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Congress to hold nationwide protest over fuel price hike on Monday

The protest comes in the wake of the hike in the petrol and diesel prices. The price of petrol in last 21 days have gone up by Rs 9.12 for petrol and Rs 11.01 for diesel.

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New Delhi, June 27 : Looking at the spike in the fuel price in last 21 days amid Covid-19 outbreak, the Congress has planned nationwide protest on Monday to underline the Narendra Modi government”s extortionist looting of common men.

In a statement, Congress General Secrrretary K.C. Venugopal said, “After the resounding success of the Shaheedon ko Salaam program yesterday, a national level agitation is being organised by the Congress party on Monday against the unmindful, insensitive and unprecedented hike in the prices of petrol and diesel will be massive and will underline the government”s extortionist looting of the common Indian during the Covid-19 crisis.”

He said through the protest, the party will highlight the heavy burden imposed upon the common people by the anti people policies of the Central government.

He said that between June 30-July 4, the party will also conduct massive protests at the block and district level.

The protest comes in the wake of the hike in the petrol and diesel prices. The price of petrol in last 21 days have gone up by Rs 9.12 for petrol and Rs 11.01 for diesel.

On Saturday, the petrol and diesel prices stood at Rs 80.38 per litre with an increase by Rs 0.25 and Rs 80.40 per litre with an increase by Rs 0.21, respectively.

The Congress leader said that for the last 21 consecutive days, the government has been increasing the price of petrol and diesel, in the process Aputting undue extra burden on the shoulders of the common people.

Venugopal alleged that the Central government has amassed huge profits on account of exorbitantly increased central excise duties on petrol and diesel, even as prices of international crude have been at a record low.

“Rather than passing on the benefits of the low cost of procurement to the people, the Government had deliberately kept the price high by increasing the excise duty,” he said.

He said that the protests by the party will hold protest on June 29 from 11 a.m. in front of Central government offices across the country.

“Apart from this, party MPs, MLA, Office Bearers, leaders and workers will submit memorandums to the President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the withdrawal of hikes in the prices of petrol and diesel,” he said, adding that the party will also hold a social media campaign called “Speak up on Petrol and Diesel Price Hike”.

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India records 14,849 new corona cases; active cases 1.84 lakh

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India recorded 14,849 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the active cases to 1,84,408 and total tally to 1,06,54,533, Health Ministry data said. A total of 155 more fatalities took the country’s COVID death toll to 1,53,339.

In all, 1,03,16,786 patients have recovered so far, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.82 per cent, the Ministry said.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 19,17,66,871 samples have been tested so far in the country, including 7,81,752 on Saturday.

India’s corona cases’ tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23 and the 40-lakh mark on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 last year, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and one crore on December 19.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in J&K

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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