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Kapil Mishra is tooting BJP’s horn, says Sanjay Singh

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New Delhi, May 14, 2017: Aam Aadmi Party MLA Sanjay Singh on Sunday lashed on former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra for levying serious corruption allegations on its chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Addressing a press conference soon after Mishra, Singh alleged that BJP is raising the same questions from last 2 years which were raised by Kapil Mishra today. I will request them to stop raising questions against AAP and Arvind Kejriwal and added to stop tampering Arvind Kejriwal images.

We have followed all the rules while taking donations. BJP is totally involved in this. BJP and Kapil Mishra are hand-in-glove, he said.

Singh further added that “Don’t attack from behind, if you want to fight then confront us from front. Arvind Kejriwal is the one who is giving up his job for the welfare of this nation”.

Former CEC has also said in an interview that the only party who takes funds with all the transparency is only AAP, he said.

Earlier today, Sacked Delhi Water Minister fainted during a press conference at his official residence but later reported stable.

Mishra, who has been on hunger strike since Wednesday, fainted while making a presentation on the irregularities in the financial transactions of the Aam Aadmi Party.

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BJP MP Vinay Katiyar attacks Priyanka, says Rohingyas sympathisers should leave India

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New Delhi, May 24: Two days after actor and UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra visited Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Thursday attacked her and said those sympathising with Rohingyas should not be allowed to live in India and sympathisers should leave the country.

Taking a dig at Priyanka Chopra, he said there is no place for Rohingyas Muslims in India. He further added that Priyanka Chopra shouldn’t have to meet Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. Yesterday, Priyanka Chopra said, “Many months later Rohingya Muslims are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong…even worse when they will get their next meal.”

Priyanka Chopra on Monday visited Cox’s Bazaar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world and to share his experience, Priyanka Chopra on Twitter said, “I’m in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh today for a field visit UNICEF, visiting one of the largest refugee camps in the world.”

The actor also shared her pictures with victim children staying in refugee camps on the social media app Instagram. According to United Nations’official stats, almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017.

When Mansur Ali, 12 yrs old, first came to the Child Friendly Space (CFS) at the Balukhali camp, he was only drawing scenes of bloodshed and violence. Helicopters shooting at him and his friends playing soccer… or his village and home being on fire with burning bodies all around him.. Today, his drawings reflect a more hopeful story, one we would like all these children to have. Since the #Rohingya children have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, they have been living in overcrowded camps with no real place that to call their own. Imagine a space that lets you forget your troubles and be a child again… even if its only for just a few hours a day. For the Rohingya children, over 300,000, in the camps in Bangladesh this is the only space that allows them to be kids. These Child Friendly Spaces created by @unicef give kids access to art, music, dance, sport, and counselling etc. The space has often proved to be very therapeutic, helping these kids deal with the horrific situations they faced.. the @unicef aid workers work tirelessly to make sure these children find their spirit again. It doesn’t matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are… NO child deserves a life without hope for the future. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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As I walk into the Women Friendly Space at the Jamtoli Camp, I am instantly struck by a certain calmness. These camps are loud & crowded, actually overcrowded, and so to find a quiet oasis, in this case a small hut with a tarp roof and thatched bamboo walls, is surprising. But for the girls in this camp, this is what they call their “house of peace.” It’s a place they can come and just be. A place to interact with friends, seek counselling, learn about hygiene, or learn life skills like art and music. There are approx 50 Women Friendly Spaces in the camps, just like this one, that on any given day see 50-70 Rohingya girls seeking these safe havens. The centers open at 9am, but there is seldom a day when the women aren’t lined up early, waiting for the doors to open. It is here that I met three 18 year old young women, in particular, who’s stories really shook me – their names have been omitted to protect their identities. They recounted lives of pain and suffering so horrifying…it’s difficult to fathom. One scarred with memories of houses in her village being burned – she and her parents traveled for two days to get here, passing hundreds of decapitated and dismembered bodies along the way. Another shared stories of young girls being pulled from their homes to be raped and tortured. They even tried to kill her and cut her with a knife, but she fought back. How did you manage to be so brave, I asked her…she replied, “If you’re born you will die, so I’m not scared of dying today.” In what world is it normal for an 18 year old girl to have this perspective on life?! The third young woman traveled for nearly two weeks on foot through the forest, where her youngest brother died along the way. There was lots of rape and torture back home she told me, and some women’s breasts were even cut off. While their lives are safer now, they are all still struggling. They know that with an education they can get a job and create better lives for their family, like buying protein for their meals, and clean drinking water. It’s literally as basic as that. Please help however you can, no donation is too small…go to www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef

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This is little Shohida (8 months old), who stole my heart with her infectious smile. It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life…here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19 years old at the time) walked for 15 days, while 6 months pregnant with her ,to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world. When you’re dealing with a mass exodus of thousands of people, who have been displaced from their homes and are desperate for refuge, the need for proper health and nutrition takes center stage…especially for women and children. On the various Unicef Field Visits I have taken, I am always surprised by the simple yet effective solutions that @unicef and their partners develop to deal with the most dire and pressing situations and issues. This is something I experienced again today during my visit to the Nutrition Centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar. More than 60,000 babies have been born in the camps over the past 8 months, so this center is an essential resource for new mothers to learn about proper feeding and nutrition. It all begins with the MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level. From there, aids create a program for the child and a nutrient rich, ready-to-eat peanut paste is portioned out for each child based on the severity of malnutrition. At the Center mother’s are also taught basic hygiene and good health practices when they are in their homes. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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Priyanka, 35, has worked with Unicef for a decade and was appointed as the national and global Unicef goodwill ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes causes such as environment, health and education and women’s rights among many others.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

Last year, Priyanka had met Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

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Maha MLC biennial polls: Counting of votes underway

In the 78-member Legislative Council, the NCP is the single largest party with 23 seats, followed by the Congress (19), the BJP (18) and the Shiv Sena (nine).

