RSS leader Indresh Kumar detailed the conversation that took place in the meeting with Muslim clerics and the RSS chief, mentioning that discussions were held on various topics, including modernization and teaching Gita in madrasas.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat visited the Azad Market Madrasa Tajweedul Quran in Old Delhi on Thursday and interacted with children. During his visit, All India Muslim Imam organisation chief Umar Ilyasi termed Bhagwat as the “father of the nation” and the head of the “largest social organization”.
Talking about the event, Kumar told the press, “Dr Ilyasi had said to Mohan Bhagwat that he is ‘Rashtra Rishi,’ and that it was welcome, but when he called Bhagwat the father of the nation, Mohan Bhagwat ji immediately said that we are only the children of the nation.”
“What Ilyasi said is that our ways of worshipping God are different, but the biggest religion is humanity. It is true. We are all Indians first, and then comes our religion, language, or party. So, if we become Indians, only then can we become good citizens,” he added.
Kumar said that the Muslim clerics want to get to know the RSS, not through politicians, but through direct dialogue with the organization.
“Muslim clerics have said that they do not want to understand RSS through the politicians or media, they want to have direct interaction with us because they are patriots and disciplined,” he said, adding that the preachers of various religions believe that the religious leaders, politicians and media “incite people on religion and caste lines”.
The RSS leader said that the Muslim preachers also believe that it is the religious leaders who do not let the Muslims “live like Indians.”
“The Muslim preachers believe that the religious leaders do not let them live like Indians, but only keep them as Muslims and exploit them. They use them as vote banks. They believe that there is no threat to their religion as they are free to do anything and pray,” he said.
Talking about the discussions held between the RSS leaders and the Muslim clerics in the meeting, Kumar said, “Discussions were held on respecting all methods of prayer. This would lead the nation towards progress and bolster brotherhood. Discussions were also held on respecting women, ending many problems in society.”
Kumar also mentioned the message by Bhagwat and said that the RSS chief has asked to respect all religions and women.
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Violence in Jammu significantly low: Lt. Gen. Manjinder Singh
GOC White Knight Corps Lieutenant General Manjinder Singh asserted on Wednesday that violence in Jammu is significantly low.
“There is a lot of support from locals against terrorism. So far, the violence in Jammu is significantly low, and if someone came from the valley side, he has been neutralised,” Lt. Gen. Manjinder Singh said, addressing a press conference in Jammu’s Nagrota. “Pakistan is trying infiltration, terrorists, ammunition, and narcotics, but we have a strong anti-infiltration grid, and secondly we are concentrating on securing the hinterland, for which we have a strong anti-terror grid,” he added. Further, on the concern for the drone threat, Singh announced the launch of an anti-drone mechanism while mentioning that the drone threat is more prevalent in Punjab and in the plains.
“There is less sighting for drones in our (White Knight Corps) areas and we suspect the ones seen here are a reconnaissance by the enemy, hence we are soon getting an anti-drone mechanism,” he said.
“In the last two years, there has been no successful infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) in the areas under White Knight Corps of the Indian Army,” he added.
Addressing this further, he said that the Army is taking a number of initiatives that focus on youth development, including education, sports.
He later sought the constant efforts of society, along with the Army, to counter the youth radicalization by the “enemy,” terming it a national effort.
“Radicalization is being done by the enemy. Army, alone, cannot counter this, but society also should put in efforts as it is a whole national effort. We are taking the administration and religious leaders along with us,” he said.
Mamata Banerjee may be arrested soon: West Bengal BJP chief
West Bengal BJP Chief Sukanta Majumdar made huge revelations against the Mamata Banerjee-led government and claimed that the TMC supremo may be arrested soon.
“Mamata Banerjee may be arrested by December. 41 TMC people’s names are with top leadership. The government will fall in December,” said Majumdar. BJP leader and film star Mithun Chakraborty had also claimed to be in touch with TMC MLAs.
“I am in touch with 21 MLAs of Mamata Banerjee’s party, I said this earlier and again, I stand by my point. I request you just wait for the time,” added Mithun Chakraborty.
West Bengal BJP Vice President Dilip Ghosh called out Mamata Banerjee’s inauguration of Durga Puja during “Pitru Paksha”.
“Mamata Banerjee is destroying the sanctity of Durga Puja by inaugurating the puja in Pitru Paksha, all the works of Mamata Banerjee are wrong, that is why there was a mistake in chanting the mantra while worshipping Goddess Durga,” said Ghosh.
Earlier, the Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, said that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won’t last even for the next six months in the state.
His remarks came after the ruling party put up posters claiming that a “new and reformed TMC” come in the next six months. “Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are doing their job. This party (TMC) will not last for even six months, December is their deadline,” LoP Suvendu Adhikari had said in Purba Medinipur.
Meanwhile, Mousumi Das, district vice president of Mahila Morcha Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), was allegedly attacked by “Trinamool Congress-backed” goons at her residence in the Malatipur area of Malda on September 23.
Delhi makes it compulsory for construction sites to install anti-smog guns
As stubble burning season begins in north India and pollution levels in the national capital increase, the Delhi government has started implementing its Winter Action Plan.
The Delhi government has made it compulsory for construction sites with an area of 5,000 square metres or more to install anti-smog guns. Now Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) measures will be implemented three days in advance based on forecasts before the air quality worsens.
