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Himachal minister Karan Singh dies at 59

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New Delhi/Shimla, May 12 : Himachal Pradesh cabinet minister Karan Singh, passes away following a prolonged illness at AIIMS on Friday. He was 59-years-old and is survived by his wife and son.

Karan Singh, a three-time legislator and Minister for Ayurveda and Cooperation in the Virbhadra Singh cabinet, is likely to be cremated at his native place in Kullu on Friday.

He was suffering from liver and throat ailments and had been undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

A member of the Kullu royal family, Karan Singh is the younger brother of BJP legislator Maheshwar Singh.

He was inducted into the cabinet in August 2015.

(IANS)

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Betrayed voters waiting to bid good-bye to BJP in state, centre: Pilot

Alleging the state Vasundhara Raje government’s projects have been outsourced to Central government which proves how it has lost its credibility, Pilot asked how in such a case, can people put their trust in its working.

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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.

Jaipur, May 26 (IANS) Anarchy has been ruling the roost in Rajasthan as well as India under the ruling BJP and the betrayed voters are eagerly counting the days for bidding good bye to it, Congress’ Rajasthan unit President Sachin Pilot said on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference called by the Congress to observe “Betrayal Day” as the Narendra Modi-led Central government celebrated the completion of its four years, he said that since last 13 days, there has been a continuous rise in fuel prices but the government has not made any declaration which can help people feel comfortable.

“Congress is marking ‘Betrayal Day’ to ensure the government becomes answerable to people’s plight,” he added.

Claiming all the government’s much touted schemes have fallen flat while unemployment has increased in the country and the rural job scheme grounded, Pilot said that Panchayati Raj system’s working has been crippled.

“There has been no let up in farmers’ suicide in the state but the government has not expressed any condolence in any such case,” he said.

Alleging the state Vasundhara Raje government’s projects have been outsourced to Central government which proves how it has lost its credibility, Pilot asked how in such a case, can people put their trust in its working.

Also addressing the press meet, Congress General Secretary and state in charge Avinash Pandey said that farmers across the state have fallen under vicious cycle of debt and hence are committing suicides, while the benefits of schemes such as Pradhan Mantra Beema Yojana are being reaped more by insurance companies.

He said that as Congress plays as a strong opposition, people of the state have put their trust in the party and will make it victorious in the next assembly elections.

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Odisha government misleading people on Mahanadi issue: Modi

He also attacked the BJD government for lack of health facilities in the state.

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Cuttack, May 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday charged Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal government with misleading the people on Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh.

Addressing a gathering in Cuttack on completion of four years of his government, he said the Odisha government is responsible for the Mahanadi issue, having admitted on the floor of the Assembly that over half of the surplus Mahanadi water flows unused into the sea.

“In the Assembly, the state government has accepted that more than 50 per cent of Mahanadi water drains into the sea. The state government failed to utilise the surplus and unused Mahanadi water for the benefit of the farmers,” he said, hitting out that the Naveen Patnaik government for not harnessing the state’s other five major rivers for the state’s benefit.

He said the Central government tried to resolve the Mahanadi issue, but the state government did not cooperate.

Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari had tried to resolve the water sharing dispute and the proposal to constitute a tribunal was also discarded, said Modi.

Modi said that several irrigation projects were delayed for so long.

“Why the state government has delayed various irrigation projects and pushed up the project costs by 4 to 5 times? Why have the farmers of Odisha been left in the lurch? However, the Central government has taken the responsibility of bringing a change for farmers and ensuring water reaches their farmland,” he asked.

He also attacked the BJD government for lack of health facilities in the state.

Holding the Patnaik government responsible for farmers’ plight, Modi said his government is relentlessly working for the development of farmers across India but the Odisha government has failed in its part to do the same.

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Four years of Modi failed to deliver crore of jobs: Swaraj India

Prime Minister Modi had promised to deliver one crore jobs every year but the number of jobs have decreased in reality.

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Yogendra Yadav

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) As the Narendra Modi-led NDA government completed four years on Saturday, Swaraj India alleged although it has provided some evocative slogans like ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, but scored a near zero score in performance, especially in its promise to deliver one crore jobs every year.

“The Modi government only made an onslaught on the Constitution and democracy, and saw jobless growth, increasing communal tension, rural distress and overarching insecurity among Dalits, minorities and women in country. All the key promises of the BJP government have turned out to be hollow.

“Prime Minister Modi had promised to deliver one crore jobs every year but the number of jobs have decreased in reality,” said Swaraj India national spokesperson Anupam.

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said that the violence against religious minorities, especially Muslims, is spreading openly.

“The country is unsafe because despite the claims of surgical strike, incidents of encroachment and terror attack from Pakistan have increased. Relations with neighbouring countries and even old friends are seeing a challenging phase and China’s movements have become more aggressive,” he said.

Senior party leader Prashant Bhushan meanwhile decried the rise of corruption, eroding authority of anti-corruption bodies, shielding of corrupt officers are being shielded, the “disaster” of demonetization, no change in the black money situation and putting of the Lokpal issue in cold storage.

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