Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal's Malda on March 2. One of the main themes of his speech was the claim that the Hindu religion is under threat in the state. He claimed that Durga Puja is being restricted, while forced cow slaughter is carried out during Eid in Bengal. The state will vote in 8 phases between March 27 and April 29, with results being declared on May 2. Watch the full video for more.
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The restoration work of Seto Macchindranath Temple, one of the 28 heritage sites which will be reconstructed with the help of India's assistance, has begun on Sunday in Kathmandu. Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra along with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyawali and Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya jointly carried out 'Bhoomi Pooja' for the restoration of Seto Machindranath temple. The conservation work of Seto Machindranath temple is the first of the 28 cultural heritage conservation and restoration projects being undertaken by the Indian government. New Delhi has committed a sum of 580 crores for cultural heritage sector. All the 28 sites were identified by Nepal Government and both India and Nepal signed Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) in August 2017. The Seto Machindranath Temple will be conserved as per Nepal's Ancient Monument Preservation Act, and the Department of Archaeology's Basic Guidelines and Manual for conservation and reconstruction of heritage affected by the 2015 earthquake using material close to the original building material at the time of its construction as per the traditional ethos, local traditions, and values that sustain and enriches such living heritage sites in Nepal. The temple located in the heart of Kathmandu city is visited by Hindus and Buddhist devotees to worship Seto Machindranath are considered to be one of the Protectors of the Kathmandu Valley.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Centre over the National Education Policy 2020. Rahul said that the Centre introduced NEP 2020 without consulting teachers and students. He added that NEP is used as a weapon to communalise and push a particular ideology. The Congress leader also spoke on how to remove religion from political discourse among youth. He was interacting with professors at St Xavier's College in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli. “An education system is for our students and it is run by our teachers. Any education policy has to come from a conversation with students and professors. There is too much power being centralised in one institution (in the NEP). This centralisation of power is going to damage the education system. The positive side is that it is reasonably flexible on many counts. But is a weapon to communalise, to push a particular ideology into Indian society,” he said. Rahul added, “You don't want to necessarily remove religion from the political discourse. As long as ideas are competing without hatred and anger, there is no problem. Problem is when you say that you can't speak because you're from a certain religion. Govt says they represent Hinduism but ideas they espouse have nothing to do with it.”
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