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Gangasagar: Lakhs take holy dip on Makar Sankranti

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Sagar Island (West Bengal), Jan 15 : A record 4 million plus pilgrims from across the country and abroad took the holy dip here in the Ganga where it flows out into the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Wednesday at the annual Gangasagar Fair, amid heightened security and safety arrangements using hundreds of drones, CCTV cameras and one lakh QR code-based wrist bands.

The island, about 150 km from Kolkata in West Bengal’s 24 Parganas South district, now resembles a mini-India, as the devotees, including thousands of saints and seers jostled for space since the early hours braving the severe cold. A big batch of Naga sadhus have also descended for the fair.

The most auspicious period for the dip or ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) started at 12.24 a.m. on Wednesday and would continue through the day.

The Gangasagar bath is considered auspicious by the Hindus, who gather here on Makar Sankranti for a holy dip and to pray by offering coconuts at the Kapil Muni temple. The devout believe that a single dip in the sacred water washes off the sins of one’s lifetime.

Devotees from as far as Punjab, Jammu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, as well as all other parts of the country, besides a substantial number of Hindus living in foreign geographies have congregated for the festival.

While an ocean of pilgrims gather here to take a dip every year, this time the attendance figure has scaled up to unprecedented levels since the Kumbh Mela, which is the other major religious festival that is accompanied by mass bathing, is not scheduled in 2020.

The district administration is expecting the turnout at Gangasagar to be close to five million by the end of the day.

“Over four million pilgrims have taken the holy dip till this morning,” said an official.

Apart from more than five thousand police personnel, over one thousand CCTV cameras have been installed at various points of the fair premises. Two hundred and fifty drone cameras are also being used for surveillance, with a mega control room in the centre of the island coordinating the entire network.

The district administration has distributed one lakh QR code-based wrist bands to senior people and children to tackle the problem of missing persons. A real time crowd monitoring system has also been put in place through the application of information technology.

As part of the security measures, the coast guard has placed hovercraft, high-speed patrol vessels and interceptor boats along the coastline.

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JNUSU yet to speak on prosecution sanction against Kanhaiya

On February 9, 2016, anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the campus during a protest against the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru in the 2002 Parliament attack.

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New Delhi, Feb 29 : A day after Delhi government’s sanction to Delhi Police for the prosecution of former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case, JNU Students Union (JNUSU) on Saturday was silent on the development.

Repeated calls and WhatsApp messages to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Aishe Ghosh and Vice-President Saket Moon went unanswered.

Union General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav responded to the call and targeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the decision, but maintained that these were his personal views and not of the JNUSU.

“The decision proves that Kejriwal projected just a fake image during the election campaign. The decision to not give any prosecution sanction before the campaigning ended was to protect his vote bank,” Satish said.

“Now that the Delhi Assembly elections are over, he has decided to betray us,” Satish claimed.

Asked if was speaking for the Union, Satish said, “I am out of the campus and unable to discuss with fellow JNUSU members. So these are my views,” he added.

The JNUSU has for long defended Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

On February 9, 2016, anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the campus during a protest against the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru in the 2002 Parliament attack.

The 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch named 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and seven Kashmiri students as the main accused in the case.

Later JNUSU office-bearers maintained that these people were targeted on false charges and that the charge sheet was an effort by the BJP-led central government to muzzle students’ voice.

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Delimitation to restart in four Northeastern states

The rationale given by the government was that the exercise could be carried out “now” as the previous circumstances cease to exist.

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New Delhi, Feb 29 : The decks have been cleared for the resumption of the delimitation exercise in four Northeastern states. The central government on Friday cancelled its earlier notifications which deferred delimitation in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh due to security issues.

The delimitation exercise will redraw the boundaries of Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the four states which have been hit by insurgency.

The rationale given by the government was that the exercise could be carried out “now” as the previous circumstances cease to exist.

The ”order” issued by the Legislative Department of the Law Ministry said “it appears that the circumstances that led to the deferring of the delimitation exercise” in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland “have ceased to exist and that the delimitation of the constituencies as envisaged under the Delimitation Act, 2002 could be carried out now”.

It said now the President, satisfied that the circumstances that led to the deferring of the delimitation exercise have ceased to exist, “is pleased to rescind the notification … dated the February 8, 2008…”

The order pointed out that a Delimitation Commission was set up under the Delimitation Act, 2002 to readjust the division of each state and union territory into territorial constituencies for the purpose of Lok Sabha and state assembly elections on the basis of census figures of 2001.

The Commission completed the delimitation exercise and the Delimitation Order, 2008 in respect of all the states, except in these four northeastern states, it said.

Addressing all the four states individually, the order said the President on being satisfied that a situation had arisen where the unity and integrity of India was likely to be threatened and there was serious threat to the peace and public order, deferred the delimitation exercise.

“In India, such Delimitation Commissions have been constituted four times – in 1952 under the Delimitation Commission Act, 1952, in 1963 under Delimitation Commission Act, 1962, in 1973 under Delimitation Act, 1972 and in 2002 under Delimitation Act, 2002,” it said.

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Congress delegation visits violence-hit Delhi areas

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Congress’ five-member delegation, set up by interim President Sonia Gandhi to file a report on Delhi violence, visited the GTB hospital and interacted with victims admitted to the hospital and their families.

The deadly clashes in northeast Delhi, after a clash between opponents and supporters of the CAA on Sunday took on a communal turn, have left over 40 people dead and over 200 injured and extensive damage to property, including homes, shops and other establishment

Earlier on Friday, Gandhi constituted the delegation comprising party general Secretary Mukul Wasnik, Delhi in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, former Union Minister Tariq Anwar, Haryana unit chief Kumari Selja, and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev.

The delegation was tasked to “assess the situation emanating from the mindless violence in riot affected areas and its after-effects and submit a detailed report to the Congress President immediately”, as per the release issued by party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal.

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