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Not silence, time to preserve liberated India, says Kuldip Nayar

New Delhi, Dec 28 (UNI) Emphasising the need to preserve country’s plurality, senior journalist and writer Kuldip Nayar on Thursday said some forces are disfiguring the country by enforcing majoritarianism, leading to slipping of the ‘idea of India’.
“This is not the time to be silent. It’s the time to fight back and preserve the liberated India as we did with the British”, he said.
Mr Nayar was speaking at an event while releasing the revised edition of “Who killed Swami Laxmanananda?”, a book authored by Anto Akkara, on the violence and killings in Kandhamal district of Odisha in 2008.
Swami Laxmanananda was killed on August 23, 2008 by unknown persons, and dozens of people were killed in the aftermath violence. Later members of CPI(Maoists) claimed the responsibility of killing Laxmanananda, the Christian organisations alleged conspiracy to target them.
While speaking at the event, CPI leader and Rajya Sabha member D Raja said that this is the time to think how to protect the secular democratic nature of India.
“We need a loving and compassionate India, but that’s absent now”, Mr Raja said.
Describing the judgment, which convicted seven people for killing of Swami Laxmanananda, as ‘outrageous’, CPI(M) polit bureau member Brinda Karat said the particular judgement will be known as “what a judgement should not be”.
She alleged that even after two years the Justice Naidu commission report, which enquired the Kandhamal violence remained in cold storage.
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SC refuses urgent hearing on pleas seeking review of Sabarimala verdict

22 Jan 2019 | 6:33 PM

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down the request for urgent hearing of a bunch of petitions seeking review of the apex court’s 2018 verdict that allowed the women from all age group to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.

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CCS approves grant of ECHS to Assam Rifles pensioners and dependents

22 Jan 2019 | 6:27 PM

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Tuesday approved grant of ECHS membership to Assam Rifles Pensioners and their dependents residing in India and Nepal.

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Odisha govt delaying 415 km Digha-Gopalpur Coastal Highway project: Pradhan

22 Jan 2019 | 6:20 PM

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday accused Naveen Patnaik led Odisha government for adopting delay tactics and not been forthcoming in extending the requisite clearances related to forest and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) in more than two-year old Digha-Gopalpur Coastal Highway project under 'Bharatmala Pariyojana' of the Central government.

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India to host contestants from 50 countries at 5th International Young Chef Olympiad

22 Jan 2019 | 6:19 PM

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) Budding chefs from 50 countries, including England, Wales, Canada, Russia, Spain, South Africa, UAE, Switzerland, Thailand, France, Italy and Hong Kong among others, will participate in the International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) , the world’s biggest culinary competition for student chefs, to be held across four cities of India - Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru and Kolkata – from January 28 to February 2 .

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COFMOW obtains output of Rs 1,050 85 cr in 2018-19

22 Jan 2019 | 6:16 PM

New Delhi, Jan 22(UNI) The Central Organisation for Modernisation of Workshops (COFMOW), Indian Railways’ centre of excellence for procurement of modern and advanced machine tools, has achieved best ever performance of Rs 1,050.

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