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The News Mill 21 Feb 2024 2:39 am

Modi Inaugurates Three IIT Campuses, Unveils Education Projects Worth Rs 13,375 Crore

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the campuses of three Indian Institutes of Management (IIT), in Jammu, Bodh Gaya and Visakhapatnam, and laid the foundation stone of several projects worth Rs 13,375 crore, including permanent campuses for three IITs, 20 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 13 Navodaya schools. The advancement of education and skill development sectors on such a scale was a distant reality 10 years ago. But this is the new India.... The government of the day indulges in maximum expenditure for modern education of the present and future generations, he said on the occasion. The projects that were dedicated to the nation include permanent campuses for the Indian Institute of Technology-Bhilai, IIT-Tirupati, IIT-Jammu, IIITDM-Kancheepuram, Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) -- a pioneering skill-training institute on advanced technologies -- in Kanpur and two campuses for the Central Sanskrit University in Uttarakhands Devprayag and Agartala, Tripura. Modi also inaugurated 20 new buildings for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) and 13 new Navodaya Vidyalaya (NV) buildings across the country. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of five KV campuses, one NV campus and five multi-purpose halls for NVs across the country.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 11:27 pm

Trinamool Congress congratulates newly elected Rajya Sabha members

Trinamool Congress congratulates newly elected Rajya Sabha members The All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) congratulated its newly elected Rajya Sabha members for taking their seats in the Upper House on Tuesday. Our leaders, @sagarikaghose, @SushmitaDevAITC, Mamata Thakur, and @MdNadimulHaque6, have taken their seats in the Rajya Sabha as esteemed members of the Council of States, the AITC said in a post on 'X'. Sagarika Ghose, Sushmita Dev, Mamata Thakur and Nadimul Haque were elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal on Tuesday. Taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party, the AITC said, Embracing a strong women-centric ethos, our Rajya Sabha MPs are ready to take on the fight against the BJP zamindars and work towards reviving the essence of a diverse, multi-religious, multi-caste, multi-linguistic, and inclusive India. Stressing the diverse composition of its Rajya Sabha contingent, the party said, With a majority of them being women, our hearts brim with greater joy, as this diverse representation promises a more inclusive and dynamic approach to addressing the needs and aspirations of our people. Earlier last week, Trinamool Congress candidates Matua leader Mamata Bala Thakur and author Sagarika Ghose filed their nominations for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. Along with them, two other leaders from the party were also chosen for the Upper House. Mamata Bala Thakur is a former member of the Lok Sabha and holds an important significance in the Matua community. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Mahendra Bhatt was elected unopposed as a Rajya Sabha MP on Tuesday. Bhatt filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections in the presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and other party leaders in Dehradun. BJD's Debashish Samantaray also thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after being elected as Rajya Sabha MP. The Election Commission has scheduled the Rajya Sabha elections for 15 states, including Uttar Pradesh, for February 27. Voting will take place from 9 am to 4 pm on this date, with the deadline for nominations set for February 15. The results of the elections will be announced on the same day, February 27. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 10:40 pm

Uttarakhand CM to provide sports kits to those securing top three positions in state ranking under Khel Mahakumbh

Uttarakhand CM to provide sports kits to those securing top three positions in state ranking under Khel Mahakumbh Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has offered to provide sports kits to the players who secured first, second and third positions in the state ranking organized under the Khel Mahakumbh. Along with this, the Chief Minister has also started construction work on the state police land by removing illegal buildings from the land of Bainalpura situated in the reservoirs of the district. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP-led NDA at the Centre has provided over 3,000 players with assistance worth Rs 50,000 per month through the 'Khelo India' programme and transparency in player selection. Prime Minister Modi said that the BJP government, be it in states or at the Centre, gives top priority to youth and the sports budget has seen a three-fold increase over the last 10 years. It was the year 2010 when the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, changed the sporting ethos of the state by introducing a unique and first-of-its-kind campaign named Khel Mahakumbh to nurture a culture of sports in the state. Khel Mahakumb was the concept behind introducing Khelo India. Nearly 13 years hence, the vision of one state would be pivotal in improving India's sports culture at the grassroots level through organised talent identification, structured sporting competitions and infrastructure development. At the Khelo India Para Games, Gujarat fielded a strong contingent of 95 para-athletes which included Tokyo Paralympics icons Bhavina Patel, Sonal Patel and Parul Parmar. Top names like Amrut Panchal, Rachana Patel and Bhavna Chaudhary also participated in the prestigious event. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 10:35 pm

Budget session of Uttarakhand assembly to begin on Feb 26

The budget session of the Uttarakhand assembly will be from February 26, according to a notification issued on Tuesday. The session will start with the governor's address and the state's annual budget is likely to be laid on the second day of the session on February 27, it stated.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 9:47 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond

A certified mountain guide from Uttarakhand, faced a tragic turn of events after his belongings were stolen while he was travelling in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus to Bengaluru.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 8:18 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond - NDTV

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond NDTV

Google News 20 Feb 2024 7:44 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Reply

A certified mountain guide from Uttarakhand, faced a tragic turn of events after his belongings were stolen while he was travelling in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus to Bengaluru.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 7:44 pm

Top Hill Stations Near Panipat: Make these wonderful hill stations located around Panipat a weekend destination

Panipat is an ancient and beautiful city located on the banks of the Yamuna River in Haryana. Being a historical city, Panipat is also famous as a popular tourist destination in many parts of the country. Panipat is known for its historical heritage, culture, civilization and trade since ancient times. This city also has the fame of international market, hence people from India and abroad also come here. Along with doing business, many people also come to Panipat for sightseeing. In this article, we are going to tell you about some wonderful hill stations located around Panipat, which you can make a destination for weekend fun. Morni Hills When it comes to exploring any magnificent hill station in Haryana, Morni Hills is the most named place. Located in Panchkula, Haryana, it is a great weekend spot for all over Haryana. Morni Hills is famous for its beauty as well as many adventure activities. Apart from trekking and hiking, you can also enjoy boating and camping here. In Morni Hills, you can explore great places like Tikkar Tal, Adventure Park and Morni Fort. Distance-The distance from Panipat to Morni Hills is about 173 km. Rishikesh When the most beautiful and popular hill station around Panipat is mentioned, the name of Rishikesh is included first. This city, famous all over the world by the name of Yoga Nagari, has an immense wealth of beauty. High mountains, dense forests, lakes, waterfalls and river Ganga add to the beauty of this city. The Aarti held near Ganga Ghat attracts a lot of tourists. The beautiful city here is famous throughout the world for river rafting. In Rishikesh, you can explore the best places like Ram Jhula, TriveniGhat and Vashishtha Cave. Distance- The distance from Panipat to Rishikesh is about 189 km. Doiwala Doiwala is a beautiful hill station situated at an altitude of more than 1 thousand feet above sea level. Very few people know about this place, so there is peace here all the time. Doiwala present in the beautiful valleys of Uttarakhand is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. The serene atmosphere of this hill station can make you crazy in a few minutes. This beautiful city is also known for its spiritual centre and old markets. You can enjoy trekking and hiking in Doiwala. Distance- Doiwala is about 202 km distance from Panipat. Mussoorie Mussoorie, famous as the Queen of Hills in India, is no less than a beautiful paradise for any tourist. Therefore Mussoorie is one of the most visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of more than 2 thousand feet above sea level, this hill station offers many amazing and breathtaking views. In Mussoorie, you can explore many other beautiful places like Kempty Falls, Landore, Company Garden, Dalai Hills, Jharipani Falls and Devalsari. Distance- The distance from Panipat to Mussoorie is about 215 km. You can also explore these places There are many other beautiful hill stations around Panipat, which you can make a weekend destination. You can also explore Roorkee, about 139 km from Panipat, Dhanaulti, about 244 km, and Shivpuri Hill Station, about 207 km. Image-insta,morni_hills

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 6:44 pm

Best places to visit after breakup: - If you feel sad after a breakup, then visit these places with friends

Losing a relationship with someone is a very bad feeling. If you truly loved him, it is even more difficult to forget him. At such times, many times people go into depression. This happens because he is unable to forget the beautiful moments spent with his partner. He starts living alone and stops going out of the house. But if you continue like this then your future may get spoiled. To avoid being haunted by the memories of your partner, you should go out of the house. In today's article, we will tell you about some such places, after visiting which you will completely forget the worries of breakup. Make plans to visit these places If you are upset because of a breakup, then instead of staying at home, you should plan to go somewhere. You can leave everything and go on a trip alone or with friends for 2 days. For this, instead of going to any romantic place, go trekking. When you feel tired, you will get better sleep at night and you will get rid of the memories of your partner. Dodital Winter Track Dodital is one of the best trekking places in India. This place is for those who love snow. If you want to enjoy the view of snow-clad mountains and adventurous tracks, then you should go here. You will have so much fun completing this trip that you will forget all kinds of problems. This place situated in Uttarakhand will help you in ending the sorrow of your breakup. here you Chadar Trek This place is one of the most beautiful places in Ladakh. After going here you will completely forget your sorrow. The view of this place becomes even more special in winter. Because at this time the temperature here reaches -35 Celsius. This is one of the most difficult trekking places. Very few couples come here, so you are not going to remember your breakup. If you are healthy, then you can plan to go here. Kumara Parvatha Trek This place in Karnataka is best for those people who are troubled with their life. People come here for trekking to get away from their problems and do something different. It is considered one of the toughest treks in the country. Therefore, a guide is also provided here at the time of trekking. Image Credit- Freepik

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 6:43 pm

Travel tips: The second mini Switzerland of the country is 'Shanghad' of Uttarakhand, known as Khajjiar of Kullu.

