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India Under complete lockdown for next 21 days : PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi announced India was going into a complete lockdown mode from midnight on Tuesday resulting in a complete ban on people stepping out of their homes in order to prevent further transmission of Coronavirus in India that has registered over 500 cases so far.

If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years says Prime minister Modi during the speech.

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Narendra Modi during the speech

Modi warns public for not taking Janata Curfew seriously

Day after India observed 14-hour-long ‘Janta Curfew’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to point out that people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Several videos have emerged of people taking out rallies and performing garba during the curfew on Sunday.

“Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to get the rules and laws followed,” the PM tweeted on Monday morning.

The Centre and state governments have decided to completely lock down 80 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala announced lockdown in many districts.

Delhi will be locked down from 6 am on March 23 till midnight on March 31

On Sunday, the prime minister had called the ‘Janta Curfew’ the beginning of a long battle against coronavirus outbreak, as he lauded the people for their overwhelming response to his appeal for self-restriction, saying together the countrymen can defeat any challenge.

In an earlier tweet, he had said the country thanked each person who led the fight against the coronavirus. He said that with this “resolve and patience, let’s restrict (social distancing) ourselves as part of this long battle.” The prime minister thanked elderly women of the country for expressing their gratitude to those fighting the deadly virus.

Kanika Kapoor’s attended 2 parties after being detected positive for coronavirus.

Some time back, Kanika Kapoor informed that she had only attended a family gathering of around 30 people afetr being detected positive for coronavirus, while her father Rajiv Kapoor had cleared that the singer attended at least three parties consisting of around 400 people.

Amidst her statement from isolation in Lucknow hospital, a photo of her from a high-profile party has been viral. In the image, Kanika poses with BJP minister Dushyant Singh, his wife Niharika Raje, their son Vinayak Singh, who is studying in the 10th standard, UP health minister Jaypratap Singh’s wife Vasundara Singh, UP minister Akbar Ahmed Dumpy’s nephew Aadil Ahmed, congress minister Jatin Prasad’s wife Neha Prasad and Rampur nawab’s daughters.

Here are both the images:

Kanika had attended the party on March 15. She missed out on mentioning the particular detail when she told Aaj Tak, “I attended a small get together on March 13. My father can’t say this that I attended three parties. I tried my level best not to contaminate others. Throughout the past week, we were all wearing gloves.”

FIR registered against singer Kanika Kapoor at Sarojini Nagar Police Station, Lucknow under:
Section 188: Disobedience of an order
Section 269: Negligence likely to spread disease
Section 270: Malignantly doesn’t act vis-a-vis infectious disease

Her father, who is also under home-quarantine with Kanika’s other family members had cleared, “Six of us in our family are undergoing test today at 4pm. Kanika has attended three parties after her arrival. She came in contact with around 350-400 families in three parties. Along with Kanika, we are also in isolation.”

The TajHotel in Lucknow, where Bollywood singer KanikaKapoor attended a party, has been closed till further orders, according to the orders issued by the District Magistrate on Friday evening.

Rahul Gandhi reacts for Narendra Modi’s Social media quit

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give up hatred, not social media accounts” after Modi hinted at giving up his accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube this coming Sunday.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister had said, “This Sunday, thinking of giving up my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. Will keep you all posted.”

As a quick retort to this, Rahul Gandhi captured a screenshot of the Prime Minister’s tweet and posted it on Twitter, with the caption, “Give up hatred, not social media accounts.”

Ever since the Prime Minister posted the tweet, social media has been abuzz with talks, discussing why Modi would suddenly announce taking such a step.

While some have said that it is a good step, in that it is natural for even the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy to take a break from social media, others have expressed disappointment in him leaving.

Several people have asked that if the Prime Minister gives up social media, how will the ordinary citizens get their daily updates about Modi’s personal and campaign details.

