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That fight in me lives on: Mamata Banerjee

Reminding people of her 26-day hunger strike which she started on this day 16 years ago to oppose "forcible acquisition" of farmland in Singur for a car factory, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday claimed she still has that fight in her. Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, said in a Twitter post that she would never sit silent if the rights of the people are threatened. The CM tweeted: "16 yrs ago today, I began my hunger strike for the farmers of Singur & rest of the nation. It was my moral duty to fight for those who were left helpless due to the greed of the powerful. That fight in me lives on." Singur in Hooghly district, once known for multiple crop farming, first came into the limelight after Tata Motors selected the area for its Nano car factory in 2006. The then Left Front government had acquired 997.11 acres along National Highway 2 and handed it over to the company for setting up the plant. Also Read: Ensure your name on voter list to avoid detention under garb of enforcing NRC: Mamata Banerjee Banerjee started a hunger strike on December 4 of that year demanding the return of 347 acres that was forcibly acquired. She ended the fast on December 29 after receiving a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The agitation, however, continued and Tata Motors left Singur in 2008. Anti-land acquisition movements at Singur and Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district are considered to have catapulted the TMC to power by defeating the 34-year-old Left Front regime in 2011. After Banerjee's tweet on Sunday, her political rivals blamed her for failing to get any major industry in the state. Senior BJP leader Rahul Sinha claimed that Banerjee's agitation not only did a blunder to the people of Singur, but also harmed the economy. "If Tatas could have started the factory here, the entire picture of the state would have changed. Millions of people could have got jobs... Now, after Tatas left, no other industry house has invested here. That means, the people in Singur not only lost the opportunity to get a factory, but also their agricultural lands," Sinha told PTI. After a long-drawn legal battle between the TMC government and the Tatas, the farmers got back their land in 2016. However, the land could not be used for agriculture. CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharjee, when contacted, referred to Banerjee's claims that it was not her, but the Left party who was responsible behind the Tatas leaving Singur. "The other day she blamed the CPI(M) for Tata Motors leaving Singur. Today, she is saying this... She hardly speaks the truth. She is a pathological liar," Bhattacharjee said. During a rally in Siliguri in October this year, Banerjee had said she returned the land to the people that were forcibly acquired, while claiming that it was the CPI(M) that drove Tata Motors away and not her.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 10:48 PM IST | Kolkata | PTI
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People of MP gave huge response to yatra despite 'pothole-riddled' roads: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a dig at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government, saying the people of Madhya Pradesh gave an overwhelming response to his Bharat Jodo Yatra despite the "pothole-riddled roads" and "many serious challenges" that faced in the state. He also targeted the Narendra Modi government over the "poorly-designed" Goods and Service Tax (GST), and its "mismanagement" during COVID-19 pandemic and demonetisation. The Gandhi-led foot march, which was passing through Madhya Pradesh since November 23, entered neighbouring Rajasthan on Sunday evening, covering 380 kms in the state in 12 days. In a written statement issued before the yatra entered Rajasthan from Agar Malwa district in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi said, "Lakhs of people from every section of the society, youth, women, farmers, workers,  all walked with us, braving the morning cold and the pothole-filled roads." The people of Madhya Pradesh face many serious challenges, he added. Also Read: Bharat Jodo Yatra enters Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi says learning immensely from foot march Apparently referring to the fall of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in March 2020 following the resignation of 22 party legislators loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gandhi said, "The trust which the people of Madhya Pradesh reposed in the Congress to solve these challenges has been betrayed, just as the values of the Constitution are under attack all over the country." He reiterated that a day would soon come when the Congress fulfilled the trust people placed in the party. Along every step of the yatra, we got overwhelming support of the people of Madhya Pradesh, he said.Talking about the challenges before the people of Madhya Pradesh, he said, "Farmers, just as in other states, struggle to make ends meet with rising costs, uncertain prices, unreliable electricity and insensitive policies." The youth of Madhya Pradesh are losing hope in the future despite their hard work and sacrifice. Unemployed educated youth are protesting, medical students are on strike, and government recruitment has stalled and is full of corruption, he alleged. "Youth who protest have their voices silenced," he said. On the problems faced by other sections of the society, Gandhi said that the small businessmen, "the backbone of the country's prosperity, are being crushed by a poorly-designed GST, and the mismanagement during COVID-19 pandemic and demonetisation". Adivasis, the original inhabitants of the country, struggle to get their rights, with laws meant to guarantee their rights diluted everyday, he added. While sharing the experience of his yatra in MP, Gandhi said, "The cheering crowds lining the streets of Burhanpur and Indore, and the lakhs who attended the public meeting in Ujjain will remain in our memory. We are grateful to the people of Madhya Pradesh for their affection and enthusiastic participation." He said the yatra experienced the cultures, which make Madhya Pradesh a reflection of India's rich diversity. "We received blessings from the Jyotirlingas at Shri Omkareshwar and Shri Mahakaaleshwar, as well as at Shri Mahaveer Tapobhumi," he said in the statement. He also recalled his paying tributes to the contributions of Tantya Bhil and Babasaheb Ambedkar. "We walked while listening to Madhya Pradesh's traditional kathas, and Malwi Kabir bhajans," Gandhi added.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 10:33 PM IST | Bhopal | PTI
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Uttar Pradesh: Three killed as SUV hits bike in Saharanpur

