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Need to save Gujarat from evils of casteism, communalism and dynasty: PM Modi in written message

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged the people of Gujarat to vote for the BJP in the Assembly polls embracing its development agenda, and save the state by rejecting “casteism, communalism and dynastic politics”.On the first day of the BJP’s door-to-door outreach drive – Gujarat Gaurav Maha-Sampark Abhiyan – BJP workers and leaders, including its president Amit Shah, distributed copies of Modi’s message-cum-appeal among people.In the written message addressed to the people of Gujarat, Modi urged them to remember what the state was before the BJP assumed power in 1995, and appealed to them to vote for his party to carry forward the “journey of development” that began 22 years back.”Just compare what was Gujarat 22 years back and what it is now. Thanks to the good governance of the BJP governments, Gujarat has reached new heights of development, so much so that it is now known across the world,” he said in the message. Modi said a young person of 22-25 years cannot even imagine what Gujarat was in the past when casteism and communalism “destroyed” it.”Now, some power-hungry elements are playing the same dirty game. Now, it is our collective responsibility to save Gujarat from the evils of casteism, communalism and dynastic politics,” the message read. Modi also slammed the Congress-led UPA governments, accusing them of having stalled the Narmada project. The prime minister said though the Congress-led central governments were not favourable to Gujarat, the state continued its journey of development.He reminded the people how his government got completed the Sardar Sarovar dam project quickly. Polling for the two-phase elections will take place on December 9 and 14, and votes will be counted on December 18.

‘Ma is much better, nothing to worry’, tweets Rahul after Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said that party President and his mother Sonia Gandhi was much better and there was nothing to worry.Sonia Gandhi, who was on a visit to Shimla, was on Friday rushed back to the national capital and admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital after she complained of stomach upset.”Ma was in Shimla and caught a stomach bug so we got her back,” Rahul said in a tweet.He added that there was nothing to worry, “Ma is much better. Thanks for the tremendous love and concern.”DS Rana, Chairman (Board of Management) of the hospital said that Gandhi, 70, is under observation.”Sonia Gandhi was brought to the hospital at 5 PM on Friday. She has been found to be suffering from stomach upset and has been admitted for observation,” said Rana in a statement.A team of doctors from the hospital was deputed to bring her back from Shimla.

Selfless city youths bring Diwali sparkle amidst the poor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the poor, Santa Claus often turns up on their doors during Diwali. Yes, you heard it right. Thanks to the efforts of some youths in the city whose common mission is to give the needy not only food and love but jazz up their lives like a straight throw form a masala blockbuster.Take the case of Raj Trivedi, whose network of friends and volunteers has been collecting clothes, sweets, firecrackers among other things for underprivileged children. “We have been doing it for several years now. There hasn’t been one Diwali when people have not come forward to donate stuff. In fact, sometimes the volume of things donated is so high that we end up sorting things out till 4.30 am,” said Trivedi.This year, Trivedi who has set up a group Karke Dekho Acha Lagta Hai donated saris to old age homes, and clothes and sweets to a blind school in Memnagar and poor children in the CTM area. We also give things to those who live on the streets. “We donated sweets and firecrackers to children of a slum school on the SG Highway. What is interesting is that the school itself is run by a poor person,” said Trivedi. He uses social media to get volunteers.“My group on Facebook has 18,000 members and people come forward either to volunteer for work or to donate. It has never happened that we did not have enough for the poor.”His group through donations from 100 people managed to collect 2000 clothes. Trivedi and friends also chipped in to buy 25 kg of sweets that they distributed among the poor. If Trivedi concentrated on the poor in the city, some youth chose to help those who live on the outskirts. “A lot of people now help the poor in the city during Diwali but those who live on the outskirts like in Sanand, Changodar and Bagodara rarely see anyone visiting them,” said Utsav Solanki, a member of Gimme5 group. “We distributed clothes, footwear, school bags, chocolates, sweets and toys to those who live on the road in these areas,” said Solanki. What is unique about this distribution is that the receivers get to choose what they want. “We found that most people particularly women demand sarees. So we requested those who donate to us to give us sarees. We then let the people choose whatever it is they want,” said Solanki.He said they don’t give things that are in poor condition. “The toys, bags and everything else has to be in usable condition,” he said. His group managed to collect 1500 clothes, 25to 30 school bags, 50 footwear and 500 toys to be given to the poor.DIWALI PUJA TIMINGSNew Year Day: Friday, October 206:30 am-11:00 am Labh Pancham: October 256:40 am – 9:40 am
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3:40 pm – 6:40 pm Source: Ganeshaspeaks.com

