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For first time in history, no camel contingent at Republic Day parade

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First time in the history of the Republic Day celebrations that the iconic BSF camel contingent will not be ambling down the Rajpath on the coming January 26.

Officials said the 90-member Border Security Force (BSF) camel-mounted troops and band contingent has not been practising during the dress rehearsals of the event being held in the Capital, in the absence of official directions.bsf camel-wefornews“While the contingent is in Delhi since the last few months, it has not been included in the rehearsals as there are no official orders issued in this regard,” they said.

The majestic and elegantly dressed four-legged ‘ship of the desert’ belonging to the border guarding force first became a part of the national festival celebration in 1976 after it replaced a similar squad of the army which had been participating in the Republic Day parade since the first such event in 1950.

“The BSF camel contingent has since been the intrinsic part of the parade at Rajpath on every January 26. There are two teams which take part in the event, the 54-member mounted contingent and the 36-member band,” a senior official involved with the camel squad said.

While the first contingent showcases smartly dressed BSF border guards with weapons riding camels, the second follows with bandsmen in beautiful multi-colour dresses on the back of camels playing martial music.

Officials said the January 26 parade this time is undergoing a number of changes such as non-inclusion of paramilitary forces like Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) whereas some new features have been added to it including the dogs squad contingent of the army and a team of French soldiers.

“The camel contingent may also not be a part of the Beating the Retreat Ceremony to be held on January 29 where they stand along the ramparts of the North and South blocks on Raisina Hill,” they said.

French President Francois Hollande is the chief guest of this year’s event with dignitaries like President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others and general public.

The BSF camel contingent is the inheritor of the heritage of the Bikaner Royal Camel Force, known as ‘Ganga Risala’, and is based in the border town of Jaisalmer in north Indian state of Rajasthan.

Every year it travels to Delhi in November to participate in the Raising Day event of the BSF on December 1 and the Republic Day parade after which it retreats to its base.

The contingent has been called in to greet and honour foreign dignitaries many times in the past and recently was present for welcoming US President Barack Obama last year and for entertaining the guests during the Afro-India summit held last year.

The BSF is country’s largest border guarding force of the country raised in 1965 and it is mainly tasked with securing Indian frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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BJP MLA shouldn’t have threatened public servant like this, says SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : On the viral video in which MLA shows his power to a woman SDM,Sub-divisional magistrate Garima Singh said Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Udaybhan Chaudhary shouldn’t have spoken to a public servant like this as it isn’t right because “A procedure has to be followed.”

Garima Singh said, ” Even if he(BJP Agra MLA)was unhappy with something, he could’ve talked in a better way. The way he talked to a public servant isn’t right. A procedure has to be followed, I can’t discard orders&take steps in other ways.He shouldn’t have spoken like that,I’m sad.”

A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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Viral Video: BJP MLA threatens SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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All India Kisan Sabha to hold protests for loan waiver

AIKS will also extend its support to the protest march of ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank One Pension (OROP) on January 27.

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New Delhi, Dec 18 : Buoyed by the announcement of farm loan waiver by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments, Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday said it will hold another round of protest in the rural parts of the country to press for a complete loan waiver across the country and guaranteed remunerative crop prices.AIKS will also extend its support to the protest march of ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank One Pension (OROP) on January 27.

AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah said that ‘rail roko’ and ‘rasta roko’ will be held in all villages to urge BJP-led central government to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agriculture commodities as per the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission and waive loans of all farmers in the country.

“The outcome of recently-concluded elections showed that farm crisis was one of the major issues. The Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have waived farm loan because of the protests this year,” he said addressing a press conference.

“We have decided to keep momentum going till Lok Sabha elections to get our demands fulfilled. As many as 106 organisations under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will participate in the protest,” he said.

The planned protest would be separate from the ones being held by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) which represents over 200 farm outfits and the AIKS is also a part of it, Mollah added.

AIKS President Ashok Dhawale said Congress “showed no mercy to the farmers” by offering a loan waiver but farmers protests compelled it to do so.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has announced signing off the file on crop loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh as on March 30 this year.

Dhawale demanded the cut-off date be extended to December so as to make farmers, who have taken loan this year, free from the cycle of debt completely.

The AIKS leaders asked Congress governments to implement the loan waiver scheme without riders.

“Loan waiver scheme with conditions was a bad experience in BJP-led Maharashtra. In another BJP-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh, farmers received cheques of Re 1. So there should not be any condition,” Dhawale said.

Newly elected MLAs from Rajasthan, Girdhari Lal Mahiya and Balwan Pooniya, who contested on Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) tickets, said they would take up the cause with the government to make farmers in the state debt-free.

Pooniya said farmers were “looted” by the Modi government under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a crop insurance scheme, as the premium was high but compensation was low.

Expressing concerns over Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that loan waiver was not a solution, Mahiya said “It is hypocrisy. We will have to confront the government in the Assembly and on the road.”

Reacting to the NITI Ayog’s remarks that loan waiver is no answer to the debt trap, Mollah said the premier institution had become a “chamcha” (sycophant) of the BJP government.

“It is good for nothing. It agrees with whatever the government says,” he said.

On former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan remarks over the loan waiver, Mollah said “We know that it is not a solution. However, farmers are under debt because of low remuneration. They have been incurring losses for so many years. Let there be one-time loan waiver along with an announcement of the MSP fixed on Swaminathan commission’s recommendations, farmers will not need a loan waiver again.”

AIKS leader said they would meet Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh over agrarian crisis in the country.

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