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Government dedicates ‘Thrividha Dasoha’ to people of the state: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): The state government has dedicated itself to providing ‘Thrividha Dasoha of Anna ‘(food), ‘Akshara’ (education) and ‘Ashraya’ (shelter) for all the poor and weaker sections of the society, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons after launching the Dasoha(charity) programme as part of the Dasoha Day celebrations at Sri Siddaganga Mutt, Bommai said, Dasoha is a tradition of Karnataka. This is a day that conveys the importance of food, education and shelter, said Bommai. The state government has raised the per capita quota of rice for Anna Dasoha from 4kg to 5kg. Ragi and Jowar too are being distributed in accordance with the food habits of the region, he added.
The ration is being provided for Mutts and other charity institutions which are engaged in Anna Dasoha. As for Akshara Dasoha, the state government has launched the Vidya Nidhi scheme for children of farmers, Rs 150 cr has been released for direct disbursement of scholarships for children of construction workers. State and central governments have taken up housing schemes for Ashraya Dasoha and about 5 lakh houses are being built, Bommai said.
On celebrating Dasoha Day as a government programme, Dasoha Day would be celebrated in a more organised way as a government programme. The state government is committed to spreading Dasoha culture all over the state. “I have participated in today’s programme with a resolve to tread in the path of Siddaganga Seer. It is our government’s mission to provide food, education and shelter for all,” Bommai said.
Replying to a question about conferring Bharat Ratna for Sri Shivakumaraswamiji, the Chief Minister said he would decide on sending the recommendation to the union government after discussing the issue with his top leadership.
The meeting with expert committee members later in the afternoon would decide on the continuation of the weekend curfew. Many legislators, MPs and organisations are set to convey their opinion on the issue. A suitable decision would be taken based on the views of the experts and the trend of the prevailing third wave of COVID-19, Bommai said. (Image source: Instagram)

Tableaux rejected by Centre for Republic Day Parade to be shown in Chennai, says TN CM Stalin

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday said that the State Government has decided to showcase the tableaux rejected by the Centre for the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, at a parade on the Marina beachfront in Chennai on January 26.
Besides, said the chief minister the tableaux would travel to key towns in Tamil Nadu for the people to see, according to a statement by the chief minister’s office. “Shocked and sad over rejection of tableaux from Tamil Nadu for Republic Day parade without any reason. State tableaux rejected for Republic day parade in Delhi by Central committee will be part of Republic Day parade in Chennai; will be taken across Tamil Nadu,” said the Chief Minister in a statement.
Earlier today, a day after, Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Centre rejecting the state’s tableau for the Republic Day Parade 2022, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the tableau was considered in the first three rounds of the meetings of the expert committee, however, could not make it to the final list of the 12 tableaux selected for this year.
Stalin on Monday had written to the Prime Minister seeking his immediate intervention into the matter. “Excluding the tableau will deeply hurt the sentiments and patriotic feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu,” the Tamil Nadu chief minister had written.
Responding to his letter, Rajanth Singh wrote in his letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, “Ministry of Defence invites proposals for tableaux from all States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments. The tableaux proposals received from various States/UTs and Central Ministries/Departments are evaluated in a series of meetings of the Expert Committee comprising eminent persons in the field of art, culture, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, choreography etc. The Expert Committee examines the proposals on the basis of theme, concept, design and its visual impact before making its recommendations.”
“As per the time slot allotted for tableaux in the overall duration of the parade, shortlisting of tableaux is done by the Expert Committee. For RDP-2022, a total of 29 proposals were received from States/ UTs including the proposal from State of Tamil Nadu. The Tableaux from the State Government of Tamil Nadu was considered in the first three rounds of meetings. After the third round of meeting, the tableaux could not make it into the final list of 12 Tableaux selected for participation in the RDP-2022,” he added.
Singh said that the selection of tableau is as per the prescribed guidelines on the matter.
Notably, the Centre also rejected the West Bengal tableau for the Republic Day Parade as well after which state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider his decision. (Image source: Instagram)

Arvind Kejriwal to officially announce AAP’s Goa CM face tomorrow

Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be announcing the party’s CM candidate for Goa during a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday.
Kejriwal had held a door-to-door campaign on Sunday in Cortalim village of Goa, which is scheduled to go to polls this February. As a part of the campaign, Kejriwal along with other party members was seen interacting with voters in Cortalim. Pamphlets were distributed to the voters during the campaign.
Goa will go to the assembly polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
Earlier today, AAP announced its Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for Punjab Assembly elections. (Image source: Instagram)

Telangana CM to hold cabinet meeting on Monday as COVID cases surge

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will hold a cabinet meeting on Monday in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
The cabinet meeting will be held on Monday at 2 pm in Pragathi Bhavan under Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, to discuss COVID-related matters, the Chief Minister’s office said. Telangana government on Sunday extended vacations for all educational institutions till January 30, 2022.
“It has been decided to extend the vacation of all educational institutions in Telangana till January 30, 2022,” office of Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar tweeted.
Earlier, the State government declared holidays for all educational institutions from January 8 to 16.
Telangana on Saturdy reported 1,963 new COVID-19 cases taking the cumulative tally to 7,07,162. There are 22017 active cases. The cumulative recoveries registered in Telangana is at 6,81,091 and the death toll is 4,054. The recovery rate in the state is at 96.31 per cent and case fatality rate is 0.57 per cent. (Image source: Instagram)

Uttarakhand Polls: CM Dhami says will contest from Khatima constituency, list of candidates to be out soon

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday said that he will contest the upcoming Assembly polls in the state from the Khatima constituency and said that the list of candidates will be announced soon.
Speaking to ANI after the BJP Core Committee meeting, Dhami said, “I will contest the election from the Khatima constituency. We all are together and ready to contest polls. The candidates’ list will be announced soon.” The Chief Minister added that they have set a target of winning more than 60 seats out of the 70 seats in the Assembly through a slogan ”Abki Baar 60 Paar’.
“This time, we have given a slogan ‘Abki Baar 60 Paar’,” he said.
BJP is likely to release its election manifesto for the Uttarakhand Assembly polls by January 25.
According to party sources, the public opinion that came from 70 assembly constituencies from the ballot boxes is yet to be analysed. After one or two meetings it will be finalized.
The sources said that in the election manifesto, the party can make a special announcement for women and youth. The BJP is preparing on a large scale for the assembly elections.
The manifesto is being prepared on the theme of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Vikas”.
Polls to elect the 70-member state legislative assembly are scheduled to be held on February 14. The counting will take place on March 10. (Image source: Instagram)

Tamil Nadu CM thanks PM Modi for inaugurating 11 medical colleges in state, says M Karunanidhi’s dream come true

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for virtually inaugurating 11 medical colleges in the state and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.
Addressing the event today, the Chief Minister said, “I thank PM Modi for participating in this event. This was a dream of former CM M Karunanidhi to bring medical colleges in all the districts of Tamil Nadu.” “Today, Karunanidhi’s dream has come true. I thank the central government for these new colleges,” Stalin said.
Further, Stalin appealed to the central government to give NEET exemption for Tamil Nadu. “I appeal Union government to consider the plea to give the NEET exemption to Tamil Nadu,” he added.
These medical colleges have been inaugurated in districts including Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.
According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), MBBS seats have been increased by 79.60 per cent (from 51,348 seats to 92,222 seats) and the number of PG seats increased by 80.70 per cent (from 31,185 seats to 56,374 seats) during the last seven years.
So, the total medical seats before 2014 were around 82,500. And in the last seven years, a jump of around 80 per cent or 66,000 seats has taken place.
The total number of medical colleges (both government and private) has increased from 387 to 596, a jump of around 54 per cent, the PMO informed. (Image source: Instagram)

Telangana CM requests PM Modi to ensure fertilizers cost maintained at present level

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the cost of fertilizers maintained at the present level and additional cost, if any, be absorbed by the Centre.
In a letter to Modi, Rao said, “On behalf of crores of farmers, I request Government of India to ensure that the cost of fertilizers is maintained at the present levels and additional cost if any to be absorbed by the Government of India so that farmers are not burdened.” He said that certain decisions taken by the Central Government would adversely affect the farming community in the country, especially Telangana.
The Telangana Chief Minister further reminded that the Central Government in February 2016 promised that it will double the farmer’s income in 6 years by 2022.
“In February 2016, GoI had announced that it will double the farmer’s income in 6 years by 2022. Despite the passage of over 5 years, no specific or structured programme has been initiated towards this direction. Contrary to your policy of doubling of farmer’s income, to the dismay of one and all input costs are doubled in last five years and the income of the farming community is declined, causing distress to farmers,” he said.
He further alleged that the Government of India has turned a blind eye to the increasing prices of fertilizers in the last six years while encouraging states to take up campaigns to reduce Urea and DAP consumption. “It is sad to note that the prices of two most consumed fertilizers 28.28.0 and MoP (Muriate of Potash) have increased by more than 50 per cent and 100 per cent respectively in the last 90 days itself,” Rao further said.
He further said that the fuel consumption in the agriculture sector has increased manifold due to the promotion of farm mechanization by the States.
“Even in the case of petrol/diesel prices, indiscriminate imposition of Cess across the board despite no increase in import price of crude oil has added great distress to the farmers. Due to faulty policies of the Government of India in both the cases of petrol/diesel pricing and fertilizers pricing the farmers are bearing the brunt,” he added.
He pointed out that though Telangana State Legislature passed a unanimous resolution to integrate MGNREGA with agriculture activity so that labour cost, is partially borne by the governments along with farmers, there has been no response from the Central government.
“Similarly, while accepting Prof MS Swaminathan headed National Commission on Farmers’ recommendations to peg Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farm produce at 50 per cent more than the weighted average cost of production, essential costs of farm rentals and cost of fixed capital assets were deliberately excluded while calculating cost of the crop to farmers. Hence the claim that MSP is pegged at 150 per cent of the costs of the crop is misleading,” said the Chief Minister.
Apart from announcing MSP and procuring small quantities of crops, the Government of India has no reliable mechanism of ensuring price guarantees to the farmers for their crops, he said.
Rao further said that it is also noticed that under the guise of pegging FAQ standards at global levels, farmers are denied MSP prices and compelled to sell at lower prices thereby making agriculture non-remunerative
“These policies coupled with the threat of proposed reforms in the agriculture electricity distribution sector by fixing power consumption meters are causing a great deal of anxiety to the hard-working farmers of our country,” he added. (Image source: Instagram)

People can chip in with their suggestions for AAP Punjab CM’s candidate by January 17, says Kejriwal

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that people can message and call on the number 70748 70748 to send their suggestions on who should be the Chief Ministerial candidate from AAP for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls by January 17 till 5 pm.
He added that his personal choice regarding the Chief Ministerial face is not important, public choice is important. “This is happening in India, probably for the first time after 1947, a party is asking the public to tell us who should be the CM face. By calling, or through Whatsapp messaging on the number 70748 70748, you can give your suggestions by 5 pm on January 17. Based on the suggestions, we will choose our CM candidate. My personal choice is not important, public choice is important,” he said in a press conference in Chandigarh.
“Bhagwant Mann is very dear to me, he is like my younger brother, I was also sitting in the room saying that we should make Bhagwant Mann the Chief Ministerial candidate, but he said that no, we should ask people. This ritual of deciding the Chief Ministerial candidate in closed doors should be stopped,” Kejriwal said in a press conference in Chandigarh.
He further claimed, “AAP is emerging as the largest party in different surveys conducted to assess which party should win maximum votes in upcoming Punjab Assembly elections”.
“It is almost decided that AAP will come to power in Punjab. I want to request all my volunteers to give one last push. I want to request Punjab voters to give lots of votes. We should win seats above 80 instead of 60 seats,” he added.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach in Punjab, he said, ” If AAP comes to power, then we will ensure the safety of Prime Minister as well as the safety of 3 crore people of Punjab”.
While Bhagwant Mann said, “the responsibility of the Chief Minister is a big responsibility. CM has to be involved in the sorrow and happiness of the people of the State, so we are issuing a number 70748 70748. You can tell your favourite CM face by calling or messaging on it. I am grateful to the party, even if my duty is to paste the posters, I will do that too, but the faith that CM sahib has placed in me is priceless”. (Image source: Instagram)

PM Modi speaks to Bihar CM, singer Lata Mangeshkar who tested COVID-19 positive

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to enquire about his health condition after the latter tested COVID-19 positive.
PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery from the coronavirus infection over the conversation. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and went under home isolation on the doctor’s advice, the CMO informed.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also enquired about the health of veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar who was hospitalised after testing positive for COVID.
The veteran singer was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Monday. (Image source: Instagram)

Tamil Nadu CM Stalin holds all-party meet on state’s exemption from NEET

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday chaired an all-party meeting at the Secretariat to discuss the future course of action on the State’s demand for exemption from the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Vanathi Srinivasan walked out of the all-party meeting and said that they do not support the NEET resolution. “We do not support the resolution. Even during the last Assembly session, we’ve not supported the resolution passed to scrap the NEET exams. We are having a political stand of supporting the NEET exam in Tamil Nadu,” said Srinivasan.
Earlier on January 6, the Chief Minister had said, “The State Assembly passed a resolution and bill on February 19 last year against NEET and sent to the Governor. The Governor is yet to send it to the President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent.”
On February 28, 2021, the DMK MPs gave a memorandum against the NEET exam to the President, the CM said.
He further said that all Party delegations had sought an appointment from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, but it was denied by the minister.
Speaking on the floor of the Assembly, CM Stalin said, “The entrance examination coaching will only benefit the rich students. NEET exams have made school education costlier. We cannot remain a mute spectator.” (Image source: Instagram)

UP: BJP is forming govt again with thumping majority, says Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday exuded confidence of returning to power with a thumping majority after the Election Commission announced the schedule for five state assembly elections.
“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh has been progressing on the path of development in the last five years. We welcome the festival of democracy in New India’s Naya Uttar Pradesh. The BJP will be successful in forming in the government again with a thumping majority when results for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are announced on March 10. There should be no doubt about it,” Adityanath told ANI. “In the last five years, the double engine government of Uttar Pradesh has worked for the holistic development of the state. People will give their blessings to the BJP in the elections. But yes we need to be alert and careful against the COVID pandemic and follow the protocols,” he added.
The Election Commission on Saturday announced poll dates for five states with Uttar Pradesh going for a seven-phase assembly election from February 10, Manipur to go for two-phase election from February 27 and Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand to face elections on February 14.
The counting of votes in all states will take place on March 10.
In the wake of the COVID-19 surge, the Commission directed that no physical political rallies and roadshows will be allowed till January 15, however, further rallies and election campaign meetings will be allowed only in earmarked places and with prior permissions of district administration.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

BJP workers have been asked to actively involve themselves in COVID management: Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers to actively involve themselves in COVID-19 management in the interest of public health.
Speaking to media persons after a meeting with party State President and other office-bearers here today, Bommai said, “I have asked BJP workers to actively involve themselves in the COVID-19 management in the interest of public health.” “Party workers have also been asked to involve themselves actively in the campaign to tackle the spread of Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19,” Bommai said.
“They can play a role in providing useful information to the public, spreading awareness about precautionary measures, assisting in quarantine, getting ambulance services and vaccination,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Chief Minister also held a meeting with members of the COVID-19 task force and experts in Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 2,479 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of the 2,479 new cases, 2,053 cases were reported from Bengaluru. The state has 13,532 active COVID-19 cases.

CM Stalin urges to people get vaccinated

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that though the infection rate due to Omicron is high, vaccination provides a shield from this new variant.
Urging people to vaccinate themselves, CM Stalin said, “According to medical experts, Omicron is spreading fast. Though the Omicron infection rate in Tamil Nadu is high, vaccination will shield one from this virus. People should maintain social distancing and must wear masks.” He further said that people above 60 years of age should mandatorily take vaccination.