Why you doubted an army man’s nationality, Assam top cop asks local police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay has asked a senior official to explain why Mohd Azmal Hoque has been asked to prove his nationality, who retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after serving the Army for 30 years. The Army’s Eastern Command has also pledged support to its retired officer.The move follows widespread outrage after DNA first reported on Sunday that Hoque has been asked by the Assam police to prove he is an Indian national and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant.Sahay said that he has asked the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kamrup (rural) to explain why a letter was sent to Hoque in the first place. “We will look into the matter and find this was done. There will be action taken in case of any error on the part of the police,” Sahay told DNA.Hoque is a resident of Kalahikash in Assam, a state where infiltration from Bangladesh has been a sensitive issue. He has been declared a “doubtful voter” by a Foreigners Tribunal which has summoned him to furnish proof of his nationality. The tribunal will hear the matter on October 13. The police have registered a case against Hoque, alleging he had entered Assam illegally without any valid documents. Hoque said that the SP had in May come for a verification to his house because he has applied for a franchisee of the customer service point of a local bank. “The same officer had cleared the police verification in the application process and verified my credentials,” Hoque told DNA.The Army’s Eastern Command said “necessary help” will be provided to Hoque, after an Army officer tweeted his story to it. The Eastern Command tweeted back: “Thanks for your concern. The JCO has been contacted and necessary assistance will be provided till the issue is resolved.” In another tweet, the Eastern Command said, “Thanks for the input. We certainly reach out to our veterans in need of assistance & a bit of courtesy from our citizens helps.”It is learnt that officers from the Eastern Command called Hoque on Sunday and pledged any form of help that they can provide.Aman Wadud, lawyer-activist from Assam who has taken up Hoque’s case, said that he has dealt with similar cases of government officials, who have spent years on the job, being asked to furnish details without any prior investigation.”Hoque was never approached by any investigation agency and now he is being accused of being an ‘illegal immigrant’. If a person who served the Indian Army for three decades can be harassed and humiliated in this manner, one can imagine what normal citizens go through,” said Wadud.”This is the story of lakhs of genuine Indian citizens in Assam who face harassment on a daily basis. At this point of time, there are more than 1,000 people lodged in detention centres without the probability of parole. Many of them will even breathe their last in these camps,” said Wadud.

‘Fine after nimbu pani’- Odisha CM after falling sick during I – Day celebration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suddenly fell unwell while attending the Independence Day celebrations today at Mahatma Gandhi Marg. Patnaik took to Twitter and said, ?Should have had adequate water for parade in sunny humid conditions. Felt bit dehydrated. Perfectly fine now with 2 glasses of nimbu pani.? He also advised all parents to give their kids adequate water before going out in sun and thanked all his well wishers. ?Attending rest of days programs. Must tell all you kids out there to drink adequate water before going out in sun. Thanks for your wishes,? he tweeted. The Chief Minister Office further stated that Patnaik is completely fine now and is at his residence. After taking rest, Chief Minister Patnaik attended the police medal ceremony programme at Soochana Bhawan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Garbage piling on in Om Vihar phase I

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Piles of garbage and cow dung greet residents and passersby every day at Om Vihar Phase I in Palam Vihar Extension. The waste which is dumped in vacant plots here is not only leading to an unbearable stench but is also a major health hazard. The shocking thing though is that it is nothing new. Residents here say that they have been complaining to the civic bodies as well as police for the past four years. However, no action has been taken so far.The issue assumes special importance around this time, as the onset of the monsoon ensures that diseases such as dengue and chikunguniya will be a cause for concern. Open garbage will also breed unsanitary conditions where mosquitoes are likely to thrive.As a local resident, Vinod Upadhya says, “We have a mountain like structure of cow dung around six feet above the ground. This not only gives birth to insects and spreads diseases but also allows pigs to roam in the streets. Thanks, to this our children cannot play outside.Diseases aside, local residents say that no one wants to visit their area because of the stench. Ajay Singh, a resident said, “We have also made a consent list of local residents consisting of 50 people, submitted the list to municipalities and to the DCP’s office but nothing has happened so far.Residents also allege that the garbage menace is due to the dairy owners. RWA president, Gaje Singh Kablana said, “We have warned dairy owners not to dump garbage and cow dung on vacant plots, but still they continue to do so. Dairies also need to be shifted outside residential areas. We have written letters on the same to the Muncipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), yet the MCG has not taken any action.When contacted, an MCG official denies Kablana’s claims. “So far nobody has registered any complaint with us but if they do so we will definitely take action,” he said.AnalysisOpen garbage and unsanitary conditions are something that the Capital has to deal with every monsoonAs civic authorities are not answerable to the Delhi government there is often a log-jam and little is doneThis is dangerous during the monsoon when the chance of an outbreak of disease is high

