Fuel prices continue to rise, petrol breaches Rs 69-mark in Delhi



Fuel prices continued to witness the upward trend for the second consecutive day on Friday with petrol and diesel being sold at Rs 69.07 and Rs 62.81 per litre respectively in the national capital.

While petrol price witnessed a hike of 19 paise, diesel got costlier by 28 paise in Delhi.

In Mumbai, petrol and diesel are being sold at Rs 74.72 and Rs 65.73 per litre respectively on Friday.

The fresh increase comes after crude oil rates edged higher on Thursday, supported by comments from the US Federal Reserve chairman, but gains were capped as optimism surrounding US-China trade talks faded.

Meanwhile, the Indian Rupee also fell against the US dollar. On Friday, the Indian Rupee was trading 8 paise lower against the US dollar at 70.49.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had earlier said that the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel in the country was because of the depreciation in the value of the Indian Rupee against the US dollar.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading lower at 61.57 per barrel lower by 0.18 per cent.

Traders said, sustained foreign fund outflows however restricted the rupee up move.

Foreign funds pulled out Rs 344.58 crore from the capital markets on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares worth Rs 10.98 crore Thursday, provisional data showed.

Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated by 7 paise to 70.34 against the US dollar in opening trade Friday, driven by gains in domestic equities and weakening of the greenback in overseas markets.

The rupee opened strong at 70.38 at the interbank forex market against previous close of 70.41 per dollar then gained further ground and touched a high of 70.34 amid positive opening in domestic equities, displaying gains of 7 paise against the greenback.

On Wednesday, the rupee had risen by 5 paise to close at 70.41 against the US dollar.

Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters and easing crude prices supported the rupee in early trade.


Uttarakhand Ekta Manch organises pre Holi celebrations at Delhi Haat, Pitampura.



Uttarakhandi Artists presenting mesmerising folk sings and dances at Delhi Haat, Pitampura

As Holi is approaching near several functions to celebrate this festival of colours are being organised in the capital of India. Holi represents harmony, bonds of frienship and togetherness. In Uttarakhand Holi is celebrated with colours as is celebrated all over India but in different forms. In Delhi the Uttarakhand Ekta Manch celebrated this festival in advance by organising a mesmerising cultural evening at Delhi Haat Pritampura. Shiv Dutt Pant an eminent Uttarakhand singer and music composer with his team of musicians presented various items from melodiius singing to folk dances to performance of traditional colourful Raj Jaat Yatra.

Melodious female singers Asha Negi and Puja Pant n Narendra Negi Chaundkotiya presented good number of mesmerising songs in Garhwali dialects which enthralled the audience. The audience danced on the floor on the famous CHAITU KI CHAITWALI songs extremely popular these days sung by legendary singer n his team mates. Hundreds of people of Uttarakhandi origin living in Delhi participated in the event. The president of the organisation Shiv Singh Negi n the vice president Murli Singh Negi deserve accolades for the success of the cultural evening prior to Holi.

According to young writer and video journalist Mayak Arya
Shiv Dutt Pant ji is one of the most popular and living legend of Uttarakhand. He is well known for his live performances in various cultural programs of Uttarakhand.

Pant represents the folk tale
of Uttarakhand through exquisite song
performances. Kumaon Ramleela and
various other stories are so we’ll showcased by him and his Team.

The uniqueness of the Kumaoni Holi lies in its being a musical affair, whatever its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi all of which start from Basant Panchmi.

Famous for his Baithi and Khadi Holi representations, Shiv Dutt Pant elaborates Khadi Holi where he remembers Lord Rama and Invocates divine energies during Cheer Bandhan, The Holika bonfire in Kumaun is known as Cheer (चीर) which is ceremonically made in a ceremony known as Cheer Bandhan (चीर बंधन) fifteen days before Dulhendi. The Cheer is basically a bonfire with a green Paiya tree branch in the middle.

Mr. Shiv Dutt’s Pant’s team of folk dancers n musician have exhibited the musical holi at Dilli Hatt New Delhi dressed in colourful attires mesmerising one and all, where thousands of culture lovers from all corners gathered to witness this exquisite peice of Folk Performance.

