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Congress workers protest, raise anti-Yogi slogans in Allahabad over removal of Nehru’s statue

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Allahabad, Sep 14 : Raising slogans against Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, furious Congress workers took to the streets in Allahabad to protest against the removal of the statue of Jawaharlal Nehru from Balson crossing,about 200 metres from his ancestral house of Anand Bhawan.

The statue of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was removed from Balson crossing in Allahabad for beautification work of the city.

The Congress has denounced the controversial and insensitive move saying that it is an attempt to do away with Nehru’s ideology. They termed it as an insult to India’s first Prime Minister and accused the Yogi government of indulging in  conspiracy to re-write history and insult great leaders.

In a tweet, UPCC president Raj Babbar described the move as “unjust” which should be “condemned”.

“Satta ke nashe mein choor hai BJP. Mahapurshon ke apman aur itihaas badalne ki saazish ka hum datkar muqabla karenge” (BJP is drunk with power. We will strongly oppose the conspiracy to re-write history and insult great leaders),” said Babbar.

They said  that the statue of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay, which is on the same road, remains untouched. The angry protestors said that they will take up the matter with higher authorities.

The decision to remove the statue and install it in a nearby park was taken by the Allahabad Development Authority and it was shifted to a park  on Thursday evening.The Samajwadi Party and Congress protested the removal of the statue. The protesters blocked the crane and raised slogans against chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

 

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Supreme Court sets aside NGT order allowing re-opening of Tuticorin plant

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the National Green Tribunal’s order which had allowed the reopening of Vedanta group owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.

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Aircel-Maxis case: Interim protection of P Chidambaram, Karti extended till March 8

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Patiala House Court on Monday extended the interim protection of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till March 8 in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The ED is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal under the PMLA after taking cognisance of a 2011 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) complaint in the case.

On November 26, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had informed the Court that it has been granted permission by the central government to prosecute Chidambaram in connection with the case.

Chidambaram has denied all charges leveled by the central probe agency.

The agencies are investigating how Karti Chidambaram allegedly managed to get a clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in the Aircel-Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister in 2006.

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Army major, 3 soldiers in killed Pulwama encounter

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Srinagar, Feb 18: A major and three soldiers have lost their lives in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian Army personnel of 55 Rashtriya Rifles, have been identified as Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar, and Sepoy Hari Singh.

Besides Indian Army personnel, a civilian named Mushtaq Ahmad was killed in the gunfight.

A top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander linked to Pulwama Attack believed to be trapped in the ongoing encounter with security forces, news agency ANI reported citing sources.

The gunfight erupted on Sunday late night after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following the information that Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants were hiding in the area.

The same outfit that carried out the February 14 attack claiming lives of nearly 40 CRPF troopers.

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