As has been witnessed from time to time, social media has been used to spread fake news and misinformation campaigns, and efforts to tackle these issues have not worked out completely. Recently, during the period of communal violence that unfolded in northeast Delhi, it was seen that notes of religious incitement were spread through social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

Many have even posited that the Prime Minister might announce some indigenous swadeshi social media platform to counter the international social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

However, whatever is the reason behind the Prime Minister’s elusive move, everything will expectedly be clear by Sunday.

Courtesy : DNA

2 crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators in India, none will be allowed to stay: Dilip Ghosh

Two days after claiming that 50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be ‘identified’ and ‘chased out of the country’, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday said that there are nearly one crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators in the state while another one crore are spread across the country. 

His remarks came amid massive nationwide protests across the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed pan-India National Register of India (NRC).

The new law promises citizenship to members of 6 non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014.

“2 crore Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators have entered India. 1 crore are in West Bengal and 1 crore have spread across the country. We will not allow any Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrator to stay here. If their names are in voters’ list then it will be removed,” Ghosh said while addressing a pro-CAA rally in Cooch Behar.

Earlier on Sunday, the Medinipur Lok Sabha MP, while addressing a gathering in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, had said, “50 lakh Muslim infiltrators will be identified if needed they will be chased out of the country. Firstly, their names will be removed from the voters’ list, and then Didi (referring to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) will not be able to appease anyone.”

“Once this is done, Didi’s votes will be reduced and in the upcoming elections, we will get 200 seats, she will not even get 50 seats,” he added. 

Last week, Ghosh had sparked controversy by threatening to shoot down those who damaged public property and accused Banerjee of not taking action as “they are her voters”. 

Massive protests have erupted across the country against the controversial law and the proposed NRC. 

Critics say that the new law is against the secular nature of the Indian Constitution and clubbed with the NRC may be misused to strip away some Muslims’ citizenship in the country. The BJP, however, has argued that the law has nothing to do with India’s Muslims and only helps those who fled religious persecution in the neighbouring countries. 

Courtesy : DNA

Indian govt seeks to woo Bollywood stars as citizenship law protests rage on

Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan: File photo

MUMBAI:  The Indian government invited numerous Bollywood stars and film industry personalities to a private gathering on Sunday in an effort to garner support for a new citizenship law that has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests nationwide.

At least 25 people have been killed so far in clashes with the police during five weeks of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA.

If combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics of the CAA fear it will discriminate against India’s Muslim minority and chip away at its secular constitution.

Two industry sources told Reuters they had received invites to Sunday’s gathering at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. Roughly 20 to 25 people from both the Hindi and Marathi film industry are expected to attend the event, one of the sources said.

An invitation seen by Reuters said the event hosted by two senior leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed to “facilitate a discussion on myths and realities pertaining to the (CAA)”.

Wooing Bollywood stars, who have a huge social media following among Indians of all faiths, could help the BJP alter some of the negative narrative around the new law.

The law, and the outrage it has prompted, pose a dilemma for a film industry that has some big-name Muslim personalities, but caters predominantly to India’s majority Hindu population. A handful of Bollywood figures have condemned the CAA, while some others have faced criticism for not weighing in on the issue.

Modi, who spearheads the Hindu nationalist BJP, has often appeared alongside actors and film industry figures at public events. The industry has, in turn, produced films that some critics have said approached political endorsements.

On Saturday, more than 100,000 people took part in a peaceful protest against the CAA in the southern city of Hyderabad.

Further protests were planned on Sunday in Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and several other Indian cities.

A source close to the BJP who is involved in organising Sunday’s private gathering said several party leaders had been enlisted to help explain the rationale of the CAA to various professional groups such as lawyers.

Our economic target is not Kanal water; PM Modi pledges

Prime Minister Modi said, “Our goal is to make India an economy of Rs 350 lakh crore.

