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NHAI initiates drive to remove speed breakers from NHs

As per the statement, speed breakers result in considerable delay, vehicle damage and extra consumption of fuel.

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New Delhi, Jan 7 : State-run NHAI has initiated a drive to remove all sorts of speed breakers on National Highways, especially at toll plazas. with immediate effect.

“Considering the fact that National Highways are designed to cater to high speed traffic without any hindrance, the NHAI has started drive to remove speed breakers from national highways under its jurisdiction,” NHAI said in a statement.

As per the statement, speed breakers result in considerable delay, vehicle damage and extra consumption of fuel.

“This initiative will save time, money and facilitate smooth vehicular movement especially to ambulances, elderly and unwell people commuting on National Highways.

“In the larger context, this will also ensure avoidable wastage of transportation fuel for which country is heavily import-dependent, and will also result in lesser pollution.”

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Hindu, Muslim students tie rakhis at anti-CAA march

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

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Kolkata, Jan 26: A large number of students belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities took out a protest march against the new citizenship law on Republic Day on Sunday and tied the rakhi on one another in an attempt to strengthen bonding between the two communities.

The march started from Nakhoda Mosque in central Kolkata and concluded in north Kolkata’s Tagore house at Jorasanko where first non-European Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was born.

“We, the people of India, have nothing to lose, but chains,” said a prominent banner at the forefront of the march, where a large number of common people of all ages also joined in.

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

They repeatedly raised slogans pledging “We won’t allow the country to be divided,” and assailed the Central government for trying to divide Hindus and Muslims.

Many of the students, who came from several colleges and universities, carried rakhis, and tied them on members of the other community, in a show of Hindu-Muslim bonding.

A participant recalled that in 1905, when then Viceroy Lord Curzon tried to partition Bengal, Tagore had led a procession from Joransanko to Nakhoda mosque where he tried rakhis on members of the Muslim community.

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Can’t let Mahatma be killed again, says Yashwant Sinha

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : In a veiled reference to the new citizenship law (CAA), former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha said in Saifai (UP) on Sunday, Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in communal peace, should not be “killed again” by creating divisions on the basis of religion.

“We will not allow killing of the ‘Father of Nation’ again due to the actions of a few selfish politicians at the Centre,” said Sinha while addressing a large gathering on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day after the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’, led by him, reached this Etawah village from Agra.

Sinha, once an integral part of the BJP think-tank, said, “We have come out with the message of peace in the form of ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’.”

The yatra, launched at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on January 9, is aimed at opposing the CAA that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to minorities coming as refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but leaves out Muslims.

Sinha also took part in the R-Day celebrations. The key highlight of the event was hoisting of the Tricolour on a 155-foot pole.

Samajwadi Party president and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav were also present on the occasion. Sinha was presented with a shawl as the welcome gesture.

SP National Secretary Rajendra Chaudhary, Dharmendra Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Dilip Yadav (MLA), Raj Kumar Raju and Anurag were present at the event, SP spokesperson I.P. Singh told IANS over phone.

“Mahatma Gandhi came out of Gujarat wearing a dhoti and holding a staff. He showed the world the path of truth and non-violence. It’s unfortunate to say today few leaders from the same Gujarat are creating obstacles in the path of truth and non-violence,” said Akhilesh Yadav.

Stating that farmers are sad, the future of the next generation is in dark, and development is blocked, the former UP Chief Minister said, “Today a battle is being fought to save the Constitution on which rests the edifice of our democratic system.”

The SP spokesperson said a prayer meeting would be held on Monday at the SP headquarters and after that the next plans for the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’ would be chalked out.

(Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan can be contacted at [email protected])

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Priyanka Gandhi to move NHRC against UP cops ‘brutality’

A party insider said that the party wants that an inquiry should be initiated against police officials as their behaviour was against the law and ethos of policing.

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will soon lead a delegation of party leaders to National Human Rights Commission to complain about the UP Police’s “brutality” against the anti-CAA protesters.

The party has compiled the proof and other material on record to make a case against the UP Police which cracked down the agitation in the state with force, a party source said. The party has many audio and video evidence against the erring officers, said a leader

Priyanka Gandhi has visited many victims and their families across the state, especially in western Uttar Pradesh which had been worst hit by violence which broke in December last year after the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by Parliament.

She visited Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Lucknow to meet the victims.

The party is at the forefront in the anti-CAA protests and has supported the student agitations. Priyanka Gandhi herself sat on a dharna at India Gate in solidarity and the party had also held a symbolic protest at Rajghat.

A party insider said that the party wants that an inquiry should be initiated against police officials as their behaviour was against the law and ethos of policing.

Nearly two dozen people died in alleged police firing during protests in Bijnor, Meerut, Kanpur, Firozabad and other places. The BJP state government had gone tough on the protestors and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has backed the police action.

However, after later, protests – this time led by women – have broken out in Lucknow, Prayagraj and other places in the state.

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