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Act Against Republic TV Chief Arnab Goswami: Sena MP To Maha Home Minister

In the notice sent on August 14, Tiwari demanded that Goswami should “apologise with folded hands” on primetime TV for insults and humiliation during a live debate on the Sushant case, or face criminal proceedings.

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena’s Mumbai South MP Arvind Sawant on Tuesday met Mahrashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmkh demanding action against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for allegedly involving a state cabinet minister in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

Sawant, a former Union minister, said that Goswami was naming the cabinet minister without any evidence and has violated norms of the Press Council of India (PCI).

Submitting a letter to Deshmukh, Sawant also said that Goswami’s reference to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was ‘aggravating’ and the TV channel head was spreading false news in the interest of a few people.

“Under the garb of journalism, Arnab Goswami, Chief Editor of Republic TV and Republic Bharat, is constantly airing news irresponsibly. Without any evidence, the news channels and Goswami have been levelling allegations on a Maharashtra Cabinet Minister,” Sawant said in the letter.

Later, he informed mediapersons that there is a new fashion of ‘media trials’ and pointed out that the guidelines and code of the PCI must be followed while reporting in any ongoing case.

“In recent times, it has been seen that channels decide the accused, name people and indulge in character assassination. The body language and the manner in which this is done is very disrespectful. It has come to a point where the Maharashtra CM was singularly named (only Uddhav), and such language is aggravating,” he said.

This is disrespectful not only to the person, but an insult to the entire state as he is the CM of the state, Sawant said as he urged Deshmukh to take cognizance in the matter.

Sawant’s plea came five days after another senior Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari — the President of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission, who has been accorded the status of Minister of State — served a legal notice to Goswami for various acts during a TV debate.

In the notice sent on August 14, Tiwari demanded that Goswami should “apologise with folded hands” on primetime TV for insults and humiliation during a live debate on the Sushant case, or face criminal proceedings.

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Harsh Vardhan’s comments unfortunate, aim should be to fight the pandemic unitedly: Rahul Gandhi

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

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Wayanad (Ker): Describing as “unfortunate” the comments by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it was not appropriate to blame others and point fingers, but fightthe pandemic unitedly.

With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections recently, Vardhan had recently said the state was “paying the price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

The spirit should be to overcome this huge challenge.

I had warned in February that India was facing a huge challenge.However, this is not the time to point fingers and we all should work together,” Gandhi said.

He said Kerala follows a decentralised response to the pandemic and the state was giving out a good, decent result.

“The spirit of the people of Kerala, including the health workers, is giving a good decent result here.Of course there are shortcomings like there are in every situation.

But overall I feel the spirit of the people is going to overcome this disease here.The mitigation work in Wayanad is also good,” the Congress MP said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has, however, said Vardhan’s comments should not be seen as a criticism of the state government’s COVID-19 management.

The chief minister had said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in the state was under control during and after the Onam festival season as a strict vigil was enforced.

“Our COVID preventive measures were a success but the massive protests across the state by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the government,” Vijayan said.

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India’s April-August FDI inflow rises 13%

“FDI equity inflow also increased by 57 per cent from $160.46 billion during 2008-14 to $252.42 billion (2014-20).”

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : FDI inflows into India have increased by 13 per cent during April to August 2020 on a year-on-year basis, official data showed on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, $35.73 billion has been received during the period under review.

“It is the highest ever for first 5 months of a financial year and 13 per cent higher as compared to first five months of 2019-20 ($31.60 billion),” the ministry said in a statement.

“FDI equity inflow received during F.Y. 2020-21 (April to August, 2020) is $27.10 billion. It is also the highest ever for first 5 months of a financial year and 16 per cent more compared to first five months of 2019-20 ($23.35 billion).”

Besides, the ministry’s data showed that FDI inflows have risen by 55 per cent during the last 6 years.

“Total FDI inflow grew by 55 per cent, i.e. from $231.37 billion in 2008-14 to $358.29 billion in 2014-20,” the statement said.

“FDI equity inflow also increased by 57 per cent from $160.46 billion during 2008-14 to $252.42 billion (2014-20).”

The ministry said that measures taken regarding FDI policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business have resulted in increased inflows into the country.

“Continuing on the path of FDI liberalisation and simplification, Government has carried out FDI reforms across various sectors,” the statement said.

FDI is a major driver of economic growth and an important source of non-debt finance for the economic development of India, it added.

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NHPC Board approves merger of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power with it

Shares of NHPC on Tuesday closed at Rs 20.25 on the BSE, higher by 1.25 per cent from its previous close.

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New Delhi : The Board of Directors of state-run hydro power major NHPC on Tuesday approved the proposal to merge Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd with it.

Lanco Teesta Hydro Power is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NHPC. The state-run major had won the bid to take over the 500 MW Teesta VI hydro power project under the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP).

Lanco Teesta Hydro Power was executing the 500 MW (125 MWx4) Teesta VI hydro project on the Teesta river in Sikkim.

“The Board of Directors of NHPC Limited in its meeting held today i.e. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, has approved the proposal to initiate the process of merger/amalgamation of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of NHPC Limited) with NHPC Ltd under Section 232 of the Companies Act, 2013 subject to approval of Government of India,” NHPC said in a regulatory filing.

Shares of NHPC on Tuesday closed at Rs 20.25 on the BSE, higher by 1.25 per cent from its previous close.

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