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The fight is between two ideologies: Rahul Gandhi

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Mumbai, March 17 (IANS) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a swipe at the BJP, saying that the fight was between two ideologies as one essentially believed in centralisation of power and the other was like ‘Shiv Ki Baraat’ taking all together.

The former Congress president, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi, held an interactive meeting with the representatives of NGOs and civil society. They discussed the five guarantees (Nyay) which were announced by him during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra that concluded at Chaityabhoomi on Saturday.

The Congress leaders from Mumbai and Maharashtra along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi held a padyatra from August Kranti ground to Mani Bhavan in south Mumbai.

“Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’s strength was not only me but the crores (of Indians) who walked with me. This fight is not limited to Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi or Congress and BJP. The fight is between two thoughts. One says the country will be run from the top and all will follow the orders. The second says, run the country in a decentralised manner. In religious terms, we can call it ‘Shiv Ki Baarat’,” said the Congress leader.

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He called upon the people not to be scared especially when the battle was of two different ideologies. “Some say that BJP will change the constitution and all. Let me tell you that they have no courage to change the constitution. In this battle, the truth and Hindustan stand with us,’’ he said.

He said, “Injustice against poor, Dalit, women, is a root cause of growing hatred in the country as barely 2 to 3 per cent get justice for whom the government and all the institutions work.”

“When we were in the government and raised the issue of farm loan waiver, we were told that farmers will become lazy. When we brought MGNREGA, we were told that the poor will be spoiled. On the other hand when a Rs 16 lakh crore bank loan of 20-25 people gets waived off, then doesn’t it spoil them?” Rahul Gandhi said.

He said that although issues like paper leak, MSP, minimum wages, small traders are facing GST problems were highlighted there was no consensus. “It is important to realise that injustice is happening not only against me but against my brother (others) as well,” he said, adding that the movement is created when everybody starts protecting the interests of each other.

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–IANS

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Haryana CM approves allotment of 976 'Khel' nurseries

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Chandigarh, June 12 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini on Wednesday approved the allotment of 976 ‘Khel’ (sports) nurseries in government and private schools and institutions under the Khel Nursery Scheme.

Previously, the government allotted 1,100 Khel nurseries each year. The number of nurseries has been increased to 1,500 from FY 2024-25, with about 500 of these nurseries being managed by government coaches on government infrastructure.

An official spokesperson said applications are invited annually from government and institutions, with the availability of a coach, adequate playground facilities, and the ability to accommodate up to 25 players who will receive scholarships. The selection process involves District Sports Officers conducting physical inspections of the applicant’s premises.

He said scholarships under this scheme are awarded at the rate of Rs 1,500 per month for players aged eight to 14 years and Rs 2,000 per month for players aged 15 to 19 years.

Additionally, coaches of these Khel nurseries receive an honorarium of up to Rs 25,000 per month.

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Policeman injured in third encounter in a day in Jammu division

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Jammu, June 12 (IANS) A J&K policeman was injured in terrorist firing in another encounter in J&K’s Doda district on Wednesday evening – the second in the district and the third in the Jammu division in the day.

Official sources said that terrorists fired at a checkpost of the J&K Police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) in Gandoh village of the Bhalessa area in Doda.

“One policeman of the SOG was injured in initial firing by the terrorists. Security forces have now engaged the terrorists in sustained gunfire. Some terrorists are believed to be trapped inside the cordon that was laid immediately after the initial firing by the terrorists,” a source said.

Earlier, a terrorist and a CRPF jawan were killed in Seda Sohal village of the Hiranagar area of Kathua district. Security forces killed a terrorist in this area on Tuesday evening after surrounding the village on getting information about the terrorist firing, which left a villager injured.

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The second encounter took place at the Chattergalla area of Doda where terrorists fired at a joint ‘Naka’ (checkpost) of army and police, leaving five soldiers and an SPO injured. Security forces started a cordon and search operation in the area which is still underway.