Guru Purnima 2017: Check the WhatsApp and FB messages you can send your beloved teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During ancient times, students used to get education at the ashrams of Gurus (teachers) and the teachers wouldn’t charge any fee for the same. After completing their education, students would give a token of appreciation and gratitude, as per their capacity to their guru. This day is celebrated widely in the country as Guru Purnima.This year, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 9.On the occasion of Guru Purnima this year, here are some message that you can send to your teachers, mentors and guides to show your respect and love for their contribution in your well being:1) “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind” – Buddha – Happy Guru Purnima!2) “The grace of a Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup, he will only get a cupful. It’s no use complaining about the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel, the more one will be able to carry. It’s entirely up to him. Happy Guru Purnima!3) You were a light for me in the dark, You were an inspiration and an aspiration, Support me always, I will succeed in all ways. – Happy Guru Purnima!4) Whenever I wanted inspiration, You were there to guide and be, Thanks Guru for being, Such a pillar of support for me. – Happy Guru Purnima!5) Some people come in life and make you a better being, All these people are Guru’s who give you wings. – Happy Guru Purnima​

‘Reform to transform’ approach to build new India: PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the third anniversary of the BJP’s victory in Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said his government was committed to build the “new India” through the “reform to transform” approach. He was responding to wishes and messages tweeted by his followers. “Thanks for your wishes. Through a ‘reform to transform’ approach we are committed to building a new India,” he tweeted in response to a congratulatory message on the occasion of completion of three years in government. It was on this day in 2014 when the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared, giving the BJP a massive victory. Modi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister on May 26, 2014. To another tweet, he said, “‘India First’ is the foreign policy of the government. Be it trade or cultural spheres, we want to increase our engagement with the world.” In response to another tweet, the Prime Minister said, “…Strength is derived from the skills & talents of 125 crore people of India.” One follower appreciated that the government was thinking of doubling the income of farmers. To this, Modi replied, “Our farmers are the ‘Annadatas.’ When our farmers prosper, India will prosper.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not given time to speak, NPP MLA walks out of Raj Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Peoples Party’s Amber MLA Navin Pilania today walked out of the House claiming that he was not given time to speak. “I had been requesting the Speaker since morning to provide me time to speak in the House. Members from the ruling and Opposition parties were being given extra time to speak,” he said. The MLA protested in the Assembly after Leader of the Opposition Rameshwar Dudi was allowed extra 15 minutes to speak. Pilania asked why Dudi was given extra time while others others were denied their right. The NPP leader left the House shortly before the Chief Minister’s Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address. Pilania was backed by Independent MLA from Lunkaransar Manik Chand Surana. He said time should be evenly distributed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raincoat jibe: PM’s boycott to continue till he apologises to Manmohan Singh, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress on Friday said that the boycott of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament would continue till he apologised to his predecessor Manmohan Singh whom he had insulted with his “raincoat” jibe.”We are going to boycott the Prime Minister. We have taken a stand. The Prime Minister has to tender an apology to our former Prime Minister. The kind of language he has used…is an insult to the country and to the office (he holds),” senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said. He said that Modi’s remarks reflected his desperation after he returned from the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly election is being held along with four other states.”I think he has become desperate in the present elections. Having completed a desperate rally and campaign, he comes back to Parliament. He should have given (election campaign) charge to somebody else instead of uttering all sorts of desperate words on the floor of the House,” he said.Referring to Modi bowing before Parliament when he was to enter it for the first time in 2014, the Congress leader said, “When he entered Parliament, what a theatrical drama he played… Today, what is happening? He is kicking that very House.” Asked what would be his party’s strategy in the future if the Prime Minister did not apologise, Moily said, “You will also see what will happen next.””We have gone on record saying that we are going to boycott him unless he apologises,” he added.Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Modi had attacked Congress and taken on Singh who had described demonetisation as “organised loot” and “legalised plunder”, saying “the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on” is known only to the former Prime Minister as there is “no blot on him” despite “all the scams”.This provoked an angry reaction from Congress members who staged a walkout in the midst of the reply by the Prime Minister.

