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Protest against newly elected Sri Lankan president

The Sri Lankan President will be on a three-day visit to India from November 28-30.

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New Delhi: The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko and his party workers staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Thursday morning against newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, police said.

The protestors have been detained and taken to Parliament Street police station, a senior police officer said.

Vaiko went on to say that he condemns the invitation to Rajapaksa. “Gotabaya says that only with the vote of Sinhalese, he became the President of Sri Lanka. He would not have the welfare of Tamil people in his mind,” he added.

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Sale of Tibetan pill used to prevent infectious diseases stopped

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Dharamsala, Feb 21 (IANS) In the wake of directions from the health authorities, the sale of a traditional Tibetan medicine that supposedly prevents the spread of infectious diseases, including coronavirus, has been stopped.

Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan medical and astro institute in this Himachal Pradesh town, was directed by the government to stop the sale of ‘Rimsung Rilbu’ so as to prevent any misconception in the public mind, District Chief Medical Officer Gurdarshan Gupta said on Friday.

Men-Tsee-Khang’s Director Tashi Tsering Phuri told the media that they had complied with the directive of the authorities.

He maintained that the institute had never made any claim regarding the pill’s prophylactic properties, which was prepared as per formulations given in the ancient Buddhist texts.

Men-Tsee-Khang, a charitable cultural and educational institution, was established in 1916 in Tibet, and re-established in Dharamsala in 1961 by the Dalai Lama.

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Celebrate Mahashivratri in true brotherhood: Punjab CM

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Chandigarh, Feb 21 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday extended greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri with a call to celebrate the festival in the true spirit of brotherhood and harmony.

In his message, Amarinder Singh called upon the people to follow the ideology promoted by Lord Shiva to destroy all evil forces of divisiveness and hated, which are detrimental to the nation’s social fabric.

“May this auspicious occasion inspire noble thoughts of love, affection, amity and brotherhood amongst all of us,” said the Chief Minister in a statement.

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Modi, Shah can’t always help, RSS cautions BJP

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New Delhi, Feb 20 : “A bad candidate cannot claim a premium just because the party he belongs to is good. An evil is an evil…” This commentary on BJP is not by any opposition leader but from within.

RSS’ English language mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ has come up with a scathing observation, quoting Deendayal Upadhyaya, on the BJP, it’s Delhi unit and the candidates who were launched in the poll fray in the aftermath of a humiliating loss in the national capital.

In a no-nonsense approach, the author asserted that the BJP as an organisation needs to understand that Amit Shah and Narendra Modi “cannot always help out”.

“Narendra Modi and Amit Shah cannot always help out in the Assembly level elections and there is no option but to rebuild the organisation in Delhi to address the local aspirations,” read the article.

The article titled ‘Delhi’s Divergent Mandate’ authored by its editor Prafulla Ketkar called for understanding the “context of city-state voting behaviour” in Delhi. The article says the answer lies in the changing character of aspirational Delhi.

Stating that the ‘Shaheen Bagh narrative’ failed for the BJP because Arvind Kejriwal steered clear of it. But taking a dig at the saffron avatar of Kejriwal, the author subtly asks BJP to keep a watch on him. He asks, “This genie of Muslim fundamentalism experimented under the pretext of CAA may create a new testing ground for Kejriwal. How does Kejriwal respond to this danger? How far was his chanting of Hanuman Chalisa genuine?”

It was reported earlier that both the Sangh and VHP are content with the Hindu-centric politics that forced Kejriwal to adapt to the changing trend. But Ketkar is apprehensive that it’s not ‘genuine’ side of the AAP.

He sent out a clear message to the Delhi unit: you failed. The apparent failure of BJP to revitalise the organisational structure at the grassroots level after 2015 was recognised as one of the prominent reasons for the poll debacle in which BJP secured just eight seats as AAP swept to power with 62 seats.A

After the defeat, the BJP went into multiple huddles — one with general secretaries, another in which Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was quizzed by party chief J.P. Nadda and General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santosh and several others.

While the Delhi unit has blamed it on Congress giving it up, thus making it easy for the Aam Aadmi Party, the central BJP blames the faction-ridden Delhi unit as well. This is one of the reasons why the party refused to project any chief ministerial face ahead of the polls.

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