Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Autumn elevates Kashmir's beauty, tourism expected to pick up

A view of a garden in Jammu and Kashmir. [Photo/ANI]


Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 11 (ANI): Tourism is expected to be revived as Kashmir valley is witnessing the onset of the autumn season which has increased the beauty of the area manifold everywhere including Mughal gardens here.

During the autumn season, due to the golden and brownish colour of leaves of Chinar trees assume a very attractive look. But unfortunately, due to COVID-19, tourist influx is very low.

"People wait for the autumn season so that they can come to Kashmir. I want that people should come to Kashmir and witness the Shalimar, Nishat gardens during the season of autumn. People would not be able to see such diverse flowers anywhere else," Mehraj, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir said.

During this autumn season, tourists from across the world including different parts of India always prefer to visit Mughal Gardens including Nishat, Shalimar, Harwan and Chashmashahi.

"Every season has its own speciality. In the spring season, flowers bloom and during the autumn too, flowers are prevalent. Colours of the leaves change in this season. The green leaves change to golden colour," Shayiq Rasool, Floriculture officer said.

"Due to COVID-19, tourist flow is limited. Hopefully, the tourists come here more often as things normalise. We are following all the COVID-19 safety protocols," he added.

"I came for the first time to Kashmir. In autumn, different types of leaves are prevalent here. People could come here and enjoy the natural beauty in the area," Zubi, a tourist said.

Autumn is called "Harud" in the local language which denotes the foggy season with different hues in the air and during this season, the maple leaves of majestic Chinar trees turn gold-brown from the green that always attracts nature lovers both locals and tourists.

Authorities are hoping that this autumn season which is on peak these days will play a very important role to attract tourists in the coming days. (ANI)

PM Modi, WHO D-G discuss global collaboration against COVID-19, role of traditional medicinal systems in boosting immunity

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a telephone conversation on Wednesday with Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and discussed ongoing global collaboration for countering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Tedros said that India had an important role to play in global health issues and strongly appreciated PM Modi's unequivocal commitment to deploy India's capacities as a leading manufacturer of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for the benefit of humanity. He appreciated India's domestic initiatives like Ayushman Bharat scheme and campaign against tuberculosis.

A PMO release said the Prime Minister and the Director-General had "productive discussion" on the value of traditional medicinal systems, especially for enhancing wellness and immunity of the global population.

They agreed on the need for integrating traditional medicine solutions into modern medical practice through holistic protocols, and for careful scientific validation of time-tested traditional medicine products and practices.

The Director-General stressed that the potential of traditional medicine had not been adequately appreciated until now, and said that the WHO was actively working to encourage research, training and sharing of best practices in this area.

The Prime Minister appreciated these efforts and informed Dr Tedros about the planned celebration of Ayurveda Day in India on November 13 under the theme of 'Ayurveda for COVID-19'.

The release said Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for WHO's important role in facilitating a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also noted the need to not lose sight of the battle against other diseases and appreciated the importance of WHO's support to the health systems of developing countries.

"The Director-General stressed the close and regular collaboration between the WHO and the Indian health authorities, and specially appreciated India's domestic initiatives like the Ayushman Bharat scheme and India's campaign against Tuberculosis," the release said.

"The Prime Minister and the Director-General also discussed the ongoing global collaboration for countering the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the Director-General strongly appreciated Prime Minister Modi's unequivocal commitment to deploy India's capacities as a leading manufacturer of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for the benefit of humanity," it added. (ANI)

Jaishankar discusses bilateral cooperation, global developments with Brazilian counterpart

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Brazilian counterpart Ernesto Araujo


New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Ernesto Araujo and the two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and global developments.

Jaishankar said in a tweet that the two countries will work closely in multilateral forums including BRICS and IBSA.

"A productive virtual meeting with FM @ernestofaraujo of Brazil. Extensive discussions on bilateral cooperation and global developments. Will work closely in multilateral forums including BRICS and IBSA," he said. (ANI)

It is victory of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas': PM Modi on Bihar results

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): Thanking the people of Bihar for the victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the just-concluded Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday termed the success as the victory of "the mantra of Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas".

"If you ask me today about the election results of Bihar, then my answer is clear like the people's mandate: the mantra of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas' has won. The development has won in Bihar. Truth and faith have won in Bihar," he said, adding that the BJP's victory is the success of Bihar's people.

