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Article 370, CAA were never political issues for BJP: Union minister Narendra Tomar | India News

CHANDIGARH: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday asserted that Article 370 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act were never political issues for the BJP, but were connected with the country’s unit and integrity. Tomar also said Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee sacrificed his life for the unity and integrity of the nation.
“If today Kashmir is on India’s map, it was Mookerjee’s sacrifice,” he said, adding that Mookerjee was against one country, two legislations, two emblems and two constitutions.
“As BJP workers, we have been stressing that whether it is Article 370, 35-A, building of Ram temple, CAA, these were never issues of politics or votes for us nor are they today,” the agriculture minister said at the ‘Haryana Jan Samvad‘ rally.
The rally was organised to mark the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi government‘s second term and Tomar spoke from Delhi.
He said the BJP did whatever was possible to fulfill its commitment towards building the Ram temple.
On triple talaq, Tomar said “it was our Prime Minister’s dream that injustice which lakhs of Muslim women face should be done away with even if law has to be made for this and we did that”.
Tomar said our villages will have to be made ‘Atma Nirbhar’ for making the country self-reliant.
Tomar spelled out steps which the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana have taken for making farming profitable. He said the Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, which allows barrier-free trade in agriculture produce outside the notified APMC mandis, will not impact local mandis in any way. “The only change we have made is allowing farmers to decide if he wants to sell inside mandi or outside,” the minister said.
He also said that purchase of crops at MSP will continue.
The minister said that during its first term, the Modi government took many bold decisions, which took the country forward and helped bring change in lives of the poor.
“People of this country have shown that they will back a leader one who makes bold decisions, is decisive and honest and one who does not think about himself, but for whole country and its people,” Tomar said praising Modi.
He also said Prime Minister Modi has given importance to cleanliness and it was his thinking that every household in the country should have a toilet.
BJP’s Haryana unit incharge Anil Jain said the Modi government took several bold decisions in the last on year including scrapping of Article 370.
On fighting Covid-19, he said nobody could have imagined that the government would be able to ramp up things and be able to create health infrastructure to cope with the crisis situation.
Addressing the rally from Panchkula, Khattar slammed the opposition parties in the state, saying while it was time to collectively fight the pandemic, they chose to do “politics in everything”.
“During this crisis time, they should not do politics… Congress in the state is a divided house and there is competition of sorts amongst its leaders as to who is in control. I will not name any of their leaders, but everyone knows, we see this tamasha in Haryana every day,” he said.
The chief minister said, “If we leave the past few days, we were comparatively better than other states.”

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Amit Shah to discuss Covid-19 situation with all political parties of Delhi on Monday | India News

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah has called a meeting of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the national capital amid a recent spurt in coronavirus cases, an official said.
BJP, Congress, AAP and BSP have been invited for the meeting.
The Covid-19 case tally has reached nearly 39,000 and the virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives in the capital.
A home ministry official said Shah will discuss measures for management of Covid-19 with the political parties.
On Sunday, the home minister held two high-level meetings with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, mayors and commissioners of Delhi’s three municipal corporations to strengthen the strategy to fight the pandemic.
Announcing a slew of measures to check the spread of the virus after the meeting with Baijal and Kejriwal, the Union home minister announced that Covid-19 testing will be doubled in Delhi in the next two days and subsequently increased by three times.
Shah said Covid-19 tests will be started at every polling station in containment zones and a comprehensive house-to-house health survey will be conducted in the hotspots for contact-tracing.
To overcome the shortage of beds for coronavirus infected patients in Delhi, the Modi government has decided to immediately provide 500 railway coaches which will be equipped with all facilities, he said.
Shah said a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of V K Paul, a member of the NITI Aayog, to ensure the availability of 60 per cent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of coronavirus testing and treatment.
The committee will submit its report by Monday.

