One month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ayodhya’s Ram temple, the construction work of its foundation has started. Nripendra Mishra, chairman of the Temple Construction Committee of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Nyas, was also present in Ayodhya for the occasion.
Heavy excavators, a specialised and state-of-the-art casagrande machine and other equipment have been brought to the site. On Monday, a team of expert engineers from Larsen & Toubro assembled and thoroughly tested the machines. According to the temple trust’s officials, the first phase will involve excavation, digging “wells” into the ground up to a hundred feet deep. It will then be dug to a depth of two hundred feet. A base of pillars will be built for the temple.
An expert associated with the construction committee said that after the excavation of such wells, the pillars, which will be located under the Ram temple, will be built with very strong and inertial strength. There will be 1,200 such pillars. Apart from digging, many other working machines like the robot will be brought from time to time.
The Central Building Research Institute and IIT Chennai have given their reports based on which the construction and design of the Ram temple will begin.
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SCRAP FARM LAWS, TALK TO FARMERS TO FIND WAY FORWARD, PUNJAB CM AMARINDER SINGH TELLS CENTRE
As the nation marked one year of the Farm Laws, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday demanded immediate scrapping of the legislations by the Centre, calling for detailed discussions with the farmers to find a way forward.
Pointing out that many farmers had died in these protests, the Chief Minister said it was high time the Central Government realised its blunder and withdrew the legislations in the interest of the farmers and the nation.
The Chief Minister, wearing a #nofarmers_nofood bade, was inaugurating the 3rd state level virtual Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. The 2-day mela is centered on the theme : ‘KARIE PARALI DI SAMBHAL, DHARTI MAA HOVE KHUSHHAL’, in line with the state government’s focus on eliminating stubble burning.
“Till date, the Indian Constitution has been amended as many as 127 times, so why can it not be amended once again to scrap the Farm Laws and resolve the imbroglio resulting from them,” asked the Chief Minister. “What is the problem in doing it a 128th time,” he demanded to know from the BJP-led government at the Centre.
What was happening with the farmers today was extremely sad, given the immense contribution made by them to India’s development and progress, said Captain Amarinder, calling for immediate revocation of the laws, which he said were detrimental to the interest not just of the agricultural community but the entire country.
Recalling that he had been asked by the Centre to stop Punjab’s farmers from going to Delhi last November, the Chief Minister said he had refused point blank to do so, as protest is the democratic right of farmers. “Why should they not protest? How can I stop them,” he asked, making it clear that he continues to stand with the farmers in their fight against these legislations, with his government continuing to give compensation and jobs to the families of the deceased farmers.
Noting the contribution of Punjab and its farmers to the country’s growth, the Chief Minister said the state, with only 1.53 % of total geographical area of India, produces about 18% of the country’s wheat, 11% paddy, 4.4% cotton and 10% milk. For the past many decades, Punjab has been contributing about 35-40% of wheat and 25-30% of rice to the central pool, he said, expressing pride in the achievements of the state’s farmers.
No passport to government employees in J&K till they get vigilance clearance
The administration in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory on Thursday made the latest vigilance clearance mandatory for obtaining a passport by a government employee.
“The passport to the citizens including Government employees is issued on the basis of verification carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The current system does not contain any mechanism that would help deny the passport to such employees who are either under suspension or facing departmental inquiry or prosecution on account of serious charges,” reads a government circular, a copy of which lies with the ITV Network.
Hitherto, a Government employee was only required to inform his employer for applying for a passport. “Also, the guidelines for obtaining passport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel & Training, GoI in consultation with the Central Vigilance Commission and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and vide Office Memorandum No. F. No. 11012/7/2017- Estt.A-111 dated February, 2020, elaborate instructions have been issued for obtaining fresh vigilance clearance while considering grant of passport to Government employees,” it reads.
The government said Anti Corruption Bureau, J&K has also brought into its notice that the present mechanism for issuance of passport to Government employees without obtaining requisite vigilance clearance results in the issuance of passport to those employees against whom vigilance cases are pending. “Thus, there is an urgent necessity to instruct all the departments to issue the NOC for issuance of passport on the basis of vigilance clearance only.”