"Bihar's youth, mothers, sisters, and daughters have won! Bihar's poor has won, the farmer has won! It is a victory of the aspirations in Bihar. It is a victory of Bihar's pride," the Prime Minister said while addressing a massive gathering at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi to celebrate the party's victory.

He called Bihar a special state, terming it to be the land of democracy.

"Bihar is the most special state. I will tell my brothers and sisters in Bihar, you have once again proved why Bihar is called the land of democracy. You have proved once again that Biharis are aware," he said, adding the people of the state, along with the BJP workers, under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, left no stone unturned to achieve the victory. (ANI)

SC orders release of Arnab Goswami on interim bail, says ‘personal liberty must be upheld’

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted between time bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 example of assumed abetment to implosion of an inside fashioner. Quelling the Bombay High Court demand, the culmination court Bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said it would be misfortune of value if bail was not permitted while FIR was at the same time impending.

Chief Narendra Modi will start a top tier office-cum-private complex of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) in Odisha's Cuttack today.

After results to the starting late held Bihar Assembly choices exhibited that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - Nitish Kumar's.

Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party, and a few other neighborhood social events - tested all leave reviews to hold power in the state - the partnership is most likely going to discuss government advancement today.

US President Donald Trump will visit Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, the White House expressed, in what may be the President's first open appearance since the US official test was required his Democratic foe Joe Biden all through the week's end.

The European Commission will today support an understanding for the deftly of up to 300 million measurements of the neutralizer made by German association BioNTech and Pfizer.

PM Modi extends condolences on demise of Bahrain counterpart Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended condolences on the demise of Bahrain Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. "My heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In this moment of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with HM the King of Bahrain, the royal family and the people of Bahrain," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has died at the age of 84, according to the state media. He was one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the world. "The Royal Court mourns His Royal Highness... who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States of America," the country's news agency was quoted by Al Jazeera.

His body will be repatriated from the United States, where he died at a hospital. Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced official week-long mourning during which flags will be flown at half-mast. (ANI)

NIA arrests Karnataka man in West Bengal LeT recruitment case

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New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a 28-year-old from Uttara Kannada in Karnataka in connection with the West Bengal Lashkar-e-Taiba recruitment case, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the NIA, the man identified as Sayyad M Idris was arrested on Tuesday.

The case, which was registered on the basis of an FIR filed by Baduria police station on March 18, 2020, pertaining to Pakistan-based handlers belonging to proscribed terrorist outfit Laskar-e-Taiba using various social media platforms to radicalize and recruit vulnerable youth for sleeper cells, to propagate their ideology and for abetting & advocating unlawful activities.

"The arrested accused Sayyad M Idris was part of various social media groups run by Pakistani-based LeT handlers in their effort to recruit individuals for sleeper cells of LeT and for furthering terrorist activities," the NIA said in a statement.

It said that the accused is being produced before a court in Uttara Kannada and transit remand is being taken to produce him before NIA Court, Kolkata.

A chargesheet was on September 10, 2020, filed in the matter against accused Kolkata resident Tania Parvin. Further investigation in the case is underway. (ANI)

Philippines' COVID-19 cases pass 400,000-mark as economy reopens

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Manila [The Philippines], November 11 (ANI/Xinhua): The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) Wednesday reported 1,672 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total tally to 401,416.

The DOH said that 311 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 362,217. The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 7,710 with 49 new deaths.

The DOH said it has tested over 4.81 million people so far in the country of about 110 million population.

The ministry has renewed its call for increased vigilance despite the decreasing number of recorded daily cases in efforts to keep the number of coronavirus infections at a low and mitigate the pandemic's impact on the economy.

"We need to be more vigilant, prepared, always cautious and aware and follow the minimum health standards such as washing hands, physical distancing and avoiding crowds," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told an online briefing on Wednesday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the Philippines "scored significant gains" in combating the coronavirus disease.

"We have ramped up our health systems capacity over the past few months of battling with this pandemic," he said on Monday. (ANI/Xinhua)

Tokyo, Washington conclude first round of formal talks on US military base spending

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Tokyo [Japan], November 11 (ANI/Sputnik): Japan and the United States have concluded the first round of official talks over the funding on US military bases in the country, Tokyo Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump's administration has been waging a pressure campaign to force Japan and South Korea to increase their spending on sustaining US troops on their territories, with the latter two largely unenthusiastic.

