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Gehlot urges Raje government to reduce taxes on diesel

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Jaipur, Aug 30 : As the diesel price in Rajasthan hit Rs 74.23 per litre on Wednesday, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot urged the state government to reduce taxes on fuel so that farmers can breathe it easy.

He said that farmers are quite worried looking at the escalating price of diesel as they have been using the fuel not only for driving vehicles but also for ploughing their fields with tractors.

They also use diesel for irrigation using pump sets, he said, adding that most of the farmers of the country rely on diesel for their basic farming needs.

“Tax on diesel has increased substantially and it is in the government’s hand to reduce it,” he said.

However, both the Central and the state governments are sitting like mute spectators, busy collecting a high rate of tax on the base value of fuel, which is leading to the increase in diesel price.

He has urged the state government to reduce the taxes on diesel to give farmers a respite from the burden of paying heavy price for fuel.

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Women brigade continues their anti-CAA stir in Lucknow

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Lucknow, Jan 25 : The all women protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Lucknow’s Clock Tower continued on Saturday despite every effort by the administration to end it.

A woman, who has been at the protest site with her four-year-old child, said: “Citizens across the country are on the streets protesting against the new law, which is against the very basic tenets of Indian Constitution.

“The country is in the hands of those who are trying to destroy India. We Muslim women have to take out our veil and come on to the streets to protect India’s democracy.”

Another woman said: “God has given us the power to protect our country from the fascist forces and we will keep fighting till the very end.”

Women and children have been protesting against the CAA and NRC at the iconic venue in the Heritage Circle of the Uttar Pradesh capital for the last many days and have refused to budge despite repeated threats of eviction by the local administration.

“This law is 100 per cent wrong. Those sitting in power presently should understand that this law has been negated by the people, so they should withdraw it.

“But the government is trying every possible trick to discredit the peotesters by levelling baseless charges that we have taken money to protest. This is ridiculous.”

The protesters are also raising slogans and are holding placards with ‘No to NRC’, ‘Will not show papers’ written on them.

Shabana, another protester, said: “We have been a thorn in the eyes of the government since the day we began protest. Some NGOs handed out blankets, biscuits and water but the policemen took them away.

“The Police also doused the bonfires, lit to help keep the women warm and cope with the cold wave. Not only this, the police even put pressure on those running the nearby toilet to extort money from us.

“But we will not back out even against all odds, and will continue protesting.

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Cold wave sweeps Himachal

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Shimla: A cold wave continues to sweep Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, with its higher reaches shivering under sub-zero temperatures.

There are chances of snowfall in mid and higher hills from Monday night as western disturbances are approaching the region, an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

The minimum temperature in Shimla was 5.7 degrees Celsius, down from Friday’s 4.5 degrees, he said.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district and Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw a low of minus 8.3 and minus 5 degrees, respectively.

Dalhousie in Chamba district recorded a low of 5.1 degrees, while it was 2.8 degrees at Kufri. The night temperature at Dharamsala stood at 3.2 degrees.

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Building collapses at Bhubaneswar airport, 1 killed

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Bhubaneswar: The roof of an under-construction building collapsed at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here leaving one person dead and injuring another, police said on Saturday.

The under-construction building linking Terminal 1 with Terminal 2 collapsed on Friday night.

The person was killed after being trapped under the collapsed roof, according to the police.

The victim has been identified as Antaryami Guru, a helper of a truck engaged in the construction work at the airport. The injured person was admitted to the Capital Hospital here.

Fire fighting personnel, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operation here.

“We have recovered one body that was trapped under the concrete with the support of rescue operation personnel,” said Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena.

Construction firm official claimed that all safety measures were taken.

“All the workers had climbed down from the roof and the day’s work was over. The mishap occurred when the workers were returning,” said an official of Dillip Constructions, the firm undertaking the construction work at the airport.

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