Karna legislators irked over HC circular on sharing of dais

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming as “breach of privilege” Karnataka high court’s circular barring elected representatives from sharing dais with judges during events like inauguration of court buildings, several MLAs in state Assembly today demanded that the Court registrar be summoned. They also urged that the Law Minister who is the creation of the House (Assembly) should not attend such events as it would be disrespect to the legislature. The issue came up when JD(S) leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy made a mention about the circular, speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor for address. Several MLAs, sharing their experience at such judicial events, also said there was a practice where antecedents of politicians sharing the stage with judges were collected. They said it was the legislators who work on land acquisition for court buildings, it is PWD of the government which constructs the building and all the facilities are provided by the public money, but they say legislators who are public representatives cannot share stage with them at such events, it was an insult to the legislature. Law Minister should not go to such events, he was part of the legislature, they added. Intervening, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said, “high court circular speaks about MLAs and MPs being made to sit on the front row instead of dais at such events. I have met Chief Justice and have informed him about the sentiments expressed by members on this issue earlier.” “It was a full board decision and it needs to be revised. … there should not be any confrontation between legislature and judiciary, lets see what happens,” he said. Responding to this, members, including C T Ravi (BJP) said “this amounts to breach of privilege, summon the registrar of the High Court.” “Let the Chair give us the permission, we will move privilege against the registrar,” JD(S) leader Y S V Datta said. Intervening again, Jayachandra said there should not be any confrontation between the legislature and judiciary and “it is our duty to provide them with basic amenities.” Pointing out that repeated governments in Karnataka have shown utmost respect towards the judiciary, he said Karnataka stands second in providing basic amenities and infrastructure to courts nationally. Noting that there was a protocol in place when government events are held, Jayachandra said, “I have brought it to the notice of the Chief Justice … let us see what will happen.” As the minister counselled against any confrontation with the judiciary, some MLAs countered saying, “it is they (judiciary) who have started the issue.” Questions were also raised whether every one in Judiciary was “pure”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn seeks apology from PM for his remarks, disrupt RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress and other opposition parties today forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha twice demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks “insulting” his precedessors. Besides Congress members, their AIADMK counterparts too were in the well of the House demanding that Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao should discharge his Constitutional duty by swearing in V K Sasikala as the Chief Minister without wasting any further time. Congress, CPI(M) and JD(U) raised the remarks Modi made during his intervention in the Motion of Thanks to President’s address yesterday, saying the Prime Minister was “abusive” and used “insulting” language. They said they were not given an opportunity to seek clarifications during the debate yesterday despite Chairman Hamid Ansari citing precedence and tradition of the House that gave members the right to seek such response after Prime Minister or a minister’s statement. With ruling benches countering them vociferously, Congress and other opposition party members trooped into the Well raising slogans demanding an apology from Modi, which along with slogan shouting by AIADMK members created a din, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the House till noon. Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said ruling of the Chair cannot be challenged by a notice under rule 267 and rules gave government the right to reply to a debate but it does not provide for a reply to rejoinders. While Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said Modi had used “abusive” language against his party’s former general secretary, Anand Sharma (Cong) said the Prime Minister had insulted the memory of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said when he had sought to raise the issue of export duty on wheat and pulses import, Modi had said he would listen to him after his intervention was over. Chairman Hamid Ansari had also reminded the Prime Minister of the tradition and practice of the House to allow clarifications from members but the same was not heeded to, he said. When the House reassembled at noon, Chairman Hamid Ansari’s call for taking up the Question Hour went unheeded as uproar by opposition Congress over Modi’s remarks continued. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Twitter in splits after PM Modi’s ‘bathing in raincoat’ jibe at Dr Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday provoked a walk out in the Rajya Sabha with his scathing attack on his predecessor and veteran economist Dr. Manmohan Singh. Taking a dig at his squeaky clean record of 35 years of service as an economist, he accused the former prime minister of having a talent of ‘bathing in raincoats’, and getting away with the ugliest of scams.‘Dr. Manmohan Singh has played a significant role in the economic system of India. In the history of India it is rare to find a man who has had a such a long relationship with the economy of India, 35 years of 70 years of independence.’, Prime Minister said in reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha today. He further added that in 35 years of service, so many scams surfaced, yet it marked no stain on Dr. Manmohan as an economist. ‘We leaders have so much to study as so much happened at the time, but there was not a single blot on him. This is a special skill Dr. Manmohan Singh excelled at and we should all learn this art of bathing in raincoat,’ he said. The remark stirred an instant outrage, with leaders of Congress deciding to walk out amid the futile pleas of Speaker Hamid Ansari to maintain the decorum of the house. Outside the parliament, Dr. Manmohan maintained his trademark calm and simply chose not to respond to questions over the Prime Minister’s statement. ​