Karnataka CM holding meeting with members of COVID-19 task force, experts in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A meeting of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with members of the COVID-19 task force and experts is going on in Bengaluru.
State Health minister K Sudhakar, Revenue Minister R Ashok, BBMP Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, Chief Secretary, DGP Praveen Sood, BBMP officials, health senior officials and technical advisory committee members are also present in the meeting. “We are planning to take strict action to curb the Omicron and COVID-19 cases which have already doubled today and Bengaluru is in red-zone as per central government report. That’s why we are preparing beds, oxygen and other needy things. Experts’ suggestions will be considered,” Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashok told ANI before the meeting.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tests positive for COVID-19

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Taking to Twitter, he said that he has mild symptoms and is isolated at home. He has asked those who came in touch with him to isolate themselves and get tested for COVID-19.
“I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated me at home. Those who came in touch wid me in last few days, kindly isolate urself and get urself tested,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday addressed the party’s Nav Parivartan Yatra at Parade Ground in Dehradun in the run-up to Uttarakhand Assembly polls this year.
The Delhi Chief Minister was also scheduled to attend a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) today over the COVID-19 situation in the national capital.
Delhi has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks following the emergence of the Omicron variant.
The city reported 4,099 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the positivity rate in the national capital to 6.46 per cent, Delhi’s health department bulletin informed on Monday.
The active cases in the city have gone to 10,986 and the cumulative tally of the COVID-19 cases now stands at 14,58,220.

In the last 24 hours, Delhi also witnessed one COVID-related death taking the death toll to 25,100.

Assam CM urges police to create an environment where no individual needs personal security

Dibrugarh (Assam) [India]: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday urged everyone to eliminate PSO (Personal Security Officer) culture.
Sarma on Monday inaugurated the second conference of superintendents of police of all districts of the state at oil town Duliajan in Dibrugarh district in a bid to explore new dimensions of policing in Assam through sharing of experiences, education and motivation. “By gradually coming out of ‘PSO culture’ and recruiting sufficient manpower, we should create an atmosphere of security where ideally nobody needs a PSO in next 2-3 yrs. To deal with changing nature of crimes, our force should quickly adapt to emerging technologies,” he said.
Sarma also said the police must counter all threats to society through a strong intelligence and active monitoring system. He said that with the overall improvement of the law and order situation of the state, the police force must take efforts to create an environment where no individual needs personal security in the next 2-3 years.
As per an official statement, more than 94 police officers in the ranks of SP, additional SP and SDPO participated in the two-day conference.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that at the first conference of SPs held at Kaziranga six months ago, he had urged the Assam police to redefine their role and operational strategy. Expressing satisfaction over the progress made by Assam police in the last few months towards departmental reforms, the Chief Minister said that there is still a lot to be done in this direction and Assam police must continue its reform initiatives.
Sarma said that Assam police must always stand by the people with a friendly spirit to ensure the safety of the people but at the same time take a strict stand against all types of criminals with a zero-tolerance policy.
Terming quality investigation and effective prosecution as key to the successful police force, he urged the police department to stand firm against all types of injustice committed against the citizens of the state.
Noting that building a technology-driven police force is one of the main objectives of the state government, he said Assam police must ensure adaptation of state-of-the-art technology in its work to deal with the changing methods of crime and criminals.
While referring to the direction given to the DGP to complete the recruitment process in Assam Police by May 10, the Chief Minister said that with the continuous withdrawal of personal security and deployment of adequate human resources in the police department, adequate number of police will be available at the workplace in the coming days for public safety and investigation of crimes.
Stating that the police department must always be conscious to maintain its image among the people, Sarma said that the police should not develop friendships with any person accused of any crime.
The Chief Minister said Assam police should be ready to serve the public with a dedicated attitude at all times. He said the police department must always be vigilant to maintain the sovereignty and security of the country.
The Chief Minister said the state government will take up a special project in the next budget to construct adequate number of houses for the police. The Chief Minister urged the SPs to make arrangements to provide special leave to the police personnel in a phased manner so that they can spend time with their parents.
The Chief Minister also informed that the third conference of SPs will be held at Dergaon in Golaghat district after six months.
At the inaugural session of the conference, Union MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli, Agriculture Minister and Guardian Minister of Dibrugarh district Atul Bora, Minister of Sports and Youth Welfare Bimal Bora and Minister of Tea Tribal Welfare Sanjay Kishan, Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, GOC 4 Corps of Indian Army Lt. Gen. Ravin Khosla, AOC i/c Air Marshal DK Patnaik, CMD of OIL SC Mishra, Resident Chief Executive of OIL Prasanta Borkotoky and other dignitaries were present.

Time to come out with plan for climate-based integrated agriculture development: Karnataka CM

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Monday said that it is time to come out with a plan for climate-based integrated agriculture development.
Bommai was speaking at the inaugural event in Bengaluru. He said, “Karnataka has 10 Agro-climatic zones which enable the state to grow one or the other crop round the year. We should draw up plans for developing climate-based integrated agriculture. The initiative is being taken to raise farmers’ income by giving a boost for secondary farm-related activities like dairy farming and animal husbandry.”
“The Krishik Samaj has contributed in its own way for agriculture development. The government has implemented many novel schemes formulated by the Samaj for farmers’ welfare. The Samaj should come out with programmes that would provide solutions for new challenges being faced by farmers related to their need for good seeds, fertilizers, market facilities and quality of soil”, Bommai said.
He stressed the need for greater emphasis on post-harvest facilities like godowns, cold storage facilities, market linkages and online markets to ensure better prices for farmers’ produce. The state government would provide all possible help for the Samaj in this regard, he said.
“The state government has decided to establish a Secondary Agriculture Directorate to raise the income of farmers. Natural farming would get a boost in the next budget with a substantial hike in the allocation of funds. A 1 per cent growth in the farm sector would trigger a 4 per cent growth in the industrial sector and 10 per cent growth in the services sector. So, growth in the agriculture sector is complementary for economic growth of the state”, Bommai said.

Night curfew in the interest of public health: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: As Omicron cases continue to rise across the country, Karnataka has imposed a night curfew in the state.
“Night curfew has been imposed in the state in the interest of public health,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said while speaking to media persons on Monday. He said, “Solatium is being paid to BPL families of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19 in all districts and taluks. A programme in this regard is being held in Bengaluru as well.”
Reacting to displeasure among the business community against the night curfew he said, “the measure has been taken in the interest of public health. People would have to strictly follow COVID-19 norms at tourist spots.”
On December 2, Karnataka reported the country’s first Omicron case in Bengaluru.
Further, India has logged 6,531 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. As per the Health Ministry, the country’s active caseload stands at 75,841. “Active cases constitute 0.22 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the Ministry. Meanwhile, the tally of cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in the country has risen to 578.
The Chief Minister said that the BJP State Executive Committee meeting, which is to be held in Hubballi, would discuss issues related to party organisation and other developments. The meeting, which is held once every two months, would take important decisions, he said.
Replying to a question about much-expected cabinet expansion, Bommai said that it is an internal matter of the party and the party high command would take a call on that. “There is good coordination between the party and the administration. The government will come up with more good programmes in the days ahead and seek a public mandate in 2023 on the basis of its good work for the people,” he said.

Haryana cabinet expansion scheduled for tomorrow

Chandigarh [India]: The Haryana government’s Cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow, the state Chief Minister’s office (CMO) informed on Monday.
The new ministers of the state cabinet are expected to take oath tomorrow at 4 pm. “The Haryana cabinet will be expanded on December 28, 2021. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Haryana Raj Bhavan at 4 pm,” CMO Haryana tweeted in Hindi.
This is the second expansion of the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana. The first cabinet expansion took place on November 14.
In the Haryana Assembly elections in 2019, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party winning 40 seats in the 90-member assembly. Congress finished second with 31 seats. Later, the BJP formed the government with the support of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), which bagged 10 seats, and some independent MLAs.

SP’s motto of ‘jo zameen khali, woh zameen hamari’ will not work anymore, says Yogi Adityanath

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday remarked that the motto of Samajwadi Party– jo zameen khaali, woh zameen hamari (any vacant land is our land)– would not work anymore, adding that free houses were being built on land freed from the control of mafias and criminals.
The Chief Minister performed the ‘Bhoomi Puja’ and laid the foundation stone of the houses of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in Prayagraj. “The Samajwadi Party’s motto of ‘Jo zameen khali, woh zameen hamari’ will not work anymore. In the previous governments, the wealth of the poor and businessmen was usurped. Poor were deprived of the benefits of the government schemes and they were forced to watch it all as mere spectators. But today, the government has operated its bulldozers on the illegal wealth of ‘professional’ mafias and criminals. Free homes for the poor are being constructed on the land freed from their control,” said Adityanath while addressing the audience.
He went on to add, “Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to give money to the state government. But it was usurped by a select few people. Food meant for the poor, money for toilets, housing etc were usurped by the previous governments. There was no money for development, there was no interest shown by previous governments in this regard. A person associated with SP used to talk about ‘Samajwadi perfume’, on which our state BJP president said that this is not a perfume but ‘Samajwadi stink’. But yesterday, Rs 257 crores and many kgs of gold, silver were recovered from their walls. This is the money of the poor and under our government, no one has the audacity to usurp the wealth of the poor, businessmen and the backwards.”
Highlighting the successes of his government in public welfare, he said, “Today, 43 lakh poor are being provided with houses. Over two lakh families in rural areas have been given toilets. Community toilets have been made in every Gram Panchayat. Under PM Jan Arogya Scheme, free insurance cover of Rs 5 lakhs is being provided to the poor. Somewhere, highways are being made, somewhere else, airports and waterways are being made. Youth are also being given free coaching, smartphones and tablets.”
He said that the 2019 Kumbh fair under the BJP rule had cleanliness, security and order while the one organised in 2013 under the SP rule was marked by dirt, stampedes and anarchy.
Adityanath said that efforts were ongoing to make Prayagraj the country’s ‘law capital’ by establishing a National Law University named after Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first president of independent India.
The Chief Minister remarked that while BJP governments at the centre, state and its workers were busy serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the other political leaders were in ‘home quarantine’. “They were busy spreading misinformation and fear. They even slammed the vaccines. But under the leadership of Modiji, free tests, treatment, foodgrains and vaccines were provided to people,” he added.
He lauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of starting vaccination of children aged 15-18 years and providing doses to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and people above 60 with comorbidities and urged the public to stay careful and follow COVID protocols and appropriate behaviour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced three major decisions in the fight against the disease including the start of vaccination for children in 15-18 age group from coming January 3.
“Vaccination will start in the country for children aged between 15 to 18 years from January 3, 2022,” he said.
“The government has decided that precaution dose of vaccine will be started for healthcare and frontline workers starting January 10, 2022. Citizens above 60 years facing co-morbidities, they will have the option of taking precaution dose on the advice of their doctor,” he added.
Uttar Pradesh assembly polls are slated to take place next year.

Gujarat CM reviews Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project

Surat (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited and reviewed the development of the High-Speed Bullet Train Mumbai-Ahmedabad project in Surat on Sunday afternoon.
Union Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh was also present at the venue. National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) MD, Satish Agnihotri who was here as well told ANI today, “We have acquired and started working on approximately 98.5 per cent of the 350 kilometres land stretch in Gujarat.”
“We will try to adhere to the time period of 6 years given by the Railways Minister to complete the project in Gujarat,” Agnihotri said.
Jardosh tweeted, “Reviewed the ongoing work of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project C-4 section at Vaktana near Surat with Gujarat CM Shri @Bhupendrapbjp ji. The High Speed Bullet Train Project is on track to bring unparalleled economical transformation for our nation.”
At present Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project is the only sanctioned project of High-Speed Rail (HSR) in the country which is under execution with financial and technical assistance from the Government of Japan.
A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), namely National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has been formed to implement the Project, the Ministry of Railways said.

Not resigning as CM, says Basavaraja Bommai

Hubli (Karnataka) [India]: Amid rumours about him resigning as Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraja Bommai once again made it clear that he is not resigning.
During interaction with the Press in Hubli, Bommai on Saturday made it clear that he is not travelling to any foreign country and that there is no question of any new Chief Minister in Karnataka. “The event which was supposed to be held in Davos is postponed to June. So no plans of travelling abroad”, added Bommai.

CM Patnaik felicitates para-Olympians for their Performance in Tokyo Paralympics

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has felicitated the Para badminton players who won the medals at the recent Tokyo Paralympics and congratulated them on their spectacular performance in Tokyo.
According to a statement by the Chief Minister’s Office on Friday, during the event, Patnaik felicitated Deepa Malik (President Paralympic Committee of India), Prabhakar Rao (Chairman, Para-badminton India), Gaurav Khanna – Head Coach, Para-Badminton Indian team, Shiba Prasad Das – Head Coach, Odisha Para badminton, Pramod Bhagat – Tokyo Paralympics Gold medallist, Krishna Nagar – Tokyo Paralympics Gold medallist, Manoj Sarkar – Tokyo Paralympics Bronze medallist, Tarun Dhillion – Paralympian, Parul Parmar – Paralympian, Palak Kholi – Paralympian, Rajkumar – Arjuna Awardee. Ms Deepa Malik thanked Chief Minister for his initiatives for the development of sports in the country. She lauded Odisha as a model for sports development and for the support of the state towards the sportspersons and para-sportspersons.
Bhubaneswar is hosting the 4th National Para-badminton championships from December 24 to 26, 2021. More than 400 para-badminton players from across the country are participating in this event, which is the largest so far in this field.
“Deepa Malik and the Paralympians praised the government and the State association for making good arrangements for the comfort of the para-badminton players,” said the statement.
The Chief Minister assured all support for the para-sports events and to the para-sportspersons. He extended his best wishes to all the participants in the ongoing championship.

Sporting infra has achieved new heights under the leadership of CM Naveen Patnaik: Odisha Sports Minister

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Friday said the sporting infrastructure in the state has achieved new heights under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Odisha is building a world-class hockey stadium in Rourkela which will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. The Rourkela city stadium would be the biggest stadium for hockey in India with a sitting capacity of 20,000. The state recently hosted FIH Hockey men’s Junior World Cup 2021. This was the first major international hockey tournament held in India after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all events in March 2020.
As the National Para-Badminton Championship got underway on Friday in Bhubaneswar, the Sports Minister reiterated CM Naveen Patnaik’s call of making Odisha a major contributor towards making India a sporting hub.
“I would like to quote CM’s Naveen Patnaik’s statement ‘sports for youth, youth for future’. For the last eight to 10 years, Odisha is hosting all the national and international events successfully like Hockey India League, Hockey World Cup, junior Hockey World Cup and now we are going to host in 2023 the Hockey Men’s World Cup,” Tusharkanti Behera told ANI after inaugurating the fourth National Para-Badminton Championship here in Bhubaneswar.
“So the development of sportspersons as well the sports infrastructure has achieved new heights under the leadership of CM Naveen Patnaik. I would say the future of para-athletes and all sportsperson is very high in Odisha. I hope for the bright future of all the athletes,” he added.
Last week, the Odisha CM had visited Kalinga Stadium to review the progress of the major sports infrastructure projects within its premises, particularly the indoor aquatic centre, which once complete, will be an iconic facility for swimmers.
During this visit, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated five sports infrastructure facilities and laid the foundation stone for 89 multi-purpose indoor halls.
With so many activities going on in the state, the Sports Minister aspires to make Odisha a major contributor to the growth of sporting culture in India.
“Since we have been successfully organising so many events in Odisha, I hope in future Odisha will be a big contributor in organising ….all these kinds of events,” said Tusharkanti Behera.
The ongoing Para-Badminton National Championship will witness the ‘Golden Boy’ of Odisha, Pramod Bhagat who won India’s first-ever badminton gold at the Paralympics. The gold medallist was also awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award recently.
Tusharkanti Behera feels Pramod Bhagat’s remarkable achievement in the Tokyo Paralympics has inspired sportsperson from the state.
“After Pramod Bhagat’s gold medal in the Paralympics, the aspiration of para-badminton players and other para-athletes has gone very far. Pramod Bhagat’s gold has inspired the sportsperson from Odisha and I feel athletes from the state will bring more laurels in the future,” Tusharkanti Behera signed off.
Coming to the National Para-Badminton Championship, the Para Sports Association of Odisha along with the Department of Sports and Youth Government of Odisha is organising the three-day mega event in which over 500 players are participating.
The event is being held at two venues, Railway Indoor Stadium, Bhubaneswar in association with K.C. Memorial Trust, and Udaan Badminton Academy from December 24 to 26 under the Aegis of Paralympic Committee of India and Badminton Association of India.

