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Ghulam Nabi Azad gets invitation for Trump reception

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New Delhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has been invited to attend the reception of US President Donald Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 25, a source said on Sunday.

The source, however, could not confirm if Azad would attend the function as he is out of Delhi. “It would be confirmed after he returns tomorrow (Monday).”

Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had declined the invitation to attend the Presidential banquet saying since party interim-president Sonia Gandhi has not been invited, he will not attend.

The Floor leaders of both House of Parliament have been invited to for the Presidential banquet to be hosted on Tuesday.

The schedule of the US President has no mention of meeting with any opposition leaders. The Congress had said on Friday that it has not received any invitation yet for its leaders to meet Trump on his upcoming two-day visit to India.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said: “If any invitation comes, we will take a view on it.”

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Covid-19 knocks at Thackeray’s doorstep

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Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Covid-19 has apparently reached the doorstep of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence ‘Matoshri’ in Bandra.

A tea-vendor selling tea near the VVIP home has been found Covid-19 positive, sending the state and health officials in a tizzy. As an immediate precaution, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday sprayed disinfectants in the entire locality and surroundings.

The police, BMC and state health authorities have sealed off most parts of Kala Nagar where the CM’s residence is located in Bandra east and now the tea-seller’s contact tracking is underway.

Contacted for their reaction, top aides of the CM and his office declined to comment on the matter, nor was it clear whether Thackeray was present at his residence on Monday.

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Share profit from fuel with Public: Congress

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New Delhi, April 6 : The Congress has asked the government to share the “profit” of Rs 20 lakh crore earned in last six years from the sale of gas, diesel and petrol with the public as due to pandemic people are suffering the most. Give healing touch by “subventions, injections and subsidies”, the Congress said.

Addressing a Press Conference on Monday, senior spokesperson of the party Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “BJP has to realise that it has to stop this process of solo profiteering. All profits are for them, all pain is for the common man. Instead of stealing touch, they have to understand how to give healing touch, you can give it by subventions, injections, subsidies”.

“Can’t you part with even 5 per cent of our GDP? USA parted with 10 per cent and around the corner with another 5 per cent, total 15 per cent of their GDP. Our Government cannot pocket this profit, it has to give it back to the farmers for diesel, give subsidies to farmers and migrant workers,” said Singhvi.

The party said lives of people are most important, followed by livelihood and It’s not a time for profiteering, it’s time for the government to do profit sharing. The important figure to be noted is that in March 2014, international oil prices were $108 per barrel & 6 years later on March 30, 2020 it was $23 per barrel, 18-19 year historic low. We all should know that a decrease in oil prices internationally benefits directly the Government of India. Petrol as of today is available at Rs 28 per litre as far as international price is concerned, but it is sold to us at Rs 74 per litre.

“It is important that in the nation’s economic grief, the Government has to give monetary relief. It has to be the nation’s monetary relief not the government’s monetary relief,” added Singhvi.

The Congress said that the price of LPG cylinder has risen from Rs 412 in May 2014 to Rs 858 currently. In just the last 6 months, there have been 6 hikes in LPG cylinder price and it is sad that in the middle of Corona month – March, 4 terrible hikes happened.

The party slammed the government for raising fuel prices by Rs 3 per litre on March 14 and on March 24 – finance bill passed sanctioning special duty on petrol, diesel and on the same day on March 24, lockdown was announced but the international crude was at $23 till March 30.

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This is insult to Hyderabad, Aurangabad: Owaisi

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Hyderabad, April 5 (IANS) AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision not to invite him to the video conference with floor leaders of political parties on covid-19 is an insult to the people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad.

The Hyderabad MP tweeted that All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) not being invited to the video conference is an insult to the proud people of Aurangabad and Hyderabad.

“Are they lesser humans because they chose AIMIM. Please explain why they’re not worthy of your kind attention? As MPs it’s our job to represent to you the economic & humanitarian misery of our people,” said Owaisi who tagged Prime Minister’s Office.

Owaisi said people of Hyderabad and Aurangabad elected him and Imtiaz Jaleel respectively so that they will raise their issues. “Now, we’re being denied an audience with His Highness.

Hyderabad has 93 active covid-19 cases, I want to put forth our ideas on how we can fight this pandemic & identify areas where we’re lacking,” he added.

The Hyderabad MP also posted the press release from Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi. According to the release, Modi will be interacting with floor leaders of political parties (who have more than 5 MPs in Parliament combining Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha) through video conference at 11 a.m. on April 8.

This video conference pertains to covid-19 related issues, it said. AIMIM has only two members in Lok Sabha and it has no representation in Rajya Sabha.

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