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Kiran Bedi was creating problems by interfering in administration: Puducherry CM

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Puducherry [India], February 17 (ANI): Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday said that Kiran Bedi who was removed from the post of lieutenant governor had been creating problems with her interference in the day-to-day administration of the Union Territory (UT).
“The last four years were turbulent for our government. Kiran Bedi had been creating problems with her interference in day-to-day administration and her unconstitutional behaviour. Our constant efforts against her actions have paid off. “
He further said that People supported secular parties in Puducherry and communal elements are not allowed to function in the UT.
The chief minister further said that Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has been poaching his party’s MLAs in order to topple his government in the union territory.
“BJP has been poaching our MLAs in order to topple our government. The resignation of three MLAs has already been accepted till now. People know about the BJP’s game plan, they will give them befitting reply in the election,” Narayanasamy said.
Speaking to ANI yesterday, Narayanasamy said Bedi was removed due to pressure from the Congress, which was vehemently protesting against her for “hampering” the growth of Puducherry.
“We have been battling against Kiran Bedi for the last two years. We wanted her to be removed for unconstitutional behaviour, interfering in the day-to-day activities of the administration, ignoring the elected government and not following rules and procedures. We launched several agitations against her. We also organised signature campaigns for her removal,” Narayanasamy said.
The Chief Minister also accused Bedi of blocking the welfare schemes in the Union Territory.
“Due to pressure from us, the Government of India has removed Bedi. This is a great victory for the people of
Puducherry. She blocked the welfare schemes. However, the rights of the Puducherry people have been saved today. Now, Puducherry will teach a lesson to BJP,” he added. On Tuesday, Bedi was removed from the Lieutenant Governorship of the poll bound-union territory by President Ram Nath Kovnd.
Bedi and Narayansamy had been at loggerheads over several issues.
Puducherry is scheduled to go to polls later this year. (ANI)

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Delhi court to pronounce judgment in case related to Batla House encounter tomorrow

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): A Delhi Court will pronounce its judgment in a matter related to the 2008 Batla House encounter on Monday.
The court will pass judgment in the case of Ariz Khan, who was arrested in February 2018. Khan was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police after a decade of allegedly being on the run.
According to Delhi Police, Ariz Khan was at the spot during the Batla encounter but managed to escape.
Saket Court’s additional session judge Sandeep Yadav is scheduled to pass judgment on Monday. On the last date of hearing, the judge had issued a production warrant against Ariz Khan alias Junaid for his presence during the passing of judgment.
Additional public prosecutor AT Ansari represented the Delhi Police and advocate MS Khan represented the accused Ariz Khan during trial proceedings. Ariz is allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Police had earlier claimed that Ariz Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008, in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and as many arrested.
Two suspected terrorists, Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid, were killed while two other suspects– Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan were arrested earlier.
The incident took place a week after five serial blasts occurred in Delhi on 13 September 2008 in which at least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.
Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Special Cell was killed during the 2008 Batla House encounter.
A trial court in July 2013 had sentenced Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Ahmed to life imprisonment in connection with the Batla House encounter case. His appeal against the trial court’s verdict has been pending in the high court. (ANI)

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CITU to protest in Himachal on March 9 over appointment of Anganwadi workers