"On November 9 and 10 in Washington D.C., the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America held formal negotiations on Host Nation Support. The new Host Nation Support agreement will replace the existing agreement which expires on March 31, 2021," a statement on the Foreign Ministry's website read.

The delegations were led by Yutaka Arima, Deputy Director-General at Japan's North American Affairs Bureau and Donna Welton, Senior Advisor at the US State Department's Political-Military Bureau, according to the statement. High-ranking defense officials were also part of both sides.

A day prior, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that Tokyo would seek a stopgap one-year funding deal, instead of the usual five-year agreement. This holds out hope that the upcoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden would reverse Trump's demands to increase spending.

The current agreement on sharing the cost burden of maintaining the military bases runs out at the end of the fiscal year, in March 2021. Preparatory talks between the two sides have so far taken place virtually at a lower level of diplomats in October.

Japan last year shelled out over USD 1.8 billion to sustain numerous US military bases, airfields and installations. Trump's Pentagon has been pushing to increase the spending to about USD 8 billion per year. (ANI/Sputnik)

BJP destroyed legacy of Ram Vilas Paswan, reduced stature of Nitish Kumar by its 'kootneeti': Digvijaya Singh

Senior Congress leader, Digvijaya Singh (Twitter profile image)


Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], November 11 (ANI): Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of destroying the legacy of late Ram Vilas Paswan and reducing the stature of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by its "kootneeti" (strategy) in Bihar.

After losing the Madhya Pradesh by-polls and Bihar Assembly elections 2020, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in a series of tweets (roughly translated from Hindi) said, "BJP has reduced Nitish's stature by its strategy and ended the legacy of Ram Vilas Paswan ji."

Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) retained power with an absolute majority in Bihar Assembly election with 125 on Wednesday. However, Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which fielded 137 candidates, managed to secure only one seat.

Singh has also advised Nitish Kumar to leave Bihar and enter national politics.

"Nitish ji, Bihar has become small for you. You should join national politics. Do not let the Union's policy of 'divide and rule'. Help all socialists believe in the secular ideology. Do consider," the Rajya Sabha MP added.

Singh also congratulated Rashtriya Janata Dal's leader (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav, for giving a spectacular performance by bagging 75 seats and emerged as the single-largest party in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly.

The Congress leader also commented on former party chief Rahul Gandhi. "The only leader in the country who is fighting a battle of ideology is Rahul Gandhi. NDA's allies must understand politics is ideology. Any person who abandons ideology and compromises for his selfishness due to his ambition does not remain alive in politics for long." (ANI)

Each vote for Biden states that health care should be a right, not privilege: Kamala Harris

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris


Washington DC [US], November 11 (ANI): US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday reiterated her stand on the Affordable Care Act, saying that every vote for President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 elections was a statement that health care should be a right and not a privilege.

"We just held an election, and our country made a clear choice: each vote for @JoeBiden was a statement that health care should be a right--not a privilege. And we won that election decisively, with more votes than have ever been cast in American history," Kamala tweeted.

According to CNN, these remarks come amid Donald Trump's reluctance to admit defeat in the Presidential polls and his administration effort to undo former President Barack Obama's signature health law.

In the past, Biden has promised to start working with US Congress to implement his health care agenda once he will get elected. However, Biden is likely to take office on January 20, there is little he can do, till then.

Earlier today, Kamala Harris spoke out against taking down the Affordable Care Act in the US, saying dismantling the Act would take the country 'backwards'.

During remarks on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris said, "I know we all know that we just had an election in America. An election where health care was very much on the ballot. Our country had a clear choice in this election. Each and every vote for Joe Biden was a statement that health care in America should be a right and not a privilege. Each and every vote for Joe Biden was a vote to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act."

Prior to Harris's remarks, Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday from opponents of the health care programme, who argued the 10-year-old statute was rendered unconstitutional in its entirety when Congress dialled down to zero a penalty on those remaining uninsured.

