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Modi government’s agenda now ‘only politics’, not economy: Mamata



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Aug 11 Stressing West Bengal’s growth rate – at 12.58 per cent – was the highest in India, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday criticised the Modi government for shifting its agenda from economy and development to “only politics”.

“It is for everyone to see and realise the true situation where our country stands now. The agenda of the government has changed from economy and development to politics, politics and only politics,” Banerjee wrote on her social media account.

She congratulated the people of the state for showing the highest growth rate.

“West Bengal achieves No 1 position in the country in growth rate.

“As per reports of Govt of India, growth rate of West Bengal for the financial year 2018-19 is 12.58 per cent, the highest in India,” she wrote.

According to her, the state’s achievement is in sharp contrast to the “state of deep recession and complete policy paralysis perpetrated by Central government leading to significant decline of overall growth rate of the country and highest unemployment in 45 years”.

“GDP growth of the country has fallen to 5.8 per cent in Q4 of 2018-19, the lowest growth rate in the last 5 years, between 2014-15 and 2018-19. Industrial Output Growth was 2 per cent in June 2019, which was 7 per cent in June 2018. Growth during April, May & June, 2019 was 3.6 per cent against 5.1 per cent in the previous year,” Banerjee wrote.

She further cited the slow-paced growth of Index of Industrial Production, capital goods sector, mining and so on.

Stressing on unemployment, she said: “As stated earlier, the unemployment rate is highest in 45 years, 6.1 per cent in 2018-2019.”

Banerjee also hit out at the Central government’s active role in pursuing disinvestment of government assets like the Ordnance Factory Board, BSNL, Air India and about 45 more public sector undertakings.

“Investment in new projects plunged to a 15 years low in the quarter ending in June 2019. New projects announced in June quarter 2019 is 81 per cent lower than what was announced in March quarter 2019 and 87 per cent lower than the same period a year ago.

“Implementation of investment projects worth Rs. 13 trillion has been stalled – the highest value since CMIE began compiling data in 1995.

“FDI has shown a negative growth rate of 1.09 per cent in 2018-19 as compared to 2017-18,” she added.


Govt must tell forward plan to the country: Congress

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.



Randeep Surjewala

New Delhi, May 31 : On the last day of the lockdown 4.0, the Congress has questioned the government on its strategy and plan to control the coronavirus infection, exit route out of the lockdown to revive the economy and a way forward.

Chief Spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said, “Today, we witnessed biggest ‘Single Day Spike’ in #COVID19 infection of 8,380. Total Infection at 1,82,490.”

He asked, “The fifth Lockdown begins tomorrow and Congress posed 4 questions to the government — What is the Govt strategy? Have the Lockdowns failed? Is there a blueprint to fight Corona? Any plan out of economic havoc?”

The party has been questioning the persistent lockdown without any exit plan which was implemented on March 25.

The Centre on Saturday took an exit step from the 68-day nationwide lockdown, declaring that the restrictions will be limited to only containment zones up to June 30 and that the prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner in areas outside these zones.

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 with the announcement of the restrictions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown was extended thrice earlier.

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Continue strict enforcement of measures in containment zones: Delhi LG




Delhi L-G Anil Baijal

New Delhi, May 31 : Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday directed the officials concerned to ensure continued strict enforcement of health and other measures in containment zones in the national capital as per central government guidelines.

In a series of tweets, he said that he had held a meeting on the ongoing coronavirus situation in Delhi with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials, including Municipal Commissioners, and reviewed steps taken to ramp up health infrastructure in Delhi keeping in mind various scenarios.

The total coronavirus cases in the city had crossed 18,000-mark on Saturday.

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Delhi Police ASI dies of COVID-19, second casualty in force

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”



Delhi Police Security Traffic

New Delhi, May 31 : A 54-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police has succumbed to COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.

The death of Shesh Mani Pandey, deployed as the fingerprint expert in the Crime Branch, marks the second casualty in the force due to the deadly infection.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia, the officer tested positive on May 26 at the Lady Hardinge hospital after he complained of fever and cough.

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

Pandey was an ex-Army personnel and joined Delhi Police on November 1, 2014. He belonged to Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, a constable posted at Bharat Nagar Police Station in northwest Delhi passed away due to the viral infection.

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