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Several opposition parties have joined the call for “Bharat Bandh” by Congress including NCP, SP, RJD, RLD, TMC, MNS etc. AAP and BJP stay out.

 

A number of opposition parties have joined hands to launch a nation-wide protest against the rising fuel prices. Parties including Samajwadi party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and even Maharashtra Navanirman Sena have supported the call for Bharat Bandh made by Congress. However, Aam Aadmi Party and Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal have stayed out of the opposition parties joining the Bharat Bandh. Shivsena, BJP’s ally in the center and state has expressed strong protest against the rising fuel prices, however, it has refused to join the protest too.

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A list of Opposition parties supporting “Bharat Bandh”

As on September 10, 2018, Petrol is at Rs 80.73/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) and diesel at Rs 72.83/litre (increase by Rs 0.22/litre) in Delhi. In Mumbai, the Petrol is Rs 88.12/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre) and diesel at Rs 77.32/litre (increase by Rs 0.23/litre).

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Mumbai: MNS workers shout slogans against Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis near Siddhivinayak temple. Police detain them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bihar: Protesters set fire to tires in Mokama and block road during Bharat Bandh protests.

 

 

Mumbai: MNS supporters stop Metro train at Versova station. Watch video:

 

 

 

Bihar: Car vandalized during “Bharat Bandh” protest in Bihar. Watch Video:

 

Mumbai: Congress leader Ashok Chavan and Sanjay Nirupam detained by police outside Andheri station during “Rail Roko”. Both have been taken to DN Nagar Police station.

 

Delhi: AAP MP Sanjay Singh joins opposition parties at a protest event organized at Ramlila Maidan. AAP had decided to stay out of “Bharat Bandh”.

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Mumbai: Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan joins the Bharat Bandh protest against fuel price hike at Andheri station. Protesters stop a train.

 

Bihar: Protesters storm Railway tracks and stop a train in Bihar

 

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Centre trying to implement ₹900 cr sericulture projects in North East

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Itanagar | The Centre is trying to implement Rs 900 crore sericulture projects in the North East to empower farmers and weavers, Union Minister for Textile Smriti Irani on Friday said.

Launching the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in Arunachal Pradesh under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) at the state assembly here, Irani said the government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4000 beneficiaries under the scheme in the state.

Irani also assured to impart skill training to seri farmers and weavers under the Samarth Scheme, which was launched for capacity building in the textile sector.

There are 27000 looms and 33000 hand-loom weavers in Arunachal Pradesh.

Initially, the project would cover five districts of the state – namely Papumpare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang.

The union minister said that Eri silk farming would be held in about 1000 acres in the chosen districts.

If any registered weaver wants to upgrade their old looms then the government would give 90 percent financial assistance in buying a new one, she added.

“If the children of poor weaver families want to pursue higher studies either through National Institute of Open Schooling or Indira Gandhi National Open University, the government will bear 75 percent of their fees,” she said.

Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said the traditional weaving culture in the state provides vast opportunity for textile sector and NERTPS is a scheme for women empowerment and employment generation.

Later interacting with the weavers, Irani suggested registration and branding of the loin loom products of every tribe in the state, a Raj Bhawan communique informed.

“This will facilitate access of the loin loom products to international markets,” she added.

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204 lions died in Gir in last two years: Gujarat government

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Gandhinagar | Over 200 lions died in the Gir forest region in the last two years, the Gujarat government told the legislative Assembly on Friday.

Only 27 of these deaths were because of “unnatural” causes such as getting hit by a train or falling into a well, it said.

To a query by Congress’ Bhagabhai Barad, forest minister Ganpat Vasava, in a written reply, said 110 lions and 94 cubs died in 2017 and 2018.

Of the 110 adult lions, 43 died in 2017 and 67 in 2018. Thirty-eight cubs died in 2017 and 56 in 2018, the reply said.

Of the 204 deaths, 27 (21 lions and six cubs) were because of “unnatural causes” such as falling into a well or being run over by a train, the minister said.

Vasava also said that 331 leopards, including 75 cubs, died in Gujarat forests in the last two years, adding the state government was taking various steps to prevent deaths due to unnatural causes.

Some of these preventive measures are building parapets around wells, fencing railway tracks, construction of speed breakers on roads passing through sanctuaries and continuous patrolling, the reply said.

To a question by Congress MLA Pratap Dudhat about the viral infection among lions last year, Vasava said 34 lions died in the last one year due to diseases including Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) infection.

Babesia, Streptococcal bacteria and Gram-negative bacilli infections were also responsible for some of these deaths, the minister said.

The government allocated Rs 21.96 crore for lion conservation in Gir in 2017 and Rs 27.89 crore in 2018, while the contribution of the Union government was Rs 1.92 crore and 1.06 crore for the last two years, he said.

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Rahul offers condolences over spurious liquor deaths in Assam’s Golaghat

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New Delhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday offered condolences to the families of those who died after consuming spurious liquor in Assam’s Golaghat district.

At least 30 people, including seven women, died allegedly after consuming the liquor at a tea garden. Fifty others are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, a district official said.

“I am saddened by the incident which occurred in Assam’s Golaghat area. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. I hope that those undergoing treatment get well soon,” Gandhi said in a Facebok post.

It is believed that more than 100 people — labourers at Salimira tea garden — consumed the spurious liquor on Thursday night, BJP MLA Mrinal Saikia said.

Police have arrested two people in connection with the deaths.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Two excise officials of the district have been suspended.

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