Tamil Nadu CM urges Centre’s intervention for release of fishermen, fishing boats captured by Sri Lankan Navy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday wrote to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar requesting his intervention to secure the immediate release of 55 fishermen and 73 fishing boats apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy.
The chief minister detailed “two incidents of apprehension of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy that took place in the last 24 hours.” The 43 fishermen from Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram District, were fishing in the traditional waters of Palk Bay, in six mechanized fishing boats and were arrested on December 18 and taken to Mylatti, Naval base in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Nadu CM said in his letter.
In another incident on December 19, 12 fishermen in two mechanized fishing boats from Mandapam, Ramanathapuram district were arrested and taken to Kalpatti, Naval base in Sri Lanka, Stalin wrote.
“I am saddened to point out that the incidents of arrest and harassment of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy continue with alarming frequency despite several letters sent by the Government of Tamil Nadu,” the Tamil Nadu chief minister wrote.
Stalin further said “in the year 2021 itself there were 19 incidents of apprehension and attack of Tamil Nadu fishermen. Though the fishermen were released, fishing boats, the source of livelihood are still detained by Sri Lankan authorities. Further, during the same period, there were two instances of attacks, and five fishermen were killed.”
“The repeated attempts by the Sri Lankan Navy to prevent the exercise of traditional rights by fishermen of the State by intimidatory tactics must not be allowed to continue further. I request the concerted efforts by the Government of India to address this festering issue,” Stalin said.
Stalin further requested him to secure the immediate release of fishermen and fishing boats in the custody of the neighbouring country.

Anti-social elements trying to divide people: Bommai on statues vandalism

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Terming Sangolli Rayanna and Chhatrapati Shivaji as ‘idols’ after reports of vandalisation of their statues in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai said that some anti-social elements are trying to divide people and create disturbance.
“Shivaji Maharaj and Sangolli Rayanna, both are freedom fighters and our idols. I respect and follow them. Some anti-social elements trying to create disturbance and are trying to divide people in terms of language and other things,” said Bommai. “A total of 30 people have been arrested in connection with the desecration of Shivaji Maharaj & Sangolli Rayanna statues,” he added.
There have been reports of purported videos that showed some people pouring black ink on the face of the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Sankey Tank Road in Bengaluru and attack on the Sangolli Rayanna statue in Belagavi.
“27 arrested in 3 police station limits in Belagavi for attacking the Sangolli Rayanna statue,” K Tyagarajan, Belagavi commissioner of police had said earlier.
Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) followers gathered in Belagavi and protested against the Karnataka government at Dharmaveer Sambhaji Maharaj Chowk.
The miscreants smashed around 26 vehicles of the Karnataka government and police at Belagavi. The protestors alleged that Kannada goons have defaced a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Bangalore.
“The insult on Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Bengaluru is an insult to Hindu society as well. Shivaji maharaja has dedicated His life to Hindu samaj. Act of Some miscreants insulting the statue of Shivaji maharaja is highly condemnable,” said Abhay Patil, MLA Belagavi constituency.

BJP’s Lanka Dinakar slams Andhra CM for ‘destruction of state’s economy’

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lanka Dinakar on Saturday lashed out at YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, stating that policies of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s have destroyed the overall economy of the state.
While speaking to ANI, Dinakar said “While on the one hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about building the nation, on the other hand Reddy’s policies has resulted in the destruction of the state economy.” The state government under the leadership of Reddy has lost its momentum to understand the Centres’s approaches and instead adopted the other distinctive methods, he said.
The BJP leader said, “PM Modi had clear thoughts for the Atmanirbhar Bharath and Gati Shakti Infrastructure initiative for recovery and sustainable growth of our economy post-Covid-19 lockdown and future unforeseen uncertainties but Andhra Pradesh has been lagging behind.”
The state government is even failing to satisfy the needs of regional requirements due to policy paralysis with unconstitutional and illegitimate acts against the interest of the nation and the future of Andhra Pradesh, Dinakar alleged.
The BJP leader further criticised the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) led government for lack of capacity to attract investments, debts, unemployment and farmers suicide.
Dinakar said that the state government’s decision will have a huge impact on the perspective of the national economy in the future as states are an internal part of the nation’s welfare.

Will take measures to provide stable market, price for weavers’ products, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said the state government would take all the necessary measures to provide a stable market and price for weavers’ products. Speaking at the event, Bommai, said, “Various government departments would be asked to procure their need for clothes and sarees from the weavers in accordance with the capacity of the weavers. Specific quantum would be fixed for this. Marketing facilities on digital platforms too would be provided for handloom products through Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation.”
The minister also said that a positive response soon on subsidy for professional weavers on the lines of Tribal Sub Plan in consultation with the finance department.
The Chief Minister also said, “The state government is mulling to impose a small cess on business units to provide various welfare schemes for weavers on the lines of Construction Workers Welfare Board.”
Bommai instructed the Revenue department officials to take action on converting unauthorized habitations into Revenue villages or colonies. He instructed the Pollution Control Board officials to take action to avoid harassment of weavers.
The Chief Minister agreed to the demand of providing scholarships for students from weaver’s families, medical facilities for weavers, and payment of a solarium of Rs5 lakh for families of that weaver who committed suicide during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Assam CM to attend meet with PM Modi, seek blessings at Kashi Vishwanath temple

Dispur (Assam) [India]: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that for the development of the state, he will be visiting and taking blessings at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. Sarma is also scheduled to attend the meeting of Chief Ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states with the Prime Minister.
“Today there is an opportunity to visit Banaras to participate in the meeting of Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states organized under the leadership of respected Prime Minister. For the all-round development of the state, I will also get the privilege of praying by visiting Kashi Vishwanathji,” Sarma said in a tweet (roughly translated from Hindi). Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office informed that the Chief Ministers of 12 states and deputy chief ministers of nine states will be present during the inauguration of the Vishwanath Corridor project, that connects two iconic landmarks in the temple town – the Kashi Vishwanath temple to the Ganga ghats in Varanasi.
Varanasi is all set for the inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor by PM Modi on December 13.
Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be present at the auspicious occasion.

KCR should waive off handloom weavers loans in Telangana, says BJP leader Prakash Reddy

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Reddy on Saturday lauded the Centre for focusing on handloom developmental works and said that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao should waive off handloom weavers loans in the state.
Speaking to ANI, Reddy said, “The textile minister KT Rama Rao demands only money from the Centre. He doesn’t want any other facility for handloom weavers in place of money.” Earlier, KT Rama Rao demanded the Centre to sanction funds for the powerloom clusters. Reacting to this, BJP leader Prakash Reddy said that the Central government is committed to developing the handloom clusters as the handloom industry is the second biggest industry after agriculture in the country.
Slamming the Telangana government, Reddy said, “Telangana government declared that they are going to develop Handloom clusters in Warangal. KCR declared this in his 2014 manifesto. Till now, the government has not provided minimum facilities in that cluster.”
“CM KCR had told that he would waive off the loans of handloom weavers in Telangana. As per my records, 4000 people took loans in this sector of which the government waived only 500 handloom weaver loans,” he said.
Meanwhile, on September 7 this year, Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao announced that the state government has released Rs 73.5 crore for the welfare of handloom weavers and ancillary workers towards various schemes.
“As per the instructions of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), measures are being taken to ensure the monthly income of the workers is over Rs 15,000,” stated Minister KTR.
KTR said the state government is taking up measures to ensure institutional and structural development of the handlooms sector in the state and different welfare schemes and programmes are being implemented accordingly.

Odisha CM Patnaik launches distribution of smart health cards under BSKY in Ganjam district

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday launched the distribution of smart health cards under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Ganjam District of the state.
As per a press statement from the government, around 26.76 lakh people will be benefited in the district through these health cards. Along with the distribution of smart health cards, Chief Minister Patnaik also dedicated the development projects worth Rs 2,140 crore on the occasion, which includes water supply, bridge and road, drainage, education etc.
In his inaugural address, Patnaik said, “Government is committed to providing better medical services to the people of the state, and these smart health cards under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a gift for the people of the state.”
These smart health cards will benefit 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state, now people can get better treatment at 200 major hospitals in the country through it without any hassle.
“Every life is precious for us, be it a farmer or daily wage labourer or a rickshaw puller – everyone should live with dignity and this is the main goal of various welfare programs of State Government,” he added.
In addition, Patnaik highly praised the work of women of Self Help Groups (SHG) under the Mission Shakti and disbursed the loans worth Rs 100 crore to various Mission Shakti groups.

The Chief Minister also visited the Brundavan High School which is recently transferred under 5T School Transformation Programme and spent some time with children in the classroom, talked to teachers and inspected the work.

Anti-Conversion Bill is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements: CM Bommai

Hubli (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said the proposed Anti-Conversion Law that the state government intends to introduce in the winter session of Assembly is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements.
Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said that the people need not worry about the proposed Anti-Conversion Bill. The chief minister said that the proposed law will not affect any religion, their practices and traditions that are guaranteed under the Constitution.
“Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism are constitutionally recognised religions. There would be no hindrance to the worship and religious practices of people belonging to any religion. The bill is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements,” the Chief Minister assured.
He further said that religious conversion is not good for society. “The poor and vulnerable sections of the society should not fall for it. Conversions bring problems within the families. So, the bill is being proposed,” he added.
Bommai said that the issue of religious conversions is being debated for a long time in the post-independence era. Many states have enacted anti-conversion laws. The majority of people want similar laws to be brought in the state after studying the laws enacted in other states.
“In this background, the Law department is studying the laws enacted in other states. Then the draft would be placed before the state cabinet. If the Law department submits the draft then it would come up for discussion in the Belagavi session of the state legislature,” Bommai said.
Earlier in April this year, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha had passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority to bring more stringent punishment against forced religious conversions through marriage.
Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make a law against forced religious conversions.
The session will commence on December 13 and on the first day, the governor will address both the State Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.
The 10-day winter session of the Karnataka Assembly session will be held at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belagavi from December 13 to 24.

Andhra CM directs officials to prioritise safety, maintenance of reservoirs, irrigation projects

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: In view of the recent damage caused by heavy floods at Annamayya Project in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday directed the officials to prioritise the safety and maintenance of reservoirs and irrigation projects across the state.
During a meeting held with the officials on Thursday, the Chief Minister instructed the authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of all the projects in the State and rectify the maintenance conditions as they were left abandoned since State bifurcation, said a statement issued by CMO. Reddy also asked the officials to take appropriate measures to ensure that there are enough staff to manage irrigation projects and reservoirs and told them to recruit the staff if needed.
Meanwhile, the officials also explained that the government had taken certain steps in this regard as per the instructions of the Chief Minister.
They said that a committee has been set up under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with the officials of various departments, besides an expert committee from institutions like IIT, JNTU which is being headed by the Water Resources Engineer-in-Chief, CMO further said.
In the meeting, the officials informed that the high-level committee is also looking into reports submitted by previous governments performance on various projects and maintenance.
“The team led by the Chief Secretary has been focusing on an automation system that would link real-time data to the command control room, which could alert flash floods and heavy rains,” officials said.
They added, “the committee is identifying areas where there could be property damage and loss of life if a large amount of water was released.”
In regard to recruitments, they said that the proposals were afoot to recruit additional staff for the maintenance of all major and medium reservoirs and barrages, as well as for water regulation.
Andhra Pradesh was hit by a flood caused by the incessant rainfall in late November, due to which more than 40 people have lost their lives and destroyed many houses in the state.

Karnataka State Cabinet to decide COVID-19 management, guidelines tomorrow, says CM

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: With the resurgence in the number of COVID cases because of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the Cabinet would hold a meeting tomorrow to take a decision on COVID management and guidelines in the state.
Speaking to media persons after meeting with officers on Covid management, Bommai informed that details on Covid situation in various districts and Clusters, primary and secondary contacts of the new variant Omicron were obtained during the meeting. “The standard protocol is being followed for the management and treatment of Omicron cases in various countries,” he said.
The Chief Minister also informed that he has obtained details on the financial needs to tackle COVID-19 till March 2022.
“The expenditure incurred by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Health, Revenue departments for oxygen units, labs and other essentials for Covid management during the second wave and clearance of pending payments were also discussed at the meeting,” he said.
Yesterday, Bomai announced that a Genome sequencing lab that conducts tests for the ‘Omicron’ variant will be established in Karnataka.
“All the districts have COVID-19 testing labs. Genome Sequencing needs expert systems and modern equipment. The spread of the new variant ‘Omicron’ has necessitated sending test samples in suspect cases for Omicron, to Genome Sequence testing in NCBS. Arrangements would be made to get the test reports quickly,” Bommai had said.
Earlier on Monday, Karnataka health minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that only two cases of Omicron were found in the state and the genomic sequencing analysis report of the rest are awaited.
A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25.
As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.
On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

Omicron: Delhi CM Kejriwal urges people to be cautious

New Delhi [India]: In view of the emergence of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to be cautious and wear masks while stepping out of their houses.
“I just want to appeal to people to not panic. I am monitoring the situation. I chaired a review meeting last week also. We will make all available resources like beds, medicines, equipment to tackle the virus. I just want to appeal to the citizens to wear masks always while stepping out,” he said. Earlier on Sunday, Delhi reported its first case of the COVID variant Omicron.
Earlier on November 30, Kejriwal had chaired a review meeting with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and senior officials on the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, amid concerns over the new variant ‘Omicron’.

Former CM of unified Andhra Pradesh K Rosaiah passes away

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and former Chief Minister of the unified State of Andhra Pradesh, Konijeti Rosaiah, 88, passed away in Hyderabad on Saturday after a brief illness.
Rosaiah was shifted to a private hospital early morning today after he was unwell, where doctors declared him as brought dead. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his grief over the demise of the former CM.
He conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.

Omicron: Karnataka CM Bommai to chair a high-level meeting today

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A high-level meeting with experts and senior officers has been convened on Friday to discuss the measures to be taken in the light of two Omicron cases reported in the state and formulate new guidelines, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons in New Delhi he said, the Centre has confirmed two Omicron cases based on the report of some COVID test samples sent to National Center For Biological Sciences. But a detailed report is awaited. “I have instructed our Health minister and the Chief Secretary to obtain the detailed report. An emergency meeting has been convened tomorrow with experts and senior officers,” he said.
“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variant of COVID and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would be taken to formulate new guidelines,” Bommai said.
Bommai, who met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya again in the light of the report, said, “The minister has stated that he would provide the details of the cases. According to preliminary reports, the effect of the variant is not too serious.”
The Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Karnataka.
A 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male were those who contracted the variant.
Addressing a media briefing Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said all primary and secondary contacts of the two infected persons from Karnataka have been identified and they are being monitored and COVID-protocols are being followed.
The two cases of Omircron were detected through genome sequencing effort of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) consortium of 37 laboratories established by Union Health Ministry, said Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at today’s same press briefing.
Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal informed that the Omicron variant can be five times more infectious than the other known variants of the novel Coronavirus.

