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Delhi: Auto, Taxi Drivers On Strike Over Fuel Price; Demands Fare Rates Be Hiked

Delhi: Auto, Taxi Drivers On Strike Over Fuel Price; Demands Fare Rates Be Hiked

Members of the auto, taxi and cab drivers’ association in Delhi are on strike from today. The strike would take place for two days to protest against the rising fuel prices. Many auto and taxi unions are demanding that the government must reduce high fuel prices and that the fare rates should be hiked. Although the Delhi government had assured the associations that a committee would be formed to look into fare revision in a time-bound manner, the strike has not been called off despite the assurance. As per the Auto And Taxi Association of Delhi, a unit of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, many autos and cabs will not hit the roads of Delhi for 2 days, i.e. April 18 and April 19. Mr Rajendra Soni, General Secretary of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, said: “We did not receive a response from the government. We staged a protest for two days and are now compelled to go on strike. We do not want the fare to increase because it will affect the pockets of the common people as well. Our only demand is that the government does not increase the fuel price and give us subsidies on CNG prices. We demand that the government provide 35 per kg subsidy on CNG prices.”

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,183 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,183 new covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 11,542. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 1,985 recoveries in the last 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,25,10,773. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.83% and 0.32%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 83.21 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 186.54 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Delhi Jahangirpuri Violence: Delhi Police Arrested 21 Men In Connection To Hanuman Jayanti Violence

The Delhi Police have arrested 21 men in connection to the violence that took place in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area on the day of Hanuman Jayanti. In the violence, 8 policemen and a civilian were injured. The Delhi Police also said that in the violent incident, 2 minors have also been apprehended. Police have seized 3 country-made pistols and 5 swords from the arrested men. On Saturday evening, a violent clash broke out between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti possession in Jahangirpuri. A case has been arrested against the accused under the sections relating to rioting, attempt to murder and arms act. Last month, similar cases of violence broke out between the communities in 4 states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal, on the eve of Ram Navami.

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Top Court Cancels Bail Of Minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s Son

The Supreme Court has cancelled the bail granted to Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra Teni’s son. The bail was granted to Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra in connection to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that took place during the farmers’ protest. On February 10, the Allahabad High Court had granted bail to Ashish Mishra during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections campaign. However, the reprieve to Ashish Mishra was challenged by the families of farmers who were killed during the Lakhimpur incident on October 3. While cancelling the bail, the Supreme Court said that the High Court’s order was based on “irrelevant observations” and “overlooked relevant considerations”. Accused Ashish Mishra has been ordered by the Top Court to surrender in a week. He has been accused of intentionally running his car over 4 farmers and a journalist during the farmers’ protest at Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan’s New PM, Shehbaz Sharif Pitches For Meaningful Ties Between India And Pakistan

The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has pitched for a meaningful engagement between India and Pakistan. He wrote it in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s congratulatory letter to the Pakistan PM. In the congratulatory letter, PM Modi had written that the Indian side desires constructive ties with Pakistan. In response to a congratulatory tweet made by PM Modi, Mr Sharif said: “Thank you, Premier Narendra Modi, for felicitations. Pakistan desires peaceful & cooperative ties with India. Peaceful settlement of outstanding disputes, including Jammu & Kashmir, is indispensable. Pakistan’s sacrifices in fighting terrorism are well-known. Let’s secure peace and focus on socio-economic development of our people,” As per the official sources, Pakistan’s new PM has also sought resolutions of the outstanding issues between the two neighbouring countries, which also includes the Jammu & Kashmir issue, while has also maintained that Pakistan too desires for peaceful and cooperative ties with India. Shehbaz Sharif became the 23rd Prime Minister of Pakistan after former Pak-PM Imran Khan was ousted from power in a no-confidence motion. 

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