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Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi, raises shortage of Covid vaccines, demands probe into Pegasus spying

During the meeting, Banerjee raised the issue of Covid-19 and the need for more vaccines in Bengal, Pegasus spying, and change of name of the state.

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Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi. Banerjee is on a three-day visit to the capital packed with politically significant meetings. This is the first time since the Bengal Assembly elections when both the leaders meeting in Delhi.

During the meeting, Banerjee raised the issue of Covid-19 and the need for more vaccines in Bengal, Pegasus spying and change of name of the state.

It was a courtesy meeting with PM today. During the meeting, I raised the issue of Covid and the need for more vaccines, medicines in the state. I also raised the pending issue of the change of name of West Bengal to Bangla, the Bengal CM said.

However, demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe in the Pegasus row, the Trinamool Chief said PM should call an all-party meeting on the Pegasus issue. There should be a Supreme Court-monitored probe in this matter.

Mamata Banerjee had on Monday announced to form a two-member panel headed by the retired Supreme Court judge MV Lokur and former Calcutta High Court judge Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya to probe the alleged snooping of public figures using the Pegasus spyware.

About 300 Indians including 40 journalists, politicians were snooped upon by an unidentified agency using Spyware Pegasus.

The names of Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee and poll strategist Prashant Kishor were on the list of those allegedly chosen for surveillance by the Pegasus spyware. Abhishek Banerjee is the nephew of Mamata Banerjee and a leader of the Trinamool Congress, while Kishor had managed the TMC’s successful campaign in the recently concluded Assembly polls in Bengal.

She said she was also supposed to meet President Ram Nath Kovind. But the problem is they are asking me to have an RT-PCR done before meeting him. I have got both doses though. Where will I go here, she said.

Earlier in the day, the Bengal CM also met Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma. Congratulating #Didi on her big victory, both leaders had an immensely fruitful discussion. This shall pave the way for the bright future of our country, the All India Trinamool Congress Twitter handle tweeted.

However, after meeting the TMC chief, Congress leader Anand Sharma said Mamata Banerjee and I have close ties as we’ve worked together for years. I appreciate her for how she fought the recent polls and won. She’s come to Delhi for 1st time after victory, so I came and had tea with her.

Read Also: Covid vaccine for children likely from next month: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Tomorrow, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has invited the Bengal Chief Minister. The Bengal CM will also meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday as a part of her visit.

In other India news, actor Kriti Sanon turned a year older today.

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Dalit man beaten by mob in Telangana, video goes viral | Watch

Police have also registered a case against the mob and are probing further, whereas the victim was rushed to the hospital and is undergoing treatment.

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A harrowing story of caste based violence has come to light from Telangana’s Vikarabad district where a 26-year-old Dalit man was mercilessly beaten up by a mob of Shiva devotees. According to reports, the vicious attack ensued right in front of the police.

The incident reportedly transpired in Devanoor village.

As per the reports, the Dalit man was beaten up by the mob of men for allegedly wearing Shiva Mala after which the devotees were left enraged and beat up the man. Reports suggest the devotees who turned to such violent measures allegedly belonged to Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

In the viral video, a huge mob of hindu devotees can be seen charging and attacking a Dalit man. The video also shows another man being brutally beaten up by a second group of mobs as the situation escalated.

The video also shows the relentless and brave police officers trying to stop the mob and also trying to take the dalit man away from the mob of men.

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It was reported that the 26-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital and is reportedly undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Police have also registered a case against the attacking mob and are probing further, suggests reports.

Twitter reactions

After the video went viral many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote and condemned the actions by the Shiva devotees. The user also termed the actions by the Shiva devotees to be thuggery. The user also highlighted that the mob neglected the police who were there and continued to attack the Dalit man.

The user also wrote and said that such mobocracy should be dealt with sternly.

One user also wrote and said that the mob assaulting the man claiming to be Shiva devotees are a disgrace to all those who have faith in Shiva, implying that the people who believe in lord Shiva would never do such things.

