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Agnipath recruitment scheme protests LIVE: The violent protest against the Agnipath recruitment scheme continues. Two trains were torched at Lakhisarai and Samastipur in Bihar by the armed forces aspirants in a fresh incident of violence against the defence recruitment scheme. 


Seven bogies of Vikramshila Express torched in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. (Vijay Swaroop/HT)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 11:31 AM IST

Agnipath recruitment scheme protests LIVE: The protests against the new defence recruitment scheme continues across the country. The violent protests which erupted in parts of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on Thursday continued on Friday. Two trains were torched at Samastipur and Lakhisarai in Bihar by the armed forces aspirants. 

 

The protests come hours after the defence ministry announced a one-time waiver for the upper-age limit of the recruits from 21 to 23. The opposition has targeted the Centre over the Agnipath recruitment scheme. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre over the scheme, tweeting “No rank, no pension, no direct recruitment for 2 years, no stable future after four years, no respect shown by the government for the army.”

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  • Jun 17, 2022 11:31 AM IST

    ‘Start preparing’: Rajnath Singh’s appeal to youth amid Agnipath protests

    Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the recruitment into the military through the Agnipath scheme will begin soon and advised youngsters to start preparation. The minister’s statement came as widespread protests against Agnipath continued for the third day across the country. Calling the scheme a ‘golden opportunity’, the defence minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing age waiver for the first batch f the recruitment. Read more

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:29 AM IST

    Watch: Protests at Hajipur railway station in Bihar

    Protesters chased away by the police at Hajipur railway station in Bihar. According to Hajipur SP Maneesh, the situation at the railway station is under control. 

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:25 AM IST

    2 people arrested in UP’s Auraiya while trying to stage protest

    Two people have been arrested in Achalda railway station in Auraiya district while trying to stage protests. This comes amid incidents of train being set on fire in Ballia and reports of buses damaged in various districts of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    North Eastern Railways cancel 12 trains and short terminate 4 trains heading towards violence-hit districts

    North Eastern Railways cancelled 12 trains and short terminated 4 trains heading towards Prayagraj, Ballia, Varanasi and other districts in wake of the ongoing Agniveer protest

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:21 AM IST

    Bus damaged by protesters in Varanasi

    A bus damaged by protesters in Varanasi
    A bus damaged by protesters in Varanasi

    A bus has been damaged by protesters in Varanasi. Earlier in the day, protesters has vandalised vending carts at the Varanasi Cantonment railway station. There have been reports of violence in other parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, especially Balia where protesters set an isolated train on fire. 

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:15 AM IST

    Modi can’t hear anything except voice of ‘friends’: Rahul amid Agnipath protests

    Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not understand what the people of the country want as he cannot hear anything except the voice of his “friends”. He said this a day after the government raised the upper age limit to 23 years from 21 years for recruitment under ‘Agnipath’, amid protests by youth in several parts of the country against the scheme.

  • Jun 17, 2022 11:01 AM IST

    Deputy chief minister Renu Devi’s house attacked at Bettiah

    Bihar Deputy chief minister Renu Devi house attacked at Bettiah

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:58 AM IST

    Secunderabad: Protesters pelt stones at police, 15 injured; Howrah Express bogies torched

    Protesters pelt stones at the police in Secunderabad, 15 people injured. Protesters set fire to Howrah Express

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:47 AM IST

    Jan Shatabdi Express stopped for five minutes in Mathura

    Jan Shatabdi Express, a train was stopped for 5 minutes underneath Narhauli bridge in Mathura district. However train track now normal after protesters moved away. Protest on roads and highway and buses targeted in Mathura district

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:42 AM IST

    Four bogies of Ara Patna passenger train torched at Kulharia station

    Four bogies of Ara Patna passenger train torched at Kulharia station

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:38 AM IST

    Agnipath scheme: What will Agniveers do after 4 yrs of service? Govt shares list

    The Centre on Thursday released a list of things that ‘Agniveers’- people who will get recruited under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme- can opt for after they have served in either the Army, the Navy or the Air Force. Check full list

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:32 AM IST

    Priyanka calls for ‘Agnipath’ withdrawal, says amendment shows scheme drafted in ‘haste’

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Friday attacked the government over the Agnipath scheme, saying the BJP dispensation requiring to amend rules under the scheme soon after its announcement indicates it was imposed on the youth in “haste”, and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:23 AM IST

    UP: Youths vandalise vending carts outside Varanasi Cantonment railway station

    A group of youths staged a protest outside Cantt railway station in Varanasi, They vandalized some vending carts, the police controlled the situation and drove away the protestors.

