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Goa crisis : Parrikar’s absence and Congress leaders meeting ex- CM triggers speculation

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Laxmikant Parsekar

Panaji, Oct 30: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s absence has created a political leadership vacuum in the state, with several leaders in the BJP as well as the ruling coalition parties eyeing the top political position.A meeting between state Congress president Girish Chodankar and former Chief Minister and disgruntled BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar has triggered political speculation in Goa, especially with the state likely to see two Assembly by-polls soon.

The BJP earlier this month was forced to induct two Congress MLAs into the party and get them to resign from legislatorship, so as to bring the legislative strength on par with the Congress with 14 MLAs in the state Assembly, which currently has 38 MLAs.

The Congress party on Monday sparked off a storm saying ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has not been seen in public since October 14, may be no more. The Bharatiya Janata Party reacted sharply and said the statement was a result of Congress frustration.

When asked about his meeting with Parsekar, who has publicly threatened to defeat Dayanand Sopte, a now former Congress MLA who was inducted into the BJP two weeks back and is likely to contest a by-poll from his Mandrem assembly constituency, Chodankar said: “I have been meeting lots of people because our ultimate target is to fulfil the wishes of the people of Goa. Ever since these two MLAs have resigned, there is tremendous anger in the people of Goa… We are ready to work with anyone who is ready to defeat them (BJP).”

On Sunday, Chodankar met Parsekar, where sources said the two discussed ways and means to defeat Sopte in the yet-to-be-scheduled Mandrem by-poll.

Parsekar has already claimed that he was meeting political leaders from across the spectrum because he has shared a healthy relationship with them. “I am opposed to their ideology. But that does not mean I can’t meet them,” he said.

Sopte, who was elected to the state Assembly on a Congress ticket from Mandrem — a seat formerly represented by Parsekar — resigned as an MLA and from the Congress party before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid drama.

Parsekar, who served as CM from 2014-17, has already slammed the state BJP leadership of trying to “finish him” and has openly threatened to work against the party to defeat Sopte as and when the Assembly by-polls are held.

Parrikar  is currently being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer has been in an out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi.

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AIIMS INICET Result 2020 announced; How to check merit list here

The candidates who had taken the exam can check their result through the official portal at aiimsexams.org.

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences has announced the result of the Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI CET) 2021 on its official website on Friday. The candidates who had taken the exam can check their result through the official portal at aiimsexams.org.

The INICET 2020 was conducted on November 20 in computer-based test mode.

All candidates (including those who have not qualified) have been awarded percentile score on the basis of their performance in INI-CET conducted on November 20, 2020. This can be viewed in MyPage on portal (www.aiimsexams.org) after login using Candidate ID and Password.

Steps to check INICET Result 2021:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website — aiimsexams.org
  • Step 2: Click on the result tab given on the homepage
  • Step 3: Check the result notification that reads “Percentile Secured by the Candidates of INI CET courses [MD/ MS/ MCh(6 yrs)/ DM(6 yrs)/ MDS] Jan-2021 Session”
  • Step 4: Key in your registration id, password
  • Step 5: Your INICET Result will be displayed on the screen
  • Step 6: Download and take its print out for further needs.

The Qualifying percentile of the qualified candidates has been determined according to the pattern & scheme of Examination.

Candidates were needed to upload valid PWBD, OBC/EWS Certificate, Sponsorship certificate as applicable in the prescribed format by the date November 20, 2020. If any qualified candidate did not upload any of the required certificates then, they must upload the same as applicable by December 4, 2020 up to 5 PM.

The detailed procedure for making choice & preference of Institute and Subject for seat allocation on the basis of INI-CET Rank will be avaiable on the portal at aiimsexams.org.

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NCP MLA Bharat Bhalke dies due to post-COVID complications at Pune’s Ruby Hospital

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Bharat Bhalke passed away on Saturday at Pune’s Ruby Hospital. He was admitted for post-COVID complications and was kept on a ventilator since Friday.

Bhalke was the MLA from Pandharpur-Mangalwedha assembly constituency from Solapur district. He was tested Covid-19 positive on October 30. He recovered, but later developed kidney-related problems.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope expressed grief over Bhalke’s demise. “The news of the death of Bharat Bhalke, MLA of NCP’s Pandharpur-Mangalvedha assembly constituency is very shocking. With his demise, an influential orator and dedicated leader passed away. I share the grief of the Bhalke family. A heartfelt tribute,” the Maharashtra Minister tweeted.

Bhalke was a third time MLA from Malshiras Pandharpur assembly constituency. He quit the Congress in 2019 and tried to join the BJP, but was unable to get a seat. He contested the election on NCP ticket and won it.

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“PM Needs To Understand…”: Rahul Gandhi On Recession

The centre is expecting the recent easing of farm and labour laws, along with tax incentives, to bolster manufacturing and lure more foreign investment.

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New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at the government over reports that the economy has gone into a recession and crores have been left unemployed. He pointed to the basic job scheme MGNREGA, which was launched by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, as having made to remain idle with “three crore people still looking for work”.

“Under PM Modi, India’s economy is officially in a recession for the first time ever. More importantly, 3 crore people are still looking for work under MNREGA. Economy cannot be ordered to grow by diktats. PM needs to first understand this basic idea,” Mr Gandhi tweeted, in what was seen as an allusion to PM Modi’s often overnight announcements that result in sweeping policy changes immediately.

Under PM Modi, India’s economy is officially in a recession for the first time ever.

More importantly, 3 crore people are still looking for work under MNREGA.

Economy cannot be ordered to grow by diktats. PM needs to first understand this basic idea.

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 27, 2020
From sudden demonetisation in November 2016 to the announcement of the lockdown in late March necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, which led to hardships, opposition leaders have been attacking PM Modi over decisions that they say were taken without considering their impact on a vast number of the population.

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) also shrank for the second straight quarter through September, although it showed signs of a pick-up after the easing of pandemic restrictions that triggered a record contraction in the previous quarter.

The GDP in July-September quarter contracted 7.5 per cent on year, data released by the National Statistical Office today showed, compared to a decline of 23.9 per cent in the previous three months.

Annual growth of 3.4 per cent in farm sector and 0.6 per cent in manufacturing during September quarter raised hopes of an early recovery as the government gears up to distribute COVID-19 vaccine whenever it becomes available.

The centre is expecting the recent easing of farm and labour laws, along with tax incentives, to bolster manufacturing and lure more foreign investment.

India is not alone in suffering from economic troubles because of the pandemic. Several other nations have seen their economy shrink as manufacturing slows down.

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