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Elaborate security arrangements in Varanasi ahead of PM Modi’s visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Elaborate security arrangements are in place in this ancient temple town in view of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day when he is scheduled to launch a number of projects including a 1500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs 51,000 crore. Modi will arrive in his Lok Sabha constituency immediately after addressing a rally in Mahoba, a district in the impoverished Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.At the function organized in the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) here, the Prime Minister is scheduled to launch a number of projects, including “Urja Ganga”, a 1500-km-long gas pipeline costing Rs 51,000 crore, which will cater to millions of people in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The Prime Minister will be welcomed by UP Governor Ram Naik and Union Ministers of State Dharmendra Pradhan, Manoj Sinha, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Anupriya Patel. Although an invitation for the function has been sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he has deputed his cabinet colleague Brahmashankar Tripathi to receive the Prime Minister in case pressing engagements at Lucknow prevent him from coming to Varanasi.The DLW Inter College ground, where the function will be held, is all decked up for the function. Half-a-dozen LED screens have been installed in various corners of the ground so that those seated far from the stage may get a clear view. The function will begin with performances by noted Bhojpuri singer and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and renowned folk artiste Malini Awasthi.Meanwhile, the city has been transformed into a virtual garrison with thousands of police personnel patrolling the streets to ensure fool-proof security. Twenty-one Superintendents of Police, 17 Additional SPs and 43 Deputy SPs will be supervising 22 inspectors, 326 ASIs, 400 head constables, 1199 constables and 105 women constables.The police personnel will be assisted by eight companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary, four companies of NDRF and two companies each of CISF and ITBP. As many as 100 CCTV cameras have been installed in the vicinity of the DLW premises while overhead water tanks have been transformed into watch towers with security personnel perched atop.The elite Special Protection Group (SPG), which is directly responsible for the Prime Minister’s security, has been camping in the city since Friday.

Goa govt stalls release of book on Godse on Gandhi’s death anniversary

The BJP-led government in Goa on Friday disallowed use of its premises for the scheduled release of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse on occasion of the former’s death anniversary on Saturday amid protest by a local political outfit and to possibly avoid a potential controversy.However, Anup Sardesai, the writer of the book titled ‘Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin’, said he would go ahead with its release at a different venue. In a late evening communication to the state-run Ravindra Bhavan in Margao, the venue of the release, South District Collector Pramod Shinde asked its management not to allow release of the book. Sardesai said, “I received an e-mail from Ravindra Bhavan stating that the venue will not be allowed to be used for the release of the book due to unavoidable circumstances”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said he would proceed with the release at a different venue. “I will inform about the venue to my audience. I have also informed police about the new venue,” Sardesai added. Earlier in the day, ‘Goa Forward’, launched by former state election commissioner Prabhkar Timble recently, opposed letting of the government premises for the release of the book which it termed as an “unpatriotic cause”.Interestingly, BJP leader Damodar Naik, chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, was supposed to release the book.Naik had said that the venue was booked through a normal procedure and there was no ulterior motive behind holding the function. “We will hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of Ravindra Bhavan if the government allows the function to happen,” Goa Forward secretary Mohandas Lolienkar told PTI. He also claimed that the protest has been supported by various sections of people including independent legislator Vijai Sardesai.Lolienkar had threatened to block all entrances of Ravindra Bhavan even as the party submitted a memorandum to South Goa district collector requesting cancellation of the function. “Though the event appears innocuous, it is timed for January 30 which is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardesai said.He termed the function as a “veiled celebration of a murder” and a deliberate design to disturb peace and harmony and to provoke and incite people by insulting the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.Meanwhile, author of the book said he was caught up in a political storm and rivalry between two political parties.

Goa: Release of Nathuram Godse book on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary kicks up row

Newly formed Goa Forward party has opposed the release of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse scheduled for Saturday on the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.The book, titled ‘Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin’ and written by Anup Ashok Sardesai, is scheduled for release tomorrow at the government-owned Ravindra Bhavan in Margao by BJP leader and the bhavan’s chairman Damodar Naik. “The use of government premises for such an unpatriotic cause should be stopped. We will hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of Ravindra Bhavan if the government allows the function to happen,” Goa Forward’s secretary Mohandas Lolienkar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed that their protest is being supported by various sections, including Independent legislator Vijai Sardesai. “The party workers will block all the entrances of the venue so that no one can attend the function,” Lolienkar said, adding that the protest “will be peaceful”. The party has submitted memorandum to South Goa District Collector requesting cancellation of the function. “Though the event appears to be innocuous, it is timed on January 30 which is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Vijai Sardesai, the MLA from Fatorda, said.Dubbing the event as “veiled celebration of a murder”, he alleged that the book release is a deliberate design to disturb peace and harmony and to provoke and incite people by insulting the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, especially on the particular day. The Ravindra Bhavan authorities, however, denied the charges, and said they cannot stop the function. “The Ravindra Bhavan was booked through a normal procedure. Nothing was deliberate,” its chairman Damodar Naik said.Naik, however, said he might rethink on attending the function if there is any objection to it.