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A writing on the wall that clearly says: “No road, no vote”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Angry villagers, awaiting road link near Khurja, to boycott UP polls

By Abu Turab[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, spread over February and March in seven phases, are going to witness boycott from a section of the voters. About 40,000 people, spread over 10 villages near Khurja, 50 kilometers from Delhi, have decided not to vote if their six-kilometre long link road, from Kakod to Madhupura, is not repaired as promised.

Most of these voters are farmers and small business-owners living in Sherpur, Salampur, Sheikhpur, Bichhat, Akhtiyarpur, Mehmadpur, Bighepur, Madhupura, Bhadaula, Ladooki and Sanaita Bhaipur villages.

Bichhat’s pradhan Satyadev Bhati, and activists Rajkumar, Dinesh and Dheeraj, among several others, have taken the lead in the campaign. A meeting of 10-12 villages was held in Bichhat three months ago, followed by a public rally on January 8. Writings on the wall have now appeared, asking people to boycott the elections.

These villages are located in the Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency, represented by Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation.  Members of legislative Assembly representing Sikandrabad and Khurja are Bimla Solanki of the BJP and Beni Prasad of the Congress respectively. The affected villages are spread in both these assembly constituencies.

Radhacharan, a farmer from Bichhat, whose mobile number appears on the walls at several places with messages prompting people to give missed calls for registering their support, told APN News: “We will vote only after the road is repaired. We can use our vote power to get the issue resolved.”

Villagers protesting against the failure of politicians in repairing the road link

Villagers protesting against the failure of politicians in repairing the road link

While talking on phone, Surrender Sharma of Bichhat, said that the road provides a short distance route between Kakod and Khurja. People travelling on Sikandrabad- Jewar road opt for this route to reach Khurja and beyond.

Ashok Kumar, pradhan of Mehmadpur village, said: “Hum aap ke aabhari rahenge agar aap hamen 15 varshon ki ghulami se aazad kara denge. Is poore ilake ke liye ek hi sadak hai jis se Kakod tak ja sakte hain, isse 2002 se ab tak nahin banaya gaya (We would be thankful to you if you help us in getting liberated from 15 years’ long slavery. This is the only connecting road for the nighbouring villages to reach Kakod. It has not been repaired since 2002.)”  He further says: “Chunavon ke dauran hi ghoomte hain, phir kahan milte hain yeh siyasi log. (Politicians move around only during elections and never return to fulfil their promises).”

Another villager, Ashok Kumar said: “Gaon ke log kya kar sakte hain, aatm hatya karenge ya panchayat karke ekta ki taqat dikhaenge. Majboor hokar vote na dene ka faisla liya gaya hai. Jab vote dene se kaam nahin hota to aadmi kya karega. (Villagers can either commit suicide or conduct meetings for showing strength. The villagers have decided not to vote. What option remains when problems are not resolved by voting?)”

Recently some stone crush was unloaded at some of the spots on the damaged road, triggering hope. However, Ashok Kumar claimed that Virendra Kumar, Junior Engineer, posted at Khurja, denied any proposal of laying concrete road or allocation of any budget for the same. He alleged that the stone crush was sent by MLA Bansi Pahadia to mislead the villagers.

Nepal Singh Solanki, a BJP-leaning farmer from Akhtyarpur, says that villagers in the region have seen through the politicians’ attitude of all parties during the last 15 years. “The only connecting road is in shambles and nobody fulfils electoral promises. This has forced the villagers to decide against voting in the forthcoming elections,” he added.

The children of the affected villages travel on this unpaved road in Kakod everyday and get tried by the time they reach their class rooms.

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UPTET 2021: UP teacher eligibility test postponed after question paper leak, check new date here

The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021) was scheduled to be conducted today on November 28, 2021, but it has been cancelled. According to the reports, the UPTET 2021 exam has been suspended due to a question paper leak on a WhatsApp group.

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The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021) was scheduled to be conducted today on November 28, 2021, but it has been cancelled. According to the reports, the UPTET 2021 exam has been suspended due to a question paper leak on a WhatsApp group.

Now, reports are saying that UPTET 2021 exam will be conducted after a month. Candidates should not worry, because the next date of the UPTET exam will be declared shortly by UPBEE.

For those who don’t know, candidates do not need to pay another application fee for the UPTET 2021 examination.

According to the reports, the leaked question paper went viral on the WhatsApp group of Mathura Ghaziabad Bulandshahr before the commencement of the examination, many accused were detained from Prayagraj and Western Uttar Pradesh.

Also, information about blacklisting the agency which was conducting the examination has come to the fore.

Around 20 lakh applicants enrolled for the UPTET 2021 exam. The UPTET 2021 exam was set to be held at different test centres, located over 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The UPTET 2021 test will consist of two papers. UPTET paper 1 was to be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for primary school teachers, from grade 1 till grade 5. UPTET 2021 paper 2 was for higher primary school teachers in classes 6 to 8, and it was to be held from 2:30 PM to 5 PM.

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When stars descended on earth

The Uttarakhand government is taking various steps to encourage filmmakers to shoot their movies in Uttarakhand. 