Kullu, a major tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, is situated between the Beas River and the Himalayan Mountains. Kullu is known for snow-clad mountains, pine and deodar forests, and beautiful rivers. Kullu has many pilgrimage sites for Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists which makes it very special. Shanghai is a very wonderful place in the Sainj Valley of the Kullu district. Every year thousands of tourists from India and abroad come to see the beauty of this place. The Shanghai Plain spread over about 228 bighas is also called Khajjiar of Kullu district or the second mini Switzerland of India. In terms of beauty, this place is no less than famous tourist places like Khajjiar. There is not a single pebble or stone in the Shanghad grounds spread over 228 bighas. There is only greenery in the field. Seeing this place, you will say that God has showered a lot of beauty in Shanghai. If you love nature very much, then believe me once you come here you will never be able to forget this place. While planning for Shanghad, do not forget to visit these places. Take a walk on the plains In the plains of Shanghai, you will find what you desire to see in a natural place, lush green, peaceful, and beautiful! Here you can make this place memorable by visiting the amazing pine trees and colorful small houses all around. The grasslands here look very spectacular during sunset. Beautiful Barshangarh Waterfall The beautiful Barshangarh Waterfall is half an hour away from Shanghai. To see this milky white waterfall, you can wake up early in the morning and drive comfortably. The fragrance of the pine trees and the breeze of this place refreshes the mind. The noise of birds around the waterfall can compel you to spend some time. Historical temple Shangarh is also known for its temples. The architecture of the temples is worth seeing. As much as nature has adorned Shanghad, the traditions here are equally unique. One of the most revered local temples is the Shangchul Mahadev Temple located in Shangarh Meadows. Shanghai Maidan is also considered to be the abode of Shangchul Mahadev. The Shangchul Mahadev Temple Committee has also made rules and regulations to prevent any kind of impurity from spreading on the grounds. Those who do not follow the rules have to pay a fine. There is a strict prohibition on bringing vehicles to the grounds, drinking alcohol, spreading filth, and police and forest department employees wearing belts and caps. The temple committee says that such decisions have been taken by the deity himself. He just enforces it. Besides, there is also a tower temple made of wood in Raila village here. There are a few other temples scattered around the Sainj Valley, including the Manu Rishi Temple in Shanghai, which you can visit for peace of mind. Tracking With spectacular views of nature, the Great Himalayan National Park has many trekking points, which are a favorite of adventure lovers. An overnight trek to Jang Thatch is the shortest trek, taking you through forest paths with beautiful flowers, meadows, and birds all around. If you want more adventure, then you can add one or two more to your list to see Thinny Thatch and Pundrick Lake. Both these tracks will also satisfy your trekking desires! Its history is related to Pandavas The history of Shanghai Maidan is related to the life period of the Pandavas. It is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas had spent some time in the Shanghai plain. He had prepared the fields for paddy cultivation here by sifting the soil. These fields are still intact here in the form of a huge plain. Twin Towers of Raila The twin towers of Raila are also worth seeing as they offer spectacular views of the many settlements in the valley. The small rooms on each floor will make you wonder how people would have lived here once upon a time. before going back to Shangarh Don't miss the Twin Towers, Raila Village, Raila Temple, and hidden waterfalls. How to reach Shanghai? Shanghai village, situated at the end of Sainj Valley, is located about 60 kilometers away from Kullu. The nearest airport to Shangad is at Bhantur, 45 km away. This airport is connected to many major airports in the country. Bus or cab facility is available from here to reach Shanghai. The nearest railway station from here is at Baijnath, 117 kilometers away. Bus and taxi facilities are available from Kullu to Shanghai. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 6:23 pm

X-ray of a communal flare-up: Report details run-up to Haldwani violence

Uttar Pradesh police and Haldwani municipal authorities displayed a remarkable lack of sensitivity and common sense while handling the demolition of two religious structures in Haldwani, which led to a flare up of communal violence in the Uttarakhand town earlier this month, according to a report prepared after a visit to the area by a delegation comprising activists such as Nadeem Khan, Harsh Mander and Ashok Kumar Sharma. The report also indicated that the transfer of a high-ranking official of the municipal corporation may have played a part in the premature demolition of the religious buildings that served as the trigger for violence. The report Bulldozing Peace: State Violence and Apathy in Muslim Settlements of Haldwani was prepared by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) in association with Karwan-e-Mohabbat, an organization headed by human rights activist Harsh Mander after a fact-finding mission. The fact-finding team visited the violence-hit area on February 14 and the report was released on 16th February at the Press Club of India, New Delhi. The violence took place in the Banbhoolpura locality of Haldwani in Uttarakhand on February 8. According to official reports, six people were killed, and more than 250 people including policemen, journalists and others were injured in the violence that broke out after the Municipal Corporation of Haldwani demolished a mosque (Maryam Masjid) and a madrasa (Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa) in the locality, alleging that these were built on government land. The action by the authorities took place even as the dispute was pending in the Uttarakhand High Court and was due to be taken up on February 14. However, even before that, the local administration arrived with bulldozers to demolish the religious sites, leading to conflict between the locals and the police. The report highlighted the role of Pankaj Upadhay, the Haldwani Municipal Commissioner who led the demolition drive, as according to the report he had already been transferred to a different department and was not legally fit to initiate the procedure. The report also pointed out the administration did not take the local elders into confidence as advised by the local intelligence before the demolition. A ridiculous statement was made by the district magistrate that respected leaders of the community were called prior to demolition on February 8 but their phones could not be reached as they were switched off. The report noted that 80 individuals can not have their phones turned off at the same time, adding that the clerics have demanded the administration to prove their claims. Though official records set the death toll due to the violence at six, local reports suggest there have been 18-20 casualties, although specific details about the individuals involved are not available, the report noted. The report, however, put the number of deaths due to bullet injuries at seven. All deaths happened due to police bullets except one individual who was shot dead by Sanjay Sonkar, a person from Valmiki Samaj, the report said. How it unfolded The incidents began on January 30, when Haldwani Municipal Corporation issued a notice to remove Maryam Masjid and Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa on February 1, coinciding with the transfer of Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Upadhyay on January 31 to the post of GM of Kumaon Mandal Development Corporation. Upadhyay was however not relieved. He did not take charge of his new position until the fateful day of February 8 and played a major role in exacerbating the situation to please the people in power, the report alleged. Social activists and clerics held a meeting on February 2 with the municipal corporation concluded with high-voltage drama following tensions throughout the city, the report noted. A non-written demolition order from the government for February 4 added to the sense of impending crisis. Intervention from local MLAs to appeal to the Chief Minister for a pause in demolition proceedings provided temporary relief. An order passed from Dehradun to seal the Masjid and Madrasa at midnight on 3-4 February at around half past one. There was no reported violence in between but a sense of cooperation from the locals easing tensions momentarily with a commitment to pursue a legal battle. On February 6, the matter was taken to the High Court by Sofia Malik on behalf of the landowner and her husband Abdul Malik. The vacation bench heard the matter on February 8 and the judge without passing any order gave the date for the next hearing on February 14, the report noted. On the evening of February 8, the police force advanced to the scene of the incident with municipal corporation workers, sanitation workers, and two bulldozers at around 4.30 pm. The preparations were underway following a meeting with the district magistrate. Locals informed that more bulldozers arrived later. Regardless of his transfer to another department Pankaj Upadhyaya continued to serve in the position of Municipal Commissioner. Despite the local intelligence advising the administration to take action in the morning to prevent public disorder and take clerics and locals in confidence, the forces initiated the demolition without prior notice. It happened like an attack. A large number of women gathered upon this to protest against the demolition. The Masjid and Madrasa were technically under government possession as they were sealed. Following the protest sparked by the threat of demolishing the Masjid and Madrasa, the situation escalated when women were subjected to mistreatment, including physical violence and forceful removal. The women were abused, manhandled, beaten, and dragged. The incident captured on video and in photos fueled anger among locals leading to clashes with the police who used mild force. Amidst the chaos, the police opened the seal of the Masjid and Madrasa. The intelligence had also instructed that the sacred books and other belongings must be submitted to Mualana after inquiry. The police did not make the list of the holy Quran and other belongings kept there and also refrained from handing them over to the responsible authority. This resulted in religious sloganeering in rage, and stone-pelting from Muslims and consequently from the police, the report said. The report faulted the administrations hurry for the turn of events. Why was the administration in such a hurry to demolish the Masjid and Madrasa despite the impending hearing on February 14 in the High Court? Besides, why was the Muslim community not taken into confidence for the second time when they 13 already cooperated at the time of sealing, it asked. Communal Angle According to the report, the initial trigger provided by the hasty demolition soon lit the fuse for a communal conflict, with the local Valmiki community getting involved. Sanitation workers, the majority of whom belong to the Valmiki Community, backed the police when the clashes unfolded. They mobilised their community to support the police in attacking Muslims. It ultimately led to communal violence. Vandalism and attacking Muslims with slogans Jai Sri Ram (Glory be to Lord Ram) were also reported by the locals, the report noted. Legal Status The site where the recently demolished Maryam Masjid and Abdul Razzaq Zakariya Madrasa stood lies in Malik Ka Bagicha, a southeastern part of Haldwani city- between Banbhoolpura and the railway track, according to the report. Both the religious place and Islamic institution were two decades old and established around 2003-2004. The property in 1937 was given on lease by British, which later came into possession of Sadiya Begum in inheritance. However, the matter of land regularisation has been pending at the government administration level for a long time since 2006. The district administration had to decide on when to do the regulation after the High Court order. A sum of 29,000 was also submitted for it. Despite proposals for regularisation, including one put forth during the previous years Gairsain session of the Assembly, the bill awaits approval at the Presidents level. Notably, approximately 4 lakh hectares of land are under lease across the state including Haldwani. These areas host various settlements, markets, temples, and mosques built in cities, towns, and villages, it noted. Post-violence crackdown The fact-finding report also highlighted the police crackdown on the Muslim community post-violence. A new cruelty unfolded in the afternoon of February 10 when heavy police raids began in the colony near the incident site. They barged into the home, beating women and children. Everybody including men, women, and children fled their homes..running on foot to find a safe place towards the Gaula River forest and Lalkuan, the report said. The fact-finding report accused the police of severe human rights violations including attacking women and children and setting up detention centres similar to torture chambers. Police have set up detention centres resembling torture chambers where numerous individuals, including those from Haldwani who were away in other cities for various reasons are being held captive. The report also noted that the situation worsened with the curfew being declared and shoot-at-sight orders still in place forcing the locals to stay at home. The residents of the area have been struggling due to a shortage of essential supplies, noted the report. The shoot at sight order remains in effect with people unable to access basic medical care. Fearful residents are resorting to locking their doors to show their homes as empty, but the police are breaking these locks and mercilessly beating anyone found inside, the report said.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:00 pm

Uttarakhand's Uniform Civil Code and the Unjustifiable Intrusion of the State

Central to any debate on the state's role in regulating personal relationships is the fundamental right to privacy.

The Quint 20 Feb 2024 5:30 pm

CM Dhami Offers Prayers in Ram Mandir with Uttarakhand Cabinet

Ayodhya: On Tuesday, Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, embarked on a significant pilgrimage to Ayodhya to pay homage to Lord Ramlala. The atmosphere was brimming with excitement and devotion as they undertook this sacred journey. CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, along with ministers Shri Satpal Maharaj, Shri Premchand Aggarwal, Shri Subodh Uniyal, Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Smt. Rekha Arya, and Rajya Sabha MP Shri Naresh Bansal, commenced their trip from Jolly Grant Airport. Their destination was the revered Shri Ayodhya Dham, where they were warmly welcomed upon arrival at Maharishi Valmiki International Airport. The air resonated with chants of Jai Shri Ram as they made their way to Ram Janmabhoomi. At the sacred site, Chief Minister Dhami and his colleagues reverently bowed before Lord Ram, offering prayers and seeking blessings. Overwhelmed with emotion, CM Dhami expressed his profound sense of devotion and joy after the divine darshan of Shri Ramlala. He reflected on the years Ramlala had spent in a makeshift shelter, stirring deep emotions within him. Highlighting the Uttarakhand government's commitment to facilitating pilgrimages to Ayodhya, CM Dhami announced plans to establish a state guesthouse for Uttarakhand residents in the holy city of Lord Shri Ram. The government has allocated 32 crore for the acquisition of land spanning 4700 square meters to construct this guesthouse, aimed at providing pilgrims from Uttarakhand with comfortable accommodation during their visits to Ayodhya. CISF Intercepts Three Passengers with Suspicious Medicines at IGI Airport Terminal 3 Rajnath Singh's Confidence in NDA's clean sweep in Uttar Pradesh Haryana Assembly Admits No-Confidence Motion Against Khattar Government

News Track 20 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Supreme Court Overturns Chandigarh Mayoral Election Result in AAP's Favor

