LIVE: Modi targets 'Didi' with remote control jibe, 'no more' chants

PM Narendra Modi addresses rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground | Photo: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of "betraying and insulting" the people of the state who trusted she will bring about a change after the Left rule.

He also accused her of nepotism by choosing to play the limited role of "bua" (aunt) to her "bhatija" (nephew) instead of becoming "Didi" (elder sister) to the people.

BJP on Saturday released its first list of 57 candidates for the first two phases of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections. Adding colour to the crucial poll battle, the saffron camp pitted ex-Trinamool Congress heavyweight and former state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in East Midnapore's Nandigram seat.

Four top Republican senators have urged US President Joe Biden not to accept a proposal by India and South Africa to the WTO to waive anti-Covid vaccine patents, saying that waiving all rights to intellectual property would end the innovation pipeline and stop the development of new vaccines or boosters to address variants in the virus. 


DMK promises Rs 1,000 cash aid for women family heads in TN if voted to power

The DMK on Sunday assured it would provide financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month to all women family heads in Tamil Nadu if the party was voted to power in the April 6 assembly elections.
This would benefit all families that get essential commodities from the Public Distribution Outlets, party chief M K Stalin told a grand election rally here, releasing a 10- year vision document for the development of the state where the DMK is eyeing to storm back to power after being in opposition for ten years.
"For all the women family heads in Tamil Nadu, we are going to provide every month Rs 1,000 'rights' assistance. As a result, all the families that get food (essential) commodities from Public Distribution Outlets would be benefited for sure," he said amid rounds of applause.
The announcement came nearly three months after Makkal Needhi Maiam chief and actor Kamal Haasan, had promised 'payment' to women for their work at home as part of his party's economic agenda.
Stalin promised that the educational scholarship for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Communities would be doubled. Machinery and technology would completely replace manual scavenging.

AIUDF announces first list for Assam polls, renominates 7 sitting MLAs

The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a major constituent of the opposition Congress-led Grand Alliance, on Sunday night released the first list of 16 candidates and said it has renominated seven of its 13 sitting MLAs for the Assam assembly election.
AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said that the party has put 11 candidates in alliance with its partners while in five seats, it has decided to go for a friendly contest.
The AIUDF is a part of the Grand Alliance comprising the Congress, BPF, CPI(M), CPI, CPI-ML and the Anchalik Gana Morcha.
Aminul Islam is one of the seven renominated candidates who will contest the Dhing seat, which is the only constituency in the list that goes to polls in the first phase on March 27.
The other six such contestants are Suzamuddin Laskar (Katlicherra), Nizamuddin Choudhury (Algapur), Nazrul Haque (Dhubri), Nijanur Rahman (Gauripur), Hafiz Bashir Ahmed (Bilasipara West) and Dr Hafiz Rafiqul Islam (Jania).
The party presidents brother Sirajuddin Ajmal has been nominated for the Jamunamukh constituency, replacing the elder Ajmal's son and sitting MLA Abdur Rahim Ajmal.
Phani Talukdar, Aminul Islam (advocate) and Karimuddin Barbhuiya were nominated from Bhabanipur, Mankachar and Sonai constituencies respectively.

Let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months will stand with farmers: Priyanka Gandhi

"Let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months I will stand in support of the farmers," Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Sunday as she slammed the government over the three Central farm laws accusing it of "insulting" the tillers.
The Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh has been holding 'kisan panchayats' in western parts of the state recently and has been attacking the government over a range of issues from farm laws to rise in price of cooking gas, petrol and diesel.
"The farmers have been struggling for 100 days. More than 200 farmers have been martyred. It was the responsibility of the government to go to the farmers and talk to them," she said in a tweet in hindi and shared pictures of her addressing a large gathering at the 'kisan panchayat' in Meerut on Sunday.
"The BJP government made fun of the martyrdom of the farmers, insulted the farmers," she alleged.
Priyanka Gandhi urged people to stand with the farmers' struggle and to take the movement to the villages.
"I promise you, let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months, I will stand in support of the farmers," she said.

