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PM to address public meeting in Mandi on Dec 27

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Mandi town in Himachal Pradesh on December 27 (Monday) to mark the completion of four-year tenure of the state BJP government, an official statement said on Saturday.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister would dedicate and lay foundation stone of development projects of Rs 11,281 crore in the state.

These projects include dedication of 111 MW Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Electric Project (HEP) constructed with an outlay of Rs 2,081.60 crore on the Pabbar river in Shimla. The project would generate 386 million units of electricity per annum, which will generate an annual revenue of Rs 120 crore to the state.

Modi would lay foundation stone of the Renukaji dam project, a national project of Rs 6,700 crore on the Giri river in Sirmaur district. The project would generate 200 million units of energy for the state in a powerhouse with 40 MW installed capacity.

The live storage of dam would be 498 million cubic metres, which would fulfill about 40 per cent of drinking water requirement of Delhi.

Modi would lay foundation stone of 66 MW Dhaulasidh Hydro Electric Project, which would be constructed with an expenditure of Rs 688 crore. The project is located on the Beas river in Hamirpur and Kangra districts.

He would also lay foundation stone of 210 MW Luhri Hydro Electric Project Stage-I to be completed with an expenditure of Rs 1,811 crore, a joint venture between the governments of India and Himachal Pradesh. The project is located on the Satluj river in Shimla and Kullu districts.

The power generated from these projects would help in providing grid stability and improving the power supply position, besides adding valuable renewable energy to the grid, said the statement.

The Dhaulasidh hydro project would lead to reduction of 2.4 lakh tonnes and the Luhri project 6.1 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide from the environment annually, it added.

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ED summons Farooq Abdullah in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association money laundering case

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday summoned former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah to appear before it on May 31 in the money laundering case against the office-bearers of the union territory’s cricket association.

The ED summon requires the former Chief Minister to appear before its Chandigarh office, but due to his ill health, there is a possibility that he might appear before the probe agency’s Srinagar branch.

In October 2020, Abdullah was summoned twice by the ED in this case

The ED had earlier seized property worth Rs 7.25 crore of Abdullah’s associate Ahsan Ahmad Mirza.

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had given the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) around Rs 112 crore during 2002 and 2011.

In 2003, Mirza was appointed as treasurer of the JCKA by Abdullah by allegedly flouting rules. Mirza was not elected to the post but Abdullah appointed him as treasurer through a resolution signed by him.

Abdullah has been accused of laundering money through Mirza. The ED had detected some suspicious transactions showing funds of JCKA were illegslly transferred into the account of Mirza.

The ED learnt in the investigation that Mirza with the help of other officers bearers misappropriated Rs 51.90 crore from JCKA’s fund. He spent this one into repaying his business associates and spending on personal things.

Earlier, the ED had attached properties of Abdullah, Mirza and his aide Manzoor Ghazanfar.

“Assets worth Rs 14.32 crore had already been attached by the ED in the case which includes properties worth Rs 11.86 crore of Abdullah,” an ED official said.

Ghazanfar was elected treasurer in 2007 and he detected the alleged fraud.

He told Abdullah about the illegal transaction buy the latter kept mum on the matter.

The ED also learnt that at the instruction of Abdullah, Ghazanfar signed a few cheques which were deposited into the accounts belonging to Mirza.

The agency initiated PMLA probe in the matter on the basis of the CBI’s FIR and charge sheet filed in 2019.

The ED has learnt that Mirza opened several accounts in J&K Bank on the basis of fake documents as per instruction of Abdullah and laundered funds. Mirza was made the cheque signatory of JCKA by Abdullah.

The ED has already filed a charge sheet in the matter.

The CBI had claimed in the charge sheet that funds of Rs 43 crore of JCKA were misappropriated by the accused.

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Hindu Outfit Claims of Shivling under Ajmer Sharif Dargah, demand to conduct Gyanvapi like survey

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Amidst the claim of having temples on Gyanvapi, Mathura, Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar, now an organization named Maharana Pratap Sena has claimed there’s a temple in the spot of Dargah. Maharana Pratap Sena says that there are many Hindu symbols present in the dargah, on the basis of which it can be said that it is a temple. This matter should be surveyed; the organization has written a letter to the central government and the Congress government of the state, demanding an inquiry into this matter.

In the pictures sent by the founder of Maharana Pratap Sena, Rajbardhan Singh Parmar, along with the letter, said there are signs of swastika. Naka asked that what the work of Swastik in the Dargah is, earlier it was a Shiva temple, which has been demolished and a Dargah has been made on the spot. The Maharana Pratap Sena claims that if there is no progress in this direction, then there will be a big movement and if the need arises, the institution will also go to the court.

The Anjuman Committee has objected to this claim of the Hindu organization. Anjuman Committee’s sachiv said that no incorrect words will be spared for Dargah. If anyone tries to disturb the atmosphere, he will be punished legally.
Rajasthan government has increased the security of Ajmer Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Dargah amid claims of Dargah being a temple and Ajmer district administration is on alert. A large number of police forces have been deployed around the dargah.

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Maharashtra’s daily Covid-19 case count crosses 500-mark, highest since March 5

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Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 511 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the highest single day count since March 5, and one fatality. With this addition, the state’s Covid-19 tally rose to 78,84,329 and toll to 1,47,858.

On Wednesday, the state had recorded 470 cases and zero fatality. On March 5, the state had witnessed 535 cases of the respiratory disease and the fresh tally of 511 was the highest in a 24-hour span since then.There are 2,361 active cases in the state at present, the department said.

India witnessed a marginal increase in Covid cases with 2,710 infections being recorded in the past 24 hours, against previous day’s 2,628, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Also, 14 deaths were registered taking the nationwide death toll to 5,24,539.

Meanwhile, the active caseload rose to 15,814 cases, accounting for 0.04 per cent of the total positive cases.

The recovery of 2,296 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,26,07,177 Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s Daily Positivity rate continues at 0.58 per cent, while the Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 0.52 per cent.

In the same period, a total of 4,65,840 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall to 84.84 crore.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 192.97 crore, achieved via 2,44,01,227 sessions.

Over 3.34 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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