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Uttarakhand government is taking various steps to encourage filmmakers to shoot their movies in Uttarakhand.  This includes constituting the Uttarakhand Film Development Council, exempting all films shot in the state from shooting charges, focussing on development of Film City at selected location and selection and development of places for outdoor shooting.

The two-day Film Conclave 2019, held in Mussorie on 7th and 8th November, is another step in this direction. The APN Group was the media partner of this film conclave. A galaxy of film producers and directors attended this event, where Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat lent a patient ear to their demands and requirements.

The Conclave was inaugurated with much fanfare with Chief Guest and Central Minister Smriti Irani and CM Rawat lighting the lamp and Editor-in-Chief of APN Group, Rajshri Rai being the master of  ceremonies.  Chairman of the APN Group and senior lawyer Pradeep Rai presented a token of gift to the two dignitaries, before the renowned singer Shoma Ghosh rendered Ganesh Vandana.

Later in his address to the filmmakers, CM Rawat promised all help to them for organising shoots in Uttarakhand. He said the government will soon come up with a single window system to avoid any delay and red tapism in approving their shooting schedules.

Smriti Irani had the audience in splits when she said she was confused as to whom she should represent – the film fraternity to which she once belonged or the government, in which she is presently serving as a minister. Irani stressed the need of multi-language content and the use of high quality technology in producing films. She said that the art and culture of Uttarakhand must be preserved.

Different sessions on ‘My film and experiences in Uttarakhand’, ‘Uttarakhand’s Film Policy – Today and Tomorrow’ and on other engrossing topics were competently conducted by Rajshri Rai, where renowned film makers  Muzaffar Ali, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj,  Abhishek Dogra,  Ajay Arora, Director, Sanjay Dutt Productions, film producer Sandeep Singh, Dharmendra Mehra, President, Western India Film Producers Association, Komal Nahta, film trade analyst, actresses Pooja Bisht and Pooja Balotia putforth their views.

The idea of organising such a conclave and inviting film-makers to choose Uttarakhand as their shooting destination seems to have already paid dividends, when one of the invitees said that he will never forget the morning he spent in Mussoorie  where  he could see nature in full bloom and a pollution-free environment. Another guest said he was bowled over by the pristine beauty of hills which can anytime give the locales of Switzerland or New Zealand a stiff competition.

Indian film industry is the biggest in the world in terms of the number of films produced with around 1,500 to 2,000 films produced every year in more than 25 languages.  And Uttarakhand government is leaving no stone unturned to lure producers to the state. As a result of this, films like Student of The Year, Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Paan Singh Tomar, Kedarnath, Badrinath were shot in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand was also given a Special Mention Certificate during the National Film Festival 2017 to recognise the efforts made by it towards creating a film-friendly environment in the state.

And the way the present conclave has concluded, it seems Uttarakhand will soon have its plate full.

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US born Indian origin 15-year child Aaron’s services appreciated

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US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

Aaron Phogat,a 15 year old child born in US in an Indian family, is an inspiring character in many ways for his parent’s homeland. Though he was born in New Jersy,USA,Aaron nursed love for India, due to frequent visits with his parents. He used to visit his paternal and maternal elders. Now he imparts English language tutorials to the younger children living in several orphanages in Rajasthan.  His parents are from Sikar districts of Rajasthan.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

Recently APN News covered exclusive story about Aaron’s extraordinary work done in field of education for underprivileged children in Rajasthan. Aaron Phogat came to Sikar, some 120 kms from Jaipur few years back and observed that large number of children have no access to education due to various reasons including lack of infrastructure and resources with their parents. Children living in orphanage were the worst victim of the situation. Though he was on a visit for vacation, he decided to start classes for the deprived children.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

He started teaching in two orphanages “Apna Ghar” and “Manna Children Home” in Jaipur, His special attention was focused on orphans who do not have luxury or anybody’s support for even basic primary education.

School going children started gathering around him for attending his classes. Aaron developed skill of teaching English language, which was simple,interesting and understandable for the orphanages children. Aaron’s inspiration came from his grandfather P R Dhayal who came from a very humble farmer’s family but due to timely education and hard work reached to the rank of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in India. Mr PR Dhayal’s continuous support & guidance motivated Aaron to do more for these kids .

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

However, after some days he had go back to US on the completion of vacations. Everybody was sad as Aaron had to leave the children behind him.  On his return, he convinced his parents to arrange equipment for organizing classes through video conferencing. His parents supported him in this and it took a new turn in the life of orphanages’s children as well as Aaron.. Now he is teaching these kids on every Saturday and Sunday from his home in New Jersy through video conferencing.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

He arranged all stationary,books and sports equipments for these kids. At present, Children in several orphanages are being benefited by Aaron’s classes. Lately, Aaron has established a non-government organization known as “Helping One By One” and is planning to connect many more orphanages including Jaipur & Sikar  based orphanages: Mamata and Kasturba Seva Sansthan. His contribution of imparting education to the orphans and deprived children has attracted a lot of appreciation. We at APN News salute Aaron’s dedication for the needy children and love for India, which will definitely contribute nation building and strengthen next generation.
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