Assam Assembly polls: Cong issues list of candidates for Titabor, 2 other seats

The AICC on Sunday issued the second list of three candidates for the prestigious Titabor, Dhakuakhana and Naoboicha assembly constituencies of Assam, which goes to polls in the first phase on March 27.
The party had announced on Saturday a list of 40 out of the 47 constituencies going to polls in phase one.
Congress' candidate for Titabor, earlier represented by former three-time chief minister Tarun Gogoi who died on November 23, is Bhaskarjyoti Barua.
The candidate for Naoboicha is former minister Bharat Chandra Narah and for Dhakuakhana, the nominee is Padma Lochan Doley.
The party has left Bokakhat, Dhing, Tinsukia and Behali seats for its allies.
The Congress is contesting the forthcoming polls as a part of the 'Grand Alliance' along with the AIUDF, BPF, CPI (M), CPI, CPI-ML and the Anchalik Gana Morcha.
Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

Farooq Abdullah pitches for thaw in Indo-Pak relations

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are praying that the recent agreement between India and Pakistan on ceasefire holds as it will bring them some relief.
Peace is in the larger interest of the region, he said.
"Hostilities on borders bring only agonies and miseries to the dwellers, halt agriculture and economic activities, and impact the way of life of every segment of society," Abdullah said while addressing NC workers in Udhampur.
On February 25, India and Pakistan announced that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors "in the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders".
Abdullah, Member of Parliament from Srinagar, said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are praying for the success of this measure as it will bring them some relief.
Both the countries are spending a substantial portion of their budgets on defence procurement, thus compromising on the welfare of their poor populations, he said.
Peace is in the larger interest of the region, especially as the people of the two countries have been yearning for good relations, he added

Saudi-led coalition strikes Yemen''s rebel-held capital

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen said Sunday that it had launched a new air campaign on the country's capital and other provinces, in retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.
“The targeting of civilians and civilian facilities is a red line,” Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition, was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency. He was referring to the missile and drone strikes on Saudi cities in recent weeks that the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, had claimed.
“The terrorist (Houthi) leaders will be held accountable,” he said. Residents in Sanaa, Yemen's rebel-held capital, reported hearing huge explosions as a round of bombs fell on the city on Sunday.
The Houthi-run al-Masirah satellite TV channel reported at least seven airstrikes on the Sanaa districts of Attan and al-Nahda. Al-Masirah did not say what facilities were hit by the coalition, but back smoke was seen rising over military camps in the areas. The channel also reported an airstrike in the district of Bajil, in the province of Hodeida.
The coalition said the Houthis were encouraged by a decision of President Joe Biden's administration last month to remove them form the U.S.'s terror list. The designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization was announced in the waning days of former President Donald Trump's administration, and caused widespread outcry from the United Nations and humanitarian groups working in Yemen.
While the Houthi attacks rarely cause damage or casualties, strikes on major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, have shaken energy markets and the world economy.
The coalition also said it intercepted and destroyed at least 12 explosives-laden drones and two ballistic missiles the rebels fired on Sunday at Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, the Houthis said they launched a drone attack on an oil facility in the port city of Jiddah. Another ballistic missile attack last week reached as far as the capital, Riyadh, where it was intercepted and exploded in the sky, scattering shrapnel over the city.

Assam polls: Cong fields fresh faces, 15% women, 5% Muslims

Around half of the 40 candidates announced in the Congress' first list for the Assam Assembly polls are fresh faces, while 15 per cent of them are women and five per cent Muslim nominees.

The main opposition party late on Saturday night released the first list of 40 candidates for the 47 Assembly constituencies that are going to the polls in Assam in the first phase on March 27. According to the list, announced by Congress' Central Election Committee in-charge and party General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, six women - Sibamoni Bora (Batadroba), Roselina Tirkey (Serupathar), Bismita Gogoi (Khumtai), Pallabi Gogoi (Teok), Angkita Dutta (Amguri) and Pranatee Phukan (Naharkatia) and two Muslim candidates - Mohammad Nurul Huda (Rupohihat) and Rakibul Hussain (Samaguri) - were given party tickets.