New Delhi: In a significant victory for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Supreme Court has overturned the outcome of the Chandigarh mayoral elections, where eight ballot votes were wrongly invalidated by the Returning Officer, resulting in the victory of the BJP candidate. Following the Supreme Court's ruling, AAP's mayoral candidate Kuldeep Kumar, who also filed the petition, has been declared the rightful winner of the election. Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, leading a three-judge bench, highlighted that the eight invalidated ballots were indeed valid and cast in favor of AAP's candidate, Kuldeep Kumar.The bench condemned the deliberate actions of Returning Officer Anil Masih, who unlawfully tampered with the ballots cast for the petitioner. The Presiding Officer's conduct is reprehensible on two counts. Firstly, he unlawfully altered the outcome of the mayoral election. Secondly, he made false statements before this court, for which he must be held accountable, remarked the bench.The bench emphasized the court's duty to uphold democratic principles and issued a notice against Returning Officer Anil Masih for potential contempt of court. Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed the submission of ballot papers and video footage of the vote counting process in the Chandigarh mayoral polls.In the January 30 polls, the BJP secured victory in all three mayoral positions, defeating the Congress-AAP alliance. AAP subsequently approached the Supreme Court, alleging fraud and forgery by Returning Officer Anil Masih during the election process. A viral video showing Anil Masih marking ballot papers while seemingly monitoring CCTV footage raised concerns about the fairness of the elections.During Monday's hearing, the Supreme Court criticized the alleged horse-trading in the mayoral polls and stated that Masih should face prosecution if found guilty of the accusations against him. Telangana Executive Engineer arrested in Bribery Scandal, Cried while getting caught Legal Outcome: Conviction of 7 Individuals and Acquittal of 12 in Vyapam Scandal CM Dhami Offers Prayers in Ram Mandir with Uttarakhand Cabinet

News Track 20 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Explore these 10 spots on the Indian tourism ministrys Swadesh Darshan list

India, a land of diversity and rich cultural heritage, boasts a plethora of tourist destinations that captivate travelers from around the globe. The Swadesh Darshan initiative by the Indian Ministry of Tourism aims to promote the country's diverse tourism offerings and showcase its hidden gems. Let's embark on a journey to explore 10 must-visit destinations featured on the Swadesh Darshan list, each offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventure. 1. Majestic Himalayas: The Himalayan range, often referred to as the abode of snow, stretches across several Indian states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu & Kashmir. This majestic mountain range attracts adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike with its towering peaks, lush valleys, and serene landscapes. From the snow-capped peaks of the Rohtang Pass to the pristine beauty of Gulmarg and the spiritual ambiance of Rishikesh, the Himalayas offer a myriad of experiences for every traveler. 2. Serene Northeast: The northeastern states of India, including Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh, are known for their unspoiled natural beauty and vibrant cultural tapestry. Here, lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and diverse tribal cultures await exploration. Travelers can immerse themselves in the tranquility of places like Kaziranga National Park, the charming hill station of Shillong, and the ancient monasteries of Tawang, experiencing the warm hospitality and unique traditions of the region's indigenous communities. 3. Historical Rajasthan: Rajasthan, the land of kings, is steeped in history and royal splendor. Its majestic forts, opulent palaces, and desert landscapes transport visitors to a bygone era of grandeur and valor. Jaipur, the Pink City, boasts architectural marvels like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal, while Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort stands as a symbol of strength and resilience. Udaipur's shimmering lakes and ornate palaces offer a glimpse into the state's romantic past, making Rajasthan a treasure trove of heritage and culture. 4. Cultural Kerala: Kerala, fondly known as God's Own Country, is renowned for its lush greenery, tranquil backwaters, and rich cultural heritage. Visitors can cruise along the scenic backwaters of Alleppey, surrounded by swaying palms and emerald rice paddies, or trek through the mist-covered hills of Munnar, home to sprawling tea plantations and exotic wildlife. Ayurvedic spas, traditional Kathakali performances, and mouthwatering cuisine add to the allure of this coastal paradise. 5. Spiritual Varanasi: Varanasi, one of the world's oldest living cities, holds immense spiritual significance for Hindus. Nestled along the banks of the sacred Ganges River, it is a place of pilgrimage and enlightenment. Every evening, the ghats come alive with the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, a ritual of light and devotion. Visitors can explore the city's ancient temples, narrow alleyways, and bustling markets, soaking in the spiritual ambiance and timeless rituals that define Varanasi. 6. Enigmatic Hampi: Hampi, located in the southern state of Karnataka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its spectacular ruins and architectural marvels. Once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi's sprawling complex of temples, palaces, and monuments is a testament to its glorious past. Visitors can wander through the evocative ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, marvel at the stone chariot of the Vittala Temple Complex, and climb the boulders of Matanga Hill for panoramic views of the surreal landscape. 7. Coastal Goa: Goa, India's smallest state, packs a big punch when it comes to scenic beauty, cultural vibrancy, and beachside bliss. With its palm-fringed beaches, colonial architecture, and vibrant nightlife, it's no wonder that Goa is a perennial favorite among travelers. Whether lounging on the sun-kissed sands of Calangute Beach, exploring the historic churches of Old Goa, or dancing the night away at a beach shack party, Goa offers something for everyone. 8. Picturesque Andaman Islands: The Andaman Islands, nestled in the Bay of Bengal, are a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush rainforests, these remote islands offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can snorkel amidst vibrant coral reefs, trek through dense jungles in search of rare wildlife, or simply relax on the sun-drenched shores of Radhanagar Beach, often hailed as one of Asia's best beaches. 9. Wildlife-rich Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh, located in the heart of India, is home to some of the country's most iconic wildlife reserves and national parks. From the dense forests of Kanha and Bandhavgarh to the grasslands of Pench, the state teems with a diverse array of flora and fauna, including the majestic Bengal tiger. Safari adventures offer a chance to spot these elusive big cats, along with other wildlife such as leopards, sloth bears, and wild boars, in their natural habitats. 10. Vibrant Gujarat: Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi and a cradle of ancient civilizations, is a land of contrasts and cultural riches. From the bustling metropolis of Ahmedabad, with its bustling bazaars and exquisite mosques, to the tranquil shores of Dwarka and Somnath, Gujarat offers a tapestry of experiences for travelers. The Rann of Kutch, with its vast expanse of white salt desert, comes alive during the Rann Utsav, a vibrant celebration of music, dance, and traditional arts. In conclusion, India's Swadesh Darshan list showcases the country's incredible diversity and rich tapestry of experiences, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sun-drenched shores of Goa. Whether seeking adventure in the great outdoors, exploring ancient heritage sites, or immersing oneself in vibrant cultural traditions, these 10 destinations offer something for every traveler to cherish and remember. Smartwatch worth Rs 10,000 available for Rs 1,499, great deal available here Mouse with transparent body is available for less than Rs 400 AI robot dog will show the way to the blind, know how it takes commands

News Track 20 Feb 2024 2:56 pm

Lok Sabha 2024: An Eerie Silence in UP and Uttarakhand

Haldwani was convulsed by communal violence about three days before the author started this leg of his journey.

The Quint 20 Feb 2024 2:45 pm

PM Modi launches Rs 32,000-crore worth development projects in Jammu & Kashmir

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched multiple development projects, including for education, railway, aviation and road sectors, in Jammu and Kashmir worth over Rs 32,000 crore. From Jammu, the prime minister also launched or laid foundation stone of projects worth Rs 13,500 crore across the country. These projects include Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and central universities. Modi distributed appointment letters to about 1,500 newly recruited government employees of Jammu and Kashmir and also interacted with the beneficiaries of various schemes as part of the 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Jammu' programme. Among the railway projects that Modi inaugurated are the railway line between Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldan (48 km) and the newly electrified Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal-Sangaldan section (185. 66 km). He flagged off the first electric train in the Valley and the train service between Sangaldan and Baramulla stations. The commissioning of the Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldan section is significant as it features the usage of ballast less track (BLT) all along the route providing a better ride experience to passengers. India's longest transportation tunnel T-50 (12.77 km) lies in the portion between Khari and Sumber. The railway projects are expected to improve connectivity, ensure environmental sustainability and boost the overall economic development of the region. The prime minister also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several projects worth about Rs 13,500 crore for other parts of the country. The projects include permanent campuses for IIT Bhilai, IIT Tirupati, IIT Jammu, IIITDM Kancheepuram, Indian Institute of Skills (IIS), a pioneer skills training institute on advanced technologies located at Kanpur, and campuses of Central Sanskrit University at Devprayag (Uttarakhand) and Agartala (Tripura). He also inaugurated three new IIMs in the country -- IIM Jammu, IIM Bodh Gaya and IIM Visakhapatnam -- besides 20 new buildings for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and 13 for new Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) buildings across the country. As part of his government's efforts to provide comprehensive, quality and holistic tertiary-care health services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the prime minister also inaugurated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Vijaypur (Samba), Jammu, officials said. The institute, whose foundation stone was laid by him in February 2019, has been established under the central government's 'Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana'. Set up at a cost of over Rs 1,660 crore and in an area spanning over 227 acres, the hospital is equipped with 720 beds, a medical college with 125 seats, a nursing college with 60 seats, an AYUSH block with 30 beds, residential accommodation for faculty and staff, hostel accommodation for UG and PG students and a shopping complex among other facilities. Among other projects, Modi laid the foundation stone for a new terminal building at the Jammu airport. Spread over 40,000 sqm, the new terminal building will be equipped with modern facilities catering to about 2,000 passengers during peak hours, and will be environment friendly. Modi laid the foundation stone of important road projects including two stretches (44.22 km) of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway connecting Jammu to Katra and phase-two for the four-laning of the Srinagar Ring road. He laid the foundation stone for a project to develop the CUF (Common User Facility) petroleum depot at Jammu as well.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 1:07 pm

Amazon starts delivery service in Uttarakhand#39;s remote village at 4,500 feet

According to the company, it has become the first and only e-commerce company to deliver packages to Maharishi Ashram at Gajoli, situated at 4,500 feet in the Himalayan mountain range.

