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J&K: Modi govt sets up 5-member Group of Ministers to draw up development plan

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J&K: Modi govt sets up 5-member Group of Ministers to draw up development plan

The Narendra Modi government has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into development, economic and social issues in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, that will come into existence on October 31, media reports said today (Wednesday, Aug 28).

The group will suggest various development, economic and social steps to be taken for the two UTs, sources said.

Some reports said the GoM has already met twice to discuss the development of Kashmir and its youth.Another media report said the GoM will hold its first meeting in the first week of September.

The group is expected to submit a report by October 30 – aday before the Union Territory status of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh comes into effect.

It could be the basis of the economic package that is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister.

According to media reports, “A group of ministers has been constituted for Kashmir. Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Jitender Singh, Narendra Tomar and Dharmendra Pradhan are part of the GoM.” The committee will be chaired by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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The GoM has been tasked with the preparation of a blueprint on the proposed development of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of its special status under Article 370.

Ravi Shankar Prasad’s Law Ministry and Information Technology Ministry, Thawar Chand Gehlot’s Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Narendra Tomar’s Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry and Ministry of Rural Development along with Dharmendra Pradhan’s Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry and Steel Ministry has been asked to prepare a proposal on how each of these departments can contribute towards J&K’s development.

While announcing the sweeping move on Jammu and Kashmir in parliament on August 5, Home Minister Amit Shah had said this will pave the way to the government’s development plans for Jammu and Kashmir.

The centre has said Jammu and Kashmir becoming Union Territory will help develop the place faster

According to one report, the GoM has already met twice and skill development of youth will be one of the key focus areas of this group.

On Tuesday, secretaries of at least 15 central ministries and departments met to discuss ways to carry forward the process of bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into UTs and bring back normalcy as early as possible.

The meeting assessed the implementation of central schemes in Jammu and Kashmir and initiatives to be taken to expedite return of normalcy, said reports quoting a home ministry official.

Development programmes and division of assets and manpower were the key areas of discussion in Tuesday’s meeting, the official reportedly said.

The meeting also discussed measures to be taken for stocking essential commodities, particularly in the Ladakh region, before the onset of the winter, the official was reported to have said.

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Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today referred a batch of petitions challenging the changes in Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status to a five-judge Constitution bench.The apex court, which said the petitions will be listed for hearing in the first week of October, also issued notices to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the batch of pleas challenging the presidential order abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution.

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Watch: Crocodile comes out of open drain in Hyderabad

The local people informed the city police about the incident. The police further alerted the forest department. The crocodile was spotted at a place where a bridge is being constructed over the drain. Large number of people gathered around to catch a glimpse of the reptile.

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Watch: Crocodile comes out of open drain in Hyderabad

A baby crocodile emerged from an overflowing Nala in Chintal basti, Hyderabad during heavy rainfall that took place in the city on Wednesday. The incident has triggered panioc among the local people in the area. People were shocked when the young crocodile came out the drain which was overflowing due to the heavy rainfall in the city.

The local people informed the city police about the incident. The police further alerted the forest department. The crocodile was spotted at a place where a bridge is being constructed over the drain. Large number of people gathered around to catch a glimpse of the reptile. The crocodile had been washed ashore in the flood water. The forest department took the help of the Disaster response force (DRF) to catch the crocodile.

The reptile was shifted to Nehru zoological park in the city. In a similar incident, a seven feet large crocodile had come into Raigadh’s Mangaon after heavy rains on July 22nd 2023. Some locals saw the giant reptile roaming freely on the road in front of Madgaon Kacheri road, Mangaon murthi complex. The locals informed the forest department,. They started an operation to rescue the animal. The operation took five hours and the crocodile was caught. The reptile was shifted to a safe habitat.

A huge crowd of people gathered around to watch the crocodile.In another scary incident a crocodile was seen crossing the Commerce college main road on July 20th 2023 in Kota Rajasthan. The vehicles and pedestrians stopped in their tracks.

Jairam Pandey, deputy conservator of Forest Kota confirmed his staff had informed about the reptile but the crocodile disappeared into the drains. A video shows a three and ahalf feet crocodile crossing the commerce college near Sabji Mandi. Since the city of Kota is situated on the bank of Chambal river, which has a gharial sanctuary crocodiles occasionally enter nearby areas     

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Rahul Gandhi visits Delhi’s Kirti Nagar furniture market, interacts with carpenters

During the visit, the Congress leader interacted with the carpenters at work and heard their problems

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Rahul Gandhi visits Delhi’s Kirti Nagar furniture market, interacts with carpenters

In yet another surprise visit in the national capital, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached Asia’s largest furniture market in Kirti Nagar. During the visit, the Congress leader interacted with the carpenters at work and heard their problems associated with their daily lives. He also tried his hand at building some furniture items. 

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote that today, he went to Asia’s largest furniture market located in Kirti Nagar, Delhi and met his carpenter brothers. He expressed that apart from being hard workers, they are also amazing artists and experts at carving strength and beauty. He added that they talked a lot and he got to know a little about their skills and also tried to learn a little.

Congress too took to social media platform, X and noted that people’s leader Rahul Gandhi met the carpenters and listened to their problems and tried to know and understand their skills closely. The party also shared a few pictures of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the market in Kirti Nagar. Congress underlined that Bharat Jodo Yatra continues.

As far as reports are concerned, this was Rahul Gandhi’s third such reaching-out exercise in Delhi in the recent past. Earlier, he met fruit and vegetable vendors in Azadpur Mandi in August after a video of a tearful vendor struggling with inflation went viral.

Recently, he also met railway porters at Anand Vihar Railway station and interacted with them to know their concerns. His visit followed a month after the porters of the railway station expressed their desire to meet him. During the course of interaction, Rahul Gandhi assured the porters that he will put forth the issues of porters and auto drivers in front of the central government. 

During the last few months, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has met people from various frontiers including students, farmers, bike mechanics etc. 

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Anant Chaturdashi 2023: 2450 idols immersed by 3pm across Mumbai during Ganesh festival

The festival started with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19 and concluded on the Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday. Mumbai’s Lalbaug area is famous for celebrating the festival with much grandeur.

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Anant Chaturdashi 2023: 2450 idols immersed by 3pm across Mumbai during Ganesh festival

During the drum beats and chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya various Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai on Thursday started the process of immersion of the Ganesh idols, concluding the 10 day Ganesh festival. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official by 3pm a total of 2452 idols had been immersed, which included 25 of Goddess Gauri, 116 public idols and 2311 household ones.

He said 919 of the 2452 idols were immersed in artificial ponds set up by the civic body. The 919 idols consisted of 12 of goddess Gauri, nine public idols and 898 household idols. Huge crowd of devotees gathered at various places in the city to catch a glimpse of their favourite diety. Decked up idols of Lord Ganesh in various forms and sizes were taken out of Pandals for their final journey accompanies by prayers, dance and music.

The festival started with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19 and concluded on the Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday. Mumbai’s Lalbaug area is famous for celebrating the festival with much grandeur. The procession of the idols Ganesh Gully and Tejukaya mandals started with the chants of Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya and Ganpati Bappa Morya.

The Lal Baugcha Raja idol that attracts maximum number of devotees started at around 11.30 am. A large number of people were waiting on sides of the road for the final darshan of the idol. Thousands of devotees gathered on the streets of Lalbaug to bid farewell to their favourite diety and witness the vibrant procession of people with the sprinkling of gulal, dance and music.

There was a large gathering of devotees at Lalbaug’s Shroff building to witness the showering of flowers on the Ganesh idols. A large crowd was seen gathered near the main road which lead to Girgaon in South Mumbai.

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