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Only farmers can bring winds of change in country: Rajnath

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New Delhi [India], February 11 (ANI): Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he understands the difficulties of farmers and believes only they can bring winds of change in the country.
“I am a farmer myself and understand their difficulties. Only farmers can bring winds of change in the country. Therefore, the empowerment, self-reliance and prosperity of our farmers is the prosperity of our country,” he said addressing ‘Jal Abhishekam’ program in Bhopal via video conferencing.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was present at the inauguration of the program while Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended it via video conferencing.

Singh also said that an atmosphere of confusion was created in the country. “An atmosphere of confusion was created in the country saying that Mandi system, Minimum Support Price system would be finished and the land of the farmers would be mortgaged.”
“Last year, three agricultural laws were passed to give farmers the right to get a fair price for their crop and to sell their produce anywhere,” he added.

He mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up a pledge in 2017 that by 2022, the income of the farmers will be doubled. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a pledge in front of the countrymen in 2017 itself that by 2022, we will double the income of farmers. This was not an ordinary but an extraordinary resolve,” Singh said.
“Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister have also stated in the Parliament that the MSP was there and will always remain, the mandi system will also be maintained. The government is open to talking about these agricultural laws and is ready to amend them if required,” he added.
He also stated that Madhya Pradesh has been at the forefront of the agriculture infrastructure with the formation of ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi Mission’ and with its continuous efforts, the state has given more than two crore farmers over Rs 46,000 crore through various schemes in last eight months. (ANI)

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He proudly calls himself ‘chaiwala’, doesn’t hide true self: Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 28 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hails from a village in Jammu and Kashmir and served three years as Chief Minister, drew parallels between himself and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that he has not forgotten his roots and proudly calls himself a “chaiwala” as well as he does not hide his true self.
Speaking at a public event in Jammu, Ghulam Nabi said, “I like a lot of things about many leaders. I am from the village and feel proud… Even our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) hails from the village and used to sell tea. We are political rivals but I appreciate that he does not hide his true self.”
“I have travelled the whole world. I have stayed in 5-star and 7-star hotels. But the scent of the people who belong to my village is unmatched,” the Congress leader said after he was felicitated with the ‘Sher-e-Gurjar award’ by Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust.
Earlier this month, Azad, who served as Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha, retired from the House. An emotional Prime Minister Modi bid adieu to him by recalling his long association with the senior leader.
“The person who will replace Ghulam Nabi ji (as Leader of Opposition) will have difficulty matching his work because he was not only concerned about his party but also about the country and the House,” PM Modi had said.
On Saturday, the groups of 23 dissenting leaders of Congress, including Azad, who has been calling for leadership and organisational change in the Congress, had said the party “getting weaker” and are raising their voice for the betterment of the party.
Senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma were also present. (ANI)

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Delhi logs 197 new COVID-19 cases, 168 recoveries

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Delhi reported 197 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative count of cases in Delhi to 6,39,289.
According to the Delhi government, the total number of recoveries in the national capital rose to 6,27,044 with 168 new recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Witnessing one new fatality in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s COVID-19 death toll reached 10,910.
At present, Delhi has a total of 1,335 active cases.
The national capital currently has a cumulative positivity rate of 5.16 per cent.
As many as 16,752 new COVID-19 cases and 113 deaths were reported in India during the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday.
With this, the total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,10,96,731, including 1,64,511 active cases, 1,07,75,169 discharges, along with 1,57,051 deaths. (ANI)

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Centre turned farming, education, healthcare into financial commodities: Rahul Gandhi