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Mumbai, May 24 : Counting of votes was underway today for five out of the six local bodies seats where biennial elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council were held on Monday.

The counting began at 8 am, an election official said.

The Election Commission deferred the counting process for the election to Osamanabad-Beed-Latur seat in view of a court order pertaining to suspension of some members of local bodies in Beed district.

The election was held as three members of the NCP, two of the BJP and one of the Congress are retiring from the Upper House of the state Legislature on June 21.

As many as 16 candidates are in fray in the six seats where there are total 4,621 voters, comprising members of 128zilla parishads, municipal corporations, municipal councils, nagar panchayats and the cantonment board.

In the 78-member Legislative Council, the NCP is the single largest party with 23 seats, followed by the Congress (19), the BJP (18) and the Shiv Sena (nine).

The JD(U), the PWP and the Peoples’ Republican Party have one member each while there are six independents.

The term of NCP’s Anil Tatkare, who represents the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local bodies’ constituency, will end on May 31.

Besides, the terms of NCP’s Jayant Jadhav (Nashik) and Abdullah Khan A Latif Khan Durani (Parbhani-Hingoli), BJP’s Pravin Pote (Amravati) andMitesh Bhangdia (Wardha-Chandrapur -Gadchiroli) and Congress’ Dilip Deshmukh (Osmanabad-Latur- Beed) would end on June 21.

Pote is Minister of State for Industries in the Maharashtra government.

The Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat contest is being viewed as a battle of prestige between state Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde (BJP) and her cousin Dhananjay Munde (NCP), the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council.

Earlier, Ramesh Karad of the NCP had withdrawn his nomination from the seat at the last minute.

Karad, a staunch supporter of Pankaja Munde, had joined the NCP and was immediately declared the party candidate.

But after Karad’s withdrawal, the NCP extended its support to independent candidate Ashok Jagdale. The BJP has fielded former NCP minister Suresh Dhas for this bypoll.

The ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena, the warring constituent in the Maharashtra government, are contesting three seats each.

The Sena is contesting Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Nasik and Parbhani-Hingoli seats.

The NCP is taking on the Sena in Raigad-Ratnagiri- Sindhudurg and Nashik.

In the Parbhani-Hingoli local authorities constituency BJP rebel Suresh Nangare is in fray, along with Shiv Sena’s Viplav Bajoria and Congress’ Suresh Deshmukh.

BJP’s Rajya Sabha member and former chief minister Narayan Rane has declared his support to NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare in the Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg local authorities constituency, against Sena’s Rajeev Sabale.

Pravin Pote of the BJP is contesting from Amaravati constituency against Anil Madhogaria of the Congress.

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Rahul to hold rally on farmers’ death anniversary in Mandsaur in June

One lakh people are expected to take part in the meeting.

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Mandsaur (MP), May 23 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi will visit Piplya Mandi village near Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh on June 6, the first death anniversary of six farmers who were killed in police firing during a protest there last year.

During his visit, Gandhi is will hold a condolence meeting-cum-rally, the Congress said today.

The party, however, alleged that the district administration has given permission to the event by imposing 19 different conditions, one of which asks Gandhi not to make a “provocative” speech.

The opposition party alleged that the BJP-led government in Madhya Pradesh wanted to disturb Gandhi’s event through such conditions.

When asked, the district administration, however, said it was in the process of “amending” its previous order (in which the conditions were set).

The event is being seen as the launch of Congress’s poll campaign in the state, which will witness the Assembly polls later this year.

“Rahulji is coming here to condole the deaths of six farmers at Pipliya Mandi, the epicentre of last year’s farmers unrest,” MP Congress chief spokesperson Manak Agrawal said.

One lakh people are expected to take part in the meeting, he added.

Sharing a copy of the district administration’s permission letter, Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said, “The district administration has given its nod to the event with certain conditions like the maximum size of the tent spread for the rally can’t be more than 15X15 feet, no loudspeakers above 10 decibel limit.”

The letter also reads that the organisers shall be held responsible if the vehicles of anyone participating in the rally are stolen, he said, adding that “besides, the Congress was also asked to arrange for the security of the event”.

“One of the conditions also says that the Congress chief should not make any provocative speech,” Chaturvedi said.

He alleged that imposing such conditions was a deliberate attempt to stop Gandhi from reaching out to people.

MP Congress chief Kamal Nath in a tweet said, “The Shivraj Singh government, which did not allow Rahul ji to enter Mandsaur following the farmers’ killing, again wants to wants to disturb Rahul ji’s meeting of June 6 and muzzle the voice of farmers by laying the conditions.”

“Will the same conditions be laid for the meetings of Modi ji and all the BJP leaders in future?” he asked.

When contacted, District Collector O P Shrivastava said, “We are amending the previous order related to the Congress event. Under the revised order, they can use the site as per their needs.”

Tehsildar of the Malhargarh area of the district, Parasmal Kunhara said permission for the Congress rally was granted on four hectares of land.

“They can use the land as per their wish. The conditions were inadvertently pasted on the order earlier,” he said.

Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said the police would make security arrangements for the event.

“Holding a public meeting is their constitutional right. We will make all arrangements to maintain law and order. We have already detained 350 habitual offenders and criminals in view of this programme and such action is going to continue,” he said.

Gandhi was detained in Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh en route Mandsaur in June last year to meet the families of the farmers killed in the police firing during their protest.

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