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Psychotropic drug recovered from car in J&K’s Ganderbal

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Srinagar, Feb 25 (IANS) J&K Police on Sunday seized a vehicle from which psychotropic drug was recovered while the accused managed to escape during the raid in Ganderbal district.

A statement issued by police said that it has recovered Psychotropic Substance and a vehicle used in the commission of the crime in the jurisdiction of police post Shadipora.

“Following specific information a raid was carried out at the house of one person identified as Manzoor Ahmad Bhat alias Setha resident of Batwina village.

“Psychotropic Substance (Banned Drugs) Supasmoproxyvon-Plus (10 Strips) was recovered from the vehicle Scorpio bearing Registration No. JK16-0901 belonging to the accused.

“The Contraband Substance & vehicle used in the commission of the crime was seized on the spot. The accused has escaped & will be put behind the bars soon.

“Ganderbal Police requests Community members to share information regarding drug peddlers with J&K Police for better future of the youth and in shaping Crime free society”, police said.

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–IANS

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Maha Leader of Opposition Wadettiwar, Ambedkar meet striking OBC leaders

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Jalna (Maharashtra), June 20 (IANS) Maharashtra’s Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi President Prakash Ambedkar here on Thursday called on the striking OBC leader Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare and assured them of full support in their agitation.

For the past one week, Hake and Waghmare have been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike near a temple in Wadigodri village, and their health declined further on Thursday.

Both the visiting leaders offered them a glass of water, while a visibly emotional Wadettiwar — himself a senior Congress OBC leader — dialled Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde from the venue and apprised him of the situation of the striking leaders.

Hake is a former Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission member, while Waghmare is the Samata Parishad district president, and both have stopped eating food since June 13.

Shinde reiterated to Wadettiwar, who kept his phone to a microphone, and the striking leaders that the government would not dilute the OBC quotas while deciding on the Maratha reservations and promised to send an official delegation to meet them on Friday (June 21).

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Wadettiwar reminded the Chief Minister that while he makes assurances, his own Bharatiya Janata Party minister Girish Mahajan has said that the issue of ‘sage-soyare’ (bloodline) will not survive in the court, and its because of the faulty policies of the state government that two major communities are now standing against each other.

Hake has repeatedly demanded a written assurance from the MahaYuti government assuring that the state would not disturb the existing 29 per cent OBC reservation while deciding the quotas for any other community.

In February this year, a special session of the state legislature unanimously passed the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Economically Backward Bill, 2024, paving the way for 10 per cent quotas for the Maratha community.

However, Shivba Sanghatana chief Manoj Jarange-Patil has been demanding that the state should declare Marathas as ‘Kunbis’ and grant them a separate quota from the OBCs, plus give reservations to ‘sage-soyare’ (bloodline) that would widen the scope of reservation.

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However, prominent OBC leaders from different parties, including Wadettiwar (Congress), and Food & Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal (Nationalist Congress Party), are strongly opposing the watering down of the OBC quotas to accommodate the Marathas.

–IANS

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Workshop held for Haryana officers on three new criminal laws

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Chandigarh, June 20 (IANS) The three new criminal laws, namely Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, will come into force on July 1, replacing the IPC, CrPC, and the Indian Evidence Act, respectively.

To facilitate the process, Haryana Chief Secretary T.V.S.N. Prasad on Thursday inaugurated an online training programme for the IAS and Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers on the three new criminal laws.

The training, conducted by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Gurugram, aimed to familiarise the officers with the intricacies of the laws, which are set to be implemented nationwide from July 1.

Addressing the inaugural virtual session, Prasad said the historical significance of this moment is reforming the country’s criminal justice system, adding that Haryana will continue this process of training even after the implementation of these laws.

The government also plans to set up a helpline at the state headquarters to provide clarification and address the possible doubts on the laws.

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Prasad also directed the HIPA to conduct training sessions for officers at the divisional headquarter-level. Besides, similar programmes should also be organised for officers of the police and prosecution departments at HIPA Gurugram and Panchkula, he said.