Shiv Dutt Pant’s singing, his impressive music n outstanding perfirmance by his teams colourful folk dancers have made the evening truly wonderful n highly entertaining.

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Geetu, a film on sex discrimination and honor killing in the making. Story n direction by Atul



Film crew at Oxford Book Store, Cannaught Place on shoot

It was indeed a great pleasure to have done the role of a guest anchor in a short duration movie in the making, having scripted and directed by Atul Devrani a seasoned documentary maker at reputed Oxford Book Store in Cannaught Place the other day alongwith senior journalist Charu Tiwari and artist/ actress Guneet Kaur Narula who acted as the chief guest. The movie is based on the story of Gurneet in the film as she plays the role of the women story writer of Geetu.

The movie titled GEETU is based on the issue of sex discrimination and honour killing, a major social evil still prevalent in our society especially in the conservative patriarchal societies where love has no significance, since the orthodox society is embebbed in age old traditions of caste conflicts n squeezed thinking.

In this age of revolutionery scientific development n change in societal norms it looks absurd when one confronts girls n women being subjected to various squeezed social pressures n stigmas in villages n sub urban cities leading to honour killings.

Not only this but the unfortunates cases of embroyo destruction at artificial insemination centres have also become the order of the day in villages n rural areas killing girl child before birth.

Though this cruel act of the murders of girl child has been totally barred under the PNDT Act. ( Pre Natal Sexual Determination Test) with stringent punishment for several years n huge fine, such obnoxious acts are still being carried out in various sex clinics n gynocology private hospitals under the guise of treatment of pregnant women.

As a result the girl child ratio as compared with boys is diminishing in the states like Haryana, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan etc resulting in trafficking of women in these states to fulfil the sexual lusts of the rich from other parts of the country amounting to increased exploitation of girls hailing from poor families who are often pushed to forced prostitution by the professional gangs involved in trafficking n sex trade.

Apart from this the system of dowry is still prevalent in our society leading to immolation of brides after marriages for want of dowry. If one goes by the statistics of NCRB it’s shocking to note that the traumatic incidents of immolation of brides, throwing of acids on girls, sexual harrasment at work place, eve teasing, stalking and rapes are on the increase.

Though there have been lot of women commissions, social welfare departments n police doing enough to counter this menace but still lot more needs to be done before it’s too late. Awareness in the society against sex descrimination and honour killing is therefore the need of the hour.

Therefore Kudos to Atul Devrani for taking the cudgels in his hands for making a fantastic lesson giving movie titled GEETU to mobilise the women n girls n the narrow minded parents n society of the country spending his own money n resources. This what ATUL HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS UPCOMING MOVIE GEETU:

Started My new Short Movie “GEETU” Shoot on 14/03/2019. GEETU movie is based on
My specially Thanks to Sir SUNIL NEGI and Charu Bhai for such a nice cooperation .
My Thanks to Guneet Kaur Narula who acted as Writer
Dr. Pratibha Thakur in the Movie.
My Thanks To all My Friends and Colleagues Nitin, Prateek, A.K. Singh, Madam Neelakshi, Col. Bagga,Virender verma
( music composer ) Chakshu, aakash, Sushil Ghildiyal, Subash Roy, Prena, Shobit, Ganeshu ji and offcourse my crew member and Cinematographer Dev Negi , who had contributed their best in the shoot.
With all your blessing we will complete the movie within one month.

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Fourteen Women Icons felicitated with Women Empowerment Award at Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi on International Womens Day



Athelete Garima Joshi being bestowed with Wome Empowerment Award

About fourteen outstanding women hailing from various parts of Uttarakhand have been felicitated in Delhi at Garhwal Bhawan on the ocassion of International Womens Day.

A woman is special in so many ways, her strength, compassion and indomitable spirit are her inherent beauty n qualities.

The main theme of the event was “Nay Soch, “Nayi Pahal,”.

The event was organised by the eminent social activist and advocate of Delhi High Court Sanjay Darmoda. Good number of women activists and people from Uttarakhand living in Delhi n Uttarakhand participated in good numbers.

The event was highly appreciated as the organisers ventured hard to honour genuine women activists who’d contributed exceptionally well at the grass root level.