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], March 7 (ANI): The Himachal Pradesh committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will hold a statewide strike on March 9 for the appointment of Anganwadi workers in the pre-primary classes.
The state committee of CITU concerned to All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) has sent a strike notice to the Director of Women and Child Development Department, regarding the protest in front of the state Assembly, according to the statement.
Union President Neelam Jaswal, General Secretary Veena Devi, and other members have warned the central and state government that if the government will not issue orders to appoint Anganwadi workers for the pre-primary classes, then the Anganwadi workers will stage a strike on March 9 and close all the Anganwadi centres in the state.
CITU’s Himachal committee called for the withdrawal of the new education policy as it is not only anti-student but also anti-ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services). “The new education policy has a hidden agenda of privatization of the ICDS. Due to this, Anganwadi workers will have to lose their jobs in future,” said the union.
The union has demanded regularization of Anganwadi workers as per the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labor Conference held in 2013. They have also demanded that Anganwadi workers should be given salaries and other facilities on the lines of Haryana.
As per the statement, the demands include the implementation of a pension of three thousand rupees, a gratuity of Rs 2 lakh, medical and holiday facilities for Anganwadi workers along with the demand to increase the retirement age of personnel to 65 years.
The committee also demanded to immediately pay the dues of the work done under the National Rural Health Mission for the year 2013 to Anganwadi workers.
They further demanded that under the pre-primary classes and the new education policy, the responsibility of teaching young children should be given only to the Anganwadi workers as they are highly trained workers and hence their regular appointment should be made and their salary also should be increased. (ANI)

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South western railway safety commissioner inspects electrified railway line between Periyanaganthunai and Rayakottai

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 7 (ANI): Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) Abhai Kumar Rai on Sunday conducted a statutory inspection and speed trial of the newly electrified railway line between Periyanaganthunai and Rayakottai railway stations of the Bengaluru Division in South Western Railway.
The distance between Periyanaganthunai and Rayakottai railway stations is 47 Route kilometers (Rkms).
“This will facilitate faster running of trains including suburban trains in the section of Bengaluru division,” read a statement by South Western Railway.
There will be 14 power line crossings and 8 level crossings (Four interlocked and four non-interlocked) between Periyanaganthunai – Rayakottai.
Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division was also present during the inspection and trial run. Manoj Mahajan, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, South Western Railway, Dinesh Jain, General Manager (Electrical) Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), and other senior officers were present on the occasion. (ANI)

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21-yr-old woman sarpanch toils hard to bring change in Naxal stronghold Gadchiroli

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Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India], March 7 (ANI): A 21-year-old woman sarpanch is strengthening the voice of democracy in Maharashtra’s Naxal stronghold Gadchiroli by working day and night to bring about change in the tribal villages.
She drives through the kutcha roads along the forests on a bike to reach out to the villagers and communicate with them.
21-year-old Bhagyashree Lekami is the sarpanch of Koti village located in Bhamragad Tehsil of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. The Koti village is situated on the border of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, very near to the densely forested and mountainous Naxal dominated area of Abujmarh, at a distance of 2,000 km from Maharashtra’s capital city Mumbai.
Speaking to ANI, Bhagyashree said, “Our village is at a distance of 2,000 km from Mumbai. Even the government cannot reach here. This is why the government cannot understand the problems of our village. To change the situation of the village, people of the village will have to come forward. Therefore, I decided to become a sarpanch.”
For two years, no sarpanch was elected to the Koti Grampanchayat comprising nine villages. Due to the fear of the Naxals, people neither file nominations nor cast votes.
But in 2019, the people of the village exercised their democratic right and voted to elect 21-year-old educated Bhagyashree Lekami as the sarpanch.
Lekami was just like every other student in the village who dreamt of moving to a big city to make a career but as soon as she was elected as the sarpanch she decided to stay back in the village and work for resolving the problems of the villagers.
As of now, Bhagyashree has completed two years of her tenure as the sarpanch. In these two years the village has witnessed significant changes including construction of pucca roads and water supply.
Bhagyashree wants to make her village number one.
“But I do not want to hurt the traditional identity of the village while developing. Whatever work I will do, it will definitely change the picture of the village, but the village will retain its importance”, said the young sarpanch of the Koti Grampanchayat.
The biggest problem the village is facing is unemployment and lack of medical facilities, for which the sarpanch is working day and night.
Meanwhile, women’s health and menstruation related diseases have been placed on top priority on Bhagyashree’s agenda. The sarpanch has already started working in this direction by making sanitary pads available to the women of the village from government funds.
To travel to the nine villages falling under the Koti Gramanchayat, one needs to cover the distance through kutcha roads. Some villages can only be reached through the river, either by walking in the water or through a boat.
All these villages have in the past witnessed Naxal violence including encounters, IED blasts, attacks on the police. Despite all these factors, Bhagyashree makes sure that she travels to all the nine villages on a bike and communicate with the villagers.
“I was born and brought up in this village. All the people have seen me since childhood. This is the reason why people give me love and respect and tell me their problems without any hesitation. They also hear what I say and never consider me weak as a woman. I also work neck and neck with my male comrades, added the sarpanch. (ANI)