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:15 AM IST

    South Central railway authorities stop all trains to Secunderabad

    South Central railway authorities have stopped all trains to Secunderabad. Protesters ransack trains in Secunderabad railway station. Set fire to two bogeys Set afire stalls in the railway station. Some passengers injured

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:09 AM IST

    Security enhanced on 165 kilometres long track linking Agra with Noida

    After buses damaged on Agra Lucknow Express Way on Friday morning, security enhanced on Yamuna Express Way, a 165 kilometer long fast track linking Agra with NOIDA. Mathura police positioned at varied locations

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:09 AM IST

    Bihar: 3 bogies of Darbhanga-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express set on fire at Samastipur railway station

    Three bogies of Darbhanga New Delhi Sampark Kranti express set on fire at the outer of Samastipur railway station

  • Jun 17, 2022 10:02 AM IST

    UP: Railway police on alert at Mainpuri railway station

    Railway police force on alert at Mainpuri railway station after security stepped up in view of trains being targeted by protesters protesting against the Agnipath scheme. 

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:58 AM IST

    UP: Roadways bus damaged by protesters on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

    Roadways buses damaged by protesters on Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
    Roadways buses damaged by protesters on Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

    A UP Roadways bus damaged by students on Agra Lucknow Express Way within limits of Matsena police station in Firozabad district protesting against new recruitment scheme for Indian armed forces.

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:46 AM IST

    UP: Protesters torch empty isolated train in Ballia

    Some students tried to break the window panes and set fire to an empty isolated train in Ballia railway station. The attempts to douse the flames are underway, Ballia SP RK Nayyar told ANI. Full report

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:42 AM IST

    PM Modi betrayed the country’s youth by announcing Agnipath scheme, alleges AAP

    The AAP alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “betrayed” the country’s youth with the announcement of ‘Agnipath’ scheme for recruitment into the armed forces, and demanded that the decision be withdrawn, ANI reported. “The Agnipath scheme for army recruitment is a clear betrayal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 20 crore youth of the country. The government has stabbed the youth of the country in their back,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh charged.

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:36 AM IST

    ‘4-year service too short…’: Amarinder suggests reviewing Agnipath scheme

    Former Punjab Chief Minister and Punjab Lok Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has suggested reviewing the ‘Agnipath’ scheme for recruitment in defence forces saying “it will dilute the long-existing distinct ethos of regiments.” Captain Amarinder Singh, an ex-serviceman, said that “four-year service is too short for a soldier.” He wondered why the government of India needed to make such radical changes in the recruitment policy, which has been working so well for the country for so many years.”Hiring soldiers for four years, with effective service of three years, is not at all militarily a good idea,” ANI quoted the former chief minister.

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:29 AM IST

    Haryana: Mobile internet services suspended in Ballabhgarh: Report

    Haryana government on Thursday evening ordered the temporary suspension of mobile internet services all SMS services (including bulk SMS, excluding banking and mobile recharge), and all dongle services provided on mobile networks in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad to maintain law and order and prevent the spread of any kind of rumours, ANI reports

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:23 AM IST

    Himachal CM welcomes Agnipath scheme, slams opposition

    Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday hailed the Centre’s decision to approve the ‘Agnipath’ scheme for the recruitment of youth in the Armed Forces. The Chief Minister also questioned the Opposition for opposing the scheme. “I welcome the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the Agnipath scheme. The Opposition is trying to take this issue in a different direction, politicising it, is not appropriate. It will be an opportunity for the youth across the nation,” the Chief Minister told ANI on Thursday.

