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Congress launches ‘pani yatra’ on water crisis in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, April 26 : The Gujarat Congress on Tuesday launched a three-day ‘Pani Yatra’ (march for water) across the state to give what it called a “wake-up call” to the BJP government for the severe water crisis in the state.

The march launched simultaneously from 14 places across Gujarat will cover all the districts before culminating in four cities in four different zones — Rajkot (Saurashtra), Mehsana (north Gujarat), Vadodara (central Gujarat) and Surat (south Gujarat).

Giving details, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said: “In spite of the acute water shortage in many villages, the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party government is still shying from declaring them as scarcity-hit or drought-hit.”

“To wake up this government, the Congress has launched the ‘Pani Yatra’ across Gujarat on April 26, 27 and 28,” Solanki added.

Congress national general secretary Gurudas Kamat, who is in charge of theparty’s affairs in Gujarat, along with Leader of Opposition in the assembly Shankersinh Vaghela, was present at a meeting held to discuss the water issue as well as several other problems facing the state.

Solanki also announced protests across Gujarat on April 30 to corner the BJP government on alleged irregularities in the KG oil basin operations.

Vaghela asked party workers to gear up for the 2017 elections and announced holding of a ‘Lok Darbar’ in his constituency of Kapadvanj in Kheda district.

“The Congress will start public meetings in the form of ‘Lok Darbar’ from May 9. It will kick-start from Kapadvanj and later be held across the state. In these meetings, we will highlight the issues concerning people, such as rampant corruption, unemployment and law and order,” Vaghela said.

Kamat said: “Time has come to highlight the problems faced by the people of Gujarat as this government has miserably failed to keep its promises. The Congress will initiate a mass movement to address the plight of the state’s residents.”

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Gujarat govt renames ‘dragon fruit’ as kamalam

It should be noted that the lotus is the symbol of the BJP and the state BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar is also named ‘Shri Kamalam’.

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Gandhinagar Jan 20: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, while interacting with the media on Tuesday, said that the government has applied for a patent to change the nomenclature of dragon fruit to ‘Kamalam’.

According to the CM, the word dragon for the fruit sounded inappropriate and so the Gujarat government had decided for the fruit to be called as Kamalam.

While interacting with the media on Tuesday during the launch of the Chief Minister Horticulture Development Mission, Rupani said, “We have applied for the patent of the Dragon fruit to be called as Kamalam. But as of now, we the Gujarat government have decided to call the fruit as Kamalam.”

“Even though the fruit is known as dragon fruit, it doesn’t sound appropriate. The word Kamalam is a Sanskrit word and the fruit does have the shape of the lotus, so we have decided to call it Kamalam, and there’s nothing political about it,” Rupani added.

According to the CM, the fruit has long since been grown as a form of cactus in the country. “Nobody has to be alarmed by the word Kamalam,” Rupani added.

It should be noted that the lotus is the symbol of the BJP and the state BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar is also named ‘Shri Kamalam’.

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Another fake social media news racket on temple attack busted

“Accused Peraka Venkateswara Rao, 35, was convicted in the case and sentenced to eight months in jail on June 23, 2015,” the official said.

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Amaravati, Jan 20: Police in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district on Tuesday busted another fake news racket regarding temple attack in Eluru town and clarified that the Anjaneya Swamy idol incident was an old one.

“It came to our notice that some persons are using this 2014 incident as propaganda material to spread fake news on the social media,” said a district police official.

Police later registered a case under Sections 153-A and 295-A of the Indian Penal Code.

Police clarified that the Anjaneya Swamy idol incident occurred in 2014 and a case was registered then under Sections 295 and 427 of the IPC at Eluru town police station.

“Accused Peraka Venkateswara Rao, 35, was convicted in the case and sentenced to eight months in jail on June 23, 2015,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Prakasam district police arrested one more person for allegedly dubbing the damage due to corrosion to the Singarayikonda temple arch idols as an ‘attack’.

In this particular case, police identified 33 persons for spreading false information on the social media, of whom six were arrested from different places in the southern state.

Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal on Tuesday visited multiple places to strengthen surveillance system, 24×7 beat and patrol systems for the security of all temples and religious places.

He met with members of village and mandal defence committees and gave suggestions on their security.

On Tuesday evening, Director General of Police Goutam Sawang held a videoconference with all districts police officials over the temple incidents in the state.

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Gurugram: Farmers to hold tractor rally ‘rehearsal’ on Wednesday

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Gurugram, Jan 20: The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha in Gurugram has announced that they will conduct a tractor rally ‘rehearsal’ in Gurugram on Wednesday ahead of Republic Day, in support of the farmers’ protests against the three farm laws.

SKM president Chaudhary Santokh Singh said that on Wednesday the rehearsal of the tractor rally will begin from the Bajghera flyover and will end at the protest site on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

About 100 tractors will take part in the rehearsal. All tractors will have Morcha members present and will carry the national flag.

“The central government is aware of the flaws in the agricultural laws but is not ready to accept its mistake and is continuously harassing the innocent farmers at several borders of the national capital. The government must let go of its arrogant behaviour and roll back the black laws,” Singh said.

He said that on January 26, the farmers will join Republic Day by affixing the tricolour in front of their tractors and will proceed towards the national capital if permitted.

The protesting farmers said that it will be good if the Centre repeals the farm laws immediately, because the farmer movement has become a mass movement and people of other classes have also started supporting the farmers.

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