A 42-year-old man, his wife and their relative were killed when an SUV rammed into their motorcycle in Qutubsher area in this district on Sunday, police said. Superintendent of Police (Rural) Suraj Rai told PTI that the accident took place when Radhesh, resident of Jandhedi village, his wife Sapna (38), sister-in-law Sangeeta (35) and the couple's two children aged five and three, were coming to Saharanpur. A speeding Bolero hit his bike near Mahdi of Mankamau Chowki in Qutubsher area. Due to the impact of the collision, all five fell off the motorcycle, the SP said. Also Read: Uttar Pradesh: One killed, two injured after being run over by car A team of Qutubsher police station reached the spot and took the injured to the hospital where doctors declared Radhesh, Sapna and Sangeeta brought dead. Rai said Radhesh, Sapna and her sister Sangeeta were killed in the accident, while both the two children escaped unhurt. The SP said the SUV driver fled the spot after the accident. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 10:29 PM IST | Saharanpur | PTI
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Maha: One more constable held for running ganja supply racket in Nagpur jail

Days after the arrest of two constables of the Nagpur Central Jail and three history-sheeters for allegedly supplying ganja to inmates, the city police arrested one more policeman, posted on duty at the prison, who is the suspected kingpin of the racket, an official said on Sunday. With this, the number of arrested persons in the case has gone up to six, he said. The accused constable had purchased a SIM card and mobile phone through which he would use in arranging ganja for the inmates. "The police zeroed in on him on the basis of the location of the mobile phone. He had asked his friends to recharge the mobile phone. However, the phone is not yet recovered by the police," the official of Dhantoli police station said. Also Read: Maharashtra CM, Dy CM undertake inspection 'drive' of Samruddhi expressway's Nagpur-Shirdi stretch; greeted with black flags at Jalna The accused constable told the police that he threw the phone into a nullah following the arrest of two jail constables on Wednesday, police sources said. A local court remanded him police custody till December 7. In the probe conducted so far, the police have found that the constables used to charge Rs 5,000 for the delivery of ganja, Rs 3,000 for providing food items from outside and Rs 1,000 for clothes. After receiving requests from two jail inmates, the constables used to write it on a paper and send the pictures on WhatsApp to the three history-sheeters, who were earlier in the prison but were out on bail. A fruit-seller outside the jail used to receive the packet from them and forward it to the jail constables. They were secretly delivering the packets for the last one-and-a-half years, they said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 10:20 PM IST | Nagpur | PTI
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Voting in bypolls to one Lok Sabha, seven assembly seats on Monday