Do not panic, it is being tracked, checked regularly: CM Bommai on Omicron

Davanagere (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Monday asked people not to panic about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, and suggested them to follow covid precautionary measures strictly.
“People should not be afraid of the new COVID-19 variant. It is being tracked and checked regularly,” the chief minister said. The government is taking strict measures to prevent new variant. The city airport is tightened with precautionary measures and the students coming from Kerala are being advised to take a covid-19 negative report, Bommai said.
Speaking further, the chief minister said the districts have been instructed to avoid gatherings. The state government is also constantly in touch with experts and with the Central government from time to time.
Asked about the possibility for a covid booster dose for state people, Bommai said “it should be directed by the Central government. The action will be taken according to Centre’s guidelines.”
The chief minister further made it clear that there is no proposal of lockdown in front of the government, he has only been advised to keep a close watch on schools.

Tripura Civic Polls: JP Nadda congratulates state CM, BJP workers over its landslide victory

New Delhi [India]: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Tripura Civic elections on Sunday, party National President JP Nadda congratulated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other BJP workers over the landslide victory.
Speaking to the media, Nadda said, “BJP has got a landslide victory in Tripura Civic elections today. I congratulate the Chief Minister, State BJP President Manik Saha, other party workers and people of the state.” The National BJP President said that this victory in the local bodies of Tripura is a symbol of people’s faith and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public welfare scheme.
“BJP’s victory is a symbol of people’s faith in PM Modi’s public welfare policies and the double engine government’s commitment towards the development of the state. This is the victory of the people of the state, the victory of democracy,” Nadda said.
He further said that the double engine government in Tripura has been formed for the first time under the leadership of PM Modi.
According to the Election Commission of India’s data, BJP has won a total of 217 seats out of 222 seats while the CPI-M registered victory on three seats and the TMC and TIPRA Motha could get hold of only one seat each in the crucial Tripura civic body polls.
Expressing happiness over the victory, Nadda said, “Our central and state governments are always dedicated towards the people’s welfare. People of this country want development, not narrow politics.”
“The people of Tripura want to be a part of the development journey started by PM Modi across the country. The Prime Minister has also given a new shape to the revolution of development in the entire North East,” he added.
Referring to the development of North-East states, Nadda said that PM Modi not only united the citizens but also established peace by freeing them from extremist and day-to-day blockades.
“Since COVID-19 pandemic, BJP has got a resounding victory in the local body elections, and by-elections,” he added.
The voting of Tripura Civic polls was conducted on November 25 lasted with a total voter turnout of 81.54 per cent.
This is the first civic poll that the BJP contested after coming to power in Tripura in 2018.
Earlier in the month, tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies.

CM MK Stalin meets Governor RN Ravi to discuss situation on rains

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Saturday.
Stalin briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. As many as eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state, said the state revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran.
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram.
Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts.

Arvind Kejriwal challenges Punjab CM to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount

Mohali (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over his announcement of free electricity to the state and challenged him to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount.
Addressing a public gathering in Punjab’s Mohali district today, Kejriwal said, “I made an announcement of providing free electricity to Punjab if AAP government comes to power. Channi also said that the electricity has been made free in Punjab.” “I ask you (people) if you all have access to free electricity? Who all have received the electricity bill with zero amount? I challenge Punjab Chief Minister that just show me around 1,000 electricity bill with zero amount bill as evidence,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal who is also Delhi Chief Minister said that the AAP government in the national capital has provided free electricity to around 70-75 per cent of people.
“Today I have come with proof, I have one lakh electricity bills with zero amount. Last month, out of a total of 50 lakhs families, around 35 lakh families received zero amount bill,” he added.
Kejriwal also said that Punjab people are happy with AAP because they have seen the improvement in Delhi. “In Delhi, there is access to electricity round the clock. I promise that if AAP comes to power in Punjab, we will provide around 300 units free to people here which means free electricity to around 80 per cent of the state population,” he further said.
Earlier in June this year, Kejriwal during his visit to Punjab ahead of assembly elections promised to waive off all pending domestic electricity bills, 300 units of free electricity, and restorative of the electricity connection.
“We will do three major works here (Punjab). First, we will provide 300 units of free electricity to every family. Second, all pending domestic electricity bills will be waived off and the connection of people will be restored. Third, a 24-hour electricity supply will be provided,” he said.
Punjab Assembly elections have been scheduled to take place early next year.
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Tamil Nadu rains: CM Stalin to meet Governor RN Ravi today to discuss flood situation

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will meet Governor RN Ravi on Saturday to discuss the situation in the state due to continuous and heavy rainfall, informed the Chief Minister’s Office.
Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain.
Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts.

Karnataka CM Bommai orders probe into alleged irregularities in tender processes by govt depts

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday constituted two committees to be headed by retired Judges to scrutinise the alleged kickbacks by the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in the tender processes and estimation of amounts by the government departments and ordered a probe to ensure transparency in the process, said the Chief Minister.
Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in July this year submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the contractors are forced to pay more than 40 percent of the project cost as a bribe to the government officers, concerned Ministers, legislators, Lok sabha members and other officials of the concerned departments. Speaking to media persons he said, “Chief Secretary has been instructed to take appropriate action if any irregularities have been committed in the tender process. I have instructed for special scrutiny into the tenders which have been finalised after I assumed office as the Chief Minister. I have ordered bringing a system that generates the bills automatically based on the work executed by the contractors and the seniority. Tenders should be completed within the set timeframe as any delay gives scope for suspicion.”
“Any irregularities in the tender process would come out during the scrutiny. Though the recent letter written by the contractors to the Prime Minister in this regard does not contain any specific information, a probe has been ordered to ensure transparency,” Bommai said.
One being asked about the provision of crop loss compensation, he said, “the state government has taken all the necessary measures to ensure immediate disbursal of crop loss compensation to affected farmers. Money is directly transferred to farmers’ account immediately after the crop loss survey report is uploaded in Parihara App,” Bommai said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bommai has instructed the officials to transfer the compensation amount for the heavy losses of crops suffered due to the destruction caused by incessant rains to affected farmers’ accounts immediately after accessing the details being uploaded to Relief App based on the GPS survey.

Will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura CM, his ‘intimidation tactics’, says Abhishek Banerjee

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Tripura ahead of the civic polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday said he will quit politics if fails to defeat Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his “tactics of intimidation”.
Addressing a press conference here, Banerjee said, “BJP has let loose a reign of terror from yesterday as they have already sensed that their days are numbered in government. I will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his tactics of intimidation.” The TMC MP said democracy is under attack in Tripura. “If voters can exercise their franchise freely, which is quite unlikely given the prevailing situation, BJP will fail to open its account in next Assembly polls,” Banerjee said.
The TMC MP urged the people not to get scared of BJP ‘hooligans’ and make them fool by pretending to be a BJP supporter in order to reach polling booths safely.
“If you are scared to reach to polling booths then I suggest to carry a BJP’s lotus flag and chant ‘BJP Zindabad’ but reaching inside the booth press the button of ‘Jodaphool’ (TMC symbol). They have made you a fool for a long now it is your time to make BJP fool,” he said.
Urging people to vote for TMC in the upcoming municipal elections, Banerjee said, “TMC will work towards the development of Agartala. BJP government has pushed the state 50 years back. Chief Minister Biplab Deb said he does not regard the court and laws. The people are not safe and even the police are not safe. This is Tripura’s double engine government model. Now people need to decide whether they want ‘Duare sarkar (government at your doorstep) model or the ‘Duare Gunda (hooligans at your doorstep) model.”
Banerjee said that there is no law and order and alleged TMC workers are under attack by the “hooligans” of the BJP government.
“There is total anarchy in Tripura. Journalists, police, and lawyers are being attacked. There is no law and order. TMC workers are under attack by the hooligans of the BJP government. They are doing atrocities to women and people. We are fighting for the people of Tripura. We will not leave a single-inch ground in Tripura,” the TMC MP added.
BJP and TMC are at loggerheads in Tripura where the latter is attempting to set its foothold challenging the ruling government.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Monday reached the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to meet him and discuss the alleged police brutality in Tripura.
Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi and held a protest outside the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the Tripura police incident.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25.
TMC earlier alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.

CM Bommai announces release of compensation to farmers for crop damage due to rains

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Following his visit to the rain-affected areas of Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district on Sunday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced compensation for the farmers and the people who have lost their houses after reviewing the assessment of the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state which claimed the lives of 24 people.
The Chief Minister announced some measures to provide immediate relief to the suffering families. Bommai has ensured the provision of more funds if necessary besides the amount of Rs689cr that is available with the District Collectors under the NDRF fund, sources said.
The chief minister instructed the Officers of the Agriculture department at all levels to engage themselves in conducting surveys of crop losses.
He also instructed to release Rs79cr towards clearing the compensation due for 79000 farmers that are pending. Notably, the crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were affected due to incessant rains in August and September affecting 1.5 lakh farmers, Rs130cr has been released for them. The officers were also instructed to take action for speedy disbursal of crop loss insurance amounts by the insurance companies.
The chief minister also directed for the immediate release of Rs 1 lakh as the first instalment of relief for those who lost their houses. The release of Rs25 lakh for each Zone in BBMP limits for pothole filling was also ordered.
The chief minister has held a meeting at his home office Krishna to review the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state.
The rains have caused extensive damage to Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagar, Hassan district, according to sources.
The preliminary report on the damages indicated that the incessant rains have damaged 658 houses completely and 8495 houses partially with the death of 191 livestock.
In the heavy rains, 5 lakh hectares of agricultural crops were lost besides the loss of 30,114 hectares of Horticulture Crop, said the sources.
Nearly 2203 km of roads were damaged that included 165 bridges. The incessant rains also damaged 1225 schools and 39 Public Health Centres.
Furthering the damage to the property, the rain uprooted 1674 electric poles and damaged 278 transformers.
The repair works of the damaged roads were also ordered on a war footing in the meeting along with the repair of irrigation tanks.
The Home Guards, Civil Defence Force teams have been made ready to take up rescue and relief works. Officers were instructed to augment their strength, if necessary. 

After Cabinet reshuffle, Rajasthan govt appoints six MLAs as advisors to CM Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: After the Cabinet reshuffle today, the Rajasthan government on Sunday evening appointed six MLAs as advisors to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The six MLAs are Jitendra Singh, Babulal Nagar, Rajkumar Sharma, Sanyam Lodha, Ramkesh Meena and Danish Abrar. In a much-awaited Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle, as many as 15 ministers– 11 of cabinet rank and four ministers of state– were inducted into Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet on Sunday afternoon.
The ministers were administered the oath of office by Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan here.
Eleven Cabinet ministers are Hemaram Choudhary, Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh Bairwa, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat. Zahida Khan, Brijendra Singh Ola, Rajendra Gudda and Murari Lal Meena were sworn in as Ministers of State.

Higher allocation for sports in next budget, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured here that the state government would provide higher allocation for sports in the next budget.
Addressing the inauguration of the Indian National League by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday, the chief minister said the government is giving greater thrust for sports and has decided to adopt sportspersons for Paris Olympics. “Our government is giving greater thrust for sports. We have decided to adopt 75 sportspersons from different games to prepare them for Paris Olympics to be held in 2024. We have identified them. We are going to train them, take care of their education, and will get the best of the coaches. We want to see that out of 75 at least 5 of them win medals at Paris Olympics. In the coming budget, we will increase the allocation for sports,” Bommai said.
The Chief Minister further said that the Khelo India University being set up in the state would soon be inaugurated.
“We are keen to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it,” he said.
“Through Prime Minister Modi’s inspiration, we won maximum medals at the recently held Tokyo Olympics. That saga should continue and we are there to support you,” he said.

Naveen Patnaik inaugurates smart health card distribution in Dhenkanal, Anugul

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated the distribution of smart health cards under ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana’ in Dhenkanal and Anugul districts. Around 10 lakh people in each district will benefit from the scheme.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that these Smart Health Card under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a strong step towards the “healthy Odisha and a happy Odisha”. “Everyone has the right to live life with dignity and this health card assured the same. I am very happy to the people of Anugul and Dhenkanal District,” Patnaik said.
Along with the distribution of Health Cards, the Chief Minister has also launched various development projects in both districts, worth Rs 880 crore projects for the Dhenkanal district and Rs 1176 crore for Anugul.
Launching development projects in Anugul, Patnaik said, “State government is now focusing to provide safe drinking water to every household in the district.”
Similarly, launching the projects in Dhenkanal, the Chief Minister said, “Dhenkanal is making a name in the industry as well as in horticulture sector, Rs 50 crore would be invested in tourism development in the district.”
The Chief Minister said that 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the Smart Health Card and people of the state can avail free medical treatment by holding these cards in the 200 largest hospitals across the country including Odisha.

Entire state knows how frustrated Chandrababu Naidu is, says Andhra CM Reddy

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: After Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu accused the ruling YSRCP of personally targetting the leaders of his party, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minster Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday hit back at Naidu saying the entire state knows “how frustrated Naidu is”.
The chief minister said that the citizens have rejected Naidu and he has lost the Kuppam municipal corporation which is his home constituency. The TDP has lost power in the legislative council as well. He took a jibe at Naidu and said that he is not understanding what he is doing, saying or behaving.
Reddy claimed that Naidu himself had instigated people in the house by talking about unnecessary, unrelated and unwarranted subjects, and now when people have reacted, he is behaving this way.
He said that the TDP and Naidu had started it all.
Earlier in the day, Naidu broke down while speaking to the media and said that the ruling YSRCP government is personally targetting the family members of the leaders of his party including him in the legislative assembly.
Speaking to the media after boycotting the assembly session on Friday, Naidu said that the act of the speaker is also objectionable.
Naidu likened the Assembly to ‘Kaurava Sabha’ and decided to boycott it till 2024 in protest against ‘ugly character assassinations’ by YSRCP ministers and MLAs, says TDP in a statement
He alleged that YSR commented against his wife and after his objection, he rendered an apology.
Naidu further said that the YSRCP always targets the opposition parties emotionally.

Karnataka CM mulls setting up exclusive financial institution for women entrepreneurs

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that the state government is talking to the finance department about creating financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to the needs of women from Sthree Shakthi Sanghas in villages to big women entrepreneurs.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the “Together We Grow” conclave organised by UBUNTU as part of the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Bommai said, “I have a thought for a long time. All Sthree Shakthi Sanghas are given seed money to engage in different activities.” “We need a greater financial institution to help them or any woman entrepreneur. So I am talking to the finance department to create a financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to Sthree Shakti Sangha in a village to major projects which women can handle,” Bommai stated.
“Woman means entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship means woman, that is what I want,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that homemaking is the biggest business in the world.
“There are different departments within that from groceries to toiletries, electronic gadgets and so on. Women running the households are also entrepreneurs. According to a report, the savings of our Indian women at home is more than the savings achieved by our nationalized banks,” he said.
The state government is committed to the economic empowerment of every Kannada woman which in turn would lead to economic empowerment of the family and the state, Bommai said.
Bommai also announced his plans to come out with a special programme within a week to provide employment for visually impaired women.
“Three poor visually impaired women with their children met me today. When asked whether they needed any help from me, they declined it and instead urged me to provide a job to help themselves. I was humbled by their spirit and I immediately decided to formulate an employment programme for them,” he added.
The Chief Minister also appealed to members of UBUNTU to employ physically challenged and visually impaired women as far as possible.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by women entrepreneurs at the function, the Chief Minister assured to incorporate the chapter on incentives for women entrepreneurs offered in the Industrial Policy of 2019 into the Policy for 2020-25 as well.
“The State government is already offering concession in providing finance for women entrepreneurs and hinted at proposals for giving concessions in buying land and providing market linkages. Incentive programmes similar to those in place for the Information Technology and Biotechnology sector would be formulated,” he said.

