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BJP Poll Manifesto 2019 Out, Read All Major Promises

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BJP Manifesto 2019 Released

Shimla-Bhartiya Janata Party today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Congress has already released its manifesto on April 2, 2019.

One thing which is common in both manifestoes is the claim that they reflect aspirations of crores of people.

Congress had claimed that its manifesto is not the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of one individual but the collective voice of lakhs of people.

As per BJP,

This Sankalp Patra is the voice of the people in the truest sense.

Prime Minister Narender Modi said,

In 2047, our nation would complete a hundred years of freedom. Let us together imagine what is the kind of India that we want by 2047. The BJP pledges to make the next ve years as the foundation laying period for India of 2047.

In the manifesto, the party president Amit Shah claimed that the BJP government has done incredible work in establishing transparent governance in the last five years

In last five years, our government has done incredible work in establishing a transparent system of governance, furthering economic development and increasing people’s participation in the country’s progress,

Shah claimed.

This Vision Document is the representative document of the expectations of the people of India, it gives voice to their aspirations,

Rajnath Singh, Chairperson, Manifesto Committee, claimed that party connected crores of people under the ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ dialogue which was a nationwide campaign run by the BJP for a month. He said millions of suggestions were shared with us through deferent means.

Our manifesto is a document of expression of crores of suggestions and aspirations. With the aid of about 7,700 suggestion boxes, 300 raths, more than 100 dialogue program, more than 4000 ‘Bharat Ke Man Ki Baat’ program and through the social media we have gauged the ‘Mann ki Baat’ of people across India.

List of Major Promises by BJP in Its Manifesto 2019

  • We will continue our policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and extremism and will continue to follow our policy of giving a free hand to our security forces in combating terrorism.
  • We reiterate our stand on Ram Mandir. We will explore all possibilities within the framework of the Constitution and all necessary to facilitate the expeditious construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
  • We will adopt the ideals of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi
  • We will ensure a pucca house to every family who is either living in a kuchha house or has no access to housing by 2022.
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special program, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water connection to every household by 2024.
  • We will ensure that every Gram Panchayat is connected through a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste water and reuse of waste water
  • We will speed up the purchases of outstanding defense related equipments and weapons.
  • We are committed to focus on ‘Make in India in Defence’ to enable indigenous production of defence equipment. This will also generate employment and encourage investment in the defence sector.     
  • We will provide assistance to the states to upgrade their police forces through the ‘Scheme for Modernization of Police Forces’.         
  • We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority.
  • We will enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill
  • We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370.                      
  • Will annul Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state
  • We will make an investment of Rs. 25 lakh crore to improve the productivity of the farm sector
  • We will provide short-term new agriculture loans up to Rs. 1 lakh at a 0% interest rate for 1-5 years on the condition of prompt repayment of the principal amount.
  • We will expand Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana to realize 100% irrigation potential of the country within a defined time-frame.
  • We will create 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) by 2022.
  • We will complete digitization of land records on a mission mode
  • We will launch ‘Matsya Sampada Yojana’ with an allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores
  • We aspire to make India the third largest economy with US $ 5 trillion by 2025 and US $ 10 trillion by 2032.
  • We will promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day                        
  • We will position India as a global manufacturing hub over the next ve years,            
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to 50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs.              
  • We will ensure that 50 cities are covered with a strong metro network.
  • We will ensure 100% disposal of liquid waste through an emphasis on fecal sludge management and reuse of wastewater in rural, urban and unsewered areas.           
  • We will launch ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ under which we will introduce a special programme, ‘Nal se Jal’ to ensure piped water for every household by 2024.
  • We will construct 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next Five years
  • We will double the length of National Highways by 2022.                       
  • We want to become a world leader in e-mobility.
  • We will equip all main railway stations with Wi-Fi facility by 2022.
  • Every Gram Panchayat will be connected with a high-speed optical fiber network by 2022.
  •  We will target provisioning of telemedicine and diagnostic laboratory facilities at these HWCs by 2022.
  • We will bring Police Reform. We will formulate a ‘Model Police Act’ in consultation with the States to have a pro-people citizen friendly police.
  • We will set up a committee for Easing Citizens’ Interactions with Government (CECIG).
  • We will explore every avenue to implement the Right to Service.  
  • We will launch a Language Translation Mission that will enable ready translation of English text in Science & Technology and humanities in any of our languages.
  • The supercomputer, Artificial  Intelligence, and Quantum Missions will make India not only Industry 5.0 ready but also a leader.
  • We will convene the National Clean Air Plan into a Mission and we will focus on 102 most polluted cities in the country.  
  • We will reduce the level of pollution in each of the mission cities by at least 35% over the next five years.
  • The Himalayan States will be provided special financial assistance in the form of a ‘Green Bonus’
  • We will launch a new scheme to provide collateral-free credit up to ₹50 lakh for entrepreneurs.
  • We will guarantee 50% of the loan amount for female entrepreneurs and 25% of the loan amount for male entrepreneurs
  •  We will set-up new ‘Entrepreneurial Northeast’ scheme to provide Financial support to the micro, small and medium industries and for employment generation in the Northeastern state.
  • We will establish a National Sports Education Board.
  • We will establish National Institutes of Teachers’ training.
  • We aim to open another 200 Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidayalas by 2024.
  • We will take all necessary steps to increase the number of seats in Central Law, Engineering, Science and Management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years.
  • We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10% in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment.
  • We will ensure 33% reservation in parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.          
  • We will establish 50,000 ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendras’ in the tribal areas of the country
  • We will recognize 11 Lout Indian Gorkha sub-tribes as Schedule Tribes.
  • are also committed to implementing the reservation in the legislative assembly of Sikkim for Limboo and Tamang tribes.
  • We will also provide 100 Panini fellowships to researchers and scholars across India to promote research in Sanskrit.
  • We will ensure a clean and uninterrupted flow of river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
  • We will continue to promote Yoga globally as the world celebrates 21st June as the International Yoga Day.
  • We will adopt the Uniform Civil Code.

