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Parliament: Stalemate in RS over BJP CMs in 2 states; LS discusses US hate attacks, JNU dalit suicide



New Delhi, March 15: The Rajya Sabha proceedings on Wednesday began with an uproar over the formation of government in Manipur and Goa by BJP, runner-up in both the asseblies.

The upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was adjourned for a brief after Congress Parliamentarians protested against the decisions ofGovernors to invite the BJP for government formation in the two states, despite Congress being the single-largest party as a result of assembly polls.

Yesterday former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as Goa Chief Minister while Biren today Biren Singh would be sworn in as Manipur CM.

After multiple disruptions, Rajaya Sabha was adjourned for the day.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed Lok Sabha on the issue of racially motivated hate attacks on Indian-origin people in the USA. 

Sushma informed the House that the FBI is probing the hate crime in the US. She said, on March 4, Deep Rai in Seattle was killed. We heard he was told to leave the country before being shot.

The US government has assured the safety of Indian-origin people. The US government has assured us that the attacks do not reflect the mindset of the American people.

Replying to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushma said, Indian government is not oblivion to the attacks on Indians abroad. I talked to families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai. We also raised these issues with highest authorities in US. American authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents, says Sushma.

Swaraj read out letter of wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Indian Ambassador to the US: All help extended to me in time is deeply appreciated.

Safety and security of Indians is our top most priority: Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

After her kidney surgery Sushama had attended the Parliament for the first time. Entire House, including leaders of opposition, welcomed the senior leader.

Later on, the issue of alleged suicide by a Dalit student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), J. Muthukrishnan, was raised in the Lok Sabha. The government assured the House of necessary action.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar condoled the death of Muthukrishnan, saying: The death has aggrieved all. A post-mortem examination is being conducted at the AIIMS. He added, After this, the cause of death will be known. The Delhi Police is investigating the matter and suitable action will be taken.

Soon after the House met for the day, the AIADMK members wanted to raise the issue, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it.

After the Question Hour, when Mahajan disallowed the notice of adjournment given by AIADMK member V. Elumalai, the AIADMK trooped near the Speaker’s podium.

The AIADMK members were seeking permission to raise the matter.

There are perceived discriminations of Dalit students and those from south India,” Elumalai said also raking up the other suicide cases and discrimination against Dalit students, including Rohit Vemula.

Congress member from Kerala K. Suresh also expressed shock and demanded a fair probe.

Earlier, the family members of J. Muthukrishnan, an M.Phil student of JNU, who was found hanging on Monday from the ceiling fan in his friend’s room, suspected foul play and demanded a probe.

Wefornews Bureau


PM lays foundation stone for new Mumbai airport, inaugurates port terminal



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Prime Minister Narendra Modi iN Navi Mumbai

Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and inaugurated the country’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore here.

He performed the ground-breaking ceremony and the inauguration electronically in the presence of Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Ramdas Athawale and state ministers.

The Navi Mumbai International Airport will be the second international aviation hub for the financial capital, presently served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport that has almost reached saturation point.

The new airport will be constructed by GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd (GVKPIL) as per a concession agreement signed on January 8, with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal authority of Maharashtra to oversee the project implementation.

The agreement has created a special purpose vehicle – Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd (NMIAL), in which the GVKPIL, through its subsidiary, Mumbai International Pvt Ltd, holds 74 percent equity, while the rest is held by CIDCO.

The initial concession period is 30 years, from the appointed date, which is extendable by another 10 years, for the project in which GVKPIL was declared the successful bidder in February 2017.

The NMIAL, a greenfield airport, will be constructed in the PPP mode on 1,160 hectares on the mainland in Navi Mumbai, across the Mumbai harbour, with the advantage of the upcoming Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, a Special Economic Zone and other major infrastructure developments coming up.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s Fourth Container Terminal (FCT)’s Phase I in this Maharashtra district has been completed in a record time at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore and is expected to boost container trade and logistics in a big way.

In October 2015, Modi had laid the foundation stone for this terminal which will double JNPT’s current container handling capacity.

The FCT will add capacity of 24 lakh containers per annum in the first phase and after completion of the second phase in 2022, the capacity will be quadrupled to a whopping 100 lakh containers per year.

Gadkari said the FCT was developed on Design, Build, Fund, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a concession period of 30 years with an estimated investment of Rs 7,915 crore for both the phases.

The terminal will be able to dock mother vessels, handle the biggest container ships from a quay length of one km, handle three container ships simultaneously with sufficient yard space, and cranes which can reach 22 rows wide or more.

The FCT will be linked to the dedicated road access and a rail freight corridor and will receive around 350 containers per rake besides provision for storing 1,600 refrigerated (reefer) containers for perishables, agriculture and horticulture produce.

The commencement of operations at FCT will offer immense opportunities for the EXIM community so that trade flourishes.

The rail facilities will be the largest in India with the only on-dock Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) compliant facility in the country, capable of handling 1.5-km long, 360 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) container trains on completion of the DFC, said Gadkari.


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Chhattisgarh: Two security personnel, a road construction manager killed in an encounter with Naxals



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encounter in sukma injured jawans (Photo-ANI)

2 security personnel lost their lives and 6 are injured in an encounter with Naxals in Sukma’s Bheji. The encounter has ended now.

In the encounter the security forces gunned down One Naxal in Sukma’s Errabor, the body of the Naxal has been recovered.

The Naxals also killed a Manager of a road construction company.


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Madhya Pradesh: Pathetic condition at Chandla medical centre, people are forced to use torch, candles



Patient at Chandla medical centre (Photo-ANI)

Patients at a medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur in Madhya Pradesh complained about the discrepancies in health services provided by the centre, say ‘doctors leave us unattended & staff demands for money.”

Staff member of the hospital says, ‘we use torch & candles as there is power crisis.’

A patient named Sangeeta at the medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur said, “I have been here since 2 at night but no one has come to see me or my child yet. When I asked them to discharge me, they asked for money in exchange.”

A relative of a patient named Ram Ratan also complained that the ambulance service is very poor as when they called for it the administration said that the driver doesn’t know the address.

“When he actually dropped us off at the hospital, he demanded Rs 200 from us,” he added.

The Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) of the hospital also accused the hospital of poor services and negligence in handling the patients she said,”Bhagwan bharose delivery hoti hai. We refer them to other hospitals in case they’re serious. If there’s electricity, it’s fine but we generally use torch & candles for treatment of patients. We complained to authority but never got a response.”

Whereas, Chief Medical & Health Officer Chattarpur denied all the allegations. He said there is proper electricity supply.

He also said,”If there’s a power shortage they have power backups. It’s completely false that there’s staff shortage or no power supply. We’ll take action against the ambulance driver.”

But the Chief Medical and health officer of the area seem to be unaware of the situation in the hospital as the MLA of Chandla, RD Prajapati said,”Maximum deaths due to malnutrition is in my constituency. There’s dearth of doctors. I appeal the administration to depute an adequate number of doctors or at least support. There is no electricity supply or generator in the area.”


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