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Stop politicising Ram Temple drive for political mileage: Champat Rai to Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy

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By Pragya Kaushika
New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): Shri Ramjanmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust’s General Secretary, Champat Rai, alleged that the opposition leaders are politicising the ‘Samarpan Nidhi’ drive for Ram Temple in Ayodhya for political mileage.
This comes as Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy alleged that households not contributing to the Ram Mandir collection drive were being marked and described his claim as “Nazi tactics”.
“Volunteers collecting money for Ram Temple construction write down the name of households that do not donate. I do not know why they are marking the houses… RSS is doing what the Nazis did in Germany,” Kumaraswamy said.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah said, “If they come to me for funds, then I will not give donations for the disputed Ram temple in Ayodhya. I will donate to the Ram temple being built somewhere else. Even though the matter has been settled, the dispute will always remain,”
Responding to the statements by two former chief ministers of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy, Rai said, “he has sympathies for the narrow-minded opposition leaders.”
“Donate for your village. And if you do not want to donate then who is upset with you for not donating? Can we ask everyone in this country? What is the need to made this statement? He wants publicity and wants to see his name in the paper,” he added.
“We have heard these allegations of (being Nazis) since childhood. He is responding late to these remarks. If he has seen any markings, he should clean that up with a wet cloth. I have sympathies for him. These are low-level thinking and narrow-mindedness,” said Rai.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader also added that he won’t be able to put a number to the amount collected for Ram temple construction as banks are taking time to clear cheques.
“We are getting delayed replies from the bank. It is taking more than eight days to clear cheques. Will anyone believe it? But this is the fact and I have got the list. But everyone is working honestly. I have been. To say how much we have collected is just an estimate,” said the leader.
The VHP functionary said that there have been 15 odd cases of digital fraud and have been reported.
“If I accept this, from April and May, I have registered 4 to 5 FIRs. This happened in Ayodhya. I forgave that boy as his future would have been destroyed. In Bilaspur, govt of Chhattisgarh took ‘suo moto’ action on one such complaint. But these are a handful we have received,” said Rai.
He also spoke of a complaint made on Jan 30 against a fake website.
“They had our code, they just skipped one from the code. We made the complaint,” he added.
The VHP is currently undertaking a drive along with other affiliates of RSS to source funds from 19 crores families across the country. The drive is coming to an end on February 27. (ANI)

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Nagarkurnool (Telangana) [India], March 2 (ANI): A fire broke out in forest near Domalapenta in Nagarkurnool district on Monday night.
Speaking to ANI, District Forest Officer Krishna Goud said no casualties were reported in the incident.
“Forest officials received the information about the fire at around 11.30 PM after which two teams comprising of 10 firefighters reached the spot immediately. The fire was extinguished with the help of blowers and the dousing operation was completed by 2.30 AM. As it is mere grass that caught fire, so loss was reported,” he said. (ANI)

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Gujarat local body polls: Early lead for BJP, counting underway

