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Earthquake in Delhi-NCR

As per National Center for Seismology, the tremors were felt after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Nepal.

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Strong earthquake tremors were felt across Delhi and the NCR region on Tuesday. According to the reports, the earthquake hit the capital at around 2:28 pm.

As per National Center for Seismology, the tremors were felt after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Nepal.

The earthquake was at a depth of 10 km and was about 63 km to the northwest of Nepal’s Jumla district, more than 300 km from the capital, Kathmandu.

People took to social media to express that they have felt the strong tremors of the earthquake. One of the users wrote that the earthquake in Delhi-NCR was pretty strong as her flat shook for about 12-15 seconds.

One of the users also shared a video in which the box containing walnuts is shaking due to the earthquake.

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Another user shared a video of his ceiling fan shaking due to the earthquake.

However, no injuries, casualties or damages to the property have been reported yet.

Earlier in the month, the tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR after an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude jolted Afghanistan. The epicenter was 79 km south of Fayzabad in Afghanistan at a depth of 200 km.

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MCD Mayor election to be held on February 6, LG approves new date

Due to the clash between the councillors of Aam Aadmi Party and of the BJP, the elections were adjourned twice

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MCD Mayor election

The new date for the election of the Mayor of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has been declared.

The elections for MCD Mayor will be held on February 6. Apart from this, elections for deputy mayor and 6 standing committee members are also to be held.

Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Vinay Saxena has approved the new date for the mayor’s election. Earlier, Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government had sent a proposal for a new date for the mayor’s election to LG Vinay Saxena.

The Delhi government had sent a proposal to hold the mayoral elections on February 3, 4 or 6. However, the SMD had sent a proposal to the Delhi government to hold elections on February 10. After this, LG has now fixed the date of MCD Mayor election on February 6.

Mayor’s election could not be held on January 6 and 24

Significantly, the first meeting of the newly elected House of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was held on January 6. During this, due to the clash between the councillors of Aam Aadmi Party and of the BJP, the elections of mayor, deputy mayor of six members of standing committee could not be held and the proceedings of the house were adjourned. After this, a meeting was held again on January 24 and due to the uproar, once again the election for the Mayor post was postponed. Apart from 250 councillors, Delhi’s 14 MLAs and 10 MPs will vote in the mayoral election.

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Aam Aadmi Party had won the MCD elections

Notably, the elections for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi were held on December 4 last year and the results were declared on December 7. The Aam Aadmi Party won 134 seats in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, while the BJP was successful in winning 104 wards. After this BJP was out of power of MCD after 15 years.

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Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan granted bail by Lucknow Sessions Judge

Kappan and 3 others were detained at the Mathura toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh while en route to cover up a gang rape and the murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras

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Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan

Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan, who was scheduled to be released on Tuesday after two years in jail in a money laundering case, was granted bail by the Sessions Judge, Lucknow on Wednesday.

Since December 21, 2021, he has been awaiting trial after being charged under the UAPA and later in a PMLA case.

Kappan’s attorney claims that there was a delay in authenticating the two sureties for one lakh rupees that he was required to submit before being granted bail. The sureties could not, however, be submitted in court after being vetted on Tuesday due to the lawyers’ strike.

On December 23, the top court granted Kappan bail. His two one-lakh sureties were unable to be authenticated in a timely manner, according to his attorney Ishan Baghel.

Now that both sureties have been confirmed, they were unable to be presented in court today due to a boycott by district court attorneys. When the court resumes its proceedings, he will be discharged, Baghel said.

The FIR that Lucknow police had lodged earlier this month against two lawyers in an accident case prompted the strike on Tuesday. On October 5, 2020, Kappan and three other people were detained at the Mathura toll plaza in Uttar Pradesh while en route to cover up a gang rape and the murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras town.

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The accused, according to the police, were aiming to undermine local law and order and were active members of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a group that has since been outlawed.

Cases under The Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and the Information Technology (IT) Act were filed against the journalist. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) later arrested him in connection with the PMLA case.

In connection with the Hathras case, the Supreme Court granted Siddique bail in September. But due to ED’s money laundering case, he remained behind bars.

On December 23, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court granted Kappan bail after observing that the ED’s investigation had not specifically linked Kappan to the case involving the alleged illegal transfer of $1.36 million, purportedly obtained by PFI, in order to foment terrorism in the nation.

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Several steps taken in Union Budget 2023 to empower middle class: PM Modi

Over the years, the government has taken several steps to make life easier for the women living in the villages, the PM said.

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Several steps taken in Union Budget 2023 to empower middle class: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the union budget 2023, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, as the budget of expectations. He said that it is going to fulfill the expectations of the poor, farmers and middle class. Traditionally, crores of Vishwakarmas who create something or the other by working hard with their own hands and tools are the builders of this country.

He said that the list includes blacksmith, goldsmith, sculptor and is a very long one. Due to the hard work of all of them, the country brought many incentive schemes for the first time in this budget. Arrangements were made for training, technology support for such people. Over the years, the government has taken several steps to make life easier for the women living in the villages. Be it Jaljeevan, PM Awas Yojana, there are many such steps. Women’s self help group is a potential area.

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  • A special savings scheme for women is being launched. After Jan Dhan, this special savings scheme will give great strength to the mothers and sisters of normal families. The budget will make cooperatives the pivot of the rural economy.
  • The government has made the world’s largest food storage scheme. A plan was announced to form new primary cooperatives. With this, milk and fish farming will expand along with farming. Product will get better price.
  • To replicate the success of digital payments. Today the world is celebrating International Millet Year. Today, when Millets is reaching every house, it is becoming popular in the world. Small farmers are getting maximum benefit from it.
  • Now Super Four has been given a new identity of Free Food. Schemes have been made for its promotion. Small farmers, tribal farmers of the country will get strength and the countrymen will get a healthy life. This will give expansion to green growth, green economy, green energy and green jobs.
  • This time an unprecedented investment of Rs 10 lakh crore on infrastructure will create employment opportunities. Will provide new income opportunities to the large population. Credit support and reform drive for industries has been enhanced with ease of doing business.
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