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Centre, Delhi govt to fight Covid-19 together: Kejriwal after meeting Amit Shah | India News

NEW DELHI: Terming his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as “extremely productive”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Centre and the Delhi government will fight the Covid-19 together in the national capital, which has witnessed an alarming spurt in cases.
Sources said that the meeting called by Shah discussed every aspect of the coronavirus situation. However, the issue of lockdown in the national capital did not come up.
“Extremely productive meeting betn Del govt and Central govt. Many key decisions taken. We will fight against corona together (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting.
The meeting, also attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, comes in the wake of coronavirus cases in Delhi rising to nearly 39,000 and the death of over 1,200 people.
The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi is the third highest in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Taking to Twitter after the meeting, Shah said that the testing of Covid-19 will be doubled in Delhi in the next two days and subsequently increased by three times.
In view of shortage of beds for coronavirus infected patients in Delhi, the Modi government has decided to immediately provide 500 railway coaches which will be equipped with all facilities, he said.
Also, detailed guidelines will be issued for conducting the last rites of those who succumb to the deadly virus.
The meeting comes two days after the Supreme Court lashed out at the AAP government, describing as “horrific” the state of affairs in Delhi hospitals with bodies being stacked next to Covid-19 patients. It had also expressed concern over fewer tests being conducted in the national capital and had directed ramping up of testing.
Taking note of the “gravity” of the Covid-19 situation, the Delhi High Court has also directed the AAP government and the Centre to increase the number of beds and ventilators for the coronavirus patients.
Meanwhile, the city government has directed district magistrates to make arrangements for 20,000 beds to accommodate more Covid-19 patients.
Earlier this month, Kejriwal had said that Delhi would need 1.5 lakh beds by July 31 if people from other states start coming to the national capital for treatment.

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Amit Shah transfers 4 IAS officers to Delhi govt to assist Covid-19 fight; 2 more attached from Centre | India News

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday ordered the immediate transfer of four IAS officers to the Delhi government and attachment of another two from the Centre to help the national capital fight the coronavirus pandemic. The order was issued within hours of a high-level meeting Shah held with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“@HMOIndia @AmitShah directed immediate transfer of 4 IAS officers – Awanish Kumar & Monica Priyadarshini from A&N (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), & Gaurav Singh Rajawat & Vikram Singh Mallik from Arunachal Pradesh to New Delhi to assist #GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi) for management of #COVID19,” a home ministry spokesperson said.

Shah also directed attachment with the Delhi government of two senior IAS officers — SCL Das and SS Yadav — from the central government.
After his meeting with Baijal and Kejriwal, Shah said the central government will make available its five senior officers to the Delhi government to help fight the coronavirus vigorously.
The Covid-19 tally has reached nearly 39,000 in Delhi and the virus has claimed more than 1,200 lives so far in the capital, raising an alarm in the central government.

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Covid-19: Centre to provide 500 railway coaches to Delhi govt amid bed shortage | India News