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Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 28 (ANI): In a renewed attack on the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that the Government of India has turned noble professions like farming, education and healthcare into financial commodities.
During an interaction titled ‘Educators Meet’ at Tirunelveli’s St Xavier College, Gandhi said, “I personally do not believe that education is a financial commodity. I believe that education should be available to everyone.”
Gandhi, who is touring Tamil Nadu for the second day as part of his campaign for the April 6 assembly polls, hit out at the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led union government and said, “It is duty of a nation to give education and healthcare to its people. What is happening here is that everything is being seen as a financial commodity,” he remarked.
“Agriculture is being seen as a financial commodity, education is being seen as a financial commodity, healthcare is being seen as a financial commodity. Basically, if you have money, you can get anything. If you do not have money, you get nothing,” the Congress leader said.
Gandhi also took to Twitter to slam the Central government.
“GOI has turned noble professions like farming, education & healthcare into financial commodities for the benefit of a few cronies. We’re fighting this without any anger, hatred or violence. And non-violence always wins,” he tweeted.
This comes ahead of the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will take place on May 2.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is contesting the polls in a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). MK Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has joined hands with the Congress party.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan’s party Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) is also in the fray this time. (ANI)
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JKSSB conducts Phase 1 of examination for Class IV posts

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Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 28 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) on Saturday conducted the phase first of objective type written examination for the Class IV posts across the Union Territory.
The examination took place from 12 pm to 2 pm.
Huge gatherings of youth were seen on the first day of examination at different centres in the Rajouri district. All types of arrangements were in place for the smooth conduction of the examination.
“Every job seeker wants a government job. They want to serve in the government sector. There is obvious enthusiasm in the job seekers and parents as well,” Arif Lone, an observer at Government Boys Higher Secondary school examination centre.
“All the COVID-19 protocols have been properly followed and all the teams are meticulously executing their job. We are maintaining total transparency in the examination. The screening system is very strict. Only meritorious aspirants will come out successfully,” he added.
Shafiq Ahmed, Centre Superintendent at Government Boys Higher Secondary school examination centre said the administration has made sure there is no problem with water, electricity, and invigilators at the examination centres.
“Observers, District Magistrate, nodal officer, all teams were there. I would particularly like to thank the district administration for the way they ensured we didn’t have any problem,” he added. (ANI)

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Delhi Police identifies two persons involved in Adarsh Nagar snatching, murder case

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Delhi Police on Sunday identified two persons allegedly involved in Adarsh Nagar case where a woman was stabbed to death by a chain snatcher while resisting the robbery.
Earlier today, the DCP of Northwest Usha Rangnani had informed that ten police teams have been constituted to probe the case.
A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a snatcher for resisting a robbery bid in the Adarsh Nagar area of the national capital, police said.
The woman was stabbed to death in north-west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar while trying to resist a snatching bid. She was coming home from a market and was holding her child when the incident occurred.
An FIR has been registered, but no arrest has been made till now. Further investigation of the case is underway, the police said.
This is the second stabbing incident in the last two days.
A 17-year-old boy was admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre on Friday after being beaten up and stabbed by three boys in the Kalkaji area when he objected to them following his sister and passing indecent remarks. Five persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. (ANI)

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Army recruitment racket busted in Pune, 3 including two ex-army personnel held

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Pune (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Three persons including two ex-army personnel have been arrested for allegedly running an Army recruitment racket in Pune, police said.
In a joint operation on Sunday, officials of Military Intelligence of Indian Army and Crime branch unit of Pune city police have busted the racket in Pune who allegedly promised to leak question papers of Indian Army relation recruitment.
Three accused including two ex-army personnel namely Ali Akhtar and Mahendra Sonavane were arrested by police in the case. The third accused has been identified as Azad Khan.
According to a complaint received by the police, the accused were about to leak the exam papers of the Indian Army Relation recruitment exam being held in Pune on Sunday.
The police said that the accused had promised recruitment in the Army to those appearing for exams and had asked them to pay Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 3 lakhs for leaked paper.
The Pune Police said that some candidates had already paid Rs 1 lakh as an advance amount and the remaining Rs 1 lakh was supposed to be paid after the recruitment.
According to the Police, the ex-army men were running the recruitment racket while Azad Khan who was working as a civil defence cook at the Bombay Sappers Unit of the Indian army was coordinating with them.
A case has been registered against all three accused under relevant sections and further investigation is underway. (ANI)

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