“Delayed but welcome step”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said that the Centre’s decision to repeal all three farm laws is delayed but is a welcome step.
Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for the past one and half years.” The Chief Minister said that incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri in UP, which happened during the struggle “has put a slur on the fair name of democracy and the people will never forgive BJP led Central government for its misdeeds.”
Pointing out further, Channi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should compensate the farmers adequately “for the humungous losses of life and property suffered by them.”
Likewise, he also sought compensation for the state on account of financial and property losses during the Kisan Morcha.
He further said that the state government has already provided government jobs to the victim families of farmers besides financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each family of the deceased farmer, who lost their lives in the farm agitation.
CM Channi also asked the Prime Minister to immediately announce a financial package to relieve farmers and labourers reeling under the burden of debt.
He also asked the Centre to make its stand “crystal clear” on Minimum Support Price and public procurement of farmers’ crops.
CM Channi, while describing it as a victory of people, said that this decision is the outcome of the long and zealous struggle of the farmers and will be scripted in golden words in annals of history.
CM Channi further said that he had himself prevailed upon the Prime Minister to take these laws back during his meeting with him at his office.

Karnataka set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year, 250 more next year, says CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the state is set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year and 250 more next year with assistance from the union government.
According to a press release by the Chief Minister’s Office on Wednesday, a permanent Healthcare Vision Document with a long term perspective would be formulated for the state. Speaking after inaugurating the new 350-bed cardiac care hospital built by Infosys Foundation in the premises of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Centre Bommai said the health infrastructure in the state would be ramped up. Action would be taken to build speciality hospitals, and Cardiac, Cancer hospitals at the Divisional level in the coming days.
“The 21st century is the century of Knowledge. Infosys Foundation is giving back what it got from society by building this 350-bed hospital. The new hospital would help in reducing the patient pressure on Jayadeva hospital,” said the chief minister.
Not only in India but Jayadeva is also considered a model for coronary care in the US too, Bommai said citing the instance of an American citizen surprised after getting all the check-ups done for just Rs100 here. His letter to the then American President Barack Obama prompted the US government to send a team to study the services at Jayadeva and announce a slew of concessions for patients at Obama Care Centres in that country, said the press release.

Uddhav Thackeray: From wildlife photography to Maharashtra’s top job

By Subhro Majumder

The youngest of Balasaheb Thackeray’s three sons, Uddhav Thackeray, now 59, was happy pursuing his passion for wildlife photography when the Shiv Sena-BJP government came to power for the first time in 1995. A quiet person by nature, whenever party workers urged him to deliver a speech, he would pass on the responsibility to his charismatic cousin Raj. However, when his eldest brother Bindumadhav died in a road accident in 1996, Thackeray came to stay with his father at Matoshree, where Smita Thackeray, wife of second brother Jaidev, called the shots.

Thackeray’s interest in politics, began only in 1999 when the Sena-BJP lost to the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine. In the next five years, he emerged as Balasaheb’s chosen heir and was appointed executive president of the party in 2003. Thackeray may have been shy and soft-spoken, but had very clear ideas. He was keen on rebuilding the Sena as a party that believed in inclusive development rather than being known as a party of stone-pelters. In 2003, Thackeray launched a campaign called Mee Mumbaikar’, aimed at including people of all religions and regions in the development of Mumbai. He also started touring the state in an attempt to widen his acceptability among the Shiv Sena leaders and cadre.

That became a point of contention between him and Raj, who expected Thackeray to stay away from his territory’, consisting of Thane, Pune and Nashik. Around the same time, Thackeray began dictating terms to former chief minister Narayan Rane, asserting his authority in the party.

Both Rane and Raj quit the Sena in 2005. Thackeray assumed full control of the party in late 2007 after Balasaheb stopped stepping out of Matoshree on account of ill health. Uddhav has freed the Sena of the gang of extortionists was Balasaheb’s biggest compliment to his son.

With absolute control over the party and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Thackeray started implementing his vision for the city. He made the BMC construct tunnels instead of pipelines to carry drinking water and set up three pumping stations to prevent the city from flooding in the monsoons. It’s a different matter that the stations prove useful only if the rainfall is moderate, and Thackeray and the BMC become the subject of criticism whenever the city gets flooded.

Since 2009, Thackeray has also been rooting for loan waivers for Maharashtra’s farmers. When Sharad Pawar was president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Thackeray criticised him for allowing day and night matches in the IPL while farmers were struggling to get electricity at night. “I don’t understand anything about farming, but I know how to wipe out farmers” sorrows, he says whenever asked about his vision for agriculture. Thackeray’s opposition to a chemical refinery and nuclear power project in Konkan, however, have painted him as an anti-industry politician.

Uddhav Thackeray is married to Rashmi Thackeray and has two sons, Aditya and Tejas. Aditya Thackeray is the president of the Yuva Sena and newly elected Member of Legislative Assembly.

His photo book Maharashtra Desha (2010), full of breathtaking aerial shots is a glimpse into the cultural fabric, physical beauty and historical perspective of this wondrous state of Maharashtra. Pahava Vitthal (2011) capturing various aspects of rural Maharashtra and the Warkaris during Pandharpur Wari pilgrimage has also been received very well by national and international audiences. He also exhibited a deeper commitment to larger issues when he raised funds for farmer drought relief and wild life conservation through his photography exhibitions.

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Subhro Majumder is a Content Writer who is a sports and technology enthusiast. His other varied interests often sway him into reading about history, politics and international relations.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates 130 high schools with better facilities in 5 districts

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated 130 high schools with better facilities under the 5T School transformation program of the state government.
These transformed schools have been inaugurated in five districts including Nuapada, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Rayagada, and Nayagarh. A total of 531 schools have been dedicated so far. The Chief Minister said, “competitive spirit is essential for achieving excellence, the environment in schools after the transformation has boosted the competitive spirit among the students.”
Patnaik asked students to take full advantage of the transformation in the education system in the state.
The Chief Minister further said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”
“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills,” he said.
Patnaik said, “he wishes to see children excel in all areas and bring glory for Odisha in all fields including studies, sports, and music.”
The goal of school transformation is to help the children so that they can dream big and move forward with confidence to face all challenges in life, he added.
The Minister said that the school transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
The state government has reserved 15 per cent of seats in Government medical and engineering colleges for the children of government schools so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled, he said.
In the first phase total of 1,075 schools have been transformed in State.

Strong Centre-states relationships needed to build strong nation, says Basavaraja Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday stressed on strong Centre-State relations and good inter-state ties for the development of federal democracy.
Hailing the Southern Zone Chief Minister’s conference, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bommai said the zonal council serves as a platform for resolving disputes between central and state governments and among states in the zone “in the true spirit of federalism.” “Strong Centre-states are needed to build a strong nation. Many issues which have eluded a solution for many years could be resolved if we work with a spirit of cooperation,” the Chief Minister said.
“It was inevitable for the southern states to work with the true spirit of cooperative federalism as enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the states were geographical interconnected. The states need to come and work together, then only the country could develop,” Bommai said.
He expressed his happiness about the functioning of the Southern Zonal Council and said, “it offered a very good forum for resolving many issues related to interstate water sharing, transport connectivity, health and many more in a spirit of consensus.
The Chief Minister raised the following issues of Karnataka that needed coordination with other states at the meeting.
Bommai said Karnataka has already conveyed its stand on river linking projects in the Godavari, Cauvery and other river basins to the union government.
“Karnataka should get its share of surplus water in the Cauvery, Krishna and Pennar river basins,” the Chief Minister stressed.
He reiterated Karnataka’s demand to the centre not to accord legal clearance for major permanent irrigation projects taken up by neighbouring states in violation of the verdict of Water Disputes Tribunals.
Telangana had no right to take up Palamaru Ranga Reddy and Nakkalagandi lift irrigation projects from Srisailam reservoir in Krishna basin to draw huge quantum of surplus waters, Bommai said.
He also opposed the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Sangam Banda barrage by Telangana.
“Joint Survey should be conducted on the impending submergence of villages in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh due to construction of Gundravulu reservoir by Andhra Pradesh across Tungabhadra river. Andhra should share the details it has submitted to the Tribunal and the clearances it has obtained from the centre regarding the project,” he said.
As far as sharing of Krishna waters is concerned Andhra and Telangana had no clearance for any projects other than the ones approved for utilising the already adjudicated quantum of waters, he added.
He appealed for a speedy response on concluding an agreement with Telangana, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala on boosting interstate transport services.
Bommai stressed the need for better coordination among Home Departments of southern states to effectively prevent and combat crime, strengthen communication networks at border areas.
Karnataka is at the forefront in harnessing renewable energy sources. It is the only state which has met the targets set by the centre in this domain and appealed to the centre to remove the interstate tariff disparities in the interest of drawing investment.

Odisha CM Patnaik inaugurates 138 schools in 4 districts on children’s day

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: On the occasion of children’s day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 138 schools in four districts including Boudh, Sonpur, Bhadrak and Kendujhar under 5T School transformation program.
In the first phase of the 5T School Transformation program, 1,075 schools in 30 districts of the state have been completed, out of which a total of 330 transformed schools have been made available to students till now. The Chief Minister said that “in the development of the education system, a new era has started in the state.”
Education is the stepping stone of transformation, the ongoing school transformation initiative has filled the confidence and excitement among the students, he said.
Inaugurating the event, Patnaik said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”
“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills,”
“I want the students of my state to be ahead in all fields, have big dreams and move forward with confidence to face all the challenges of life, this is the primary objective of the school Transformation program.”
Chief Minister further said that the school transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
“The state government has reserved 15 per cent seats in Government medical and engineering colleges for the children of government schools so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled,” he said.

Uttar Pradesh CM hints at renaming Azamgarh to Aryamgarh

Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Hinting that the name of Azamgarh could be renamed as Aryamgarh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that setting up of a state university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.
While laying the foundation stone a state university in Azamgarh district on Saturday along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the UP CM said, “There should be no doubt that this university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.” Addressing the event in Azamgarh, the home turf of Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, “The government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has decided to provide free food, including wheat and rice, to all the 15 crore Antyodaya cardholders until Holi. The government has taken the responsibility of taking care of the poor and marginalised people.”
Along with Shah, CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other BJP leaders were present during the foundation stone laying function of the university in Azamgarh.
Azamgarh is Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are slated to be held early next year.

Ranagram bridge: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to WB CM threatening to launch protest for delaying construction

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Concerned over the deteriorating condition of the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division, Congress Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to launch a protest march against the state government over the delay in the construction of the bridge.
The letter further stated that the local population has been protesting against the government for delaying the construction of this bridge as it is going on for the past two years. He further alleged that a delay in the bridge’s construction and not permitting people to protest shows suppression of the democratic rights of the people by the Kandi administration.
In the letter, Chowdhury informed that the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division has been declared dangerous and it may collapse.
“Only light vehicles are allowed to ply on the bridge. This is a very important bridge that connects many districts as well as the capital Kolkata. People are facing serious inconveniences in view of the closure of this bridge,” the letter read.
In view of this delay, the local Congress Committee requested the Sub-Divisional Officer of Kandi for permission to organise a march on foot with full adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
“The SDO granted permission for the protest for November 15, however, it later withdrew the permission citing High Court order,” the letter said.
Chowdhury said in a letter, “It is pertinent to note that the High Court order is related to festivals and the protest march does not fall under the order. The administration is clearly crushing the democratic rights of the citizens to protest by withdrawing the permission.”
“The act is also impinging upon the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed to the citizens as per Constitution of India,” it added.
He further appealed to the Chief Minister to direct the Kandi administration to allow the protest march so that people could exercise their democratic rights.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik dedicates 142 schools in five districts

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday dedicated 142 schools in five districts under the state government’s 5T School Transformation programme, which includes 67 schools in Sundargarh, 30 in Cuttack, 23 in Balasore, 12 in Nabarangpur and 10 in Kandhamal.
In the first phase of the 5T School Transformation programme, 1,075 schools in 30 districts of the state have been completed. Earlier in August, out of these 1075 schools, the Chief Minister has inaugurated 50 transformed schools in Hinili of Ganjam District.
The dedication programme for transformed schools will continue till November 24.
Inaugurating the event, Patnaik said, “The future of the country is being shaped in schools. There is a saying that children constitute one-third of our population, but all of our future, school time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it’s our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills during this time.”
Highlighting the 5T initiative, the Chief Minister said, “School transformation is the best example of our 5T programs ( Technology, Teamwork, Time, Transparency and Transformation) This is what made the transformation possible. Technology has given us access to smart classrooms, e-libraries, computers and modern laboratories. Similarly, the joint effort of all of us is Team Work.”
“The third principle is time, By November 14, I had ordered the completion of 1,072 schools. It has been completed in the targeted time due to the dedication and hard work of all of you,” he added.
“The fourth principle is transparency. Some of the changes that have taken place in schools have been discussed with the people of the area. Transparency is the biggest power of 5T program. All of this has brought about transformations, which we can all see and experience.”
The Chief Minister further said that the school transformation programme has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
“The state government has reserved 15 per cent seats in government medical and engineering colleges for the children of government schools, so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled.”

Odisha CM launches road safety ‘Rakshak’ programme

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a road safety initiative “Rakshak”, a first responder training programme under which 30,000 volunteers will be trained to act promptly in case of road accidents.
Under the initiative, the State Transport department will impart the training to 30,000 volunteers through 300 expert trainers for 30 weeks in all 30 districts of the state, as first responders to road accidents. Addressing the gathering in Odisha, Patnaik said, “Road accidents are not just the loss of one person or one family. This is the loss of society. So we all need to work together to prevent road mishaps.”
“So with a little help, a lot of lives can be saved and many families can be saved from misery,” he said.
Patnaik further said that the first hour of the accident is the most important. “If accident victims get prompt medical care within the 48 hours of the accident, then we can save a lot of lives,” he added.
He also stated that the State government has set up a fund of Rs 147 crore to treat the road accident victims and a provision has been made for rewarding Rs 2,000 to the people who rescue the road accident victims.

Delhi Petrol Association writes to CM, demands cutting VAT on fuel

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Petrol Dealers Association has written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging him to reduce value-added tax (VAT) in the national capital, stating that a higher tax on fuel is resulting in losses to petrol pump owners and may adversely affect the revenue of Delhi.
Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Anurag Narain, president of the association, said, “We appeal to CM Arvind Kejriwal to cut VAT in Delhi as we are incurring a loss. As petrol and diesel have become cheaper in neighbouring cities like Gurgaon, Noida or Ghaziabad, people are going to these places for refilling, causing huge loss to us.” He further said, “Earlier, we used to sell 13 crore litres of petrol every month. But due to higher VAT in Delhi, our sales have plummeted to almost half. This is causing a huge loss to us.”
“The AAP is contesting elections in other states. We want to request Kejriwal sahib that he can give an example of his governance by reducing the VAT on fuel in Delhi. If the VAT is reduced in the state, then residents of Delhi will not have to go to Noida or Gurgaon for refuelling,” said Narain.
He also said that in Delhi, petrol is costlier by Rs 9 and diesel by Rs 2 compared to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot meets Priyanka Gandhi, Venugopal

New Delhi [India]: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with Congress general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal in the national capital on Wednesday.
AICC in charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken was also present in the meeting held at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s residence. However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present in the meeting, said sources.

