Didi Slams Draconian Criminal Law Bills

Didi Slams Draconian Criminal Law Bills:

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the new criminal law bills as excessively harsh and anti-citizen. She revealed that Trinamul Congress MPs will voice their concerns about the bill’s provisions during parliamentary panel discussions.

Expressing her worries, Banerjee posted on X (formerly Twitter) that she had been reviewing drafts from the Union Home Ministry aimed at replacing the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Indian Evidence Act. She was shocked to discover that these drafts quietly introduced severe and draconian provisions detrimental to citizens.

She pointed out that while there was a promise to withdraw the Sedition Law, the proposed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita introduced even more severe and arbitrary measures, potentially affecting citizens more negatively. Banerjee stressed the need to decolonize not only the form but also the spirit of the current Acts, and she encouraged jurists and public activists to carefully study these drafts for democratic contributions to the criminal justice system.

didi slams draconian criminal law bills
Didi Slams Draconian Criminal Law Bills

She also mentioned that her parliamentary colleagues would address these concerns during deliberations in the Standing Committee. She emphasized the need for improvements in the laws.

Also read: BJP Committed to Providing 10% Reservation for Tribals,” Affirms Kishan Reddy

BJP Committed to Providing 10% Reservation for Tribals,” Affirms Kishan Reddy

BJP Committed to Providing 10% Reservation for Tribals,” Affirms Kishan Reddy:

The Telangana BJP has pledged to implement a 10% reservation for Adivasis (tribals) in government jobs, local body elections, and education based on their population size. Union Minister and BJP State Chief, G. Kishan Reddy, made this commitment after offering prayers to the presiding deities Sammakka and Saralamma in Medaram, Mulugu district.

G.Kishan Reddy, speaking to the media at the temple, emphasized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to uplift tribal and Adivasi communities across the nation, including celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Alluri Sitarama Raju and appointing a tribal woman as a president. He hoped the presiding deities would bless Modi in his mission to preserve tribal traditions and culture and initiate further developmental programs for these communities.

The BJP leader expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for establishing the Central Tribal University in Mulugu district, named after Sammakka and Saralamma, and allocating ₹900 crore for its initial phase. He also mentioned the ₹34 crore tribal memorial museum and a ₹6.5 crore tribal research center established by the BJP government in Hyderabad.

Kishan Reddy highlighted the establishment of 17 Ekalavya schools costing ₹420 crore to promote development in the agency areas, honor tribal luminaries, and enhance tribal literacy rates. The central government also designated aspirational districts such as Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Asifabad, and Bhadradri Kothagudem, providing ₹37 crore for their development.

Furthermore, through the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the central government allocated ₹80 crore to create a tribal circuit linking Mulugu, Laknavaram, Thadavai, Damarvai, Malluru, and Bogatha waterfalls, along with providing essential facilities. The Prime Minister has taken a special initiative to secure UNESCO’s World Heritage status for the historic Sri Rudreshwara Alayam temple in Ramappa, Mulugu district.

bjp committed to providing 10% reservation for tribals," affirms kishan reddy
BJP Committed to Providing 10% Reservation for Tribals," Affirms Kishan Reddy

Several prominent political figures attended this event, including former minister Etala Rajendar, former MPs Mohan Rao, Ravindra Naik, and Ramesh Rathod, former MLA Dharma Rao, Chandupatla Prahalad, Errabelli Pradeep, Rao Padma, and Rakesh Reddy.

Also read: Modi’s Spiritual Visit to Uttarakhand Spurs Development Projects

Modi’s Spiritual Visit to Uttarakhand Spurs Development Projects

Modi’s Spiritual Visit to Uttarakhand Spurs Development Projects:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on his visit to Uttarakhand, commencing with a pilgrimage to the Adi Kailash peak, a sacred abode of Lord Shiva located in Jolingkong. Following this, he will proceed to Gunji village to interact with local residents and security personnel, as per the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) itinerary.

During his journey from Naini Saini airport to a public meeting venue, cultural troupes hailing from Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region will extend a warm welcome to the Prime Minister. A 6-km road, adorned with murals and paintings, has been renovated for this purpose.

Modi will later visit the Jageshwar Dham to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and deliver a public address in Pithoragarh. The visit is also an opportunity for him to unveil various development projects, elevating the significance of the Adi Kailash tourism circuit, as mentioned by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in a Facebook post.