TMC's 'Khela' over, lotus will bloom in West Bengal: PM Modi

In a sharp rebuttal to Trinamool Congress' 'Khela Hobe' (Game On) slogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that because of the corruption and loot in Mamata Banerjee's government, her party's game is over and the BJP's lotus will bloom in West Bengal.

Addressing a public rally in Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground, the Prime Minister said 'Didi' Mamata Banerjee changed over the years, and not is being 'controlled' by somebody.

"Nothing is hidden. Bengal knows everything. But this Khel (game) will not continue. Khel Khatam hona chahiye (this game must stop)...TMC ka Khela khatam, Vikas Shuru (TMC's game is over, development has started) for BJP fearlessly, vote against bad governance," the Prime Minister said.

Taking a dig at TMC, he said people of the opponent party are experienced people and play a lot. "They have done innumerable corruption and looted the people of Bengal. They have even looted the relief money sent for Amphan cyclone."

Air 'very poor' in Ghaziabad, 'poor' in Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon

The air quality was recorded in the "very poor" category in Ghaziabad, while it was "poor" in Greater Noida, Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon, according to data issued by a government agency on Sunday.

Pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 also remained high in the air of the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

Women operating over 1,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras: Modi

While addressing the 'Jan Aushadhi Diwas' celebrations through video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the 'Jan Aushadhi' scheme is fast becoming the medium of both social service and employment. These schemes are becoming a boon for the poor sections of society and especially the middle class families.

"The Jan Aushadhi Kendras are providing a source of income to the youth along with making medicines available at affordable rates. There are more than 1,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras which are run solely by women. This scheme also gives a boost to make the daughters of our country 'Self-reliant' or 'Aatmanirbhar'. The scheme is helping to deliver affordable medicines to the countrymen living in the hilly areas, north-east and the tribal areas," Modi added.

PM Modi peddling lies to mislead voters: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Launching a fresh tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said he was "peddling lies to mislead the voters" in the poll-bound state.
Banerjee, addressing a rally here following her protest march over LPG price hike, said the prime minister made many "empty" promises over the years, and people no longer trust him.
She sought to know "why the PM has not yet deposited Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of every citizen, as promised by him before 2014 Lok Sabha polls".

Ex-CM Mahanta's traditional seat given to BJP considering 'winning possibility': AGP

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a constituent of the ruling BJP-led coalition in Assam, on Sunday said that Barhampur, the traditional seat of former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, was allotted to the saffron party this time considering his "winning possibility" from there.

Mahanta, an MLA since 1985, won the Barhampur constituency in Nagaon district for six consecutive terms since 1991. The seat has now gone to the BJP which selected Jitu Goswami to contest the Assembly polls from there.

"There is no conspiracy in giving Barhampur to the BJP. We considered the winning prospect of a seat. We have to see whether the NDA is going to win a seat or not," AGP president Atul Bora said.

Farm laws: BKU's Tikait to hold rally in MP's Sheopur on Monday

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Singh Tikait will address three rallies in Madhya Pradesh from Monday to drum up support for his protest against the Centre's three agri marketing laws, a functionary of his outfit said.

The rallies will be held in Sheopur on Monday, in Rewa on March 14 and in Jabalpur the next day, and a decision would be taken later on holding more rallies in the state, said BKU MP general secretary Anil Yadav.

Modi scalds Mamata, says instead of being 'Didi' to people she chose to be 'bua' to 'bhatija'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of "betraying and insulting" the people of the state who trusted she will bring about a change after the Left rule.

He also accused her of nepotism by choosing to play the limited role of "bua" (aunt) to her "bhatija" (nephew) instead of becoming "Didi" (elder sister) to the people.