BJP brands us as anti-nationals when we question Centre, says Telangana CM

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Lashing out at the BJP-led Centre, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said that the party labels those who question them as ‘anti-national’ or as ‘urban Naxals’.
While addressing the media here, Rao said, “When we speak about petrol and diesel prices and question the Centre, they brand us as anti-national. BJP also brands people as urban naxals if they speak against them. Is BJP a factory for manufacturing anti-nationals?” “If anyone doesn’t support you (BJP), then you attack them (opposition) with Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids, but I am not afraid,” he said.
“I’m asking a simple question: Will the Centre buy the state’s parboiled rice or not?” he added.
Rao said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will organise dharnas in all Assembly Constituencies on November 12, with lakhs of farmers demanding the Central government to procure entire Kharif (summer or monsoon crop) paddy produced in Telangana.
Lambasting Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay again, Rao said, “What has he done for the state to question me? We’ve provided jobs to 1.35 lakh people in the state and will give 70,000 more jobs.”
“We are ready to face any enquiry,” he said in reply to Sanjay’s allegations.
The Chief Minister further said that if only the Centre reduced cess on petrol and diesel, petrol will cost Rs 77 per litre.
“According to the studies, the unemployment rate in Telangana is low. What about the Centre’s promise of providing 2 crore jobs?” Rao asked.
“BJP leaders have turned a blind eye. Telangana is the only state that gave water connection to every house. The state is far better in economical growth, job creation and development,” he added.
Referring to the Telangana Sheep Distribution scheme, Rao said, “I will resign from the post of CM immediately if you prove that the Centre has given money for it. We took a loan for the sheep scheme at the National Co-operative Bank. We are returning the amount with interest. It is not right to tell lies,” Rao said.
The Chief Minister also alleged that the Centre did not help Telangana during the COVID-19 pandemic and claimed that it was the only state to support its hospital staff when coronavirus was first reported at a private hospital.
Further, Rao alleged that the Centre had deliberately ignored 50 applications of Navodaya schools.
Not mincing his words, Rao claimed that BJP is the party in the country that spends the highest in the elections.
Directing his words at the BJP, Rao said, “In our cabinet, we have leaders who are qualified and capable. We have given our land for projects.”
“Our boss is the people of Telangana; we take orders from them. Whatever it takes, we are honest with the people of our state,” he added.

Kejriwal raises concern about Delhi’s air quality, says AQI ‘severe’

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday raised concerns about the air quality of the city.
Taking Twitter, the chief minister said Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday is 404, which falls under the ‘Severe’ category. “On November 9, AQI 404 (401 to 500 – Severe), PM10 – 414 (351 to 430 – Very Poor) PM2.5 – 265 (Above 250 – Severe),” tweeted Kejriwal.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), winds coming from the northwest direction at 925 millibars (mb) are favourable for the transport of stubble related pollutants to Delhi.
Meanwhile, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Monday suggested measures to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR through the implementation of a Graded Response Action Plan for the city.
Increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads, identifying road stretches with high dust generation, ensuring that all brick kilns remain closed in Delhi-NCR as per the directions of National Green Tribunal were some of the measures mentioned in the CPCB order copy.
The official notification further asked the officials concerned to ensure that all hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi-NCR remain closed. It further directed to maximise the generation of power from existing natural gas-based plants to reduce the operation of coal-based power plants in the NCR (Badarpur power plant already shut down).
“Intensify public transport services. Introduce differential rates to encourage off-peak travel. States to disseminate information about air pollution levels and for creating awareness among citizens regarding steps to minimize air pollution,” read CPCB’s directions.

CBI arrests former Assam CM Hiteshwar Saikia’s son in loan scam

New Delhi [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday arrested former Assam Chief Minister late Hiteshwar Saikia’s son Ashok Saikia in an alleged loan scam. Ashok Saikia was arrested from Guwahati after the local court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
He will be produced in court on Monday.
The case pertains to a loan taken from Assam Cooperative and Agriculture Development Bank.
An FIR against him was registered in 1998 and the CBI took over the probe three years later and later chargesheet was filled in the case.

Kerala CM inaugurates Arippara Hydro Electric Project

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday inaugurated the Arippara Hydro Electric Project completed by Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) which will generate 14 million units of electricity in a year.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony virtually, Vijayan said, “Power generation should not be dependent on renewable energy sources alone. The left government have started many domestic power generation projects in the last five years.” He also said that the capacity of hydropower projects will be increased and these projects will be implemented in an environmentally friendly manner as the government aims to make Kerala a power surplus state.
“State aims to produce maximum energy from water, wind and sunlight,” he added.
CIAL has completed the Arippara Hydro electricity project which will generate electricity on the flow of river water in Kodencheri in Kozhikode district.

Prem Singh Tamang: The man who ousted a 24-year rule in Sikkim

By Subhro Majumder

Prem Singh Tamang, better known as P. S. Golay, is the current Chief Minister of Sikkim and leader and founder of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM). Prior to forming the party, he was a key member of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party.

Tamang was born on 5 February 1968 in the Nepali family of Kalu Singh Tamang and Dhan Maya Tamang. He hails from Singling Busty, West Sikkim. He graduated with a degree in Bachelors of Arts from Darjeeling Government College in 1988. After graduation, he worked as a teacher in a state-run school. His son is politician Aditya Tamang, who is also a member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly from Soreng-Chakung.

In 1990, he was appointed a graduate teacher under the HRD Department in the Government of Sikkim and served until 1993. However, due to his active interest in social work and politics, he resigned from government service and started participating in the political activities of SDF. As the SDF candidate in the Soreng-Chakung constituency, West Sikkim, he was elected to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1994. During his affiliations with the SDF party, he served as State Youth Convenor and Vice President.

In 2016, Golay was convicted for misappropriating government funds between 1994 and 1999, and his membership in the assembly was terminated the year after. The 51-year-old earned the dubious distinction of becoming the only politician in the state who has been disqualified from the assembly following the conviction.

He challenged the verdict in the Sikkim High court, which upheld the order prompting Golay to surrender. In 2018, when he stepped out of jail, Golay was received by thousands of supporters who took out a procession in a show of solidarity for their leader.

Golay led the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha to victory in 2019 assembly elections winning 17 out of 32 seats in the legislative assembly which eventually ended the 24-year rule of the Pawan Kumar Chamling led Sikkim Democratic Front. In 24 May 2019, SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling said Golay will head the government in the state however, according to constitutional experts, his conviction under the Prevention of Corruption Act might be a hindrance for him becoming the Chief Minister of Sikkim.

On 27 May 2019, Golay, who did not contest the legislative assembly polls, was sworn-in the 6th Chief Minister of the state of Sikkim. Golay won from Poklok-Kamrang in the by-election with 10,811 votes, securing 84% of the total vote share.

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About the author

Subhro Majumder is a Content Writer who is a sports and technology enthusiast. His other varied interests often sway him into reading about history, politics and international relations.

“No differences with CM Channi”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that he does not have any differences with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and will work for his party’s win with a majority in the upcoming state Assembly elections.
Addressing a press conference here today, Sidhu, who had tendered resignation from his Punjab chief post on September 28 this year, announced that he has taken back his resignation. “I have been meeting him (CM) for a long time. I have been speaking to him for the last one month. The first meeting was in Punjab Bhavan, at that time it was decided that the panel (on DGP) will come and in one-week things will be settled. It is a 90 days government, 50 days have gone,” he said.
“There’s nothing personal. I speak to him for the state. I speak to him for all the good that can be done for the state. I have no differences with Charanjit Channi, not at all. Whatever I do is for Punjab. I stand for Punjab. Punjab is my soul. That’s the goal,” he added.
On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Speaking further, the Congress leader said: “During the last 4.5 years, I have raised many issues such as liquor, buses, etc. The CM had centralised power but didn’t take any action. I don’t have any greed for a post but I only fight for Punjab’s people’s rights. I will make Congress win 80-100 seats in 2022 polls.”
Sidhu was appointed as the president of the Punjab Congress on July 23 this year following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit. He was apparently appointed against the wishes of then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Amarinder Singh had in September stepped down as the chief minister and recently tendered his resignation from the primary membership of Congress which has also been accepted by party interim chief Sonia Gandhi. The former chief minister has launched a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’.
Asked if Congress will rope Prashant Kishore as a political strategist for the 2022 Punjab assembly elections, Sidhu said: “It is the decision of the party, if CM says, they will decide on it.”
Congress is planning to re-rope Prashant Kishore as a political strategist for the 2022 Punjab assembly elections.
The revelation was made by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi during a meeting with party MLAs in the state on Tuesday evening.
In a video of the meeting, Channi could be heard saying that Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary has told him that “Prashant Kishore is likely to be introduced as a Political Strategist for Punjab Assembly Elections 2022.”
Elections to 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be held next year. In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Arunachal CM Pema Khandu announces VAT reduction on petrol, diesel

Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) [India]: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday announced a reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol by Rs 10.20 and diesel by Rs 15.22 per litre.
Taking to Twitter, the chief minister said consumers will be benefited after the relief given both by the Centre and State government. “With the central and state govt decisions petrol will now be Rs91.87 per ltr and diesel Rs79.83 per ltr in the state w.e.f 12:00 AM of 5th Nov 2021. Consumers will benefit by Rs10.20 per ltr in petrol and Rs15.22 per ltr in diesel after the relief given both by the centre and state govt,” he said in a tweet.
He also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the state government for reducing Central Excise duty.
“Thank you PM Shri @narendramodi for reducing central excise duty on petrol and diesel on this auspicious day. Arunachal Govt is also pleased to announce the reduction of State VAT on petrol from existing 20 per cent to 14.5 per cent and diesel from 12.5 per cent to 7 per cent,” he tweeted.

Amarinder Singh resigns from Congress

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress party and announced a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of Punjab Assembly elections.
“I have today sent my resignation to @INCIndia President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the @ECISVEEP. The party symbol will be approved later,” Amarinder Singh tweeted. Singh had resigned in September as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

Basavaraj Bommai attends Karnataka formation day celebrations in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took part in the 66th Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.
On the occasion of the state’s formation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greeting to the people of the state and said that Karnataka is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. “Best wishes on the special occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava. Karnataka has made a special mark due to the innovative zeal of its people. The state is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. May Karnataka scale newer heights of success in the times to come,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
Apart from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Lakshadweep and Puducherry also celebrate their formation day today.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal performs ‘aarti’ at Sarayu Ghat in Ayodhya

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday performed ‘aarti’ at Sarayu Ghat in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh had informed that Kejriwal will offer prayers at the birthplace of Lord Ram and will be visiting the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kejriwal-led AAP has announced that it will contest the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh due to be held next year. The party informed that it would contest all 403 Assembly seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

After months of political tussle, CM of Pakistan’s Balochistan resigns

Quetta [Pakistan]: Jam Kamal Khan Aylani, Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, on Sunday evening decided to step down from his position, ending months of political drama.
This news was confirmed by Provincial Minister for Sports, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Geo News reported. The Pakistani news channel reported that Kamal’s resignation has been accepted by Governor of Balochistan, the Governor House Secretariat confirmed.
Earlier today, Khan in a tweet had said, he would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation.
“Besides many deliberate political hindrances, I have given my utmost time and energy for the overall governance and development of Balochistan. I would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation,” he tweeted.
Dawn newspaper had reported that the announcement of the four Members of Pakistan Assembly (MPAs) who went missing recently in Quetta increased the possibility of the resignation of the Balochistan Chief Minister.
Prior to this, MPAs had gone missing on the day the angry group of lawmakers had tabled the no-confidence motion against the chief minister with the support of the opposition parties in the Balochistan assembly.
The missing MPAs Akbar Askani, Bushra Rind, Laila Tareen, and Mahjabeen Sheran reportedly came back to Quetta in the “official plane” of the Balochistan government. The four MPAs, on returning to Quetta, headed to the Balochistan Assembly Speaker’s residence, where the announcement of their support to the angry group was made, reported Dawn.
A spate of meetings was on in Quetta with Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Pakistan defence minister Pervez Khattak holding separate meetings with Alyani and the angry group, where Alyani, the newspaper reported citing the sources, was asked to resign.
The rumours of Alyani’s resignations started doing the rounds on Saturday. The breaking news of the resignation of the chief minister was aired time and again which was termed baseless by Alyani.

Kerala CM asks his Tamil Nadu counterpart to draw maximum water from Mullaperiyar dam amid torrential rains

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin asking the latter to ensure that the maximum quantity of water is drawn from Mullaperiyar dam as the reservoir level may reach 142 ft once the torrential rains intensify.
He urged Stalin to release water from Mulla Periyar dam through the tunnel to Vaigal Dam and to gradually release water downstream. The Chief Minister also requested to intimate the Kerala government about the opening of shutters at least 24 hours in advance.
Dam authorities in Kerala are taking cognizance of the situation arising out of the torrential rainfall. Shutters of several dams have been opened to prevent them from overflowing.
According to official estimates, heavy rains in the state have claimed the lives of 27 people. Of these, 14 deaths were reported in the Kottayam district, 10 in the Idukki district, and one each in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, and Kozhikode districts.

Telangana CM asked police, excise officials to wipe out opium’s illegal cultivation, usage

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday instructed the police and excise officials to wipe out Opium’s illegal cultivation, usage and stamp it down.
The CM addressed a high-level meeting of officials from these two departments at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad. Rao said with reports that the usage of Cannabis (Ganja) is on the increase, there is an urgent need arisen to declare an all-out war against drug abuse.
He also said before the situation goes out of hand and becomes severe one should be on alert.
He instructed the officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive action plan to totally eradicate the ganja production.
“We have achieved Telangana state after a long fight. We have achieved several targets with development as the sole aim. With the development that we have achieved in the agriculture sector, crops are being cultivated in 1.30 Crore acres. The state is marching ahead of Punjab in the agriculture sector,” he said.
Rao said that 99 per cent of the worldwide corporations are investing huge funds in the state.
“Through Mission Bhagiratha, safe and pure drinking water is supplied to even remote villages in the forest areas. We have achieved a wonderful result in the power sector. Whatever we have aspired during the Telangana statehood movement, we have been fulfilling and marching ahead. We have won appreciation within the country and the world over. 99 per cent of the worldwide corporations are investing huge funds in the state. It is due to the excellent law and order situation that our police with their professional skills and capabilities are maintaining, we are able to attract such huge investments,” Rao said.
Rao said that there are sacrifices from the police force in victory over controlled extremism in the state.
“With this, the prestige and respect of the state have gone up. It is unfortunate that while the state is making rapid strides in development, the availability of the banned drugs has increased,” the CM said.
CM Rao emphasised the constitution of a special Cell with a DG level officer as the head. He instructed the Excise Commissioner Sarfraj Ahmed to strengthen the Enforcement wing and the flying squads. He wanted special surveillance at the educational institutions.
He also wanted an increase in the number of check posts at the state borders, strengthening of the communication network and providing the required vehicles. He wanted the State Intelligence department to form a special wing for this.
Further, he made it clear that the officials who help get good results in eradicating Ganja, will be given cash awards, rewards and special promotions.

Kerala rains: PM Modi speaks with CM Vijayan to discuss situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala.

New Delhi [India]: The Prime Minister expressed condolences to the bereaved families and assured the people in the state that the authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected. “It is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Condolences to the bereaved families,” PM Modi tweeted.


“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” the Prime Minister tweeted.


The death toll due to the heavy rains and landslides in Kerala mounted to 21, according to the State’s Information and Public Relations Department on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the intense spell of rainfall activity over Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is likely to reduce from today.
There would be a significant reduction in rainfall in Kerala today as compared to Saturday, said Indian Meteorological Department senior scientist Naresh Kumar on Sunday.
The concerned authorities have ramped up the rescue and relief operations in the state.

“All means to evacuate people”

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday held a high-level meeting to intensify the rescue efforts and said that all means will be used to evacuate people stranded in areas flooded due to heavy rains in the state, including Kottayam.
In the meeting, it was decided that colleges that were to open from October 18 will now only begin from October 20. The meeting has also decided to urge devotees to avoid the Sabarimala pilgrimage till October 19. The state government has decided to intensify rescue efforts to evacuate stranded people from low lying areas, and areas with possibilities of landslides or flooding.
“Action should be taken to immediately evacuate people Cm said that the situation is serious but the latest weather reports give a sigh of relief. The report shows signs that we are not going into a worse situation,” said Vijayan during the meeting.
He further instructed, “Camps have to be started by following covid protocol. Masks and sanitisers should be made available in camps. Drinking water, medicines should be made available in camps. Caution should be taken for people who have co-morbidities and those who have not taken vaccination.”
A list of available boats should be made ready to be used if there is a need to use them in rescue operations, said the chief minister.
Vijayan has also said that there is a possibility of rising water levels in rivers and overflowing in some dams. He further said that there would be a high alert for the next 24 hours.

