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Tigers given showers, fans installed for snakes, ice cubes and frozen fruits on bears' menus in Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

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Thiruvananthapuram, March 1 (IANS) With the mercury rising in the Kerala capital city, inmates at the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo have got a change in their menu, and habitations.

The tigers, which were earlier given a bath by water being sprayed on their body using a hose, in the heat, now have new showers installed for them to take a shower when they require.

At the snake park, new fans have been installed and for the bears every day in the evening, ice cubes are given besides frozen fruits in more quantities.

For the various birds in the Zoo, a daily salad of various fruits has been added apart from more vegetables.

Another change for the meat-eating animals is chicken has been removed and more beef has been added, and so has been fresh fish.

Following the change in menu, the daily procurement of beef has reached 94 kg, fresh fish 61 kg, watermelons 34 kg, grapes 10 kg, bananas 25 kg, small plantains 12 kg, pineapples 3 kg, apples 3 kg, oranges 2 kg, guavas 5 kg, papayas 11 kg, pomegranates 2 kg, and cucumbers 9 kgs.

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PM Modi chairs meeting to review response & preparedness for Cyclone Remal

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a meeting at his residence here with senior officials to review response and preparedness for Cyclone Remal which is expected to make landfall around midnight.

Cyclone Remal, anticipated to cross the coast on Sunday midnight, is expected to make landfall between Sagar Island in West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh and intensify into a severe cyclone.

During the meeting, PM Modi was briefed that the National Crisis Management Committee is in regular touch with the West Bengal government, a PMO statement noted.

The Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF, DG, IMD and Member Secretary, NDMA were also present at the meeting.

All fishermen have been advised not to venture into Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

Around one lakh people are being moved to safer places.

Meanwhile, IMD is also extending information support to Bangladesh with regular updates.

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PM Modi said the Ministry of Home Affairs should monitor the situation and take a review after the landfall of the cyclone in order to extend necessary assistance for restoration.

The Prime Minister has instructed that apart from 12 NDRF teams that have already been deployed in West Bengal and one in Odisha, more teams be kept on standby which can move within one hour.

As per IMD forecasts, the cyclonic storm is also likely to cause rainfall in West Bengal and northeastern States.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the Kolkata airport has temporarily suspended flight operations. Besides, the Railways also cancelled several trains.

The Indian Navy earlier on Sunday said that it has initiated preparatory actions, following existing Standard Operating Procedures, to mount a credible Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal.

The situation is being closely monitored at Naval Headquarters, with preparatory actions being undertaken by the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters.

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Two ships equipped with HADR and medical supplies are ready for immediate deployment to ensure the safety and welfare of the affected populace.

Additionally, the Naval aviation assets, including Sea King and Chetak helicopters as well as Dornier aircraft, are also on standby for rapid response.

Specialised diving teams with equipment have been stationed in Kolkata to provide prompt assistance. Further diving teams with necessary equipment are on standby in Visakhapatnam, prepared for quick deployment if needed.

Two Flood Relief Teams, along with HADR and medical supplies, are being positioned in Kolkata.

“The Indian Navy remains vigilant and is closely monitoring the evolving situation to provide immediate and effective assistance in the wake of Cyclone Remal,” the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.

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Support AAP to save democracy, says Kejriwal in Punjab

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Hoshiarpur, May 26 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, campaigning in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur, on Sunday appealed to the people to support his party to save the country’s democracy and Constitution.

Addressing a public meeting in support of AAP candidate Rajkumar Chabbewal, Kejriwal said this election “is to save the country’s democracy and Constitution. This is an election to end dictatorship”.

Noting that during the farmers’ movement in 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not allow farmers of Punjab to enter Delhi, he said: “This time you press such a button that Modi is out of power in Delhi. In this election, you take revenge for the farmers’ agitation from Narendra Modi.”

Kejriwal claimed that right after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP got “me arrested so that I could not campaign”.

“They were afraid that if Kejriwal campaigns, the BJP will suffer huge losses in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and many states of the country. But God heard my voice and released me from jail for 20 days to end the dictatorship of the BJP,” he asserted.

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“The way you strengthened the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab by giving it 92 MLAs, similarly, make us strong at the Centre by giving 13 MPs this time. Then no one will be able to stop Punjab’s funds and even the Governor will not be able to stop any bills of Punjab,” he said.

“Right now the central government has stopped about eight and a half thousand crore rupees of Punjab. Roads and other development works of Punjab’s villages were to be done with that money,” he added.

Kejriwal said that even now, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has to fight alone with the Central government and the Governor. “When our 13 MPs win from Punjab, they will all become Bhagwant Mann’s hands and voice and will fight with the Central government and the Governor for the rights of Punjab along with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann,” he added.

Punjab will go to the polls on June 1 in the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

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Four killed, seven injured in road accident in UP's Kheri

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Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), May 26 (IANS) Four people, including a child, died in a road accident in UP’s Lakhimpur-Kheri district on Sunday, police said.

The accident occurred when a mini vehicle and a roadways bus collided on the Nakaha-Shankarpur highway under the Kheri police station area.

According to the police, seven people have also been injured in the tragic accident, six of whom are in critical condition.

