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Mahanadi water dispute a non-issue: Chhattisgarh CM

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Bhubaneswar, April 15: Hitting the Odisha government Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday said the Mahanadi water dispute was no issue, whereas the Odisha government was making an issue out of a non-issue.

“A non-issue has been made an issue that people of Odisha knew it very well. Even, attempts were made to make it an issue during Odisha panchayat elections,” Singh told the media.

Singh made the statement during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) two-day national executive meeting.

He claimed that he was always ready to discuss the issue with his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik.

“I am ready to talk on the issue with Naveen Patnaik to meet a conclusion”, he added.

He also said the executive meeting would take to the conclusion and take several decisions keeping Odisha’s interest in mind.

“After panchayat polls, the awareness was seen among the BJP workers and the performance shown, let the party come to power in the upcoming elections in Odisha”, Singh said.

However, another side Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rejected Singh’s statement saying the state government was making it an issue on political grounds.

He said Singh was not cooperative to resolve the issue at the meeting called by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti.

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New US Visa Rules, huge setback for India: Rahul

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New Delhi, April 26: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday termed the proposed US visa rules as a “huge setback” for India.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader said “some things a hug can buy”, but for visas “you’re on your own”.

Gandhi tweeted, “New US Visa Rules, a huge setback for India…as Foreign Policy by Modi, Foreword by Trump”

His remarks come amid Donald Trump’s government plan to propose to end giving work permits to the spouses of H1-B visa holders to work in America, a decision that could have a devastating impact on scores of Indians.

Besides this, global entrepreneurs will not be able to apply for parole to nurture their startups for a certain period.

According to the reports, both of these Obama-era policies will be revoked in a bid to clinch the objectives of ‘Buy American, Hire Amercian’.

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PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically motivated: Sibal

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New Delhi, April 26: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said the PILs filed in Judge Loya case were politically-motivated.

Addressing a press conference, the former Union Minister stated ” After the investigation of Judge Loya case, there were several PILs lodged. But by the recent SC judgement, PILs have been considered to be politically-motivated”.

Sibal claimed that a PIL was filed in Nagpur bench by Suraj Lolage, who is an RSS ideologue, on 27 November 2017. Lolage had contested for a BJP ticket in Municipal elections.

“After the press conference in AICC on 30 Jan 2018, a phone conversation between Suraj Lolage and Satish Uke’s brother revealed that Lolage’s petition intended to elevate Judge Loya case to the apex court, where independent probe was rejected”, he added.

The Congress leader further stated that “What does this show? Clearly, Bhaiyyaji Joshi and the RSS were very keen that this matter be heard in the Supreme Court as quickly as possible because they are the ones who initiated the PIL.

Sibal cited two possibilities either RSS’s Bhaiyyaji Joshi wanted that an enquiry into Judge Loya’s death be conducted or wanted an outcome which ensures that the matter is closed without an enquiry.

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Kamal Nath named MP Congress chief, Scindia as campaign chief

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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday appointed former Union minister Kamal Nath as President of its state unit in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

Party MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has been appointed Chairman of the Campaign Committee. Kamal Nath, a MP from Chhindwara, has replaced Arun Yadav as the state Congress chief.

Besides Kamal Nath, the party also appointed four Working Presidents – Bala Bachhan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jitu Patwari and Surender Choudhary.

The appointments were made by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, which the BJP has ruled for 15 years, will be held later this year.

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