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#PFIBan: Social Media Accounts of PFI Down After Centre Announces Ban For 5 Years

#PFIBan: Social Media Accounts of PFI Down After Centre Announces Ban For 5 Years

After the central government announced a ban on the Popular Front of India and all its related associates under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the social media platform Twitter banned the official account of PFI and several of its leaders. The Instagram and Facebook pages of Popular Front of India (PFI) are no longer available either. In the past few weeks, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have conducted several raids on PFI and its members spread across various states. The central agencies have alleged that the Popular Front of India, an Islamist organisation has links with the Islamic State Terror Group and held arms training camps. Netizens have also been demanding #PFIBan on social media. Though PFI’s student wing plans to go to Court against the centre’s ban, the PFI has duly dissolved all its units, including Rehab India Foundation, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation, Rehab Foundation and Campus Front of India. A day before the ban, the PFI had issued a statement which read: “The organisation in its history of three decades has been endeavouring to prevent the youths from getting radicalised… and to bring them to the mainstream by instilling patriotism, strong allegiance to the Constitution of the country and respect the democratic values… Popular Front has never thought of or endeavoured to establish Islamic rule in the country.” However, the central agencies have said that they found a bomb-making manual and physical education guidebooks, proving that the PFI wanted to establish Islamic rule in India by 2047. While the Congress in Kerala and the Indian Union Muslim League welcomed the ban on PFI, they said that RSS should be banned too. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has condemned the ban and said that an entire organisation should not be blamed for actions committed by some individuals.

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Rajasthan Political Crisis: Amid Political Drama, CM Ashok Gehlot To Meet Sonia Gandhi Today

Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is set to meet Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today. This all started on Sunday when 82 MLAs submitted their resignation to Rajasthan Assembly Speaker CP Joshi. The miffed MLAs and the loyalist of Gehlot opposed the selection of Sachin Pilot as the next Rajasthan Chief Minister if current CM Ashok Gehlot wins the Congress Presidential Post. Presenting three-point agenda, the MLAs said that a Chief Ministerial face should be chosen from the 102 MLAs who were loyal to the Congress Party in June 2020, deliberations on leadership should be made only after a new Congress President is appointed, and third, Gehlot’s choice should be taken into consideration. However, this led to a political stand-off between the Congress leadership and Ashok Gehlot loyalists. Meanwhile, the report submitted to Sonia Gandhi says that Gehlot is not responsible for the political drama but recommended disciplinary action against prominent leaders who staged it. It remains to be seen if Ashok Gehlot would stick to his original plan and file his nomination for the Congress President post.

PM Modi in Gujarat: PM to Inaugurate Development Projects Worth Rs 29,000 Crore And The 36th National Games

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting his home state, Gujarat, for two days. The PM will inaugurate development projects in the state worth Rs 29,000 crore and the 36th National Games at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. At 2 PM, PM Modi is set to travel to Bhavnagar, where he will lay the foundation stone and inaugurate several developmental initiatives worth Rs 5200+ crore. In Surat, PM Modi will inaugurate various projects worth over Rs 3400 crore. “These include works for water supply, drainage projects, DREAM City, Biodiversity Park, and other development works such as public infrastructure, heritage restoration, city bus/BRTS infrastructure, electric vehicle infrastructure, as well as joint development works by the central and state governments,” as per the statement released by the PMO. At the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister will declare 36th National Games open and will address athletes from across the country. The National Games are taking place in Gujarat for the very first time. On Friday, PM Modi will flag off the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express at the Gandhinagar station. He will also flag off the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project.

Covid-Bulletin: India Logs 4,272 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.72%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 4,272 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 40,750. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases, with recording 4,474 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,40,13,999. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.47 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 218.17 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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