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BSP Declares Mayawati’s Residence As Kanshiram Memorial

New Delhi:The BahujanSamajParty claimed that Mayawati’s residence was a memorial to party founder Kanshi Ram.On the other hand, SP chiefAkhileshYadav has sought permission to stay for two more years citing security reasons.Days after notices were served to six former UP chief ministers to vacate their government bungalows in Lucknow in consonance with a Supreme Court order.

In support of the BSP’s claim, a board describing the sprawling bungalow of Mayawati as Sri KanshiramJiYadgarVishramSthal was put up on the boundary wall of the premises at 13A Mall Avenue on Monday.Till Sunday, the bungalow was the four-time UP chief minister’s official residence.

The development came after the estate department issued notices on May 17, asking the ex-CMs to vacate the bungalows within 15 days.As Mayawati was in Delhi, her staff received the order in Lucknow. A senior BSP leader said she occupied a few rooms in the memorial and she will vacate them and shift to the nearby bungalow number 9 that she had purchased in 2010.

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Pakistan Rangers ‘Pleaded’ With The BSF To Stop Firing Along International Border

New Delhi: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday said that the Pakistan Rangers ‘pleaded’ with them to stop firing along the International Border (IB) after being pounded with heavy artillery that also left a trooper dead across the border.

The border guarding force also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB."(Pakistan) Rangers called up Jammu BSF formation today and beseeched to stop firing," a BSF spokesperson said.

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China Starts Large-Scale Mining On Its Side Of The Border With Arunachal

New Delhi:A mine project is being undertaken in Lhunzecounty under the Chinese control adjacent to the Indian border. China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet.

Projecting the mining operations as part of China's move to take over Arunachal Pradesh, the report said "people familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet".

"China's moves to lay claim to the region's natural resources while rapidly building up infrastructure could turn it into 'another South China Sea' they said," it said.

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Nadda Directs NCDC Director To Assist Kerala Government In Combating Nipah Virus

New Delhi: In the wake of death of eight people due to an unknown virus there, Union health minister JP Nadda on Sunday directed the director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to visit Kerala’s Kozhikode district to assist the state government to salvage the matter.

“Reviewed the situation of deaths related to nipah virus in Kerala with secretary, health. I have directed director, NCDC to visit the district and initiate required steps as warranted by the protocol for the disease in consultation with the state government,” Nadda said in a tweet.

The Kerala government on Sunday urged the Centre to rush a team of experts after panic gripped many areas of the northern part of the state following the death of eight people in Perambra in Kozhikode district in the last two weeks after they were infected with an unknown virus.

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CRPF’s ‘Bastariya’ Battalion To Be Commissioned Into Service Today

New Delhi: The new battalion, numbered 241, of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been named Bastariya because it included recruits from Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, and Sukma districts. The much-awaited "Bastariya" Battalion of the CRPF comprising recruits from naxal-hit districts in the state will be commissioned into service today, with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attending its passing out parade in Ambikapur district.

Another special feature of the battalion was the number of women recruits which, at 33 per cent, was according to the policy of the government, he said. Rajnath Singh today arrived in Surguja district on a two-day visit to the state. His chopper landed on Ambikapur PG College ground this evening from where he travelled to the CRPF Training Center in KP Ajirma village and took part in the SainikSammelanprogramme, the official said. CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar, CRPF IG (Raipur sector) Sanjay Arora and other senior paramilitary officials were present on the occasion.