The categories under which the outstanding women were felicitated with the Women Empowerment Awards hailed from sports, regional films, bravery, social activism, education, for empowering illiterate poor women at the grass roots, music, singing, cancer n health awareness n treatment, journalism, literacy n health awareness n resolving peoples’ grievances in the rural sector etc.

The award consisted of a trophy, Shawl, appreciation certificate n cash prizes.

The programme was inaugurated by lightening of lamp by the chief guests senior BJP leader Shyam Jaaju, eminent singers Hiran Singh Rana and Narendra Negi n the organiser senior advocate Sanjay Sharma.

The key slogan of the award ceremony was ” NAI SOCH NAYI PAHAL,” Prominent amongst those felicitated with the Women Empowerment Award were : Sangeeta Farasi from Srinagar Nagar Garhwal for educating the poor n hapless children engaged in begging, Narmada Rawat from Neeti Valley, Garhwal for promoting traditional handicrafts, Manju Bhansali from Ghansyali, Garhwal, for engaging hapless women in earning livelyhood through Pony/ horse driving, Rameshwari Devi from Ukhimath for promoting traditional “Jagar” singing n marriage songs in local dialects n connecting the current generation with the cultural heritage of the hills, Kusum Joshi from Rishikesh for resisting n relentlessly struggling for prohibiting liquor during conduction of marriages, Mamta Rawat from Uttarkashi for showing exemplary courage in saving the life of 40 children during the 2014 ecological disaster of Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, Champa Jalal from Nainital for Yoga training, Adli Kushli from Pithoragarh for incessantly publishing a Kumaoni Magazine for preservation of regional laguages n cultural heritage despite having limited resources, Puja Rawat for spreading awareness n helping village women in cashless n banking system, Vidhu Sharma of Delhi for social service n activism, Shakuntala Kukreti for spreading n treating cancer n helping the needy patients, fight this dreaded desease n Dr. Pushpa from Kotdwar for treating the injured animals.

The most courageous seventeen year old athelete who’d brought laurels for Uttarakhand by winning number of Golds in Marathon Garima Joshi was also felicitated on this ocassion. She was injured in a horrific accident in Bengaluru last year. She came in a wheel chair having grievously wounded her spinal chord. Highly courageous n determined Garima has recently won medals in the disabled marathon.

The special attraction of the event was Urmi Negi, the producer of super hit Garhwali movie, Subheru Gham who’d come from Mumbai. Her second movie is in the pipeline called Bathaaun, ( thunderstorm).

She was also bestowed with a special Women Empowerment trophy n a shawl. The awards were presented by the singing legend of Uttarakhand Narendra Singh Negi n cash prizes by advocate n organiser Sanjay Sharma.

The award function was ably compered by eminent literateur of Uttarakhand, veteran journalist and editor of Garhwali literary magazine DHADH Ganesh Khugsaal Gani. The legendary singer Narendra Singh Negi also sang few of his songs which enthralled the audience to the hilt.

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Defence minister Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman meets Abhinandan at RR Hospital to enquire about his health condition



Defence minister talking to wing commander Abhinandan at RR Hospital at Delhi Cantt today

The wing commander with valour and guts being lauded as a national hero in India as symbol of outstanding calibre n bravery worldwide who returned to his motherland just yesterday after being in the enemy country’s captivity for sixty hours is convalescing in the Research n Referral Hospital of Indian Army in Delhi Cantt. Fighter pilot of MIG 16 and son of Air Marshal Kumhakutty Varthaman, Abhinandan Varthaman is being treated n minutely examined at the RR hospital in New Delhi, particularly after confronting the extreme mental n psychological stress in landing on Pakistan soil after ejection from the destroyed MIG 16 n having faced tremendous blows n hitting by the local populace having been injured.

A brave, proud, highly confident and an ablest officer of IAF Abhinandan fearlessly confronted the interrogation of Pak Air n Army officers n never got bullied as a patriotic courageous wing commander of one of the fifth largest Air Force of the largest democracy of the world after shooting down the Pakistan’s F 16, an American made latest technique combat war aircraft in the Pakistani soil n killing its pilot. Abhinandan is currently undergoing various medical check ups n treatment in the Delhi based Army hospital looked after n monitored by senior docters.

