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Army Day 2021: In a message to China, Army chief MM Naravane says don’t test India’s patience

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been engaged in a military stand-off in eastern Ladakh since May last year and the tensions escalated in June when 20 Indian soldiers martyred in the line of duty during the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley.

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Army chief MM Naravane

On the occassion of Army Day on Friday, January 15, the Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane gave a stern message to China saying no one should test India’s patience even though it is committed to resolve the border standoff through talks and political efforts. He said the sacrifice of Galwan Valley Martyrs won’t go waste.

In an address at the Army Day parade, General Naravane said a befitting response was given to the conspiracy to make unilateral changes on the border.

Naravane said Indian Army will not allow any harm to the country’s sovereignty and security. He said eight round of military talks were held between India and China to bring bring the border escalations under control. India’s effort will continue to find an amicable solution to the current situation on the basis of mutual and equal security, he said.

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been engaged in a military stand-off in eastern Ladakh since May last year and the tensions escalated in June when 20 Indian soldiers martyred in the line of duty during the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley. The unfortunate event marked the most serious military conflicts between the two sides in decades. Chinese side has not disclosed the number of casualties occurred during the standoff, however, an American intelligence report said the number of casualties on the Chinese side was 35.

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Referring to cross-border terrorism from Pakistan, Naravane said the neighbouring country continues to provide a safe haven to terrorists. He said strong response is being given to the enemy on the other border. Pakistan continues to provide safe haven to terrorists. In the training camps, across the LoC (Line of Control), around 300-400 terrorists are ready to infiltrate.

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BJP Mahila Morcha gets 2024 task after PM Modi hands over PMAY house keys in Kanpur

The BJP Mahila Morcha will reach out to all women PMAY beneficiaries from June 3, the party wants women beneficiaries to share their thoughts with PM Modi and write postcards to him, expressing thanks since they are now owners of houses worth lakhs.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the keys to beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Kanpur in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior BJP leaders.

The programme was held to mark the nine years of the PM Modi led-government at the Centre. The BJP Mahila Morcha will reach out to all women PMAY beneficiaries from June 3. The Morcha wants women beneficiaries to share their thoughts with PM Modi and write postcards to him, expressing thanks since they are now owners of houses worth lakhs as part of the Lakhpati Didi campaign.

The BJP Mahila Morcha will visit the women beneficiaries to understand and identify their ideology and ask them their reasons to subscribe to it, BJP Mahila Morcha UP unit president and Rajya Sabha member Geeta Shakya said. This campaign has been organised ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election and is likely to be end by June 19.

Not just PMAY beneficiaries, the BJP Mahila Morcha will also visit beneficiaries of Ujwala Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission to know their experience and its impact on their lives. They will get it shot on camera to share with PM Modi, Shakya said. Those who share pictures with their PMAY house, will be able to share it on the NaMo App.

The BJP women’s wing has been given the responsibility to mark the completion of nine years of Modi government as part of the Maha Sampark Abhiyan. Apart from this, the women’s wing is going to cover the 18-25 age group which voted in the 2019 Lok Sabha election and will ask them what they thought of the last five years of the Modi government and their expectation from the Modi government in the future.

Another programme, the Nav-matdata Yuvati Sammelan, to appeal to young women, who are first-time voters in 2024 Lok Sabha elections, is also on the cards. Mahila Morcha workers will also visit anganwadis to meet parents of children and gauge their views on the government scheme and its impact on their lives.

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Darshan Solanki suicide: Mumbai Police chargesheet lists caste bias in IIT Bombay

Filed on Tuesday in the Special Court hearing cases hearing offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the chargesheet has the statement made by Solanki’s mother.

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Darshan Solanki suicide: Mumbai Police chargesheet lists caste bias in IIT Bombay

The Mumbai Police chargesheet into the suicide of IIT Bombay student Darshan Solanki has revealed that he faced large scale caste discrimination when his classmates got to know of his caste.

Filed on Tuesday in the Special Court hearing cases hearing offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the chargesheet has the statement made by Solanki’s mother. She said her son had told his sister sometime in December 2022 over a call that his fellow students’ behaviour to him underwent a sea change once they got to he was a Dalit.

Solanki had died by suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the hostel in the IIT Bombay campus on February 12, 2023, a day after semester exams ended. Aman Khatri, a fellow student, who has been named in the chargesheet is out on bail after his arrest on the charges of abetment to suicide.

Khatri had allegedly threatened to kill Solanki after the latter had spoken offensively about his religion. Solanki’s mother told police of the change in behaviour of his friends when they came to know of his caste. Solanki had again raised this when he came on vacation for Makar Sakranti in January 2023. On February 12, he spoke to his mother on the phone around 12:20 pm and said that he would visit home on February 14, and they should invite their relatives for a get-together. Two hours later, his father got a call that Solanki had committed suicide.

He told his parents that he was enjoying his studies at the Institute but some students taunted him that he was getting free education. The chargesheet include statements of 55 witnesses, including some students and professors from IIT Bombay.  

Dalit students continue to face the unrelenting pressure of caste discrimination in elite institutions in engineering, medicine and the humanities. Many have died by suicide as a result.   

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Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.

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Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu appointed Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s chief advisor with cabinet minister rank

Top poll strategist and the man behind Congress campaigns in the recent held Karnataka elections Sunil Kanugolu has been appointed as the chief advisor to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with cabinet minister rank.

Congress after coming to the power in Karnataka after marking a landslide victory officially took charge after Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar were sworn in as the CM and Deputy Chief Ministers respectively on May 20.

Amid the finalisation of the new cabinet formation in the state, the CM office has shared the news of Kanugolu’s appointment as the chief advisor.

Kanugolu, known to be a champion strategist for political parties for political parties was born in the Ballari district of Karnataka.

Congress which secured a huge mandate of 135 seats in the Karnataka assembly elections was said to be because of its campaigns that hit success reaching out to the masses.

Reports said, Kanugolu’s micro-management strategies was what Congress relied heavily on, he was the part of the core strategy building team of the party contributing in the making of catchy campaigns for the party to encircle the BJP during elections.

Some of the key campaigns were PayCM, 40 percent commission among others.

Kanugolu is a key member of  the Congress Task Force 2024, who got appointed in May last year, a team created to execute the Nav Sankalp declaration of the grand old party after its brainstorming session held in Udaipur last year.

The Task Force also includes senior leaders of the party Priyanka Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal and others.  

Kanugolu was earlier associated with the sharp witted poll strategist Prashant Kishor and was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections campaign.

Kanugolu has earlier also worked for the DMK and AIADMK.

As per reports, the data driven strategist was also behind the planning of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

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