700 Maoists have surrendered post-demonetisation: PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 700 Maoists have surrendered post-demonetisation and funds to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir have been choked, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Rajya Sabha today, while insisting that the note ban has had a direct impact on naxalism and terrorism. Replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, he said cash as well as fake currency is used in promoting terrorism and naxalism. “In the last 30-40 days (after demonetisation), over 700 Maoists have surrendered in the country. The process is on,” he said. He went on to add: “It cannot be that nobody in the House is satisfied with the surrender of Maoists. How can it be? But if it is not, then there is some other meaning to it.” The Prime Minister said some people are “jumping up and down”, saying Rs 2,000 notes were found on terrorists. “We should know that in the post-note ban period in the country, there were attempts to loot banks and take away new currency notes, especially in Jammu and Kashmir because they (terrorists) were facing difficulties in carrying out day-to-day activities post demonetisation,” he said. He said terrorists killed a few days after banks were looted in J&K, were found possessing new currency. “This has a direct link. We should understand,” he said. He said the counterfeit currency used in the economy could not reach banks due to demonetisation. “When the decision (of demonetisation) was taken on November 8, there was no question of fake currency coming back. Fake currency was neutralised there and then. Therefore, if somebody has a record of it, I wonder how. The fake currency was neutralised at that time itself,” he said. To press his argument, Modi also made a mention of TV reports about suicide by a trader engaged in fake currency notes business in an “enemy country”, an apparent reference to Pakistan. “You must have seen a television report. People in our enemy country running fake currency business had to commit suicide,” he said. Modi also noted that today black money, terrorist organisations, fake currency business, drugs trade, hawala trade have entered various streams of life and thus their reach has widened. He said it is correct that cash is essential for the country’s formal economy and the Rs 1,000 Rupee notes were not going into the formal economy and a less number of 500 rupee notes were going. “Now since such a big amount of currency has come to the banks, it will increase their capacity to lend to the common man,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi’s remarks against Manmohan ‘unbecoming of a PM’: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting back at Narendra Modi, Congress today said the words used by him in the Rajya Sabha against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were “extremely poor” in taste and “unbecoming of a Prime Minister” and demanded that he apologise to the House. The Congress also dubbed Modi as “arrogant” and charged him with bringing the debate to “the lowest level”. “Within minutes of his speech, he attacked the former Prime Minister in the most unacceptable manner. He said Manmohan Singh occupied various positions and one must learn from him how to take a shower wearing a rain coat. “It was in extremely poor taste. It is unbecoming of a Prime Minister to use such language against a former PM. We are very very disappointed and angry (with) what the Prime Minister said. We expressed our protest by walking out (from the House),” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said. The former Finance Minister said it was certainly unbecoming of anyone to say such “harsh and ugly” words against Singh. Accusing Modi of “arrogance”, another Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, said that the Prime Minister has “insulted” the House with his remarks and he must apologise. “This is an insult of the House…we have never seen such arrogance. The Prime Minister should think that there is a stature to the post he holds and he does not know what words should be used…We will not tolerate this. We condemn the Prime Minister’s remarks. He should apologise to the House for this,” he said. Targeting Modi, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “He is behaving in an arrogant and insulting manner against the opposition. He also insulted the former late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He has dragged the debate to the lowest level.” Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi tore into Congress and took on Singh who had described demonetisation as “organised loot” and “legalised plunder”, saying “the art of bathing in a bathroom with a raincoat on” is known only to the former Prime Minister as there is “no blot on him” despite “all the scams”. This provoked an angry reaction from Congress members who staged a walkout in the midst of the reply by the Prime Minister. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ready to face consequences, for taking decisions that troubled big people: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Weeks after saying that he faces threat to his life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is going to face “problems” at the hands of “big people” who have suffered because of his tough policies which have stopped leakages to the tune of Rs 49,500 crore. He, however, asserted that he will continue the fight for the poor with an aim of taking the country to greater heights.”I know if I try to stop loot very minutely, what consequences I will have to face,” he said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. Modi, who had said at a rally on Goa sometime back that his life could be under threat because of his tough decisions, said he maintains what he spoken there. “Mai dobara kehta hun.. Aise aise bade logon ko takleef ho rahi hai, aur zyada hone wali hai. Uske kaaran mujh par kya kya zulm hone wale hain, uske liye tayar hun. (I repeat that big people are facing problems and these problems are going to increase. Because of that, I am going to face problems, for which I am ready),” he said.Modi was responding to remarks by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who, while referring to the Prime Minister’s speech in Goa, said if his life was threatened what would happen to others. “I got worried that if my Prime Minister, Leader of this House is facing life threat, then what will happen to me? He has so much security, so many people around him, 330 MPs, RSS, etc. and still if this is his situation, then what would happen to me since I raise issues in Parliament,” Kharge had said in the House yesterday.Modi said “I began my journey for this country and I am taking every step for the welfare of the country”. He said the money which could have gone to the middlemen would now be used for the welfare of poor.Stressing that “intention” of the government is equally important, Modi said although the Congress-led UPA government had decided on neem coating of urea to prevent the misuse of subsidised fertilisers, it did not push the scheme.The UPA government had capped neem coating of urea at 35 per cent and achieved a target of only 20 per cent whereas the NDA government decided to go ahead with 100 per cent neem coating of urea. Neem coating prevents use of urea for any purpose other than as fertiliser. Modi said without neem coating, urea was being pilfered to other uses, leaving farmers without availability of the fertiliser.He said before his government came to power, Chief Ministers used to write to the Prime Minister, seeking more urea but this has stopped now as the fertiliser is adequately available.He also said that extensive use of Aadhar has helped in apprehending 3.94 crore fake ration cards in two and a half years, preventing siphoning of Rs 14,000 crore to the middlemen. Making payments of MNREGA through aadhar too has helped in plugging leakages to the tune of Rs 7,633 crore, Modi said.The Prime Minister said the UPA had increased allocations on MNREGA by Rs 600 crore while the NDA has raised the outlay by Rs 11,000 crore.He said that surrendering of gas subsidy has helped the government in saving Rs 26,000 crore which in turn was used to provide gas connections to about 2 crore families. “Broadly, Rs 49,500 crore in one year which could have gone to middlemen has stopped,” he said. He said the government has distributed 21 crore LED bulbs and due to this power bills have been reduced and rs 11,000 crore was saved.He said the government has distributed Rs 1.56 lakh crore through direct benefit transfer scheme. For farmers, Modi said schemes like Crop Insurance Scheme and Soil Health Card have brought and asked memebers to encourage people to make use of such schemes as ultimately everybody works for the development of the country