CM Stalin seeks PM Modi’s intervention for release of 23 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Friday, seeking his intervention for securing the release of 23 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.
In a letter, CM Stalin said, “On October 11, 23 fishermen from the state venture into the sea for fishing. On October 13, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen near Parithithurai. The arrest of the fishermen is condemnable.” The Chief Minister requested PM Modi to find a permanent solution to the issue.
Earlier on Friday, Minister of State for Fisheries L Murugan urged External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s intervention to ensure the safe and timely release of 23 fishermen who have been arrested allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.
According to the official statement by the office of Murugan, the MoS wrote a letter to Jaishankar after receiving a memorandum from 66 fishermen.
The memorandum was sent by 66 fishermen of Nagapattinam, Karaikal and Mayiladudrai to L Murugan in Chennai apprising him of the detention/arrest of 23 fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy.
Murugan also assured the delegation of all possible help from his side for the early release of fishermen.
In his letter, Murugan requested Jaishankar for the safe and timely release of 23 fishermen alongwith two boats.

“Riots took place in Akhilesh’s UP”

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Saturday slammed Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav over his remarks accusing the state government of crushing the Constitution, saying that more than 200 riots took place under Yadav’s regime in the state.
Citing the incident where a journalist was burnt alive, Singh said, “Between 2012-2016, more than 200 riots happened during Akhilesh Yadav government. A journalist from Shahjahanpur was burnt alive after he said something against his government.” The minister further told ANI that a fair investigation is taking place in connection with the violent incident that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday.
“In the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, a fair investigation is underway under retired High Court judge and some have been arrested and some have been called for questioning,” said Singh.
As many as eight people including four people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that took place on October 3.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested two accused in connection with the case. The arrested persons have been identified as Luvkush and Ashish Pandey. The police on Monday had filed an FIR for murder against Ashish Mishra.
Ashish Mishra, who was summoned by police in connection to the probe of the violence, did not report on Friday. His father had said that it was due to “health reasons.” However, he arrived at the Crime Branch office, Lakhimpur on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav, who previously served as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Friday alleged that the state government is working only for powerful people and not for farmers. He had also alleged that the government is trying to protect those who are guilty of the incident.
“Whoever saw the video of the Lakhimpur incident has condemned the incident. This is a government that crushes the constitution. Everyone has seen everything, yet the guilty have not been caught. Every family I met said that the guilty should be punished,” the SP leader had said.

Mamata Banerjee, two others to take oath as MLAs today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will administer the oath of office to three newly elected MLAs including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Assembly on Thursday.
Besides Banerjee, Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain will also take oath as MLAs today. In the recently concluded by-polls, Mamata Banerjee won from Bhabanipur with a margin of over 58,000 votes.
According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee secured 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes connected in the bye-elections.
Banerjee’s main competition, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.
Jakir Hossain was elected from Jangipur and Amirul Islam was elected from Samserganj assembly seats in West Bengal.

Need to start ‘Technology Schools’, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Hubbali (Karanataka) [India]: In view of emphasizing technical education among students at the high school level, there is a need to start ‘Technology Schools’, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday.
Addressing after virtually inaugurating the ‘Innovation and Impact’ program organized by the Department of Electronics, IT, Bt and S and T under the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative, he said that actions will be implemented right away to promote the growth of innovative industries in the Hubballi region. “There was a technology school in Hubli way back in 1960 itself which was closed later. But, technology schools need to be started considering the fact that perception ability will be more during childhood”, he stated.
He told that Atal Tinkering Labs should be upgraded and artificial intelligence must be included at that level at least to some extent. He added, “Polytechnics also need to be upgraded along the lines of up-gradation of 150 ITI’s in the state”.
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka C N Ashwatha Narayana, said, “a centre of excellent (CoE) for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Date Engineering will be set up soon in Hubballi. He further said, the National Education Policy (NEP-2020) aspires to ready the students as per the global technological developments, and accordingly, coding will be taught for students at the school level itself”.
The government has brought in effective policies to promote innovative technologies and the duration of the internship has risen from 3 weeks to 30 weeks. Students will also be given the opportunity to undergo internships in foreign countries, Narayana explained.
Aravind Bellad, MLA, suggested focusing on developing the Hubballi cluster as a hardware manufacturing hub.
Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson, State Vision Group, pointed out, that it is suitable to start agri-tech, climate-tech, and space-tech industries in the Hubballi cluster.
B V Naidu, Chairperson, KDEM (Karnataka Digital Economy Mission), opined that there should be efforts to promote indigenous manufacturing of Tablet PCs.
E V Ramana Reddy, ACS, Department of Electronics, IT/BT, Ashok S.Shettar, Vice-Chancellor, KLE Technical University, Aravind Malligeri, CEO, Aechus, Gudasi, Prof. Mahesh, Sanjeev Gupta, Vivek Pawar, Meena Nagaraj, Director, Dept of IT/BT were present.

Punjab CM Channi meets Amit Shah in Delhi; farms laws, Lakhimpur Kheri issues on agenda

New Delhi [India]: The meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is underway at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The Punjab Chief Minister reached the national capital in wake of the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri in which four people lost their lives including four farmers. “These three farm laws should be repealed at the earliest and incidents like this (Lakhimpur Kheri) need to be stopped. I will discuss this issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in today’s meeting,” Channi told media persons, before leaving for Delhi.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, had alleged four farmers lost their lives in the incident.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni had arrived in a convoy on three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
Refuting SKM’s allegations, MoS Teni said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants merged with protesting farmers and pelted the stones on the car which lead to the “unfortunate incident”.
Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

Mamata to take oath

However WB Governor says will wait for gazette notification on bypoll results before announcing oath-ceremony date

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take oath as an MLA on October 7 and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar inviting him to administer the oath of office to the party supremo at the State Assembly instead, informed Partha Chatterjee, General Secretary of Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday. Speaking to ANI, Chatterjee said, “We suggested and requested the Governor to come down to Assembly and administer the oath of office on October 7.”
However, Dhankhar said he will wait till the official gazette notification on the Bhabanipur by-poll result is issued.
“Raj Bhawan response on the administration of Oath/Affirmation to the Members elected to the WBLA in bye-election from 159-Bhabanipur A/C, and the adjourned poll in 56-Samserganj and 58-Jangipur A/Cs held on 30 September 2021. Once Gazetted Governor would take call,” tweeted the official Twitter handle of the West Bengal Governor.
Earlier on October 3, following TMC’s poll victory in Bhabanipur, Jangipur and Shamsherganj, a request was made to the Governor by the state that the Bengal assembly speaker be given the responsibility to administer the oath to the newly-elected MLAs on October 4.
Responding to a question on the Governor’s decision to conduct the oath-taking ceremony in the Governor house, Chatterjee said, “It is our desire and request to the governor that the oath-taking be conducted in the Assembly.”
Answering a query on TMC and other opposition leaders not being allowed in the Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh following violence that broke out after a car hit protesting farmers, Chatterjee said, “This is their (BJP) culture. They are scared of TMC and Mamata Banerjee.”
Bhabanipur gave its verdict for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as she won the assembly constituency by-polls with a margin of over 58,000 votes.
According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee secured 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes connected in the by-elections.
Banerjee’s main competition, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and CPI (M) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.

Akhilesh Yadav demands MoS Home’s resignation, Rs 2 cr ex-gratia for next of kin of victims

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Demanding the resignation of the Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said even Britishers would not have oppressed the people the way BJP-led government is oppressing the farmers.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also demanded Rs 2 crores as ex-gratia and government jobs for the next of kin of the farmers who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
Speaking to the media person while protesting outside his residence in Lucknow, Yadav said: “Even Britishers would not have committed the kind of atrocities this government is committing against farmers. MoS Home Ajay Mishra and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya should resign.”

“Rs 2 crores and government jobs should be given to next of kin of the farmers who lost their lives in the incident,” he said.

The Samajwadi Party president has staged a sit-in protest outside his residence after police stopped him from going to Lakhimpur Kheri, where 8 people, including 4 farmers, died yesterday.

“Government does not want any political leaders to go there. What are they hiding?” he asked.

Samajwadi Party workers have gathered here as police deployed forces put up barricades at his residence at Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow.

Earlier, Yadav demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s resignation over the incident.

Several Opposition leaders from various parties including Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are also scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of MoS for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni came with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.

However, Ashish Mishra Teni refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.

Varun Gandhi pays tribute to farmers killed in Lakhimpuri Kheri, urges CBI probe, aid to kin

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 4 : Bharatiya Janata Party (MP) Varun Gandhi on Sunday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident demanding strict action against culprits and suggested a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe in time bound manner in the case.
The MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit paid tribute to farmers killed in the incident and said that Rs 1 crore compensation should be given to families of victims. “The incident of brutal mowing down of farmers protesting in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 is heart-wrenching. It has caused rage and pain among citizens in the country… The incident is unforgivable. Protesters are our citizens. If they have problems with some issues and are protesting within their democratic rights then we should keep restraint and be patient while dealing with them,” read Gandhi’s letter translated from Hindi.
“I pay my tribute to farmers killed in the incident and express condolences to their families,” it said.
Varun Gandhi requested Adityanath to “identify all suspects in the incident and take strict action against them by registering a murder case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.”
“In this regard, it will be suitable to bring all culprits to justice by a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe in a time-bound manner,” he stated.
Several Opposition leaders from various parties including Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are also scheduled to visit Lakhimpur Kheri today.
The District Magistrate of Lakhimpur Kheri has imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits the assembly of five or more people at a time, in the district.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.

“…Some unruly elements attacked our workers, killed 4-5 of them. I was in Banbirpur from 9 am till the end…I have not been at the (incident) spot for two days…It could be that they don’t like me and using politics… Allegations against me are completely baseless and I demand judicial inquiry of this matter and culprits should get punished,” he said.
As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’. 

Central govt hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power since the start of the elections.
Banerjee’s remarks came a short while before the election commission announced her massive victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency. “Since the elections started in West Bengal, central government hatched conspiracies to remove us (from power). I was hurt in my feet so that I don’t contest the polls. I am grateful to the public for voting for us and to the Election Commission of India for conducting polls within six months,” said the TMC supremo while greeting her supporters outside her residence in Kolkata.
Banerjee also said that nearly 46 per cent of non-Bengalis in Bhabanipur voted for her. “Around 46 per cent of people here (in Bhabanipur) are non-Bengalis. They all have voted for me. People of West Bengal are watching Bhabanipur, which has inspired me,” she said.
She further claimed that she had won the election by a margin of 58,832 votes and registered the victory in every ward of the constituency.
In the Bhabanipur Assembly bypoll, Banerjee marked a resounding victory as she recorded a margin of over 58,000 votes against her nearest rival Priyanka Tibrewal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The victory reinstated Banerjee as a member of the state Legislative Assembly allowing her to continue as West Bengal chief minister.
As per the Election Commission of India, the chief minister secured 85,263 votes in the by-polls easily surpassing BJP’s Tibrewal got 26,428 votes.
Notably, the TMC chief had lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram constituency in the assembly elections held earlier this year. Following this, the Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, paving the way for Banerjee to contest the bypoll and retain her chief ministerial post.

West Bengal bypolls: Counting of votes underway

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The counting of votes for by-elections in Bhabanipur, Jangipur, and Samserganj Assembly constituencies in West Bengal began from 8 am on Sunday amid tight security.
The counting will be held in 21 rounds for the Bhabanipur constituency, 26 rounds for Samserganj and 24 rounds for the Jangipur constituency. A three-tier security has been set up at the Sakhawat Memorial Girls High School in Bhabanipur in south Kolkata. Twenty four companies of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres, and the entire area has been put under CCTV surveillance.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed within 200 metre radius of the counting centres at all three constituencies that went to the polls on September 30.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year, BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas are in the fray from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata.
Banerjee must win the polls and get elected to the assembly to retain the chief minister’s chair.

Mamata Banerjee had lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram constituency in the assembly elections held earlier this year. The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, paving the way for Mamata Banerjee to contest the bypoll.
As per the election commission, three constituencies have a total electorate of 6,97,164. The total number of voters in Bhabanipur is 20,64,56; of which 1,11,243 are male and 95, 209 are women. There were 287 booths in Bhabanipur, of which the number of main booths were be 269.
Trinamool Congress had registered a landslide victory in assembly polls winning 213 of 294 seats in the West Bengal assembly. The BJP won 77 seats.

“Will stand by Rahul, Priyanka”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political jostling in ruling Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), stressed that he does not aspire to be at a throne and will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
While extending his greetings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sidhu tweeted, “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji and Shastri Ji … Post or No Post, will stand by @RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win !!” On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. However, party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted yet.
“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” Sidhu said in his letter after resigning.
Sidhu was appointed as the President of PPCC on July 23 following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.
This came as a big blow to the Congress high command that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointed Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of then Chief Minister.

“Comedy of errors”: Captain on Congress crisis

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed the Congress over the preposterous lies being floated by various party leaders in a clear bid to cover up their mishandling of the crisis in the state.
Pointing to the conflicting numbers shared by Harish Rawat and Randeep Surjewala on the purported letter received by the party’s central leadership expressing lack of confidence against him, Captain Amarinder termed it a “comedy of errors”. His remarks came after Surjewala claimed that 78 of the 79 Punjab Congress MLAs had written to the party leadership seeking Captain Amarinder’s ouster. Interestingly, just a day earlier, Harish Rawat had, in a press statement, said that 43 MLAs had written to the high command on the issue.
“It seems the entire party has become imbued with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s sense of comic theatrics,” he quipped, retorting, “Next they will claim that 117 MLAs wrote to them against me!”
“This is the state of affairs in the party. They cannot even coordinate their lies properly,” remarked Captain Amarinder, adding that the Congress was in a total state of disarray, and the crisis seemed to be escalating by the day, with a large majority of its senior leaders completely disenchanted with the party functioning. The fact of the matter, said the ex-CM, was that the 43-odd MLAs who had signed the said letter had been forced to do so under duress.
Having been pushed into a corner over its mishandling of the Punjab crisis, the Congress was now in a total state of panic, which was evident in the statements of its leaders, said Captain Amarinder. The former Chief Minister said the panic-stricken party, grappling with internal chaos, was trying hard to shift the blame of its own failures. “It’s sad to see the way they are resorting to blatant lies to justify their wrongdoings,” he added.
He pointed out that since 2017, Congress had swept every election in Punjab with him at the helm of the government, which was in total contrast to the claims being made by the party leadership. In the last Assembly elections, the party won an unprecedented 77 seats. In the by-elections in 2019, Congress won three of the four seats, even winning from Sukhbir Badal’s stronghold of Jalalabad.
Even in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the party swept eight of the 13 seats despite the massive BJP wave in the country, said Captain Amarinder. And as recently as February this year, in the seven municipal corporation elections, Congress won 281 of the 350 seats (80.28 per cent), he said, pointing out that in the Municipal Council elections of the 109 MCs, the party won 97 (it won in 1486 of the 2165 wards – 68 per cent).
Clearly, the people of Punjab had not lost trust in him, as claimed by Surjewala, said the former Chief Minister, adding that the whole affair had been orchestrated by a few leaders and MLAs at the behest of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who, for some inexplicable reason, was being allowed to dictate the terms for the Congress in Punjab.
This was evident from the lies Harish Rawat had mouthed yesterday, even on a sensitive and emotive issue like Bargari and the subsequent police firing cases, said Captain Amarinder, warning that the party will have to pay a heavy electoral price in the state for these falsehoods. “Had I been hand in glove with the Badals, as they are alleging, I would not have spent the last 13 years fighting them in courts,” he said, lamenting that not a single party leader had stood by him in his legal battles.
Trashing accusations of not taking any action in these cases, the former Chief Minister said that after assuming charge in March 2017, his government was successful in cracking all the three major cases of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which took place between June-October 2015. “In fact, the three main accused (Mohinder Pal, Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh) wanted for the sacrilege incidents were arrested on July 5, within 16 months of the Congress government taking over,” he disclosed.
Further, in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing cases, senior-most police officers, including IGP Pramraj Umranagal and SSP Charanjit Sharma, were arrested within two years of the Congress taking over the state’s reins.
About 12 people, including DGP Sumedh Singh Sani and former MLA Mantar Singh Brar, were nominated and charge-sheeted in the case. In both these cases, seven charge sheets were filed but some of these were stuck down by the high court, he said, adding that the entire bogey of no action in these cases was created by Sidhu and his aides whose only interest was to grab power, by hook or by crook.