The annual conference of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOC) was held in Delhi yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a special postage stamp as the Chamber of Commerce completes 100 years. Addressing the function, PM Modi said:

We are working hard to improve the Indian economy. Our focus now is on achieving our target of Rs 350 trillion (USD 5 trillion) as an economic nation. We are not afraid of this challenge, because it is not the water of the river and we have the merit to achieve this.

We have laid a strong foundation for achieving this goal. India’s ranking on the list of easy-to-launch countries has been steadily rising for the past 3 years. This qualification rises because you work night and day and change your policies.

Our economy went into disaster 5-6 years ago. Our government has established it and tried to bring about an order. We focused on meeting the demands of the industry 10 years ago.

The government has been trying to regulate many sectors of the economy. Steps have been taken to modernize technology to accelerate economic growth. The banking sector has improved. We ended the government intervention in banking activities.

There is no criminal action if companies mismanage the provisions of the law. We have brought transparency, efficiency and accountability in administration. We are progressing towards electronic tax administration. It is imperative to raise standards to face global competition. Thus he said.

Uttar Pradesh government orders demolition Modi slipped step

The first meeting of the National Council for the Cleaning of the Ganga River was held in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on the 14th of last month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was at the meeting, returned from a boat ride on the Ganga River after falling into a stairway. The security guards who were with him immediately caught him and helped him. He was not hurt. The step he had blocked was only taller than the other steps, causing him to fall.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to demolish the staircase.
Commenting on this, Ambassador Commissioner Bapte said, “Only the staircase that the Prime Minister has blocked will be different from other staircases. The height will be slightly taller. Others have stumbled on the same steps before. Therefore, it is decided to hurry up and take the only step at the right height.

Citizenship Amendment Act; All-party meeting presided over by Stalin

DMK to consult on Citizenship Amendment Act The all-party meeting started under Chairman Stalin.

The Citizenship Amendment Act provides for the granting of citizenship to non-Muslims who have sought refuge in India until 2014, after religious harassment in neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The North East states of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya have faced stiff opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act. People are engaged in a serious struggle against this.

Students from Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University students and students from Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh jumped into action. Similarly, protests took place in Delhi, Selampur and Jabarabad.

The DMK, which had protested in parliament on the Citizenship Amendment Act, yesterday announced that it would take place across Tamil Nadu. Accordingly, a protest was held yesterday in various districts of Tamil Nadu against the Citizenship Act. The demonstration was held in Kancheepuram under the leadership of party leader Stalin.

In this case, the DMK in Chennai DMK to consult on Citizenship Amendment Act The all-party meeting began with Chairman Stalin.

The DMK’s organization secretary, RS Bharathi, is the former Union minister and MP. Treasurer Duraimurugan is with others.

The meeting was attended by prominent members of the party, including the MDMK, Congress, the UDF, the Marxist Communist Party, the Indian Communist Party, the Liberation Panthers Party, the Indian Union Muslim League, VCK, the Kongunadu Peoples National Party and the Indian Democratic Party.

The consultation, which has been going on for more than an hour, is expected to be decided on the next step.

Why are Muslims not included in the Citizenship Amendment Bill? -Minister Rajnath Singh

Union Minister Rajnath Singh has explained why Muslims are not included in the Civil Rights Amendment Bill.

Ministers-level talks between India and US take place tomorrow in Washington. Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who had gone there, spoke at an event in New York for US Indians. He said: –
The Citizenship Amendment is not against Muslims. The law was meant to authorize Hindus who have been subject to religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
The reason for the non-inclusion of Muslims in the country is that the three countries mentioned above are Muslim countries. In those days of practicing Islam, Muslims are not religiously vulnerable. This is why Muslims are not included. Otherwise, we are not discriminated against by caste, race or religion.
Our culture does not teach us hate. We treat Muslims living in India as my brothers and family members. The situation in Assam and West Bengal is now under control. All the confusion involved will be resolved. If anyone proves that the Citizenship Amendment is against Muslims, we are ready to review it. But we will not allow the mere confusion in the matter.