Published: Published Date – 04:53 PM, Sun – 20 March 22
Telangana: Leaders cutting across political affiliations paid their last respects to veteran communist leader Mallu Swarajyam, who passed away at the age of 91. Mallu Swarajyam was a member of the central committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Her body was handed over to Nalgonda Government Medical College as per her wishes. Born into a feudal family in 1931 at Karivirala Kothagudem village of Nalgonda district, Mallu Swarajyam was attracted towards communism in her teens. Inspired by her brother Bheemireddy Narasimha Reddy, Mallu Swarajyam participated in Telangana People’s Armed Struggle (1946-51) against feudal lords. As a candidate of CPI(M), she was elected to Legislative Assembly of united AP from Thungathurthy Assembly constituency for two terms – 1978 and 1983.
Jammu & Kashmir
From a photojournalist and an artists’ point of view, the exodus in Kashmir had all the elements that good journalism offered, but being a victim himself and living like a refugee brought out the pain in his works. For Vijay Kaul, the trauma of exodus will never ebb. He carries his pain in his umpteen photographs that he clicked during the exodus period and the oil canvas that he paints. His pictures present the story of helpless people who were overnight turned into refugees in their own country. He clicked tattered tents, dazed faces, sufferings, and struggles even as he himself was trying to find space among the thousands in camp. Kaul fled the Valley a month before the mass exodus erupted on January 19, 1990.
The Gujarat government launched the fifth phase of its Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign, from Kolavada village in Gandhinagar district. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel formally launched the project with the deepening of a lake in the village, with the State aiming to carry out around 13,000 water conservation works by May 31. This year, the projects are estimated to increase the State’s water storage capacity by 15,000 lakh cubic feet and provide more than 25 lakh mandays of employment to workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi referring to the Naga peace talks with the Central government, said that with the concern being shown by everyone, the long-cherished solution would soon become a reality and a new era of peace and prosperity would begin in the State. Addressing the 11th session of the 13th Nagaland Assembly, the Governor referring to the March 9 consultative meeting on Naga peace process, said that the resolution adopted in the meeting called upon all the negotiating parties to arrive at a political solution that is honourable, inclusive, transparent and acceptable to the people.
Following death threats to the three Karnataka High Court judges, including the Chief Justice, who delivered the hijab verdict, and arrest of a person in Tamil Nadu in this regard, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said his government has decided to provide ‘Y category’ security to them. Stating that his government has taken the matter seriously, he has ordered the Director-General of Police to look into the case and take the person arrested in Tamil Nadu into custody for investigation, and questioned the silence of ‘pseudo seculars’ on the matter. FIR was registered by Vidhana Soudha Police on Saturday against an unknown individual over a video clip circulating on social media platforms of a man speaking in Tamil and issuing death threats to the three judges.
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