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Arvind Kejriwal to address ‘kisan maha sammelan’ in Punjab on Sunday

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a ‘kisan maha sammelan’ in Punjab’s Mansa district on Sunday, party sources said.

The sammelan to be addressed by Kejriwal at 2 p.m. is being organised by the AAP.

Party sources told IANS that the event is being organised to extend support to those farmers who have been protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting at three borders of the national capital — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for nearly four months now.

Delhi’s ruling AAP had promised free electricity and water supply at all the protest sites.

As part of the AAP’s strategy, the party will be organising four such sammelans — the first was in Meerut on February 28, the second in Punjab on Sunday and the last in Haryana’s Jind district on April 4.

AAP sources added that Kejriwal’s visit to Punjab is a part of the party’s action plan for the state’s Assembly elections scheduled for next year.

“We have been working for Sunday’s event for the last two-and-a-half months. Several meetings were convened across district of the state to garner support for the kisan maha sammelan,” said a Punjab party worker on condition of anonymity.

Senior AAP leader and co-incharge for Punjab, Raghav Chadha, on Friday claimed that the party will form the state government in 2022.

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Daily Covid cases down 85%, active cases 65%: Health Ministry

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There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark.

“Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnssed around 85 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but, we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour,” he said.

According to the Health Ministry, the daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.

India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days. As per the ministry, active cases, as on May 10, were reported at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to 13 lakh, or a dip of around 65 per cent.

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Waseem Rizvi’s ‘New Quran’ out

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UP Shia Central Waqf Board member and its former chairman, Waseem Rizvi, has printed and self-published the first compilation of what he has calls ‘The Real Quran’.

Rizvi said he will send the book to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) chief.

Rizvi’s book has omitted 26 Quranic verses that he claims, were promoting terror. He claimed that these verses were added after the death of Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had levied a fine of Rs 50,000 on Rizvi and dismissed his plea, seeking the apex court’s intervention into removing these 26 verses.

He has re-filed the petition in the Supreme Court.

In a video, Rizvi said, “I have printed the first Real Quran, how it should have been after Prophet Muhammad. I will send this copy to AIMPLB chief to study so he may realize how much of a difference this book will make to end terrorism and violence.”

He said that he has also sent a copy of ‘The Real Quran’ to the Prime Minister with a request that it should be made a part of the curriculum on all madrasas. He said that it will be available in the market soon.

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Patiently waited for a year on Galwan but no clarity: Sonia Gandhi

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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the Congress party joins a grateful nation in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice made by 20 brave soldiers of the Bihar Regiment in Galwan Valley, including their commanding officer, who lost their lives in the confrontation with PLA troops of China on the night of 14-15 June 2020.

Her statement has come on the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley standoff.

“Having patiently waited for the government to come clean and inform the nation about the circumstances in which the unprecedented incident happened and reassure the people that the sacrifice of our brave jawans was not in vain, the Congress Party reiterates its concern that no clarity is yet available and the Prime Minister’s last word on the subject a year ago was that no transgression had occurred,” she said.

She added that the Congress has repeatedly sought details of the episode in light of the PM’s statement, as well as details of what progress has been made towards restoring the status quo ante prior to April 2020. “The disengagement agreement with China appears to have worked entirely to India’s disadvantage so far,” the statement said.

“The Congress Party urges the government to take the nation into confidence and ensure that their performance is worthy of the commitment of our soldiers who are standing bravely and resolutely at the borders.”

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