Money Control 20 Feb 2024 11:42 am

Amazon starts delivery service in Uttarakhand's remote village at 4,500 feet

Amazon starts delivery service in Uttarakhand's remote village at 4,500 feet E-commerce company Amazon on Tuesday said it has started delivery service in Gajoli, a remote village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. According to the company, it has become the first and only e-commerce company to deliver packages to Maharishi Ashram at Gajoli, situated at 4,500 feet in the Himalayan mountain range. There are no shops or delivery options in and around the Ashram area. It is not only difficult but also time-consuming to deliver orders at this place, the company said. ''Over the last few years, we have significantly ramped up our infrastructure and delivery technology across all three miles, building a fast, safe, and resilient network to serve the varied needs of our customers, reaching the remotest corners of the country,'' Karuna Shankar Pande, Director, Amazon Logistics, Amazon India, said.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:35 am

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flags off 'Aastha Special Train'

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flags off 'Aastha Special Train' Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off the 'Aastha Special Train' on Tuesday, carrying approximately 1500 devotees from Sambalpur to Ayodhya. While speaking to the media, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that a long wait for devotees had finally come to an end. The long wait came to an end on January 22. After an 11-day religious ritual, the Prime Minister of the country performed the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple. There is a great enthusiasm in India. Devotees have travelled from Sambalpur today to have the darshan of Ram. I came here to meet them. Through them, I too will have the darshan of Ram Lalla, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. Describing it as a fortunate moment for the nation, he added, This marks a spiritual awakening in the country. The train consists of 20 sleeper-class coaches, containing all the required facilities. A devotee said, I was waiting to visit Ayodhya and have darshan of Ramlalla. I am very much excited about a glance of the Ramlalla idol. My dream is going to come true soon. We have boarded on special train from Sambalpur to Ayodhya, along with all the facilities tickets and accommodation. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, along with his cabinet ministers on Tuesday departed from the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple. This is the first time that CM Dhami will be visiting the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple since the 'Pran Pratishtha' of Shri Ram Lalla, which was held on January 22. Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on February 6, visited the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The delegation, comprising 70 people, including cabinet ministers, MLAs, and officials, was given a guard of honour at Maharishi Valmiki Airport upon their arrival. Chief Minister Pema Khandu told ANI that he was very excited to visit the Ram temple, which had been built after 500 years. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:31 am

Uttarakhand Haldwani violence |Curfew lifted entirely from riot-hit Banbhoolpura

The violence broke out on February 8 after the demolition of the madrasa in Banbhoolpura

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 10:45 am

Fresh snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath

Badrinath, Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib received snowfall while the lower areas in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts received rain, intensifying the cold across Uttarakhand. The sky remained overcast at various places in the plains, including Dehradun. Badrinath received light intermittent snowfall for two days starting Sunday, a temple committee official said. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley [] The post Fresh snowfall in Badrinath, Kedarnath appeared first on Nagpur Today : Nagpur News .

nagpurtoday 20 Feb 2024 9:00 am

Uttarakhand High Court disposes PIL filed alleging distance of stone crusher from school

The Uttarakhand High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed alleging policy with respect to the distance of a screening plant from a school. The petitioner in the petition has referred to policy dated 19.11.2016 in respect of stone crusher and screening plant and per the chart, the distance of a screening plant [] The post Uttarakhand High Court disposes PIL filed alleging distance of stone crusher from school appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 19 Feb 2024 11:25 pm

Ashwagandha may help sleep and reduce anxiety

Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, February 19, 2024: If youre one of the many people who struggle to get a good nights sleep, ashwagandha could be the answer to your problems. Around 55 per cent of Indians arent getting enough sleep or are sleeping for less than 6 hours, revealed a new survey. The nationwide study by LocalCircles was conducted ahead of the World Sleep Day which is observed each year on March 17 across the globe. If you find yourself lying awake at night, waiting for sleep to come, ashwagandha that could help you. Ashwagandha, also known as withania somnifera, is a

The Sen Times 19 Feb 2024 8:46 pm

Travel tips: Plan honeymoon trip at these places in India for Rs 10,000

After marriage, the life of every boy and girl changes completely. In such a situation, everyone wants that when they start their new life, the good memories of their wedding days should remain in their mind for the whole life. In such a situation, the couple goes on honeymoon immediately after marriage. Nowadays, people plan to go on honeymoon immediately after marriage. Even before marriage, people plan where they want to go and when they want to go. Going on honeymoon not only gives the couple a chance to spend time with each other, but also they forget the tiredness of marriage and cherish more good memories. If you want to go on a honeymoon with your partner, but your budget is not high, then we are going to tell you about some places that you can visit for just Rs 10,000. Hampi If you live in Karnataka, then Hampi is the best place to visit. It is 353 km away from Bangalore. In such a situation, you can easily visit here by train or bus. If you go here by train, you will not have to pay much fare. There are many beautiful places to visit here. Kasaul Kasauli is not far from Delhi. This is a very beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, which is known for its beautiful natural views. A large number of honeymoon couples are often found here. There are many couples activities in Kasaul, which bridge the distance between you and your partner. Auli If you want to visit a place which is not very expensive then Auli is a very beautiful place. This is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand. Here you can go for a walk in the beautiful valleys with your partner. Mcleodganj If you want to go to McLeodganj from Delhi, you will not need to spend much money. According to a couple, you can visit McLeodganj for just Rs 10 thousand. Mussoorie You will easily get a bus and train to go from Delhi to Mussoorie. In such a situation, you can go here with your partner. You will not need much money to stay and travel here. You can go out on a scooter with your partner. (PC: iStock, social media)

Kalam Times 19 Feb 2024 6:23 pm

PM Modi Boosts Education Sector, Will inaugurate three new IIM's tomorrow

New Delhi: P rime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate three new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country, marking a significant advancement in India's education sector. These include IIM Jammu, IIM Bodh Gaya, and IIM Visakhapatnam, symbolizing a push towards fostering excellence in management education. Additionally, PM Modi will lay the foundation stones for several other prestigious projects across India. This includes the establishment of IIT Bhilai, IIT Tirupati, and IIT Jammu, as well as IIITDM Kancheepuram. Furthermore, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur and two campuses of the Central Sanskrit University, located in Devprayag (Uttarakhand) and Agartala (Tripura). In a further boost to the education infrastructure, PM Modi will inaugurate 20 new buildings for Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and 13 new Navodaya Vidyalayas (NVs) across the nation. Additionally, he will lay the foundation stones for five Kendriya Vidyalaya campuses, one Navodaya Vidyalaya campus, and five Multipurpose Halls for Navodaya Vidyalayas. Highlighting the government's commitment to healthcare, PM Modi will also inaugurate the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Vijaypur (Samba), Jammu. This state-of-the-art hospital is equipped with 720 beds, a Medical College with 125 seats, a Nursing College with 60 seats, and various other facilities to provide comprehensive healthcare services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The AIIMS Vijaypur will offer specialized medical services in 18 specialties and 17 super specialties, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Oncology, and more. Additionally, PM Modi will lay the foundation stones for crucial infrastructure projects, including a new terminal building at Jammu Airport and various rail projects in Jammu & Kashmir, such as the Banihal-Khari-Sumber-Sangaldan rail line and the electrification of the Baramulla-Sringar-Banihal-Sangaldan section. India's Enhanced Development Assistance to Maldives: Expenditure Surges to 771 Crore Delhi Waqf Board Money Laundering Case: AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan Seeks Anticipatory Bail, Court Grants Notice to ED Calcutta High Court Allows Suvendu Adhikari's Visit to Sandeshkhali

News Track 19 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

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The News Mill 19 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Meet Aashima Goyal, The Brilliant IAS Officer Who Captivated Amitabh Bachchan With Her Wit And Wisdom

She was initially posted in the Kerala cadre on her appointment. She later took the inter-cadre transfer after her marriage with IFS officer Rahul Mishra in 2022 and then shifted to Uttarakhand cadre.

Zee News 19 Feb 2024 4:25 pm

How Gender-just is the Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code?

Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to enact a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) under Article 44 of the Constitution.

News Click 19 Feb 2024 3:53 pm

Weather Update: Storm and rain alert in 14 states, know how the weather will be in your state

Rainfall Alert: By February 22, widespread impact will be seen on Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. At the same time, there is an alert of rain and strong winds in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Rainfall Update: Rain, snowfall and thunderstorms are going to start in many states of [] The post Weather Update: Storm and rain alert in 14 states, know how the weather will be in your state first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 19 Feb 2024 2:54 pm

Uttarakhand: Govt razes illegal house of Fardeen who along with Rauf attacked a Hindu girl for refusing to withdraw molestation case

Fardeena and Rauf attacked the girl since she was refusing to withdraw a molestation case that she and her family members had previously lodged against Fardeen

OpIndia 19 Feb 2024 2:11 pm

Newslaundry paints Islamists as victims to justify violence in Haldwani, accuses police and Uttarakhand govt of provoking Muslim mobs

'Journalists' associated with the leftist propaganda outlet joined hands first to deny and then contextualise the Islamist violence against police personnel.

