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PM Modi shifting goalposts on demonitisation, says Congress on 4th Anniversery

“While demonetisation did bring down cash use, it was only temporary. The total currency in circulation has surpassed pre-demonetisation levels (over Rs 22 trillion compared to Rs 17.7 trillion),” Maken said.

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended demonetisation he announced four years ago to this day, the Congress on Sunday accused him of “changing the goalposts” on the issue and posed questions whether it had helped achieve what all benefits it had envisioned.

“The Prime Minister shifts the goalpost each time he speaks on demonitisation,” Congress leader Ajay Maken said at a press conference here.

He said in his November 8 address that lasted 25 minutes four years ago, Modi mentioned black money 18 times and fake or counterfeit currency 5 times. “There was no mention of digital/cashless economy.”

The Congress leader alleged that then Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said in the Supreme Court in November 2016 that out of Rs 15-16 lakh crores estimated to be in circulation, the government expected people to deposit Rs 10-11 lakh crore in banks. “The rest, Rs 4-5 lakh crore, were being used in the north-east and Jammu and Kashmir to fuel trouble in India. That will be neutralised.”

“Has demonetisation helped in reducing black money and corruption? Why have incidents of fake and counterfeit currency increased after demonetisation? Why cash transactions increased after demonetisation? Moreover, is cashless economy even desirable? How has Maoism, terrorism and separatism impacted by demonetisation? Have saving deposits in banks increased after demonetisation? How has real estate fared after demonetisation?How demonetisation caused unemployment?” Maken asked.

The Congress said that 99.3 per cent of the currency in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination that was in circulation had came back to the system.

“As far as the corruption is concerned, we have seen a surge in the use of immense money power in poaching of MLAs and destabilising non-BJP state governments,” the Congress leader remarked.

“While demonetisation did bring down cash use, it was only temporary. The total currency in circulation has surpassed pre-demonetisation levels (over Rs 22 trillion compared to Rs 17.7 trillion),” Maken said.

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Swara Bhasker reacts to question on whether right-wingers are ‘allowed’ to have a crush on her

On being asked about the possibility of entering politics, Swara said, “I am still considering my Bollywood career! (laughs) so I would like to spend many years here before I do anything else in life.”

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Swara Bhasker, a self-proclaimed right-wing baiter with strong political opinions, reacted to a man asking if right-wingers were allowed to have a crush on her. “Kya RW hokar bhi @ReallySwara par crush allowed h (Are you allowed to be a right-winger and still have a crush on Swara Bhasker)?” a Twitter user asked.

Retweeting the tweet, Swara wrote, “Question of the day!!,” followed by a number of laughing, thinking face and heart-eyes emojis.

Swara has campaigned for political candidates belonging to different parties, including Kanhaiya Kumar of the Communist Party of India, Digvijaya Singh of the Congress and Atishi Marlena of the Aam Aadmi Party. She has also been a part of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and even joined protesting farmers at the Singhu border last month.

In an interview with Hindustan Times in 2018, Swara said, “[The majority of] things that I have commented on, I have not said [or commented on them] unthinkingly. I think that I normally say something when I believe in it, and that’s why I don’t take my statements back. I will always stand by what I say, because it’s not coming from a place of ill intention or impulsiveness. It comes from a belief in something [ideologies, principles, etc.].”

On being asked about the possibility of entering politics, Swara said, “I am still considering my Bollywood career! (laughs) so I would like to spend many years here before I do anything else in life.”

Last year, Swara appeared in a number of digital projects. She started with the Amazon Prime Video series Rasbhari, followed by Flesh on Eros Now. Most recently, she was seen in the Netflix show Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, in which she plays a woman who gives up a cushy life to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

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Anna Hazare to stage fast in Delhi for farmers; first meeting of SC-appointed panel on laws likely on Jan 19

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat.

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With protests against three agri-marketing legislations completing 50 days, Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday wrote a letter to to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his decision to launch a hunger strike for protesting farmers in the national capital by the end of January. In his letter, 83-year-old Hazare, who was the face of the India Against Corruption movement in 2011, said that he has written to the concerned authorities for permission to the Ramlila Maidan on four occasion, though received no response in the matter.

“On the issue of the farmers, I have corresponded (with the Central government) five times, however, no response has come,” Hazare wrote in his letter. “As a result, I have decided to go on a hunger strike of my life.”

Hazare’s letter to the Prime Minister has come a day before farmers are scheduled to hold the ninth round of talks with the Central government in a bid to end the deadlock. The two sides have failed to reach consensus on two of the main demands of the protesters: Government’s guarantee to the MSP and the repeal of the three agri laws.

Late last month, Hazare had written a letter to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, threatening of the hunger strike if his demands, including the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations on agriculture, were not fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the Supre Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to be held on January 19, according to one of the members Anil Ghanwat. The committee had been appointed on January 11 after the government and agitators failed to reach on consensus on two main issues.

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Who is Jasleen Bhalla? Voice behind corona vaccine caller tune; check details

Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo

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Amitabh Bachchan who has given his voice for coronavirus caller tune in India is now getting replaced by Jasleen Bhalla, who has even lent her voice for Delhi metro, Spice Jet, Indigo and used to be a sports generalist at the channel before she became a full-time voice-over artist and has been an artist for over 10 years now.

Amitabh Bachchan’s caller tune has been in place for about 4-5 months and now it will be Jasleen Bhalla, who would be updating people with vaccine information which will be available from today onwards.

On lending her voice for caller tune, Jasleen Bhalla said that one day she had recorded this message, but didn’t know that it is being recorded for this purpose. And one day out of nowhere when my relatives and friends called they told me that my voice is being heard all over the nation and I couldn’t believe it.

The new caller tune will be active from Friday, January 15, 2021, and will be heard by people all across the nation who would be calling each other and have to hear the message about the covid-19 vaccination and it uses. As per Jasleen, it is a dream come true as everyone will hear her voice now.

Prior o this, a PIL was filed by an advocate over Amitabh Bachchan’s voice as teh caller tune, as he said that the caller tune should be removed as Government is paying Amitabh Bachchan’s crores of rupees for lending his voice, so a better person, a covid-19 warrior should rather be the voice behind giving the message.

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