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Lok?Sabha election 2019: Priyanka Gandhi among top leaders present at CWC meet to approve party manifesto



The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has begun its meeting to discuss and approve the draft of the party’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

General secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is among the top leaders present at the meeting.

The Congress manifesto, a poll document that contains promises, programmes and policies of a political party for the next five years if voted to power, is expected to be released in Delhi on April 2. It is customary in the Congress to get the draft approved by CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body.

The document is likely to include Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee proposal, right to healthcare apart from measures to address unemployment and agrarian distress, party insiders, requesting anonymity, said.

The subjects included in the document are related to farmers, youth, women and child development, education, economy, industry, urban affairs, armed services and retired defence personnel, security issues, environment, foreign policy apart from art, heritage and culture.

On Monday, the Congress leaders are expected to discuss the prevailing political situation in the country apart from the alliance issue. The leaders may also discuss whether Gandhi will con test from a second seat in south India.

In the last CWC meeting in Ahmedabad on March 12, Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had suggested that the minimum income guarantee scheme should be named as Nyay, an acronym for Nyuntam Aay Yojana.

At the same meeting, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram had informed the members that the draft manifesto was ready and that the panel had held 175 consultations with different sections of the society.

The party had kicked off the process of preparing its manifesto in October last year and sought suggestions from the people through a dedicated website and WhatsApp.

The broad theme of the manifesto is “Jan Awaaz” (Your Voice).

The practice to seek suggestions from the public on issues to be incorporated in its poll document to draft a “people’s manifesto” is followed by the Congress since 2014. A 22-member manifesto committee had been constituted and the panel was further divided into 20 subject groups.

“The large theme of this entire manifesto consultation process was — ‘Your aspirations shape the future of India, your voice inspires the change and the Congress is listening to you’,” a party leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity.



Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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Raahgiri Day is Back: Take Back CP Streets and Reclaim Your Sunday Morning!



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The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to re-launch the ‘Raahgiri Days’ programme in Connaught Place from Sunday, with a focus on sustainable mobility, under the G20 theme. This theme is an invitation for action to make sustainable and secure cities, and the Raahgiri Day completely synchronizes with this goal, said a NDMC official.

Raahgiri Day is an idea that started in 2013 and is an auto-free citizens’ effort that promotes safe, open and comprehensive public streets where individuals can walk to close by markets and kids can walk to close by schools securely.

This will be the initial installment of a progression of Raahgiri Days to be facilitated at Connaught Place post the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be held as a part of Delhi Police Week (February 16-22) under the topic of street security, including center on walkability and ladies’ security. During these occasions, the Connaught Place market zone will be changed into a vehicle free zone, permitting inhabitants to partake in an assortment of exercises, including yoga classes, Zumba, games zones, music, move and even instructive programmes on different points like street security.

Officials from the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) asserted that the Raahgiri Day is an initiative to make people aware of the fact that roads and streets are not just meant for vehicles. It is a means to reclaim public spaces and use them for leisure activities as a community. On February 19, the Raahgiri Day will be relaunched at Connaught Place and all Delhi citizens are encouraged to be a part of it. A senior official expressed that this is a chance to make a positive impact on our society and relish the roads in a different way while also encouraging the formation of a safer, more sustainable and walkable city. This event is being organised in collaboration with Delhi Police and other organisations.

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Delhi Police rescue girl who jumped off Signature Bridge into Yamuna



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The Delhi Police, led by Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Parvinder, took immediate action as soon as they were informed that a 17-year-old girl had jumped into the Yamuna river from the Signature Bridge in the national capital on Tuesday night, reportedly due to a quarrel with her father.

The Station House Officer (SHO) Tribhuvan Singh Negi of Timarpur police station, along with a team of more than half a dozen police personnel, began the rescue operation with the help of divers and managed to save the schoolgirl, who is a resident of Wazirabad, within 45-50 minutes. The girl was later handed over to her family.

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