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After 50 days, NDA II government pats itself on the back

The Minister stressed that making India a $5 trillion economy was no more just a dream and a roadmap for achieving it had been laid down in these 50 days.

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar (File Picture)

New Delhi, July 22 : The second term of the NDA II government caters to all sections of the society and the pace of reforms, welfare and justice for all has been faster than in the first term, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday.

He was presenting the report card of the government after the completion of 50 days.

The Minister stressed that making India a $5 trillion economy was no more just a dream and a roadmap for achieving it had been laid down in these 50 days.

Emphasising that the government had strived to be inclusive, he said the primary focus of the government was towards farmers, soldiers, youths, labourers, businessmen, research, relation with neighbouring countries, investment, infrastructure development, fight against corruption and social justice.

Enumerating several key decisions of the government, Javadekar said: “Rs 6,000 will now be provided to all farmers, Minimum Support Price (MSP) for several crops has doubled and in some cases trebled in comparison to 2014 rates, 10,000 farmers producer organisations are being formed. Changes in Labour Code will benefit 40 crore informal sector workers through wage and labour security. For the first time, pension has been provided for traders.”

Javadekar added that in the course of next five years, Rs 100 lakh crore will be invested towards development of infrastructure. He highlighted that the government was working in mission mode to comprehensively address water-related issues.

On the security front, he highlighted that the government had been successful in reducing the impact of separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.

He added that India had emerged as a global leader.

The Minister spoke on the government’s crackdown on the corruption in bureaucracy. “Steps have been taken to strengthen action against economic offenders. A Bill is being brought to act against Ponzi schemes.”

He talked about the decisiveness of the government in safeguarding children against sexual crimes through amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

He also talked about steps taken to reform medical education in the country and to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education.

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Abdullahs challenge house detention of NC leaders

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

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Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) President and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and his son and party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the ”unconstitutional and ”illegal house detention of 16 NC leaders and functionaries.

As per the statement issued from the party headquarters, Farooq Abdullah has filed a petition for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mehmood, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Irfan Shah and Sahmeema Firdous from house detention, while Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammad Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzaan, Mubarak Gul, Bashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Basharat Bukhari, Saifudin Bhat Shutru and Mohammad Shafi through their counsel advocate Shariq Reyaz.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the decision to move to the court has been taken as a last resort to provide relief to various party members who have continuously been under house arrest or have been kept under house detention after being shifted from detention centers.

“Shifting of the detainees from detention centers to their homes only characterised revolving-door detention practice. Quashing of the PSA on party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar underscored the indefensible nature of all detentions in the court of law, leading us to believe that the administration will release all the detainees in the absence of any convincing reason.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the court will come to the rescue of our colleagues, who have been suffering for no fault of theirs ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5, 2019. This was the only recourse left to us. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our colleagues, most of whom have not been keeping well,” Dar said.

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Bengal MLA was ‘killed’ as he joined BJP: Tripura CM

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Agartala, July 13 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday alleged that West Bengal legislator Debendra Nath Ray was killed because he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party last year.

Deb, who was the Tripura state BJP President until recently, in a tweet said: “Body of Sri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging in Bindal, near his village house. People are of clear opinion that he was first killed & then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019.”

The 65-year-old MLA was found mysteriously hanging on Monday morning, a few meters away from his home near a local market in his village, about 454 km from West Bengal capital Kolkata.

Ray had joined the BJP in 2019. Earlier, he was elected to the state assembly as Communist Party of India-Marxist nominee in 2016.

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Rahul Gandhi again attacks PM Modi on India-China LAC face-off

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Upping the ante against the BJP-led Central government over the India-China border face-off in Ladakh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly accusing him of lying asleep and the nation paying the price for the same.

“He”s ”lying” asleep. And India is paying for it,” Rahul Gandhi said in the tweet attaching a news report.

The news report claimed that the Chinese moves were likely planned for months.

India and China were engaged in a bitter face-off in Ladakh”s Galwan Valley after 20 Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed by the People”s Liberation Army (PLA) troopers on June 15. Rahul Gandhi”s remarks came amid reports of the second round of talks with the Chinese authorities on the disengagement at the LAC in the Pangong Lake and Depsang areas in eastern Ladakh.

The government had announced on Thursday about the second round of talks with China.

The delegates of both countries will discuss the withdrawal of tanks, artillery and additional forces from the forward positions. “The next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on the India-China border affairs is expected to take place soon,” the External Affairs Ministry had announced.

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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