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India undertaking direct road links with southeast Asian nations: President



Ram Nath Kovind

Agartala, June 7: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that India, under the “Act East” policy, has undertaken direct road links with southeast Asian nations to boost connectivity.

“The Indian government under the ‘Act East” policy, is carrying out various projects and schemes. Under the policy, direct road links are being developed with Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries of southeast Asia to boost connectivity,” he said after dedicating the 73-km National Highway from Matabari to Sabroom in southern Tripura to the nation.

Kovind said after the completion of the under-construction bridge over river Feni, the Matabari-Sabroom portion of NH-8 would link Tripura directly by road with Bangladesh, and also help the northeastern states get access the Chittagong sea port.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who accompanied the President, also addressed the function

The National Highway-8, connecting Tripura with the rest of the country via Assam and Meghalaya, has been extended up to the border town of Sabroom, from which Chittagong is just 72 km away.

Kovind said after the partition of India, the distance between Tripura and Kolkata had risen to 1,700 km via Indian territory from the 600-700 km via the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.

“Through the under construction Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) rail link, northeast India would be connected with Bangladesh railway network. With the development of road and rail links, both northeast India and Bangladesh would be benefited immensely.”

The President, accompanied by his wife Savita Kovind, arrived on his maiden visit to Tripura on Thursday and attended a series of events in southern Tripura and Agartala.

He stressed that the development of northeast is a top priority for the Central government.

“In the northeast region, 5,200 km roads are being constructed by the Central government. Development and upgradation of National Highways of the region are going on under the programme of Bharatmala Pariyojana,” he said

The President also said that there is a huge scope of development of tourism in Tripura and other northeastern states.

“Through tourism, economic development would also be achieved. With the rail and road development, tourism would also be further developed helping the economy of the region.”

Kovind said that for the all round development of the tribals, the Central government has undertaken many schemes including setting up of the National Bamboo Mission.

He said that Tripura’s Somdev Devvarman, Dipa Karmakar, Laxmita Reang, Souravi Debbarman and others have earned national and international recognitions and they are the role model for other talented sports and cultural personalities.

The President also laid the foundation stone for the re-development of Matabari Temple (Tripura Sundari Temple) complex in Udaipur, 55 km south of Agartala.

Kovind, accompanied by his wife, offered puja at the Tripura Sundari Temple. The 517-years-old temple is one of the 51 holiest ‘Shaktipeeths’ (shrine of the goddess of power) in India as per Hindu mythology.


Punjab Youth Cong workers set tractor ablaze near India Gate, 5 detained





A day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Agriculture Bills and made them laws, the Punjab Youth Congress workers on Monday set ablaze a tractor in the high security India Gate area to protest against the contentious legislation. The Delhi Police detained five people involved in the incident.

About 10-15 Punjab Youth Congress activists arrived in the national capital in a truck to protest against the controversial farm laws around 7.15 a.m. on the birth anniversary of revolutionary Bhagat Singh.

“If the deaf are to hear, the sound has to be very loud: Bhagat Singh,” the IYC quoted the martyr in a tweet.

“In honour of the memory of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Punjab Youth Congress protested against the BJP government’s apathetic treatment of farmers by lighting a tractor at India Gate. Wake the sleeping govt. Inquilab Zindabad.”

It also attached a video of the act that was carried out metres away from the India Gate and not far from the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Delhi Police spokesperson in a statement said, “Today at around 7:15 am, 15-20 persons carrying a tractor in Tata 407 vehicle came to Rajpath, Man Singh Crossing.”

The spokesperson said that they off loaded the tractor and tried to set it ablaze.

“They claimed to be members of Youth Congress Punjab. Appropriate legal action has been taken. Five persons have been detained till now and one vehicle impounded. Affiliation of these persons is being verified,” he said.

Delhi BJP media cell chief Neelkant Bakshi said that he will be filing an FIR against the Youth Congress workers.

He alleged that the Youth Congress workers brought the tractor and set it on fire to spread violence. “They are trying to spread riots in the country and I will be filing an FIR to stop this conspiracy,” Bakshi added.

Source: IANS

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Raj violence: RAF deployed after 2 die in police firing



Jaipur, Sep 28 (IANS) The Rajasthan Police on Monday confirmed that two persons have died and another two were injured in police firing used to control violence that rocked Dungarpur in the last four days.

“Two people died and two sustained critical injuries in the violence which erupted on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad national highway in the last four days. Additional police forces and rapid action force has been deputed in Dungarpur since Sunday night,” said Director General Police (DGP) Bhupendra Singh here.

Police had to open fire to control the situation on Saturday and to protect public property and lives of people in which two died and two were injured. The injured are out of danger, he said.

He said a total of 24 cases have been registered and action is being taken against the accused. Two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and six companies of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) have been deputed.

Officials are keeping an eye on all major developments and efforts are on to retain peace in the area.

Last week, thousands of applicants who appeared for teachers’ examination took to streets, pelted stones and torched vehicles on the NH8.

They demanded the filling up of over 1,000 vacant posts reserved for the general category be filled by ST candidates. The highway was blocked for about 10 kilometres since Thursday evening. Many police vehicles were torched and several policemen were injured in the violence.


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Out of these, 9,62,640 are currently active; 50,16,520 have been discharged, while 95,542 lost the battle against the viral disease.
On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases. Twelve days later the tally has mounted to 60 lakh.
While the recovery rate stands at 82.58 per cent, one of the highest in the world; the fatality rate has come down to 1.57 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,39,232 cases including 35,571 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 7,09,394 sample tests were conducted across the country in a single day on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,19,67,230.
On the global front, India rallies behind the US, which has recorded 71,13,666 cases and 2,04,750 deaths. As of Monday morning, the total number of cases in the world stood at 3,29,77,556 and the fatalities rose to 9,96,674.

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