He noted significant changes in the new criminal laws regarding their form, substance, process, and technology, stressing the availability of technical support pillars for their effective implementation.

He also emphasised the pivotal role of civil officers in ensuring the effective implementation of the new laws.

Prasad said Haryana is fully prepared to roll out these laws from July 1, with extensive training provided to the judiciary, police, and prosecution over several months.

–IANS

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Adopt scientific approach to fixing MSP for all crops: Sukhbir Badal

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Chandigarh, June 20 (IANS) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Badal on Thursday called for adopting a scientific approach towards fixing the minimum support price (MSP) for all crops, even as he asserted the marginal increase in the MSP for paddy by Rs 117 per quintal did not take into account the comprehensive cost plus 50 per cent profit as mandated by the Union government and the Swaminathan Commission.

He also noted that though the MSPs for both moong and maize had been increased, no mechanism was in place to procure these crops on MSP.

“Farmers in Punjab as well as elsewhere in the country have been left to the mercy of private players because the Union government is not procuring these crops from MSP. In case of Punjab, farmers bore huge losses after their sowed moong over a huge area following an appeal by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann the same would be procured on MSP, but the government reneged on its promise.”

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Speaking about the manner in which the MSP for paddy had been increased, Badal said: “The entire process of calculation of the comprehensive cost (C-2), including the imputed cost of the land and its rent value should be put in public domain. Farmers rightly feel that they are being short-changed and that if the C-2 cost is not calculated accurately then they will not get the justified MSP as 50 per cent profit is to be calculated on the C-2 figure.”

He advocated that a committee be formed to calculate the C-2 plus 50 per cent profit figure for all 14 kharif costs and that this committee should include farmer representatives.

“If this committee is formed immediately and given a timeframe to submit its recommendations, then the MSP for all kharif crops can be revised appropriately,” he added.

Making a strong case for calculating the true cost of production accurately, Badal said: “Till this is not done the agriculture sector will continue to face an economic crisis and the Prime Minister’s stated objective of doubling farmer incomes by the end of this year will not be achieved.”

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'Don't go overboard': Congress advises leaders and cadres in Kerala in wake of sparkling LS results

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 20 (IANS) Top leaders of Congress, in a meeting held here on Thursday to discuss the excellent performance by the party-led UDF which bagged 18 out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, advised state leaders and cadres not to go overboard with the win.

State party President K. Sudhakaran, who retained his Kannur seat with a huge margin, said that this victory should not get into the head of the party workers as a lot of work has to be done.

More poll battles are ahead and this win should not be taken for granted and further consolidation is needed, he said, adding that each and every party worker, irrespective of the status, has to work for more success.

Congress General Secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal, who won from the Alappuzha seat, chaired the meeting.

The meeting also decided to get going for the 2025 local bodies poll and has decided to form five clusters with each cluster having three districts. Each cluster will be led by a team of senior party leaders and their task is to work at the grassroots to reinvigorate the party, as that will be the key to success at the local bodies polls.

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It was also emphasised that all leaders will have to work at the grassroots in their localities.

Now all eyes are on the revamp of the party’s organisational post at all levels, though there will be no change in the top post as Sudhakaran will continue.

–IANS

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Three CPI (Maoist) members surrender in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Three members of the banned CPI (Maoist) have surrendered in Odisha before the Superintendent of Police of Malkangiri district, an official said on Thursday.

They were identified as Deva Madvi (18), Adma Madkami (24), and Muka Sodi (25) of Entapad in Sukma district of neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

All of them belonged to the Grama Rakshya Dala of the South Bastar Division of CPI (Maoist).

Both Madvi and Sodi used to collect rations and work as ‘couriers’ for the Maoists.

Meanwhile, Madkami, who joined the Maoist group in 2019, participated in various activities like extortion, planting of IEDs, and an attack on a police camp.

–IANS

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