CO, City, Ramesh Tiwari said that the accident took place near Nakaha where a UP roadways bus was going towards Bahraich while the mini vehicle was going on the opposite side towards Lakhimpur.

The injured are being taken to the hospital, he said.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to provide proper treatment to the injured persons.

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Tejashwi Yadav slams PM Modi for ‘Mujra’ remarks

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Patna, May 26 (IANS) Bihar Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘Mujra’ remarks, saying the PM should use dignified language against the opposition parties.

Tejashwi Yadav said that PM Modi came to Bihar and said baseless, factless and false things publicly on Saturday where he once again tried to “confuse everyone” but was unsuccessfully in his attempt.

“Such things are not expected from you. We expect a healthy discussion from you as you must take care of the dignity of the post you are holding. The usage of terms like Mujra and Mangalsutra does not suit the Prime Minister of this big-hearted country. To be honest, we are worried about you,” said Tejashwi Yadav, in a letter addressed to PM Modi.

On the caste census, the Bihar LoP said that PM Modi must remember that leaders of all political parties of Bihar met him in August 2021 and demanded the caste census.

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“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was also in favour of caste census. The proposal for caste census was passed unanimously in the Bihar Legislative Assembly on my initiative. We all demanded a caste census but PM Modi rejected it,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

He said that as soon as the JD-U and RJD government came to power in Bihar, it conducted a caste-based survey at the state’s own expense and then in light of that survey, increased the scope of the reservation to 75 per cent.

“We kept you (PM Modi) requesting, again and again, to include it in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution but he always had an anti-backward and anti-Dalit mentality,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

He said that the Prime Minister did not consider Bihar’s important requests, which had a Bahujan voice in its favour.

“We had also appealed to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the Eastern Regional Council meeting held in Patna on December 10, 2023,” he said.

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On reservation, Tejashwi Yadav wrote, that PM Modi has found a unique way to end Babasaheb’s reservation which is available for government jobs under Section 15 and Section 16 of the Constitution.

“If you end government jobs in railways, army and other departments then what will be the concept of reservation? Shockingly, this serious concern is not in your priorities. We have urged you (PM Modi) many times in Parliament to make arrangements for reservation in the private sector so that a wide Bahujan population, Dalit community and other deprived groups get their due constitutional rights,” he said.

On reservation of Gujarati Muslims, Tejashwi Yadav said that all Dalits, extremely backward and tribal people know that BJP and PM Modi are staunch ideological enemies of Babasaheb, Birsa Munda, Kanshiram, Ram Manohar Lohia and Mandal Commission.

“I am also attaching the list of Muslim castes under the OBC category in Gujarat. Perhaps you are not aware that 25 castes of the Muslim community also get reservations in Gujarat. You were the Chief Minister of Gujarat for more than 13 years. So, refrain from spreading confusion and politics of hatred in the people,” he wrote.

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He said that instead of fighting a democratic battle, PM Modi is threatening to send a 34-year-old youth (Tejashwi Yadav) to jail.

“Are you not tearing the Constitution into pieces by making such threats? Elections will come and go but do not harm the Constitution and the country’s social structure anymore,” Tejashwi Yadav wrote.

–IANS

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Congress yet to properly apologise for Operation Bluestar: Hardeep Puri

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Chandigarh, May 26 (IANS) Union Minister for Urban Housing, Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said that the Congress was yet to apologise properly for Operation Bluestar at the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, the Golden Temple, even after 40 years of operation.

Addressing the media here on the occasion of the release of the BJP’s “Chandigarh Manifesto”, the Union Minister said the Congress was responsible for the massacre of Sikhs which took place after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.

Hardeep Puri said the Congress had been describing it as anti-Sikh riots whereas it was a massacre and “not a riot because in a riot, two sides are involved. In the massacre, only one community, i.e. Sikhs were targeted”.

The Union Minister also ridiculed the Congress’ promise of putting Rs 1 lakh in the bank accounts of a woman member of every family.

“This will be a drain of around Rs 32 lakh crore and is practically impossible to implement. It was clear that the Congress was trying to push a false narrative. AAP’s scheme of supplying 300 units of free electricity was also part of the same ‘revdi’ culture about which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had frequently spoken.

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“PM Modi believes that good governance is good politics,” added Hardeep Puri.

The Union Minister also targetted Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal over the corruption charges.

Under PM Modi-led government, there has been a manifold increase in capital expenditure which in turn has led to a spurt in the economic growth rate of the country, he said, adding: “The Indian economy now occupies the fifth place in the world and will soon become the third largest economy in the world.”

Hardeep Puri also said Chandigarh was among the top cities of not only India but also of the world and it must be represented in the Parliament by a person of the calibre of Sanjay Tandon, who was familiar with the city’s ethos and its problems.

Referring to a suggestion that India should open trade with Pakistan, Hardeep Puri said Pakistan had been using terrorism against India as an instrument of state policy.

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“India had now sent a clear message to Pakistan that it would not accept terrorism and that it would kill terrorists in their homes,” he added.

Punjab will go to the polls for its 13 Parliamentary seats along with the lone Chandigarh seat on June 1.

–IANS

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