Addressing a massive BJP rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds, his first in West Bengal after the announcement of assembly polls, Modi hit out at his detractors who accuse him of favouring a handful of his businessmen friends.

"You have betrayed and insulted the people of Bengal who trusted that you will be the harbinger of change after the end of the Left rule. You smashed to smithereens (chaknachoor) their hopes and dreams," he said, excoriating the TMC supremo.

He alleged Banerjee promoted nepotism while neglecting the people who fondly called her 'Didi'.

"Bengal chose you in role of 'Didi' but you preferred being 'bua' to your 'bhatija'," he said.

PM Modi exhorts slogans of 'Ashol Paribartan' in Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground rally

I have known Didi since ages. She is not the same person who raised her voice against the Left. She speaks someone else's language now & is being controlled: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground

"Show Anger, Words Should be Audible Across India", PM Modi Asks Electorate to put an end to corruption

"Show Anger, Words Should be Audible Across India", PM Modi Asks Electorate to put an end to Corruption, unemployment in Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground

TMC has looted Bengal: PM Modi addresses rally at Bengal's Brigade Parade

They have done innumerable corruption and looted the people of Bengal. They have even looted the relief money sent for Amphan: PM Narendra Modi in Kolkata

LIVE: PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee at Kolkata rally

TMC has played a lot, which game have they not played in West Bengal: PM Modi

TMC government's corruption and extortion can form a 'corruption olympics' of its own: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground

LIVE: We want to work harder for the farmers and poor people of West Bengal, the govt is stopping us: PM Modi

It is good that you have not fallen(from the scooty), otherwise you would've made the state where the scooty was manufactured, would have made that state its enemy: PM Modi

Didi, you are the daughter of India, not only of Bengal: PM Modi

Didi, you are the daughter of India, not only of Bengal: PM Modi at Brigade Parade ground rally in Kolkata

TMC government failed to bring about change, alleges PM Modi at Kolkata's rally

Modi alleged that TMC failed to bring the promised 'change' to the lives of people and has also failed to bring the changes to lives of its government employees: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground rally

Mamata didi believes in 'Won't work, Won't let anyone work' says PM Modi at Kolkata rally

Mamata didi believes in 'Won't work, Won't let anyone work' says PM Modi at Kolkata;s Brigade Parade ground rally

Why did Mamata Banerjee remain aunt of a nephew: PM Modi addresses rally in Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground

The people of Bengal had chosen you as 'Didi' but then why did you remain the aunt of a nephew? The people of Bengal are asking only this one question from you: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground

LIVE: PM Modi addresses rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground

PM Modi raises chants of Aar Noi, Aar Noi (no more, no more) against TMC govt in Kolkata rally

They made promises to work for 'Maa, maati, manush'. But you tell me, has TMC been able to bring change in the lives of common people here in the last 10 years?: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground

PM Modi attacks TMC government in West Bengal

You know it very well how the democratic system has been destroyed here. BJP will strengthen this system. We will bring the change to re-establish public belief in govt systems, in the police, and the administration: PM Modi in Kolkata

Bengal wants 'shanti', 'sonar Bangla', 'pragatisheel Bangla': PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground

In this Assembly elections, there are TMC, Left & Congress, and their anti-Bengal attitude on a side. On the other side, there are people of Bengal: PM Narendra Modi in Kolkata

We will bring Ashol Parivartan in West Bengal: PM Modi

We will work hard for framers, businessmen and fisheries: PM Modi

I have come here to make you believe that we'll work hard for farmers, businessmen & the development of sisters and daughters. We will live every moment to fulfill your dreams: PM Modi

Smart City project will get more impetus if BJP is voted to power in West Bengal: PM Modi

People living in shanties will get houses under PM-AWAS Yojana. Kolkata's infrastructure will get more investment push if BJP is voted power

PM Modi slams TMC, says development work for Kolkata airport have stalled

Asal Parivartan means such a state where people will not be forced to migrate, where business and trade flourishes and where there is modern 21st Century infrastructure and even the most poor gets an opportunity to progress, where inflitrators will be stopped.