His famiy, wife n parents are with him during this critical juncture. He is under complete VIP security. The union minister for Defence Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman who is also from Tamilnadu as is Abhinandan Varthaman, today visited him at the RR hospital at Delhi Cantt and enquired about his welfare and health condition.

She was closetted with the wing commander for about half and hour n discussed various matters including his latest health condition. She also met Abhinandan’s parents and conveyed the government’s gratitude n best wishes for the deed of exemplary bravery executed by their son in the line of duty keeping the nation’s morale high and enhancing India’s prestige globally. The minister also met Abhinandan’s parents n his wife.

Sources reveal that Abhinandan thanked the prime minister Narendra Modi, the Defence minister Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman, the government n the countrymen for the faith reposed in him and making his release from the captivity of the enemy country possible in such a short time. He looked quite confident, calm, composed and cheerful and said that he is fit to join his duty again to serve the nation and coutrymen with the renewed vigour, vitality as well as patriotism.

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What the PM committed after Pulwama tragedy has been fulfilled by IAF strike on JEM hideouts in PAK



PM Narendra Modi with NSA Ajit Doval

INDIA HAS FINALLY avenged the deadliest Pulwama fidayeen attack master minded by the Pakistan sponsored Jaish e Muhammed hard core terrorist chief wanted internationally Masood Azhar by bombarding the JEM terrorist launch pads, control headquarter n training camps on the secluded Hill top in khyber Pakhtoon area in North West Frontier Province of POK without trespassing or violating the international border killing more than 300 terrorists of JEM aided and abetted by the Pakistan army, ISI n its successive political dispensations.

The 12 Mirage 2000 jets bombarded bombs worth of 1000 kilograms in the POK at 3.30 AM today not giving the enemy country even the minutest of the oportunity to retaliate. There is complete panic in Pakistan and a process of meetings of the Pakistan high ups are in progress at various levels. There have not been any statement from the Pakistan PM till yet.

The Indian Air Force has exercised immense restraint while executing the Air Force attack as it was done on the POK which belongs to India and under arbitrary occupation of Pakistan currently. It is believed that over three hundred terrorists have been killed in this midnight invasion. As per the news pouring in the Air chief Marshall Dhanoa had presented a full fledged air strike plan to Indian government on 15th February which was okay education n rehearsal for the same was carried out in various airfields of the country to fine tune the practice.

The lull on the Pakistani side as of now unambiguously speaks of the fact that it may perhaps go for any anti India misadventure as tweets are appearing from Pakistan public that Pakistan should strongly retaliate against India forthwith. The operation of IAF took hardly 21 minutes reveal defence sources.

Meanwhile in a press conference addressed by the foreign secretary Gokhale which lasted for few minutes said that it was a preventive anti terror operation from the IAF against the JEM who executed the parliament, URI, Pathankot and the latest deadliest Pulwama attack. IT may be recalled that the prime minister Narendra Modi has after the 14th February Fidayeen attack in Pulwama, Kashmir warned JEM n Pakistan of the deadliest Indian attack saying that the JEM backed by Pakistan has committed a huge blunder for which PAK will have to pay heavily n in just a week’s time India has tight the enemy country n JEM a befitting lesson.

Balakot in Pakistan which was also attacked is the main centre of JEM training camps. MEANWHILE the PM has acquainted the President n Vice president about the attack . Prior to these meetings the CCS chaired by PM Narendra Modi at PM’s residence discussed the aftermath situation of the major surjical Air Strike against terror sanctuaries in POK.

The finance minister Arun Jaitley n MEA Sushma Swaraj are meeting the opposition leaders to bring them into confidence on this latest air attack on Pakistan terror sanctuaries. It may be recalled that US, FRANCE, RUSSIA, ARGENTINA, UK n the European Union had already extended their solidarity towards India in its war against Pakistan sponsored terrorism and a resolution was also passed in UN with a voice vote strongly condemning the Pulwama attack and issuing warning to PAK to close terror sanctuaries in Pakistan forthwith.