PM Modi’s jibe result of ‘frustration’, says Bhagwant Mann

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP leader Bhagwant Mann today hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a dig at him, saying the latter has “lowered” the dignity of Parliament and the post he was holding. Mann attributed Modi’s jibe at him to the Prime Minister’s “frustration”, which he said has roots in the BJP’s “impending drubbing” in Punjab assembly polls held on February 4. “The dignity of the Prime Minister’s post and Parliament has been lowered today. He repeatedly named a private company, he spoke out of frustration. He made personal remarks against me,” a sulking Mann said on a video posted on Twitter handle of AAP’s Punjab unit. Replying to a debate in Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, the Prime Minister referred to an ancient philosophy which he said suggested people to drink ghee and quipped, “Drinking ghee was the tradition that time, if Bhagwant Mann had been there he might have suggested ‘something else’ to drink.” A livid Mann said, “He (Modi) used to speak about Rahul Gandhi earlier. But now he has shifted (to me) because he is aware that BJP is losing in Punjab. Losing Punjab means Gateway of India.” Mann alleged that the Prime Minister was “not even alert to the situation” when he made the “ghee remark” in Lok Sabha and spoke as if he was addressing “some poll rally” in Uttar Pradesh. He added that after clinching power in Punjab, the AAP will spread its wings to Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and “across entire India.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn in RS attacks govt for "ignoring" people’s woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today attacked the government over the demonetisation issue accusing it of ignoring the woes of the common man, as well as the farmers and the small and medium industries. Participating in the resumed debate on the Motion of Thanks for President’s address, RJD leader Premchand Gupta said the government has brought in the ‘inspector raj’ after demonetisation and hit the industry hard. “One of the biggest segments to be hit besides the farmers, is the small and medium scale industry, which used to back BJP. But you have declared them a thief and brought back the ‘inspector raj’ by ensuring that an inspector is behind them,” he said wondering how jobs can be created in such an environment. The government was coming out with one scheme or another to “hoodwink the people, Gupta said. There was also a brief war of words between the RJD member and those from BJP over certain remarks on reservation which were expunged by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. The House which had taken up the discussion in the afternoon, had to be reconvened due to lack of quorum. Gupta said an environment of ease of business has to be created rather than “just talking about it”. The RJD leader also said that the tourism sector has been badly hit because of demonetisation. Ridiculing the government’s plans to build 100 hi-tech smart cities, the RJD leader said the government should first focus on building drainage lines in cities like Gurgaon which houses hi-tech companies but gets flooded during rains. Congress leader Viplove Thakur said there is nothing new in things they speak about. “They make it sound like nobody before Modi has done anything. Where were they during the freedom struggle?” Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, she said it seemed that Modi has got “Aladdin ka chiraag” (Aladdin’s magic lamp) “and all the buildings you see, the airlines, the high technology and the Chandrayaan are because he rubbed this lamp and not because past Prime Ministers have worked hard.” “This is not governance, but event management. If you point out an error, then you become anti-national,” she said. Thakur also took the government to task over the publicity after surgical strikes and accused it of “selling” the sacrifices of soldiers at the border. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahajan says ‘thank you’ for smooth conduct of Question Hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Appreciating cooperation extended by the members from all sides, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today thanked them soon after the Question Hour concluded without any disruption. In the last couple of days, the Opposition has been raising various issues, including about the death of former Union Minister E Ahamed, leading to disruptions forcing the Speaker to adjourn the proceedings during Question Hour. Since the Budget Session started on January 31, today is the first day when the Question Hour went on smoothly. “Thank you very much… Bahut achha lag raha hai (I am feeling very happy),” Mahajan said after conclusion of Question Hour and thanked the members for the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. As many as five questions were taken up during Question Hour today and Ministers replied to supplementaries in four of them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Playing politics with patriotism ‘shameful’: Mahesh Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a scathing attack on the Opposition amid ongoing assembly poll campaign, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma today said politics should not be played with religion and security forces and charged ‘netaji’ and ‘behanji’ with playing the minority card. Raising the political pitch, Sharma, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, said it was “shameful” to divide the society on the basis of religion and for some people to claim that Muslims are with them. In an apparent dig at Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections, Sharma said “some ‘netaji’ and ‘behanji’ say Muslims mera hai (Muslims are with us).” Initiating a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, Sharma said it was “shameful” that proof was sought by the Opposition for “patriotism” after the surgical strikes. For the first time, “rashtra bhakti ka saboot dena pada (proof of patriotism had to be given),” Sharma said while referring to the Opposition demanding evidence for the surgical strikes carried out by the forces last year to destroy terror camps across the border. The Minister said it needs “not only a ’56 inch chest’ but also a ‘beating heart'”, along with firm commitment, to take up developmental works under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Alleging that politics was being done in the names of Dr Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi, Sharma said the Opposition should not to do politics on issues relating to national interest. Amid criticism over the demonetisation move affecting many people and its overall benefits, Sharma claimed that while the whole nation stood with the Prime Minister, the Opposition chose to be with the corrupt people. Sharma said Prime Minister knew about the Assembly elections in five states but despite that he took this “bold and historic” step to curb the menace of black money and corruption. He also said people raised questions that demonetisation was not a planned step but how “we pumped new currency within 24 hours. All are standing with the Prime Minister on this decision”. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP issues whip to avoid embarrassment in the Parliament

