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PM Modi invites motivational stories for February 28 ‘Mann Ki Baat’

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New Delhi [India], February 15 (ANI): Ahead of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat” later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited people of the country to share their inspiring stories in the field of art, culture and tourism.
“Through inspiring examples, January’s #MannKiBaat highlighted diverse topics ranging from art, culture, tourism and agri innovation. Would love to hear more such motivating anecdotes for the programme in February, which will take place on the 28th,” PM Modi tweeted and shared a link for the people inviting ideas for the next ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
The programme which is held on the last Sunday of every month will take place on February 28 this month.
Prime Minister Modi also shared a toll-free number for people to record their message in either Hindi or English.
“PM Narendra Modi looks forward to sharing his thoughts on themes and issues that matter to you. The Prime Minister invites you to share your ideas on topics he should address on the 74th Episode of Mann Ki Baat,” the Government of India said in a statement.
“Send us your suggestions on the themes or issues you want the Prime Minister to speak about in the upcoming Mann Ki Baat episode. Share your views in this Open Forum or alternatively you can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record your message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English,” the statement added.
Last week, Prime Minister Modi had greeted radio listeners on the occasion of World Radio Day, and called it a “fantastic medium which deepens social connect”.
“Happy World Radio Day! Greetings to all radio listeners and kudos to all those who keep the radio buzzing with innovative content and music. This is a fantastic medium, which deepens social connect. I personally experience the positive impact of radio thanks to #MannKiBaat,” PM Modi tweeted on February 13.
During last month’s Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Modi had appreciated a differently-abled elderly man from Kerala for his contribution towards cleanliness.
PM Modi had said, “I have seen one more news from Kerala which reminds us of our responsibilities. There is a Divyang elderly person in Kerala’s Kottayam, NS Rajappan. He is unable to walk due to paralysis. But his commitment towards cleanliness has not faded.” (ANI)

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JeM terrorist held with grenades in J-K’s Tral

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Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 28 (ANI): A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist was arrested along with grenades from the Tral area of Pulwama district on Sunday.
According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, the arrested person identified as Muzamil Qadir Bhat, a resident of Larow Jageer area of Tral.
He is an overground worker (OGW) of the JeM.
Further information is awaited. (ANI)

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G-23 took off Gandhi topi, wore saffron turban, says Anil Vij

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Chandigarh (Haryana) [India], February 28 (ANI): Amidst the internal political turmoil within the Congress party, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij took a dig at G-23 leaders from the Congress party, stating that the group of dissenting leaders took off Gandhi ‘topi’ and wore a saffron turban.
“I am pleased to see that the groups of 23 dissenting leaders of Congress took off Gandhi topi (cap) and wore a saffron turban instead. Rahul Gandhi is trying to find pearls for them by leaping into the sea. What more he can do for them,” said Vij.
This comes after senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma on Saturday had stated that the G-23 are seeing the Congress party “getting weaker” and are raising their voice for the betterment of the party.
“The truth is that we see the Congress party getting weak. That is why we have gathered here. We had gathered together earlier too and we have to strengthen the party together,” Sibal had said at the ‘Shanti Sammelan’ event in Jammu on Saturday.
Anand Sharma who addressed the ‘Shanti Sammelan’ said that “Congress has weakened in the last decade.”
Sibal and Sharma along with former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raj Babbar, and Vivek Tankha are among other Congress leaders who were present at the event organised by former Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Azad is the senior-most member among the 23 leaders, who had expressed dissent with the functioning of the Congress party and had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi in August last year.
Soon after the senior Congress leaders claimed that the party “getting weaker”, Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi had expressed displeasure saying it would have been better if the leaders helped the party in the upcoming Assembly elections in four states and Puducherry.
“It would have been better if they helped Congress in five states which are going to polls. They are respected leaders, we respect them. One of the leaders spoke the term ‘used’. The one who has used the term does not know the legacy of Congress,” Singhvi had said. (ANI)

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Himachal CM inaugurates projects worth Rs 29 cr in Doon Vidhan Sabha

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], February 28 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday laid the foundation stone to various projects worth about Rs 29 crore in Doon Vidhan Sabha area of Solan district in the state.
While inaugurating the projects, the Chief Minister said, “An amount of over Rs 203 crores have already been spent on various developmental projects in the Doon Vidhan Sabha area in the last three years.”
He also directed the officers to ensure time-bound completion of all the developmental projects inaugurated by him today.
Thakur took the occasion to highlight the government’s efforts taken for the development of the state and the people.
“Soon after assuming office, the very first decision of the State Cabinet was to lower the age limit for availing old age pension without any income limit from 80 years to 70 years,” Thakur said.
“The second decision made in the cabinet was to establish cow sanctuaries in the state so that cows were not left stray. The decision was also taken to levy cess of Rs 2 per bottle of liquor to provide financial assistance to construct Gau Sadans and Cow sanctuaries in the State,” he said.
Thakur thanked the people in the state to give their massive support and cooperation to the present State Government during the last three years.
“The BJP-led present government in the state successfully brought back home about 2.50 lakh people of the State stranded in different parts of the country during the lockdown,” Thakur said.
He said that efforts would be made to open a primary health centre at Manpura and ugradation of High School Jharmajri to Senior Secondary School.
Thakur laid foundation stone of Community Health Centre at Barotiwala to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore, four laning of Sun City road from Baddi entry point bridge to Petrol Pump near SP Office to be built at a cost of Rs 4 crores. (ANI)