Cultural troupes from across the Kumaon region have been invited to participate in the welcome ceremony along the route from the airport to the SS Waldia sports stadium in Pithoragarh, as confirmed by organizer C.S. Chauhan.

modi's spiritual visit to uttarakhand spurs development projects
Modi’s Spiritual Visit to Uttarakhand Spurs Development Projects

According to the PMO’s schedule, Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Jolingkong at 8.30 a.m., departing from Bareilly. He will engage in prayer at Parvati Tal, seek blessings from Lord Shiva at Adi Kailash, and conduct a puja at the Shiva-Parvati temple in Jolingkong, guided by local priests Virendra Kutiyal and Gopal Singh. Additionally, he will receive water from the holy Mansarovar lake, presented by Nepalese traders under the supervision of Ashok Nabiyal, the patron of Rung Kalyan Sanstha.

Also read: Maharashtra Politics: Language and Religion in Focus Ahead of Elections

Maharashtra Politics: Language and Religion in Focus Ahead of Elections

Maharashtra Politics: Language and Religion in Focus Ahead of Elections:

As the elections draw near, a linguistic dispute has erupted in Mumbai, where activists from Shiv Sena (UBT) and the MNS have vandalized Gujarati signboards in the Ghatkopar area, which has a significant Gujarati population. BJP leaders are calling for the reinstallation of these signboards by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Unidentified individuals damaged a signboard with Gujarati text and replaced it with a flex displaying the Shiv Sena (UBT) symbol at a triangular traffic junction near the ‘N’ ward BMC office in Ghatkopar. This junction was beautified in 2016 by the then-local BJP corporator Pravin Chheda, who installed a large sign in Gujarati reading ‘Maru Ghatkopar’ (My Ghatkopar) on one side.

Following this incident, MNS activists also defaced other Gujarati nameplates on RB Mehta Marg on Monday night, creating a tense atmosphere in Ghatkopar.

On Tuesday, BJP workers and Gujarati residents in Ghatkopar staged protests against these acts of vandalism. Chheda noted that the traffic junction had signages in Marathi From Maharashtra and English on the other two sides, and there was no intention to exclusively promote the Gujarati language. He accused both Shiv Sena UBT and the MNS of attempting to exploit the situation for their own political advantage by stirring up a Marathi vs. Gujarati dispute.

The Marathi vs. Gujarati dispute is expected to escalate into a significant controversy in the coming days. The incident occurred shortly after a Marathi woman, Trupti Deorukhkar, was allegedly denied access to premises in the Mulund area, which was primarily occupied by Gujarati residents. Subsequently, Gujarati office bearers of the society issued an apology.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP MLA Nitesh Rane has called for restrictions on entry into upcoming Navratri festivals, permitting only Hindus to prevent ‘Love Jihad’ incidents. He urged organizers to check Aadhaar cards at the entrance and admit only Hindus to garba and dandiya venues in Maharashtra.

“We demand that individuals participating in dandiya and garba events should be from the Hindu community. We have requested organizers to verify the Aadhaar cards of all attendees at the entrance and admit only Hindus to ensure the safety of Hindu women,” said the BJP MLA.

maharashtra politics: language and religion in focus ahead of elections
Maharashtra Politics: Language and Religion in Focus Ahead of Elections

He claimed that several incidents have linked ‘love jihad’ cases and religious conversions to such festivities.

“Hindu women are deceived and enticed. People from outside our community attend such events wearing saffron and other attire and falsely claim to be Hindus,” added Rane.

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Second Round of Questioning for Nara Lokesh in Inner Ring Road Scam

Second Round of Questioning for Nara Lokesh in Inner Ring Road Scam:

In the ongoing investigation into the Amaravati Inner Ring Road scam case, Andhra Pradesh CID continued its questioning of Nara Lokesh, the TDP general secretary, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Lokesh reached the CID’s Economic Offences Wing-II office in Tadepalli, located in Guntur district, at 9:55 a.m.

A day earlier, the CID issued a second notice to Lokesh, summoning him under Section 41 A of CrPC.

second round of questioning for nara lokesh in inner ring road scam
Second Round of Questioning for Nara Lokesh

The Inner Ring Road (IRR) scam centers around alleged irregularities in the construction of an internal ring road in Amaravati city. The CID’s investigation suggests that the road’s alignment was altered to provide undue advantages to companies associated with TDP leaders, including Chandrababu Naidu.

