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Bharat Bandh Highlights: Scattered protests against Agnipath; Army issues notification for registration

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New Delhi, Jun 21: Road and rail traffic was partially affected in some regions on Monday during a 'Bharat bandh' called against the Agnipath military recruitment scheme, while protests appeared to taper off in many states, with authorities stepping up security and imposing curbs after days of unrest.

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    12:54 AM, 21 Jun
    The IAF and the Navy will issue a similar notification on June 24 and 25. The Navy will also induct women as Agniveers in the first batch. More than 46,000 jawans will be recruited for the three Services in the first batch under the Agnipath scheme.
    12:54 AM, 21 Jun
    As protests continue against the Agnipath scheme, the Army on Monday set the ball rolling by issuing a formal notification for recruitment of jawans known as Agniveers and said it is mandatory to apply online on its website.
    12:07 AM, 21 Jun
    Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal’s party RLP has said that it will hold a large gathering in Jodhpur on June 27 to protest the Agnipath scheme.
    12:07 AM, 21 Jun
    Section-144 has been imposed for seven days in Dholpur district, adjacent to the Uttar Pradesh border in eastern Rajasthan. These orders will be effective till June 25. Section-144 is already in force in Kota and will continue till July 18.
    9:01 PM, 20 Jun
    As the Railways have been cancelling over 450 trains on an average per day over the last three days due to protests against the Agnipath scheme, hundreds of passengers were left in the lurch with many unable to avail flights due to high fares.
    8:45 PM, 20 Jun
    For damaging govt properties, vandalism, and arson from June 16th to till now, 161 FIRs have been registered and 922 persons have been arrested: Bihar Police
    8:44 PM, 20 Jun
    More than 500 trains, including 208 mail express and 379 passenger trains were cancelled today due to protests against Agnipath scheme. Meanwhile, four mail express and six passenger trains were partially cancelled, said Indian Railways.
    8:44 PM, 20 Jun
    Police on Monday conducted raids at Guru Rahman's residence and his coaching centre in Patna, news agency ANI reported. Rahman is the accused in Danapur Railway Station violence last week in which Railways said it has been slapped with a damage of ₹200 crore.
    7:18 PM, 20 Jun
    The prohibitory orders that were imposed in the wake of violent protests against the Agnipath scheme have been lifted with immediate effect in Jharkhand's Ranchi. Section 144 was imposed after arson and vandalism on Friday, June 10.
    7:08 PM, 20 Jun
    The ‘Bharat Bandh’ call against the ‘Agnipath’ scheme of the central government has had no impact in Uttar Pradesh and the situation in the state is fully under control, a senior police officer said here on Monday. Thirty-nine cases were lodged and 475 people were arrested, of whom 330 were arrested under “serious” sections for protesting against the scheme, the officer said.
    6:58 PM, 20 Jun
    Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) to protest against ‘Agnipath’ scheme at all district-tehsil headquarters across India on June 24, announces Rakesh Tikait.
    6:56 PM, 20 Jun
    Rakesh Tikait announces that SKM will protest against ‘Agnipath’ on June 24
    6:55 PM, 20 Jun
    Amid the ongoing stir over Agnipath recruitment scheme and today's Bharat Bandh, authorities of Haryana's Jhajjar and Mahendragarh districts have ordered all coaching institutes of the district to remain shut. Jhajjar DC Captain Shakti Singh has also ordered an imposition of section 144 in the district.
    6:06 PM, 20 Jun
    It was business as usual as markets in Delhi remained open on Monday despite the call for Bharat Bandh over the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme, said city's traders' associations. The impact of the bandh, called by some organisations, was not seen in different commercial markets here, including Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Palika Bazar and Khan Market, they said.
    5:46 PM, 20 Jun
    Last week, one person died and eight others were left injured after police allegedly opened fire at the Secunderabad Railway Station in Telangana to control the mob who had set a bogie of a train on fire during protest against the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme.
    5:46 PM, 20 Jun
    Amid Bharat Bandh over ‘Agnipath’ scheme, security forces have been deployed in Telangana's Kacheguda railway station. “RPF, GRP, local police and armed reserve forces have been deployed. Only those with tickets are being allowed on the premises,” Dharmendra Kumar, RPF SCR Inspector told ANI.
    5:45 PM, 20 Jun
    At an event in Karnataka capital Bengaluru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that several decisions and reforms in the present may seem “unpleasant” but over time, the “entire country experiences the benefits of it”. “The path of reforms will take us to new milestones,” he added.
    3:23 PM, 20 Jun
    Bihar | We've done full preparations in view of Bharat Bandh. There is peace and there is no effect of Bharat Bandh.If anyone tries to vandalise/arson public property then action will be taken against that person. People can protest peacefully: Dr Chandrashekhar Singh, DM, Patna
    3:23 PM, 20 Jun
    Violence that happened at Danapur & Masaurhi railway stations is unfortunate. We've registered 12 FIRs & arrested 190 people. We're identifying people on the basis of video footage. Involvement of 6 coaching institutes was found.We'll take strict action: Patna DM
    1:15 PM, 20 Jun
    Indian Youth Congress workers stop a train, block railway track at Delhi's Shivaji Bridge railway station.
    1:15 PM, 20 Jun
    Delhi: Amid calls over Bharat Bandh, security arrangements strengthened at Nizamuddin Railway station to ensure safety of people, & Railway property. Train movements not disrupted... Passengers are comfortably departing & arriving:AP Joshiya, Assistant Security Commissioner, RPF
    1:15 PM, 20 Jun
    Punjab: Heavy security deployed at Jalandhar railway station, amid #BharatBandh call by some organisations against the Agnipath scheme. We've sufficient force, deputed 80% of our own city force. Besides, we also have Rapid Action Force & Punjab Armed Police: DCP Jagmohan Singh
    1:14 PM, 20 Jun
    Senior Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot & other Congress leaders, workers stage a sit-in at Jantar Mantar protesting against Agnipath scheme.
    1:13 PM, 20 Jun
    Andhra Pradesh: Security deployed at Vijayawada Junction railway station in wake of Bharat Bandh called by some organisations, against Agnipath Scheme. Barbed wires also put up. Additional police forces deployed in all prime locations of the city.
    1:12 PM, 20 Jun
    Tamil Nadu: In view of the proposed Bharat Bandh & to safeguard the safety & security of passengers, the issue of Platform tickets is restricted at all Railway stations over Chennai division of Southern Railway, until further orders, said PRO Chennai Division.
    1:12 PM, 20 Jun
    Delhi: Heavy traffic jam on Sarhaul border at Delhi-Gurugram expressway as Delhi Police begins checking of vehicles in wake of Bharat Bandh against Agnipath Scheme, called by some organisations.

    Initially, under the 'Agnipath' scheme, youths aged between 17-and-a-half and 21 were to be recruited in the Army, Navy and the Air Force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis.

    Subsequently, the Centre raised the upper age limit for recruitment under the scheme to 23 years for 2022 as protests against it intensified.

    Thereafter, the Central government also announced several incentives including reserving 10 per cent vacancies in its paramilitary and the Defence Ministry for Agnipath retirees and said it would look into any grievance about the new military recruitment scheme "with an open mind'.

    Those recruited under the scheme would be known as 'Agniveers'.

    After the completion of the four-year tenure, 25 per cent of the recruits from each batch would be offered regular service.

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