I want to assure you of increasing investment in West Bengal: PM Modi

I want to assure you of increasing investment in Bengal, of redeveloping the state and of protecting its culture: PM Modi

PM Modi promises Ashol Paribartan in West Bengal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

With blessings of the people, the project of Sonar Bangala will definitely be achieved: PM Modi at Kolkata's brigade Parade ground

Ashol Paribartan in West Bengal means sab ka saath sab ka vikaas, sab ka vishwas: PM Modi

Sab ka saath sab ka vikaas, sab ka vishwas: PM Modi at Kolkata's Brigade Parade ground rally

Ashol Paribartan means more investment in economic activities, better infra: PM

Ashol Paribartan means better Brengal, with better economic activity and has upgraded infrastructure and more investments: PM Modi

PM Modi attacks TMC

Bengal relied on Mamata didi for change. But Didi and her cadre broke this trust. These people broke the trust of Bengal. These people humiliated Bengal. Here the sisters and daughters were tortured: PM Modi

People of Bengal have come forward to witness Ashol Partibartan: Prime Minister Modi

People of Bengal have come forward to witness Ashol Partibartan: Prime Minister Modi. I have come to reinforce the same belief. I promise to work hard 24*7 for the betterment of Bengal and it's people: PM

PM Modi addresses rally

I have addressed 100s of rallies in my political life but such a huge crowd giving its blessings, I am only able to witness this today: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Many from Bengal sacrificed lives for country's unity says Modi

PM Modi speaks about actor and Ex-TMC Mithun Chakraborty. 

TMC has betrayed Bengal's trust: PM Modi

Bangla chaye unnoti, bangla chaye shanti, Bangla chaye shonar Bangla, Bangla chaye shonar Bangla: PM Modi 

Bengal wants improvement, Bengal wants change, Bengal wants Shonar Bangla: PM Modi

PM Modi speaks about famous personalities born from Bengal

PM Modi says how Brigade Parade Ground has seen many important political rallies originating the ground, hails Swami Vivekananda, Shyama Prasad Mukhopadhyay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Kolkata's Brigade Parade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Kolkata's Brigade Parade, begins addressing public rally.

PM Modi to address rally in Kolkata's Brigade Ground

Six states reporting high daily Covid-19 cases

Six states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat are reporting high daily Covid-19 cases, accounting for 84.71 per centof the 18,711 new cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 10,187. It is followed by Kerala with 2,791 while Punjab reported 1,159 new cases.

The Centre is continuously engaging with the states and UTs reporting higher caseload of active cases and those showing a rise in the daily new Covid-19 cases, the ministry said.

It has deputed high-level teams to Maharashtra and Punjab, that are showing steep increase in the daily new cases.

The other states reporting high daily Covid-19 cases are Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

70 new cases push Odisha's Covid-19 tally to 3,37,744

Odisha's Covid-19 tally mounted to 3,37,744 on Sunday as 70 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

Forty-one new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 29 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda district reported the highest number of new cases at 14, followed by Sundergarh (12) and Angul (11).

The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 1,917 as no fresh fatality was reported.

Trinamool is not a political party, it has become a private limited party: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari

PM Modi lands in Kolkata; Actor Mithun Chakraborty to address rally soon

In Pics: Former TMC MP Mithun Chakraborthy joins BJP

Watch: Mithun Chakraborty joins Bharatiya Janata Party

Actor Mithun Chakraborty on stage at PM Narendra Modi's rally

Amit Shah holds roadshow in Kanyakumari

Sonia Gandhi chairs meeting of the party's Parliamentary Strategy Group

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi chaired the meeting of the party's Parliamentary Strategy Group to discuss strategy for the second phase of the Budget session of the Parliament which begins on March 8

Samajwadi Party to hold cycle rally in support of Azam Khan, his family from March 12

Samajwadi Party will hold a rally in support of its leader and Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan and his family over cases registered against them by the Uttar Pradesh Police. The rally will begin from Rampur, Lok Sabha constituency of Azam Khan on March 12 and will conclude in Lucknow on March 21. Over 80 cases have been registered against Khan, many of which are about land encroachment by Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Khan, a former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, is the varsity's chancellor.

