In the wake of farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, heavy security has been deployed at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) to stop the agitating farmers. Proper barricading is also being done and police are ready to stop the farmers from entering the national capital. Delhi Police have rejected all requests from various farmers' organisations to hold protest in the national capital on November 26 and 27. Meanwhile, Haryana Police will deploy more than 1,500 security personnel at the Faridabad-Delhi borders. Farmers coming from Ludhiana and other parts of Punjab to Delhi under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union are carrying months' rations with them. Farmers in Punjab have been staging several protests against the three new farm laws, passed by the central government in September this year. Parliament had passed the three agriculture Bills--The Farmers' and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Several opposition parties have termed these legislations as anti-farmer.
Union minister Smriti Irani took on All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi over the issue of 'love jihad', a conspiracy to convert Hindu women as alleged by some Hindutva groups. A day earlier, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh promulgated an ordinance to nullify marriages solemnised with the primary purpose of converting the bride. It also has provisions to punish 'unlawful' religious conversion. Other BJP-ruled states like Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are also mulling similar laws. Owaisi had called the law violative of the Constitution and a diversionary tactic by BJP. Irani said all Indians should hail legislation aimed at protecting women and their rights. Watch the full video for more.
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Devotees took holy dip in river Ganga at Varanasi on the auspicious occasion of 'Dev Uthani Ekadashi'. They performed 'puja' along the shore of holy river Ganga on November 25. Devotees in UP's Prayagraj also took holy dip at Triveni Sangam today. Tulsi Vivah is conducted on the occasion of 'Dev Uthani Ekadashi'.
Guru Jambheshwar University reopened in Haryana's Hisar on November 16 after several months of closure due to the lockdown imposed in a bid to control the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students as well as hostellers have to follow strict COVID-19 norms issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). "Only 1 student/room is allowed in hostels and hostellers have to undergo COVID test," said Guru Jambheshwar University Vice-Chancellor Prof Tankeshwar Kumar. Meanwhile, Haryana has 19,557 active cases of coronavirus till now.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed 'shastra puja' or customary worship of weapons, at Sukna War Memorial in West Bengal. He also paid tribute to martyrs and laid a wreath at the memorial. Singh was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane. Speaking on the sidelines, the minister said that India wants peace at the border with China, but the country's soldiers won't let even an inch of land be captured by enemies. Later, he inaugurated an alternate alignment road to NH 310 built by the Border Roads Organisation in Sikkim. The inauguration was done via video conferencing. Singh listed other border roads projects under progress in the state. Watch the full video for more.
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PM Modi in his latest edition of Mann ki Baat praised soldiers guarding our borders as the nation marks the festive season. He urged all citizens to light a diya for our soldiers. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took stock of combat prepared in Sikkim. Speaking to soldiers at the Sukna War Memorial, Rajnath said the Indian Army will not let anyone take even an inch of our land. Watch the latest headlines at this hour on editorji's Sunday news wrap.
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Schools outside containment zones reopened in states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Sikkim from today. Students have to wear masks and practice social distancing inside & outside school premises. Students will also need written permission from parents to attend classes. Thermal scanning was conducted outside the school premises and social distancing was maintained inside classrooms as well. Meanwhile, metro services also resumed in Mumbai with strict Covid preventive measures in place. These relaxations come even as India crossed the 75 lakh cases mark. Watch the full video for all the details.
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