Speaking on the SC's hearing, Kamala had further stated that, "Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. If the SC agrees with the opponents of the act, their decision could take health care away from 20 million Americans. It could take away protections from more than 100 million people with pre-existing conditions in our country, and hurt the millions of Americans who have come to rely on the Affordable Care Act, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act will take us backwards."

The Trump administration and several Republican-led states are asking the court to strike down the law, 10 years after it was passed, potentially impacting millions of Americans. (ANI)

PoK has suffered under Pak rule for 73 years: activist Amjad Mirza urges Biden's intervention

Human rights activist Amjad Ayub Mirza


Glasglow [Scotland], November 11 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been suffering for the past 73 years under Pakistan colonialism, human rights activist Amjad Ayub Mirza on Wednesday urged the US President-elect Joe Biden to "heal" the "wounded people and divide people" of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

"Mr President-elect, we have been suffering for the past 73 years under the Pakistan colonialism. And now since, China's Belt and Road initiative has encroached into our land of Gilgit Baltistan we face double colonisation of Pakistan and China. And the uncanny military and economic relation between Pakistan and China make this issue more pressing," said Mirza, who is from Mirpur in PoK and is living in exile in the UK.

While talking about his problems as a representative of Gilgit Baltistan, he said that given the US President-elect position, Biden is best suited to intervene in their matter and help resolve the issues.

"Mr President-elect you have been hailed as a healer and a unifier. We the people of PoK, Gilgit Baltistan people are wounded people and divided people. And I think there is no better person than yourself at the international level who should intervene and help heal our wound," he added.

This video message came a day after Mirza wrote to Biden on Monday urging him to "forcefully ask" Islamabad to withdraw its troops and non-state actors from the region.

In a letter to Biden, Mirza had said that Pakistan has turned the PoK into a training ground dotted with camps where young people and aliens (foreign nationals) are trained to become terrorists, who are then frequently infiltrated across the border into Indian union territory of Kashmir to cause havoc.

Mirza has requested Biden to grant him an audience at the White House so that he can present the case of illegal occupation by Pakistan in person.

"I am asking for your support in resolving the issue on a war footing and forcefully ask Pakistan to withdraw its troops and non-state actors from our lands, a demand that has been echoing thought he UN resolutions. I request you to grant us an audience at the White House so that we can present our case to you in person," it added.

The activist listed Pakistan's atrocities on the people living in the PoK. He said during cross-border firing, women in the region refuse to take shelter in the bunkers as they complain of being molested by the Pakistan army, and human rights activists are kidnapped and murdered.

"Sentences of 40, 60 and 90 years imprisonment have been awarded to our environmentalists who oppose the diversion of the rivers for construction of mega-dams under Chinese dictates, and dozens of human rights activists are languishing in prisons for raising their voice for the lack of civil liberties. For every 25 people living in Gilgit-Baltistan, one Pakistani armed soldier has been deployed. Hence under the circumstances, our people are faced with the worst kind of terror in modern-day and age," the letter stated.

"As we trot the globe in search of a bowl of rice, Pakistan has turned our land into training ground dotted with camps where our young people and aliens are trained to become terrorists, who are then frequently infiltrated across the border into Indian union territory of Kashmir to cause havoc," it added.

Mirza had said that it has been established beyond doubt that Pakistan is the aggressor and the people of PoK are the "real victims" in the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

He also pointed to the impact of the expansion of Chinese imperialism in the region which has resulted in the "uncanny" control of China on the land in the PoK.

"We are Indian citizens living under the colonial occupation of Pakistan. Furthermore, since the expansion of Chinese imperialism in the region our land in Pakistani occupied Gilgit-Baltistan has come under the uncanny control of China through her partnership with Pakistan in the Belt and Road Initiative that runs through our occupied land. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as it is referred to, is a project that has brought our occupied territory under the double colonial rule of Pakistan and China," he noted. (ANI)

Nitish Kumar's triumph in Bihar is result of his past performances: BJP National Vice President

DK Aruna, BJP National Vice President speaking to ANI on Tuesday (Photo/ANI)


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], November 11 (ANI): The way Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has run the government in the past, seeing that people have again given him a chance in Bihar, said DK Aruna, BJP National Vice President on Tuesday.