OpIndia 19 Feb 2024 10:25 am

Delhi politics: A 7-piece Puzzle

After supporting the Congress in the 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections, many voters shifted their loyalties towards the BJP in 2014 and 2019. The Congress enjoyed the support of its traditional voters, while the saffron party gained from the anti-incumbency waves against the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government which lasted for 15 years, and the Manmohan Singh dispensation, which was in the Centre between 2004 and 2014. During this time, the Aam Aadmi Party emerged as a new political force in the metropolis, winning 28 of the 70 assembly seats in the 2013 elections, ending the Congress 15-year rule. Despite claims of the mythologised BJP wave across the country, the partys vote percentage was 46.40%, less than the combined vote share of the Congress and the AAP. Both opposition parties, realising the need for an alliance, initiated talks on several occasions. For the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal expressed his partys interest in forming an alliance with the Congress for 33 seats in Punjab, Haryana, Goa, and Delhi. According to Kejriwal, the Congress had refused to form an alliance with the AAP in Punjab and Goa. AAP claimed that everything was planned, but Congress leaders stopped responding to their calls a day before they were scheduled to hold a joint press conference to announce the alliance. The two parties then fielded their candidates for all Delhi, Punjab, Goa and Haryana seats. However, they failed to win even a single seat in Delhi, the BJP sweeping all seven seats by a 56.86% vote share. The Congress and the AAP, got 22.51% and 18.11% votes, respectively. The saffron party gained 10.46% of the votes, and Congress also gained 7.41% of the votes compared to the 2014 general elections. Meanwhile, the AAP lost 14.79% of the vote share. Another coalition attempt was made in 2022 for the Gujarat Assembly polls. Still, the Congress rejected the idea, calling the AAP the opponents of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The INDIA and the AAP, Congress During mid-2023, major opposition parties joined under a united opposition banner, the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), to take on the NDA government in the 2024 general elections. Among critical factors helping the BJP to improve its tally in every election is the division of votes among the opposition parties. The saffron party got a 31% vote share and won 282 seats in the 2014 general elections, while Congress and AAP got 44 seats and four seats with a vote share of 19.31% and 2.05%, respectively. The equation becomes relatively poor in the 2019 general assembly elections, with BJP winning 303 seats and amassing more than one-third (37.76%) of the vote share, while the Congress and the AAP registered 19.4% and 0.44% of the vote share and 52 seats and one seat, respectively. After experiencing defeat in two consecutive general elections, the Congress and the AAP are willing to come together to snatch seats from the BJP in the national capital. Once a powerhouse, the Congress has been faring poorly in Delhi Assembly elections since 2013. The party secured just eight seats in the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections and decimated to zero in 2015, and the same was repeated in the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections. The vote share recorded for AAP, BJP and Congress for the Delhi Assembly elections 2013 was 29.5%, 33% and 24.6%, respectively. However, the vote share for AAP, BJP and Congress in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections was 54.3%, 32.3% and 9.7%. While the vote share percentage for the national party was reduced to 4.26%, BJP registered a growth of more than five per cent from the previous one. Where the alliance stands The AAP and the Congress have been negotiating for the past few weeks and have met twice in January to find a seat-sharing formula for Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, and Haryana. Meanwhile, AAPs recent statement reflected that the party is tired of prolonged discussions and eager to prepare for the upcoming elections. AAPs Rajya Sabha MP and party General Secretary Sandeep Pathak on February 8 announced candidates for three Lok Sabha seats in Assam. On February 13, the party expressed willingness to allocate only one out of seven parliamentary seats in Delhi to Congress. It also announced candidates for two seats in Gujarat and one in Goa. The move, however, pushed the opposition alliance to the brink of collapse, but Congress insiders said they may go for a coalition once things are settled between both parties. Expressing discontent over prolonged delay in finalising seat-sharing arrangements in various states, AAP hinted at declaring candidates for six parliamentary seats in Delhi if an agreement couldnt be reached soon, leaving only one for Congress. Despite the Congress securing more votes than AAP in five out of the seven seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, AAP stressed Congress lack of representation in Delhis Lok Sabha and assembly seats, besides its limited success in the 2022 city municipality elections. Reacting to the AAP offering one seat to the Congress, Delhi BJP said the AAP showed the Congress its ground situation. Delhi Congress jibed at the BJP, saying, scared of defeat in the national capital in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP is indulging in low politics by making misleading statements about the INDIA bloc. AAP and corruption: A saga Despite riding to power based on an anti-corruption stance and promises of clean governance, the AAP, for some time now, has been facing allegations and controversies, casting a shadow on its reputation. From allegations in forming liquor policy to the functioning of the Mohalla Clinics, a flagship initiative of the city government, have raised serious questions about the partys earlier standard against corruption. In the alleged involvement in a liquor scam, reports have surfaced indicating that specific individuals with close ties to AAP leaders have been involved in irregularities related to the distribution and sale of liquor licenses. These allegations have raised concerns about corruption and favouritism within the partys ranks. Meanwhile, reports of irregularities, including financial mismanagement, lack of proper infrastructure, and inadequate medical supplies, have surfaced, raising doubts about the efficacy and transparency of the Mohalla Clinic programme. Allegations against the AAP dispensation have sparked widespread criticism with opposition parties questioning its commitment to its founding principles of honesty and transparency. Supporters and city residents have expressed disappointment over the tarnishing of the partys image. However, AAP leaders have denied any wrongdoing and attributed the controversies to political vendetta and smear campaigns orchestrated by rival parties. The Congress, which had earlier faced corruption allegations against its lop leaders by the AAP, is still undecided whether to go on the offensive. The upcoming elections will be a litmus test for the partys ability to regain public confidence and restore its tarnished reputation.Under such circumstances, only time will tell whether AAP can weather the storm and emerge stronger from this tumultous period in its political life. Chandigarh mayoral polls: A litmus test Barely 250 km from the capital, a semi-final match is played between INDIA bloc members, the Congress and the AAP, and the BJP in the last week of January 2024. This was a showdown before the final in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections (if all goes well between the alliance members). The keenly contested Chandigarh Mayor polls on January 30 this year, was won, controversially, by the BJP. The election held for the post of mayor in the Union Territory was a two-sided contest, unlike the three-sided or four-sided contest during the Punjab Assembly elections 2023. For the post of Chandigarh mayor, the Congress and the AAP allied to dethrone the BJP. The equation was simple. In the 35-member municipal house, AAP has 13 councillors, and Congress has 7. The INDIA alliance, thus, had 20 votes against BJPs 15 (BJP MP Kirron Khers vote was already added). Given the on-paper arithmetic, the alliance would have easily knocked out the saffron party from the mayors post, and their joint candidate would have won. However, in a shocking turn of events, eight votes from the INDIA bloc were deemed invalid by presiding officer Anil Masih. Thus, BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar, with 16 votes against INDIAs 12, was elected the mayor of Chandigarh. The Congress and the AAP alleged fraud by the BJP and boycotted the elections for the post of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, which also went to the saffron party. The AAP,then, approached the Supreme Court, bringing allegations of poll fraud against the BJP. Currently, the apex court has ordered the preservation of the entire electoral process record and directed that the corporations ensuing meeting be deferred till the next hearing date. The national party Hardly ten years after its formation, the Aam Aadmi Party was recognised as a national party in 2023. With this recognition, the party announced its national expansion plan. The party formed governments in two states, Delhi and Punjab, and later snatched the MCD from the BJP. Now, with the general elections around the corner, the AAP is making all efforts to show its strength at nearly 40 Lok Sabha seats in states like Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, etc. Party strategists aim to win at least 30 out of all the seats on which their candidates will contest. Since the party intends to play a significant role at the national level, they are drifting closer to like-minded parties to get the desired result. Party insiders firmly believe only a united opposition can halt the BJPs victory for the third consecutive time; hence, there is urgent need to find common ground. Who laughs last? While the BJP has retained its vote share, it faces challenges in converting these votes into seats, particularly against AAPs lucrative policies that appeal to voters, especially those in urban and semi-urban slum areas. Efforts to form alliances, particularly between the Congress and the AAP, have been ongoing to consolidate votes against the BJP. However, disagreements over seat-sharing and ideological differences have hindered progress. The success of the opposition alliance hinges on its ability to overcome internal divisions and present a cohesive front to voters. As the general elections loom, all eyes are on the capital as AAP and the Congress strive to form a coalition to challenge the BJP myth. Earlier Trends show the Way Ahead? A critical factor helping BJP to improve its tally in every election is the division of votes among opposition parties. Having lost two consecutive general elections, Congress and the AAP are willing to join forces to grab BJP seats in Delhi. The Chandigarh Dispute The arithmetic in the Chandigarh mayoral polls indicated a victory for the alliance. However, in a shocking turn of events, eight votes from the INDIA bloc were deemed invalid by presiding officer Anil Masih. Thus, BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar, with 16 votes against INDIAs 12, was elected the mayor of Chandigarh. The Congress and the AAP alleged poll fraud by the BJP. Alliance on the cards? Despite facing setbacks in recent elections, both Congress and the AAP are resolute in their determination to collaborate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. However, AAPs governance has been marred by controversies, including allegations of corruption, which have damaged its credibility. This underscores the urgency for AAP to rebuild public trust and posit itself as a viable alternative to the BJP.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 8:41 am

Power games: Parties go all out to win Rajya Sabha polls

Game On Parties go all out to win Rajya Sabha polls The current round of Rajya Sabha elections is witnessing a keen contest between parties. No effort is being spared to win over rival MLAs and engineer cross-voting. Every party is trying to shore up its strength in the Upper House, especially the BJP. The BJPs decision to field the eighth candidate in Uttar Pradesh and one in Himachal Pradesh has surprised many. It does not have the numbers to get these candidates elected. There are 10 vacancies in UP. The BJP has the numbers to get seven candidates elected. The SPs strength can ensure a comfortable win for two candidates. But it has fielded three. In UP, 37 votes are required to win one seat in the Rajya Sabha. The Samajwadi Party has 108 votes. Out of this, one MLA Pallavi Patel has announced that shell not vote for the two forward caste candidates fielded by her party cine star Jaya Bachchan and former chief secretary of the state Alok Ranjan. Two other MLAs of SP are in jail. This has brought down the partys effective strength to 105. This is the shortfall that the BJPs eighth candidate Sanjay Seth a prominent realtor and former treasurer of the Samajwadi Party is trying to exploit. If Seth manages to win over some of his old friends in SP, it will cause a major upset and lead to the defeat of one of the three SP candidates. Similarly in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has fielded former Congressman Harsh Mahajan even though the party does not have the numbers to get him elected. The party is hoping that Mahajan will be able to win the votes of the Congress MLAs who are reportedly unhappy with the party for fielding Abhishek Manu Singhvi, an outsider. In Himachal, votes of 35 MLAs are required for a candidate to get elected to the Rajya Sabha. In the 68-member House, the Congress currently has 40 MLAs, the BJP has 25 and there are three independents. On paper, the Congress candidate appears set for a comfortable victory. But Mahajans entry into the arena has queered the pitch for the states ruling party. Election 2024 Rawat, Sidhu likely to join BJP on poll-eve Even as former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath is busy negotiating with the BJP, many other senior Congress leaders are queuing up to join the ruling party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Sources said among the prominent leaders who are reportedly headed towards the BJP are former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and ex-president of the Punjab state Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu has been sidelined by the Congress in Punjab and he has been holding independent public meetings. There have been calls for disciplinary action against him for holding parallel meetings. According to sources, the Congress central leadership is unlikely to give him any major responsibility after the partys disastrous performance in the Punjab state elections under his leadership. Sidhu is now reportedly looking at BJP as an option. Sources said Rawat has also been contacted by the BJP. There was talk of his joining the party some time back when the state chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited him at his residence. However, Rawat dismissed the speculations saying there is no question of his leaving the Congress at this stage of his life. But sources said the BJP may be able to persuade him this time round. Shahid faridi The writer is Resident Editor TNIE, New Delhi. Follow him on X @Shahid_Faridi_

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 8:38 am

Haldwani violence: 58 arrested so far, day curfew lifted as situation improves

DEHRADUN : The Uttarakhand police have arrested 14 more people for their alleged involvement in the Haldwani violence case, taking the total number of arrests to 58, police sources said on Sunday. With the situation improving, the curfew imposed in the Banbhulpura area after the riots and arson incidents on February 8 the day curfew has been lifted. Removal of a madrasa and prayer site on the encroached Nazul land in Haldwani City triggered violence in the area. According to the police sources, On Saturday, 14 more suspects were arrested for their roles in the arson and stone-throwing incidents, raising the total number of arrests to 58. Three people wanted in this connection were also arrested. Their posters were circulated in the city along with offering rewards for their capture. On Saturday evening, during a media interaction at the multipurpose police building, SSP Prahlad Narayan Meena stated, In the Banbhoopura case, two FIRs were filed by the police and one by the municipal corporation. In this context, 44 individuals were initially arrested, while 14 more have now been arrested. According to police, Shakeel Ansari, Mokin Saifi and Ziaul Rehman, who were arrested on Saturday, were also on the polices wanted list. At the same time, Shariq and Mohd. Danish, who had snatched the magazine of the PAC jawan, has also been recovered from his possession. Four petrol bombs have also been found from the house of a person named Faizan. In the meantime, a 5-member delegation from the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind arrived in Haldwani intending to reinstate peace and harmony in the city following the recent unrest. The delegation held meetings with local authorities and those impacted by the events. Spokesperson for the delegation, Mohd Shahnazar, told this daily, Regarding the events of February 8 as a tragic occurrence, we have told the community to move past it and work towards reconciling any divides that have emerged.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 7:25 am