DMK gives 25 Assembly seats, Kanyakumari LS seat to Congress

After tough negotiations that stretched for days, the DMK on Sunday allotted 25 assembly seats and the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency to its key ally, the Congress. A formal pact for the April 6 Assembly election was signed by DMK president M K Stalin and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief K S Alagiri at the Dravidian party's headquartes 'Anna Arivalayam' here. After days of deliberations, a point of conclusion was reached late Saturday night and Congress leader and Tamil Nadu in charge Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters that the agreement was signed in "a spirit of cooperation" when the country was facing a 'threat' from the BJP.


Confident that the AIADMK-BJP-PMK government will be formed in Tamil Nadu: Shah

Today, we have started our door to door campaign by visiting 11 homes here. Appeal to all to ensure the win of NDA candidate Pon Radhakrishnan from Kankyakumari Lok Sabha seat in by-polls. I am confident that the AIADMK-BJP-PMK government will be formed in Tamil Nadu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Suchindram

Stalin is seeking a ticket to contest from Chennai-Chepauk

Udayanidhi Stalin, son of DMK President MK Stalin and DMK Youth Wing Secretary was interviewed by the DMK election committee at party headquarters yesterday. Udayanidhi Stalin is seeking a ticket to contest from Chennai-Chepauk assembly constituency.

102 days of farmers' protest: Questions, doubts, uncertainty continue

It has been 102 days since the farmers launched their protest against the three new farms laws at Delhi borders and uncertainty still prevails on how long the agitation will continue. The farmers remain adamant to their demand to rollback these laws but the Central government seems reluctant to accept this. In such a situation, it is difficult to predict that how long this fight will last, because in this country, there has been such a movement of farmers that lasted for 44 years.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to address Kisan Mahapanchyat in Meerut today

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will address a 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' in Western Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district today. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Saturday said that the party will continue to protest against the farm laws and "Priyanka Gandhi will address a 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' in Meerut on Sunday and highlight the issues being faced by farmers." This will be the fifth Kisan Mahapanchayat in the region which will be addressed by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Priyanka Gandhi had chaired the meeting of UP Congress MLAs in Delhi and discussed the strategy to be adopted to take on the central government on farmer's issues.

Poll campaign picks up heat, Amit Shah in tamil Nadu

U'khand: Sudden meeting of BJP core group fuels speculation about major change in govt

A sudden meeting of the Uttarakhand BJP's core committee has fuelled speculations about some major changes in the government. The meeting, held on Saturday evening, was presided over by BJP's national vice president and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon. Singh was accompanied by state BJP in-charge Dushyant Kumar Gautam. The unscheduled meeting with the members of the core group came at a time when the budget session of the state assembly was underway in Gairsain. The BJP MLAs were called back from Gairsain to the state capital in view of the core committee meeting held amid ongoing speculations in the media about a cabinet expansion.

75 Ayush medicines to be made available across Janaushadhi centres: Modi

PM Janaushadhi Pariyojana is being run across the country for poor and middle-income families. This yojana is a medium of 'seva and rozgar' as it also provides employment opportunities to the youth. As part of the scheme, sanitary pads for girls available at Rs 2.5. A decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country

Several borders closed for traffic movement

Ghazipur, Singhu, Singhu School toll, Mangesh, Harewali, Jharoda, Dhansa and Tikri Border are closed for traffic movement: Delhi Traffic PoliceGhazipur, Singhu, Singhu School toll, Mangesh, Harewali, Jharoda, Dhansa and Tikri Border are closed for traffic movement: Delhi Traffic Police

Brigade Ground ready for PM Modi's rally, over 1,500 CCTVs, drones to ensure security

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to address his first rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, after the announcement of the West Bengal Assembly poll schedule, security has been tightened across the city. More than 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes. Drone cameras will also be used to monitor the venue. The rally is expected to be attended by at least 7 lakh people, sources said. At the rally, the Prime Minister will seek support for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in the fray for the 294 member Legislative Assembly. Along with the main stage which is 72-feet long, two other stages have been set up, one for Tollywood actors and another for important personalities present at the rally. The two stages are 48-feet length, 24-feet width and 7-feet height.

