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Sprinter Dutee Chand wants to join politics

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 23 : Ace sprinter Dutee Chand has expressed her interest to enter the political fray after finishing her athletic career.

“I have always wanted to join politics since childhood. My family has also been involved in grassroots politics, with my mother being the SARPANCH of our village,” Dutee tweeted on Monday.

Dutee, however, said there is no plan to join politics as of now and she will wait till the completion of her career as an athlete.

“Now, I am focusing on my sprinting career. There is no plan to join politics now,” said India’s fastest woman.

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

The 23-year-old athlete, who holds the national record in the women’s 100 metres event, is preparing for the World Championships scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha.

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Congress not against granting citizenship to Hindus: Singhvi

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New Delhi, The Congress party has categorically rejected the claims that they are opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in toto but say that they have only objected to the exclusion of a community in the amended Act.

Senior party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Sunday that the Congress is not opposed to granting citizenship to Hindus. Singhvi said: “The Congress is a party which always wanted, welcomed and supported the grant of citizenship to Hindus and other communities.

What we are opposed to is why should we deny citizenship to a particular community – that is my question as a political party.”He also attacked the Centre for misleading people on the issue.

“The question the civil society across the country is asking spontaneously is not answered by the government, which is giving misleading statements. Why it has neglected and ignored Hindus of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar,” said Singhvi.

Singvi said that the motive of the government is evident. “It only wants to beat a political horse to try and divide the society for cheap political gains,” he added.

The Congress leader defended the states opposing the CAA. “All that some states have done or immediately proposing to do, is to have filed or going to file substantive comprehensive petitions in the Supreme Court. Those petitions have challenged the new law under Article 131,” he said.

Replying to questions on Kapil Sibal who had said on Saturday that the CAA cannot be opposed by the states, Singhvi said that Sibal has already clarified on the issue.

“There are attempts to create chaos and confusion and government would be happy to get off the hook by creating of all types of misinterpretations I don’t have to reply to. Sibal has already tweeted,” Singhvi said.

Sibal had said in one of his tweets: “I believe the CAA is unconstitutional. Every state assembly has the constitutional right to pass a resolution and seek its withdrawal. When and if the law is declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court then it will be problematic to oppose it. The fight must go on!”

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Kejriwal’s 10 ‘guarantees’ before Delhi polls

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New Delhi, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday guaranteed free public travel for students and basic facilities for unauthorized colonies in the city along with continuing the ongoing free subsidy on water and electricity in his “guarantee card” ahead of the February 8 Assembly polls.

The ‘Kejriwal ka Guarantee Card’ was released by the Chief Minister at the Aam Aadmi Party office here and has 10 “guarantees”, including a promise to reduce air pollution in Delhi by three times.

“We will plant more than two crore trees to make Delhi green,” the card reads. The first ‘guarantee’ by the Chief Minister is about electricity, promising continuation of 24 hours uninterrupted power supply and 200 units of free electricity for all.

“The city will be freed from the web of wires and electricity will reach each household through an underground cable,” the guarantee card says.

The Aam Aadmi Party promised 24-hour pure piped drinking water to each house in the next five years and said the scheme of providing 20,000 liters of free water will continue.

The third guarantee of Kejriwal is to give a world-class education facility for each child in Delhi. He also promised better health facilities for all as his fourth guarantee.

His fifth guarantee is to have the “biggest and cheapest” transport facility for the city. “More than 11,000 buses and 500-kilometre Metro stretch in the city,” he promised.

Kejriwal also said on the lines of free bus travel for women, students’ travel will also be made free.The sixth guarantee is controlling air pollution in the city. It also includes a promise to clean the Yamuna.

While the garbage management is with the MCD, the AAP said it will make the national capital garbage-free in the next five years.

His eighth guarantee was to make the city safer for women and said the AAP government will also deploy ‘Mohalla Marshals’.He promised road, water supply, sewer, CCTV and mohalla clinics for the unauthorized colonies as his ninth guarantee.

His last and tenth promise is to give ‘pucca’ houses to people living in slums under the ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makan’ scheme.

“I am giving 10 guarantees to the city. This is not a manifesto. This is superior to the manifesto. These 10 things are the issues which affect all the people in Delhi. The manifesto will have more things. It may have dedicated announcements to specific sections like teachers, doctors, students and labourers.

In the guarantee card, I am assuring that the free schemes we announced in this tenure will continue in the next five years. These are big guarantees and will take time to be implemented,” said Kejriwal.

The manifesto, he said, will be launched in the next 7-10 days. Kejriwal also signed the card after announcing the guarantees, saying “he will fulfil these promises in the next five years.”

The tenure of Kejriwal as Chief Minister is ending next month and the city will go for polls on February 8.

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Delhi EC extends date for filing form 12D

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New Delhi, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh on Sunday said that the last date for accepting form 12D for postal ballet facility has been extended.

“The last date of accepting form 12D was earlier January 19 but it being a Sunday the date has been extended and the new date is January 20,” he said.

Those over 80 years and persons with disabilities can use postal ballot to cast their vote. Apart from this, employees of northern railways Metro rail and media persons who are on duty on the day of election can use postal ballot.

For exercising the postal ballot, they have to apply and fill form 12D. This application must reach returning officer within five days following the date of notification of election.

Delhi will go for Assembly polls on February 8 for 70 constituencies. The results will be declared on February 11.

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