Voting will be held on Monday in bypolls to six assembly seats in five states and the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party is locked in a high-voltage contest with the BJP. Rampur Sadar and Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh, Padampur in Odisha, Sardarshahar in Rajasthan, Kurhani in Bihar and Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh are the assembly seats where the bypolls will be held. Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the by-elections. The counting of votes for the single parliamentary and six assembly seats will be held on December 8, coinciding with the ballot count for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. In Uttar Pradesh, a direct contest between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance is on the cards in bypolls to the Rampur Sadar and Khatauli assembly seats and the Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency. The BSP and the Congress are not contesting from the seats. According to a statement issued by the office of Uttar Pradesh's Chief Electoral Officer, 24.43 lakh people will exercise their voting rights in the bypolls. Also Read: Gujarat polls: PM Modi, Amit Shah to cast votes in Ahmedabad in second phase This includes 13.14 lakh male voters, 11.29 lakh female voters and 132 third category voters, it said. Voting will take place from 7 am to 6 pm at 3,062 polling booths located in 1,945 polling centres. While the bypoll to the Mainpuri parliamentary seat is taking place due to the death of Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, in Rampur Sadar and Khatauli, the polls were necessitated after SP MLA Azam Khan and BJP MLA Vikram Singh Saini were disqualified following their conviction in separate cases. While Khan was disqualified after a court awarded him three-year imprisonment in a 2019 hate speech case, Saini lost his membership of the assembly after his conviction in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case. The outcomes of the bypolls will not have any impact on the central or the state governments as the BJP enjoys a comfortable majority at both levels. However, wins would provide a psychological advantage ahead of the 2024 general elections. Mulayam Singh Yadav's elder daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav is the SP candidate in Mainpuri while the BJP has fielded Raghuraj Singh Shakya, a former confidant of Mulayam's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav. Dimple Yadav is the wife of SP president Akhilesh Yadav. While Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is hoping to demolish the key Samajwadi Party (SP) citadels after wresting Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats in June bypolls, the SP is keen to turn the tide with the public show of unity by Shivpal and Akhilesh, who declared that they have bridged their differences. The Sardarshahar seat in Rajasthan was held by Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma (77) who passed away on October 9 after a prolonged illness. The Congress has fielded the late Sharma's son Anil Kumar while former MLA Ashok Kumar is the BJP candidate. Eight other candidates are in the fray. The by-election to the Padampur seat in Odisha was necessitated by the death of BJD legislator Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha. Officials said elaborate security arrangements have been made for free and fair voting. As many as 10 candidates are in the fray for the by-election. The bypoll assumes significance in the wake of the BJD's loss in Dhamnagar, its first such defeat since 2009, with many in political circles claiming that the result would also indicate if electoral scales were tilting against the Naveen Patnaik-led party ahead of 2024 state elections. The BJD has nominated from the seat the deceased MLA's daughter, Barsha, who is set to take on BJP's Pradip Purohit, a former MLA, and Congress candidate and three-time legislator Satya Bhusan Sahu, among others. The bypoll to Bhanupratappur seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, in the Maoist-hit Kanker was necessitated due to the death of Congress MLA and deputy speaker of the Assembly Manoj Singh Mandavi last month. As many as seven candidates are in the fray, though it is largely a direct contest between the ruling Congress and the BJP. The Congress has fielded Savitri Mandavi, the wife of the deceased MLA, while the BJP nominee is former MLA Brahmanand Netam. Sarva Adivasi Samaj, an umbrella body of tribal communities in Bastar, has also fielded former Indian Police Service Officer Akbar Ram Korram, who is contesting as an Independent. Korram retired as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in 2020. In the Kurhani assembly segment in Bihar, the success of JD(U) candidate Manoj Singh Kushwaha, a former MLA, will cement Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's position, while a loss may embolden his detractors. The JD(U) is contesting the seat where the by-election has been necessitated by the disqualification of RJD MLA Anil Kumar Sahani. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 10:16 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Delhi: 50 per cent voting in MCD polls; both AAP, BJP claim victory