"The way Nitish Kumar ji has run the government in past years, seeing that people have given him another chance in Bihar. BJP has triumphed in various states," Aruna told ANI.

"The exit polls had predicted that NDA might not be able to form a government in Bihar but as the results have been announced, exit polls predictions have failed," she added.

The BJP put up a winning performance in the Bihar Assembly polls leading the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to obtain a majority even though Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal-United (JDU) posted a fall in total votes gained in a tightly fought race.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced results of Bihar Assembly polls in the early hours on Wednesday with the BJP winning in 74 of the 110 seats it contested and JD(U) bagged 43 seats out of the 115 seats it fought. (ANI)

Stern action to be taken against anyone found bursting, selling firecrackers: Delhi Police Commissioner

Delhi Police Commissioner, SN Shrivastava speaking to ANI on Wednesday. (Photo/ANI)


New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): With strict laws in place, stern action will be taken against anyone found bursting or selling crackers in the national capital, said Delhi Police Commissioner, SN Shrivastava on Wednesday.

Speaking to ANI, the Delhi Police Commissioner said, "In view of pollution, the use or sale of crackers is banned (in Delhi). With strict laws in place, strict action will be taken against anyone found bursting or selling crackers. Teams have been formed in every police district and they inspect their respective areas."

"All licenses, that were issued, have been suspended. There can be no sale or use of crackers till 30th November. Patrolling parties have been directed to develop intelligence wherever sale or use of firecrackers is taking place. Strict action will be taken against offenders," he reiterated.

The Delhi Police Commissioner added that the public if they get information on sale or use of firecrackers anywhere, they should inform the Police Command Centre on 112 and the enforcement teams will reach the spot immediately and initiate strict action.

The national capital continues to reel under pollution as the Air Quality Index (AQI) remains in the "severe" category in various places here.

Ahead of Diwali, several states and Union Territory (UT) governments have decided to impose a ban on firecrackers and its sale.

Delhi Police has said that all licences issued for the sale of firecrackers in the national capital have been suspended and further action will be taken on National Green Tribunal's (NGT) directions.

With rising COVID-19 cases and air pollution levels, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 5 announced a ban on firecrackers in the national capital ahead of Diwali till November 30. (ANI)

Pakistan rights activist claims harassment at President House

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 11 (ANI): Maria Iqbal Tarana, a rights activist in Pakistan, on Monday accused a senior government official of harassing her while she was visiting the President House for an event.

The alleged victim, the founder of an organization Aam Taleem, which works in the field of education, shared her ordeal in a series of tweets, reported Daily Pakistan.

Tarana revealed that at the event where she was invited to the President House, she was told that she did not belong there after she refused the uncomfortable proximity of the suspect.

"After refusing the uncomfortable physical proximity of a responsible, I was told that I did not belong there," she said.

Demanding an investigation into the matter, she also named the alleged harasser.

"The person in question was Afaaq Ahmed, Chief Protocol Officer, the matter needs to be investigated and the responsible be punished," she wrote.

According to Daily Pakistan, Tarana, who is former Chairperson Commission on status of women in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Youth Forum for Kashmir and People's commission for Minority rights. (ANI)

Imran Khan got Shehbaz Sharif arrested out of fear: PML-N

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif


Lahore [Pakistan], November 11 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan had got PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif arrested out of fear, and that the latter's health was being deliberately harmed.

Aurangzeb said in her statement that by arresting Sharif, the people of Pakistan did not receive flour, the battered economy did not stabilise and the rates of medicine, electricity, and gas did not get reduced, reported Dunya News.

She further said that people did not have jobs because of the detainment of the opposition leader.

According to Dunya News, Aurangzeb targeted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen, calling him a "flour and sugar thief" and added that the public had not forgotten about him.

People have not forgotten 23 foreign funding cases, she stressed.

In September, Sharif was arrested in a money laundering case from the Lahore High Court, according to Gulf News.

NAB officials took him into custody from the premises after his bail plea was rejected on account of alleged money-laundering and maintaining assets beyond known sources of income, it added. (ANI)

PM Modi lauds BJP's victory in Assembly bypolls across states

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New Delhi [India], November 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded BJP victory in Assembly bypolls of several states and expressed gratitude to people for reposing faith in the party.