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In order to avoid embarrassment in Parliament, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued whip to its parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha when the house will debate on the Presidential address. The party has also asked its MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha as the Opposition has proposed 651 amendments on this years? motion of thanks for the President’s address. The whip will take effect from February 6 and will last till February 9, i.e. in the remaining days of the current session of the Parliament. Though discussions took place on the Presidents? address in the lower House yesterday, the constant disruption from the opposition parties forced the speaker to adjourn the House. The disruption has emerged as a matter of grave concern for the government as it does not enjoy majority in the Upper House and hence, wants all its members to be with full vigour in order to counter the opposition?s moves. The President?s address to the parliament has traditionally always been passed without any amendments. In the last two years, however, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led government faced embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha. Last year, the opposition added a sentence to the Motion of Thanks to the President. The sentence said that it is a duty of the government to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens to be able to contest elections at all levels of governance. The sentence was added to the amendment while sidelining an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The amendment was presented by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. The amendment pertained to a minimum level of educational qualification for contesting elections for the Panchayat in Rajasthan and Haryana. The proposal was voted upon with 94 out of a total of 155 members voting in its favour. In 2015, a proposal by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) leader Sitaram Yechury was approved. The proposal was related to black money and corruption. Yechury had expressed regret over the fact that the Presidential address did not explicitly specify the governments? commitment towards eradicating corruption and black money. The Congress has never faced such embarrassment in the Parliament. An amendment to the Presidential address has been made thrice till now. It first took place on January 30, 1980 when the Janata Party was in power. It later took place under V.P. Singh?s tenure in 1989. And, in March 12, 2001 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Ends MA NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Motorman saves life by braking in time; video goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Video shot by a commuter showing how an alert motorman saved a woman’s life by applying brakes in time at the suburban Charni Road station in South Mumbai has gone viral on social media. Thanks to the 46-second video, the incident which took place nearly two months ago — on December 6 — has come to light, and the Western Railway officials are considering rewarding the motorman Santosh Kumar Gautam. The Churchgate-bound fast local train driven by Gautam, which was approaching the station at the speed of around 70-kmph, halted in the nick of time, just inches from the woman who was walking on the tracks unmindful of the coming train, said a senior Western Railway official. “We have recorded the motorman’s statement and we would like to felicitate him for his presence of mind,” said the official. In the video, shot post-midnight (12.10 am), the unidentified woman, in her fifties, is seen walking along the tracks, oblivious that a train was approaching on the same tracks. Motorman sounded horn, but she did not hear and continued walking. Brakes were applied and the train came to a halt barely inches from her. “When the train stopped, people on the platform helped pull her up to the platform,” said the official.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn targets govt over demonetisation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Targeting government over issues like demonetisation and Kashmir handling, Opposition today said it has been a “failure” on all fronts particularly in tackling black money, terrorism and fake currency, even as the ruling side contended that “metamorphosis of India is happening now”. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha that the goverment has imposed an “undeclared emergency” in the country and any criticism is being suppressed. Participating in a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Azad said: “2016 has been a year of depression, recession, regression and suppression.” Members of other opposition parties like Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress also attacked the government over demonetisation, state of the economy and other aspects of governance. From the ruling side, Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the previous Congress rule, the country had seen widespread corruption and the economy had been left in a dire condition. Hitting out at the government, Azad focussed his hour-long speech mainly on demonetisation, handling of Kashmir affairs and surgical strikes. “…We all talk about demonetisation or notebandi. …The President has appreciated demonetisation. …But the government has been a failure on all fronts — black money, terrorism and fake currency,” the Congress leader said. Azad talked about the problems people faced after demonetisation was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 last year and said the government does not even have “remorse” for coming out with such a policy which affected all. Maintaining that demonetistion had no impact on black money or fake currency, he said it was an “ill conceived” move as 135 circulars were issued to implement a single policy. “This may find a place in the Guiness Book of World Records.” (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Article 370 is not a hurdle but bridge to connect J&K with rest of India: Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday strongly batted for complete “emotional and psychological” integration of the state with rest of the country, asserting that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is not a hurdle but a bridge in this direction.When the people of BJP talk of Article 370, they talk of technical integration. We have to make them understand that we also want that Jammu and Kashmir should fully integrate with India emotionally, technically. We are already a part of this country. Who can deny that, she said while replying to a debate in the Legislative Assembly on Motion of Thanks to the Governor s address. But have we emotionally joined that integration completely which we should have done emotionally and psychologically? No. But that is what is needed, in which (Article) 370 is not an impediment but 370 is a bridge which connects us, said Mehbooba, who heads PDP.Hailing the Indian democracy, she said her late father Mufti Sayeed had always believed in it and that was the reason that he had held the flag of mainstream political party (Congress) at an early age long back in 1960s.Today we have an opportunity to think about where to move ahead. I am hopeful, as we all say one thing, that an issue, a pain is there, a difficulty is there, solution to which has to be found, for which dialogue should be held.”But before we speak about dialogue outside, we should ourselves disperse the fear we have. They (BJP) have fear of ‘self-rule’ and autonomy and we have fear that they (BJP) might abrogate Article 370 (which grants special status to the state),” said Mehbooba, who heads a coalition government of PDP and BJP.She said both the parties were fearful of each other but the aim was the same, to see Jammu and Kashmir united, to see it prosper. We have faith in democracy of this country. We take oath of the Constitution of India and our own Constitution (of J&K), still there are so many doubts as they (BJP) feel that … J&K might slip out of their hands, she said. “The Constitution of India and the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir have the capacity to accommodate the desires and wishes of the people on both sides of the divided Kashmir,” she said, adding, “We can fulfill their (Centre’s) aspirations as well, we can fulfill their dreams, but we have to first take out this fear from our hearts.”Referring to the trouble witnessed in the valley over the last 5-6 months, she said there was a need for introspection. “We all need to look within and see what we can do so that such a situation does not emerge in future, what role we can play to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, as (her father) Mufti Sahib had said that if somebody has a major role to play in resolving the issue, it is this Assembly, she said.

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