Meanwhile as per the latest news dreaded top terrorist n commander of Azhar Yusuf n relative of Masood Azhar was running the terror camps in Balakot, Chakoti n Muzaffrabad. Azhar played a major role in the hijacking of IC 814 t9 Kaandahar in wh8ch JEM chief Azhar Masood had to be released. While in Pakistan parliament its MPs are raising anti Imran Khan slogans in various parts of India people are celebrating the Indian Airforce action against Pakistan.

On this ocassion Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted : I salute the pilots of IAF. Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assured that he is with the government on this decision and lauded the government’s efforts. The BJP supremo Amit Shah tweeted: I congratulate and salute the bravery and valour of our armed forces. Today’s action further demonstrate that India is safe and secure under the under the strong and decisive leadership of PM. Today’s action shows the will and resolve of a New India. Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons.

Former Jammu n Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed has tweeted that since there had been no much damage n casualty in Pak both Pak n India should not escalate further.

If we compare the population n the military might of India it is several times up than neighbouring Pakistan.

How powerful is India in terms of its defence power n preparedness can be gauged from the fact that while India has 13 lakh personels in its armed force Pakistan has just six lakhs with India’s hefty defence budget of 3.5 lakh crore as compared to Pakistan’s merely 68.5 thousand crores. In terms of other comparisons in terms of defence equipments between both the countries Pakistan does not stand anywhere.

The list is log n endless.

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IAF’s 12 mirage 2000 bombard terror launch pads n training camps in Pakistan. About 300 terrorists must have been killed



The Indian Air Force has has finally avenged the Pulwama fidayeen attack killing our 45 soldiers of CRPF by bombarding the Jaish E Mohammed launch pads, control room n training camps quite away from the residential areas in the POK areas Balakot, Chakoti and Mujaffrabad.

The latest information however revealed by Manjeet Negi of AAJ Tak is that the areas of Khaibar Pakhtoon were targetted in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan occuped Kashmir. The IAF action was of 100% accuracy n would have obliterated every terrorist from the area attacked through bombardment says Wing Commander (R) C K Sharma.

The television news are full of breaking news. The national security advisor Ajit Doval has given the detailed information to the Prime mininster Narendra Modi.

The Indian Air Force has damaged the entire terror camps, control tower n launch pads in the Indian terrirory i.e. the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

About 1000 kilogram Bombs have been bombarded through the 12 number of 2000 mirages. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has saluted the IAF pilots for this operation in Mujaffrabad, Balakoti n Chakoti or Khyber Pashtoon areas of NWFP. Balakot is in Pakistan n Mujaffrabad n Chakoti in POK.

The 12 Mirage 2000 jet fighters have reached back to the Air bases after the successful operation. But sources reveal that Pakistan which has released the video of the Indian attack is also thinking of retaliation particulary at the LOC.

What is most surprising is the fact that the Pakistan Air Force had released the vedio of the Indian bombardments at 8.30 AM and has said that the Bombings had been done on vacant fields in desperation as the Mirage Jet fighters bombers were in hurry.

A ridiculing statement indeed. The most modernised n advanced AWACS of Israel were used in this operation to keep eye n tab on the counter Pak attack.

The residents at the border areas are extremely apprehensive as they think that Pakistan may retaliate. The Indian Army has imposed curfew in the border areas like Navshera, Poonch, Rajouri, Balakot etc. The Army is on the alert.

It is believed that the home minister n Defence minister are also meeting the prime minister. Sources reveal that the operation has been carried out at 3.30 AM early morning.

The planes took over from Bareilly n Agra Air Bases early morning at 3.30 A.M. As per the Aaj Tak defence correspondent Manjeet Negi in 1999 during the Kargil war, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa was too young who bombarded inside the Pak territory but this time being the IAF chief he guided and ordered the operation as the Air chief marshal.

The operation was extremely clandestine n swift which went for merely half n hour. There is tremendous tension in the LOC n the border residential areas as frustrated n angered Pakistan may also retaliate the possibilities of which are maximum.

According to the news pouring in Pakistan’s foreign minister Qureshi has urgently convened an emergency meeting to discuss the Indian attack and there is panic in the neighbouring country.

Meanwhile, the PM has chaired a CCS meeting at PM’s residence, Race Cource Road, attended by the NSA, Defence Minister, Finance Minister, n Home Minister etc.