Also read: President Draupadi Murmu to Arrive in Srinagar for a 2-Day Visit Today

President Draupadi Murmu to Arrive in Srinagar for a 2-Day Visit Today

President Draupadi Murmu to Arrive in Srinagar for a 2-Day Visit Today:

Security forces, including the J&K police and commandos from central armed police forces, encircled the picturesque University of Kashmir campus in Srinagar‘s Hazratbal area ahead of President Draupadi Murmu’s visit.

The President is set to preside over the 20th convocation of the oldest public state university in Jammu and Kashmir, established in 1948, situated on the western side of Dal Lake.

All four entrances to the campus were sealed by armed personnel on Tuesday evening, and security was also heightened in the adjacent residential area The reinforcement of local police and central armed police forces, such as the CRPF, was put into effect.

Residents reported that security forces conducted searches in the nearby neighborhoods of Naseem Bagh, Sadrabal, and Kani Taar as part of security preparations. Official sources noted the use of the latest technology and security equipment, including CCTV cameras and drones, to ensure a safe visit by the President to Srinagar. Additionally, area dominance exercises are ongoing in the city, involving random vehicle checks and patrolling of residential areas, especially those around the University campus.

On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha led a meeting with top police and civil administration officials to review arrangements for the President’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Prof. Nilofar Khan, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, also attended the meeting.

president draupati murmu to arrive in srinagar for a 2-day visit today
President Draupadi Murmu to Arrive in Srinagar

During the initial part of her two-day visit to J&K, the President will engage with local tribal groups and women from self-help groups at Srinagar’s Raj Bhavan. She will also attend a civic reception in her honor at the same venue.

On October 12, President Draupadi Murmu will visit the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in the Trikuta hills near Jammu, where she is scheduled to inaugurate a renovated Parvati Bhavan and a skywalk, according to official sources.

Also read: Political Concerns Over Electoral Roll Revision in Telangana

Political Concerns Over Electoral Roll Revision in Telangana

Political Concerns Over Electoral Roll Revision in Telangana:

Political party leaders have expressed their reservations about the summary revision of electoral rolls.

Ponna Venkat Ramana, a member of the BJP state Election Commission affairs committee, raised concerns that residents of Rangareddy and Malkajgiri districts were included as voters in the Hyderabad district.

G. Niranjan, the senior vice president of the Telangana Congress, questioned the rationale behind numerous amendments made after the publication of the electoral rolls.

political concerns over electoral roll revision in telangana
Political Concerns Over Electoral Roll Revision in Telangana

The CPI(M) city secretary voiced dissatisfaction with the effectiveness of the electoral roll purification process. Additionally, members of political parties called on the authorities to distribute polling slips well in advance of the polling day rather than just before.

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KCR’s Ambitious Schedule: 41 Public Addresses in Just 24 Days

KCR’s Ambitious Schedule: 41 Public Addresses in Just 24 Days:

The President and Chief Minister of the BRS party, K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), has tentatively mapped out an extensive campaign schedule consisting of 41 election meetings over 24 days. This strategy is aimed at saturating the state with the party’s message. The campaign schedule was released on Tuesday evening.

K. Chandrashekar Rao, whose campaigning efforts are expected to significantly impact the fortunes of several BRS candidates in the November 30 elections, plans to address two to three meetings daily. The campaign kicks off in Husnabad on October 14 and concludes, as per the announced schedule, with a public meeting in Kamareddy on November 9.

In the interim, he will conduct meetings in various locations, including Jangaon, Bhongir, Sircilla, Siddipet, Jadcherla, Medchal, Achampet, Nagarkurnool, Munugode, Paleru, Station Ghanpur, Kodad, Thungathurthy, Aler, Jukkal, Banswada, Narayankhed, Huzurnagar, Miryalguda, Devarakonda, Sathupalli, Yellandu, Kothagudem, Khammam, Nirmal, Balkonda, Dharmapuri, Bhainsa (Mudhole), Armoor, Korutla, Gadwal, Makthal, Manthani, Peddapalli, Narayanpet, Chennur, Asifabad, Sirpur, and Bellampalli.

kcr's ambitious schedule: 41 public addresses in just 24 days
KCR's Ambitious Schedule: 41 Public Addresses in Just 24 Days

Meanwhile, the BJP is planning a total of 40 public meetings within a month, featuring prominent campaigners such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, J.P. Nadda, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, along with other senior BJP leaders.

The Congress campaign anticipates gatherings to be attended and addressed by Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, as well as senior leaders. There is also a plan for a bus yatra involving top leaders and Chief Ministers from states governed by the party.