On BJP's victory on 19 seats out of 28 in Madhya Pradesh bypolls, he thanked people of the state for blessing the party.

"Powered by the progressive agenda of the Government under Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the hardwork of BJP Madhya Pradesh, our Party has emerged as the unparalleled choice of the people. I thank the people of MP for blessing BJP in the by-polls held across the state. Their affection is invaluable," PM Modi tweeted.

BJP won 6 out of 7 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats where polling was held on November 3.

Speaking on this, the Prime Minister said that the pro-people policies of the Centre and Uttar Pradesh Government under Yogi Adityanath have endeared the party to the citizens.

"In Uttar Pradesh, the pro-people policies of the Centre and UP Government under Yogi Aditynath ji have endeared our party to the citizens. They have given unequivocal support to the BJP, for which I express gratitude. I also appreciate the good work of the BJP Uttar Pradesh unit," PM Modi tweeted.

After the party swept all 8 seats in bypolls, PM Modi said that bond between the people of Gujarat and BJP is unbreakable.

"Bond between the people of Gujarat & BJP is unbreakable! This affection is again seen in the 8 by-polls where @BJP4Gujarat made a clean sweep. I thank the people of Gujarat for the support. I appreciate the work of the local unit and the state government under Vijay Rupani Ji," he tweeted.

Modi thanked the people of Manipur for once again reposing faith in the development agenda of BJP.

"I thank the people of Manipur for once again reposing faith in the development agenda of BJP! Congratulations to BJP Manipur for the phenomenal wins in the by-polls. These victories will strengthen the State Government under N Biren Singh Ji and help fulfil people's aspirations," he tweeted.

In Manipur, BJP won 4 out of 5 seats which went to bypolls this month.

The Prime Minister said that BJP's win in Telangana's Dubbak is historic and lauded efforts of party workers.

"I thank the people of Dubbak for blessing BJP Telangana. This is a historic win and gives us strength to serve the state with greater vigour. Our Karyakartas worked very hard and I laud their noteworthy efforts in furthering BJP's development agenda," he tweeted.

The Prime Minister said that BJP's poll victory in Rajarajeshwarinagar and Sira reaffirms the people's unwavering faith in the reform agenda of the Centre and State Government under Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa.

"The BJP Karnataka's victories in Rajarajeshwarinagar and Sira are extremely special. It reaffirms the people's unwavering faith in the reform agenda of the Centre and State Government under BS Yeddiyurappa Ji. I thank the people for their support and laud the efforts of our Karyakartas," he said.

BJP won both seats which went to bypolls in Karnataka. (ANI)

Will provide people of Gilgit-Baltistan constitutional rights: Bilawal Bhutto

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Gilgit-Baltistan [PoK], November 11: Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) administrator Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday asserted that he will give the individuals of Gilgit-Baltistan their due established rights which they have been denied of for more than 70 years.

While tending to a jalsa as a feature of his political mission in front of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly political race on November 15, Zardari said that whenever chose, the PPP won't just transform G-B into a territory however it will likewise change the lives of its kin, revealed Geo News.

"The PPP will guarantee that Gilgit-Baltistan will be given a common status inside a quarter of a year after the election....aside from giving the individuals of G-B their due sacred status, we will likewise achieve a financial upset through the arrangement of work openings," he said.

The PPP seat asserted that many youthful, degree-holding position applicants from Gilgit-Baltistan are as yet searching for work yet the legislature isn't doing anything for them.

"At the point when the PPP government was in power, it made positions for all Pakistanis as well as allowed to travel to another country and start a vocation there," Geo News cited Zardari.

"We won't forsake the individuals of Gilgit-Baltistan. It was the PPP-drove government that expanded the pay rates of our intrepid officers who are shielding the nation by guarding its outskirts. We gave Pakistan armed force a 175 percent increase in their pay rates. No other government did that," he added.

The Imran Khan government had before reported giving temporary territory status to the locale, which was not gotten well by the individuals of Gilgit-Baltistan, who have challenged Islamabad's choice of incorporating the illicitly involved area with the remainder of Pakistan. (ANI)

Chirag Paswan's LJP secures solitary seat in Bihar elections

LJP Cheif Chirag Paswan. (File Photo)


Patna (Bihar) [India], November 11 (ANI): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which fielded 137 candidates in Bihar Assembly polls, managed to secure only one seat.