A press conference to give the details of the IAF strike is likely to be held in New Delhi to be addressed by the Foreign ministry officials in the presence of IAF, Army n Naval officials.

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Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha’s present executive body gets one year extention with a unanimous voice vote in its AGM



Office bearers of Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha in its AGM on Sunday, 24th February

The annual general body meeting of the Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha held at Garhwal Bhawan, Panchquin Road, New Delhi on Sunday, the 24th February took a unanimous decision by a voice vote to extend the present executive committee led by its president Mohabbat Singh Rana for a period of one more year as lots of works are still pending to be completed.

The annual general meeting attended by good number of participants who are the registered members of Garhwal Hitaishinin Sabha ( Regd) the biggest representative body of the inhabitants of Garhwal, Uttarakhand in Delhi passed the decision by unanimously raising up their hands in affirmation.

The proposal for extention of the current executive committee was brought out by the senior member n the former president of GHS Chandra Pal Singh Rawat which was later on okayed n unanimously stamped by the members present on the ocassion as well as several speakers who spoke in the annual general body meeting.

The basic logic behind this move was that since the present body of the Garhwal Hitheshini Sabha is doing a yeomen service for the society it would be in the larger public interest to give them one more year to fulfill the incomplete tasks n also to save the futile n uselrss expenses that would be involved or incurred in the election exercise.

The expenses / money thus saved can be utilised for the betterment n good of the organisation rather than wasting it on the election provess. Majority of the members also dwelt on the need to amend the contitition n extend the tenure from one year to two year as one year is too short a tenure not enough to carry on or execute the various socio developmental works of the society.

The present body is represented by Mohabbat Singh Rana as its President, Pawan Maithani as General Secretary, Narendra Singh Negi as Vice president, Ajay Singh Bisht as Joint Secretary and Rajesh Rana as treasurer. The body also includes several advisors and an executive committe of about two dozen members.

There are several cades running in various Delhi courts filed by the rivals on various charges including few cases against a sale wala, owner of a showroon who is not vacating the first floor premises of the Garhwal Bhawan. In addition the New delhi Municipal Council has also slapped a penalty of several lakhs on the building which is engaged in social work.

However the present executive committee had approached the Vice chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council with a plea to rectify the house tax issue and grant maximum leniency as GHS is purely a social organisation carrying social welfare n philanthropic activities helping, supporting and assisting the hapless, poor, needy people, patients n the meritorious students apart from promoting n conserving the socio cultural heritage of Uttarakhand Himalay in the capital city of Delhi.

The vice chairman of NDMC Karan Singh Tanwar has assured the delegation of Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha of all possible help and cooperation in this context. The present executive committee has been lauded for the outstanding work n performance during its last tenure in the context of doing various pioneering works n as such granted a year’s extention with a unanimous support in the annual general house.

The general secretary of GHS Pawan Maithani read the report of achievements of the year amid applauds from the audience while the treasurer read the report of the balance sheet of the organisation. The president Mohabbat Singh Rana thanked the members of their support n cooperation and assured them of the Garhwal Hiteshini Sabha’s pioneering contribution to the people n members in the future.

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As the elections come nearer Arvind Kejrival to sit on hunger strike from 1st March in Delhi demanding separate statehood



The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal who is always at loggerheads with the Bhartiya Janata Party as well as the Congress Party trying to go alone in all the 7 seats of Delhi blaming the Congress leadership of not alligning with his party in seat adjustments to defeat the BJP is likely to sit on indefinite hungerstrike from first of March in Delhi renewing his previous demand of granting full fledged statehood to Delhi.

Chief minister Arvind Kejrival’s grudge is : he is not able to work independently n implement pro people decisions in view of not having the full fledged independent n autonomous powers in Delhi despite having achieved a historic majority of 67 MLAs out of total 70 in the state assembly.

The national capital territory of Delhi is to go to polls in the starting months of 2020 after the general elections, slated to take place after two n a half months and AAP chief Arvind Kejrival is working hard to ensure that his party wins in both the general as well as the state polls hands down, forgetting that there always exists an anti incumbency factor after ruling in state or centre, even if it for one term. The case in point is of Rajasthan where the Vasundhara Rao government lost to the Congress party after five years’ rule .

