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Kolkata flyover tragedy: BJP seeks CBI probe

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Calling the Kolkata flyover tragedy an “act of fraud protected by the West Bengal government”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday sought a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Addressing mediapersons here, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of neither informing nor seeking assistance from the central government.

The charge was rubbished by the ruling Trinamool Congress.

“The project was initiated during Left regime. So the scam that started under the Left was continued by the Trinamool. The corruption nexus of the Left Front and the Trinamool has been exposed,” Naqvi said.

“It’s a clear case of corruption. A blacklisted company was given the contract, and it kept enjoying protection first from the Left and then from the TMC.”

He said the state government tried to protect the fraud involved in awarding the contract for building the Vivekananda Road Flyover in Posta area that collapsed on Thursday, leaving 24 people dead.

“The company says the tragedy is act of god. Actually it is act of fraud, fraud protected by the TMC government.

“The project reeks of massive corruption… We demand a CBI probe,” said Naqvi.

The flyover’s foundation was laid in 2008 and work began in February 2009 when the Left Front was in power in the state. It was to be completed by 2010 but continued to be incomplete until it collapsed on Thursday.

The BJP leader accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of dealing with the tragedy in “non-serious way”.

“There was a causal approach, rather criminal negligence, on the part of the state government. The government neither bothered to inform the centre nor sought any help. But the centre on its own, without losing any time, sent rescue teams.

“The way Mamata Banerjee sat on a ‘dharna’ at the site instead of allowing relief and rescue work is very unfortunate. How can she treat a massive human tragedy in such a non-serious way?” asked Naqvi.

Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said: “The BJP minister’s statement reeks of cheap politics in election season. The army came at the state’s request. The army belongs to the nation, not the BJP.”

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 4%: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

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Repo rate remains unchanged at 4%, and Reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.3%, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

Accommodative stance of the monetary policy will continue as long as necessary to revive growth and mitigate the impact of COVID19 pandemic, while ensuring that inflation remains within target going forward.

RBI is perhaps the only central bank in the world which has set up a special quarantine facility for continuity of critical operations.

Taking into consideration all factors, the GDP growth in the first half of the year is estimated to remain in the contraction zone. For the year 2020-21 as a whole, real GDP growth is also estimated to be negative: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das

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Fire Breaks Out At Covid Hospital In Ahmedabad, 8 Patients Dead

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad.

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A blaze in the wee hours at a private hospital in Ahmedabad has left eight COVID-19 patients dead, a fire brigade official said on Thursday.

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad, the official said.

Fire broke out around 3.30 am on Thursday, he said.

Around 40 other COVID-19 patients at the facility were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital in the city, he said.

“Eight coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital have died due to the fire, which has been doused,” said an official of the Ahmedabad Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is not known yet, he said.

With 1,073 new coronavirus positive cases, Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally reached 66,777 on Wednesday. The number of deceased has gone up to 2,557, an official said.

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BJP Sarpanch shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir

A BJP Sarpanch was shot dead by terrorists at Vessu in south Kashmir’s Qazigund on Thursday.

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Srinagar: The Sarpanch identified as Sajad Ahmed Khandey was shot from a close range by terrorists injuring him critically. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There has been a series of terror attacks on political workers and panchayat members in Kashmir.

Last month Waaeem Bari, BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for north Kashmir’s Bandipore district was killed by terrorists.

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