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Govt should go for reality check: Cong on WB report

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New Delhi, Nov 1 : The Congress today deprecated the touting of India’s improved ranking in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of doing business’ index by the Centre and asked it to do a reality check instead of harping on “certificates” from foreign agencies.

The opposition party said the government should also highlight the ‘Hunger report’ in the same manner in which India was ranked 100th out of a total of 119 countries.

“Where is the ease of doing business? We demand that the government should go for a reality check on the ground,” Congress leader Rajiv Shukla told reporters.

Shukla said he has no objection to the world bank report which only talks of Mumbai and Delhi prior to GST implementation.

He said the world bank report does not take into account the effects of demonetisation and GST, which he claimed have hurt businesses.

Shukla also asked the government to go in for a ground reality check on corruption.

He was retorting to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who said that “the ease of doing corruption has been replaced by the ease of doing business”.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal lamented that the World Bank report was not about smaller towns where people were finding it difficult to do business.

“Don’t pat your back on the basis of World Bank report.

Business has been eased only for those who are technology- savvy.

“What about businessmen in smaller towns like Varanasi, Kanpur, Chandni Chowk in Delhi or in Ludhiana who are not aware. Is this ease of doing business for these small businessmen,” Sibal said.

Shukla said the BJP made fun of the UPA when the world bank reports were cited and “asked us whether the government needed certificates from agencies like the world bank”.

“The world bank report is based on a survey only in Mumbai and Delhi. What is happening in Kanpur, Bellary and other small towns. The GST factor has not been included in it.

I feel it does not even include the effect of the note-ban decision.

“Where is the ease of doing business? Why manufacturing sector is not doing good. There is a contradiction. I appeal to the government to reach out and see the difference on how small businessmen in small towns are doing business and what their problems are,” Shukla said.

To another question on the Ram Temple, he said he also visited temple before taking to politics.

“I don’t believe in Hindutva. I believe in Hinduism,” Sibal said.

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16-Year-Old Boy Held For ‘Threatening’ Yogi Adityanath, Sent To Juvenile Home

The 16-year-old boy had sent a WhatsApp message on 112 emergency number allegedly threatening the CM.

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A teenager has been detained for allegedly issuing a threat to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, police said.

The 16-year-old boy had sent a message threatening the Chief Minister on the WhatsApp number of the 112 emergency service on Sunday after which an FIR was registered at the Sushant Golf City police station, they said.

Police, however, did not divulge contents of the message but said it was for “threatening” the CM.

The mobile phone and the SIM card used for the threat have been recovered, police said.

“The boy was brought from Agra to Lucknow and later produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, which sent him to a juvenile home,” said Station House Officer Sachin Kumar Singh.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Ex-BSF Jawan’s Plea Challenging PM Narendra Modi’s Election From Varanasi

The Supreme Court of India rejects sacked BSF jawan’s plea against rejection of his nomination to contest 2019 Lok Sabha Polls against PM Modi from Varanasi

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Supreme Court rejects an appeal filed by dismissed BSF (Border Security Force) constable, Tej Bahadur, against the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which had reserved its verdict in the case on November 18, upheld the Allahabad High Court judgment dismissing Tej Bahadur”s election petition against the poll panel”s decision to reject his nomination papers.

On May 1 last year, the returning officer had rejected the nomination papers of Tej Bahadur, a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate, who was dismissed from the Border Security Force (BSF) in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops.

The hight court had upheld the returning officer”s decision to reject his nomination.

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Tarun Gogoi: Supreme Court lawyer who went on to become longest serving CM of Assam

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Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

Former Assam chief minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi succumbed to post-COVID complications on November 23. The Congressman was rushed to GMCH on 2 November due to post-Covid complications, just a week after he was released. He was first admitted to the hospital on 26 August after testing positive for Covid-19.

Expressing his grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Shri Tarun Gogoiji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”

Political Journey:

Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968. In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

As the leader of the Congress party in Assam for over 50 years, Gogoi was first elected joint secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He later served as general secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gogoi served six terms as a Lok Sabha MP from Assam. He first represented Jorhat for three terms between 1971 and 1985. He was later elected from Kaliabor in 1991-96 and then 1998-2002. The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

He stayed CM from 2001 to 2016, a total of 15 years.

Gogoi, a lawyer by profession, was in court to assist Congress leader P Chidambaram. The last time the former chief minister was in court to argue a case was in 1983. After more than three decades, Gogoi in December attended court proceedings as a lawyer as the Supreme Court took up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Gogoi had opposed the Citizenship Act, calling it “discriminatory”.

States in the Northeast, especially Assam, witnessed intense protests in the wake of the Citizenship Amendment Act, ever since the Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha. Army and paramilitary columns were called in to control the violence.

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