However, AAP has work tremendously well on health, education, water, electricity n unauthorised colonies’ fronts and is quite sure of acknowledging the overall support of the lower middle class n people of the lowest ebb in Delhi which account for more than fifty percent of the total vote bank of the state capital.

The Delhi CM made the announcement today in the Delhi secretariat while speaking to the press about sitting on hunger strike from first March demanding full fledge statehood for Delhi. At present Delhi is NCT n is devoid of land, revenue n police.

Arvind Kejrival has already started his poll campaign in Delhi since two months ago and has already named the AAP’sparliamentary campaign heads in all the seven constituencies of Delhi having already declared the New Delhi n outer Delhi seats’ candidates.

The party needs lot of funds n according to the sources AAP is allegedly eying on rich candidates who can healthily contribute to the party financially, presently devoid of enough funds as compared to Congress n mighty BJP.

In order to elicit the voters support n sympathy, AAP chief is dwelling in various populist measures. In the recently held campaign meetings in outer Delhi, AAP’s national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival while exhorting the Delhi voters to vote for AAP pledged that if his party comes to power again and wins on all the seven parliamentary seats of Delhi getting full fledged statehood, he will provide pukka houses to each n every family of Delhi within a maximum span of ten years.

It may be recalled that Aam Admi Party has lost the company of important leaders like senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, eminent psephologist Dr. Yogendra Yadav, , senior journalists Asutosh , Ashish Khaitaan also chairman of the Delhi Dialogue Commission, former minister Kapil Mishra, Professor Anand Kumar of JNU n several others who have been training guns against him off n on. The newly formed Swaraj India Party is the outcome as a result of the rebels coming out of Aam Aadmi Party accusing Kejrival of authoritarianism n lack of inner party democracy within AAP.

The Congress Party led by the former Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit who was earlier in favour of a tie up with AAP while Ajay Maken was the Delhi state Congress president is now in no mood to establish a pre poll understanding with AAP on seat sharing in Delhi as AAP is not conceding more than two seats to Congress.

Sounds hypocritical and ridiculous that on the one hand all the anti BJP opposition parties are talking so much of forming the grand national alliance to formidably defeat the BJP at the husting to avoid the division of opposition votes, in Delhi the Congress n AAP are not able to unite for merely seven seats.

There had been incessant demands by both the BJP and Congress for full fledged statehood of Delhi and it had been the main point of the menifestoes of all the political parties since decades, but after achieving power, both BJP n Congress had backed out thus betraying the peoples’ trust.

When the BJP was at the centre during Vajpayees’ govt the proposal was kept at bay n when the Congress was in power at the centre during Shiela Dikshit’s regime in Delhi it was’nt touched at all as the fact of the matter is, the Delhi police is being used majorly in the security of the VIPs n VVIPs n is under the central government.

If Delhi is accorded a full fledged status the VIP security to all the union ministers n government officials etc can be withdrawn at the whims and fancies of the government which will rule Delhi. There are several other hiccups, financial n political. The centre would never part with the law n order with Delhi state.

Hence the full fledged statehood seems to be a distinct possibility. Kejrival’s sitting on hunger strike demanding full fledged statehood to Delhi is nothing but NAKKAARKHANE MEIN TUNTI KI AAVAAZ”, as Delhi is being ruled by BJP led NDA which will never ever acede to his demands. Therefore it’s nothing but a pure election stunt, say his political detractors.. What’s your take friends?

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Congress intensifies tirade against BJP on Pulwama issue after 7 days of lull



Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing Press Conference at Party headquarter

After a lull of seven days on account of the most tragic Pulwama attack the main opposition party of the country with merely 44 MPs in Lok Sabha having snatched three hindi heartland states from the ruling BJP is again ready with more ammunition to train its guns on prime minister Narendra Modi and the BJP led NDA at the centre.

While the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, prime minister Narendra Modi n BJP supremo Amit Shah were busy in their own political chores addressing public meetings, meeting foreign guests like Saudi Prince n Argentina PM as well as parting the grief with the Pulwama martyrs, special care was taken from both the sides till a week or so to ensure that no derogatory comments are issued against each other in connection with the nation’s security n Pulwama attack as nation’s safety, unity n integrity comes first then anything else.