Accordingly, the government has impressed upon all the Administrative Departments/Heads of Departments to mandatorily obtain the latest vigilance clearance in respect of an employee applying for obtaining passport in terms of Office Memorandum dated February, 2020 issued by DoPT, GOI, strictly.
MAMATA WILL BE THE FACE IN 2024, NOT RAHUL: TMC
In Trinamool’s internal meeting in Kolkata on Thursday, MP Bandyopadhyay said that it is West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, and not Rahul Gandhi, who is the face of the Opposition against PM Modi.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah had long dreamt of clinching the seat of power in West Bengal. However, the people of the state relied on the ‘daughter of Bengal’ again. As Mamata Banerjee assumed power for the third consecutive time in a row, her eyes are settled on the main epicenter of power in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Mamata is moving from pillar to post in order to look for like-minded people who could join hands with her ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections. As TMC is looking to form a grand alliance, to tackle the BJP juggernaut, the party wants to portray Mamata Banerjee as the main face against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 elections.
The Trinamool has already started bringing the like-minded opposition parties under one umbrella to win the capital. That list includes parties like Congress, NCP, SP, Shiv Sena, UP, DMK. However, the Trinamool wants to establish itself as the main face of the BJP opposition. This is clear from a report published in the Trinamool mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ on Friday.
The title of the report suggested: “Rahul Gandhi could not defeat Modi, Mamata is an alternative face.” According to political analysts, the Trinamool wants to portray Mamata as the main face against Modi, even if there is an alliance with the Congress.
In the TMC’s internal meeting in North Kolkata on Thursday, senior MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that it is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and not Rahul Gandhi, who is the face of opposition against Narendra Modi.
“We are not talking about an alliance without the Congress. I have observed Rahul Gandhi for a long time and he has not developed himself as an alternative to Modi. The entire country wants Mamata so we will keep Mamata’s face and will campaign,” Bandyopadhyay was quoted saying by News 18.
Meanwhile, Adhir Chowdhury, the president of the West Bengal Congress, has strongly opposed this message. In this way, Mamata Banerjee is indirectly strengthening the hand of BJP.
Adhir Chowdhury’s response to the report was: “On the one hand, they are saying that all the opposition parties should be one. Again, without taking the views of the opposition parties, insulting them, without discussing with them, Mamata is writing in her party’s mouthpiece that she wants to be the Prime Minister of India. It is extremely unfortunate. I think the BJP’s hand is indirectly getting stronger by making these things happen. Because, BJP wants to see discord brewing within the opposition. The Chief Minister of Bengal herself is facilitating this. The BJP will benefit in the end. ”
However, in a bid to clear the air, Kunal Ghosh said, “There is no question of disrespecting the Congress or disrespecting Rahul Gandhi, nor is there any alternative to excluding the Congress. That being said, people are not accepting Rahul Gandhi as an alternative face to Narendra Modi. He is not ready yet.”
SIDHU HITS BACK AFTER AAP’S RAGHAV CHADDHA CALLS HIM ‘RAKHI SAWANT OF PUNJAB POLITICS’
NEW DELHI: Hitting back at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Raghav Chadha after the ‘Rakhi Sawant’ jab, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said the former is still descending from the apes and the monkeys.
“They say man descended from the apes and the monkeys, Looking at your mind Raghav Chadha. I believe you are still descending! You still have not answered my question about notifying the Farm Laws by your Government,” tweeted the actor-turned-politician.
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Raghav Chadha on Friday called Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu “the Rakhi Sawant of Punjab politics” after the former cricketer criticised the AAP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over farm laws.
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ATHLETES: HARYANA CM
Haryana stood tall in the Olympics and Paralympics. Reacting to this, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said, “We feel proud that our ‘surmas’ have glorified the name of the state as well as the country.”