Around 50 per cent voting was recorded on Sunday in the election to the 250 municipal wards in Delhi, with main rivals BJP and AAP claiming victory in the high-stakes contest. No major glitches in electronic voting machines were reported and the voting passed off peacefully with high security observed at the 3,360 critical booths in 493 locations where more than 25,000 police personnel, nearly 13,000 home guards and 100 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed, officials said. Several people in North-East Delhi and some other areas complained that their names were missing from the voters' lists. Anil Kumar, the Delhi Congress president, was among the people who could not vote. The BJP said it has filed a complaint with the state election commission over the missing names. Election officials said that nearly 50 per cent polling was reported by 5.30 pm when the voting time ended. However, the figure is likely to rise as many people who reported before 5.30 pm and were queued up at the polling booths were casting their votes. The results will be announced on December 7. Garbage collection and landfills emerged as one of the biggest issues in the fight between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP, which has been controlling municipal bodies for 15 years. The polls are crucial for the AAP and its leader Arvind Kejriwal as they seek expansion of the party ahead of 2024 general elections in the country. A victory in the MCD polls will not only cement AAP's place in Delhi but will fuel its aspiration to emerge as a serious contender to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the national scene. Also Read: Delhi MCD polls: AAP, BJP trade charges of violation of model code on polling day The BJP, which had deployed its top leaders, including national president JP Nadda, 19 Union ministers like Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal and chief ministers of six states in the campaign, is also seeking redemption through a morale-boosting victory. The party received a drubbing at the hands of AAP in the 2020 Delhi Assembly polls and won just eight of the 70 seats. With a unified MCD led by a mayor of the party, the BJP can continue to challenge the AAP and Kejriwal in the national capital's politics. There were 1,349 candidates in the fray and over 1.45 crore electors were eligible to exercise their franchise. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal urged people to exercise their franchise for setting up an honest establishment in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi that delivers results. "People should vote for the party that is honest and works. (Vote) For those who focus on the cleanliness of the city and not those who keep creating hurdles," Kejriwal told reporters after he cast his vote along with his parents, wife and children at a polling booth in Civil Lines here.Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta asserted that the BJP is returning to power with a clear majority in the MCD for the fourth time in a row. "People have voted against the scams and false publicity of the Kejriwal government," Gupta said. The Congress, which has suffered back-to-back defeats in the national capital since 2015 in parliamentary, assembly and municipal corporations polls, is hoping to return from the wilderness. Meanwhile, several voters were disappointed after their names were missing from the voters' list. "I came here to cast my vote for the first time. I found that my name is not mentioned in the list. Officials don't have a clue. I am standing for the past few hours but nobody is helping me," 19-year-old Puneet Kumar said. Anil Kumar, the Delhi Congress president, also did not find his name on the list. "My name is neither on the voters' list nor on the deleted list. My wife has voted," Kumar said at a polling booth in Dallupura in East Delhi. Polling booths in Bawana's Katewara village were all empty as the residents in the area boycotted elections alleging negligence from the civic body. One of the residents of Katewara village Krishna Vats claimed that the residents unanimously decided to boycott the elections at the polling booths in Nangal Thakran ward. "The civic body as well as the Delhi government always neglected people here, so why should we cast our votes? Main roads are broken, drains are clogged and MCD schools are in pathetic conditions here," Vats told PTI. Sanitation, maintenance of parks and lack of parking facilities were the issues of concern for women who came out to vote. Dr Rehana Parveen, a general physician who arrived at a pink booth on DDU Marg here to cast her vote, flagged the issue of garbage collection from colonies. Among the early voters was 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya at the Deputy Ganj polling station in the Bara Hindu Rao area. "She has not missed an election since she started voting," said her daughter Kamla. Vaidya (106) only understands Bengali but cannot talk. Sixty drones were used especially to maintain law and order in critical or sensitive booths of the national capital. Meanwhile, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party accused each other of violating the model code of conduct during voting. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor alleged that recorded messages of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to people to vote for the AAP were received by lakhs of people on the day of polling. No immediate reaction was available from the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP MLA Dilip Pandey told reporters that people are going to punish the BJP for its 15 years of misrule of the civic bodies. and Tiwari should "stop crying foul". AAP candidate from Pushp Vihar in South Delhi Arun Nawariya alleged BJP workers distributed money to influence voters. The erstwhile MCD, established in 1958, was trifurcated in 2012 during Sheila Dikshit's tenure as chief minister. Between 2012 and 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations -- North Delhi, South Delhi and East Delhi municipal corporations. These three civic bodies were reunified into the Municipal Corporation of Delhi which came into existence on May 22. In the 2017 civic election, the BJP won 181 of the 270 wards. Polling could not be held on two seats due to the death of candidates. The AAP had won 48 wards and the Congress 27. The voting percentage that year was around 53 per cent.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 08:52 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Bharat Jodo Yatra enters Rajasthan, Rahul says learning immensely from march

