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Demonetisation a disaster, GST torpedoed economy: Rahul Gandhi

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RAHUL GANDHI, Congress Vice President (File Photo)

New Delhi, Oct 30: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday described demonetisation as an “out and out disaster” and said that GST was a “torpedo” which destroyed the economy.

“The decision of demonetisation was an out-and-out disaster. The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is yet not able to understand the pain of the nation,” Rahul Gandhi said after a meeting of party general secretaries here.

“I don’t know what they are going to celebrate. November 8 is a sad day for us,” he said referring to the government’s decision to observe it as anti-black money day.

“Today we had two meetings, one on demonetisation and the other on GST. In the demonetisation meeting we discussed how the country has suffered a lot and many small businesses have closed,” Gandhi said.

“In the GST meeting, it was discussed how a good idea was destroyed,” he said.

He said that Narendra Modi gave two shocks to the country “one after another”.

“He gave two shocks one after another — first demonetisation and the other GST,” he said.

Demonetisation was the first torpedo from which the country survived, but the second torpedo of GST destroyed it, he added.

The Congress leader’s remarks come a day after Prime Minister Modi said he was prepared to pay any price but would not roll back the reforms.

“The government would make changes to better the system, and whether we remain or not, we will not let the nation be ruined,” Modi said. “There would be no rollback of the mega reform move,” Modi said in Karnataka on Sunday.

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Modi Inaugurates Seaplane Service, Boards First Flight To Sabarmati

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first seaplane service in Gujarat on the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Saturday. He inaugurated the service by boarding the first flight from Sardar Sarovar in Kevadia to Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad.

Modi boarded the flight from Kevadia on the second and last day of his Gujarat tour. From there, he reached the Sabarmati riverfront. This seaplane service connects the Sabarmati riverfront at Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity at Kevadia. The distance of two hundred kilometres between Kevadia and Sabarmati will be covered in just 45 minutes by the seaplane.

Earlier, the Prime Minister during his address on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary said: “Today, seaplane service from Sardar Sarovar to Sabarmati riverfront is also going to be launched. To see the Statue of Unity, the countrymen will now also have an option of seaplane service. All these efforts are going to give a big boost to tourism in this area.”

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Delhi’s coldest October since 1962

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New Delhi, Oct 31 : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that Delhi recorded the coldest month of October since 1962.

“In 2020, Delhi recorded the mean minimum temperature of 17.2 degrees Celsius in October, which is the lowest since 1962 when it was 16.9 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung monitoring station.”

The IMD scientist said that the dip is due to calm winds and absence of cloud cover over the capital city, adding that the minimum temperature will further plummet to 10 degrees Celsius on November 1.

The national capital had also logged the minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 26 years in the month of October, on Thursday. The lowest-ever temperature was logged in 1937 at 9.4 degrees Celsius, Srivastava added.

According to the IMD, the capital city generally records a mean minimum temperature of 19.1 degrees Celsius in the month of October.

Besides this, the maximum and minimum temperature will hover around 31.4 and 13 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Wind speed will be 11.1 kmph. The sky will also remain clear.

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Punjab CM launches scholarship scheme for SC students

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally launched the recently announced Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scheduled Caste Scholarship Scheme, and also virtually laid the foundation stone of Rs 50 crore worth of projects at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal in Amritsar to mark the Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.

Participating in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, while giving the go-ahead for the establishment of a skill development centre to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams

In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in remembrance of the great personality, and said that Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar would organise an annual seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the eve of his birth anniversary every year.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed Post Matric SC Scholarship Certificates to students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by the Technical Education and other departments for the Dalit community in the state.

His government was committed to the welfare of the community, he added.

The Chief Minister said the state scholarship scheme would ensure that poor SC students get free higher education, which the government of India had unfairly deprived them of with its abrupt withdrawal of the Central aid of Rs 800 crore to the state.

The Dr B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship, being launched without any financial contribution from the Centre, will provide 100 per cent fee waiver for the SC students to give them net savings of about Rs 550 crore, he said.

The scheme, which will benefit more than 3,00,000 poor SC students every year, will involve no upfront payment by these students to government and private educational institutions.

The institutes will provide free education to the SC students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the Chief Minister announced, adding the students will also get monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms, etc.

Giving details of the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal projects, the Chief Minister said these include a panorama on Maharishi Valmiki (Rs 25-30 crore), facade lights (Rs 10.9 crore), filtration plant in the sarovar (Rs 4.75 crore), furniture (Rs 2 crore) and construction of a ‘parikrama’ (Rs 1.3 crore).

Virtually inaugurating the temporary campus of the ITI at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal, popularly known as Ram Tirath, Amarinder Singh said the institute will contribute to generating more jobs for youngsters.

Around 90 trainees had so far been admitted to the institute, he announced, adding that the student strength will be raised to 240 by next year when the building will be renovated at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore and machinery worth Rs 3.5 crore will be procured.

The number of courses will also be increased from the current four to nine, he added.

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