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FIR lodged against urdu poet Munawwar Rana for ‘promoting enmity’.

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An FIR has been registered against Urdu poet Munawwar Rana for allegedly defending the recent killings in France over a caricature of Prophet Muhammad, police said on Monday. Rana had made the controversial comments in an interview to a news channel after three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in Nice last week. A few weeks ago, an assailant had decapitated a French middle school teacher who showed caricatures of Prophet Muhammad for a class on free speech.

The case against Rana has been lodged at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on Sunday under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings), an officer said. The poet has also been booked under IPC Section 505 (statements conducing public mischief) and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, the officer said.

Police have lodged the FIR taking cognizance of the TV interview and a probe is on, the officer said. In a purported video clip of the interview that went viral on social media, Rana can be heard saying: “If any person makes such a bad cartoon of my father or mother, then I will kill him.” Asked if he is supporting the entire incident, he said: “I will kill him…” When contacted by PTI, Rana said the comments were misconstrued and it was made in the context of India.

“If anyone makes an indecent and vulgar picture of our gods and goddesses — Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Saraswati, and the person making it is a Muslim or anyone else, I will kill such person as he is spreading hatred,” he said. “And it requires immense courage to kill a person hailing from your family or community.” “The person who made the cartoon (in France) had done a wrong act and the person who murdered the cartoonist did an extremely wrong act,” Rana said. The poet asserted that he did not endorse murders taking place anywhere in the world, pointing out that in the Ballabhgarh case in Haryana, he had tweeted that both the youths should be shot at the same place where they had shot dead a 21-year-old woman last week.

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For Tiwan & Korean firms Uttar Pradesh emerging as favoured investment hotspot.

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As foreign firms expressed intent to invest in UP in a big way, Yogi govt has decided to bring out ‘UP Electronic Manufacturing Policy – 2020’ in August 2020, which is aimed at developing the Electronics sector in all parts of the state.

In a significant milestone for Yogi govt, Electronics Manufacturing Sector has achieved the five-year target in just 3 years by garnering an investment of Rs 20,000 and about 3 lakh employment generation. Many companies from China, Taiwan and Korea are making a beeline to invest in the Electronics sector in Uttar Pradesh and some of those have already arrived in a big way. Recently, Samsung relocated its plant in India from China.

Under the stewardship of Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh is fast emerging as hotspot destination for multi-national companies mainly from China, Taiwan and Korea. Electronics Manufacturing sector is drawing maximum investment as many firms have shown keen interest in setting up their bases in the state.

”The target of Rs 20,000 crore of investment and employment of three lakh was set to achieve till 2022 but could be achieved two years in advance as as many as 30 investors were attracted by the policies of the government to invest in Electronics sector in the state till 2020,” Industrial Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Alok Tandon said.

He said, “the new ambience developed by the state government has resulted in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway area has a well-distinguished Electronics manufacturing hub where many units are coming up. We are receiving intents from several companies regularly as the Electronics Sector is beaming with the activities in the times to come.”

An Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC), designated as TEGNA cluster, is also being set up in NCR where foreign companies like Oppo, 3 Indian companies and 4 Taiwanese companies are setting up their units with an expected investment of Rs 2000.

Buoyed by its success, Yogi government decided to bring out ‘UP Electronic Manufacturing Policy – 2020’ in August 2020, which aimed at developing the Electronics sector in all parts of the state. Uttar Pradesh government, in view of the successful investment scenario in the sector, has also upwardly revised the target to bring fresh investments of Rs 40,000 crore and further generate 4,00,000 employments in the next 5 years.

Under the 2020 policy, 3 Electronics Manufacturing Clusters – an Electronic City near Jewar Airport on Yamuna Expressway, Defense Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (DEMC) in Bundelkhand and a Medical Electronic Manufacturing Cluster in Lucknow-Unnao-Kanpur zone – have been proposed to be established.

Besides, in order to attract investors in establishing manufacturing industries in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal region, various financial incentives have been envisaged in the new policy.

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