Congress leaders arrive at DMK headquarters for a meeting

PM speaking at the ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’ celebrations

Farmers agitation will continue till three agri laws are withdrawn: Rakesh Tikait

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has said their agitation will continue till the three contentious agriculture laws are withdrawn. He was speaking in Ramrajn town here to mark the completion of 100 days of farmers' protests at the Delhi borders against the central farm legislations. The farmers are demanding a complete withdrawal of the three farm laws and the agitation will continue till the government meets our demands, Tikiat said on Saturday. On the occasion, he flagged off a tractors' rally, which, he said, will travel across across districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and will reach farmers' protest site in Ghazipur on March 27.

Surat court acquits 122 accused of being SIMI members 20 years after arrest

A court in Gujarat's Surat on Saturday acquitted all the 127 accused arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for participating in a meeting organised here in December 2001. Most of the accused were in jail for over 20 years since their arrest over the allegations of being members of a banned organisation Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), an advocate said. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate AN Dave on Saturday acquitted 127 persons arrested on the charges of being members of the banned outfit SIMI, giving them the benefit of doubt. Speaking to ANI, Advocate Abdul Wahab Shaikh said the court acquitted the accused after accepting the defence arguments.

Assam Assembly polls: Congress releases list of 40 candidates

The Congress on Saturday released its first list of 40 candidates for the upcoming three-phase election for the 126-member Assam Assembly. Polls to the 15th Legislative Assembly polls in the state will begin on March 27 as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India with counting slated to be held on May 2. Leader of Opposition Debabtata Saikia will contest from Nazira, his traditional bastion and former minister Rakibul Hussain will contest from Samuguri. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora will contest for Gohpur seat and former minister Bismita Gogoi will fight from Khumtai seat.

Second part of Parliament's Budget Session to commence from Monday

The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament will commence from Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. The Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29, concluded on February 29. The Union budget was tabled in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1. The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed. The Lok Sabha clocked 99.5 per cent productivity during the first phase of the two-part Budget session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Secretariat said. Birla informed that during the first part of the Budget Session 2021, Lok Sabha sat for 49 hours and 17 minutes against the stipulated time of 50 hours.

Delhi Assembly set to meet with 2 changes in its proceedings

The annual Budget session of the Delhi government is set to commence on Monday with two key changes to be introduced for the very first time in its proceedings since 1993. First, the entire Assembly session will be held for the full day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., instead of its traditional time from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. And second, the session will be held without any 'Question Hour'. While the Assembly sessions in many other states are full-day affairs from the morning to the evening, the Delhi Assembly since its inception in 1993 has been conducting the proceedings between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

US Defence Secy Austin likely to visit India later this month

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin likely to visit India later this month, according to sources. His visit would be the first in-person visit by any member of President Joe Biden's administration to visit India. In January, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Austin emphasised Washington's commitment to the Major Defense Partnership with New Delhi. The two leaders also held talks over the two countries' vision of an open and free Indo-Pacific region.

PM Modi to address Kolkata rally today

Ahead of Assembly polls, Amit Shah to visit Tamil Nadu, Kerala today

Ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Sunday. Shah will launch Vijay Sankalp Mahasampark Abhiyaan, a door-to-door campaign in Kanyakumari and attend the valedictory function of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Kerala Vijay Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram. BJP is contesting Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in alliance with ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Pope Francis, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq's holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple and profound, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani welcomed Francis into his spartan home. Afterward, he said religious authorities have a role in protecting Iraq's Christians, and that Christians should live in peace and enjoy the same rights as other Iraqis. The Vatican said Francis thanked al-Sistani for having raised his voice in defence of the weakest and most persecuted during some of the most violent times in Iraq's recent history. Al-Sistani, 90, is one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, and his rare but powerful political interventions have helped shape present-day Iraq. Read More

Mamata Banerjee to hold 'Padyatra' against LPG price hike

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will hold a 'Padyatra' against LPG price hike in Siliguri today.

BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya meets actor Mithun Chakraborty

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met actor Mithun Chakraborty in Kolkata on Saturday amid speculations that he may be joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Brigade rally in Kolkata. The Central Observer of BJP for West Bengal, Vijayvargiya met Chakraborty at the latter's residence in Belgachia. On speculations of the actor joining BJP Vijayvargiya had earlier said, "I have spoken with him (Mithun Chakraborty) over the telephone, he's going to come today. I'll be able to make a comment only after a detailed discussion with him." Chakraborty, 70, was a Rajya Sabha MP for the TMC for two years, before resigning.

Left Front hints at contesting from 'heavyweight centre' Nandigram seat with full support from alliance

The Left Front in West Bengal has hinted that it may throw its hat into the ring and announce its candidate for the "heavyweight centre" seat of Nandigram with the full backing from the alliance parties Congress and the Indian Secular Front (ISF). "The candidate to contest from Nandigram will be from Left front and will be contesting the seat with full support from the alliance (Congress- Indian Secular Front). People will see how this will be a rise above petty politics of 'tu chor- mein Chor' and heading toward the fight for justice for all," Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammad Salim told ANI.

Tamil Nadu polls: MDMK gets 6 seats in DMK alliance, says Vaiko

Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) has offered its ally, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), six seats as part of a seat-sharing deal. MDMK chief Vaiko signed the agreement with DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday. Speaking to ANI, Vaiko said, "MDMK has joined hands with DMK. The talks went well. DMK president MK Stalin has signed an agreement in which six Assembly constituencies have been allotted to MDMK." With this, Vaiko, who created the MDMK after he quit the DMK in 1994, will contest in an Assembly election as part of the DMK-led front for the first time.

'If Mamata didi can leave me why can't I?' TMC MLA Sonali Guha set to join BJP

Ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, another Trinamool Congress MLA Sonali Guha said she is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The four-time MLA from Satgachia in South 24 Parganas, Guha decided to switch after her name was not mentioned in the first list of TMC candidates for the ensuing Bengal polls. "If Mamata didi can leave me so why can't I? I called up Mukul Roy and said that I won't contest elections but need a respectable post. He agreed. I will definitely join BJP," said Guha. Over 20 ministers and MLAs have been dropped from TMC candidacy for the upcoming Assembly elections. These include big names like those of the state's Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Land Minister Abdul Rajjak Molla and Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu.

Myanmar security forces use stun grenades, arrest people at night

Launching a fresh crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Myanmar security forces arrested several people on Saturday night, opened fire and used stun grenades in Yangon. "Security forces arresting people at night in many places in Yangon - opening fire and using stun grenades at this late night. People are terrified and worrying now," a Twitter post by a local read. Another local took to Twitter to post: "Myanmar Military Terrorists arrived at BoyarNyunt Street, Dagon and it is said that they had come to arrest NLD Civic Centre Chairman during the curfew time around 10:30 pm! Our nights aren't safe anymore!"

A Myanmar journalist has also confirmed that citizens are not safe at night as the security forces are "shooting, entering neighbourhoods to arrest people when curfew kicks in". "Myanmar citizens adhere to nightly curfew by staying indoors but police/military are shooting at apartments. Person wh

PM Modi to dedicate 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra in Shillong today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and dedicate the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong on Sunday via video conferencing. "Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong during the event," Prime Minister's Office said in a press release. He will interact with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and also give awards to stakeholders by recognizing their excellent work. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda will also be present on the occasion.

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