Read Detailed BJP Manifesto

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HPBOSE +2 Exam Results Declared, Private Schools Grab Top Positions in All Streams

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh School Education Board, Dharamshala, on April 22, 2019, has declared the class 12th result, examination for which was held between 6 to March 29, 2019.

As per the Board, out of total 95,492 students appeared in +2 for science, commerce and arts streams, 58949 students passed the exam and 16102 were placed under compartment. The overall result dropped to 62.1 % from 70.18% in 2018 and 72.89% in 2017. Total 49, 136 male students appeared in the exam and 28,375 passed it.  Among total 45,784 female candidates, 30, 574 cleared the exam.

Students of private schools have grabbed the top positions in all the streams. However, the number of students of government schools is reported to be higher than private schools in the merit list.

In Arts, Ashmita Sharma (DAV School Una) became the topper by obtaining 482/500 (96.4%) marks.  In Science, Anil Kumar (Sai Star School Dhalpur, Kullu) secured the first position by obtaining 493/500 (98.6%) marks. In Commerce, Preeti Birsanta (Career Academy School, Nahan) topped with 494/500 (98.8%) marks.

Candidates can visit the HPBOSE official website to check their results. However,  with the declaration of the results, the official website of the HPBOSE has become non-responsive due to high traffic.

Students can also check the result via SMS. One can send a message to 56263 — HP12 <space> roll number to access the result via text message. In addition, the results are also available HPBOSE’s partner websites like examresults.net and indiaresults.com

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Kotkhai Custodial Death: After Zaidi, Ex-SP Shimla DW Negi Gets Bail Too

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Shimla-Ex-Superintendent of Police, Shimla, DW Negi, who is an accused in the custodial death in Kotkhai’s Gudiya case, is also out on bail after Ex IG Zahur H Zaidi. Zaidi was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on April 5, 2019. He had pleaded to the court that over 19 months have passed since the filling of charge-sheet but nothing was proved in the trial so far.

On April 18, Justice Sureshwar Thakur of Himachal Pradesh High Court, granted bail to DW Negi on the same pretext. He appealed to the court that CBI has recovered nothing from him in relation to the case. Now, the chances are high that remaining seven accused police officials would also get bail using the same argument.

