used to take place at that time, and people had to store food grains and vegetables. But the BJP has made Gujarat safe,” he added.
Promising the completion of the talav (lakes) at the earliest, he said, “Shilaj Talav, Sarkhej Talav, decorative grill, compound wall, children’s play area, senior citizen area will be made. I want to promise you that the talav will be ready by January 2024.”
Shah performed the Bhoomi Pujan of the 350-bed Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Gujarat’ Sanand.
He said this hospital would provide excellent health facilities to about 3 lakh workers of the Sanand area as well as benefit about 12 lakh workers and their family members from the region and its adjoining areas, as well as all the villagers of Sanand tehsil.
On the occasion, Shah extended Navratri greetings to the people and said that the hospital would have many modern facilities, including OPD, indoor facilities, X-ray, radiology, laboratory, operation theatre, obstetrics, ICU, and ultrasound.
The Union Minister said that the hospital would be made into a “perfect hospital for all”.Initially, the 350-bed hospital to be built on nine and a half acres will cost Rs 500 crore and the Ministry of Labour has made arrangements with foresight, that it can be made into a hospital of 350 to 500 beds immediately if needed. The Home Minister said that after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister and Bhupendra Yadav became Labour Minister in 2014, the ESIC scheme has become more meaningful and has been moved forward.

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10 people were killed and 37 were evacuated in Lucknow after a tractor-trolley fell into a pond.

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After a tractor-trolley veered off the main road and fell into a pond, 10 people died in Lucknow. A tractor-trolley transporting 47 Sitapur pilgrims crashed into a pond on Monday. In the disaster, 37 other people have been rescued and are being treated in a neighbouring medical facility while 10 people were confirmed dead.


Several ladies, including two teenage girls, were among the dead. The families of the deceased would receive compensation totaling Rs. 4 lakh, according to chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

34 individuals have already been rescued from the pond. On-site rescue efforts are being carried out by a team from the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF). Itaunja CHC has received the injured patients.

Further details are awaited.

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