LJP candidate from Matihani constituency, Raj Kumar Singh defeated Janata Dal-United's Narendra Kumar Singh aka Bogo Singh by a slender margin of 333 votes.

LJP candidate from Matihani got 61,364 votes whereas Bogo Singh received 61,031 votes.

Except for five seats where the BJP was contesting, the LJP fielded candidates against the JD(U). The party,m which had broken away from the NDA alliance primarily in opposition to the Nitish Kumar had also given tickets to as many as 25 Bharatiya Janata Party rebel leaders who joined the LJP.

The overall party performance by the LJP was poor as compared to the 2015 elections. However, its vote share this time was higher with 5.7 per cent compared to 4.83 per cent in the 2015 elections.

Earlier on Tuesday LJP leader Chirag Paswan took to Twitter to say:"People of Bihar have reposed faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The result shows that people are excited for the BJP. This is PM Modi's victory," Paswan tweeted in Hindi.

The Paswan scion also congratulated the candidates who fought for the party and hoped that the efforts will reap the benefit in the future.

"All the LJP candidates fought well the elections all alone. Party's vote share also increased. LJP went with 'Bihar first Bihari first' resolution. The party also strengthened in every district and will benefit in future," he added.

The NDA won an absolute majority in Bihar winning 125 seats whereas Mahagathbandhan settled with 110 seats in a closely contested election that saw counting continue stretching over 20 hours and wrapping up only in the early hours on Wednesday.

While BJP performed a stellar role in NDA's victory winning 74 seats, RJD also gave a spectacular performance by bagging 75 seats and emerged as the single largest party in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly.

Among the constituents of NDA, Janata Dal-United (JDU) bagged 43 seats. Four seats went into the accounts of the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and 4 to Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular). (ANI)

NDA gets majority in Bihar Assembly polls as EC announces results

BJP supporters celebrate party's victory at party headquarters in New Delhi . (ANI Photo)


Patna (Bihar) [India], November 11 (ANI): The BJP put up a winning performance in the Bihar Assembly polls leading the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to obtain majority even though Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal-United (JDU) posted a fall in total votes gained in a tightly fought race.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced results of Bihar Assembly polls in the early hours on Wednesday with the BJP winning in 74 of the 110 seats it contested and JD(U) bagged 43 seats out of the 115 seats it fought.

Among the NDA allies, four seats went into the accounts of the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and 4 to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular).

The NDA won an absolute majority in Bihar winning 125 seats, three more than the halfway mark needed for a victory.

The opposition Mahagathbandhan, which began the day with a lead had to take a backseat by the end of counting settling for 110 seats in the election that saw counting continue stretching over 20 hours and wrapping up only in the early hours on Wednesday.

While the BJP put up a spectacular win, the show by RJD was also spectacular. Led by Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD scored a win all the 75 seats it contested to emerge as the single largest party in the 243-member Bihar legislative assembly.

The vote share of the RJD was recorded at 23.03 per cent, the highest for any single party in the elections. It was followed by the BJP with 19.5 per cent, JDU and Congress got vote share of 15.4 per cent and 9.5 per cent respectively.

The Congress could win only 19 of 70 seats it contested and impacted the Mahagathbandhan tally. Other Mahagathbandhan allies CPI and CPI-M won two seats each while CPI(M-L) secured a win in 12 constituencies- leading to a total of win of 16 seats by the Left parties which contested in a total of 29 seats.

The AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi claimed five seats of the 14 seats it was in fray. AIMIM along with its allies the BSP and RLSP together contested 20 seats. The BSP managed to win one seat in Bihar.

Chirag Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which had pulled out of the NDA and contested nearly 150 seats also managed to win just one.

The first mass election in the country amidst conditions created by COVID-19 has paved the way for the return of Chief Minister Kumar for the fourth successive term in office.

Counting of votes, which began at 8 am at 55 counting centres across 38 districts of the state finally ended at around 4:05 am on Wednesday.

The counting process was slow as there were 1,06,515 polling stations this time compared to 72,723 in 2015 polls as part of preventive measures against COVID-19.

A delegation of RJD and Congress went to the Election Commission office in Patna and alleged "tampering" in the counting of votes in some constituencies.

