BJP MP Giriraj Singh called Rajya Sabha ruckus, an exhibition of Urban Naxalism values. Singh said, "I believe that it was not just an incident that happened in Rajya Sabha. The attack on the Deputy Speaker was an attack on the constitutional values of this country. This was an exhibition of Urban Naxalism values. Naxals also, say that they want to build up a just society but by killing people, damaging property and so on. The opposition should not play the role of "Dhritarashtra" here. The people of India will not tolerate this."
Naxal zonal commander surrendered before Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Bihar's Gaya district. "It feels like I am in new world," said Naval, the zonal commander who surrendered before the CRPF on September 12. "47 cases are registered against him including blast at a school in Sondaha village. Around 2.5 lakh amount will be provided to him, under the Bihar government scheme," CRPF official.
12 people, who belong to two families, left their village in Naxal-infested Sukma district of Chhattisgarh and came to Polampalli Police Station in Sukma to take shelter. The families were were banished from their village because one of them is working as a police personnel. Police officials of Polampalli police station gave them shelter at a Panchayat Ghar and investigating the matter. According to Dornapal's SDOP (Sub-Divisional Officer of Police) Akhilesh Kaushik, this is the real face of the Naxals, and they create problem for the poor people.
Sixteen Naxals have surrendered before police in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on August 13. Out of 16 Naxals, three are of commander-level. They were carrying rewards on their heads. Speaking to ANI, SP of Dantewada, Abhisek Pallava said, "Three of them are commander-level Naxals and were carrying rewards on their heads. There are 5 cases each registered against two and 4 cases against one Naxal."
A bus carrying security personnel was overturned in a river in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur on September 21. The incident took place at the time of crossing a flooded bridge. The personnel were returning after carrying out an anti-Naxal operation. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on September 19 said that West Bengal government did not share data of returning migrant labourers with the Centre and no district of the state could be included as a beneficiary under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (PMGKRA). She was answering a query by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated PMGKRA for migrant labourers who came back to their villages during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. This scheme was introduced on June 20 this year and will be effective for 125 days. The minister said 116 districts spread across six states - Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are benefiting from this scheme. The selection of the districts was made on the basis of the return of at least 25,000 migrant labourers to the concerned districts by May 30. After the launch of PMGKRA, there were demands from Tripura and Chhattisgarh to include more districts but it was not entertained. In the case of West Bengal, there was no data shared by the state government then how could the districts of the state be included in the scheme," said Sitharaman.
Villagers of Matringa in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh have laid down a network of pipelines, connecting it to a water source a few kilometers away, to resolve water crisis in their area. Village Sarpanch said, "There is acute water problem. It was difficult to fetch water from the water source. We consulted an engineer, villagers dug the ground and we laid down pipeline connecting it to water source." "There are a few water borings here but they are useless as water level is low," added the Sarpanch.
India is well known across the world for its unity in diversity and this variety is implicit to Indian festivals as well. In Kanpur, an extra hue got added to the festivity of Raksha Bandhan, when people of two different faiths observed the occasion together. With this act, they not only celebrated the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters but also fostered the long-practiced communal harmony in the country.
Air India Express employees paid tribute to fallen co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar in Delhi. Akhilesh lost his life with 17 others in Kozhikode plane crash. The body of the deceased was brought to Delhi from Kochi. Around 200 AI Express employees paid tribute to the fallen co-pilot. "Our last conversation with him was on Rakshabandhan. We connected over a video call. We were supposed to meet on around August 15-16," said Akhilesh Kumar's Brother-in-law, Vijay. Akhilesh's mortal remains were taken to his native place in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura. "Wife and mother of the pilot are unwell. We set up a medical team and got checkups done," said Dr Bhudev, District Hospital, Mathura. An AI Express plane overshot the runway on August 7. The aircraft fell into a valley where it split into two pieces. At least 18 people, including the pilots, were killed. There were 190 people onboard the Vande Bharat flight. The flight was bringing back Indians stranded in Dubai due to Covid-19 pandemic.
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People across country celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 3 in their own unique ways. Women in Ayodhya tied Rakhi to idols of Lord Rama on the auspicious occasion. 'Festivals have no religion,' this was quiet evident when Muslim women in Kanpur tied Rakhi to Hindu brothers. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, people in Amritsar preferred to tie 'mauli' instead of Rakhi and made sweets at home instead of buying it from shops. They also tied masks on each other's face. In the national capital, people maintained social distancing norms while purchasing rakhi and sweets.
The prayers were being offered to Lord Shiva by devotees across nation on August 03. Devotees offered prayers at Gauri Shankar Temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk on the last Monday of 'sawan' month and Raksha Bandhan. Temperature of devotees was also being checked with thermal gun, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. On the other side, devotees offered prayers to Lord Shiva from outside the Augarnath Temple in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut. The doors of temple are closed for devotees since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdown. Devotees also offered prayers at Baidyanath Temple to Lord Shiva in Jharkhand's Deoghar. The Baidyanath Temple is one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in the country and attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
At least 12 naxals surrendered in front of police in Chhattisgarh on August 09. The day also marks International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples or World Tribal Day. "12 naxalites surrendered to..