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BJP govt failed to handle Covid crisis: Karnataka Congress

What Covid 19 has done to the people and their economy is unimaginable, as an invisible enemy has changed the way we look at our lives and future.

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DK Shivakumar

Bengaluru, May 20 : The opposition Congress on Tuesday alleged that the ruling BJP government in Karnataka failed to handle the Covid pandemic, resulting in untold hardship to the people and misery to thousands of migrant workers across the state over the last two months.

“The BJP government in the state failed to handle the crisis arising out of Covid outbreak and its spread since mid-March, taking unilateral decisions without discussing them with opposition parties,” said Congress state unit president D.K.Shivakumar here.

Addressing the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting here, Shivakumar said the state government did not call the opposition parties for discussing the Covid crisis and problems the people faced during the prolonged lockdown thrust suddenly on March 24 night without prior notice or giving time to anyone to save them from the ordeal are facing since then.

“Whatever is the justification of the central and state governments in suddenly imposing the lockdown and extending it thrice till May 31, Coronavirus has not stopped and no scientific proof if its chain was broken, as evident from the number of positive cases spiking by the day across the state,” Shivakumar thundered.

What Covid 19 has done to the people and their economy is unimaginable, as an invisible enemy has changed the way we look at our lives and future.

“The deadly virus has not only demonstrated man’s inherent limitation, but also made all realize that there is nothing greater than humanity and service to society ane the needy,” Shivakumar asserted.

Offering his services to the state government in serving the people in a by-partisan manner, the former Congress minister said he would like to do a bit as a Kannadiga to his sisters and brothers reeling under virus fallout.

Clarifying that he was not looking for political advantage from the coronavirus fallout, the party’s troubleshooter said he advised the party’s cadres and supporters not to make the issue a party affair.

“I will submit a plan of my endeavour in a few days, taking into account the plans for lifting the lockdown although the ruling party has not involved us in its battle against the virus,” lamented Shivakumar.

Besides CLP leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, party’s state unit’s working presidents Satish Jarkiholi, Eshwar Kandre and Salim Ahmed, former party president G. Parameshwar and Dinesh Gundurao and other leaders like M.B. Patil and H.K Patil participated in the meeting and addressed the gathering.

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PIL in Gujarat HC for saffron symbol on ”Made in India” products

It also sought the government assign different coloured symbols on products, so that an illiterate or semi-literate person can also recognise the place of origin.

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Gandhinagar, July 9 : The Gujarat High Court has issued notice to the Centre and state governments on a PIL seeking colour coded symbols on products sold online, so that ignorant or illiterate persons can also recognise the place of the origin of the product and seeking direction to assign saffron coloured symbol to products ”Made in India.”

Ahmedabad resident Yatin Soni, in his PIL, said that the products that are sold on online platforms and web portals do not inform the prospective consumers about the manufacturing place of the product, the origin of the manufacturers and other details, which violates the fundamental rights of freedom of information ensured to Indian citizens.

After the ”Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, any prospective consumer, when ordering products from online platforms and web portals, should be allowed to avail of the information of the country where the product is manufactured, the nationality of the manufacturer et al, it said, adding that, at present there is no provision in law that mandates the manufacturer to display such information.

The PIL seeks directions to the Centre and the Gujarat government to mandate the manufacturer displays, on the web portal information about whether a particular product is manufactured by Indian company and in India, whether it is manufactured by an Indian company but outside India, whether it is manufactured by a foreign company in a foreign land, or in India, and if the manufacturer is an multinational company (MNC), the share of the Indian partner.

It also sought the government assign different coloured symbols on products, so that an illiterate or semi-literate person can also recognise the place of origin.

Apart for a saffron symbol for India-made products, it sought blue colour for Indian manufacturer producing product outside India, red for foreign company manufacturing outside India, yellow for products by foreign manufacturer produced in India and pink colour for products by MNCs.

The PIL also mentioned that after the Galwan valley incident – where 20 Indian soldiers were killed by the Chinese, there were many Indian customers who wanted to boycott Chinese products.

Soni said that the high court, after issuing notice, had slated the next hearing for July 29.

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BJP leader, family members killed by terrorists in Kashmir

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

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BJP Leader Wasim Bari

Srinagar, July 8 : A BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for North Kashmir’s Bandipore was killed by suspected terrorists on Wednesday evening.

According to sources, the former BJP president of Bandipora district Wasim Bari was at his shop with his father and brother when some unidentified terrorists struck and shot at them injuring them critically. All three succumbed to the injuries.

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

DGP, J&K Dilbag Singh told IANS that a probe has been ordered and all the eight men who were assigned on BJP leader”s security are being arrested.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav condoled with the family and tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari”s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family.”

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Congress raises issue of students in US affected by change in policy

According to the IIE, F-1 students participate in academic course work while M-1 students are students of ”vocational course work.

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Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi, July 8 : After the US Department of Immigration and Custom Enforcement said that students whose classes are going completely online will not be issued visas for the next semester nor will such students be allowed to stay, the Congress has lashed out at the government for not paying heed to the sufferings of these students.

The Congress said the government should have settled the issue with their “so called friend Donald Trump.”

The US had more than one million international students enrolled in various graduate and undergraduate programmes in 2018-19, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). That”s about 5.5 percent of the total student community in the country.

Out of these, nearly three-quarters were from Asia – 48 percent Chinese and 26 percent Indians.

According to the IIE, F-1 students participate in academic course work while M-1 students are students of ”vocational course work.

The Congress has also hit out at the government over the law passed in Kuwait which can make 8.5 lakh Indians jobless in the country.

Kuwait has approved the draft of a migrant quota bill and 8 lakh Indians may have to leave the country. The Indian community is the largest expatriate community in Kuwait, with a total population of about 1.45 million. Kuwait has a population of 4.3 million.

Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi asked what was the government doing when such a law was passed while Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting these states frequently.

The party alleged that 120 million jobs were lost in April due to the lockdown imposed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

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