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TDP chief accuses YSRCP of luring voters with money

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Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 7 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National President N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday slammed YSRCP for allegedly luring the voters with money.
Naidu, while campaigning in Vijayawada for the upcoming Municipal Corporation polls, hit out at the Jagan Mohan-led party and said, “Village and ward volunteers of YSRCP are trying to lure voters with money.”
The TDP leader also alleged the YSRCP-led state government of misusing the police to threaten its rivals.
“Jagan’s regime is full of chaos and anarchy. Corruption became rampant in Jagan’s rule. Entire state is destroyed in Jagan rule. There is no development in any part of the state,” he said.
“The tax slabs of property tax, water tax etc are being increased from coming April,” Naidu said.
The TDP chief also remarked that it is high time to teach lesson for YSRCP and urged people to vote for TDP and ally Communist Party of India (CPI) candidates in the municipal elections.
CPI state secretary K Ramakrishna and other TDP leaders participated in the campaign. CPI is in alliance with TDP in the municipal elections which will be held on March 10 across the state. (ANI)

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Goa Congress says Centre’s new OCI notification will ‘finish Goans working abroad’

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Panjim (Goa) [India], March 7 (ANI): In a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar on Sunday said the ‘draconian Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)’ notification issued by the Union Home Ministry will ‘finish the hard working Goans abroad’.
Addressing a press conference here, Chodankar said that since coming to power, the ruling BJP government in the state “is all out to sell Goa to crony capitalists friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the three linear projects, Railway Double Tracking and Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP).”
The Congress leader said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) notification issued on March 4 dramatically altered the status of OCIs (including Non-Resident Goans).
“The notification issued under Section 7B of the Citizenship Act, 1955, supersedes three earlier notifications issued during the UPA Government’s time and laid down the rights of the OCIs. The new notification humiliates and illegally classifies OCIs as “foreign nationals” and introduces a series of new restrictions that dramatically curtails the rights and liberties of OCIs of India,” said Chodankar.

He alleged that the Central government is working on the behest of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and implementing their ideologies to create more troubles for people.
“They together want to sell Goa to crony capitalist friends of PM Modi,” the Congress leader claimed.
Further attacking Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led government in the state, he said “Goa government is not able to give jobs to the people of this state, hence our youths find jobs overseas. This new notification will disconnect them with Goa and also will create hurdles to send money, by creating a wall of bureaucracy, to their families. Hence this notification should be immediately withdrawn as it will further collapse the economy.”
Chodankar further claimed that non-resident Goans abroad will now not be able to send money to their families in India without having to go through the hardships of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) regulations.
“Goan OCIs, especially those with Portuguese passports, will not be able to participate in religious activities such as organizing feasts and donating to temples, churches, mosques and gurudwaras in Goa,” he said.
“I want to remind the BJP Government that the OCI privileges were a gift and a right extended to the Goans overseas from Indian National Congress. Congress Party had implemented the concept not to just give people of Indian origin with foreign national citizenship a right-filled pass to participate in the future of their country of origin but was the first experimental step towards dual citizenship where people like Goans with Portuguese passports would be able to vote in elections in India,” he added.
He further claimed that after the new notification, children of OCIs will not be able to study in India at par with other Indian citizens.
“Goans children residing abroad wishing to study in IITs, IIMs, AIIMS will not be able to do so anymore, claimed Girish Chodankar… This bill does not just deny people of Indian origin living abroad their lifelong wish of dual citizenship, it severs the legal and emotional link they have to their motherland,” he said. (ANI)

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