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Willing to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati: BJP govt

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The Gujarat government on Tuesday said it was keen on renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there were no legal hurdles.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that the Bharatiya Janata Party governmnet in Gujarat is willing to rename Ahmedabad as Karnavati, if there were no legal hurdles.

This comes after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the renaming of Faizabad district as Ayodhya,Patel told to reporters in Gandhinagar that the BJP government was willing to change Ahmedabad’s name .

“People are still having a feeling that Ahmedabad should be renamed as Karnavati. If we get required support to overcome the legal hurdles, we are always ready to change the name of the city,”  Patel said.

State unit Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi slammed Gujarat government and said the promise to rename Ahmedabad was just another “poll gimmick” by the ruling party.

“For the BJP, issues like construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati are the means to get votes of Hindus,”he added.

Historically, the area around Ahmedabad has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashaval.

Chaulukya ruler Karna of Anhilwara (modern Patan) had waged a successful war against the Bhil king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati on the banks of the Sabarmati river.

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Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers

Other special committees are serving food to thousands of union members

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Chandigarh, November 27 :A large group of farmers from Punjab and Haryana on Friday continued their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s farm laws from a road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from the national capital.

Amid the protest by the farmers, langar preparations by special committees are under way to feed scores of farmers.

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers. Tribune Photo

Other special committees are serving food to thousands of union members.

Farmers’ unions have got thousands of litres of milk in the morning from Punjab and Haryana villages.

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers. Tribune Photo

“We have enough ration while more stock is lying in villages. Thousands of more members are reaching here within an hour,” said Harjeet Bhutal, a youngster.

Another leader, Rajpal Mangwal, said they had made all arrangements to break all barricades of Haryana police.

Farmers from Muktsar are also preparing food at outer bypass in Bahadurgarh town.

Farmers from Muktsar prepare food at outer bypass in Bahadurgarh town. Tribune Photo

Over 50 tractor trollies from Punjab are parked along Bahadurgarh bypass. They are waiting for other farmers to march to Delhi.

Farmers from Ropar district prepare langer on NH-44 in Sonepat. Tribune Photo

Farmers from Ropar district in Haryana have also made preparations for langer on NH-44 in Rai of Sonepat district.

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Farmers reach near Delhi borders; face water cannons, tear gas

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh welcomed Punjab farmers to Haryana, urged them to maintain peace

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© -/AFP via Getty Images Police block a road and use a water cannon to disperse farmers marching to New Delhi to protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms, on the outskirts of Ambala on November 26, 2020.

New Delhi/Chandigarh, November 27: A large group of farmers from Punjab and Haryana on Friday continued their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws from a road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from the national capital.

The Delhi Police has enhanced deployment of tear gas, security personnel, stationed sand-laden trucks and water cannons and used barbed wire for fencing at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) to prevent the protesters from entering the city. Police were also deployed on Delhi’s border with Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Hundreds of farmers staged a dharna at Tikri border in Delhi and decided to wait for other farmers before entering the national capital.

The farmers accused the Delhi police of detaining protesters and deflating the tyres of their tractors.

A major traffic jam occurred at the Gurugram-Delhi border due to the barricade’s put up by the Delhi police. Tribune photo/Chandan Sukh

A senior Delhi Police official said the forces have used tear gas shells to disperse a group of farmers who had reached the Singhu border point which connects Delhi with Haryana.

The officer said the forces are using tear gas to disperse protesting farmers, but at the same time they are also “informing them that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, any kind of rally and dharna is not allowed in the national capital.”

“The permission has been denied for any kind of dharna or protest in view of surge in COVID-19 infections in the city and whoever tries to enter Delhi the police is empowered to take legal action against such person,” said another police officer.

Security has been strengthened at the border and sand-laden trucks and water cannons have been stationed, the officer said, adding that barbed wire is also being used for fencing at the Singhu border to prevent the protesters from entering the national capital.

Punjab farmers, representing over 30 farm bodies, have announced they will go to Delhi through several routes—Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa. Tensions appeared to have been escalating at all the border points.