Also read: KCR’s Election Goal: KTR as Next CM, Kavitha’s Legal Defense

KCR’s Election Goal: KTR as Next CM, Kavitha’s Legal Defense

KCR’s Election Goal: KTR as Next CM, Kavitha’s Legal Defense:

Union Home Minister Amit Shah strongly criticized the ruling BRS government in Telangana, accusing them of damaging the state through family rule. Shah cautioned that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) might attempt to create a false impression of a political alliance with the BJP as an election strategy.

Addressing a gathering of professionals and intellectuals in Secunderabad, Shah stated that KCR’s intentions were to pave the way for his son, K.T. Rama Rao, to become the Chief Minister while safeguarding his daughter, MLC K. Kavitha, from potential legal troubles by maintaining power in Telangana.

Shah emphasized that the BRS lacked a coherent ideology or governing principles for the state, suggesting that if they were to come to power, the influence of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) would be significant.

Regarding the BJP’s track record, Shah asserted that they adhered to a consistent ideology and strictly implemented it. He highlighted the substantial financial investment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amounting to ₹9 lakh crore, towards Telangana’s development over the past nine years. Shah questioned why Telangana, which had a surplus budget at its formation, fell into a deficit during K. Chandrashekar Rao’s (KCR)nine-year tenure.

Shah urged professionals and intellectuals to carefully consider their votes and not grant the BRS another opportunity to lead the government. He called on them to elect the right candidates to establish a new government in Telangana, asserting that the BRS had failed to deliver on its promises of funds, water, and employment.

kcr's election goal: ktr as next cm, kavitha's legal defense
KCR's Election Goal: KTR as Next CM, Kavitha's Legal Defense

Additionally, Shah alleged a political nexus between the Congress and the BRS, and he encouraged intellectuals and professionals to put an end to the two parties in Telangana during the upcoming Assembly elections. He contended that family-dominated governments and corrupt political parties did not adequately address the concerns of the people, exemplified by the alleged corruption in the construction of projects like Kaleshwaram and Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation projects by the ruling BRS government.

Shah concluded by urging the gathering to support the BJP and elect its candidates, promising to work towards the development of Telangana.

Also read: Jagan Issues Directives for Bus Yatra Meetings Starting on October 26

Jagan Issues Directives for Bus Yatra Meetings Starting on October 26

Jagan Issues Directives for Bus Yatra Meetings Starting on October 26:

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted a meeting at his Camp Office on Tuesday, engaging with YSRC regional coordinators. During this meeting, he provided directives for the successful execution of upcoming bus yatras set to commence on October 26. These bus yatras are planned to extend over a two-month period and will incorporate various impromptu gatherings.

The Chief Minister has appointed organizers based on specific regions, entrusting them with the responsibility of overseeing the bus yatra meetings. Additionally, he has nominated coordinators who will disseminate the message of social justice achieved through the implementation of various welfare initiatives.

Highlighting the significance of these bus yatras and meetings, the Chief Minister emphasized that three meetings will be convened daily, each one taking place in a different region of the state. Local MLAs, party leaders, as well as representatives from SC, ST, BC, and minority communities, will address these public gatherings.

Jagan Mohan Reddy urged party leaders to make timely decisions regarding the venues and dates for public meetings in all constituencies. It is vital that leaders convey to the public the benefits accrued by SC, ST, BC, and minority populations over the past 52 months. Furthermore, they should underscore achievements such as advances in social justice, women’s empowerment, and groundbreaking developments in the fields of education, healthcare, and agriculture.

The Chief Minister Jagan instructed the organizers to conduct orientation meetings in each constituency to raise awareness about the programs introduced at the YSRC delegates’ meeting in Vijayawada on October 9. These orientation meetings will involve the participation of volunteers, Gruha Saradhulu, ward committee members, MPTCs, sarpanches, and secretariat convenors.

jagan issues directives for bus yatra meetings starting on october 26
Jagan Issues Directives for Bus Yatra Meetings Starting on October 26

Various prominent party leaders, including V. Vijayasai Reddy, P. Mithun Reddy, S. Ramakrishna Reddy, Y.V. Subba Reddy, A. Ayodhya Rami Reddy, P. Ramachandra Reddy, B. Satyanarayana, Ch. Bhaskara Reddy, M. Rajasekhar, A. Amarnath Reddy, Ramasubba Reddy, T. Raghu Ram, and L. Appi Reddy, were in attendance at the meeting.

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