NEW DELHI: In a decisive intervention by the Centre to augment Delhi government‘s response to Covid-19 challenge, home minister Amit Shah announced a slew of measures to ramp up health infrastructure in the state by converting 500 railway coaches into fully-equipped Covid care centres with a total 8,000-bed capacity; getting private hospitals to offer 60% of beds earmarked for Covid-19 patients at lesser rates to be fixed by a Central government committee; and increasing testing to three times in the next six days.
At an “emergency” meeting chaired by home minister Amit Shah here on Sunday to review the worsening Covid-19 situation in Delhi and chalk out preventive measures and containment strategies — attended by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi LG Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal — the projections of how the cases would grow over the next two months were discussed in detail. Accordingly, the meeting laid down an immediate and comprehensive road-map that seeks to closely monitor the emerging infections by ramping up testing and aggressive contact tracing in containment zones, stepping up beds capacity by offering railway coaches for the purpose, Central reinforcement of resources like oxygen cylinders and ventilators ; releasing new guidelines for funerals that will reduce the waiting period; and augmenting corona frontline warriors capacity by roping in scout guides, NCC and NSS volunteers and NGOs.
Stating that the Modi government was committed to containing the spread of Covid-19 in the national Capital, Shah listed the key decisions taken at the meeting in a series of tweets soon after the meeting. He said that the Centre has decided to help Delhi government in dealing with the shortage of beds by immediately making available 500 railway coaches — fully equipped with all facilities to fight coronavirus infections — that would add 8,000 beds to the Delhi health infrastructure.
In view of citizens complaining of private hospitals overcharging the already distressed Covid-19 patients, the Centre has constituted a committee under Dr Vinod Paul, NITI member and convenor of empowered group of medical emergency management plan, to ensure that 60% of the hospital beds earmarked for Covid-19 patients in private hospitals are available at lesser rates and also fix rates for Covid-19 testing and treatment. The committee will submit its report on Monday.
Another key takeaway from the meeting is that testing for Covid-19 will be increased to two-fold in the next two days and to three times after 6 days. “After a few days, testing will be started at every polling station in the containment zone,” said Shah. Also, for better contact-mapping in Delhi’s containment zones, a comprehensive health survey of every person will be done house to house, the report of which will be submitted in a week. For good monitoring, aarogya setu app will be downloaded in every such person’s mobile.
To provide correct information and guidelines to small hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, the Centre will constitute a committee of senior doctors in AIIMS, Delhi for telephonic guidance. In this way, Shah said, the best systems and procedures will be communicated right to the bottom rung. The helpline number will be released on Monday.
In view of Supreme Court’s adverse observations against the Delhi government on handling of bodies of dead Corona patients, the Centre will be releasing new guidelines for funerals of positive patients, which will reduce the waiting period for the funeral. “India is fighting strongly with Corona and the government is sad and sensitive to the families which have lost their loved ones to this infection,” Shah tweeted on Sunday.
Stating that the country was fighting coronavirus with full vigilance and cooperation “under Modi’s leadership”, Shah said many voluntary organizations were doing excellent work in supplementing the government efforts. “The government has decided to add scout guides, NCC, NSS and other NGOs as volunteers in health services,” said the home minister. He added that the Centre has assured Delhi government of full help in meeting necessary requirements like oxygen cylinders, ventilators, pulse oximeters and all other requirements to fight the pandemic. The Central Government has also offered five more senior officers of the Government of India to the Government of Delhi to prevent and fight Covid-19 spread in Delhi.
Kejriwal, in a tweet after the meeting, stated: “Extremely productive meeting between Delhi government and Central government. Many key decisions taken. We will fight corona together”.
Shah said that the health departments of both the Centre and Delhi government, apart from all the concerned departments and experts, have been instructed to ensure that all the decisions made at the meeting are implemented in letter and spirit.

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Over 2000 ceasefire violations by Pak along LoC this year | India News

JAMMU: As many as 2027 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir till June 10 this year, an increase of almost 69% as compared to the same period in 2019, officials said.
The increased violations are being viewed by senior security officials as an attempt by Pakistan to provide fire cover to terrorists sneaking from across the border to keep the pot boiling.
The year 2019 witnessed a total of 3,168 ceasefire violations against 1,629 in 2018.
“A total of 2027 ceasefire violations took place this year till June 10, with the highest number of 411 violations taking place in March,” a senior official said, quoting the latest data compiled by the Army.
He said January recorded 367 ceasefire violations, February (366), April (387) and May (382), while the first 10 days of June saw 114 incidents of firing and shelling from Pakistan.
Against this, 926 ceasefire violations took place in the same period in 2019 with the highest 267 reported in March followed by 234 in April, 221 in May, 215 in February, 203 in January and 60 till June 10 last year, the official said.
Since the revoking of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and the bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories in August last year, Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire on an average of 11 times daily, the official said.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh had recently said that a few groups of terrorists have managed to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir in the recent past under the cover of Pakistani firing but said a large number of infiltration attempts were eliminated by alert troops guarding the LoC and the International border.
“This time they did not even wait for the snow to melt as the first group of terrorists was launched in March itself.” As per the assessment of reports, 150 to 250 terrorists were present in training camps across the LoC in Kashmir, while 125 to 150 terrorists were present across the IB and LoC in Jammu region (waiting for a chance to infiltrate into this side),” the police chief had said.
Meanwhile, the official said a total of 100 terrorists, including over a dozen top commanders of various outfits, have been killed so far in separate encounters in the Union Territory this year.
As many as 28 terrorists were killed in April, while 22 others were killed in the past fortnight, the officials said, adding 18 militants each were eliminated in January and May and seven each in February and March.
A total of 158 militants were killed in 2019, while the number of terrorists killed a year earlier was 254, the officials said, adding 213 others were killed in 2017.