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Delhi: 2 held in Adarsh Nagar snatching, murder case

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Sunday arrested two persons in connection with a case where a woman was allegedly stabbed to death by a chain snatcher while resisting the robbery.
According to the police, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up to probe the case.
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. (ANI)

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Registration for next phase of COVID-19 vaccination on Co-WIN 2.0 to begin tomorrow

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): The next phase of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive for the age-appropriate population groups will commence from Monday onwards.
Registration will open at 9:00 am tomorrow and citizens will be able to register and book, and appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu etc, according to an official release.
This information was shared during the orientation workshop organised by the Union Health Ministry and the National Health Authority (NHA) for the 10,000 private hospitals under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Government’s Health Insurance Schemes, on Co-WIN2.0.
The private empanelled COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA).
The participants were explained that all citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 60 years or more as on January 1, 2022 are eligible to register, in addition to all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of, 45 years to 59 years as on January 1, 2022, and have any of the specified 20 comorbidities.
There will be only one live appointment for a beneficiary at any point of time for each dose. Appointments for any date for a COVID vaccination centre will be closed at 3:00 pm on that day for which the slots were opened.
“For example, for March 1, the slots will be open from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm on March 1, and the appointments can be booked anytime before that, subject to availability. However, on 1st March an appointment can also be booked for any future date for which vaccination slots are available. A slot for second dose will also be booked at the same COVID Vaccination Centre on 29th day of the date of appointment of the 1st dose. If a beneficiary cancels a first dose appointment, then appointment of both doses will be cancelled,” the GoI release said.
The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step by step process. With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number, the release added.
The Photo ID Card Number for each such beneficiary must be different. The photo identity documents, which can be used by citizens for availing of online registration includes Aadhar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card and Pension Document with a photograph.
A User Guide for the Citizen Registration and Appointment for Vaccination has also been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA). A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority. These can be accessed online on the health ministry website.
It was also explained that the Central Government shall procure all the vaccines and supply them free of cost to the States and UTs who in turn will disburse them further to the Government and Private COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
It was re-iterated that all vaccines provided to beneficiaries at the Government Health Facilities will be entirely free of cost, while Private Facilities cannot charge the beneficiary a sum above Rs. 250 per person per dose (Rs 150/- for vaccines and Rs 100/- as operational charges). Private Hospitals are to remit the cost of vaccine doses allotted to them in a designated account of the National Health Authority (NHA). The payment gateway for the same is being enabled by NHA on their website.
The government has supplied two COVID-19 vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, free of cost to the States/UTs to vaccinate Health Care Workers (HCWs) and Front Line Workers (FLWs) and will also be able to cover the next priority group i.e. 60 years plus age group and the age group of 45 to 59 years suffering from Pre-Specified Co-Morbidities.
The States have been requested to operationalise the linkages between the COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (CVCs) (both government and private empanelled facilities) with the nearest cold chain points for ensuring smooth vaccine delivery to COVID vaccination centres (CVCs). (ANI)

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2 held in Andhra’s Krishna for robbing house in Telangana

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Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 28 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh police on Sunday arrested two persons who allegedly robbed a house in Wyra town of Telangana’s Khammam.
The arrested have been identified as Dinesh Singh and Infaq Mohammad are residents of Rajasthan’s Barmer.
“Dinesh Singh (33), and Infaq Mohammad (24) are from the Barmer district of Rajasthan. They had robbed a house in the Dwaraka Nagar area of Wyra town in Khammam (in Telangana) on February 26, 2021,” Nandigama Inspector, P Kanakarao, told ANI in a telephonic conversation.
“They had beaten an old man in the house and robbed Rs 35,65,650 cash and gold and silver articles worth more than Rs 5 lakhs. A case was registered at Wyra police station,” he added.
Based on the information, Krishna’s Nandigama police started checking vehicles at Jonnalagadda checkpoint on Sunday morning.
“They caught the robbers in an auto with the stolen items. Nandigama police detained the accused and seized the properties recovered,” Kanakarao said.
Later, the Andhra Pradesh police handed over the robbers and seized items to Wyra police of Telangana. (ANI)

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