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Chandigarh: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal meets Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

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New Delhi, Nov 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reached Haryana on Wednesday to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and discuss the issue of stubble burning and air pollution.

Kejriwal in a tweet said he along with Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, Environment Department Secretary Keshav Chandra was on their way to the neighbouring state “to discuss issues related to pollution” with Kattar and his team.

The Delhi Chief Minister had earlier blamed stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the thick smog that has descended over Delhi.

He had also written to the Chief Ministers of both states and requested for a joint meeting to “find solution” to the problem that has led to widespread health concerns in the National Capital Region.

On Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rejected Kejriwal’s request to meet and instead asked him to refrain from “trying to politicise a serious issue”.

Singh said that air pollution in NCR was not an inter-state matter and needed the Centre’s intervention.

Air quality in the National Capital Region saw a marginal improvement from “severe plus” to “severe” on Tuesday.

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Financial experts of Modi government are completely fed up: Congress

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New Delhi, June 20: Reacting to  Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian’s decision to quit his post, the Congress took a swipe at the Centre, saying financial experts of the government were completely fed up by its “colossal economic mismanagement”.

“Financial experts of Modi government are completely fed up by its colossal economic mismanagement, tepid economic reforms and financial anarchy. CEA Arvind Subramanian’s resignation, after the stepping down of Niti Aayog’s Arvind Panagriya and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, comes as no suprise,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.

Earlier in a day, Union Minister Arun Jaitley took Facebook to inform that Subramanian’s term would not be extended as he wants to go back to the US due to family commitments. Subramanian had joined as the CEA on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years.

Subramanian, a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, was appointed as India’s Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) in October 2014.

His term was for three years, which was to end on October 16, 2017. He had got an extension of one year in September last year.

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Modi government cheated farmers on MSP to gain votes: Congress

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New Delhi, June 20: The Congress on Wednesday hit out at the Modi government over a range of farmer-related issues including “defrauding” peasants by giving them a false promise of paying 50 per cent extra for their crop above the minimum mandated by the centre. 

Targeting government, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet, that it “sowed lies” which it “nurtured with rhetoric” only to “reap votes”.

Surjewala’s tweets were posted as an attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the day he interacted with farmers.

Modi interacted with select farmers across the country through “Narendra Modi App” during which he asked them about their success stories of increase in production and income.

The Congress accused the Centre of reducing expenditure on agriculture and allowing private firms to increase their profits through income from insurance premium and import from foreign countries.

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Swami Akhileshwaranand appeals for state cow ministry

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Bhopal, June 20: Following his elevation to the rank of a cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government, Swami Akhileshwaranand on Wednesday requested Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to constitute a cow ministry in the state.

Akhileshwaranand was of the opinion that if there could be a cow secretariat in Rajasthan, a ministry for happiness in Madhya Pradesh, then a cow ministry should be formed in the state for the welfare of the state.

The newly appointed minister stated that the formation of the ministry will attract even more budget into the state and that he wanted the cow to be removed from the category of animal.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Akhileshwaranand said that he had previously spoken to Chief Minister Chouhan on this regard.

“He (the chief minister) told me that he will restore all the cow-houses, and there will be no shortage of funds, there just needs to be the willpower and commitment towards the cause. Now I am even more hopeful as he was made the chairman of National Agriculture and MGNREGA committee,” the minister said.

“The state gets 15000 Cr under the scheme. I asked them how much they spend, they told me they could hardly spend half of it. So I asked them why was there this lapse, you are a part of the Cow Protection Board, provide me with a budget of 1000 Cr, I have a strong willpower for my cause, they told me I was not making any unconstitutional demand, they will back me,” he added.

Last week, the MP government had elevated Akhileshwaranand, formerly the state’s Cow Protection Board chairperson, to the rank of a Cabinet minister.

Earlier he was granted Minister of State (MoS) rank.

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