The conditions of his bail included furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs 3 lakhs and two local sureties. He would have to deposit his passport with the CBI. He will have to co-operate in investigation whenever the agency requires him.

A three-member team of CBI had arrested Negi on November 16, 2016, and was in jail since then. Before Negi, CBI had arrested ex-IG Zaidi and seven others on August 29, 2016.  All seven accused police officials were booked in relation to alleged conspiracy and custodial death of a Nepalese labourer Suraj.

Suraj was among the six initial accused arrested by Zaidi-led Special Investigation Team that was formed to probe alleged gang-rape and gruesome murder of a 16-year-old school going girl in July 2016. Later, when the case was transferred to CBI, the agency found that these six accused were innocent and were framed under a police conspiracy.


CBI had filed a chargesheet against the SIT members, I.G. Zahur H. Zaidi, D.S.P Theog Manoj Joshi, the then SHO Kotkhai Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh was filed in the special CBI court in November 2017.

The accused were charged under Section 302, 330, 331, 348, 323, 326, 218, 195, 196, 201 and 120 B. The chargsheet contains 600 pages including annexes and statements of about 50 eyewitnesses.

While granting Zaidi a bail, the Apex Court had stated in its order that;

  …Our attention has been drawn to the allegations against the accused-appellant and that he is in custody for the last 19 months. Though the accused-appellant is facing charge under Section 302, we are told that the trial has not made substantial progress beyond the framing of the charge. Completion of trial will take some time…

…the period of custody suffered and likely time that may be taken for completion of trial, we are of the view that the accused appellant should be released on bail in connection with FIR No.RC SI 2017 S0009 CBI/SC-I/New Delhi, on satisfaction of the appropriate condition(s) as may be imposed by the learned trial court…

The CBI had also pleaded in the court to shift the hearing of the case from H.P High Court to Delhi High Court for expeditious disposal. The Court did not adhere to this request and observed that the same would be considered after hearing all the accused.

Further CBI had also raised doubts that if the police officer was granted bail, he could influence and intimidate witnesses in the case as he was a high-rank police official. To this, the court observed that this cannot be a reason to deny bail at this juncture, and if such incidence comes to light then it is always open for CBI to apply for cancellation of Bail in the competent court.

The reason of delay in trial with a remark that nothing substantial had been done in the case after framing of charge had come to a major blow to the CBI.

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India’s Rank in World Press Freedom Index Drops to 140 in 2019, Report Points Out Hindutva and Nationalism Agendas

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The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been released today. As a matter of huge concern in the list of 180 countries surveyed, India has dropped down to 140th position from last year’s 138.  Norway was ranked at number one.

India has been placed close to Pakistan at 142, and Bangladesh at 150.

The overall findings showed hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media

As per the Index, threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.

“In India, where critics of Hindu nationalism are branded as “anti-Indian” in online harassment campaigns, six journalists were murdered in 2018,”

the RSF said in its Index.

Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters, and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India, the report said.

As per the RSF report, at least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018. A number of doubts surround a seventh case. These murders highlighted the many dangers Indian journalists face, especially those working for non-English-language media outlets in rural areas.

“Attacks against journalists by supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019. Those who espouse Hindutva, the ideology that gave rise to Hindu nationalism, are trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate,”

the report said.

“The coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks against journalists who dare to speak or write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers are alarming and include calls for the journalists concerned to be murdered. The campaigns are particularly virulent when the targets are women,”

the report noted.

Further, the RSF report said that the emergence of a #MeToo movement in the media in 2018 has lifted the veil on many cases of harassment and sexual assault to which women reporters have been subjected. It also said that criminal prosecutions are meanwhile often used to gag journalists critical of the authorities, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124a of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment.

 The mere threat of such a prosecution encourages self-censorship.

Coverage of regions that the authorities regard as sensitive, such as Kashmir, continues to be very difficult. Foreign reporters are barred from Kashmir and the Internet is often disconnected there,

RSF report said.

It also suggested that when not detained, Kashmiri journalists working for local media outlets are often the targets of violence.

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