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Pakistan Army violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Baramulla district | India News

SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops shelled mortars along the Line of Control in Rampur sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army, a defence spokesperson said.
This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Rampur sector and the third in the north Kashmir district in the last three days.
“On 14 Jun 2020, in the morning hours, Pakistan initiated an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation (CFV) along the LoC in Rampur by firing mortars and other weapons,” defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said.
On Saturday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Kamalkote Sector in Uri area of the district. A 48-year-old woman was killed on Friday as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the LoC in Rampur sector of the district.
Akhtar Begum, wife of Zahoor Ahmad Chechi, was killed on the spot when her house at Batgran was hit by a shell. A 23-year-old woman was also injured in the incident. Four residential houses and a mosque have been damaged in the shelling by Pakistani troops.
Several families have taken refuge either in underground safety bunkers or moved to safer places elsewhere in the Uri tehsil.

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‘Virus sleeps when we sleep’: Pakistan politician’s corona solution | India News

NEW DELHI: A Pakistan politician has become the butt of jokes on social media after he suggested that to avoid the coronavirus infection people should sleep as “when we sleep the virus also sleeps”.
In an undated video circulating on social media, Fazal-ur-Rahman who was a member of Pakistan National Assembly for over two decades can be seen saying that doctors recommend people to sleep as much as possible.
“The more you sleep, your virus will also sleep and it won’t be able to harm you. Hence, it sleeps when you sleep then it also dies when we die,” the cleric said.

Social media had a field day as the video spread over the internet.
One user said that the virus will die a death of shame after hearing cleric’s comments, while another said that “the virus speaks when he speaks”.
The video has garnered over a thousand likes and has been shared more than 300 times.

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Ashok Chavan admits to ‘issues’ within Maha Vikas Aghadi, blames bureaucrats for ‘rift’ | India News

MUMBAI: Admitting to ‘issues’ within the coalition government in Maharashtra, Congress leader Ashok Chavan blamed bureaucrats for creating a rift within Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and added that his party will soon take up the matter with Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
“Yes there are some issues ( between MVA allies and Bureaucracy ) and we will discuss this with the chief minister. We are trying to meet the chief minister and then we will discuss all our issues with him in detail. We expect a meeting in the next two days,” Chavan said.
Earlier, Congress state chief and minister Balasaheb Thorat also commented on the same and said, “We have some issues which will be resolved through dialogues among MVA partners but we want to say that Congress must be given its due in the decision-making process of the government.”
On Saturday RPI leader Ramdas Athawale also advised the Congress to rethink about giving support to the Maharashtra government. “Congress is the party on whose support this government is functioning. If the party is not valued in the alliance then they should rethink about being the ruling alliance in the state.” he had said.

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Record jump in Covid-19 cases; toll rises over 9,000 | India News

NEW DELHI: India saw a record single-day spike of 11,929 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infections to 3,20,92 on Sunday, while the death toll rose by 311 to 9,195, the health ministry said.
There are 1,49,348 active cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), while 1,62,378 people have recovered and a patient has migrated, according to the ministry data updated in the morning.

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