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Voting underway for second phase of Himachal panchayat polls

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Voting began on Friday for the second phase of Himachal Pradesh panchayat elections amid tight security.

The polling, which began at 7 am, is taking place for the election of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), representatives of 732 panchayats, state election commissioner TG Negi told

Police and home guard personnel were deployed to maintain law and order.

The counting of the votes for gram panchayat elections would start soon after the polling ends at 3 pm, while the counting of votes for panchayat samitis and zila parishad would be held on January 7.

In the first phase, the panchayat polls were conducted in tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti and Chamba districts on November 26.

The third and the last phase will be held on January 3 and 5, respectively.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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Gurugram: BSF jawan attempts suicide

The BSF has ordered an inquiry into the matter. A case in this regard has been registered at Bhondsi police station.

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Gurugram, Jan 14 : A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan deployed at the BSF campus at Bhondsi in Gurugram attempted suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan, the police said on Thursday.

According to the police, Sonu Kumar (38) belongs to Bhiwani district in Haryana. He was first rushed to the campus hospital and after first-aid, he was admitted to a private hospital in Gurugram where he is undergoing treatment.

Sources said that the constable was a habitual drinker and he was recently posted in the battalion against his wishes as he wanted to join the BSF’s Delhi office and due to this he took the extreme step on Wednesday.

The BSF has ordered an inquiry into the matter. A case in this regard has been registered at Bhondsi police station.

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