President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation on Sunday to pay tributes to one of the greatest spiritual leaders of India Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary.
Vivekananda’s birth anniversary is observed as National Youth Day in the country.
Kovind tweeted: “Homage to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary. In honour of this great scholar, monk and visionary who inspired generations, especially the youth, we commemorate this day as #NationalYouthDay. May Swami Vivekananda’s life & deeds continue to inspire us in years to come.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Swami Vivekananda lives in the hearts and minds of crores of Indians, especially the dynamic youths of India for whom he had a grand vision.”
“My Pranaam to #SwamiVivekananda Ji on his Jayanti. On #NationalYouthDay let us remember his achievements and contributions to the society which has been a guiding light for all of us and which will continue to inspire crores of Indians, particularly our youths,” tweeted Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted: “My humble tributes to #SwamiVivekananda on his birth anniversary. He was a great spiritual master, a philosopher and a visionary, whose thoughts & words are an ever-inspiring reservoir of positive energy. #SwamiVivekanandaJayanti”
Sharing Swami Vivekananda’s quote, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said: “Remembering #SwamiVivekananda ji on his birth anniversary. I am most impacted by one of his quote ‘You can’t believe in God until you believe in yourself’. An important message particularly for youngsters. Believe in yourself & I am sure you will achieve whatever you aspire for.”
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag quoted Swami Vivekanand: “‘Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.’
“Humble tributes to the great man, Swami Vivekananda ji on #SwamiVivekanandaJayanti.”
Asserting that Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and wise words continue to pave the path for the people, cricketer Suresh Raina paid his tribute.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis wrote: “Salute to the real youth icon Swami Vivekananda ji who told the world about the greatness & strength of our nation.”
The official Twitter handle of Congress shared a quote: “‘Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, the dream of it, live on that idea’. Today on #NationalYouthDay, we salute the Indian youth for embracing one idea, the idea of India.”
Vivekananda was the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
BJP takes dig at AAP for procuring 1 electric bus in 7 yrs
As Delhi gets its first electric bus, BJP took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party-led state government for procuring just a single bus during their last seven years of rule.
“It took 7 years to buy 1 electric bus by AAP government which resulted in Delhi breathing bad air,” BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said on Tuesday.
Tiwari blamed the Kejriwal-led government of being “visionless” and “department less”. He urged the people of Delhi to look after their well-being as air pollution during winters is dangerous.
Terming it a “beginning of a new-era in the transport sector of Delhi”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had flagged off the first electric bus on Monday.
“We aim to bring in 2,000 electric buses in the coming years. Since 2011, not a single new bus had been procured by the DTC; this is the first new bus being added to its fleet in a decade. The public should also contribute to this war against pollution by switching their vehicles to electric,” he said as he flagged off the bus from the Indraprastha depot.
While launching the environment-friendly bus, Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot said that along with promoting environment-friendly transport, the government was committed to providing a world class and smooth transport service to the people of Delhi.
These state-of-the-art buses are 100 per cent electric with zero tailpipe emissions. They are among the 300 electric buses that will be inducted under DTC. The total fleet of 300 buses will run from Mundela Kalan (100 buses), Rajghat (50) and Rohini Sector 37 (150 buses).
The electric air conditioned buses have kneeling ramps for differently abled passengers, and special pink seats for women passengers. They are also equipped with CCTV cameras, connected to a two-way Central Command and Control Centre (CCC) at Kashmere Gate, 10 panic buttons in each bus and a hooter.
Nitish Kumar govt likely to relax liquor prohibition law
Facing criticism over poor implementation of the liquor ban, the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar is likely to give some relaxation to the violators.
According to a top official of the JDU, the state government is ready to review this issue and a proposal is likely to be put on table in the upcoming budget session of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha.
As per the proposal, the violators who are caught in drunken state can be let off after paying penalty on the spot. Though, it is not applicable on repeat offenders. A person repeatedly violating the norms of liquor prohibition law would be liable to face jail term.
Such a relaxation would allow liquor consumption at home and would also promote the home delivery concept, which is already popular among habitual drinkers in Bihar.
The JDU official further said that the vehicle used for smuggling of liquor could be released after paying a fine.
He said that the Chief Minister is under huge political pressure after a series of spurious liquor tragedies in different districts in the last four months that have taken the lives of more than 80 persons and many others have lost their eyesight.
Reacting to it, Danish Rizwan, the chief spokesperson of HAM said: “Chief minister Nitish Kumar, instead of bringing amendment or review of liquor prohibition law, should do a survey on this issue. If common people of the state are satisfied with the amendment or review, our party will not go against it. If people of Bihar are in favour of withdrawal of the liquor ban, we also respect that decision.”
The liquor tragedies occurred in Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Bettiah, Samastipur, Vaishali, Nawada and now CM’s district Nalanda.
This issue is severely affecting Nitish Kumar government especially after its alliance partners BJP and HAM are extremely vocal. They want a review of the liquor prohibition law. The liquor ban was enforced in Bihar in April 2016.
The government also came under criticism by the Patna High Court recently. The court said a large number of liquor related cases are pending which has led to a huge burden on the judicial system. Keeping this in view, the Nitish Kumar government should establish more courts in all 38 districts for speedy trials of liquor related cases.
Though, this would not be the first case of amendment in liquor prohibition act. In 2018, the state government made a provision to grant bail to normal offenders at the police station level. The offenders have to pay Rs 50,000 as fine. In case of offenders unable to give a penalty, they would be liable to face jail term. Under the liquor prohibition law, the maximum jail term is 10 years.
Devendra Fadnavis demands action over Nana Patole remarks on Modi
The BJP will not keep quiet over Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole’s alleged controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Fadnavis also slammed the Maharashtra government for not filing an FIR over Patole’s comments, a video of which had gone viral on Monday.
“Someone called the Maharashtra CM’s wife Rabri devi and an FIR was filed. And here a person who calls himself a leader, threatens to kill the PM and there is no FIR (First Information Report) against him in Maharashtra. This is wrong. We will not keep quiet,” Fadnavis said.
In the video in Bhandara district in Maharashtra, Patole is allegedly heard saying he could beat up and badmouth Modi.
Patole later clarified that he was not referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but a local goon with a similar surname.
Fadnavis, however, hinted at Congress conspiracy against the Prime Minister.
“I feel it is a Congress policy. In Punjab, the security of the PM is compromised and in Maharashtra the president says we will beat the PM. Through this, one can know what he (Patole) really feels about the PM. I feel it is Congress policy and we demand that an FIR and legal action should be taken against Nana Patole because he has spoken about beating the Prime Minister,” Fadnavis said.
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