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Bengal school job case: ED, CBI attach assets worth Rs 161 crore so far

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Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducting a parallel probe in the West Bengal multi-crore cash-for-school jobs case, have so far attached assets and properties worth Rs 161 crore in the course of its probe and searches in connection with the case, the ED counsel told the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday.

Justice Amrita Sinha was told that of Rs 161 crore, Rs 148 crore had been confiscated by the ED and the remaining Rs 13 crore by the CBI.

Of the Rs 161 crore attached property, assets worth Rs 7 crore belonged to a corporate entity whose name has surfaced repeatedly in the entire school job case as well as in the coal smuggling case in West Bengal.

When Justice Sinha asked whether the source of funds for purchasing that attached fund had been identified or not, the counsel of CBI submitted a report to a bench in a sealed envelope.

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Although the details of the contents of the report could not be known, the CBI counsel said that their officials had tracked the person who collected money in the school job matter, but the collection was on behalf of someone else.

On Wednesday, Justice Sinha expressed ire over the lackadaisical approach of a section of the central agency officials in carrying out the probe process.

She also asked the central agency counsel to ask their officers to be more careful in the process of investigation since this is a court-monitored probe.

Justice Sinha also expressed anguish over not much progress in the investigation in the matter which is in relation to the voice-sampling test of one of the prime accused in the case, Sujay Krishna Bhadra.

She also expressed ire over the delay on the part of the state government in submitting its own report in the school job case in West Bengal to her bench.

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She said the next hearing in the matter will be on July 30 and by then the state government should submit its report in the case.

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Pre-monsoon showers likely to hit Himachal on June 17

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Shimla, June 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh is likely to witness pre-monsoon showers on June 17, the weather department said on Wednesday.

The state on the day saw clear weather with no major relief from the scorching heat. The minimum temperature increased by two to three degrees Celsius, the local meteorological station said.

The Met Office has issued a heat wave alert in the state’s lower areas — Hamirpur, Una, Bilaspur, Solan, Sirmaur and Mandi — till Saturday.

“After four days, the western disturbance will become active with the possibility of rain and snowfall on June 17,” said Surender Paul, Director of the Meteorological Centre.

He said pre-monsoon rain is expected in the state on June 17 or 18. “The temperature will fall after the pre-monsoon begins.”

The maximum temperature in the state was 40 degrees Celsius or more at several places. Neri recorded a maximum temperature of 45.3 degrees Celsius, Una (43.2 ), Dhaula Kuan (43.1), Bilaspur (42.6), Hamirpur (41.7), Kangra (41.3), Sundernagar (41.2) and Mandi recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius.

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The state capital Shimla saw a high of 30.3 degrees Celsius.

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Raising 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan has become wrongful act under Congress rule: K'taka LoP

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Dakshina Kannada, June 12 (IANS) Senior BJP leader and the leader of opposition in the Karnataka Assembly, R. Ashoka, claimed on Wednesday that raising the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan has become a wrongful act in the state under the Congress rule.

Speaking to the media after visiting two BJP workers who were stabbed for allegedly raising the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan at a hospital in Dakshina Kannada, Ashoka said, “The Congress government has handed over the state to goons. If ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans are raised, people are stabbed.”

Stating that the BJP will ensure such incidents are not repeated, Ashoka said, “We will always stand with our party workers. The government should investigate the matter and also provide compensation to the victims.”

“Under this Taliban-like government in Karnataka, pro-Pakistan slogans are raised without any hesitation. The issue will be brought up during the Assembly session. Despite visiting the hospital, neither the Assembly Speaker nor the Minister for Health bothered to meet the stabbed workers,” Ashoka claimed.

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After the stabbing incident, the police lodged a case against some Hindu activists, alleging that they had issued statements referring to Pakistan.

“If this is true, let the police release the video or evidence in this regard. The attempt is being made to lodge a fresh case and hush up the case of stabbing,” Ashoka alleged.

The incident took place on the night of June 4 after the announcement of the Lok Sabha election results. The BJP workers were chased and attacked by a mob and later stabbed for allegedly raising the ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan.

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