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Agra activists welcome NGT ban on open defecation in Yamuna

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Agra, May 20: River activists here on Friday welcomed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order banning open defecation in the river Yamuna and a fine of Rs 5,000 on violators.

The NGT order on Friday prohibits defecation and dumping of municipal waste or construction debris in the flood plains of Yamuna. The order also says that violators would pay a fine of Rs 5,000.

Activists of the River Connect Campaign — Ranjan Sharma, Devashish Bhattacharya and Shravan Kumar Singh — in Agra told IANS that the river police squad will need to be activated.

“Right now they do not have a boat which will have to be provided. Hundreds of locals can be seen openly defecating on the river banks everyday. So far no action has been taken, although we have a river police squad,” said the activists who assembled at the Etmaduddaula view point park here on Friday evening.

The river activists, in a memorandum to the District Magistrate on Friday, demanded that before the monsoon rains, the stretch within the city limits should be cleaned up till the Taj Mahal.

Another activist Jugal Shrotriya said: “There is a need for dredging and desilting on a large scale. Heaps of polythene have accumulated and choked the aquifers of the river.”

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Sibal asks Amit Shah to explain governance delivered under PM Modi

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New Delhi, June 24 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal launched a scathing attack on BJP President Amit Shah and asked him to explain what type of governance is being delivered under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress leader asked Amit Shah what kind of Sarkar (government) it is where Army men are unsafe, farmers are being compelled to commit suicides, crime against women are increasing and atrocities on Dalits are on rise.

Former Union Minister Sibal pointedly asked Shah on twitter, “Woh Sarkar kaisi ho sakti hai jahan Aurangzeb ko ghar se aghwa kar ke maar diya jaye .Amit ji bataein : Woh Sarkar kaisi ho sakti hai jahan :(1) Daliton pe zulm(2) Mehlaon ka gang rape(3) fake encounter(4) Kisan suicides.”

 

 

The Congres leader has been aggressively taking on the Modi government for the faulty policies on national security and public welfare .

Army rifleman Aurangzeb was abducted on his way to home for Eid celebration but was  brutally killed te very next day and his body was recovered in Pulwama district in the Kashmir Valley.

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Naxals uproot tracks, derail goods train in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

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Dantewada, June 24 :The engine and eight wagons of a goods train derailed and fell off a bridge on the Kirandul-Visakhapatnam route in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday .

Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said, “Naxals removed tracks to disrupt rail traffic.”

“The incident occurred when Maoists uprooted tracks between Bhansi and Kamaloor, leading to derailment of its engine and eight wagons that fell off a bridge on a small rivulet,”he added.

The incident happened between Bhansi and Kamalur area of the district. After the derailment, the wagons fell off a bridge.Dantewada is a Naxal hot-bed where even recently 7 CRPF jawans were killed by the ultras.

After receiving information, a team of security personnel and railway officials rushed to the spot to restore services, the SP said.

The investigation is on as some sheets of papers have been recovered from the spot.

 

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Mundka-Bahadurgarh green line launched: PM Modi urges people to opt for metro

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New Delhi, June 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning inaugurated Delhi Metro’s Green Line service between Mundka to Bahadurgarh. Speaking via video-conferencing, the Prime Minister said that commuters should now get rid of private vehicles and opt for metro rail services

Modi inaugurated the facility through a video-conference facility from the PMO on Sunday. Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar attended the function in Bahadurgarh.

The 11.2-km-long corridor will have seven stations and stretch out from existing Delhi Metro Green Line from Inderlok to Mundka.

“Our priority is to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems in our cities,” he said.

With this line, Bahadurgarh has become third Haryana city to have DMRC services. Metro lines were already operational in Gurgaon (Yellow Line) and Faridabad (Violet Line).

“The process of making Metro systems is also linked to cooperative federalism. Wherever Metros are being built in India, the Centre and the respective state Governments are working together,” he added.

The Prime Minister also emphasised on Make in India by suggesting that metro coaches should be built indigenously. “We also want to boost make in India by making coaches of the Metro in India itself. Several nations helped us in the making of the Delhi Metro and other Metros, and now, we are helping other nations by designing coaches for their Metro systems,” he said.

Speaking on Bahadurgarh, the PM said, ” Bahadurgarh is witnessing tremendous economic growth, there are several educational centres there, students from there even travel to Delhi. The Metro will bring convenience to this part, which is considered the gateway to Haryana.”

“There is a direct link between connectivity and development. The Metro will bring more colonies, more people coming to Bahadurgarh. It will also mean more employment opportunities for local people,” he added.

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