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MPs protest against ‘beef raid’ outside Kerala House in Delhi

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New Delhi,  Parliamentarians from Kerala on Tuesday protested the “beef raid” at the Kerala House here and demanded the dish be brought back on the menu of the canteen.

“This is an infringement on the rights of the people of Kerala. This is a property of people and government of Kerala. We condemn this police action,” said A Sampath, who represents Attingal constituency.

“If the buffalo meat served here is lawfully purchased from the local vendors then why should anyone prevent us from cooking and eating that?” he asked.

“This is all a part of Sangh Parivar agenda. This is an attempt to stoke communal tension. They will not succeed in imposing these things (restrictions) in Kerala since they don’t have any foothold there,” he added.

Another Lok Sabha MP PK Sreemathi said: “This is an attack on federalism. What people eat is their right. No one has the right to tell what they can eat and cannot eat.”

“This is a very serious issue. This is Kerala House. It is not the property of the central government. The centre should apologize,” she said.

Among the others who joined the protest were senior Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders C. P. Narayan and P Vijayan.

“Buffalo meat is not prohibited, so levelling such allegations is uncalled for. The police are behaving like a mob,” said Narayanan, who is also an MP.

Delhi Police had claimed that they visited Kerala House only to prevent any tension or untoward incident.

Refuting police’s claim, Vijayan, who is a CPI-M politburo member too, said: “If police came to prevent any untoward incident, then they should have stayed. Why did they leave? Their intention was not good. It is an attack on the federal structure.”

“This is an official canteen of Kerala House. They (Police) have to seek permission before conducting an inquiry at Kerala House,” he added.

A Delhi Police team visited Kerala House canteen on Monday evening after Vishnu Gupta, a Hindu Sena leader, lodged a complaint that the state house was serving ‘beef’. Officials at the Kerala House, however, said it was buffalo meat and not beef. Later, the dish was taken off the menu.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh also visited Kerala House and condemned police’s action.

“No one has given them the right to hurt people’s sentiments. If there is any problem related to food, then it is the job of the food inspector to inquire about it. This is not Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi’s job. Even (Minister of State for Home) Kiren Rijiju had admitted on camera that he consumes beef. Will Bassi go and arrest him? A lot of MPs consume beef,” said Singh.

Rijiju was quoted as saying by a newspaper that he ate beef, but later retracted his comment saying he was misquoted.

(IANS)

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Colorbar Collaborates With Delhi Police to Support Daily Wagers

#ColorbarGivesBack will help daily wage workers

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Colorbar has launched #ColorbarGivesBack in collaboration with Delhi Police to help and support daily wage workers. Pixabay

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Beauty brand Colorbar has launched #ColorbarGivesBack initiative to provide free meals to the daily wage workers, in collaboration with Delhi Police. For every purchase made on its website, the brand will be donating 25 per cent of the total bill for the cause.

Talking about the initiative, Samir Modi, Founder and Managing Director, Colorbar said: “Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of those who are struggling for the fundamental basics, and the pressures they are feeling, in terms of providing for their families. During this time of crisis we have to think about the values that are making this world go round, about what makes us human – compassion and empathy, collective support and resilience, and hope for a better tomorrow.”

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He added: “Let us not forget that daily wage workers are at – in some cases, quite literally – the foundation of the many infrastructures that keep life running smoothly for us. At Colorbar, we don’t want them to face a daily reality, wherein their own foundations have been shaken to the core.”

People can also choose to sponsor a specific number of meals or simply contribute an amount by directly donating to the cause through their website. Every donation of Rs 325 allows for a food relief package consisting of rice, pulses, salt, oil and sugar which can feed a family of five people for four days. (IANS)

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Delhi Police Organise Fun Carnival at Select City Walk Mall to Promote Road Safety

It's estimated that 1,657 fatal road accidents took place in the city last year due to violation of road safety rules

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Amarendra Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, "On behalf of the Delhi Traffic Police, we urge you to drive safely and abide by traffic rules." Wikimedia Commons

The Delhi Traffic Police organised a fun carnival on road safety at Select City Walk Mall in South Delhi on Saturday. The carnival featured quiz, games and street plays.

At carnival, an awareness campaign was also organised for drivers and pedestrians. The shoppers participated in the quiz and also in the painting competition on the theme of road safety.

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Amarendra Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, “On behalf of the Delhi Traffic Police, we urge you to drive safely and abide by traffic rules.” It’s estimated that 1,657 fatal road accidents took place in the city last year due to violation of road safety rules. (IANS)

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Terming the Delhi Police as always in the forefront in adopting new technology and innovative practices in all spheres of its working. Pixabay

The Delhi Police and the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) on Wednesday signed an MoU for setting up rooftop solar energy systems on police establishments in the capital.

Terming the Delhi Police as always in the forefront in adopting new technology and innovative practices in all spheres of its working, Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik thanked the New and Renewable Energy Sources Ministry in facilitating this MOU which will go a long way in making Delhi green.

He hoped that this project would be completed soon in a phased manner with active cooperation between the two agencies.

Lauding the initiative of Delhi Police in adopting this green initiative in sync with the vision of Central government, New and Renewable Energy Sources Secretary Anand Kumar said that solar energy is economical as well as environmental friendly.

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The Delhi Police and the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) on Wednesday signed an MoU. Pixabay

He emphasized that this is a landmark beginning in the country’s capital where the premier police force has come forward to adopt solar power technology all across its establishments, which will not only reduce their electricity bill but also further the cause of ‘Clean Energy’ in the city.

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Through this MOU, it is estimated that rooftop solar systems of about 3-4 MW capacity will be implemented across various Delhi Police buildings. (IANS)