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Poor people should stay clean, it costs less: Parrikar

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Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar (File Photo)

Panaji, Feb 13: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that poor people should also stay clean and that it costs less to stay clean, pointing out to the lack of hygiene, especially by street vendors hawking outside the state’s biggest medical facility here.

“Let us be clean, neat. Poor persons should also stay clean. I think it doesn’t cost. In fact, it costs less… Simple things can be done. All those things will happen,” Parrikar said, while speaking at a Health Ministry function and exhorting people to ensure hygienic conditions.

The Chief Minister was particularly critical of lack of hygienic conditions outside the Goa Medical College and Hospital, located near Panaji and warned of action.

“The MLA and sarpanch (village head) is here… I do not want to block someone’s livelihood, but if you are poor and you start peddling on the roads, then it will not be tolerated. I will make appropriate place for it, if need be,” Parrikar said.

He also pointed out to an increasing trend of criticism in the state, adding that according to police intelligence reports as many as 25 press conferences were being held everyday.

“Some people have a habit of criticising. I am seeing it. I get the police report. There are 25 press conferences every day. Do you know that?” Parrikar said.

“One doesn’t know who is taking these press conferences and for what. Some are so tired of holding press conferences that they only issue press notes with photographs. Let us not go into those controversies,” the Chief Minister also said.

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Congress MPs, MLAs to donate month’s salary to flood-hit Kerala

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New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress on Saturday demanded that floods in Kerala should be declared a “national calamity.”

All elected representatives of the party would donate one month’s salary towards relief efforts in the state, it said.

The decision to donate salaries was taken at a meeting of Congress general secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi had earlier in the day urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as “a national disaster.”

Briefing reporters after meeting of Congress office-bearers, party communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government should come forward to help Kerala where over 180 people have died and property worth over Rs 3,000 crore has been damaged due to floods.

“It was decided that all Congress MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Congress MLAs across India and party MLCs will donate one month’s salary, which will be sent through the AICC for relief measures in Kerala,” Surjewala said.

He said it was also decided that all Congress governments will come forward to help the people of the state.

Surjewala said Punjab government has already donated Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Relief Fund and JD-S and Congress- government in Karnataka has also donated Rs 10 crore to the relief measures. The government in Puducherry has also donated Rs 1 crore.

He said special relief committees will be formed in adjoining states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu apart from Puducherry. Material collected by Congress workers will be sent to the people of Kerala.

Surjewala said the party also noted with concern the grave situation due to floods in Karnataka and some other parts of the country.

“Modiji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief. The Prime Minister must rise above party-politics and come forward to help Kerala, Karnataka and other flood-affected states. The Prime Minister should declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,” Surjewala said.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides in Kerala have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some hundreds of relief camps.

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Back series GDP calculation proved UPA years best: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Aug 18: Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to match up with the UPA’s GDP rate in its fifth year and said that back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014.

Quoting figures of the recently released Ministry of Statistics’ data, Chidambaram said: “Truth has triumphed. The back series calculation of GDP has proved that the best years of economic growth were the UPA years 2004-2014.”

“The average growth rate under four governments since 1999 were– NDA I – 5.68 per cent, UPA I – 8.36 per cent UPA II – 7.68 per cent and NDA II – 7.35 per cent (four years),” Chidambaram tweeted.

“I wish the Modi government well in its fifth year. It can never catch up with UPA I, but I wish it catches up with UPA II,” he added.

Chidambaram said that the UPA governments delivered the best ever decadal growth and lifted 140 million people out of poverty and thanked the people for the opportunity to serve them for 10 years.

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Stop ‘Bhashan’ Concentrate on ‘Shashan’ : Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, Aug 18: Senior Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday took to twitter over the current Indian Economy Growth.

Kapil Sibal took to Twitter to target PM Narendra Modi, saying “The truth can’t be suppressed for long. Modiji says nothing happened prior to 2014. Now we know India clocked the highest GDP growth ever between 2004 – 2014 : Average 8.4% and in 2005-06 10.2%. Stop ‘Bhashan’  Concentrate on ‘Shashan’ Modiji !

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