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said he is learning a lot during his Bharat Jodo Yatra which entered the Congress-ruled Rajasthan to a grand welcome by party workers at Jhalawar. The Yatra entered Rajasthan at the Chanwli Chauraha on Sunday evening after spending 12 days in Madhya Pradesh, during which it covered a distance of 380 kms. Gandhi said he has no hatred in his heart towards the BJP and the RSS, but he will not let them "spread hatred in the country". He said he is learning immensely from the foot march. "Things that cannot be understood while travelling in an aeroplane, a helicopter or a vehicle." Also Read: Bharat Jodo Yatra to reach Srinagar around January 26: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh "It is only after shaking hands with farmers that one understands what they are doing. This cannot be learnt from a helicopter," he said. Targeting the central government, he said that only three-four industrialists are benefitting under this dispensation which is not in the interest of the country. The yatra entered the Congress-ruled Rajasthan Sunday evening amid excitement among party workers and a well-coordinated attempt to paper over differences between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot. A grand welcome was given to Gandhi at Chanwli chauraha in Jhalawar. Gandhi along with Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra held hands and danced in a circle together with folk artistes on the stage. The cultural artistes presented performances including the famous 'Padharo Mhare Des' on the occasion.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 08:43 PM IST | Jhalawar | PTI
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Gujarat polls: PM Modi, Amit Shah to cast votes in Ahmedabad in second phase

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening for exercising his franchise in the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections on December 5. The prime minister will cast his vote at a polling station set up at a high school in Ranip locality in Ahmedabad city on Monday morning, an official said. Union Home Minister and BJP MP Amit Shah will cast his vote at a municipal sub-zonal office in Naranpura locality of the city. After landing at the Ahmedabad airport in the evening the prime minister proceeded to meet his centenarian mother Hiraba at her residence in Raisan area of Gandhinagar and sought her blessings. He spent around 45 minutes with her before leaving for the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters "Kamalam" in Gandhinagar where he was received by Amit Shah, state BJP president CR Paatil, and other senior leaders. "PM Modi will exercise his franchise at a polling station set up at Nishan high school in Ranip locality in Ahmedabad city on Monday morning," said collector Dhaval Patel. Also Read: Gujarat: PM Modi meets mother Heeraben Modi in Gandhinagar Modi is a registered voter from Ranip area and had cast his vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and previous polls. The polling station falls under the Sabarmati Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad city. Voting for 93 seats spread across central and north Gujarat districts in the second and final phase of polls will be held on Monday. 833 candidates are in the fray. Polling for the first phase for 89 constituencies in Saurashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat regions was held on December 1 with an average voter turnout of 63.31 per cent. The counting of votes for all 182 constituencies in Gujarat will be taken up on December 8.

