By Pragya Kaushika
Salem (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 21 (ANI): In what could be considered as his first statement after the completion of disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Lake area, the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hit out at Congress-DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) alliance in Tamil Nadu.
He accused Congress of maligning the government’s image by making false accusations and DMK for aligning with the party that insults the army.
Kicking off the election campaign in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the Senior BJP leader took on DMK for having an alliance with Congress that ‘cast doubts over army’s valour’.
Singh was addressing the party’s yuva morcha convention ‘Thamarai Ilaignargal Sangamam’ in Tamil Nadu’s Salem on Sunday.
The minister said that despite the disengagement process completion, Congress is casting doubts over valour and courage of the Indian Army.
“Is it not insulting the supreme sacrifice made by the army in Galwan valley?” asks Singh to a crowd that responded in affirmative.
Singh further assured the people of Tamil Nadu that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would never compromise on India’s unity, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.
“There have been nine rounds of dialogue. Yet Congress is maligning us. It says we gave away our lands. Till one drop of blood and one breath remain in our veins, not an inch of land will be encroached upon by any mighty one. Be it any country, we will not allow any unilateral action on our lands no matter the cost,” he said.
He mentioned that the country has got 17 Rafael and within a year the rest would arrive.
“And yet Congress and DMK have created controversy around it. They said our PM is a chor (theif) but the court has proved that he is pure,” he said.
With farmers’ agitation yet to be over, the minister assured that the Prime Minister’s dream of doubling farmers’ income will be fulfilled soon.
“We have braved pandemic and yet World Bank is estimating our growth rate at 12.5 per cent. Stock markets are doing Jallikattu. We are going to write India’s growth story and Tamil Nadu will be part of this story. We have played two defence corridors one is in Uttar Pradesh whereas the other is in Tamil Nadu,” the minister said. (ANI)
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Congress to move no-confidence motion against BJP-JJP govt in Haryana tomorrow
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], March 4 (ANI): Congress will give a no-confidence motion to the Speaker against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) government in Haryana on Friday, said former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday.
Addressing the press conference, the Congress leader said that his party also plans to bring many “Adjournment” and “Calling Attention” motions to draw the attention of the government to the multitude of problems faced by the people of the state.
A day before the budget session of the Legislative Assembly, Hooda said the people of the state face a multitude of problems and the Opposition will raise these effectively in the ensuing session.
“The Congress is going to bring no-confidence motion, Minimum Support Price (MSP) guarantee bill, many adjournments and calling attention motion against the government. We will seek answers on issues such as farmers’ neglect, rising unemployment, changes in domicile regulations, rising crime, paper leaks, liquor and registry scams,” he said.
Hooda said the Congress will give a no-confidence motion to the Speaker tomorrow and he would then decide when the House will discuss the motion and vote on it.
“The opposition demands that all issues related to public interest must be discussed during the session and all the MLAs should get full time to highlight these issues,” he said.
“The BJP-JJP coalition government, which has failed on every front, will have to respond to all the scams like liquor, registry, recruitment, paper leak, mining in the house. The Congress will expose how the government is constantly ignoring the farmer movement and persecuting the farmers. A private member bill will be brought to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act to provide MSP rights to farmers,” the former Chief Minister added.
The Leader of Opposition said that the slogan of 75 per cent reservation in private jobs was the biggest fraud with the youth of Haryana because, in Section-5 of this law, the government has already given a bypass to the job seekers. “Section 5 provides that any industry can avoid giving reservation to local youth by pretending that special abilities and competencies are needed,” he said.
“Even before the enactment of this law, the coalition government had brought changes to the altering the Haryana domicile rules which would deny the rights of the youth of the state. According to the new rules, now a person from any state can easily get Haryana domicile. On the basis of this, people of other states can get not only reserved 75 per cent private jobs but also government jobs reserved for SC and BC category,” Hooda stated.
“If the government does not change the domicile rules, youth from SC and BC sections in the state will find it difficult to get jobs. Just as the general category from other states were preferred over youths from Haryana in SDO recruitment, young local residents from SC and BC category would face a similar fate after the change in domicile rules,” he added.
Taking a dig at the government, Hooda stated that the government is busy playing with the rights of every section of the society. “This government neither the farmer is getting a fair price for their crops, the youth are not getting employment, workers are not getting work and government employees are not getting respect from those in power,” he said.
Responding to the question of increasing debt on the state, the Leader of Opposition said the total debt on the Haryana from the day the state was formed to the day when then the BJP took office six years ago was Rs 60,000 crore.
“In the six years of the BJP government, this debt has increased to Rs 2.25 lakh crore. Despite this, the Chief Minister is not telling the public the exact figure of the debt on the state. They are misleading by adding the amount of ‘Uday’ to the state’s debt,” he added. (ANI)
RailTel launches prepaid plans for Wi-Fi at more than 4000 railway stations
New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): RailTel has launched prepaid plans for its Railwire Wi-Fi at 4000 plus railway stations across the country.
“RailTel has launched prepaid plans for its Railwire Wi-Fi at 4000 plus Railway stations across India. Going forward, a passenger can use 30 minutes free wi-fi per day at 1 mbps speed at these 4000 plus railway stations. For using the Wi-Fi facility at a higher speed of upto 34 mbps, the user needs to choose a plan with a higher speed by paying a nominal fee,” read a press statement by the Indian Railways on Thursday.
The plans have been designed to offer flexible choices to users as per their needs. A number of payment options like net banking, wallet, credit card can be used to purchase plans online.
