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PM Modi to address rally in Punjab’s Ferozepur today after two years, farmers stage protest

PM Modi will lay foundation stones for projects worth over Rs 42,000 crore, including two mega road corridors to enhance accessibility to prominent religious centres and three health institutions in this town bordering Pakistan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally at Punjab’s Ferozepur on Wednesday after a gap of two years, a few days before the announcement of the assembly polls schedule.

PM Modi will lay foundation stones for projects worth over Rs 42,000 crore, including two mega road corridors to enhance accessibility to prominent religious centres and three health institutions in this town bordering Pakistan.

Projects to be inaugurated  

Greenfield Expressway to connect key Sikh religious sites at Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran and the holy Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra.

The 669 km-long Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway at a total cost of about Rs 39,500 crore.

Four-laning of Amritsar-Una section at the cost of around Rs 1,700 crore

New broad gauge railway line between Mukerian and Talwara of around 27 Km in length. Cost: Rs 410 crore

New medical infrastructure in three towns of Punjab. The 100 bedded PGI Satellite Centre in Ferozepur. Cost: Over Rs 490 crore

Two medical colleges at Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur with 100 seats. cost Rs 325 crore each

The BJP is claiming that it will be the biggest ever such event in the state with an expected crowd of more than 3 lakh people. However, it will be the PM Modi’s first rally in Punjab since the repeal of farm laws.

Punjab assembly elections are just a few months away.

The three roads leading to the venue in Ferozepur were blocked by members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangrash Committee (KMSC) that had given a call to disrupt the Prime Minister’s rally as the Centre is silent on their three demands.

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A total of 9 farmer unions had given a call to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Punjab’s Ferozepur over their pending issues such as an ex gratia grant of Rs 1 crore to each family of farmers who died during the farmers protest, the release of arrested farmers and the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Home Minister Ajay Mishra.

The roads were partially cleared for traffic movement by 9.30 am on Wednesday after farmers received assurances that PM Modi would address them on January 15.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

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Patna: Bulldozers knock down 70 houses in Rajiv Nagar, clash between police and public

In Rajiv Nagar, 70 houses were demolished by bulldozers. The local people clashed with the police administration due to the order of demolishing 70 illegal houses.

According to the reports, when police and anti-riot force started moving bulldozers on the houses, the residents and the local people also stood up with bricks and stones in their hands.

The reason for the displeasure of the local people is that the CO and government employees of the area took no action when the houses were being built and the area was being settled.

One of the locals said, “when the houses are already built, then why the bulldozer is being run by the administration to remove them.”

It has been clearly said by the Minister of Revenue and Land Reform, Ramsurat Rai that the government is not in a mood to be soft on the encroachers. So, on June 3, the administration reached Rajiv Nagar with about one and a half dozen JCB machines to demolish the illegal constructions in Rajiv Nagar of Patna (Bihar).

The local people were seen clashing with the administration to save the shelter. They also attacked the police and the anti-riot force with bricks and stones.

During this, the condition of the people, whose houses were broken, was deteriorated. People who had built houses with hard-earned money were seen getting helpless.

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Bihar: Fire breaks out at train in Bhelwa Railway Station, video goes viral

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual.

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According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A fire broke out at a train in Bhelwa Railway Station in Bihar in the wee hours of Sunday. The fire reportedly erupted in the engine of the DMU train, which was heading to Narkatiaganj from Raxual. According to the reports, all passengers who were on the train were evacuated safely.

A news agency uploaded a video on its Twitter account which shows black smoke swirling out of the train. As soon as the people there noticed the smoke, they informed the on-duty officials. And soon after fire officials reached the spot. Firefighters are seen extinguishing the fire in the video as a crowd of onlookers watches from nearby.

All passengers are safe because the fire from the engine did not spread to other compartments of the train. A firefighting operation is underway.

However, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. No casualties have been reported so far.

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After Mohammed Zubair’s arrest, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha triggers social media outrage

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments.

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Days after Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair got arrested by the Delhi police over allegedly hurting religious sentiments in a 2008 tweet, Pratik Sinha’s old tweet on Lord Ganesha on Lord Ganesha is doing rounds on the internet.

Why #ArrestPratikSinha is trending?

Pratik Sinha, the founder of the fack checker news website Alt News, in an old tweet dated September 19, 2015, wrote, “See many people posting pictures of Ganesha. You guys really believe a man had an elephant’s head?”

The tweet is viral on the internet and a section of social media is slamming Sinha for mocking Lord Ganesha and hurting religious sentiments. #ArrestPratikSinha is trending on Twitter.

Reacting to Pratik Sinha’s tweet, one user demanded strict action against Sinha for hurting religious beliefs. Another user wrote hurting others’ beliefs is not free-thinking. Yet another user wrote Sinha deserves to be arrested for his deeds.

Have a look at Twitter reactions to Pratik Sinha’s old tweet here:

https://twitter.com/iRiddhimajain/status/1543208062051176448
https://twitter.com/peonking21/status/1543211250695680001

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Saturday charged Mohammed Zubair with fresh charges of destruction of evidence and receiving funds from foreign entities.

Reports say Delhi Police have invoked sections 201(causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

On June 27, Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in one of his old tweets. He was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day.

The fact-checker was charged under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC.

He was then charged under sections 120B, 201 of the IPC and 35 FCRA through which the Enforcement Directorate c can lodge a case against Zubair.

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