Farmers have assembled near the borders in tractor-trolleys laden with rations and essentials for their proposed Delhi march. Authorities in Haryana have imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in several parts of the state to prevent assembly of the protesters.

However, farmers’ bodies have announced that they will hold a dharna wherever they are stopped from moving towards the national capital.

Punjab farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws, which, they said, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders. They also want a guarantee on the minimum support prices (MSP).

Despite the security arrangements, two groups of farmers reached near the Singhu and Tikri borders as Delhi Police fired tear gas shells at them to prevent them from entering the city. Police used water cannon and tear gas on farmers near Karahans village on NH-44, but the farmers managed to break the first barricade. 

Preparations of langar has been going on by special committees of BKU Ugrahan in Sangrur. Tribune photo.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh welcomed farmers from Punjab to Haryana and urged them to maintain peace and not attack the police. He asked them to follow the lead of farmers from Haryana.

In Jhajjar, Delhi police used tear gas shells and water cannon to stop the farmers at the Tikri border, adjacent to Bahadurgarh.

Jhajjar: Farmers from Muktsar (Punjab) prepare food at the outer bypass in Bahadurgarh. Tribune photo

In Karnal, farmers from Punjab continued to march towards Delhi. They were marching on tractors and SUVs on the National Highway-44 and the Kaithal-Karnal roads. Police have erected fresh barricades near Karan Lake to stop the farmers. Farmers staged a dharna when Taraori police tried to stop them from moving ahead. However, after a brief faceoff, farmers were allowed to go ahead. The Taraori police were trying to divert them.

Karnal police have registered two FIRs -one against BKU president Gurnam Singh Charuni and another against unknown farmers of Punjab for breaking barricades in Karnal on Thursday.

BKU Ugrahan members have started preparations to start march for New Delhi from Khanauri border of Punjab-Haryana.

In Sangrur, preparations have started at the Khanauri border to start the march for New Delhi. BKU Ugraha members, in around 4,000 vehicles, will start the march in around two hours.

Farmers entered Haryana from Dabwali border. Tribune photo.

Farmers managed to enter Haryana by breaking the barricading at Dabwali border. The youth gathered near the barricading chanted ‘jo bole so nihal’ slogans. Farmers removed big cement pillar stones kept at tge Punjab side, removed the first layer of obstruction kept by police to keep farmers away from entering Haryana. Youths are carrying sticks in their hands with them at Dabwali border. A massive jam occurred at the Dabwali border as more than 6-7 km long convoy of trucks and tractors lined up as part of the march.—with PTI

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Mehbooba Mufti claims she’s illegally detained yet again

Jammu and Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti claims she’s illegally detained yet again, not allowed to visit party leader

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Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday alleged that she has been “illegally detained yet again” and denied permission to visit a party leader in Pulwama district.

She also alleged that her daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest.

“I’ve been illegally detained yet again. Since 2 days, J&K administration has refused to allow me to visit party leader
Waheed Ur Rehman’s family in Pulwama. He was arrested on baseless charges. Even my daughter placed under house arrest (sic),” Mufti said in a tweet.

“Their cruelty knows no bounds. Waheed was arrested on baseless charges & I am not allowed to even console his family. Even my daughter Iltija has been placed under house arrest because she also wanted to visit Waheed’s family (sic),” she added.

The former chief minister will hold a press conference at 3 pm today on various issues. Mehbooba was released on October 14 after being in detention from August 5 last year following the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on Wednesday arrested, Waheed Parra, the youth wing president of PDP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit, in connection with a terror case.

Parra, who recently filed his nomination for the District Development Council (DDC) elections from Pulwama in South Kashmir, was being questioned at the NIA headquarters here since Monday for his alleged involvement with the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group.

“Today NIA arrested Waheed Ur Rehman Parra, the youth wing leader of People’s Democratic Party, in connection with the Naveed Babu-Davinder Singh case for supporting Hizbul Mujahideen in conspiracy with the other accused persons,” NIA’s spokesperson had said.

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