The politics of Chhath Puja continues unabated even as devotees thronged the polluted Yamuna to offer their prayers to the setting sun on Wednesday evening. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continued to accuse the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing politics over the festivities, while the BJP hit back saying that the AAP has not taken any initiative during all these years for water treatment and as a result, the rise of water pollution in Yamuna ghat has increased further. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court dismissed a plea challenging decision to prohibit the devotees from performing Chhath Puja at the banks of the Yamuna river.
During a press conference on Wednesday, chief spokesperson of the AAP, Saurabh Bharadwaj, said that the Delhi government was trying hard to help people celebrate Chhatt Puja, but the BJP consistently attempted to stir up trouble. He also said that the Delhi government built artificial ponds, along with tents, mics, sound systems and so forth since this year’s “Chhatt puja would not be celebrated near the Yamuna River because of the rise of toxicity level”.
During the conference, he said that the BJP was trying to create conflict. But after Dwarka MLA Vinay Mishra of AAP raised an allegation against BJP, the latter refuted the claim. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) lodged an FIR against Dwarka-MLA Vinay Mishra of AAP regarding the building of ghats.
Also, he said that the BJP began claiming that Yamuna river was filled with industrial trash soon before the MCD election, but AAP, on the other hand, had begun to undertake sewage treatment. The capacity of sewage treatment plants (STPs) expanded over the last six years, and the government wanted to boost capacity by 500 MGD by 2022.
However, the BJP said that many party workers took several initiatives to clean the Yamuna. “Currently, we are witnessing toxic foams in Yamuna river. However, the BJP has already taken initiatives to clean up the river,” Sunita, SDMC councillor from Madipur, BJP, told The Daily Guardian.
“Initially, the AAP claimed that the DDMA had prohibited the celebration of festivals due to Covid restrictions; however, due to the rise of toxic foam, the celebrations are not allowed at the moment. For the people of Purvanchal, Chhatt is a big festival, but the AAP is demeaning them by not permitting them to celebrate it. The problem of pollution in Yamuna river is not new, and the AAP is discriminating against Purvanchal residents,” Mahesh Verma, Media Co-Head, Delhi BJP, told this newspaper.
BJP West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma said that despite police barricades, the people had arrived and celebrated the festival at Yamuna Ghat in ITO. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari also reached the Yamuna Ghat in Sonia Vihar to perform the rituals.
The Delhi High Court refused to pass any direction on a petition observing that the petitioners took no steps to approach the respondents even after the list of designated sites in their area was made public. Justice Rekha Palli said that there is no merit in the petition and the petitioners have not pointed out how devotees are entitled to perform Chhath Puja at the banks of Yamuna.
The court noted that that the puja has commenced today and therefore no order for alternative designated sites at this stage can be passed. According to the counsel of the petitioner, authorities concerned have illegally and unreasonably prohibited the devotees from performing Chhat Puja at the banks of the Yamuna river without assigning any reason in their notifications/orders.
The petitioner has sought to quash the impugned orders dated 29 October 2021, and 30 October 2021, and the actionable points for Chhath Puja-2021, whereby and to the extent it was decided that ‘no site shall be designated on the banks of river Yamuna’ being illegal, unreasonable, vague, and the result of arbitrariness. DDMA on October 29 had permitted to perform Chhath puja with imposing certain restrictions including not performing Puja at banks of Yamuna.
The Delhi government told the court that 800 designated sites are created in the national capital for performing puja and there are seven designated sites in the vicinity of the national capital.
The petitioners—Chhath Puja Samaj Sudhar Samiti, Sonia Vihar, and Bihar Mitra Sangathan, Karwal Nagar—said that notifications have caused infringement to their fundamental rights of worship. The petition filed by advocate K.K. Jha and associates said that the environmentalists have claimed that the festival of Chhath is one of the most eco-friendly religious festivals that should be used to spread “the message of nature conservation”.
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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief
On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.
“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.
A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.
“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.
Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.
“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.
According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.
“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.
The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.