One user also lauded the brave and relentless police officials who can be seen trying to save and protect the two men in the video. The user also wrote and said that it is rare to see Indian police in Modi’s rule to protect the victims from such hooliganism.

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Delhi man murders father for refusing to give him money for drugs, arrested

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In a shocking incident, a son allegedly murdered his own father after the latter refused to give him money to buy drugs, police said on Wednesday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

The victim, identified as Suresh Kumar, 65, a resident of Sri Nagar of Shakurpur village in Delhi, got into a scuffle with his son who was asking him for money to buy drugs. Police reached the spot after receiving information about the fight in Subhash Place area of northwest Delhi and found the victim with grievous injuries.

Officials said that Suresh had sustained serious injuries and cuts and was bleeding from one of his ears. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

A case was registered and investigation into the incident revealed that Suresh had engaged in a scuffle with his son Ajay Kumar, 30, over the latter demanding money from his father. Police said that Suresh refused to give Ajay money for drugs resulting in a brawl in which the victim was grievously injured.

The accused has been arrested and booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigation is ongoing.

In a similar incident an 18-year-old and a juvenile boy were arrested with the death of a Class 12 student who was stabbed to death in southeast Delhi’s Kalkaji on Wednesday.

Shiva Chaudhary, a resident of Pul Prahladpur resident was arrested while a 15-year-old school student was apprehended, police said.

The Class 12 student was allegedly stabbed on Monday after a quarrel between two groups of students near Hansraj Sethi Park. He was admitted to Purnima Sethi Hospital where he succumbed.

The police registered a murder case and found during investigations that there was a minor scuffle between the victim’s friends with students from another school near Govindpuri Metro station on January 28.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols’ construction

The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone.

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Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about Shaligram stones sent from Nepal for idols' construction

Shaligram stones brought to Ayodhya from Janakpur, a famous religious place in Nepal is being worshipped at the Ram Mandir. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal worshiped the Mahant of Janaki Temple. After worshiping according to Vedic rituals, Shaligram Shila was handed over to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.

As soon as the Shaligram Yatra entered the highway late night, slogans of Jai Shri Ram started echoing. People showered flowers and there was a lot of fireworks. On reaching Ayodhya, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai, Trustee Dr. Anil Mishra, outgoing Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay and other BJP leaders welcomed the Shaligram by showering flowers.

For the unversed, along with the construction work of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the work of Ramlala’s statue is also going on with a high pace. The idol of lord Ram will be made of these Shaligram stone. As per Hindu believes, as Shivling is considered as the form of Lord Shankar similarly, Shaligram is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

What is Shaligram?

According to science, Shaligram is a black colored ammonoid fossil, found in black, brown, white, grey, blue color and sometimes with golden glow. Shaligram is generally collected by the people from the banks of the holy river Gandaki of Hinduism and is the sacred name of Lord Vishnu. However, it is also known as Salgram, as per Hindu believes.

It is related to a village named Salgram. This village is situated on the banks of the Gandaki river in Nepal. Shaligram and Shivling are considered as deities of God. According to Puranas, only this Deity form of God should be worshipped. Apart from the Shivling form of Lord Shiva, there is only one temple of Shaligram in the whole world. Mostly in Hinduism, idols are worshipped, but before the idols, Lord Brahma was worshiped in the form of conch shell, Lord Shiva in the form of Shivling and Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.

According to reports, there is a place Muktinath in Nepal. The only temple of Shaligram is present here. However, there are approximately 33 different types of Shaligrams. These 33 types are associated with the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is said that all these 24 Shaligrams are related to the same number of Ekadashi fasts. According to the incarnations of God, the circular Shaligram is believed to be the Gopal form of Lord Vishnu.

Fish shaped Shaligram is considered as the incarnation of Matsya. The shape of the tortoise is considered to be the symbol of Kachhapa or Kurma avatar. On the other hand, the chakra that emerges in Shaligram or the Shaligram which has lines, is considered as the form of Shri Krishna.

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