With a vision of turning railway stations into a platform for digital inclusion, RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RailTel), a Mini Ratna (Category – I) Central Public Sector Enterprise, under the Ministry of Railways, has started providing high-speed Wi-Fi service at railway stations.
The Wi-Fi service is currently available at 5950 plus stations across the country and Wi-Fi at the station premises is accessible to anyone with a smartphone and an active connection (post verification through OTP sent via SMS).
During pre-COVID time, more than 2.9 crore people were using the service monthly. Once the situation normalizes and footfall at stations becomes regular, a revenue of Rs 10-15 crore annually is expected from the paid Wi-Fi.
Talking about the plan launch, Puneet Chawla, CMD RailTel said, “We did a detailed trial run of Prepaid WiFi at 20 Stations in Uttar Pradesh and based on the response and detailed testing, we launched this plan at 4000 plus more stations across India. We intend to launch the prepaid plans for all the stations with our RailWire Wi-Fi this financial year”. (ANI)
Kerala Assembly polls: 4 Congress leaders resign from Wayanad citing negligence of leadership
Wayanad (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Ahead of the assembly polls in Kerala, four Congress Party leaders have resigned from the Congress party within the last four days alleging negligence of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) leadership in the state.
Former KPCC Member KK Vishwanathan, KPCC Secretary M S Vishwanathan, District Congress Committee General Secretary P K Anil Kumar and Mahila Congress leader Sujaya Venugopal have resigned from the party, informed sources.
KK Vishwanathan alleged that the party is being led by only a ‘three men team’ in Wayanad. M S Vishwanathan said that he is resigning from the party as he believes that the Congress leadership in the Wayanad district has failed. P K Anil Kumar has joined Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).
As of now, KPCC has appointed senior leaders including K Sudhakaran MP to settle the issue. K Sudhakaran will discuss with the leaders who have resigned.
Sources told ANI that many leaders are unhappy with the ongoing candidate selection discussions. The resignation of four leaders from Wayanad where Rahul Gandhi holds parliament constituency has put the Congress leadership in trouble.
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6.
The tenure of the 14th Kerala legislative assembly will come to an end on June 1, 2021. A total of 2,67,88,268 electors will elect the candidates in Kerala for the 15th legislative assembly.
For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771. The counting of votes will be held on May 2. (ANI)
Combined Commanders’ Conference commences in Gujarat’s Kevadia
Kevadia (Gujarat) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Combined Commanders’ Conference (CCC), a premier brain-storming event of the Military Commanders from the three Services commenced at Kevadia in Gujarat on Thursday, said the Ministry of Defence.
According to the ministry, the combined apex level military leadership of the country is reviewing the security situation and defence preparedness of the Armed Forces, and deliberating pertinent organisational issues for evolving a joint military vision for the future during the three day conference from March 4 to 6.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will join the military commanders along with the team of Secretary level officers from the Ministry of Defence for deliberations from day two of the conference, the ministry informed.
It further stated that the valedictory session on the third and final day will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval also in attendance.
In a major change from the past, the scope of the conference this year has been expanded to make it a multi-layered, interactive, informal and informed event with the added participation of about 30 officers and soldiers of various ranks from the three Services, the ministry further stated.
As per the Defence Ministry, the key events encapsulate series of discussions and deliberations on a range of issues pertinent to the Armed Forces and its role in nation building, with the participation of senior most political and bureaucratic hierarchy in addition to the multi-layered participation of military personnel.
It is interesting to note that the CCC in 2014 was held at Delhi. Since then it has been moved out to different venues across the country. The conference was held on board INS Vikramaditya in 2015 and in 2017 at the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun.
The last edition of CCC was held in 2018 over a period of two days at Air Force Station, Jodhpur. There have been several major developments in the Higher Defence Organisation since including appointment of first ever Chief of Defence Staff and setting up of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), and several important and multifarious issues affecting modernisation and transformation of the Armed Forces are currently under active consideration/ implementation. (ANI)
Scuffle between Indian, foreign cadets at IMA Dehradun
Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] March 4 (ANI): A scuffle broke out between the Indian and foreign cadets undergoing pre-commission training at Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, sources told ANI.
According to the IMA sources, the case is being probed and followed-up as per regulations governing the Academy.
“A scuffle involving Gentleman Cadets undergoing pre-commission training at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun occurred on the night of March 3-4. The case is being probed and followed-up as per regulations governing the Academy,” they said. (ANI)
Army launches its first community radio station in North Kashmir to bridge gap between Jawan, Awaam
Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Indian Army launched its first community radio station ‘Radio Chinar’ on Saturday in Sopore of Baramulla district in North Kashmir to bridge the gap between jawan and awaam (people).
Speaking to media persons, Army’s core commander LT General BS Raju said, “The main aim of this new initiative is to get connected to the local youth directly and Radio has the ability to reach out to the people living in remotest parts and makes them aware of various schemes and programmes of the government.”
The radio station will have coverage around north Kashmir. It will be available at the frequency of 90.4 FM MHz. The service will be available in Baramulla district and other parts of north Kashmir.
“Community Radio Station will primarily play all genres of songs starting from Sufi songs in the morning and as the day will progress, will gain tempo in the pitch of songs with a mix of Hindi and Punjabi,” said Sajid Ahmad, a radio jockey.
The residents and local councilors appreciated this initiative of the Indian Army saying it will help to “bridge the gap between jawan and awaam”. (ANI)
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