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Haryana to soon get its own anti-terror force called Kavach

Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said an anti-terrorist force - Kavach - will be set up to further strengthen the security arrangements in the state.

Kavach, which is being constituted to deal with terrorist activities, would have 150 police personnel who would be provided 14 weeks training by the National Security Guard (NSG) at Manesar.

"Special recruitment would be done to the batch comprising 50 physically fit candidates of Haryana Police. The members of Kavach could be transferred to Haryana Police," the Chief Minister told the media here.

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Let an outsider be Congress President for 5 years: PM Modi dares Gandhi family

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday dared the Congress to make someone outside the Gandhi family the party president for at least five years.

Modi said if Congress makes someone who is not from the (Gandhi) family as party president for at least five years, then he will believe that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru really created a truly democratic system there. Addressing a campaign rally for the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections scheduled on November 20, Modi said, "I want to challenge them. Let some good leader of Congress outside of the family become the party president for five years, then I will say that Nehru Ji really created a truly democratic system there".

Four generations of Congress ruled the nation and they should give an account of what they have done for the country, Modi said."People have disproved that it was the "right of only one family" to speak from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi," he said."You can't understand the difficulties faced by the poor but a chaiwalla can," Modi said in a veiled attack on the Congress and the Gandhis.

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Congress’ Navjot Singh Sidhu on campaign blitz in Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan

A plan has been drawn up for the cricketer-turned-politician from Punjab to campaign in the three of the five election bound states. Starting Friday, he will visit Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The Punjab tourism minister is going to be the “star vote-catcher” for the Congress after party chief Rahul Gandhi who has been crisscrossing all the five poll-bound states since September.

“I will start campaigning in Chhattisgarh tomorrow,” Sidhu said on Thursday. “The first day is packed with five rallies.”

While the second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh begins on November 20, single-phase polling will take place in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on November 28. Telangana and Rajasthan will go to poll on December 7. The counting of votes for all five states will take place on December 11.

In Chhattisgarh, he will campaign in 13 rural and urban localities including Raipur, Sakti, Bilaspur, Patan, and Ahiwara, within three days. From November 19 onwards, he will be in Madhya Pradesh, following which he will travel through Rajasthan in four days.

A Congress functionary said Sidhu could match the high-pitched campaign of BJP leaders, especially Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath

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BJP a history changer, name changer, but not game changer: Mamata Banerjee

In a fresh salvo at the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has said that the country is in danger under the Modi-led government.  The country is in danger. They (BJP) project as if they have given birth to the nation but they were nowhere during independence," she said.

Banerjee has been criticising the BJP over the Yogi Adityanath-led government's city name changing spree in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP government in UP has recently changed names of Allahabad and Faizabad to Prayagraj and Ayodhya, respectively.

"Recently, I have been noticing that almost every day BJP has been changing the names of historical places and institutions unilaterally to suit their own political vested interests," she wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Roadways staff on strike till Thursday

42 drivers, conductors who were on probation dismissed

Chandigarh :
With the deadlock persisting between Haryana Roadways employees and the state government, the striking staff on Monday extended the strike by three days.

The strike entered the seventh day, leaving thousands of commuters high and dry. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar again ruled out the possibility of rollback of the government’s decision to hire 700 private buses.
Talks between the government and striking roadways employees on Sunday failed, with protesters sticking to their demand on the issue of 700 private buses.

“The coordination committee has decided to extend the strike till October 25. The government is not serious about our demand and is bent on privatising Haryana Roadways. Talks broke down on Sunday because of the government’s rigid approach,” said Balwan Singh, a member of the coordination committee.

 The employees had been on strike since October 16 against the state government’s decision to hire 700 private buses. They claimed that the move was a step towards privatisation of the Transport Department. They alleged that the state government was trying to benefit a private transporter by hiring private buses.

Khattar refuted the charge of opposition parties and roadways union leaders that the government’s decision on 700 buses was a move to benefit anyone or serve anyone’s personal interest. He said roadways union leaders should raise issues pertaining to employees and not interfere in policy matters of the government.

“We have already said that these 700 buses will be under the control of Haryana Roadways and will be a part of its fleet. We are not giving permits to private players,” he said. He claimed that the addition of private buses, which would be plied on km basis, would not affect roadways employees in any manner.

Under the kilometre scheme, buses would be owned by private operators, who would pay salary to drivers and bear diesel and maintenance costs, Khattar said. Conductors would be appointed by the government and revenue generated from tickets deposited in the state exchequer, he said.

He said the categories entitled to free or concessional travel would continue to avail it in private buses.

Official sources said 1,112 buses ran on different routes on Monday compared to 509 on Sunday. Meanwhile, 42 drivers and conductors who were on probation and took part in the strike were dismissed.

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