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Amit Shah to attend golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be the chief guest in the presence of BJP President J.P. Nadda at the golden jubilee function of Himachal Pradesh’s statehood here on January 25, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Saturday.

He told the media that the function would be held on the Ridge in the presence of 2,000 people owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The journey of the state’s 50 years would be depicted in an exhibition where various departments of the state government would showcase their achievements.

Governor Bandaru Dattatreya will preside over the function that will also be attended by Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Chief Minister said that a special postal stamp would be released to mark the occasion. A total of 51 events would be organised round the year to commemorate the golden jubilee of Himachal’s statehood, he added.

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‘Mann Ki Baat’: Narendra Modi stresses on water conservation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the people to start a 100-day ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign to conserve water ahead of the summer.

Addressing the country in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister said, “This is the best time to think about water conservation in the summer months ahead”.

“In most parts of India, rainfall begins in May-June. Can we right away start a 100-day campaign for the sake of cleaning up water sources around us and conserving rainwater?

“With this very thought in mind, in a few days from now, Jal Shakti Ministry will begin a similar campaign ‘Catch the Rain’. Its credo is ‘Cath the rain, where it falls, when it falls’,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi further said, “We shall commit ourselves to the task right now and get existing rainwater harvesting systems repaired, clean up lakes and ponds in villages, remove impediments in the way of water flowing into water sources; thus we shall be able to conserve rainwater to the maximum.

“For the conservation of water, we should begin efforts right away. A few days later, just on the 22nd of the month of March, it’s World Water Day.”

Referring to ‘Kumbh’ being organised in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar — a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism — the Prime Minister said that water is not only connected with our life but also our faith and the stream of development.

“There must not be a single day in India, when there is no festival connected with water in some corner of the country or the other. Water has been crucial for the development of humankind for centuries,” Modi said while beginning the interesting discussion on water conservation in the second ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme of this year.

“For us, water is life, faith too and the flow of development as well. In a way, water is more important than PARAS, the philosopher’s stone. It is said that with the touch of a PARAS, iron gets turned into gold. Similarly, the touch of water is necessary for life; imperative for development.”

Mentioning about the festival of ‘Magh Poornima’ which was celebrated on Saturday, the Prime Minister said the month of ‘Magh’ is related especially to the rivers, lakes and water sources.

“In the month of Magh, a bath in any holy water body is considered sacred,” Modi said, adding, “in every society of the world, invariably, there is one tradition or the other with respect to a river”.

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Amit Shah to visit poll-bound Puducherry, Tamil Nadu on Sunday

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Union Home Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Amit Shah will visit poll-bound Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday to participate in various poll-related programmes of the party.

In a statement, BJP Rajya Sabha MP and media in-charge Anil Baluni said, “The Union Home Minister will leave for Tamil Nadu today and reach Chennai by 10:45 pm tonight. He will participate in various important programmes tomorrow.”

Baluni further stated that Shah will attend BJP’s Puducherry core committee meeting at Karaikal.

“After the core committee meeting, he will address a public rally at Karaikal. After the public rally, the Home Minister will attend the BJP Puducherry mandal and office bearers meeting in the afternoon,” he said.

After Puducherry, Shah will then reach Villupuram in Tamil Nadu where he will attend the BJP Tamil Nadu core committee meeting at the Theivanai Ammal College for Women.

“In the evening, he will address a Vijay Sankalp rally at Jankipuram, Villupuram (Tamil Nadu). After that, he will participate in the BJP Tamil Nadu mandal and office bearers meeting at Theivanai Ammal College for Women,” Baluni said.

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Ramdas Athawale demands 15% reservation for Kshatriyas in Uttar Pradesh

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Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale on Saturday demanded 15 per cent reservation for the Kshatriya community in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to the media in Lucknow Athawale said, “People of any community who live below the poverty line should be given reservation.”

Commenting on the farmers’ protest, Athawale said the current National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is not against the farmers, adding that we fully support them.

He said the demand for repealing the Union farm laws is unfair. If a law is withdrawn today, then there would be more similar demands made in the future. Taking a dig at the farmer leaders, he said the farmer leaders are causing inconvenience to the farmers.

Apart from advocating the ethnic population census, Athawale said the Marathas in Maharashtra, Jats in Rajasthan and the Kshatriyas in Uttar Pradesh are demanding reservation. He is demanding from the Central government that all these communities must be given 10-15 per cent reservation.

National President of the Republican Party of India (RPI), Ramdas Athawale launched a blistering political attack on Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit to Varanasi on Saturday. He said whether Priyanka visits a temple or any other place, there can’t be any progress for the Congress till her brother Rahul Gandhi is in the party.

The Union Minister appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to give his party RPI a total of five to six seats in UP in the upcoming Assembly elections. At the same time, he demanded to conduct a caste census and said that it will not increase casteism.

He said the assembly elections are going to be held in five states across the country and his party will contest the polls in all the states. The chairman of RPI, an ally of the NDA government, said that there are talks over seat sharing with the BJP in all the poll-bound states. Wherever there is no compromise over seat-sharing, the RPI will support the NDA. He said the BJP’s victory in four states is almost certain and the party could win in Kerala as well.

Asked about Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s activism in Uttar Pradesh, Athawale said he would not create any significant impact. If he wants, he could join the RPI. Also if Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati also merges with the RPI, then she would be elected as the party’s National President.

The Union Minister said he is also going to meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday.

Asked about the rising inflation in the country, Ramdas Athawale said the Central and state governments should reduce some taxes.

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