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Rajsthan: No more mining in areas of religious significance



 The Rajasthan government has banned mining in regions of religious importance in the state.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made the announcement on Sunday during a meeting with a delegation of sadhus, mahants, public representatives and villagers from Pasopa and nearby villages of Bharatpur. He also condoled the death of Mahant Vijaydas and promised to fulfill all his demands.

Mahant Vijaydas had recently immolated himself protesting the illegal mining in the state.

In view the seers’ demand, an in-principle consent had already been given by the government to ban all types of mining going on in the areas of religious importance, the chief minister said.

He further termed the demise of late Mahant Vijaydas an “extremely sad”.

Gehlot said instructions have been given by the State Government to stop all the legal mining activities in the said area. Simultaneously, this land has been transferred to the Forest Department.

In the past also, on the demand of saints, the legal mines running in the area were closed by the government and currently, process is on to close 46 legal mines and shift them elsewhere.

Agreeing that banning is a complicated process, they demanded its completion in two months, on which the government has assured positive action in this time frame.

Gehlot said that it takes time to convince the villagers of the area whose livelihood was dependent on mines, but still the work has progressed rapidly.

Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh said that 84 development works have been identified by the teams of Tourism and Devasthan Department by visiting the areas like Adibadri and Kankanchal. These mainly include development of passenger facilities in Adibadri Dham, construction of Chhatri, renovation of Gauri Kund, rest houses for travelers etc. A survey has been conducted for these works and they will be completed soon.

Earlier, Mahant Shri Shivram Das of Adibadri Dham and newly appointed Mahant Shri Bhura Baba of Pashupati Nath temple thanked the Chief Minister for passing the order to convert the mining area into forest area immediately after the end of the strike.

The members of the delegation informed that immediately after the end of the sit-in on the instructions of the state government, the administration has issued approval for the construction of roads and reception gates in Pasopa and surrounding areas.

It also demanded protection of the hills of Brij region and batted for various development works at Pasopa in Bharatpur, mainly related to tourism and development prospects in the region.

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PM Modi Set To Lay Foundation Stone Of Projects Worth Over Rs 29,400 Crore In Mumbai Today




New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on his visit to Mumbai, Maharashtra today.

This will be Narendra Modi’s first visit to Mumbai since taking the oath as Prime Minister for the third consecutive term on June 9, following the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

About PM Modi’s Visit To Mumbai

Around 5:30 p.m., the Prime Minister will arrive at the NESCO Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, where he will launch, dedicate to the nation, and lay the foundation stone for multiple projects related to the road, railways, and ports sector worth more than Rs 29,400 crore.

At approximately 7 p.m., Prime Minister Modi will visit the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) Secretariat at G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai to inaugurate the INS Towers. The new INS building will fulfil the evolving needs of INS members for a modern and efficient office space in Mumbai, serving as the nerve centre for the newspaper industry in the city.

The Prime Minister is also set to lay the foundation stone for tunnel work at the Goregaon Mulund Link Road (GMLR) Project, worth over Rs 6,300 crore.

About The Goregaon Mulund Link Road Project

The GMLR envisages road connectivity from the Western Express Highway at Goregaon to the Eastern Express Highway at Mulund. The total length of the GMLR is approximately 6.65 kilometres and will provide direct connectivity for the Western suburbs to the new proposed airport at Navi Mumbai and the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

Prime Minister Modi will also lay the foundation stone for the Kalyan Yard Remodelling and Gati Shakti Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai. The Kalyan Yard will help in the segregation of long-distance and suburban traffic.

The remodelling will increase the yard’s capacity to handle more trains, reducing congestion and improving the efficiency of train operations. The Gati Shakti Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal in Navi Mumbai will be built on an area of more than 32,600 sq m and will provide additional employment opportunities to the local people, serving as an additional terminal for handling cement and other commodities.

The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the new platforms at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and the extension of Platforms No. 10 and 11 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Station. The new, longer platforms at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus can accommodate longer trains, allowing for more passengers per train and improving the station’s capacity to handle increased traffic. Platforms No. 10 and 11 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Station have been extended by 382 meters with a cover shed and washable apron, augmenting the trains to up to 24 coaches and thus increasing passenger capacity.

Prime Minister Modi will also launch the Mukhyamantri Yuva Karya Prashikshan Yojana with an outlay of around Rs 5,600 crore. This transformative internship program aims to address youth unemployment by providing opportunities for skill enhancement and industry exposure for youth aged 18 to 30 years.

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Assam Floods: Death Toll Rises To 106, Situation Remains Grim; Visuals Surface




Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday even though the water levels have started receding in many parts of the state, officials said.