Sidhu in Punjab to meet CM

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress unit, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, arrived at Punjab Bhavan to meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
Earlier, Sidhu tweeted, “Chief Minister has invited me for talks … will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today.” Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.
Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.
This comes as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointing Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of the Chief Minister.
Captain Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation from the post of Punjab Chief Minister to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on September 18 hours before a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Punjab which was called without informing him in the backdrop of infighting within the ruling party in the state.

Voting underway in Bhabanipore

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting for by-elections to Bhabanipur Assembly seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from began at 7 am on Thursday amid tight security and necessary arrangements to conduct the polls if heavy rainfall that led to waterlogging in Kolkata a day ago, continues.


Apart from Bhabanipur, voting also began in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies in Murshidabad district. BJP candidate for Bhabanipur, Priyanka Tibrewal alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) was purposely shutting voting machines at a polling booth of ward number 72 and was an attempt at capturing the booth.
Tiberwal reached the polling booth to inspect the situation.
Speaking to media persons here, Tibrewal said, “TMC’s Madan Mitra has purposely shut the voting machine here as he wants to capture the booth.”


All eyes are on the Bhabanipur by-election as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from here. CPM has fielded its candidate Srijab Biswas from the constituency.
The bypoll was necessitated in Bhabanipur after MLA Sovandeb Chattopadhyay resigned to pave the way for Banerjee become the MLA from the constituency. In the 2021 West Bengal election, Banerjee had contested from Nandigram Assembly segment and was defeated by her confidant-turned-rival BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari.
In Jangipur and Samserganj polls were countermanded following the death of two candidates.
Polling in Samserganj could not take place on April 26 during the seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections due to the death of Congress candidate Rezaul Haque.
Similarly, the polling in Jangipur was not held due to the death of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) candidate from Pradip Nandi.
TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam are party candidates from Jangipur and Samserganj seats, respectively. The CPI(M) has fielded Md Modasar Hossain from Samserganj seat and Jane Alam Migya from Jangipur. Milan Ghosh is the BJP candidate from Samserganj while Sujit Das will contest from Jangipur.On directions of the Election Commission, Kolkata Police imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC in the 200-metre radius of polling stations in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency from Tuesday evening. The restrictions will be imposed till the conclusion of voting for the bypolls this evening at 6 pm.
A total 6,97,164 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the three constituencies in West Bengal and counting of votes will be held on October 3.

Captain at Amit Shah’s residence

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh reached the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Wednesday amid a fresh crisis in the ruling Congress in the state.
Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister earlier this month, had reached Delhi on Tuesday. The Congress leader had told reporters on his arrival in the national capital that he had come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House. He had also said that he was not going to meet any political leader.
“I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here,” he had told reporters.
Singh’s visit to Delhi has coincided with Congress in Punjab reeling under fresh crisis following resignation of PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday. A minister and some other leaders considered loyal to Sidhu also subsequently resigned.
Capt Amarnider Singh had taken a dig at Sidhu over his resignation, saying that he is not a stable man.
“I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab,” Amarinder Singh had said in a tweet.
While stepping down as chief minister, Amarinder Singh had slammed the party leadership saying he had been let down.
The former chief minister had also said that he felt “humiliated” adding that he had been summoned thrice by the central leadership in the past two months
His media advisor Raveen Thukral had played down his visit to Delhi.
“Too much being read into Cap Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi. He’s on a personal visit, during which he’ll meet some friends and also vacate Kapurthala house for the new CM. No need for any unnecessary speculation,” Thukral said in a tweet yesterday.
Sidhu was made PCC chief by Congress leadership in July to stem infighting in Punjab Congress ahead of next year’s assembly polls but the party is now grappling with a fresh crisis.

Punjab CM appeals to Centre to repeal 3 farm laws

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday extended his support to the farmers protesting against the farm laws and appealed to the Centre to withdraw them immediately.
Taking to Twitter, Channi said, “I appeal to the Union Govt. to immediately repeal the three black farm laws otherwise our Govt. would convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha to reject them to safeguard the interest of the farmers who are already passing through the acute economic crisis.” Earlier in the day, Channi also said that farmers’ protest is an important issue and the Centre should take it seriously adding the state should not be made into another Jammu and Kashmir.
Further, he said that the condition of the farmers is deteriorating with time. He also said that the Centre has brought in a system ‘to make the farmers poor’.
Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

Not going to meet any politician, says Captain Amarinder Singh as he arrives in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh who arrived in the national capital on Tuesday said that he has come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House, further clarifying that he is not going to meet any politician during his visit.
Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, Singh said, “I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here.” Further responding to a question on Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation today, the former Chief Minister said, “This man (Navjot Singh Sidhu) is unstable.”
Amid various speculations over Singh’s Delhi visit, his media advisor Raveen Thukral had earlier in the day said that the former is on a personal visit to the national capital.
“Too much being read into Cap Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi. He’s on a personal visit, during which he’ll meet some friends and also vacate Kapurthala house for the new CM. No need for any unnecessary speculation,” said Thukral in a tweet today.

This is Captain Amarinder Singh’s first visit to the national capital after his resignation as the Punjab Chief Minister on September 18.

No hope to prevent collapse of Congress party, ex-Goa CM Faleiro tells Sonia Gandhi

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro who resigned from Congress on Monday said he finds absolutely no hope or even the will to prevent the collapse of the party in the state and change for the better.
In his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Faleiro said, “The Goa unit of the party has become a cruel parody of what the Congress stands for. Led by a coterie of leaders who prioritize personal gains over the responsibility we owe to our people, we have utterly failed to even be an effective Opposition.” “Till now, there is none being held accountable for the loss of 13 of our MLAs, while the sidelining of true Congress workers continues. I see absolutely no hope or even the will to prevent the collapse of the party and change for the better. The Congress family has always played a unifying and cohesive role in the politics of this country, despite many loyal soldiers parting ways to better serve the people by forming other parties based on the core principles of the Congress,” he added.
Faleiro resigned from the membership of the Congress party on Monday.
Addressing a press conference here, the former Goa chief minister said, “Today, Congress family is fragmented. On one side we have got Mamata-Congress, YSR-Congress, Sharad Pawar-Congress. Congress is divided. Congress is weak.”
He asserted that there is a need to unify all the fragments of the Congress party including Mamata’s TMC, Jagan Mohan reddy’s YSRCP, and Sharad Pawar’s NCP to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and state level.
After Faleiro quit Congress, there have been speculations that he will join Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“I will support Mamata-Congress because she has fought, she has succeeded. Being a woman, she symbolises woman empowerment, which can bring this country back on the rails of development and progress,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, he expressed support towards Mamata Banerjee and said, “Mamata Banerjee is the only leader in the country who has the ability to challenge the ruling government at the Centre.”
Notably, Faleiro was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Election Coordination Committee for Goa Assembly polls and was All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of North-Eastern states.

Hemant Soren: The BJP dethroner and youngest Chief Minister of Jharkhand

By Subhro Majumder

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader, Hemant Soren, can claim the full credit for unseating the previous Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Ragubar Das, who led the first stable government since the formation of the state in 2000.

From strategising a high voltage campaign to bringing together the opposition alliance, comprising Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 44-year-old Soren has been instrumental in steering the party to victory in the high stake assembly election.

The JMM leader, who also stitched together a grand alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, however, was unfazed after suffering defeat at the hands of BJP. JMM sources say that the victory in the Assembly election is a result of the meticulous campaign that began in 2018 with a small team comprising of 12 people, drawn from various professions.

The team constituted public policy, communication and consulting specialists from universities such as Oxford, Sussex, Essex and TISS. The team did an in-depth mapping of issues, field analysis and 360-degree communication and strengthened organisational capacity. The team projected Soren as a pan-Jharkhand face and turned it into a ‘presidential’ campaign between him and chief minister Raghubar Das.

Soren is in his second stint as chief minister in the politically volatile state, which has had six governments since 2000. Soren, who held the chief minister post from 2013 to 2014, also has the distinction of being the youngest CM of the state.

Soren was the fifth Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The son of a political patriarch, Shibu Soren, he plunged into politics in 2009 after he was elected as an MLA from the Dumka assembly constituency.

He joined politics after the sudden demise of his elder brother Durga Soren, who was seen as the natural heir to Shibu Soren. While Shibu Soren’s stint was marred by charges of corruption and irregularities, his son’s brief stint was more or less devoid of any controversies.

Soren did his schooling at Patna High School and also pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Ranchi. However, due to political disturbances and family problems, he was unable to complete his degree. He also held the post of Deputy Chief minister from 2010 to 2013 in the Arjun Munda-led government.

Political analysts point out that it took a while for young Soren to come out of the shadows of his father.

However, he proved his mettle as a leader in the 2014 Assembly election by stopping BJP from getting a majority on its own. The election which saw the defeat of leaders like Arjun Munda, Babulal Marandi and Madhu Koda, his party JMM managed to garner 19 assembly seats.

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Subhro Majumder is a Content Writer who is a sports and technology enthusiast. His other varied interests often sway him into reading about history, politics and international relations.

“Yogi’s name frightens criminals”

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday showered praise on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath “for maintaining the law and order situation in the state” to ensure holistic development.
He said the Chief Minister had done commendable work and his name sends shivers down the spine of criminals. Uttar Pradesh is slated to go to the polls early next year. Rajnath Singh was speaking after the unveiling of a statue of Mahant Avaidyanath, who was the chief priest of Gorakhnath temple and was also the guru of UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
“People may give arguments but till law and order is in place, Uttar Pradesh cannot progress. The state cannot develop without good law and order. An able administrator, the Chief Minister has been performing religious events as well,” he said.
“I have seen Ram aur Shyam, where the actor was donning a double role. Yogiji ka double nahi multiple role hai, adbhut role hai. (Yogiji isn’t just performing double role but has assumed multiple roles, has a wonderful role ), ” he added.
He said during the rule of non-BJP governments “vardi par gundagardi bhari padti thi (goons use to dominate police)”.
“Now police are dominating goons. Properties have been seized of anti-social elements,” he said and added that the state is changing under the BJP government.
He said the BJP government in the state has given “corruption-free rule”.
“Neend mein bhi koi mai ka laal keh nahi sakta ki Yogi Adityanath ke daman ke daag hai (Nobody can say even in sleep that there is a spot of corruption on the Chief Minister),” he said.
He also noted that women help desks have also been established in the state.
UP is expected to go to the polls in early 2022 and the BJP has decided to contest the polls with Yogi Adiyanath leading its state campaign. The party is also banking on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“This country has seen enormous change since PM Modi came to power with a majority. Look at PM Modi, when he had to choose the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he chose Yogi Adiyanath from Gorakh math,” Singh said.
The union minister spoke of defence diplomacy and how other nations have praised PM Modi and also the chief minister for handling COVID-19.
Singh also mentioned how India has strengthened its response against border intrusions.
He said the defence forces have been asked to retaliate without delay if someone attacks them.
“India isn’t a weak country anymore but a strong one. India won’t attack first and it is our history that we have not attacked any country or encroached upon anyone’s land. I have given directions to our soldiers that if someone attacks us, don’t take anyone’s permission to retaliate,” he said.
Singh recalled his association with Mahant Avaidyanath since his student days.
“I recall one instance. Terrorists had taken Indian airlines hostage and took it to Lahore. Indians were angry. I built a student organisation and went to Avaidyanathji and told him that I want to lead a band in Gorakhpur. He said no one should be inconvenienced,” Singh said.
“In 1949, it was Mahant Digvijaynath who prayed to the Ram Lalla when He appeared. Mahant Avaidyanath had a crucial role in the Ram temple movement. Nath sampradaya has always tried to unite people,” he added.
The statue was unveiled to mark the seventh death anniversary of Mahant Avaidyanath.
Others present included Union Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Choudhary, BJP MP from Alwar Balak Nath and UP Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh.

TMC should focus on securing CM post for Mamata Banerjee rather than daydreaming about Prime ministerial post: Anupam Hazra

New Delhi [India]: Reacting to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s statement that he aims to throw BJP out of India in the next three years, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra said that the former must focus on securing Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Ministerial post rather than dreaming about the Prime Minister’s post.
“It is my goal to throw BJP out of India in the next three years,” Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had said while campaigning for the upcoming by-polls in two seats of Murshidabad. Speaking to ANI over the comment made by the TMC MP, Hazra said: “You can only laugh if a political party which do not have a single panchayat outside Bengal challenges country’s largest political party BJP.”
“Abhishek must focus on securing her aunt’s post as the CM of West Bengal, then he should daydream about Prime Ministerial post for Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee has once lost the election and Bhawanipur by-polls is her last chance,” the BJP leader said.
Further slamming Abhishek Banerjee, Hazra said: “Why does he hate ED and CBI so much. If he is honest, he must face them.”
The BJP national secretary termed West Bengal a ‘dead state’ and said that there is no progress, no industrialisation and no employment in the state.
“Mamata Banerjee always talks about khela hobe, and seriously only ‘khela’ is happening in West Bengal and nothing is being done in the state. Post-graduate youths in the state are unemployed. The work culture in the state is now coming to an end in West Bengal. Earlier, during the regime of CPI (M), Didi used to protest against everything but do not let others protest after she has come to power.”
The West Bengal government has announced a public holiday in Bhawanipur and two other constituencies on polling day.
“The government officials have been given a two-day public holiday for the by-polls so that the officials can help her party during the polls,” he said.
“The way Didi has appealed to the people to vote for her shows that she has attached to the post of Chief Ministerial post. She has also given a hidden message to other TMC leaders that no other will be given the Chief Ministerial post. Didi fears her loss and is visiting temples, masjids and churches. She has lost her confidence,” he added.
According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India, by-elections in Bhawanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur Assembly Constituencies in the state are scheduled on September 30.
The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Priyanka Tibriwal as its candidate in the upcoming Bhabanipur by-polls pitting her against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Manipur CM inaugurates projects

Imphal (Manipur) [India]: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday inaugurated Oxygen Plant, additional 50 bedded hospital and Tamenglong Natural Football ground at Tamenglong district headquarter.
As per a release issued by the state government, 32 projects were also inaugurated virtually for Tamenglong and Noney Districts, out of which 28 are completed projects, while foundation stone had been laid for the remaining four projects. “Our aims and objectives are to develop equally whether it is women, youth, or economically backward people and to walk through progressive and development state. Ninety-nine per cent of the development work for Tamenglong is in full swing and let us co-operate with the government in achieving this goal,” said the release quoting the Chief Minister.
Singh informed that all the health centres will be provided with 24X7 power uninterrupted by means of solar energy so that in case of any emergency related health issues, health procedures could be performed without any hindrances.
“A backward development fund of Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned for developing the Zeme tribe of Tamenglong district… A sanction order of Rs 3 crores to build a Joint Tribe Council mini secretariat at the Tamenglong headquarters has also been given,” said the Chief Minister.
He also announced that the shortest road from Tamenglong to Thingou railway station will be constructed at the earliest
“Tissue culture for the Oranges of Tamenglong is also in the pipeline and under the Central Agriculture University, while over Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned to preserve and promote the orange of Tamenglong,” he added.
The release further informed that the construction of the long-awaited roads–Tamenglong-Halflong and Tousem road has already started.

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