Rising Cybercrime Cases Pose a Huge Challenge to Sleuths

A 35-year-old woman, was lured with the promise of payments for performing certain tasks online, the Cyberabad cybercrime police said. (Representational DC Image) A 35-year-old woman, was lured with the promise of payments for performing certain tasks online, the Cyberabad cybercrime police said. (Representational DC Image) Hyderabad: Cybercrime has evolved from localised operations in regions like Jamtara in Uttarakhand and the new Jamtara in Rajasthans Bharatpur to a nationwide menace, posing significant challenges to the authorities. The impact has been to such extremes that around 450 cases are reported on a daily basis in Telangana state alone. Fraudsters typically work in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. We have often traced origins of cybercrimes to these areas. However, the perpetrators are now operating across the country, making it tough to track them, explained cybercrime ACP Siva Maruthi. On receiving funds, they transfer the money to 10 to 15 different accounts within 30 minutes. When we investigate and zero in on the perpetrator, the person turns out to be a gullible villager and not the actual culprit, the officer said. Around 30 complaints by victims cheated of amounts in excess of Rs 1 lakh are reported in CCS every day. Additionally, each police station registers cases where the amount is less than `1 lakh every day. Decentralisation of funds is a big jurisdiction hindrance as each state has its own laws and procedures. We need to get permission to probe and arrest the fraudsters. By the time we are through with the formalities, the culprits would have relocated to another state, pointed out Cyberabad cybercrime DCP K. Shilpavalli. When we go to places like Jamtara to arrest the accused, we have to perform daring stunts to escape from the clutches of the locals, who are capable of torturing us if things go wrong. They are patronised by powerful local political leaders, said an internal source. Despite the best efforts to nail them, when we fail to arrest the accused, we feel like the case is lost. On returning to office, we find many cases have already been registered and many more pending, explained the source. Cyber frauds have left victims from the city devastated as hopes of recovery are less. A software company team leader from Madhapur lost Rs 37 lakh in a phishing scam. A retired schoolteacher Sunandha Sharma from Nagarkurnool fell prey after sharing personal details over a fake bank call. She succeeded in informing her banker to freeze two lakh but the trauma has left her in a state of utter shock. Cyber expert Nallamohu Sreedhar told Deccan Chronicle, Cybercrimes often occur on weekends and holidays because fraudsters know that banks are closed. It provides them ample time to transfer funds and evade detection. Moreover, recovery of funds from a cybercrime typically requires 24 hours. There's been an increase in financial frauds through UPI applications. Adding to the problem, there is a shortage of investigators in the department, which is resulting in tardy progress. While cities have dedicated teams, the strength is relatively small. Officers may not register cases in villages due to a dearth of staff.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 12:13 am

Bridging Legal Divides: A Human Journey through Uttarakhand's Uniform Civil Code

The approval of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill by Uttarakhand's Legislative Assembly marks a pivotal moment in India's legal landscape. This article examines the historical backdrop, sociopo...

Legal Service India 18 Feb 2024 9:02 pm

Dhull hits a hundred to end season on a high

Dhull hits a hundred to end season on a high Yash Dhull scored his first century of the season before Jonty Sidhu hit an unbeaten ton to help Delhi take a slender 11-run first innings lead against Odisha in their Ranji Trophy Group D match here on Sunday. Starting day three at 187 for two, Delhi ended up with 451 all out in response to Odisha's 440 in the first innings. Dhull, who did not have the best of times opening the batting, made 112 off 167 balls batting at number three to end the season on a high. The inconsequential Ranji game is heading towards a drab draw. In the middle-order, Jonty (105 not out off 218) got the big runs and ensure Delhi got the first innings lead. Debutant Gagan Vats made 66 at the top of the order while Kshitiz Sharma struck 64 while batting alongside Jonty. Both Delhi and Odisha have not progressed to the knockout stage of the competition. Delhi's two wins of the season came against Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, helping them avoid relegation after a poor start to their campaign. Brief Scores: In New Delhi: Odisha 1st Innings 440 (Subhransu Senapati 111, Biplab Samantray 110, Sumit Mathur 4/97). Delhi 1st Innings 451 all out in 130.3 overs (Gagan Vats 66, Yash Dhull 112, Jonty Sidhu). In Puducherry: HP 1st Innings 463 (Nikhil Gangta 108, Mukul Negi 55, Gaurav Yadav 2/123, Sidak Singh 4/155). Puducherry 1st Innings 202 all out and 198 (f/o) in 43.3 overs. Himachal Pradesh won by an innings and 63 runs.

devdiscourse 18 Feb 2024 8:01 pm

Not Londonthis is the most beautiful place in India

ndia, a nation steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, stands as a testament to the magnificence of the world. From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, India's landscape is as diverse as it is breathtaking. While London may hold its own charm, India beckons with a unique allure that captivates the soul. The Enigmatic Allure of the Taj Mahal A Journey Through Time: Exploring India's Rich History India's history is a tapestry woven with threads of ancient civilizations, majestic empires, and cultural exchanges. The country boasts a wealth of architectural wonders, each bearing testament to its rich heritage. Among them stands the iconic Taj Mahal, a monument to love and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is a masterpiece of white marble and intricate craftsmanship. Its ethereal beauty, especially at sunrise or sunset, leaves visitors spellbound, evoking a sense of awe and reverence. Basking in the Tranquility of Kerala's Backwaters Nature's Bounty: India's Ecological Diversity India's natural beauty knows no bounds, with landscapes that range from lush forests to arid deserts, from tranquil backwaters to roaring waterfalls. Kerala, often referred to as God's Own Country, is renowned for its serene backwaters, palm-fringed beaches, and tranquil hill stations. A houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey or Kumarakom offers a glimpse into the unhurried pace of life in Kerala, where time seems to stand still amidst verdant greenery and serene waters. Immersing in Spiritual Splendor: Varanasi Soul Stirring Spiritual Journeys India is a land of spirituality, where ancient traditions and rituals coexist with modernity. Varanasi, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, holds a special place in the hearts of pilgrims and seekers alike. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi is a melting pot of spirituality, where devotees come to cleanse their sins, perform rituals, and attain moksha, or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The city's ghats, lined with temples and bustling with activity, offer a glimpse into India's timeless spiritual heritage. Adventures in the Himalayas: A Trekker's Paradise Thrilling Adventures Await For adventure enthusiasts, India offers a plethora of adrenaline-pumping activities amidst breathtaking scenery. The Himalayas, home to some of the world's highest peaks, beckon trekkers and mountaineers from around the globe. Whether it's scaling the snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh, embarking on the Chadar Trek in Ladakh, or exploring the lush valleys of Uttarakhand, the Himalayas offer endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Indulging in Culinary Delights: A Gastronomic Journey A Feast for the Senses: India's Culinary Heritage No journey through India would be complete without sampling its diverse and flavorful cuisine. From aromatic curries to mouthwatering street food, India's culinary landscape is as varied as its geography. Each region boasts its own unique dishes and flavors, influenced by history, culture, and local ingredients. Whether it's indulging in a spicy masala dosa in South India, savoring butter chicken in the north, or relishing the flavors of Bengali cuisine in the east, India offers a gastronomic journey like no other. India: A Tapestry of Diversity and Beauty Embracing Diversity: India's Cultural Mosaic At the heart of India's allure lies its incredible diversity, encompassing myriad languages, religions, and traditions. From the colorful festivals of Holi and Diwali to the vibrant dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, India's cultural tapestry is a celebration of life in all its myriad hues. Whether it's exploring the bustling streets of Delhi, marveling at the ancient ruins of Hampi, or unwinding on the pristine beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, every corner of India offers a unique experience waiting to be discovered. Toxic Dye Alert: Tamil Nadu Health Deptt Bans Cotton Candy Sales From Immunity Boost to Weight Loss: This Water Benefits Many Aspects Make These Diet Changes Today to Protect Yourself from Fatty Liver

News Track 18 Feb 2024 6:56 pm

India's best places for jungle trekking: - These places are best for jungle trekking in India

Many people like doing adventurous activities. They want to live close to nature and want to have a different experience. Often such people like trekking. Generally, it is seen that people think only about mountain trekking. But if you want, you can also enjoy jungle trekking. Yes, India is known for offering the best treks all over the world. You can not only do mountain trekking here, but jungle trekking here also has its pleasure. If you are someone who wants to experience what trekking in the jungle is like. So, today in this article we are telling you about some such jungle trekking, which you should experience once- Kunjkharak Trek, Uttarakhand The Kunjkharak trek starts from Pangot, located near Corbett in the foothills of the Himalayas. This trekking trail is perfect for those who do not want too much crowd around them and want to trek in peace. While trekking on this route, you will cross forests filled with tall pine trees. You will also come across the Kosi River during your trek. If you want to enjoy jungle trekking in India, then you can choose Kunjkharak Trek. The best time to visit here is considered to be from October to April. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh (Kanha National Park) Kanha National Park is a national park located in Madhya Pradesh and it has about 22 species of mammals. Generally, the tourists coming here like to see this wildlife in their natural habitat. If you are adventurous then you might not like going here very much, but it is known as one of the best jungle trekking places in India. It takes a total of 2-3 hours to trek through the dense green forest. The best time to visit here is considered to be from October to the end of June. Chembra Trek, Kerala If you have just started trekking then you can consider trekking at Chembara Trek in Kerala. It is considered a good trek for beginners. Chembra Trek is situated at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level and is one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats. This trek passes through dense forest, where you can also encounter wild animals. This place has its charm as you can touch the clouds during your trek. A major attraction of this trek is Love Lake, which is in the shape of a heart. The best time to visit here is considered to be after monsoon. Image Credit- freepik

Kalam Times 18 Feb 2024 3:15 pm

Union Ministers to Hold Fourth Round of Talks with Farmer Leaders Amidst Ongoing Protests

Chandigarh: On February 18th, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda, and Nityanand Rai are scheduled to engage in the fourth round of discussions with farmer union leaders from Punjab in an attempt to address the ongoing impasse. Previous meetings between the two parties have failed to yield a resolution. The most recent meeting occurred on February 15th, following the farmers' march towards Delhi, which was halted by Haryana Police at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders. Ahead of the upcoming talks, union leader Sarwan Singh Pandher emphasized the need for the Central Government to issue an ordinance guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP). Pandher stated, The entire country is looking towards PM Modi to gather courage and make firm decisions regarding MSP and loan interest waivers. We are hopeful for positive outcomes from tomorrows meeting. While we have not withdrawn our decision to proceed to Delhi, a resolution here would be preferred if the government meets our demands. Highlighting the importance of MSP guarantees, Pandher noted that farmers currently focus on wheat and rice cultivation due to the lack of price assurances for pulses and oilseeds. He expressed willingness to diversify agricultural production if provided with such guarantees. Similarly, Jagjit Singh Dallwal echoed the call for an MSP ordinance, questioning the government's delay in taking action. Meanwhile, BKU (Charuni) and BKU leader Rakesh Tikait have pledged support for the ongoing protests, announcing plans for further demonstrations in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand on February 21st if their demands remain unmet. Amidst the protests, reports indicate a rise in vegetable prices in the national capital. Disruptions in the supply chain, attributed to the ongoing protests, have led to increased costs. A vegetable trader cited disruptions in Punjab's supply chain as a contributing factor to rising prices, emphasizing the need for a swift resolution to the standoff. However, another trader noted that while there is currently no immediate impact on vegetable prices, prolonged protests could disrupt supplies from regions such as Uttar Pradesh, Ganganagar, and Pune, potentially leading to price hikes. The farmers' demands include a legal guarantee of MSP, implementation of the Swaminathan Commissions recommendations, pension provisions for farmers and laborers, debt waivers, no increase in electricity rates, withdrawal of police cases, reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act of 2012, compensation for families of farmers allegedly deceased during the 2020-21 protests, among other requests. Gang Rape Shocks Vadodara: Vakil Ahmed, Chaman Khan, Shaukat and Pathan arrested Unveiling the Rise of Sandeshkhali's Strongman: TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan Clash Over Hijab: Students Challenge Dress Code at Government School in Rajasthan's Jodhpur

