SRINAGAR: In a scathing attack on the Centre, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Friday asked if the government can negotiate with China in spite of the latter “occupying 1,000 km” in Ladakh, why it does not engage with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Attacking the BJP leadership at the Centre, Mehbooba claimed that instead of keeping additional forces to silence every voice of sanity in Kashmir, the strength and the troops should be used in Ladakh.
She was quoted as saying, “Beijing captured 1,000 sq ft area of Indian land and killed 20 jawans, but they can’t even say a word against China. China is building infrastructure there. Construction of barracks is going on but no minister dares to speak against China”.
Mehbooba, after reaching Jammu amid protests by BJP workers, said that the government should allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to express them freely and not curtail their freedom. “If you claim everything is fine and normal, allow us to contact people, why are you scared of us. You don’t allow us to protest and silence us using police and troopers,” she said during her address to party workers in Jammu.
The PDP leader decided to address the party workers as she faced angry protests at Jammu airport on her tricolour remarks. Mehbooba wanted to convey to the BJP leadership in Jammu that she would delink all the controversies from the recent land amendments.
Attacking the BJP, she said that the party has reduced democracy on paper alone as people of Jammu and Kashmir are being silenced by brute force. She said that the ultimate source of power is the people of Jammu and Kashmir and one cannot take decisions without taking them into confidence.
Asking the people of Jammu not to fall prey to the BJP propaganda, she said that any person or organisation being anti-BJP does not mean that it is anti-national. She appealed to the people of Jammu to wake from the slumber and fight for the rights snatched by New Delhi illegally and unconstitutionally.
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People above 60 years arrive in Mumbai hospital for vaccination
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): People arrived at BKC Jumbo COVID-19 hospital in Mumbai to get COVID-19 vaccination as the nationwide drive to inoculate people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with comorbidities begun on Monday.
“For comorbidities, citizen has to produce a certificate from registered medical practitioner, in which one of the enlisted comorbidities has to be verified and certified by registered medical practitioner. They have to submit it to the center and on-site registration can be done,” Dr Rajesh Dere (Dean COVID Center, BKC Hospital) told ANI.
BKC Jombo Covid-19 timing is from 9 am to 5 pm.
India is going to start its second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1, the central government had announced on Thursday.
Maharashtra reported 8,293 new COVID-19 cases, 3,753 recoveries and 62 deaths in the last 24-hours, the State Health Department informed on Sunday.
“The state has so far reported a total of 21,55,070 COVID-19 cases, out of which, 77,008 are the active cases,” the Maharashtra Health Department said.
A total of 52,154 people have died due to COVID-19 in the state so far. As many as 20,24,704 people have recovered from the disease.
According to the state health department, the recovery rate in Maharashtra is 93.95 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.42 per cent. (ANI)
Chandrababu Naidu detained by police at Tirupati airport
Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was detained by Renigunta police at Tirupati airport in Renigunta on Monday, while on way for election campaigning in Chittoor district.
Naidu sat on a dharna at Tirupati airport after he was detained by Renigunta police.
“We will not be stopped. We will not be silenced. Your fear-driven, state-sponsored vendetta won’t stop me from reaching out to my people. Grow up, @ysjagan #Chittoor #AndhraPradesh,” Naidu tweeted.
The TDP chief was scheduled to attend an election campaign in the Chittoor district.
More details are awaited. (ANI)
SC rejects plea challenging Centre’s overriding power over States on transfer, deputation of IPS Officers
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the PIL filed by a West Bengal based advocate, challenging the constitutional validity of Rule 6 (1) of IPS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 for conferring powers on the Central government to override the states in connection with matters of transfer and deputation of IPS cadre officers.
A two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and also comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a West Bengal based lawyer, Abu Sohel.
“We dismiss the petition. We do not find any merits in the petition,” the bench led by Justice Rao said in his order.
The lawyer-cum petitioner, Sohel, in his petition, pleaded to the Top Court that Rule 6(1) should be struck down by the SC for violation of the Constitution of India and public policy.
The petitioner contended before the Supreme Court that at present, the states have to bear the brunt of arbitrary actions taken by the Central government under the said Rule. (ANI)
UP primary schools welcome students with balloons, flowers
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Private and government primary schools across Uttar Pradesh greeted students of Classes 1 to 5 with balloons and flowers as they reopened on Monday, nearly a year after they were closed due to the outbreak of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rawat Pathshala in Gorakhpur welcomed students with arti and tika.
“Desks and benches have been sanitised. Students have been asked to wear masks and wash their hands. We are ready to follow the state government’s guidelines,” said Brijanand Prasad Yadav, Principal of the school.
Some students, however, were seen without face masks. Responding to this, Yadav said that face masks had also been made a part of the school uniform and parents of the defaulters will be asked not to send their children without masks.
Sangeeta Singh, a teacher at the school said, “We are so happy to have the students back in school. We are being careful to follow all protocols and are doing our best to make up for the lost time through the 100-day model.”
Students expressed joy and happiness upon meeting their friends and teachers.
“I am so glad to be back in school. I haven’t seen my friends in a long time. I’m very glad to see my teachers as well,” said a student.
There are currently 2,103 active COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, as per data from the Union Health Ministry. As many as 5,92,699 recoveries and 8,725 deaths have been reported from the state so far. (ANI)
Miss India Delhi 2019 Mansi Sehgal joins AAP
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Miss India Delhi 2019 Mansi Sehgal joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday in the presence of party leader Raghav Chadha.
Earlier this year, AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the party will contest Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat-in coming two years.
Kejriwal announced AAP’s future electoral plans while addressing the National Council meeting of the party in Delhi.
Mansi Sehgal did her early education at Dwarka’s Delhi Public School. Later, she completed her B.Tech from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology.
She currently runs a start-up and won the ‘Femina Miss India Delhi’ pageant in 2019. (ANI)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Kamakhya temple in Assam
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offered prayers at Kamakhya temple on Monday during her Assam visit.
“Today I got the good fortune of seeing mother Kamakhya. I prayed for the welfare of all the countrymen to Kamakhya,” she tweeted.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted a few verses of Sanskrit slokas for goddess Kamakhya.
The Kamakhya Temple is a Sakta temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had also visited Sant Ravidas temple on Saturday on his birth anniversary and tweeted about Sant Ravidas’s messages of equality to create an ideal society service and goodwill.
However, on Friday, the Election Commission of India announced that Assam will go to Assembly elections in three phases beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said: “In Assam, elections shall be held in three phases. The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls. The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1. Forty Assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6. Votes will be counted on May 2.”(ANI)
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