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Delhi govt begins relief distribution process for riot victims

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New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS) The Delhi government on Saturday launched the relief disbursement process for the people affected by the violence in north-east district, where the toll in the clashes is over 40, official sources said.

A special team of the Delhi Government visited the badly hit Shiv Vihar area of the district to chart out a road map for providing relief to the victims. In addition to this, many special officers have been sent to other areas for disbursement of relief.

The Delhi government will be giving compensation to those people whose shops, houses and vehicles were torched by miscreants, for rehabilitation and rebuilding their houses and shops.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Those people whose houses have been badly damaged in the violence will be given compensation of Rs 5 lakh each.”

The government will give Rs one lakh to the tenant, if any, while the remaining Rs 4 lakh will be given to the landlord for rebuilding his house. This compensation amount has been fixed at two and a half lakh rupees for the smaller houses.

According to Kejriwal, Rs 25,000 is being released immediately as relief. The remaining amount will be given after verification and submission of an application.

On Saturday, the Delhi government released the application forms for the compensation. The language of the application forms has been kept simple and in Hindi so that the victims of violence can give information accurately.

In the application forms, the victims families will have to fill their name, address, Aadhar card number, name of the deceased, their relationship with the deceased.

The Delhi government will give a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the families of those killed in the violence.

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Priyanka Gandhi lauds soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers on Independence Day

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NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday lauded the soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers and labourers across the country on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day.

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, remembered the struggle for independence and said that people have to continue fighting for their freedom.

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Sonia rakes up intolerance bogey in I-Day statement

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New Delhi:  Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi raised the intolerance bogey on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day on Saturday, saying there is no freedom to write, question or disagree, while accusing the Modi government of being undemocratic.

“Today every countryman needs to look into the conscience and ask what freedom means? Is there freedom in the country today to write, to speak, to ask questions, to disagree, to have views, to seek accountability? As a responsible opposition, it is our responsibility that we make every effort and struggle to keep India’s democratic independence intact,” said Gandhi in a statement.

Accusing the government of being undemocratic, she alleged, “Friends, we have tested our democratic values from time to time in the last 74 years of independence and have continuously matured them. Today it seems that the government is standing contrary to democratic system, constitutional values and established traditions. It is also a test for Indian democracy.”

She added that as a “responsible opposition”, it is our responsibility that we make every “effort and struggle” to keep India’s democratic values intact.

Gandhi also raked up the Galwan valley face-off with China while paying tributes to those bravehearts who laid down their lives for India. She also expressed confidence about overcoming the Covid pandemic and the economic hardships caused by it.

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Warning of continued threat from Pakistan, China: Punjab CM Amarinder

Recalling the contributions of the millions of Indians to the freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said Punjabis had always been at the forefront of every battle.

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Mohali (Punjab), Aug 15 : Warning of continued threat from both Pakistan and China, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said Punjab would always be at the forefront of fighting the enemy at the borders.

With tensions at the borders continuing, India had to be prepared to deal with any eventuality, said the Chief Minister in his Independence Day address, after hoisting the tricolour here to mark the historic occasion.

“While Pakistan continues to resort to firing every day, China, on the other hand, talks about friendship but remains a danger to our nation,” said Amarinder Singh, recalling the recent barbaric attack on Indian soldiers by the Chinese forces.

India has always given Pakistan a befitting response, which is the only way to deal with them, he said, adding that China also needs to be handled with the same iron hand.

Recalling the contributions of the millions of Indians to the freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said Punjabis had always been at the forefront of every battle.

The cellular jail in Kaala Paani (Andaman Islands) have the names of tens of hundreds of Punjabis etched in immortality, he said, adding even though the Independence Day celebrations this year were low-key due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the time to remember the sacrifices of all those who had made freedom possible for everyone.

It was also the time to salute the defence forces guarding the nation’s borders from the enemy, he added.

Paying his tributes to Punjab’s freedom fighters, Amarinder Singh reiterated his government’s commitment to extend all benefits of freedom fighters to their next generations.

At the same time, Amarinder Singh saluted the health workers and paramedics who were continuously fighting the invisible Covid-19 enemy, along with the NGOs and religious organisations that have worked tirelessly to provide free food and medicine during the period of lockdown.

He also acknowledged the great work done by the farmers, who have produced the food that fed the nation during the lockdown period and government officials who are serving the people in these difficult times.

The Chief Minister recognised the people of Punjab for their cooperation in observing precautions that were helping in containing the pandemic, the students who had marvellously adapted to the online teaching methodology, as well as the teachers who were working day and night to create online content to ensure that the studies of their students do not suffer.

He also lauded the industrialists who had shown remarkable resilience in recovering from the extreme slowdown caused by the pandemic, and the industrial labour which had placed its faith in Punjab and returned to work with the same dedication as before after the initial panic which forced them to leave for their home towns through the trains arranged by the state government.

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