News Track 18 Feb 2024 2:11 pm

Nadda predicts hat-trick for BJP govt with 370 seats

NEW DELHI : A vigorous chunavi josh (election enthusiasm) appeared to rush through the BJP rank and file on Saturday as the party kicked off its two-day national convention, which is supposed to roll out a roadmap for the Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the convention by unfurling the partys flag at Bharat Mandapam along with top leaders. In his address, BJP chief JP Nadda predicted a hat-trick for the BJP government, saying the party would win 370 LS seats. All records of victory will be broken, he said. Modi joined thousands of delegates in cheering Naddas prognosis. It is a happy augury that we are witnessing the partys national convention. We have gathered in circumstances where we have seen victory in the past and will see victory in the future too, Nadda said, hailing Modis leadership for the partys extraordinary rise. Describing Modis leadership as an inspiration to party workers, Nadda said Gyan (gareeb, yuva, annadata, nari-shakti) has been the prime focus of Modis leadership. He has challenged and changed the very culture of our countrys politics. Today, Bharat is seen as an instance of unprecedented transformation, he said. Nadda spoke about Indias several achievements over the last decades from Mangalyan to Chandrayan-III, G20 presidency, and making 2023 the International Year of Millets. Taking a jibe at the Opposition on the Ayodhya temple, Nadda said some people (opposition) had mocked at them. We built the temple and the PM consecrated Ram Lalla on January 22. You (opposition) did not come, these were your deeds. We built and dedicated it Lord Ram, he said, slamming the Opposition for refusing to attend the ceremony. Addressing over 11,500 party delegates, the BJP chief said, For the BJP to cross 370 seats and the NDA 400, we have to devote all our energies to ensure all our records are broken. Nadda also highlighted the womens reservation law and others achievements. He also predicted that the BJP will come to power in West Bengal next time. He said BJP in West Bengal has substantially increased its vote share. The BJP retained power for a second term in UP in 2022, broke the trend of incumbent party being voted out in Uttarakhand and won three assembly elections recently, he said. Modi drills 370 into party, gears it up for polls

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 12:10 pm

Heavy rains in plains, western Himalayas predicted for 6 days

NEW DELHI : In view of a fresh western disturbance predicted to bring intense rainfall, thunderstorms and snowfall over western Himalayas and the plains of northwest India for the next six days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for northern states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh. The weather events will likely bring fairly widespread moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning over the western Himalayan region, and hailstorms in various other places till February 22. The IMD has issued an advisory that warns of disruption of electricity and landslides in hilly areas, as well as road blockages, washing out of roads and bridges, and flooding in low-lying areas. The special IMD advisory also suggested precautionary measures such as avoiding underpasses, low-lying areas and kutcha houses. The agricultural scientists are, meanwhile, worried about the standing wheat crop, as intense rains would adversely impact them. Dr Gyanendra Singh, director of the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, said that the current wheat crop requires less rainfall and no thunderstorm. Our standing wheat crop can tolerate up to moderate rainfall, Singh said, adding, We need to look into the details of which areas of crops are in which stage. Intense rainfall with thunderstorms and hailstorms would not augur well for the crops. The IMD observed that minimum temperatures are in the range of 9-12C over most parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan. This is almost below normal by 1-3C in these places and above normal over the rest of north India. The lowest minimum temperature of 6C was reported at Hisar in Haryana on Saturday. The IMD forecasted a gradual rise in minimum temperatures by 2-4C over East India in the next four to five days. However, there would be no significant change in minimum temperatures over the northwest and central India during the next five days. The northeast region will witness isolated light to moderate rainfall due to cyclonic circulation, it said. IMD ADVISORY Intense rainfall, thunderstorms and snowfall over western Himalayas and plains of northwest India for next six days (till February 22) Orange alert issued for northern states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh Disruption of electricity and landslides likely in hilly areas. Road blockages, washing out of roads and bridges, and flooding likely in low-lying areas Fairly widespread moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by thunder storms and lightning likely over the western Himalayan region, and hailstorms in other places.

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 10:29 am

Uttarakhand UCC Bill: Extremely Regressive say Most Young People

Young couples in the state capital, Dehradun, fear mandatory registration of live-in relationships may lead to intrusion, harassment and blackmail, especially of girls.

News Click 18 Feb 2024 8:00 am

Live-in relationship to be out of central UCC draft

NEW DELHI : In a significant departure from the Uttarakhand model, the proposed central law on the Uniform Civil Code is unlikely to go into the question of live-in relationships as it doesnt fall within the UCCs purview, highly placed sources in the law ministry said. The Uttarakhand code proposed mandatory registration of live-in relationships and stringent punishment for violators, spurring public debate on privacy and personal liberty. Sources said that senior members of the Law Commission are not in favour of bringing in live-in relationships under the ambit of the UCC bill. The 22nd Law Commission of India is tasked with drafting a nationwide UCC , a long-time poll promise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Members of the commission believe that the Uttarakhand code legalised live-in relations through compulsory registration, which is counter-productive, said sources. The institution of marriage is sacrosanct and live-in relationships cannot replace it. The UCC is about common family law for all religious communities on matters such as marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance and succession. Co-habitation doesnt come under the purview of the UCC. But the Uttarakhand UCC has given it a status of marriage now, said the top official. The official pointed out that live-in relationships are currently referenced under the 2005 Domestic Violence Act, as domestic relationships. The law also has provisions for maintenance now. In the Uttarakhand UCC, a child born from such a registered live-in relationship will be treated as legitimate, the official said. While some of the BJP-ruled states like Assam and Gujarat are already mulling their own UCC bills by using the Uttarakhand model , the official said it will give rise to constitutional complexities. Though states can enact some of the personal laws, the central law prevails in some cases, he said. The Uttarakhand code mandates that persons in live-ins inform the concerned registrar within a month of the relationship, else they could face a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to Rs 10,000, or both. National narrative The BJP plans to push a national UCC narrative in the general elections. Recently, Union minister Amit Shah said that a secular country cannot have religion-based civil codes. The enforcement of the UCC in Uttarakhand is for social change, he said

The New Indian Express 18 Feb 2024 6:18 am

Farmers to stage dharnas in four states Feb 21: Rakesh Tikait

Muzaffarnagar: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait Saturday announced that farmers will stage dharnas in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Uttarakhand February 21 to press their demands, including a legal guarantee of MSP. Speaking to reporters after attending a panchayat in Sisauli here, Tikait said a resolution was passed during the meeting asking the []

orissapost 17 Feb 2024 7:25 pm

NGT disposes application seeking directions against company manufacturing pharmaceutical products in Haridwar

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) disposed of an application registered on the basis of the letter petition sent by one of the residents of Ranipur, Haridwar, Uttarakhand alleging that a unit manufacturing Pharmaceutical products in Ranipur, Haridwarwas emitting hazardous fumes and posing severe risk to the residents of the nearby colony. Tribunal considering the grievance [] The post NGT disposes application seeking directions against company manufacturing pharmaceutical products in Haridwar appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 17 Feb 2024 5:34 pm

Supreme Court enhances compensation in motor accident claim case, says contributions of homemaker cannot be quantified in monetary terms

The Supreme Court, while setting aside an order of the Uttarakhand High Court in a motor accident claim case, observed that the value of a womans work at home was no less than that of someone who brought a salary from office. The Bench of Justice Suryan Kant and Justice KV Viswanathan noted on Friday [] The post Supreme Court enhances compensation in motor accident claim case, says contributions of homemaker cannot be quantified in monetary terms appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 17 Feb 2024 1:41 pm

Demolition of mosque in Haldwani: Uttarakhand High Court seeks response from Uttarakhand Government

The Uttarakhand High Court has instructed the State authorities to respond on a petition related to demolition of a mosque and amadrasain Haldwani. On February 8, the demolition of the religious structure had led to clashes in the area, in which about five people died and about dozen suffered injuries. The Uttarakhand government, Nainital District [] The post Demolition of mosque in Haldwani: Uttarakhand High Court seeks response from Uttarakhand Government appeared first on India Legal .

indialegallive 15 Feb 2024 7:14 pm

Barbed Wire, Stones, Mob Shouting Hit Them, Make Them Flee: Details Of Islamist Violence In Haldwani

On 8th February 2024, the administration team which went to Malik Colony in Banbhoolpura in Uttarakhand to demolish an illegal madrasa and mosque came under brutal attack by Islamist mob. The mob pelted stones at the officials, police personnel, and journalists alike while bullets were also fired. The mob also set fire to the police Continue reading Barbed Wire, Stones, Mob Shouting Hit Them, Make Them Flee: Details Of Islamist Violence In Haldwani The post Barbed Wire, Stones, Mob Shouting Hit Them, Make Them Flee: Details Of Islamist Violence In Haldwani appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 14 Feb 2024 11:42 am

Dam project in Uttarakhands tiger corridor gets nod despite conservation concerns

NEW DELHI, Feb 13: The Centre has approved a proposal for the use of nearly 400 hectares in the Dudhwa-Lagga tiger corridor in Uttarakhands Nainital district to construct the Jamrani Drinking Water Multipurpose Project, despite the lack of a recommendation from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The project involves building a 480-metre-long and 150.60-metre-high []

thehillstimes 14 Feb 2024 1:40 am

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh unveils a statue of ndias first Chief of Defence Staff late General Bipin Rawat in Dehradun

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh unveiled a life-size statue of late General Bipin Rawat the countrys first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) at TonsBridge School, Dehradun in the presence of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami on February 12, 2024. He paid floral tributes to General Rawat at...

newdelhitimes 13 Feb 2024 11:20 pm

Overview Of Uniform Civil Code Concerning Uttarakhand

The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) Bill, which was just passed by the Uttarakhand state assembly, represents a significant development in Indian law. In a country characterized by variety, Uttarakhan...

Legal Service India 13 Feb 2024 10:25 pm

Misrepresentation alert: Foreign medias distorted view of Uttarakhands UCC

By: Shashanka Das On Tuesday, February 6, amidst much anticipation, the Uttarakhand government brought forward the long-awaited Uniform Civil Code (UCC) for discussion in the state assembly. This bill, hailed as a step towards gender equality and social harmony, encompasses a range of provisions including a ban on polygamy and child marriage, standardized marriageable age []

thehillstimes 13 Feb 2024 12:44 pm

Assam Government To Introduce Common Civil Code In State Assembly; Cabinet Passes Bill To Combat

Guwahati: In a significant development, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma revealed plans to introduce the Common Civil Code during the current budget session of the state assembly. The announcement comes on the heels of Uttarakhand passing the UCC, prompting Assam to reconsider its legislative priorities. Read more at: https://organiser.org/2024/02/12/221452/bharat/assam-government-to-introduce-common-civil-code-in-state-assembly-cabinet-passes-bill-to-combat-conversion/ The post Assam Government To Introduce Common Civil Code In State Assembly; Cabinet Passes Bill To Combat appeared first on OurVoice | WeRIndia - Analysis & Opinion .

