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President Ram Nath Kovind to attend Sainik School event in Uttar Pradesh

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President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest at the diamond jubilee celebrations of Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey Uttar Pradesh Sainik School in Lucknow on August 27.

During his visit to the country’s pioneer institution, Kovind will unveil a six-feet tall bronze statue of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Sampurnanand.

The President will also inaugurate a 1,000-seater auditorium named after Sampurnanand, a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi, and founder of the Sainik School in 1960.

He will lay the foundation stone of a girls’ hostel that will accommodate 115 students. He will unveil a design project that aims at doubling the students’ strength from existing 450 cadets to 900.

Under the project, foundation stones will be laid for the administrative block, cadet mess, academic block and a hostel.

The four events scheduled on August 27 will mark the completion of the school’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Anandiben Patel, and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma who holds the education portfolio, will also attend the events.

The year-long celebrations that kicked off in July 2020 saw festivities that marked 60 glorious years of the school.

Sainik School Principal Colonel Rajesh Raghav said, “The two projects for which the foundation stones will be laid are part of the expansion plans of the diamond jubilee year.”

A stamp will be released to mark the occasion.

President Kovind will be on a four-day visit to Uttar Pradesh from August 26.

He will be the chief guest at the ninth convocation of the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow on August 26.

On August 28, Kovind will leave for Gorakhpur where he will lay the foundation of Ayush University and also inaugurate a hospital of the Gorakhnath University. He will return to Lucknow the same day.

On August 29, the President will visit Ayodhya by a special Presidential train and offer prayers at the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

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CDS chopper crash: Rajnath asks IAF chief to rush to spot

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asked Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari to reach the military aircraft crash site in Tamil Nadu where the chopper carrying Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat met an accident on Wednesday.

Singh is also monitoring the situation and a meeting of senior ministry of defence officials is underway.

The Defence Minister has also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the crash.

A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor in which General Bipin Rawat along with wife and team was travelling to Wellington to give a lecture.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots.

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat onboard, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued people suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

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Sonia Gandhi accuses Centre of being ‘insensitive’ towards farmers

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 Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Centre of being “insensitive” towards the farmers, adding that the farm laws were repealed in an “undemocratic” manner.

While addressing the Congress Parliamentary party meeting, she paid homage to the 700 farmers who lost their lives during their protest against the farm laws. Rahul Gandhi was also present at the meeting.

Extending unconditional support to farmers demand of legally guaranteed MSP, she called upon the party members to honour the farmers who died during the protest.

Notably, the Congress has been demanding appropriate compensation to the families of victim farmers. Party MP Rahul Gandhi recently placed a list of the dead farmer protesters in the Lok Sabha.

The Opposition has been demanding a detailed discussion on the border situation in Parliament but the Centre is avoiding it, Sonia Gandhi alleged.

Terming suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs “unprecedented and unacceptable”, the veteran leader said the party stands in solidarity with them.

Demanding revocation of the suspension order, Sonia said the Centre will have to reinstate them.

The Modi government is also being accused of selling the country’s assets to recover its economic losses.

On Tuesday, while interacting with the media, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that MPs were suspended for the entire Winter session for an act which took place in the Monsoon session. If the Centre does not revoke the suspension, the Opposition will resort to a hunger strike.

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‘Red is colour of change’, Akhilesh hits back at Modi

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Lal Topi” comment, saying that the colour of the cap has reached Delhi and hence the panic has engulfed the BJP’s rank and file.

Akhilesh Yadav spoke to IANS on several issues, including the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls due early next year.

Q. Prime Minister Modi has said that you people yearn for only power. What is your reaction?

A. Red colour symbolises revolution, a change. This is also the colour of emotions. BJP does not understand sentiments. Red colour is the most vibrant colour and warns the party in power to be careful. The people of Uttar Pradesh want a change. The brightness of Lal Topi has reached Delhi, so the language of the BJP has also changed as they are panicky. Changes are bound to happen in the state.

Q. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been taking a dig at the red colour cap and now the Prime Minister has also targeted you.

A. This must have happened for the first time that the Prime Minister has spoken the language of the Chief Minister by rote.

Q. You are continuously claiming to win the upcoming elections, but the BJP is saying that they have defeated you three times in a row — in 2014, 2017 and 2019.

A. Circumstances have changed now. This time, BJP is nervous — farmers, youth, traders and people of the state will show them their real power.

Q. The PM is constantly laying foundation stones and inaugurating events in Uttar Pradesh, what do you have to say?

A. The advertisements they are putting out are false, their development claims are false. They stole a picture of Bengal, of America and of China. Their development claims are hollow.

Q. How many seats are you going to win?

A. The BJP will be wiped out from the state.

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