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J&K: Tricolour Unfurled on Srinagar’s Ghanta Ghar

Tricolour soars at renovated Ghanta Ghar, Srinagar, marking 76th Independence Day. Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav festivities abound.

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J&K: Tricolour Unfurled on Srinagar's Ghanta Ghar
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Srinagar J&K: In a symbolic gesture of patriotism and pride, a resplendent Tricolour was unfurled on the newly-renovated historic ‘Ghanta Ghar’ in Srinagar on Thursday, setting the stage for fervent Independence Day celebrations in the city. As part of the ongoing preparations for the 76th Independence Day, officials confirmed that the famed clock tower located at the heart of the city underwent recent renovations under the Srinagar Smart City Project.

The striking ‘Tiranga’, India’s national flag, was gracefully raised above the clock tower on the morning of Thursday, underscoring the nation’s journey towards its 76th year of independence. Athar Amir Khan, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Srinagar Smart City Project, expressed his sentiments about the historic occasion. In his words, “Ghanta Ghar and Lal Chowk Srinagar are very iconic places which are being decorated by Tiranga under the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav campaign.”

The celebration of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, marking the 76th year of India’s freedom struggle, has taken the city by storm. The iconic clock tower is not the only site bedecked with the national flag; numerous locations across the city and the Union Territory have been transformed into vibrant displays of patriotism. Tiranga rallies, filled with exuberant citizens hoisting the national flag, have become a common sight, reflecting the collective pride and enthusiasm of the people.

Amidst the patriotic fervor, questions arose about the ongoing developmental initiatives in the bustling commercial hub of the city, Lal Chowk. CEO Athar Amir Khan assured that the project was in its final stages and would be inaugurated ahead of Independence Day. “We have almost finished the work at Lal Chowk; it is a matter of four-five days more. The finishing touches, which include installation, light fittings, etc. are being done. We will finish the entire work before August 15 and it will be inaugurated before that,” he confirmed.

As the city of Srinagar readies itself for the grand celebration of India’s 76th Independence Day, the newly-revived ‘Ghanta Ghar’ stands tall as a testament to the rich history and vibrant future of the nation. The hoisting of the Tricolour atop this iconic structure is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by countless individuals in the quest for freedom and serves as an inspiration for generations to come.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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