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.
A video of women and child development Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani eating golgappas at a local chaat shop is going rounds on social media. The Union minister enjoyed golgappas during her visit to Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi yesterday. She greeted the crowd gathered around the shop and took selfies and pictures with them. Watch the video.
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Union Minister Smriti Irani rode a scooty during a roadshow of BJP in West Bengal. Irani, who is on a day-long visit to the poll-bound state, joined a bike rally on Friday. The BJP minister was seen riding scooty in Panchpota area of South 24 Parganas district. Smriti Irani was accompanied by BJP workers and party leader Roopa Ganguly. This comes a day after Mamata Banerjee rode an e-scooter in protest against rising fuel prices. The West Bengal CM Commuted to and from the State Secretariat Nabanna on the electric scooter. On the way to Nabanna in the morning, the CM was seen riding pillion on the battery-powered e-scooter. While in the afternoon, Banerjee took the driver's seat on the way to her residence in Kalighat. While Banerjee rode the scooter at a slow speed, some security personnel followed her on foot. Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly are due in march-may this year. The eight-phase polling will start on march 27 and conclude on April 29, results on May 2.
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Reacting to ISF's Abbas Siddiqui sharing stage with the Left and Congress during a rally in Kolkata on February 28, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on March 01 said that he will speak on his party's strategy in West Bengal when the time is right."Main akela hi chala tha janib-e-manzil magar, log saath aate gaye aur kaarvan banta gaya," he added. Left front, Congress and ISF have joined hands for the West Bengal assembly polls.
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi has lashed out at the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal for allegedly refusing his party permission for a public meeting. Owaisi said that while Trinamool MPs give speeches about freedom of speech and expression in Delhi, they don’t follow those ideals in West Bengal. ‘Amit Shah to hold a public rally. You allow BJP to hold public rallies. Congress and Left hold rallies. But not AIMIM. Why?’ Owaisi questioned. He also urged the election commission to transfer all officials in the area once the code of conduct comes into place as free and fair elections cannot be held till those officers are still in power in those regions. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kolkata on March 01 ahead of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. The actor joined the party in presence of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and party's election in-charge in the state, Kailash Vijayvargiya. West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 02.
BJP worker and his 85 year old mother from West Bengal who were allegedly beaten by miscreants accuse TMC workers for the assault. Reportedly, 85 year old woman Shova Majumdar and her son Gopal Majumdar who is a bjp worker were in their house in parangas district. 3-4 miscreants broke into their house by the early hours on Saturday and thrashed the mother and her son.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee on March 01. RJD extended their support to TMC in West Bengal Assembly polls. Speaking to mediapersons, Tejashwi Yadav said RJD will provide full support to Mamata Banerjee. "It is Lalu Ji's decision to provide full support to Mamata Ji. Our first priority is to stop BJP from coming to power in Bengal," said Yadav.
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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Devotees from across the country took holy dips today on the occasion of magh purnima, the full moon night in the magha month of the hindu calender. The devotees in Prayagraj and Haridwar were seen observing the holy occasion by offering diyas in the water. Magh Purnima is the night of the full moon in the Hindu month of Magha.
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While addressing a public gathering in a poll bound state Tamil Nadu, BJP Yuva Morcha president Tejasvi Surya on February 21 said that Bharatiya Janata Party respects and promotes all regional languages of India, therefore if Tamil has to survive Hindutva has to win. "The DMK tries to paint the BJP as anti-Tamil and as a Hindi party. BJP is the only party that respects and promotes all regional languages of India, if Tamil has to survive Hindutva has to win if Kanada has to win Hindutva has to win, therefore the BJP represents spirit of Tamil Nadu and the spirit of Tamil language," said Surya.
Indore police arrested comedian Munawar Faruqui for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by making derogatory comments about Hindu deities. Faruqui was also accused of making disparaging statements about Union Home Minister Amit Shah and of allegedly mocking the kar sevaks who were killed in the Godhra massacre of 2002. The FIR was filed on the complaint of Eklavya Singh Gaur, the chief of Hindutva group Hind Rakshak Sangathan. Gaur is the son of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Malini Gaur. Eklavya Singh Gaur said, "We came to know about the program of a comedian named Munawar Farooqui. We reached there The Hindu deities were being mocked there. We also made a video of him. We brought them to the police station. FIRs have been filed against the accused in various sections."
Primary schools from standard 1 to 5 reopened in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur on March 01. Teachers and staff of Rawat Pathshala welcomed their students with a tilak and aarti. School was decorated to cheer up students who rejoined after a long gap of school closure due to pandemic.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited Uttar Pradesh's Meerut on February 28. The Aam Aadmi Party chief addressed a 'Kisan Mahapanchayat'. A.A.P. is setting its sights on Uttar Pradesh ahead of 2022 elections. Kejriwal expressed solidarity with protesting farmers and slammed BJP. “The entire Red Fort incident was planned by them. Many people told me that they (demonstrators) were deliberately shown the wrong path as they did not know Delhi routes. Those who hoisted flag were their (BJP) workers. Our farmers can give lives but can’t be anti-nationals,” said Kejriwal. He added, “Today, BJP's central government has filed sedition cases against farmers. Even the British didn’t charge farmers with sedition.” Watch the full video for more.
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reacted on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's question over Election Commission's rationale to conduct assembly elections in the state in 8 phases. He said that it's not CM Banerjee who is alleging and raising question at Election Commission its her fear of losing election. "Earlier, Mamata didi used to say that the elections should be conducted into 6-7 phases, and if Election Commission has taken any decision for peaceful elections why Mamata didi is frustrated," he said. Recently, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on questioned the Election Commission's rationale to conduct assembly elections in the state in 8 phases and wondered if the poll dates had been announced as per the suggestions of PM Narendra Modi and HM Shah.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over law and order situation in the state. He blamed CM Banerjee for the violence in the state and said that BJP will come into power after the assembly elections.
A condominium in Sector 67 of Haryana's Gurugram has been declared a containment zone on February 27 amid coronavirus pandemic. Around 20 persons have been tested positive in Ireo Victory Valley. While speaking to media, the official of District Health Department, Jai Prakash said, "First, 3 cases were reported, after which testing camp was set up. Around 20 persons tested positive, so we declared it as containment zone. More tests being conducted."
Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur was granted bail on Friday. Kaur was arrested during a protest by workers in Haryana on January 12. Nodeep was granted bail in two of three cases filed against her. The activist said she will visit the Singhu border protest site again. "I will keep raising my voice for farmers and labourers. I would like to thank the lawyers who got me out. I thank everyone, I will definitely visit Singhu border," she said. This also comes after climate activist Disha Ravi was granted bail. Ravi was arrested by Delhi police on February 13 in Toolkit case.
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Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, BJP leader and Union Textile Minister SmritiIrani on November 25 backed states' decision to bring law on 'Love Jihad'. "If a state govt takes steps to ensure..
The government of India has blocked 43 new Chinese mobile apps in the country, including shopping website AliExpress; The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday in the state on Wednesday..