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‘No land allotted by Goa government for Defence Expo’

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The Goa government has not allotted any land for holding Defence Expo 2016 in the state, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

“The Goa government was requested to make approximately 150 acres of land available for the purpose. However, it has not allotted any land formally for the purpose to the defence ministry,” Rao said in his response to a question from Congress MP from Goa Shantaram Naik, as to whether land had been formally allotted in the state for the expo.

Traditionally held alternately in the national capital and Bengaluru, the prestigious Defence Expo 2016 is being shifted to the Naqueri plateau in the picturesque coastal village of Betul in Goa as a new convention centre was being built at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

The Defence Expo 2016 is the ninth in the series of the biennial Land, Naval and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition organised by the defence ministry.

The choice of Goa as the new proposed location got a shot in the arm after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar was inducted into the Narendra Modi-led cabinet and made defence minister.

The move to shift the expo to Goa has, however, seen opposition from the Congress as well as a section of the civil society, which has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of converting the land meant for industrial purposes at Betul as a venue for the expo, which they claim “will not fetch lasting employment”.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar lashed out at the critics of the BJP-led NDA government’s decision to offer the six lakh square metre land, acquired for industrial development, for setting up infrastructure for the expo.

Parsekar also slammed the critics of the expo saying that the government has only allotted the land to the defence ministry on a temporary basis for one year.

“We are only giving it on a trial basis for one year for the expo. If it benefits Goa, we can think about having it again,” Parsekar said.

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Crucial CWC meet of Congress begins

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Ahead of the eleventh round of meetings between the farmers and the Centre, a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) began here on Friday to discuss the farmers’ agitation among other issues. Also likely to be discussed is the schedule of the election of a new party president.

Congress General Secretary and national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “CWC meeting begins. Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses the CWC.”

According to party sources, the virtual meeting being chaired by Sonia Gandhi will discuss Arnab Goswami’s alleged chat leak related to the national security, the Covid-19 situation apart from the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Sources also said that during the meeting, the schedule of election for the new party chief will also be discussed.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year, demanding that the three laws be repealed.

On Tuesday, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed the government over the three farm laws, saying they were introduced to destroy the Indian agricultural sector.

On Wednesday, the Congress fielded former Defence Minister A.K. Antony, former Home Minister Sushil Shinde, former Law Minister and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad to corner the government over the alleged chat leaks involving Goswami.

The Congress described the leak of secret information as treason and demanded an immediate enquiry into the matter.

(IANS)

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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