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Police use batons, tear gas on BJP protestors in Kolkata

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Police made a baton charge, lobbed tear gas shells and used water canons to disperse hundreds of belligerent BJP youth wing leaders who tried to march to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters on Wednesday protesting against a host of issues including the civic body’s failure to control the Dengue menace in the city.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists flung water bottles, and threw stones at the police who had put up guard rails near Chandni Chawk in central Kolkata to prevent the agitators from reaching the KMC headquarters.

Led by BJP state President Dilip Ghosh, General Secretary Raju Bandopadhyay, BJYM Bengal unit President Debjit Sarkar and actress and BJYM leader Rimjhim Mitra, the protestors started off from Central Avenue, raising slogans against the civic authorities’ negligence in containing the spread of dengue in the city.

They carried posters and banners targeting state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and asking her to reply to the charge that the authorities were hiding facts about the vector-borne disease.

Ghosh, who participated in the march for some time at the beginning, accused the state government of issuing a firman to the doctors not to write dengue in the prescription.

“For the last three years, Dengue has emerged as a serious problem in Kolkata. When they couldn’t control the disease, they came out with a firman that doctors cannot write dengue in the prescription. The doctors were forced to write ‘unknown fever’ instead.

“The government tried to act too clever. It has only led to the spread of the disease. Even a KMC official has died from the disease. People are in panic,” he said.

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‘Gujarat hub of Chinese investment’: Congress hits out at PM Modi

Citing the overarching anti-Chinese goods sentiment in the country and how several traders’ bodies have boycotted selling Chinese products, Khera asked the centre to articulate its own policy on the matter.

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New Delhi, July 6 : The Congress on Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging his home state Gujarat has become the ‘epicentre’ of Chinese investment in India.

This remark comes amid the India-China border tensions that saw 20 Indian soldiers get martyred in the Ladakh region following which the Centre brought curbs on Chinese investments.

“On the one hand, our brave army is pushing the PLA back from the Ladakh border, and on the other hand, PSUs continue to give contracts to Chinese companies,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a late night press conference here.

Calling Gujarat the “hub of Chinese investment”, Khera claimed that the process of Chinese investment in Gujarat continues. He also referred to 3 major MoUs signed in the last five years involving Rs 43,000 crore.

“One Industrial Park, the other is the Smart City Project and the Textile Park… Rs. 43,000 crore of MOUs in the last five years is fine, but, in the last 20 days also, the process doesn’t see any question mark, any comma, any full stop from the government. The Prime Minister comes from Gujarat, therefore the question will obviously be asked to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Using strong phrases like “special fondness for China”, the Congress asked the Prime Minister whether the Gujarat government will “reconsider” its approach.

Khera also asked about an alleged agreement with the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and whether it will be revoked or not. “We also want to know whether all those companies that you have given special status will be shown the door or not. People want to know, has there been any change in your policies?” he asked.

Citing the overarching anti-Chinese goods sentiment in the country and how several traders’ bodies have boycotted selling Chinese products, Khera asked the centre to articulate its own policy on the matter.

The Congress’s counter-offensive comes days after the ruling BJP had launched a scathing attack on the party and its interim President Sonia Gandhi for allegedly receiving funds from the Chinese government for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, that she heads.

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Former Odisha Minister Bishnu Das passes away

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

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Bhubaneswar, July 6 : Former Odisha Minister and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bishnu Das passed away at a private hospital here on Monday. He was 66. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Das was elected to the State Legislative Assembly six times from Tirtol and Jagatsinghpur constituencies. He was the School and Mass Education Minister in 2006-07.

In the 2019 elections, he was elected to the Assembly from the Tirtol seat.

Das was elected as the Rajya Sabha member in 2016. He, however, resigned from the Rajya Sabha on March 2017 after being appointed as deputy chairman of the State Planning Board.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

“Deeply saddened to know about the demise of MLA from Tirtol & veteran BJD leader, Shri Bishnu Charan Das. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath grant peace to the departed soul. Heartfelt condolences to his family & friends,” tweeted Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik.

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Covid-19: Ex-state BJP Prez Suresh Amonkar dies; 8th death in Goa

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Panaji, July 6 : Former BJP state President and ex-Goa Health Minister Suresh Amonkar, who had tested positive for Covid-19 last week, died on Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.

Amonkar, 68, had been admitted to the state’s designated Covid hospital two weeks back. He is the eighth person to die in the state after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Deeply saddened by the passing away of Suresh Amonkar, former President of BJP Goa Pradesh and former cabinet minister of Goa. His contribution to the state of Goa is immense and will never be forgotten. I express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Sawant tweeted.

Last week, Sawant had said that Amonkar, who was suffering from a comorbid condition, had stabilised after his health parameters had slipped into a critical condition.

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