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TDP DEMANDS CBI PROBE IN NANDYAL MASS SUICIDE CASE

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TDP national president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday blamed the YSRCP government’s continued harassment for the suicide of the Abdul Salaam family in Nandyal in Kurnool district.

Naidu demanded that the investigation into the Salaam family suicide be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to bring the facts. A special court should be formed to deal with the Nandyal suicide case. The officials responsible for this joint family suicide should be dismissed from service.

Naidu said that it was only because of the harassment in the name of the robbery case in the jewelry shop that Salaam along with his wife and two children ended their lives by falling under the train. Salaam had no other choice as he faced humiliation and persecution even while earning his livelihood by driving an auto-rickshaw.

Addressing a meeting of the party presidents of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies, the TDP chief said, “The suicide of the whole family was a reflection of the peak to which the YSRCP atrocities have reached in the state. A 10-year-old Muslim girl faced a molestation attempt at Bommuru. When they made the police complaint, the whole family members came under threat to withdraw the case.”

Naidu recalled how the Bommuru incident eventually led to the suicide attempt by the girl’s father Abdul Sattar in front of the Rajahmundry SP Office itself.

Naidu said that the YCP Government’s ruthlessness against the Muslims was evident from the pathetic incidents involving Abdul Salaam in Nandyal, Abdul Sattar family in Bommuru, a minor girl case in Rajahmundry and ban on over 100 families from a Palnadu village. Not only that, but the Dalits also faced similar attacks in Chirala, Gurazala and Punganur. Dalit youth Kiran was beaten to death in Chirala. Domathoti Vikram was killed in Gurazala. Three Dalits were tonsured in three districts.

Naidu asked the TDP leaders to hold protest rallies and candle demonstrations all over the State for the coming three days all over the State. Special prayers should be held for the deceased Salaam family. Rallies should be held on Wednesday. Candles should be lighted in front of the houses on Thursday evening. Special Friday prayers should be held in the masjids.

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Entry, exit closed at Delhi metro stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Entry and exit gates of Delhi metro stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh on the Green Line section were closed on Monday morning. However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has not specified the reason for closing the metro stations.
“Security Update: Entry/exit gates of stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh on green line are closed,” read a tweet on the official handle of DMRC.
There are three intermediate stations — Tikri Border, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma (Modern Industrial Estate) and Bahadurgarh City — between Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh metro stations on the Green Line.

Meanwhile, several women from Punjab reached Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border to join the ongoing farmers’ protest on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“We urge the central government to roll back the three black laws,” a woman protester said.
Farmers have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the newly enacted farm laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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Fresh snowfall, rain in parts of Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], March 8 (ANI): The higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received light to moderate snowfall, leading to a dip in temperature of two to four degrees Celsius.
Manmohan Singh, IMD Director of Himachal Pradesh on Monday said that Khadrala, tehsil Rohru received 10 cm snow.
Mandi district will receive heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms in the next 24 hours and a yellow alert has been issued for other places.
Singh further stated that the state will again witness heavy rainfall from March 10.
A fresh western disturbance is very likely to affect the western Himalayan region and the adjoining plains of Northwest India from the night of March 9, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The weather forecasting agency further predicted fairly widespread rain and snow along with thunderstorms, lighting, hailstorm over the western Himalayan region during March 10 and 11. (ANI)

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am after ruckus over demand for discussion on fuel price hike

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 11 am on Monday following sloganeering by Congress MPs demanding a discussion over the rise in fuel prices.
“Petrol and diesel prices are nearly Rs 100 per litre and Rs 80 per litre respectively. Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices have also gone up. Rs 21 lakh crores have been collected by putting excise duty/cess, because of this entire country including farmers are suffering,” Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said.
After slogans were raised, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said: “I don’t want to take any drastic action on the first day.”
Meanwhile, Congress MP Manish Tewari has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the rise in fuel prices.
The second phase of the Budget session of Parliament commenced today with reconvening of Rajya Sabha in the first half of the day.
The second part of the Budget session of Parliament commenced from today with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed. (ANI)

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India reports 18,599 new COVID-19 cases, 97 deaths in last 24 hrs

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): India reported 18,599 new COVID-19 cases, 14,278 recoveries, and 97 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Monday.
With this, the total cases has reached to 1,12,29,398 including 1,88,747 active cases and 1,08,82,798 total recoveries.
However, the death toll mounted to 1,57,853 including the new deaths.
With 99,205 active cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the most-affected coronavirus state, followed by Kerala with 41,162 active cases.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 22,19,68,271 samples of COVID-19 were tested so far including 5,37,764 samples being tested yesterday.
More than 2,09,89,010 vaccine doses have been administered so far, the ministry informed.
The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 and vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. (ANI)

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Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju flags of walkathon on International Women’s Day

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju flagged off a walkathon on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.
Usha Sharma Secretary Department of Youth Affairs led the walkathon.

“All our women volunteers are participating in the event. Women can achieve anything. “Mahila Shakti” is our priority,” said Rijiju.

“Indian women are doing exceptional performance in various international sports events. We give the same platform to both genders, but when I see women performing well I feel very happy because I want more women to come forward to achieve new heights,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes on the occasion, saying that India takes pride in the many accomplishments of women.
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)

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Citing Assembly polls, TMC urges adjournment of Parliament’s Budget Session

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New Delhi [India[, March 8 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday urged for the adjournment of the ongoing Parliament session, in light of the Assembly elections taking place in five states across the country.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) Members of Parliament (MP) Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandyopadhyay urged Chairman Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament.
O’Brien also cited two other precedents where the request was entertained.
“Due to the ongoing intensive election preparations in the State, the Members of Parliament from the All India Trinamool Congress would find it difficult to attend the second part of the Budget Session beginning from March 8, 2021,” O’Brien wrote in his letter.
Bandyopadhyay also said that campaigning in the state had already started in full swing and requested its adjournment.
O’Brien also mentioned the 222nd session which commenced on February 21, 2011, which was scheduled to conclude on April 21.
“Due to the upcoming State Assembly elections in five States, i.e Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the House was adjourned sine die on 25 March 2011,” he said.
He also recalled the 214th session which commenced on October 17, 2008, which was adjourned early on October 24, to meet again on December 10, 2008.
“The session, as per the original schedule was to continue up to 21 November 2008. However, due to the upcoming State Assembly election in some States, the House was adjourned till December 10, 2008,” O’Brien wrote.
The second part of the Budget session of Parliament commenced on Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed.
Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 11:30 AM as the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament commences on Monday. (ANI)

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