The India Meteorological Department’s Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Guwahati has said that moderate rainfall is very likely to occur at most places of Assam with isolated heavy to very heavy rain likely over Kokrajhar district.

“Low to moderate flash flood risk is likely over few watersheds and neighbourhoods of Arunachal Pradesh and southern parts of Assam and Meghalaya,” it added.

Details Revealed By A Report By The Assam State Disaster Management Authority

Meanwhile, a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Friday night said that seven more people lost their lives and over 12.33 lakh people are reeling under the deluge across 23 districts.

The total number of people losing their lives in this year’s flood, landslide, storm and lightning has increased to 106. Dhubri is the worst hit with over 3.18 lakh people affected, followed by Cachar with almost 1.5 lakh people and Golaghat with more than 95,000 people reeling under flood waters, it added.

“Flood water is receding in many parts of the state. As the rain has stopped in most areas, the condition is likely to improve further,” a senior official of ASDMA said.

The administration has been operating 316 relief camps and relief distribution centres in 18 districts, taking care of 2,95,651 displaced people at present.

The state government has distributed 3,621.01 quintals of rice, 666.3 quintals of dal, 6,266.61 quintals of salt and 11,446.82 litres of mustard oil among the flood victims of the state during the last 24 hours.

Impact Of Floods On The State

At present, 2,406 villages are under water and 32,924.32 hectares of crop areas have been damaged across Assam, the ASDMA said.

Embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged by flood waters in many districts across the state.

At present, the mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat, Tezpur and Dhubri. Its tributaries Burhidihing at Chenimari and Disang at Nanglamuraghat are flowing above the danger level. The Barak river’s tributary Kushiyara is also flowing above the danger mark at Karimganj town, ASDMA said.

On account of widespread flooding, over 6,67,175 domestic animals and poultry are affected across the state.

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What Is Samvidhan Hatya Diwas? Modi Govt Announces June 25 As Day To Commemorate Imposition Of 1975 Emergency




What Is Samvidhan Hatya Diwas? Modi Govt Announces June 25 As Day To Commemorate Imposition Of 1975 Emergency

New Delhi, July 12: The Government of India on July 12, 2024 declared that June 25 will henceforth be commemorated annually as “Samvidhaan Hatya Diwas” (Day of murder of democracy) to mark the imposition of Emergency that was declared on June 25, 1975 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s government.

What Is Samvidhan Hatya Diwas?

Home Minister Amit Shah in a post explained the government’s reasoning behind designating June 25 as the ‘Samvidhan Hatya Diwas’. “This day will commemorate the massive contributions of all those who endured the inhuman pains of the 1975 Emergency,” posted Home Minister Amit Shah on social media platform X.

PM Modi Posts About Samvidhan Hatya Diwas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the 1975 Emergency as a “dark phase of Indian history” and announced that June 25 will be commemorated annually as Samvidhaan Hatya Diwas to honour those who suffered during that time.

In a post on X, he wrote, “To observe 25th June as #SamvidhaanHatyaDiwas will serve as a reminder of what happens when the Constitution of India was trampled over. It is also a day to pay homage to each and every person who suffered due to the excesses of the Emergency, a Congress unleashed dark phase of Indian history.”

Home Minister Amit Shah Posts About Samvidhan Hatya Diwas

“On June 25, 1975, the then PM Indira Gandhi, in a brazen display of a dictatorial mindset, strangled the soul of our democracy by imposing the Emergency on the nation. Lakhs of people were thrown behind bars for no fault of their own, and the voice of the media was silenced,” posted the Home Minister.

“The Government of India has decided to observe the 25th of June every year as ‘Samvidhaan Hatya Diwas.’ This day will commemorate the massive contributions of all those who endured the inhuman pains of the 1975 Emergency,” said Shah, explaining the motive behind government’s announcement.

Congress Targets Centre For Declaring June 25 As “Constitution Murder Day”

Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh on Friday targeted “non-biological” Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after the Government of India announced that June 25 will be remembered annually as “Constitution Murder Day” in remembrance of the Emergency declared by the Indira Gandhi government in 1975.

“Yet another headline-grabbing exercise,” commented Jairam Ramesh on the government’s notification.

When Was Emergency Imposed?

The Emergency of 1975 in India is considered a stark chapter in India’s history. It led to widespread political turmoil and civil liberties suppression. It was declared by the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The Emergency witnessed the suspension of fundamental rights and the imposition of strict censorship, which was largely aimed at silencing political dissent and maintaining “rule and order”.

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