He was addressing the Salute Haryana programme organised by iTV Network on Friday evening. Apart from him, Jail and Power Minister Ranjit Singh, Agriculture Minister J.P. Dalal, Assembly Speaker Gyanchand Gupta, Education Minister Kanwar Pal also attended the event.
During the event, Kartikeya Sharma, founder of iTV Network, expressed his gratitude to all the guests. Former Union Minister Vinod Sharma and Ambala Mayor Shaktirani Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Lal said that there is scope for cabinet expansion in Haryana and discussion should also take place on this. There are 12 cabinet ministers present out of 14 and 2 seats are vacant and there has been discussion regarding the same as well.
CM, SPEAKER TO MEET SHAH ON NEW ASSEMBLY BUILDING
Haryana has 40 percent share in the assembly building but the state is getting only 27 percent. When Haryana was separated from Punjab, it was decided that Punjab would get 60 percent and Haryana would get the rest of the share, but this did not happen. Regarding this, Speaker Gyanchand Gupta told in the conversation that Punjab is not fulfilling the duty of being a big brother. The part which belongs to Haryana is not being given.
In such a situation, we have written to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to give land for the construction of a new assembly and also give allowance for the construction of the same.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal has also written a letter to the Centre. It is expected that soon the CM and Speaker will meet Amit Shah regarding the matter. He said that work is also being done in the direction of new eassembly.
FARMERS’ MOVEMENT IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: DALAL
Agriculture Minister JP Dalal also participated in the program, talking about the farmers’ protest he said that it is politically motivated. “The opposition Congress party does not want the movement to end. They are completely against the farmers and are provoking them. All the Jathedars who are sitting on dharna on the border are on dharna at the behest of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder and Congress. Amarinder Singh asked the farmers not to sit on dharna in Punjab, but in Delhi and Haryana,” he added.
JP Dalal also said that it is clear from the statement of the Captain that he is using the farmers for his political gains.
HARYANA HAS ONLY 14% LINE LOSS: RANJIT SINGH
Ranjit Singh spoke on many issues related to his department. He said that new reforms are being adopted continuously in the electricity department. The number of villages where 24 hours electricity is being provided is increasing continuously. The line loss in Haryana is only 14 percent and the department has done a great job even in the time of Covid, due to which the profit has increased. As far as providing job on contract is concerned, this is being done so that the matter of recruitment does not get stuck in any court affair.
He also said that there is continuous improvement in the jails as well. Their facilities for prisoners are being improved and infrastructure is also being strengthened.
SOON INDIA WILL OVERTAKE CHINA: RAJESH JAIN
Rajesh Jain, chairman of LPS Bossord, said that India will soon overtake China in field of industry. Today, the slogan ‘Make in India’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought a new enthusiasm among all the industrialists of the country. This is the reason that today there has been a sudden increase in production in all industrial areas.
Did Sonu Sood violate Foreign Contributions Regulation Act?
Actor Sonu Sood is presently on the Income Tax radar and IT sleuths are searching over 30 premises linked to him, sources said on Friday. A source involved in the search informed ANI that preliminary investigation revealed that the actor has allegedly violated the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and that the searches are still underway.
Certain documents proving that Sonu Sood had violated FCRA norms by receiving foreign funds have been recovered during the searches. “Large amounts of foreign contributions were found to have been spent for other means,” said sources.
Another source said that the IT officials have found a huge amount of tax evasion. “The tax evasion relates to payments from Sonu Sood’s personal finances. Accounts of the Sood Charity Foundation are also being examined,” they said.
Source told ANI that a number of unaccounted receipts have been found. “Documents such as bogus loans and bogus billing have been found and are now in the custody of the Income Tax Department,” they mentioned.
Further, it was informed that proof of circular trading has also been found during the searches. “Chain of documents, which are now in possession of the Income-tax sleuths, shows that money has been routed through different accounts and the real beneficiary is Sonu Sood,” they added.
Sources also informed that the actor has evaded tax by false claim expenditure.Today is the third day of searches on premises linked to the actor by the income tax officials. The searches began on Wednesday. ANI
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