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VIDEO: Rally – Delhi Against Jihadi Violence

Thousands of patriotic, nationalistic, peace-loving citizens of the city took out a massive rally in the heart of Delhi.

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Thousands of patriotic, nationalistic, peace-loving citizens of the city took out a massive rally in the heart of Delhi, including locations like Jantar Mantar, on Friday, February 29, 2020.

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PM SVANIDHI: MoHUA And Swiggy To Take Street Food Vendors Online

Programme is launched with a pilot in five cities – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.

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NEW DELHI: As a part of Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has entered into an MoU with Swiggy, the leading food ordering and delivery platform in India, to onboard street food vendors on its e-commerce platform, giving them online access to thousands of consumers and help these vendors grow their businesses.

The MoU was exchanged by, Joint Secretary Sanjay Kumar and Chief Financial Officer, Swiggy Rahul Bothra, through webinar in the presence of officials of Swiggy and Ministry. Municipal Commissioners of Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi also participated in the ceremony through video conferencing facility.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where physical distancing is the key to check it’s spread, this novel initiative aims to radically transform the business of Street Vendors across cities, by facilitating them to receive orders and serve customers using online mode of business.


In a first of its kind initiative, MoHUA has coordinated with the key stakeholders including Municipal Corporations, FSSAI, Swiggy and GST officials to ensure that necessary prerequisites are completed for this initiative.

To begin with, MoHUA and Swiggy will run a pilot program by on-boarding 250 vendors across five cities namely – Ahmadabad, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, and Varanasi.

The street vendors will be helped with PAN and FSSAI registration, training on technology/ partner app usage, menu digitization and pricing, hygiene and packaging best practices.

Upon the successful completion of the pilot, MoHUA and Swiggy plan to expand this initiative across the country in phases.


This partnership is seen as yet another move by MoHUA to empower street vendors with digital technology and facilitate greater income-earning opportunities by being present on a popular e-commerce platform like Swiggy.

During the ceremony, Secretary, HUA also launched the updated and modified version of PM SVANidhi Dashboard, which facilitates users not only with a better granular view of the Scheme’s performance but also with additional tools for comparisons.

The Ministry is implementing PM SVANidhi Scheme since June 01, 2020, for providing affordable working capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to Covid-19 lockdown.

This scheme targets to benefit over 50 lakh Street Vendors who had been vending on or before March 24, 2020, in urban areas including those from surrounding peri-urban/ rural areas.

Under the Scheme, the vendors can avail a working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000, which is repayable in monthly instalments in the tenure of one year.

On timely/ early repayment of the loan, an interest subsidy @ 7% per annum will be credited to the bank accounts of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer on a quarterly basis. There will be no penalty on early repayment of the loan.


The scheme promotes digital transactions through cash-back incentives up to an amount of Rs. 1,200 per annum.

The vendors can fulfil their aspiration of climbing up the economic ladder by availing the facility of the enhanced credit limit on timely/ early repayment of the loan.

As on October 4, 2020, over 20 lakh loan applications have been received under the PM SVANidhi Scheme. Out of these over 7.5 lakh loans have been sanctioned and over 2.4 lakh loans disbursed.

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Delhi, Bangalore Type Riots Were Planned For Hathras; ED To File Case Under PLMA

Criminal conspiracy and FOREIGN FUNDING is suspected by the ED (too).

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LUCKNOW (Uttar Pradesh):  The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday claimed that there was a “conspiracy” by some groups and individuals to instigate caste and communal violence in the state in the aftermath of the Hathras case. On Sunday, an FIR was registered against unidentified persons at the Chandpa Police Station in Hathras under several stringent sections of the IPC, including sedition.

According to sources, a website, justiceforhathrasvictim.carrd.co, which was created overnight, was said to be created with the sole aim of throwing the state of Uttar Pradesh — at least — into chaos by inciting ethnic riots. The site has been taken down and is currently unavailable.

At the time of filing this report, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was said to be considering filing a case against the (now defunct) website under Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the Hathras case. Criminal conspiracy and FOREIGN FUNDING is suspected.


ED Joint Director (Lucknow zone) Rajeshwar Singh while speaking to news agency PTI said that the central probe agency is examining a Hathras police FIR filed against the website.

The investigation agencies also discovered links of the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Amnesty International and foreign countries through the website.

The agency is also likely to examine the “ultimate beneficiaries” of the money collected by this web portal and the service provider (telecom company) can be asked to share the IP address or addresses from where the webpage was launched.