After leaving the ECI office, RJD leader Manoj Jha who was part of the delegation said that tampering had been done on over a dozen seats in an effort to change "people's mandate" and added that EC has assured the delegation it will "try to address their grievances".

"There are over dozens of seats where tampering has been done. They are trying to change the people's mandate. Even after all such ill-intended attempts, we will form the government. EC has assured us that they will try to address all our grievances. We trust the EC but not the district administration," Jha told reporters.

Umesh Sinha, Secretary-General, ECI said that the Election Commission has never worked under anybody's pressure.

"All officials and machinery are working sincerely for declaration of Bihar election results," he said.

In 2015 Assembly polls, RJD with 80 seats had emerged as the single largest party in the elections, followed by JD-U (71). BJP was reduced to 53 seats and got the largest vote share (24.42 per cent).

With indication of a NDA victory in sight, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to thank the people of Bihar whom he said clearly stated development as their priority.

"The poor in villages, farmers, labourers, merchants, shopkeepers and every section of Bihar have relied on the NDA's mantra of sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas. I again assure every citizen of Bihar that for the balanced development of every person, every region, we will continue to work with full dedication," he tweeted in Hindi.

"Every voter in Bihar has clearly stated that he or she is an aspirant and priority is only and only development. The blessings of the NDA's good governance again after 15 years in Bihar shows what Bihar's dreams are, what Bihar's expectations are," PM Modi said.

Other leaders like Union Ministers Amit Shah, Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP chief JP Nadda also extended their congratulations on the poll victory. (ANI)

Kerala HC calls for immediate govt action in case related to church row

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], November 11 (ANI): The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to take immediate action if it intends to implement the directive of the High Court issued a year ago to hand over Kothamangalam church to the Orthodox faction of the Malankara Church.


Justice P
B Suresh Kumar asked the government to take action while criticizing Ernakulam district collector S Suhas for not implementing the high court's directive of December last year regarding Marthoma Cheriyapalli, Kothamangalam.

The Court said this while considering a contempt of court petition filed by Orthodox priest Thomas Paul Ramban through advocate Roshen D Alexander.

The Union government informed the court that it is willing to deploy central forces to take over the church if the court issues a directive or if the state government makes a request.

The court had asked the Union government to inform about the possibility of using central forces after the state government told the court that it does not have enough police force to be deployed for handing over the church due to the Sabarimala pilgrimage season and upcoming local body elections.

The State government told the court that the parish hall adjacent to the church is functioning as a Covid care centre. The court has now reserved the case for pronouncing the order.

The High Court, on December 3 last year, ordered the district collector to take over the church and hand over its management to the petitioner when peace is established. (ANI)

RJD will certainly blame EVMs for their electoral loss: Sushil Modi

Sushil Modi addressing a press conference in Patna on Tuesday night (Photo: ANI)


Patna (Bihar) [India], November 11 (ANI): Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi on Tuesday said that Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) was unable to accept its defeat in the Assembly polls and will blame the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the loss.

"RJD was the same party which opposed elections but when Rahul Gandhi called EVMs as Modi Voting machines then I was certain that the RJD will also blame the EVM for their loss," Sushil Modi Modi said in a press interaction after claiming victory.

BJP senior leader Bhupinder Yadav also took a swipe at the RJD and termed its conduct as against democratic values.

"I want to especially thank the women voters of Bihar for their support for the mandate. The conduct by the RJD is not according to democratic values," Yadav said.

Yadav said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has again won an absolute majority in Bihar elections and returned to power in the state.

"NDA has once again won an absolute majority in Bihar elections. We want to thank PM Narendra Modi and our party president JP Nadda for leading the party in the biggest polls of the country," he said.

Counting of votes, which began from 8 am at 55 counting centres across 38 districts of the state, is still underway even after 16 hours.

According to latest trends as per the Election Commission's website at 12:09 am, the BJP won 60 seats and leading on 13 while its ally Janata Dal (United) bagged 33 seats and ahead on 10. Other NDA partners Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) secured 4 seats each.

RJD registered victory in 64 constituencies and leading on 12 seats, its ally Congress won 16 seats and ahead on 3. The halfway mark in 243-member Bihar legislative assembly is 122. (ANI)

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