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No distance now between Kartarpur Sahib, pilgrims: PM

“The new national highway built from Kapurthala to Govindwal Sahib near Tarn Taran will now be known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg.”



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Ellenabad/Rewari (Haryana), Oct 19 : The distance between Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan and Guru Nanak’s followers is now ending, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, the last day of campaigning in Haryana.

Also he reiterated that the water over which Haryana’s farmers have a right will not flow into Pakistan.

“The BJP, the NDA government has got lucky one more time. The distance between our Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s holy place, Kartarpur Sahib and all of us is now ending,” he said at his first election meeting in Ellenabad in Sirsa district.

“In 1947, those who were responsible for drawing the dividing line did not think that the devotees should not be separated from the Guru by a distance of only four kilometres. Even after this, should the Congress government not have tried to erase this distance in 70 years?”

“The Kartarpur corridor is almost complete now. This opportunity has come seven decades after independence, 70 years went by. What can be a bigger misfortune than this that we had to see a holy place from afar, through a pair of binoculars,” he added.

“The new national highway built from Kapurthala to Govindwal Sahib near Tarn Taran will now be known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji Marg.”

On an attempt by India to divert the water of rivers flowing into Pakistan, he said: “Once I decide to do something, I always accomplish that. The water over which Haryana’s farmers have the right will not flow to Pakistan now.”

Seeking re-election on the basis of performance of the government, Modi said the state government led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had done a lot of development work and ended corruption in appointments.

Attacking the previous governments at the Centre, he said no efforts were made by the Congress to resolve Jammu and Kashmir’s issues.

“What (Article 370) was termed ‘temporary’ in Ambedkar’s Constitution lasted for 70 years,” he said.

Trying to woo people in the opposition-dominated region, Modi said Sirsa is home to exceptional and warm-hearted people. “It’s an honour to serve them”.

Raising the issue of farmers in Rewari, the Prime Minister said, “There has been a vast improvement in irrigation facilities in Haryana.

“But in the coming five years, we have to make Haryana drought-free and water surplus state. The BJP government is engaged in strengthening the agriculture and farming economy. We have set out to prove the resolve to double farmers’ income by the year 2022.”

Modi urged voters in Haryana to reelect the BJP as he promised to take the state on the path of development.

“Isn’t India looking more powerful ever since our government took over? Did I not deliver on my promises?”

“Why did the Congress not abrogate the provisions of Article 370 when it was in power? They had said it in the Parliament, then why did they not do it?” Modi said.

He said the Congress government could not oppose terrorism and terrorists. “They did not think about our soldiers and their families. The Congress government was concerned about its own seats, and not the country.”

He said as soon as he formed government in 2019, his first decision was made for the families who laid down their lives for the country. “Not only Army, we included police officials and paramilitary soldiers who laid down their lives.”

Appealing to the voters, he said, “Just do two things on October 21. First, you should break all records and vote in every booth. Secondly, you have to break BJP’s victory record in Haryana and make BJP win.”

Haryana will go to the polls for its 90 Assembly seats in a single phase on October 21. The counting of ballots will be on October 24.


India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute




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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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India reports 14K new Covid-19 cases, 152 deaths





 With 14,256 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday continued with its low streak of single-day cases, increasing the overall tally to 1,06,39,684, the health officials said.

.For the past 16 days, the country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new infections even as the toll remained below 300-mark for just short of a month.

On January 19, India had reported 10,064 new coronavirus infections, the lowest single-day spike in seven months. The country had recorded over 10,000 cases on June 6 last year.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that with 152 fresh deaths, the overall toll in India stood at 1,53,184.

As per the Ministry’s data, 10,300,838 people have recovered so far and currently there are 1,85,662 active cases.

The recovery rate stands at 96.82 per cent, while the fatality rate at 1.44 per cent.

About 84 per cent of the daily new cases are reported from eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The nationwide immunisation drive began across the country on January 16, with approval of two Covid vaccines in the country. As many as 12,72,097 beneficiaries have received the Covid vaccine jabs so far.

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SC comes to the rescue of DU law student, gives her shot at career in law




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The past two years have been tumultuous for law student Ankita Meena. Amid several legal adversities, she continued to put a brave face and cleared all the hurdles in finishing her law studies at Delhi University.

In second year, she was not allowed to write her exams, as she missed classes due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy. Her miseries were quadrupled after her results for fourth, fifth and sixth semesters were also withheld. Yet she did not give up and continued the battle in the top court, which reached its finality on Friday. The Supreme Court has now directed the Delhi University to declare the fifth semester results, which would allow her to have a shot at a career in law.

On Friday, a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: “The IA (intervention application) and the SLP (special leave petition) are disposed of, directing the university to declare the fifth semester supplementary examination results of the petitioner and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, provided she had passed the examinations, subject to the petitioner clearing the other formalities.”

Meena joined the three-year LLB course at Law Centre II, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, in August 2016. By the time she joined the course, she was already married for about five months. She completed the first three semesters without any hindrance. However, she fell short of the required attendance mark during the fourth semester, due to two difficulties: One, she gave birth to a baby in February 2018; and second, the teachers’ association went on strike in middle of March, hence classes were impacted.

In May 2018, when she was in second year, the top court declined to give her permission to write her exams as she had missed her classes due to her pregnancy. The court noted that it was “very uncomfortable” to pass an order at 1 pm on her plea to sit in the exam scheduled an hour later.

In October 2018, the top court permitted her to attend classes at her own risk on completion of the required formalities.

In February 2019, the court directed the university to permit her to attend the classes for sixth semester as per its October 2018 order. On July 5, 2019, the Supreme Court directed the university to permit her to appear in the fifth semester supplementary examination scheduled the next day.

In July 2020, the apex court directed that her results for fourth and sixth semesters be declared. Following these orders, Meena appeared for fourth, fifth and sixth semester exams.

The university had declared the results of the fourth and fifth semester examinations, but did not declare the results for the fifth semester supplementary examination. The top court noted that Meena has completed the course in entirety and the results of all the semester examinations except the fifth semester supplementary examination have already been declared.

Directing the university to declare the fifth semester results, the top court said: “This order is passed under the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.”

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