The ED will also seek technical help from the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) for analysing traffic on the website to obtain email ids and phone numbers used to buy the domain name. The web platform under the scanner has allegedly been developed by a US-based entity, as per officials.


Incriminating content such as fake videos, photoshopped images, doctored visuals was uploaded on the website to provoke riots and unrest in the country.

The content uploaded on the website included a detailed manual of the do’s and don’ts that the protesters should abide by during the riots. It also includes details of how to instigate riots and escape accountability. The manual touched upon several aspects, instructing rioters about the safety during a protest, what they should wear, what to bring with them to the protests, how to evade teargas and identification from the police and measures to be taken if they get arrested or detained by the law enforcement officials.

Most of the content of the website has been a copy-paste exercise from the provocative writing shared online by Black Lives Matters protesters in the United States of America. A bit like this pamphlet:

At least six FIRs have been lodged in Hathras, including one invoking sedition and criminal conspiracy, against persons and parties for allegedly trying to instigate the victim’s family, violating COVID-19 and Section 144 norms through illegal assemblies in and around the affected village, and for trying to spread caste discord through misleading statements, police said.

Additionally, 13 FIRs were lodged and five persons were arrested in Bijnor, Hathras, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Prayagraj, Ayodhya and Lucknow on charges of posting offensive statements over the incident on social media.

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Radical Islamist Outfit PFI’s Workers Arrested For Spoiling Hathras Atmosphere

They were arrested at Mathura while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.

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MATHURA (Uttar Pradesh): Four people, said to have links with radical Islamist group (with links to global terror group ISIS) Popular Front of India (PFI) and an associate outfit, were arrested at Mathura on Monday while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi, police said. The four were taken into custody at Mathura’s Math toll plaza where the police were checking vehicles after receiving a tip-off that some suspicious people were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.

The four were in a car and identified themselves as Atiq-ur Rehman of Muzaffarnagar, Siddique of Malappuram, Masood Ahmed of Bahraich and Alam of Rampur, the police said, adding their mobile phones, laptop and some literature, which could have an impact on peace and order, were seized.

A total of 21 cases have been filed in this regard across the state.


Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said that on Monday, police had received information that some suspected persons were going from Delhi towards Hathras. On this, suspicious vehicles were checked near the toll plaza branch. When the four youths who were in the Swift Desire vehicle were intercepted and questioned, they came to know about their relationship with the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associate organization Campus Front of India (CFI).

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath referred to “recent incidents” and said “anarchist elements” are trying to trigger communal and caste violence in the state.

The PFI, accused in the past of having links with international terror group ISIS, has been accused of funding certain protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that took place across the country earlier this year. The Uttar Pradesh police had earlier sought a ban on the organization.


Separate cases have been filed against the workers of political parties in the Chandpa police station on Sunday and Monday also on charges like a violation of official business and violation of prohibitory orders.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar on Monday informed about the cases filed in the Chandpa police station. He told that efforts are being made to spoil the atmosphere with posters, social media posts.

An attempt has been made to spoil the atmosphere of UP under a conspiracy. We are taking action on the basis of matters. Many agencies are investigating this matter. An FIR has been registered against such people.”

The cases are filed under Section 109 (abetment of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, 124A (attempt to threaten the unity and integrity of the country-sedition) 120 B (conspiracy), 153 -A (spreading maliciousness on the basis of religion, language and caste), 153-B (statements adversely affecting national integrity), 195 (fabricating evidence), 465 (counterfeiting), 468 (use of misleading documents), 501 ( A total of 20 sections, including defamatory printing), 505 (statement making the atmosphere of fear) and Section 67 of the Information Technology Amendment Act 2008.

The Deputy Inspector has written in his report that in order to take advantage of some unfortunate elements of Hathras unfortunate incident under a criminal conspiracy to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the entire state and incite caste hatred, the hatred and contempt for the government established by law in the State Are provoking the victim’s family.


The report further states that the accused are pressuring the family to misrepresentation and luring them to lie by giving them a lure of Rs 50 lakh. The peace of Hathras and the state has been affected by attempting to change the statements given earlier.

Report Filed Against Unidentified Journalist:

A report has also been filed against an unknown journalist stating in order to fulfil his/her purpose, the journalist tried to call the victim’s brother to ask his parents to tell the media that they were not satisfied with the administration’s action is. Apart from this, s/he also tried to say that the deceased had told him/her about the gangrape.

Whereas in the first statement given by the victim family, the victim and her family had only spoken about the assault. The police sub-inspector has also written that the rape has not been confirmed in the Forensic Science Experiment School and the Medical Report.

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