On a long flight to the US, PM Modi spends time clearing files, doing paper-work

New Delhi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who left for the United States spent a lot of time on paper work and files during his journey. The Prime Minister after boarding the flight immediately got down to work and said that a long flight means opportunities to go through papers and some file work.

PM Modi boarded the newly inducted Boeing 777 VVIP Aircraft, which has a call sign Air India One. This is the first visit abroad by PM Modi beyond the neighbourhood after the outbreak of COVID-19.

Prior to his departure, the PM said, ” I will be visiting USA from 22-25 September, 2021 at the invitation of His Excellency President Joe Biden of the United States of America

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Direct link to unlawful conversion racket: UP ATS arrests top Muslim cleric

New Delhi, Sep 22: The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terror Squad has arrested one Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui on charges of religious conversion. UP ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar told a press conference that the cleric had direct links with the mass unlawful conversion racket.

He said that Maulana Kaleem had direct links with mass unlawful conversion racket that was busted by the ATS earlier this year. He not only funded and oversaw the activities, but also used to his trust to fund the madrasas involved in the racket, Kumar also said.

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7 ministers in Gujarat government have declared pending criminal cases against them

New Delhi, Sep 17: There are seven ministers in the Gujarat government who have declared pending criminal cases against them. Of the seven 3 ministers have declared serious cases against themselves says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms.

Out of the 25 ministers analysed, 19 (76%) are crorepatis. The average assets of 25 ministers analysed is Rs 3.95 crores. The minister with the highest declared total assets is Patel Rushikesh Ganeshbhai from Visnagar constituency with assets worth Rs. 14.95 crores.

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Prepare delayed projects list, complete 3rd ring road by 2023: PM Modi

New Delhi, Aug 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the National Highways Authority of India to complete Delhi’s 3rd ring road by 2023.

The PM had chaired the meeting of the 37th edition of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Centre and State governments.

In the meeting, nine agenda items were taken for review including eight projects and one scheme.

Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.

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How the MLAs spent during the West Bengal elections: A breakdown

New Delhi, Aug 26: Out of the 291 MLAs, 51 declared election expenses of less than 50 per cent limit in their constituency during the West Bengal Assembly elections. 

Based on the election expense declarations of 291 MLAs from West Bengal Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is Rs 20.58 lakhs, which is 67% of the expense limit, a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms said.

The party wise average election expenses shows that the average spending for 212 MLAs from AITC is Rs 21.45 lakhs (69.7% of the expense limit) and the average election expenditure for 77 MLAs from BJP is Rs.18.44 lakhs (59.9% of the expense limit).

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Nimtita Railway Station blast aimed at disrupting Bengal polls: NIA

New Delhi, Aug 25: The National Investigation Agency in its chargesheet in connection with the Nimtita Railway Station blast case said that the the blast was planned to derail the West Bengal Assembly elections.

The NIA charged Shahidul Islam and Any Samad, both residents of Murshidabad, West Bengal. They were charged under the sections of the Indian Penal Code and Explosive Substance Act. On February 17 2021 a blast took place at the Nimtita Railway Station in Murshidabad.

22 persons including then state labour minister Jakir Hossain had sustained serious injuries. The blast was triggered with Hossain along with his 70 supporters were entering a platform at the railway station.

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Afghan crisis: India’s secularism should not precede national security

New Delhi, Aug 25: In the past week scores of Afghan nationals have come into India. With the situation turning from bad to worse following a takeover by the Taliban, several persons from the country have been coming into India.

The Centre has said that all Afghan nationals must travel to India on e-visas only. All previous visas have been invalidated in the wake of the evolving situation in Afghanistan following a take-over by the Taliban.

It is has become amply clear that Pakistan had played a major role in the victory of Afghanistan. Security experts have warned that Pakistan may take advantage of the current situation and may look to send in rogue elements into India from Afghanistan.

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The Afghan crisis and what message India can send the world through CAA

New Delhi, Aug 24: With the scenario in the war-torn Afghanistan getting worse by the day, India has launched missions to evacuate its citizens and others in need from the country.

Union Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said recently that the developments in Afghanistan are the reason why the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act is necessary.

“Recent developments in our volatile neighbourhood and the way Sikhs and Hindus are going through a harrowing time are precisely why it was necessary to enact the Citizenship Amendment Act,” Puri said in a tweet.

Experts that OneIndia spoke with say that it is time to start implementing the CAA now at least for those persecuted minorities staying in India. It is the right time to give a message to the international community that this is the only country where people who are persecuted can get refuge.

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How different are the Sharia laws for women under the Taliban and Wahhabis

New Delhi, Aug 19: He did not elaborate on his comments, but the Taliban’s longtime spokesperson Zabhihullah Mujahid had said that his outfit would honour women’s rights.

Barely a week after taking over Afghanistan, reports said that a woman had been killed in Taloqan, Takhar province because she had left her home without wearing a burqa.

The Taliban will impose the Sharia law, but their interpretation of the same is comparatively different in nature. The Taliban during its earlier regime had said that a woman needs to be accompanied by a male family member child or adult when she goes out.

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The test for Bommai and the road ahead: A discussion with Dr. Shastri

New Delhi, Aug 19: The transition in Karnataka was a smooth one with Basavaraj Bommai taking over from B S Yediyurappa. While it is too early to tell, the question is how Bommai will take the party forward as in Karnataka the last two years in governance has been extremely crucial.

To find out how the Karnataka scenario will pan out, OneIndia caught up with Dr. Sandeep Shastri, India’s leading psephologist. He begins by saying that the BSY of 2012 is very different compared to the Yediyurappa of 2021.

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