As envoys from 24 nations are visiting Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation in the region, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has mocked the visit. The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP said that they should also visit the farmers protesting in Ghazipur, Sindhu & Tikri borders and speak to them about democracy. Farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s border for over two months. They have been demanding the withdrawal of the three farm laws passed by the Centre. They allege that the laws will benefit large corporate and be detrimental to the cause of farmers. While the Modi government has agreed to make amendments to the laws, farmers have insisted on complete repeal. Watch the video for all the details.
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Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut, while reacting to visit of foreign envoys to J-K, said that the delegation should also visit borders of national capital, where farmers are protesting against three new farm laws, to know more about democracy. "There is democracy on papers in Jammu and Kashmir but there is no democracy at Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP border). I welcome the foreign delegation that they have found 'darshan' of democracy in J-K. But this same delegation should also visit farmers' at Ghazipur border and Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) and ask them about the democracy," Raut told ANI in Delhi.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Modi government over rising fuel prices. Rahul accused the Centre of emptying the pockets of the common man and filling the pockets of its friends for free. “When you see the fast moving meter while filling fuel in your car at the petrol pump, do remember that the crude oil rates have not risen but fallen. Petrol is at Rs 100 a litre. The Modi government is doing the great work of emptying your pockets and filling the pockets of its friends,” the Congress leader tweeted in Hindi. Meanwhile, businessman Robert Vadra rode a bicycle from his Sujan Singh Park residence to his Sukhdev vihar office in protest against the rising fuel prices. “If I have to be people's voice then first I have to change my mode of transport. We can only request Prime Minister to look into the matter,” said Vadra. Youth wing of Shiv Sena also staged protest in Mumbai against rising fuel prices. They put up ‘Yahi Hai Acche Din’ banners comparing prices between 2015 & 2021. Watch the full video for more.
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The youth wing of Shiv Sena, Yuva Sena put up banners stating 'Yahi hai acche din?' at various petrol pumps and roadside in Bandra West in Mumbai. Yuva Sena workers were also seen raising slogans against PM Modi-led central govt. It came after the fuel prices are increasing sky high.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and chief of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Farooq Abdullah reacted on continuous surging prices of fuel. He urged Centre to pay attention and immediately take necessary action to bring down the fuel prices.
National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah urged Centre to hold a dialogue with agitating farmers and reach a solution. Abdullah said the new farm laws are not religious scriptures that changes cannot be made. The National Conference was speaking during the discussion on motion of thanks to President’s address. “I just want to make this request on the ongoing farmers' issue. It is not a 'Khudai kitaab' (religious scripture) that we cannot make changes. If they (farmers) want it to be scrapped, why can't you talk to them. I would request you with folded hands let us not stand on prestige, this is our nation. If we belong to this nation let us respect everybody in this nation,” he said. Abdullah added, “Ram belongs to all of us, the way Quran is not just ours (Muslims’). We are in the opposition, but we sit here to guide you, correct you.”
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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti asked the Centre to start a dialogue with Pakistan to stop the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir. The PDP president visited Logripora Aishmuqam area of in Kashmir’s Anantnag district to express her condolences to the family of J&K Police Constable Suhail Ahmad who was killed in the terrorist attack in the Baghat area of the city on February 19. Besides Ahmad, another police personnel lost his life in the Baghat attack. Mufti said, “Till when the people of J&K, its policemen and youth will continue to sacrifice their lives. This (the Kashmir issue) is a huge issue and this issue should be resolved so that the bloodshed in J&K stops and the people here live in peace.” She added, “The BJP government should think and start the process of dialogue with Pakistan, so that the bloodshed is stopped.” Watch the full video for more.
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India lambasted Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council. India hit out at Pakistan for again raking up Jammu & Kashmir issue. India also slammed Turkey for trying to interfere in internal matters. Using its Right of Reply under the High-Level Segment of the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council in response to a statement by Pakistan's representative, India said that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an ‘integral and inalienable part of India’. “The condition of women belonging to minority communities, notably Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, remains deplorable. An estimated 1,000 women from minority communities are subjected to abduction followed by forced conversion and forced marriage in Pakistan every year, according to a recent report published by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan,” Second Secretary of India's Permanent Mission in Geneva, Seema Pujani, said. Watch the full video for more.
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The train services have resumed after a almost a year in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar. The services were halted due to COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers are feeling much relieved after reopening of train services. The rail services were suspended on March 19, 2020. While speaking to ANI, the Station Superintendent of Northern Railway, Abdul Rasheed said, "I request all to continue wearing masks and abide by social distancing norms."
As the winter season nears end in the Valley, florists gear up for preparations of saplings. Kashmir valley is blessed with rich flora and fauna. Valley comes alive during springs as beautiful flowers bloom across the region. The flower growers have installed greenhouses to maintain the temperature. "We keep these plants in a greenhouse to maintain the temperature. So we have to manage the temperature before the season starts", said a worker engaged in floriculture,
Bengali actor Payel Sarkar joined BJP in presence of party president JP Nadda in Kolkata. Both BJP and ruling TMC have been roping in celebrities ahead of Assembly polls in Bengal. On Wednesday, former India cricketer Ashok Dinda joined BJP in presence of Union Minister Babul Supriyo. On the same day, cricketer Manoj Tiwary and several Bengali actors joined TMC in CM Mamata Banerjee’s presence. Elections to 294 Assembly seats in Bengal are scheduled to take place in May 2021.
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