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Bobby Jindal endorses Marco Rubio in presidential race



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Washington, Feb 6 : Louisiana’s former Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has endorsed Florida Senator Marco Rubio, giving the surging Republican presidential candidate a boost ahead of Tuesday’s primary in New Hamnpshire.

“Marco can unify our party. His optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines, from across different demographic groups,” Jindal told Fox News on Friday. “He can unify our party. He can win this election in November.”

“I think he’s a principled conservative. I think he is the right guy to lead us forward,” he added.

Jindal, who himself made a long shot run for president until he dropped his campaign in November in the face of low poll numbers, also said he was impressed by Rubio’s foreign policy.

“Marco’s been consistent about strengthening America’s foreign policy,” Jindal said. “Marco’s consistently stood up to the threat of ISIS and radical Islam.”

Rubio responded by calling Jindal “one of the smartest people in American politics.”

“He’s going to be a huge asset to our campaign,” Rubio said in a statement. “I think he has a very promising future in American politics. One of the best governors in America.”

“We’re really excited to have him on board. This is going to be a good boost to our campaign,” he added.

Jindal is the second former 2016 rival to endorse Rubio this week, as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum threw his support behind the Florida senator on Wednesday.

Rubio, who made a surprisingly strong third place finish in Iowa caucuses after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and frontrunner Donald Trump took a dig at his rivals saying running a country is not like being a real estate developer or being a governor.

“Again, being president of the United States is not like being a real estate developer, it’s not like being a governor, it is about being commander in chief,” he told NBC News.

“And on the most important issues before this country on national security, I have shown better judgment and a better understanding than anyone else running for president.”

Brushing aside concerns that he is “too scripted” Rubio argued that he gives the party the best chance to unify and expand the party and defeat Democratic frrontrunner Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Trump, as also New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, have hammered Rubio for not being experienced enough.


BJP government in Tripura has failed in Covid control, say CPI-M, Congress





Opposition CPI-M and Congress on Saturday strongly criticised the BJP government in Tripura for its “total failure in Covid-19 management putting the state in a worst situation in the northeastern region”.

The Congress has called for a 12-hour strike in Tripura on Monday to protest the governmenta?s negligence to check the deaths due to the coronavirus and spread of the infectious disease.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, however, rejected the opposition’s accusation and blamed them for not following the government’s Covid norms.

Communist Party of India-Marxist Tripura state secretary Gautam Das said that Tripura is the only state in India where there is no full-fledged health minister and the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has been holding as many as 28 departments, including Health and Family Welfare Department.

“Frustrated over the government’s mismanagement, Additional Chief Secretary in-charge of Health and Family Welfare Department Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, Health Director Radha Debbarma and many other senior officials have either applied for voluntary retirement or have already left their jobs. Despite huge shortages of doctors and health staff, the BJP government did not recruit any health workers including nurses during the past two-and-a-half years,” Das told the media.

Das, who is also the member of the CPI-M central committee, said that the state government did not even share the correct and updated Covid information with the High Court, which has recently, took a suo-moto case and raised 13 points to the government.

“After thousands of people returned to Tripura from different parts of the country in May and June, Tripura government tested their sample 5 : 1 ratio – one sample tested out of five returnees — causing huge spread of the dreaded virus. With 1.12 per cent fatality, Tripura is in the worst position among the 8 northeastern states in Covid-19 death ratio while its recovery rate of 67.50 per cent also very low,” the Left leader said.

Former Tripura state Congress chief and ex-minister Birajit Sinha alleged that the BJP government had not only totally failed in Covid management but the Chief Minister and the ruling party leaders were arrogant.

Congress leader Tapas Dey said that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb himself attended religious, personal, governmental and party programmes violating the social distancing norms and other government guidelines.

BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that the people rejected Left parties in Tripura in 2018 assembly polls and both the CPI-M and the Congress made false charges.

“After the BJP government came to power, many new departments were set up in Tripura hospitals and many specialists were recruited on numerous diseases. When lakhs of people are dying due to Covid-19 in China and other developed countries, these two parties remain silent,” he told the media.

Bhattacharjee said putting their lives at risk, BJP’s Lok Sabha member Pratima Bhowmik and many of the party functionaries were providing services to needy people and many BJP workers had died after owing to coronavirus.

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Punjab allows opening of higher education institutes




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The Punjab government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21.

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Priyanka accuses Yogi govt of dithering on giving jobs to 4,000 Urdu teachers

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her party had given a slogan before the 2017 UP Assembly polls — 25 saal, UP behaal” (25 years, UP in poor condition).



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Lucknow, Sep 19 : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday accused the Yogi Adityanath government of obstructing the appointment of over 4,000 Urdu teachers who have already cleared the test for the job.

“Had a conversation with 4,000 Urdu teacher aspirants. All the aspirants came in the merit list, and are eligible to get jobs. But, the government is putting up obstructions in their way of getting jobs.

he BJP Government in UP should be in the role of providing jobs, but it is working to obstruct appointments,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. Reacting to her tweet, UP BJP media co-convenor Navin Srivastava, said, “Some of the recruitment processes have been held up because of technical reasons. But the government is trying to remove all obstructions and resolve them at the earliest.”

He also said the recruitments made during the BJP regime under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may have been at a slow pace, but transparent and free from corruption. Srivastava also asked Gandhi if she supports the way appointments were made by the Congress-backed Akhilesh Yadav government and which later came under the scanner.

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her party had given a slogan before the 2017 UP Assembly polls — 25 saal, UP behaal” (25 years, UP in poor condition).

And, later they contested the polls with the so-called ”vikaas purush” (Akhilesh Yadav).

“Many of the recruitments made during that government came under the scanner. Priyanka should tell whether she supports the way the recruitments took place during the Samajwadi Party rule in UP,” she said.

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