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Darjeeling : Rajnath appeals for calm



Rajnath Singh-wefornews

New Delhi, June 18 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday appealed for peace and calm after speaking to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over ongoing unrest in Darjeeling since June 8.

Rajnath Singh urged all concerned parties should their disputes by holding talks in an amicable environment.

“Spoke to Mamata Banerjee… She has apprised me of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling,” he said.

“I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful. Nobody should resort to violence… In a democracy like India resorting to violence will never help in finding a solution. Every issue can be resolved through mutual dialogue.

“All concerned parties and stakeholders should resolve their differences and misunderstandings through dialogue in amicable environment,” he further added.

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) protested over the death of three party workers during police firing.

After Saturday’s violent clash evoked between security forces and the protesters  GJM chief Bimal Gurung termed the three activists as “the martyrs of Gorkhaland movement” and urged Gorkhas to retaliate with a befitting reply.

The violence in Drajeeling’s took an ugly turn after a massive processions stopped by the security forces on Saturday afternoon.

The GJM has announced for hunger strike from Monday opposing the state government’s purported move to make study Bengali language mandatory in schools and push for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Wefornews Bureau


Budget Session: Gratuity bill passed in Rajya Sabha, Both the houses adjourned for the day




New Delhi, March 22: As uproar continued on the 14th consecutive day in the second half of the Budget session, again both the houses failed to hold any discussion.

However, ahead of adjournment Rajya Sabha passed a Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill.

After TDP MPs walked up to the Well with placards, raising slogans, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the Chairperson halted the proceedings till March 23, 11 am.

Meanwhile, minutes after the house met for the day, Lok Sabha adjourned till noon as loud slogans of ‘We want justice’ are raised.

Later, when the lower house reconvened,  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar made an appeal all the MPs that they let the House run, the government is ready for discussion on all issues, be it no -confidence motion or banking related matters.

However, pandemonium continued which prompted the speaker to adjourn the house.

Earlier in a day, TDP MPs staged a protest in Parliament premises, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the agitation dressed as a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan volunteer, carrying a wiper.

On the other hand, AIADMK demonstrated over Cauvery issue.

YSRCP’s YV Subba Reddy wrote to Lok Sabha Secretary General and gave a notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business tomorrow.


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PM Modi highlights importance of ‘Jal Shakti’ on World Water Day



Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday highlighted the importance of ‘Jal Shakti’ on the occasion of the World Water Day saying when people conserve water cities, villages and farmers benefit “tremendously”.

“World Water Day is an occasion to highlight the importance of Jal Shakti (water power) and reaffirm our commitment towards water conservation.

“When water is conserved, our cities, villages and hardworking farmers benefit tremendously,” Modi tweeted.

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 to remind people about conserving water — one of the most important elements that sustain life on the planet.


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Relief to Tej Pratap Yadav in journalist murder case



RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav

New Delhi, March 22: In a relief to RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Yadav, the CBI on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it did not find anything against him in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

The Central Bureau of Investigation told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud that an investigation of two accused persons, Mohammed Kaif and Javed, was ongoing.

The CBI’s statement was in response to a plea made by the journalist’s widow Asha Ranjan seeking a probe against Tej Pratap Yadav, a former Bihar Health Minister.

Disposing off the plea, the court allowed her to approach the Patna High Court if she finds anything against Tej Pratap at a later stage.

Rajdeo Ranjan was gunned down in Siwan district while returning from office on May 13, 2016.


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