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, ‘’The Environment Department has prepared a 15-point Winter Action Plan. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will present this 15-pointer Winter Action Plan in front of the people of Delhi on September 30.’’
Gopal Rai said, ‘’This time, the Commission of Air Quality Management (CAQM) has also made certain changes in the GRAP measures. We are developing our plan of action, keeping in mind the advice of the CAQM, to be brought into force on October 1st. The major shift in the upcoming plan from the erstwhile system is that previously, the basic parameter was PM 2.5 and PM 10. On the basis of this parameter, the level of pollution was bifurcated into five categories: moderate, poor, very poor, severe, and severe plus.’’
‘’Now, instead of gauging the level of pollution on the basis of PM 2.5 and PM 10 values, monitoring will be done on the basis of the Air Quality Index (AQI) and the GRAP measures will be implemented in Delhi accordingly. There will be four categories of level of pollution instead of five in the new Plan: Poor (AQI 201-300), Very Poor (AQI 301-400), Severe (401-450), Severe Plus (AQI 450+). The modification made in the GRAP measures is that previously, it was implemented after the air quality falls below a certain. Now, the garb system will be implemented three day prior to reaching the level on the basis of estimation. AQI will be calculated on the basis of forecasts of IITM and IMD,” he added.
He said, ‘’Regarding the dust pollution in Delhi, it was mandatory to install an anti-smog gun on site with an area greater than 20,000 sq metre till now. But now there is a modification to this provision, and now the construction sites sized between 5000 sq metres to 10000 sq metres are required to have anti-smog guns. A construction site with an area between 5 thousand sq metres to 10 thousand sq metres needs to have one anti-smog gun.’’
‘’Construction sites sized between 10 thousand sq metres to 15000sq metres are required to have two anti-smog guns and sites having size between 15000 sq metres and 20,000 sq metres need to have three anti-smog guns. Construction sites with an area greater than 20 thousand sq metres are required to have four anti-smog guns.’’ He continued. Environment Minister concluded, ‘’I held a meeting with all the officials of DPCC yesterday. Last year, we worked together with all the agencies working on construction sites in Delhi to keep a noose on pollution. Today, I want to appeal to them to follow the new provisions related to the installation of anti-smog guns.’’
At least 8 dead in bus-truck collision in Lakhimpur Kheri, PM’s condolences
In a head-on collision involving a private bus and a mini truck on Wednesday in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, authorities said that eight people were killed and 14 others were hurt. Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has ordered officials to ensure that the injured are treated properly after expressing sorrow over the disaster.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Pritam Pal Singh, the bus was travelling from Dhaurhara to Lucknow when it collided with a mini truck travelling in the opposite direction on the Aira bridge of National Highway number 730.
He said that after getting the information, the police arrived on the scene and cut the bus with a gas cutter in order to free the injured. According to the DSP, the injured have been sent to the local hospital, and efforts are being made to identify the deceased.
The Chief Minister sent his condolences to the grieving families and sent his wishes for peace to the deceased, according to a state government official in Lucknow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the people who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri bus-truck collision earlier in the day.
“Distressed by the accident in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund) would be given to the next of kin of each deceased person. The injured would be given Rs 50,000,” a tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office read.
President Droupadi Murmu also expressed condolences to the kin of the people who lost their lives in the accident today. “Deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people in a road accident in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this accident and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted in Hindi.
PM Modi inaugurates chowk in Ayodhya after Lata Mangeshkar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid special tribute to the legendary Lata Mangeshkar on her 93rd birth anniversary on Wednesday by inaugurating an intersection in Ayodhya that has been named after the late playback singer.
A towering 40-foot-long and 12-foot-high sculpture of a veena engraved with a picture of Goddess Saraswati was installed at the chowk.
“The Veena of Maa Saraswati installed at Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya will become a symbol of musical harmony,” the PM said while virtually addressing the inauguration programme of the “Lata Mangeshkar Chowk” in Ayodhya.
“The 92 white lotuses of marble in the Chowk Complex depict Lata Ji’s lifespan,” said PM Modi.
He went on to say that Ram is on his way to the grand temple of Ayodhya, and that before that, the name of Lata didi, who has honoured the name of Ram in the hearts of crores of people, will be forever linked to the city of Ayodhya.
Further, he said, “I remember when Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya was done, I got a call from Lata didi. She was delighted… She couldn’t believe that the construction of the Ram Mandir was finally starting.”
SC notice to Centre on PIL to debar persons charged in serious offences from contesting elections
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Center and Election Commission of India (ECI) on a petition seeking direction to debar persons, against whom charges have been framed in serious offences, from contesting elections.
A bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy sought responses from the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Election Commission of India. The PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay sought direction to the Center and the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take steps to debar people who are put on trial in cases of serious offences.
It claimed that despite recommendations of the Law Commission and the court’s earlier directions, the Center and the ECI have not taken steps in this regard.
In view of the fact that, out of 539 winners of the Lok Sabha election in 2019, as many as 233 (43 percent) declared criminal cases against themselves, it stated.
The plea added that there was an increase of 109 percent in the number of MPs with declared serious criminal cases since 2009, with one MP declaring 204 criminal cases against himself, including cases related to culpable homicide, house trespass, robbery, criminal intimidation, etc.
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