But politics has its own parameters and when national elections are round the corner how can the parties struggling for power keep mum for longtime. Then there are TV channels too who under the guise of nationalism n TRP enhancement could not keep mum for long as they are always in search of stories with enough spice.

Today , a firebrand salvo from the Congress Party’s spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala against PM Modi has again opened the chapter of fault finding against the ruling party dispensation at the centre n its political CEO asking who is at fault if the ruling party at the centre n also in the state in the form of governor’s rule could not avert the fidayeen attack on 78 CRPF convoy in Avantipora, Pulwama thus resulting in the despicable killing( martydom) of 40 soldiers in the line of duty.

Surjewala questioned the intelligence failure of the J&K administration as well as of the centre and asked who is responsible for this utter failure to avert this massive tragedy ?

Addressing the press conference at the AICC headquarter Congress spokesperson while raising the newspaper clippings n the letter of the CRPF asked why was the permission not granted to the para military force n the Army to airlift the troopers asked for, quite in advance and how was it that it failed to track down the culprits/ terrorists loaded with guns, rocket launchers n 300 Kg of RDX despite the early warnings of the state n army intelligence.

While handing over the copies of the letters seeking permission for the airlifting of troopers, denied later on by the government, Surjewala asked who’s fault is this n why was it allowed to happen?

Levelling charges of giving up the Raj Dharm n instead involving himself in Raj Bachao Dharam against PM Modi, Surjewala said when the entire nation was in shock n trauma after 3.10 PM on the day of the tragic Pulwama attack , prime minister Narendra Modi was busy giving photo shoots n interview to the discovery channel at the Corbett National Park, near Nainital sitting on the boat feeding crocodiles having tea n snacks.

He also criticized the statement of BJP supremo Amit Shah at a public meeting in Assam that it’s not the Congress but the ruling BJP which can protect the country from enemy Pakistan and safeguard the nation.

Replying to Amit Shah’s statement terming it as unfortunate Surjewala said it was the Congress party and its successive governments that defeated n ruined Pakistan in three wars of 1947, 1965 n 1971 n not the BJP.

It was the Congress rule n late PM Indira Gandhi’s leadership that divided Pakistan into two nations.

Castigating the BJP MPs n politicians of being non serious even at the funerals of the martyrs Surjewala waved the press clippings showing the saffron clad BJP MP in a laughing posture in the cremation of one of the martyred soldier in UP saying, this is how they express their grief for our reverred martyrs.

He also criticized certain ministers of the ruling party for allegedly taking selfies on the ocassion of grief n prime minister Modi busy in journeying n foreign tours reaching late at Palam Airport where the bodies of the martyrs were kept for homage.

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Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail: Know Facts About Project



In order to improve the connectivity and saving the traveling time of the daily commuters between Delhi and Meerut, the central government has given its approval to the Rapid Rail Transit System project. This will be an 82 km long corridor starting from Sarai Kale Khan in New Delhi to Modipuram in Meerut. National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is taking care of the whole project.

The whole project will be developed in phases, of which the state government has sanctioned the first phase of development and the bids had already been invited. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 30,274 crore and it is likely to be operational by 2024. It is said that the train will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h and will take 62 minutes to reach Meerut.

The Stations

As said, the starting point of the Rapid Rail Transit Project will be from the Sarai Kale Khan and the destination point will be Meerut. In between it will pass through the most congested routes of the Delhi-NCR, hence relieving commuter’s traffic woes. The 16 stations will be Sarai Kale Khan, New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Muradnagar, Modi Nagar South, Modi Nagar North, Meerut South, Shatabdi Nagar, Meerut Central, Begumpul, Meerut North, Modipuram. Around 60.35 km will be elevated and rest 30.25 km will be underground.

Superior Connectivity

The whole project is designed is a way to ease the traveling time of the commuters via public transport. A multi-modal integration system is planned at various points on the whole route. For example: At Sarai Kale Khan, one can commute via buses and Indian railway after the journey ends. Passengers leaving at New Ashok Nagar, Anand Vihar can commute their journey further via Delhi Metro Blue and Pink line. In other cities of Uttar Pradesh, one can use Local public transportation system for further movement inside the city.

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