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:18 AM IST

    Bihar: Two bogies of Saharsa Darbhanga passenger train also set ablaze in Supaul

    Two bogies of Saharsa Darbhanga passenger train also set ablaze in Supaul

  • Jun 17, 2022 09:06 AM IST

    Massive crowd at Ballia railway station to protest against Agnipath scheme

    Massive crowd gathers at the Ballia railway station in Uttar Pradesh to protest against the Agnipath recruitment scheme. The district magistrate Saumya Agarwal says forces have been deployed at the railway station since morning. 
     

  • Jun 17, 2022 08:52 AM IST

    CPI MP urges PM Modi to reconsider Agnipath scheme

    Communist Party of India MP Binoy Viswam has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to reconsider the Agnipath recruitment scheme. In his letter, the MP has raised several concerns, calling the scheme unfair to the youth from rural areas. 


‘Start preparing’: Rajnath Singh’s appeal to youth amid Agnipath protests

As the protests against Agnipath continues for the third day across the country, defence minister Rajnath Singh said recruitment through this newly launched scheme will begin shortly.



The Agnipath scheme met stiff resistance from opposition political parties and protests from youth after it was launched on Tuesday. (AP)
The Agnipath scheme met stiff resistance from opposition political parties and protests from youth after it was launched on Tuesday. (AP)

Published on Jun 17, 2022 11:25 AM IST


Agnipath protests: ‘Not even 24 hours passed…’: Priyanka’s swipe at BJP

Agnipath protests: On Wednesday too Priyanka Gandhi slammed the government over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, tweeting ‘the BJP (is) making recruitment to the armed forces its lab for experiments’.



Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)(HT_PRINT)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 11:08 AM IST


Mob vandalises train in UP’s Ballia during protest over Agnipath scheme

“Forces have been deployed at the station since morning. A few hooligans reached there but they were stopped from damaging much; they attempted stone-pelting. Action being taken,” Ballia DM Saumya Agarwal told reporters



Railway police force on alert at Mainpuri railway station after protests against recruitment scheme Agnipath. (HT Photo)
Railway police force on alert at Mainpuri railway station after protests against recruitment scheme Agnipath. (HT Photo)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 10:06 AM IST


Protests continue against Agnipath scheme in Bihar for 3rd day, train set afire

The protesters took to the streets again and blocked railway tracks even as the government late on Thursday granted a two-year age relaxation under the scheme through a one-time waiver



The protesters disrupted road traffic in Samastipur town on Friday and blocked the Patna-New Delhi main railway route in Buxar and Patna-Howrah-Gaya-Bhagalpur section. (Sourced)
The protesters disrupted road traffic in Samastipur town on Friday and blocked the Patna-New Delhi main railway route in Buxar and Patna-Howrah-Gaya-Bhagalpur section. (Sourced)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 09:45 AM IST


India sees over 12,000 Covid cases for 2nd straight day. Updates here

  • The overall death count stands at 524,817 after 14 fatalities were reported since Thursday. According to the health ministry data, the country’s total number of active cases currently stands at 63,063 – accounting for 0.13 per cent of the total cases.


The overall death count stands at 524,817 after 14 fatalities were reported since Thursday.(Reuters)
The overall death count stands at 524,817 after 14 fatalities were reported since Thursday.(Reuters)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 10:29 AM IST


UN report flags nearly 50 lakhs displaced in India due to climate change

According to the report, the largest displacements due to disasters in 2021 took place in China (60 lakhs), the Philippines (57 lakhs) and India (49 lakhs). The UN report said that most disaster displacements were temporary.



Nearly five million people in India were internally displaced due to climate change and disasters in 2021
Nearly five million people in India were internally displaced due to climate change and disasters in 2021

Published on Jun 17, 2022 09:01 AM IST


Agnipath protests LIVE: Bihar deputy CM’s house attacked, firing in Telangana

Agnipath recruitment scheme protests LIVE: The violent protest against the Agnipath recruitment scheme continues. Two trains were torched at Lakhisarai and Samastipur in Bihar by the armed forces aspirants in a fresh incident of violence against the defence recruitment scheme. 



Seven bogies of Vikramshila Express torched in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. (Vijay Swaroop/HT)
Seven bogies of Vikramshila Express torched in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. (Vijay Swaroop/HT)

Updated on Jun 17, 2022 11:29 AM IST

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