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Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], March 2 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 73 constituencies while Congress ahead in 11 seats as the couting of votes for Gujarat local body election is underway.
As per the latest trends, out of 231 taluka panchayats in the state, the BJP is leading in 73, Congress in 11 and others in 3.
Out of 31 district panchayats, the BJP is leading in 28. In 81 municipalities, BJP leading in 60, Congress in 6 and others in 1.
Polling in 31 district panchayats, 231 taluka panchayats and 81 municipalities of Gujarat and by-elections of 23 municipalities and 3 taluka panchayats were held on Sunday.
The average turnout in taluka panchayats was 66.84 per cent.
Out of 4,715 seats in 231 taluka panchayats in 2015, Congress got 2555, BJP got 2019 and 141 others.
In 2015, due to the Patidar movement, the BJP’s tally was hit. In 4,715 seats of 231 taluka panchayats, 111 seats of BJP, 5 seats of Congress and 1 seat of others have been declared uncontested. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): While observing that capacity of major Indian ports increased to 1550 million tonnes annually now from 870 million tonnes per annum in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the government aims to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.
“Our government is investing in waterways in a way that was never seen before. Domestic waterways are found to be cost effective and environment friendly way for transporting freight. We aim to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030,” PM Modi said in his inaugural at Maritime India Summit 2021.
“India has as many as 189 lighthouses across its vast coastline. We have drawn up a programme for developing tourism in the land adjacent to 78 lighthouses. The key objective of this initiative is to enhance development of the existing lighthouses and its surrounding areas into unique maritime tourism landmarks,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that the capacity of major ports which was around 870 million tonnes per annum in 2014, has increased to around 1550 million tonnes annually now.
“This productivity gain not only helps our ports but also boost the overall economy by making our products more competitive,” he said.
“The Government of India is also focusing on the domestic ship building and ship repair market. To encourage domestic shipbuilding we approved the Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for Indian Shipyards,” he added.
Inviting world to invest in Indian maritime sector, PM Modi said, “India’s long coastline awaits you. India’s hardworking people await you. Invest in our ports. Invest in our people. Let India be your preferred trade destination. Let Indian ports be your port of call for trade and commerce.”
During the event, Prime Minister Narendra launched the Sagar Manthan- Mercantile Maritime Domain Awareness Centre and e-book of maritime vision 2030, which is aiming to make the Indian maritime insutry at par with the top global benchmark in the next 10 years.
The Maritime India Summit 2021 is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on a virtual platform www.maritimeindiasummit.in from March 2 to March 4 via video conferencing. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Various Urdu publications in their Tuesday editions gave prominent coverage to Covid-19 vaccination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as soon the second phase of inoculation began on Monday.
The publications have also reported the hike in price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders. They also reported that Chinese hacker groups may have targeted India’s power grid system and caused a disruption in power supply.
Rashtriya Sahara: The newspaper leads with the news of the Covid-19 vaccination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers of the Central government on Monday.
Vaccination will be conducted in more than 12 thousand government and private hospitals. The state of Bihar will provide free vaccination to its citizens in private hospitals also. In the second phase of the vaccination drive 27 crores will be inoculated, it reported.
It also reported a hike in fare price of LPG cylinders and stated “No relief from inflation, LPG is again expensive.”
The newspaper has also featured the report that Chinese state-sponsored actors have deployed malware into Indian power grids during the ongoing tension at the border between India and China.
Inquilab: The newspaper has given importance to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s speech against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It reported that the Congress leader said that leaders of the BJP speak about the Citizenship Amendment Act in other parts of the country, they do not have the courage to do so in Assam.
The newspaper has reported on a plea in the Supreme Court which seeks a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to register an FIR (First Information Report) into the alleged chanting of religious slogans during electioneering in West Bengal.
The newspaper has also reported Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait’s statement against the Central government.
Tikait said farmers will not step back till a solution is found. “The farmer is also ready. He will look after his crop as well as the agitation. Let the government hold talks when it has the time,” he said. (ANI)

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 2 (ANI): Protesting fuel price hike Kerala Motor Vyavasaya Samrakshana Samiti has called for a 12-hour strike on Tuesday.
Trade unions and employers organisations informed about the strike in a joint press meet on February 23.
While the protesters did not prevent the movement of private vehicles, the state-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) plied on road. However, only a few KSRTC buses were seen plying with a few passengers. In Kochi, the metro services were operating as usual.
In view of the strike, exams scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed by the Kerala University, APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, MG University, Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kannur University, Cochin University of Science and Technology till further notice, informed the Public Relations Officers (PROs) team of the university.
Board of Higher Secondary Examinations informed that Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary model exams are also postponed till March 8. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Asserting that India is a natural leader in maritime sectory with a rich history, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the nation is very sincere to emerge as as a leading blue economy of the world and pointed out that the government aims to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.
“The Summit brings together many stakeholders relating to this sector. I am sure we will achieve great success in boosting the maritime economy. India is a natural leader in this sector. Our nation has a rich maritime history. Civilisation flourished on our coasts. For thousand of years, our ports have been important trading centres. Our coasts connected India to the world,” the Prime Minister said after inaugurating Maritime India Summit 2021 through video conferencing.
“Through this Summit, I want to invite the world to come to India and be a part of our growth trajectory. India is very sincere about growing in the maritime sector and emerging as leading blue economy of the world,” he added.
India’s leading focus area in martime sector includes– upgrade current infrastructure, create new generation infrastructure, boost the reform journey, PM Modi said.
“Through these steps, we aim to give strength to our vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the government is investing in waterways in a way that was never seen before. Domestic waterways are found to be cost effective and environment friendly way for transporting freight, he said.
“We aim to operationalize 23 waterways by 2030. India has as many as 189 lighthouses across its vast coastline. We have drawn up a program for developing tourism in the land adjacent to 78 lighthouses,” he added.
During the event, Prime Minister Narendra launched the Sagar Manthan- Mercantile Maritime Domain Awareness Centre and e-book of maritime vision 2030, which is aiming to make the Indian maritime insutry at par with the top global benchmark in the next 10 years.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (MoS) Ports, Shipping and Waterways (Independent Charge), who was also present at the event virutally said the summit is one of the biggest virtual summit in the world attended by 1.7 lakh partipants from more than 100 nations.
“In the three day summit, we will have ministers from eight nations, over 50 global CEOs and more than 160 speakers which include 115 international speakers from 24 nations,” he said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also joined the event via video conferencing.
The Maritime India Summit 2021 is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on a virtual platform www.maritimeindiasummit.in from March 2 to March 4 via video conferencing. (ANI)

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