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On Oct 2, run and collect trash: Modi urges Indians

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New Delhi, Sep 29 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for a unique practice called “plogging” — where one jogs and collects trash, through his popular radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

The Prime Minister was visibly impressed with the idea and invited the people across the country to walk 2 km on October 2 and take part in “plogging”.

He has entrusted the Sports Ministry for the job.

It was a smart move to interlink two of Modi government’s pet project — Swachh Bharat and Fit India, ahead of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The concept of “plogging” was the brainchild of Ripu Daman, who joined Mann Ki Baat through phone and elaborated it was a concept to make “litter free India” look “cool” to the youngsters.

“Youngsters get attracted to things that are ‘cool’. Hence, I came up with this idea,” said Daman.

He also gave a three-point solution to make India litter free — put trash in dustbin, pick up litter from road and finally take trash to home in case of unavailability of dustbin.

The Prime Minister also reiterated his strong stand against single-use plastic and invited Indians to be a part of the movement against it on Gandhi Jayanti.

Meanwhile, speaking elaborately on the ban on e-cigarettes, Modi said there’s a wrong narrative which is being spread that it is not harmful. To the contrary, he said, it is very harmful.

He also stressed on the importance of staying away from addiction. The government in a recent move banned the sale of e-cigarettes in India. This was done keeping in line with the Modi government’s Fit India project.

Pandering to the Christian community, Modi said: “It is a matter of pride for every Indian that on this 13th October, His Holiness Pope Francis will declare Sister Mariam Thresia (founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family) a saint. I pay my tributes to Sister Thresia.

“Thresia, who hailed from Thrissur district in Kerala, was an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic professed religious and the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family,” he said.

When this ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is being aired during Navratri, how can there be no mention of festivities? The Prime Minister, in fact, began by urging all to celebrate “Narishakti” this festive season.

While Modi conveyed warm wishes for the upcoming festival, he reminded to be careful with crackers. He invited Indians to travel more and within India.

“India has jumped from 65th to 34th position on global travel and tourism index…Travel to different parts of the country during the festive vacation. Do travel to at least 15 different places across India,” Modi urged.

He ended his radio address by reminding about the impending ‘Run for Unity’ on October 31 on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary.

But, what has been the icing of this version of “Mann Ki Baat” was a conversation with eminent artist Lata Mangeshkar. She turned 90 on Friday and Modi wished the veteran singer during a conversation with her.

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Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition, only interest was Congress: CWC

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee on Friday met and offered condolences to the family of veteran leader and Treasurer Ahmed Patel who passed away on November 25 due to Covid-related complications.

The CWC, in its resolution, said that “Ahmedbhai had no personal ambition. The interest of the Congress was his only interest and the advancement of the Congress agenda was his only agenda. He was deeply religious but secular to the core. Ahmedbhai’s simplicity, austerity, accessibility and generosity were legendary.

Recognising his contributions over four decades to the party, it stressed on “his unique capacity to reconcile competing aspirations and forge unity and comradeship among the leaders and its members”.

Patel passed away at the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Wednesday morning. Amid thousands of well wishers, his mortal remains were laid to rest on Thursday in his ancestral village in Gujarat’s Bharuch district, with many top party leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, present to pay their last respects.

The last rites were carried out at the Sunni Vohra Muslim Jamaat graveyard in Piraman village. As per his wish, his body was buried beside his parents’ graves and all Covid-19 guidelines and protocols were followed during the funeral.

The CWC also passed a resolution condoling the death of veteran leader and three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who also succumbed to Covid.

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Delhi Riots: Jamia student released on parole to sit for exams

The court said that clearing the exams is necessary for Tanha to pursue M.A. in Persian, and that leniency must be shown to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said exams.

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday released Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha — who was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to organise riots in North-East Delhi in February this year — on three-day custody parole to appear for his compartmental examination in December.

Tanha, who is pursuing his B.A. (Hons) in Persian, had moved the court seeking interim bail from November 30 to December 7 to prepare for three backlog exams scheduled to be held on December 4, 5 and 7.

“The court deems it fit to allow the accused on custody parole for appearing in the said examinations. Accordingly, custody parole is granted to accused Asif Iqbal Tanha on December 4, 5 and 7,” Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat ordered.

The court said that clearing the exams is necessary for Tanha to pursue M.A. in Persian, and that leniency must be shown to the accused by allowing him to appear for the said exams.

After advocate Sowjhanya Shankaran, representing Tanha, submitted that her client didn’t not have the required reading material to prepare for the exams, the judge directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to provide necessary assistance, provided it is within the permissibility of the jail rules.

Tanha was arrested on May 19 in connection with the case and has been in the custody since then. On October 21, he was granted one-day interim bail for taking the entrance examination for M.A Persian at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

In September, his named figured in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the riots that broke out in North-East Delhi in February after clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act supporters spiralled out of control, leaving 53 people dead and 748 injured.

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Delhi govt to provide essential amenities to farmers at Nirankari Maidan

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New Delhi: Farmers from Punjab have been allowed to demonstrate at the Nirankari grounds in Delhi’s Burari to protest against the Centre’s agricultural laws. At the same time, the Delhi government has decided to provide basic facilities to the farmers at Nirankari grounds, beginning with drinking water.

The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has asked its MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha to take stock of the situation by reaching Burari.

The Delhi government said in a press briefing, “Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, will visit the Nirankari grounds, Burari on Friday evening. Proper arrangements for drinking water will be made for farmers who are protesting at the approved protest site. Water tankers are being deployed here. To oversee the preparations, DJB vice-president Raghav Chadha is going to the dharna site.”

Chadha told IANS, “Farmers have a right to speak and cannot be treated like criminals. Our farmer brothers and sisters are reaching Delhi from all corners of the country. They have come here to protest the black farm laws passed by the Modi government. Now they have got permission to come to the Nirankari grounds. Whatever they need here, whether it is water, food, toilets, the Arvind Kejriwal government will provide it. All the officers and MLAs are keeping an eye on the arrangements.”

The Delhi Police had sought permission to convert nine stadia in Delhi into temporary jails. However, the Kejriwal government has rejected the proposal. The Delhi government has issued an official statement supporting the farmers. The state government says the farmers demands are justified and they have the right to protest.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The Centre’s three farming laws are anti-farmer. Instead of withdrawing these laws, farmers are being prevented from protesting peacefully, water canons are being turned on them. This atrocity on farmers is completely wrong. Peaceful demonstrations are their constitutional right.”

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