Our Voice WeRIndia 13 Feb 2024 11:34 am

Uttarakhand team visits model gram sabhas in Puri

Bhubaneswar: A 35-member team of Haridwar Zilla Panchayat in Uttarakhand visited Raghurajpur panchayat and Danda Mukundpur Gram Sabha in Puri district as part of an exposure visit to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and planning of gram sabhas, sources said Monday. The visit was organised under the leadership of Nidhi Yadav, Director, Directorate of []

orissapost 13 Feb 2024 10:01 am

Invading Right To Free Choice: Lawyer Karuna Nandy On Uttarakhand Civil Code

While talking to NDTV, senior advocate Karuna Nandy says that the current Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code makes intimate relationships public and the state is invading right to free choice.

NDTV 11 Feb 2024 10:34 pm

Uttarakhand Civil Code: The Big Questions

Uttarakhand is the first state to enact a Uniform Civil Code believed to be a template that many states will soon adopt. Young audience raise several pertinent questions.

NDTV 11 Feb 2024 10:34 pm

Same-Sex Couples Must Come Under Uniform Civil Code: Ex Chief Of Women's Panel

While talking to NDTV, former chairperson of NCW Lalitha Kumaramangalam says that Uttarakhand Uniform Civil Code must have provisions to include same-sex couples.

NDTV 11 Feb 2024 10:33 pm

Uniform Civil Code: Gender Just Or Threat To Privacy?

Uttarakhand is the first state to enact a Uniform Civil Code believed to be a template that many states will soon adopt. Several of the provisions have raised constitutional concerns of privacy and personal liberty. Enacted in the name of gender justice and rights for women, who does the UCC really benefit? Isn't the UCC intrusive for live-in? What about same-sex couples? And most importantly while the state wants to meddle with affairs of home and heart, what about rights of live-in couples? Is it all duty and no rights?

NDTV 11 Feb 2024 10:01 pm

RPN Singh, Sudhanshu Trivedi in BJPs list for RS candidates

New Delhi: The BJP Sunday named 14 candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls including former Union minister RPN Singh and outgoing MP Sudhanshu Trivedi from Uttar Pradesh and its Uttarakhand unit president Mahendra Bhatt from the hill state. None of the Union ministers, whose terms are coming to an end, were named in the []

orissapost 11 Feb 2024 8:29 pm

Rajya Sabha elections: RPN Singh, Sudhanshu Trivedi in BJP`s list of candidates

BJP on Sunday announced its candidates from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal for the upcoming 2024 Rajya Sabha elections

Mid Day 11 Feb 2024 8:24 pm

Perpetual Violence

Demolitions in Uttarakhand this month, after which six were killed in violence, follows a pattern we can see in BJP states. The pattern is of course that the government is used to go after citizens, especially Muslims. The demolitions are carried out as a form of extra-judicial punishment by municipal authorities and police, whether following []

orissapost 11 Feb 2024 9:20 am

UP police on high alert after Uttarakhand incident

The Times of India 11 Feb 2024 8:57 am

Injuries To Head, Fractured Leg: NDTV Speaks To Those Injured In Haldwani Violence

Over 300 people have been injured in violence-hit Haldwani in Uttarakhand as locals hurled stones and petrol bombs at municipal workers and police over the demolition of an illegal madrasa. It was dark and many of our women personnel hid inside the homes of the locals. The police force later got us out, said a woman police official, recalling the horrors of the attack. Listen in.

NDTV 10 Feb 2024 8:15 pm

The 5 Temples in India Built Overnight

India is renowned worldwide for its culture, traditions, and the amalgamation of various religions. The country boasts numerous historical and religious tourist destinations, where visitors flock to experience their spiritual significance. Among these sites are temples that seem nothing short of miraculous. Many of these temples have a history dating back thousands of years, each with its own unique story behind its construction. Today, let's delve into the intriguing tales of some temples believed to have been built overnight. The stories behind their construction are as fascinating as the structures themselves. The Mystery of Govind Dev Ji Temple The Govind Dev Ji Temple, nestled in the heart of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, stands as a testament to the devotion and ingenuity of its creators. According to local belief, this temple was constructed overnight, with divine intervention playing a pivotal role in its creation. Vrindavan holds immense significance in Hindu mythology, being the legendary abode of Lord Krishna during his youth. As such, the Govind Dev Ji Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, holds a special place in the hearts of devotees. Its construction story adds another layer of mystique to its already sacred aura. Legend has it that the temple was commissioned as a grand tribute to Lord Vishnu, particularly in his incarnation as Lord Krishna. The task of building the temple was undertaken by both gods and demons, signifying a rare moment of collaboration between celestial beings with opposing ideologies. The lore suggests that the construction of the temple began with great fervor, with gods and demons working tirelessly side by side. However, as dawn approached, it became apparent that the temple would not be completed before sunrise. Faced with this predicament, the divine and demonic builders decided to leave the temple unfinished, fearing the consequences of defying the natural order. This decision left the Govind Dev Ji Temple in a state of perpetual incompleteness, serving as a reminder of the fleeting nature of time and the limitations of mortal endeavors in the face of cosmic forces. Yet, despite its unfinished state, the temple stands as a symbol of devotion and divine intervention, drawing countless pilgrims seeking solace and spiritual enlightenment. The Govind Dev Ji Temple continues to be a beacon of faith and reverence, attracting devotees from far and wide who come to pay homage to Lord Krishna and bask in the mystical aura of this sacred site. Its construction story serves as a reminder of the enduring power of belief and the transcendent nature of divine grace. The Enigma of Devgarh Temple In the dense forests of Jharkhand lies the enigmatic Devgarh Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple's construction is shrouded in myth and legend, with tales of divine intervention and celestial craftsmanship capturing the imagination of believers for generations. According to local lore, the Devgarh Temple was built by none other than Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect, at the behest of Lord Shiva. The temple's origins are intricately linked to the epic tale of Ramayana, particularly the episode involving Ravana's quest for immortality. As the story goes, Ravana, the formidable demon king of Lanka, sought to acquire a Shiva Linga to bolster his power and achieve invincibility. However, Lord Shiva, aware of Ravana's intentions, devised a clever plan to thwart his ambitions. Agreeing to Ravana's request, Lord Shiva stipulated that the Shiva Linga should not touch the ground during its transportation to Lanka. Ever the cunning strategist, Ravana accepted the condition but underestimated the challenge it posed. As Ravana journeyed towards Lanka with the Shiva Linga in tow, he encountered numerous obstacles, including the weight of the Linga itself. Despite his best efforts, Ravana found himself unable to prevent the Linga from touching the ground, thereby invoking Shiva's wrath. In a divine display of intervention, Lord Vishwakarma was summoned to construct a temple overnight to house the Shiva Linga, thus fulfilling the conditions set by Lord Shiva. With celestial beings and spirits working in tandem, the Devgarh Temple rose from the forest floor, its majestic spires reaching towards the heavens. The temple's construction marked a pivotal moment in the eternal struggle between good and evil, with divine providence prevailing over the machinations of the demon king. Today, the Devgarh Temple stands as a testament to the triumph of righteousness and the enduring legacy of Lord Shiva's divine grace. The Secret of Kaknath Temple Nestled amidst the serene forests of Muraina, Madhya Pradesh, lies the Kaknath Temple, an architectural marvel steeped in mystery and intrigue. This temple's construction defies conventional explanation, with legends attributing its creation to a unique collaboration between mortal devotees and ethereal spirits. The Kaknath Temple's origins are shrouded in myth and legend, with tales of supernatural intervention permeating its narrative. According to local folklore, the temple was built overnight by devotees of Lord Shiva, who were aided by benevolent spirits in their endeavor. The temple's construction is said to have commenced under the cover of darkness, with devotees working tirelessly to erect its sacred edifice. As the night wore on, the temple began to take shape, its intricate architecture a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship of its creators. What sets the Kaknath Temple apart is its unconventional construction methods, with legends suggesting that no mortar or cement was used in its creation. Instead, the temple's stones are said to have been magically bound together by the sheer force of devotion and divine intervention. As dawn approached, the temple stood completed, its towering spires reaching towards the heavens in silent homage to Lord Shiva. The miraculous nature of its construction has captivated the imagination of believers for centuries, with the temple serving as a testament to the enduring power of faith and spiritual devotion. Today, the Kaknath Temple continues to draw pilgrims and devotees from far and wide, each seeking solace and spiritual enlightenment within its hallowed halls. Its construction story serves as a reminder of the mystical bond between humanity and the divine, transcending the limitations of mortal existence to touch the realm of the supernatural. The Enigmatic Hathiyadevi Temple Perched atop a hill in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, stands the Hathiyadevi Temple, a testament to the indomitable spirit of devotion and perseverance. This temple's construction is steeped in myth and legend, with tales of divine intervention and celestial craftsmanship weaving a tapestry of mystery and intrigue. According to local lore, the Hathiyadevi Temple was built by a sculptor with only one hand, who undertook the monumental task of its construction in a single night. Despite the apparent limitations imposed by his disability, the sculptor's unwavering faith and determination propelled him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. As the night wore on, the temple began to take shape under the skilled hands of the sculptor, its graceful contours and intricate carvings a testament to his mastery of his craft. However, in his haste to complete the temple before dawn, the sculptor inadvertently installed the Shiva Linga upside down, thereby rendering it unfit for worship. The discovery of the inverted Shiva Linga cast a pall of disappointment over the temple's creators, who feared that their efforts had been in vain. Yet, despite this setback, the temple stands as a monument to their unwavering faith and devotion, its majestic spires reaching towards the heavens in silent homage to Lord Shiva. Today, the Hathiyadevi Temple continues to draw pilgrims and devotees from far and wide, each seeking solace and spiritual enlightenment within its sacred precincts. Its construction story serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of divine intervention and the enduring power of faith to overcome adversity. The Mystery of Bhojeshwar Temple Deep in the heart of Madhya Pradesh lies the Bhojeshwar Temple, a testament to the timeless bond between humanity and the divine. This temple's construction is steeped in myth and legend, with tales of divine guidance and celestial intervention capturing the imagination of believers for generations. According to local folklore, the Bhojeshwar Temple was built at the behest of the Pandavas during their exile in the forest. The temple's origins are intricately linked to the epic tale of the Mahabharata, particularly the episode involving the Pandavas' encounter with Lord Shiva during their exile. As the story goes, the Pandavas were visited by Lord Shiva in a dream, who instructed them to build a temple at the spot where they had encountered him. Acting on this divine guidance, the Pandavas' mother advised them to construct the Bhojeshwar Temple, which was purportedly erected overnight with the assistance of celestial beings and divine artisans. Despite the challenges posed by the dense forest and rugged terrain, the temple's creators persevered, their unwavering faith and determination propelling them towards their goal. As dawn broke, the temple stood completed, its majestic spires reaching towards the heavens in silent homage to Lord Shiva. Today, the Bhojeshwar Temple continues to stand as a testament to the enduring power of faith and devotion, drawing pilgrims and devotees from far and wide who come to pay homage to Lord Shiva and seek solace within its sacred precincts. Its construction story serves as a reminder of the timeless bond between humanity and the divine, transcending the limitations of mortal existence to touch the realm of the eternal. Can Sonia-Rahul specify their religion? BJP lashed out at Gandhi family for targeting caste of PM Modi Encourage Children to Perform these 5 Activities on Basant Panchami for Career Progress Agarbatti or Deepak: Which is More Auspicious for Worship? Find Out Here

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