For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.
“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.
On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.
The pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, a 3,880-meter-high cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the higher Himalayas, is conducted from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.
Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, 2nd attack in two days
A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in a terror assault in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, and another person was hurt, according to a tweet from the J&K Police, who also noted that the injured person was receiving medical assistance at the nearby hospital. The dead have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhat and his brother Pintu Kumar was hurt, according to the identification.
Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.
“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.
Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of J&K, strongly denounced the attack and expressed his sympathies. It was the most recent in a horrifying string of targeted killings that began in October of last year.
“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident (referring to the death of at least six troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police who died after the bus they were in fell into a riverbed) and a militant attack have left a trail of death and suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally, in which Sunil Kumar was killed and Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences…”
Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”
He said, “I strongly condemn this dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished.”
In less than 24 hours, Kashmir has experienced a second attack on Pandits who are not migrants.
Terrorists injured Karan Kumar Singh when they tossed a grenade at a home in Budgam on Monday, the day the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Singh was taken to a hospital in Srinagar.
Bus carrying 39 ITBP personnel falls into riverbed in Pahalgam, rescue teams rushed
A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .
The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.
Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.
“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.
Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.
Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
However, further details about the incident are awaited.
The battle without the gun
The 5th Generation Warfare is a covert attempt to paralyse a nation and a battle not on the ground but of strategies to discredit and stymie its growth.The well-described Sun Tzu Strategy is unquestionably proving to be a great approach to debilitate the growth of any country, which lists down five agendas, i.e.,win all without fighting; avoid strength, attack weakness; deception and foreknowledge; speed and preparation; shape your opponent; and character-based leadership.
Daniel Abbot defines the 5th Generation Warfare as the war of “information and perception” which calls for tactics like social engineering, misinformation and cyber attacks, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots.
The tactic of psychological manipulation in order to decay the intellect, breach privacy, or fleece the people of a country is what can be called social engineering. In recent times, there have been instances where foreign powers have adopted certain methodologies, including baiting, scareware, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing, to rob the nation.
Deliberately spreading deceptive and misleading information in order to influence actions and the entire persona in long run is a commendable tactic to vanquish the enemy nation. Be it fuelling political agenda or be it triggering extremism, misinformation has a vital role to play.
We need to outsmart the strives of the foreign nations to uproot the culture of our country with subtle poisoning of technology along with Cyber attacks and look beyond petty affairs to see the wider picture.
PM Modi, President Murmu extend greetings on Parsi New Year
On the occasion of Parsi New Year-Navroz Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people.
“Greetings on Parsi New Year. May the coming year be filled with joy, prosperity, and good health. Navroz Mubarak,” PM Modi said.
Earlier in the morning today, President Droupadi Murmu greeted the citizens and wished them to live together in harmony.
Taking to Twitter President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters. The Parsi community has significantly contributed to the development of our nation through their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship. The inclusive culture of India inspires all the citizens to live together in harmony.”
Meanwhile, the Parsi New Year is also known as Navroz and its the beginning of the new Persian calendar. Followed by Zoroastrians Navroz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the calendar. In the Persian language meaning of ‘Nav’ is new and ‘Roz’ means for the day, i.e. the ‘new day’.
Former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh passes away; Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav pays tribute
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav expressed condolences on the demise of former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter Yadav said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former minister cum BJP MLA Shri Subhash Singh Ji from Gopalganj Sadar. Praying to God to give his soul a place at his feet and strength to his family members to bear the loss. Om Shanti.”
Former Bihar minister and BJP leader Subhash Singh passed away on Tuesday morning at AIIMS, Delhi.
Former Bihar Minister Tarkishore Prasad confirmed the news and said, “Heartfelt tributes to the former minister of Bihar government and MLA from Gopalganj, Subhash Singh on his death. May God give peace to his soul and strength to his bereaved family members to bear this loss. His death is an irreparable loss to the politics of Bihar and the BJP. Om Shanti.”
However, in 2015 Subhash Singh was an elected member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Gopalganj.
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