04 December,2022 08:33 PM IST | Ahmedabad | PTI
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Delhi bans non-essential construction work as air quality deteriorates

With pollution in the national capital turning severe on Sunday, the Centre's air quality panel directed authorities in the Delhi-NCR to ban non-essential construction work in the region under stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 407 at 4 pm. The sub-committee for implementation of GRAP held a meeting on Sunday to review the air quality scenario in the region as well as the forecasts for meteorological conditions and the air quality index of Delhi. It observed that the air quality witnessed further deterioration over the last 24 hours. In an effort to prevent more deterioration, the sub-committee decided that all actions as envisaged under stage III of GRAP be implemented with immediate effect in the NCR, in addition to all actions under stages I and II, it said in an order. Also Read: Govt approves PLI scheme for making drones with outlay of Rs 120 cr, comes out with norms The pollution level in Delhi entered the 'severe' category after November 4, when the AQI was 447. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) had directed authorities on November 14 to revoke the curbs enforced in the Delhi-NCR under stage III of GRAP, including a ban on non-essential construction activities. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 08:23 PM IST | New Delhi | PTI
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Youth are growth engine of India: Union minister Anurag Thakur

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday dubbed the youth the growth engine of the country and called upon them to be proactive and innovative and embrace new technology to upskill and reskill themselves. Thakur was delivering the convocation address at Om Sterling Global University in Hisar. He also inaugurated a community radio station, 90.0 'Bhavyavani', established at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the university. Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kamal Gupta and Lok Sabha MP from Hisar Brijendra Singh were also present. Addressing the gathering, Thakur said, "The whole world is looking at India's youth with hope because you are the growth engine of the country and India is the growth engine of the world." Also Read: Media must report responsibly during terrorist attacks: Anurag Thakur "India is celebrating 75 years of its Independence and we need brain gain to make India a fully developed nation by 2047," he said. To make India a developed nation, there should be immense possibilities of education, he said. Thakur stressed upon holistic learning experience through multidisciplinary approach under the National Education Policy (NEP). "As they say, education is the great leveller, our government gives immense importance to it. You are well aware that it took more than 34 years to come out with NEP. I can say today that it was formulated with an emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of studies to provide a holistic learning experience. "You can here every year, there are new IIT, IIM and medical college which have been opened up enabling young people to skill themselves and become industry ready because education is the backbone for the growth of any country and its people," he said. Touching upon another issue, Thakur said India has the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world.He stated that 110 start-ups have gained unicorn status. There are more than 85,000 start-ups in the country, he said and lauded the Narendra Modi government for its start-up programme. He lauded the daughters of Haryana for bringing laurels for the country by winning medals in various disciplines. He called upon universities and educational institutions to upgrade sports infrastructure and the youth to actively participate in 'Fit India Movement' stressing upon 'Fitness Ka Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz' to be fit and healthy. The minister congratulated the students who graduated and got degrees in the first ever convocation of the university. He also interacted with the youth on this occasion. The minister later visited the Doordarshan Kendra of Hisar.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 08:11 PM IST | Hisar | PTI
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Himachal CM Jairam Thakur meets Dalai Lama

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur paid a courtesy call on the Dalai Lama at his residence on Sunday. "I am delighted to have the opportunity again to meet with His Holiness Dalai Lama today. Because of his grace and divine blessing, Dharamshala has earned its name as an international tourist destination." Also Read: Not seeking independence but meaningful autonomy for Tibet, says the Dalai Lama He said the Dalai Lama extolled the existence of religious freedom and harmony in India and affirmed his committed service to strengthen that harmony. Thakur, who led the BJP's campaign for the assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh held last month, was in Dharamshala to gather feedback from the party candidates. The assembly poll results will be announced on December 8. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

04 December,2022 08:05 PM IST | Dharamshala | PTI
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