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‘Pranab’s demise passing of an era’: Prez Kovind leads nation in mourning



Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi, Aug 31 : Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s death on Monday plunged his friends and opponents across party lines into mourning.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday expressed grief over the death of former President Mukherjee, saying his death is the “passing of an era”.

“Sad to hear that former President Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is the passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends and all citizens,” President Kovind said in a series of tweets.

Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Kovind said Bharat Ratna Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his five-decade-long illustrious public life, the President said that Mukherjee remained grounded irrespective of the exalted offices he held.

“He endeared himself to people across the political spectrum.”

“As the First Citizen, he (Pranab Mukherjee) continued to connect with everyone, bringing Rashtrapati Bhavan closer to the people. He opened its gates to the common man. His decision to discontinue the use of the honorific ‘His Excellency’ was historic.

“Calling Mukherjee a ‘statesman’ and an ‘illustrious son of India’, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said he rose from humble beginnings to occupy the country’s highest constitutional position through hard work, discipline and dedication.

“Learnt with profound grief the passing away of former President Pranab Mukherjee. He brought dignity and decorum to every post held by him during his long and distinguished public service,” Naidu said.

Known for his administrative acumen and deep understanding of India’s parliamentary system, Naidu said Mukherjee held several important positions including Finance Minister, Defence Minister, External Affairs Minister and Deputy Chairman and Planning Commission. As President, Naidu said Mukherjee encouraged people to participate in innovative programmes at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

“He was an encyclopaedia on parliamentary processes, contemporary, political and other matters and was known for his scholarly knowledge. He was an excellent parliamentarian and known for his oratorical skills.

“His phenomenal memory and quick grasp of the issues are legendary. He took an abiding interest in deepening democracy and strengthening various institutions. He was one of the great consensus figures and used to reach out to everybody across the political spectrum,” Naidu said.

In his death, the Vice President said India has lost one of the outstanding leaders. “I convey my deepest condolences to bereaved family members and pray to God to give them strength and fortitude to bear this huge loss.

Mukherjee, elder statesman and one of the country’s most respected politicians, died at 84. The former President of India, who tested positive for coronavirus, had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.

Condoling the death of Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is grieving at his demise, adding that he left an “indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation”.

Calling Mukherjee a scholar par excellence, the Prime Minister said he was admired across the political spectrum.

“India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation. A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“During his political career that spanned decades, Pranab Mukherjee made long-lasting contributions in key economic and strategic ministries. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, always well-prepared, extremely articulate as well as witty,” Modi said.

Union Home Minister and former BJP President Amit Shah as well as BJP’s present chief J.P. Nadda also condoled the death of Mukherjee.

Shah said he is “deeply anguished” on the passing away of Mukherjee.

Saying that Mukherjee served the nation with “utmost devotion”, Shah tweeted, “Pranab Da’s life will always be cherished for his impeccable service and indelible contribution to our motherland. His demise has left a huge void in Indian polity. My sincerest condolences are with his family and followers on this irreparable loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

Nadda remarked, “Saddened by the demise of former President and statesman Shri Pranab Mukherjee. He has served the country in many roles with diligence and determination. He is widely admired across the parties for his intellect and perseverance.”

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Mukherjee’s former party colleagues also paid rich tributes to the late leader.

“With great sadness, the nation receives the news of the unfortunate demise of our former President Pranab Mukherjee. I join the country in paying homage to him. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

The Congress, too, condoled the death of the former President. The party, on its official Twitter handle, said: “We are deeply pained by the passing of Pranab Mukherjee. Former President of India and one of the tallest leaders of the Congress party, Pranab Mukherjee will always be remembered for his integrity and compassion. Our prayers are with his family, followers and the nation.”

Congress national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, condoling the death of the veteran Congress leader, said “an era has come to an end”.

“An era has come to an end. Your thoughts, memories and sense of commitment to the party, the people and the nation lives on… Rest in Peace Pranab Da,” Surjewala tweeted.

“Deeply saddened at the demise of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The nation has lost a great leader, thinker and statesman. His entire life was dedicated to the service of the nation. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and supporters. May his soul rest in peace,” another veteran Congress leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted.

The former President’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee said that her father led a full and meaningful life in service of the nation and people.

In a tweet, an emotional Sharmistha said, “I bow to all. Baba, taking the liberty to quote from your favourite poet to say your final goodbye to all. You have led a full, meaningful life in service of the nation, in service of our people. I feel blessed to have been born as your daughter.”

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday expressed his “profound sorrow” at the passing away of former President and his former ministerial colleague Pranab Mukherjee.

“In his death, our country has lost one of its greatest leaders of independent India. He and I worked very closely in the Government of India and I depended on him a great deal for his wisdom, vast knowledge and experience of public affairs,” Manmohan Singh said in his message.

Interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also condoled the death of the former President and veteran Congress leader.

In a message to the late leader’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee, Sonia Gandhi said, “Pranab da had been such an integral and prominent part of national life, the Congress party and the central government for over five decades, it is hard to imagine how we can do without his wisdom, experience, sage advice and deep understanding of so many subjects.”

“He brought distinction to every post he held, he established a genuine rapport with colleagues across the political spectrum, and he served the country with the utmost dedication. His life over the past 50 years mirrored 50 years of the history of India, for he played a crucial role both in shaping the course of events as well as actively participating in them, whether as a Cabinet minister, parliamentarian or President of India,” Sonia said.

She said, “I personally have so many warm memories of working with him, and I learnt so much from him. The Congress party deeply mourns his loss and will always honour his memory.”

Expressing grief at the passing away of Mukherjee, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said national interest was supreme for “Pranab da” who served it with dedication and distinction.

Birla said he was deeply saddened by the passing away of Mukherjee and that his demise is an irreparable loss for the nation. In more than five decades in public life, Birla recalled that Mukherjee served the nation with exemplary dedication.

“His experience in parliamentary and administrative matters was unmatched, a quality which manifested itself in his extraordinary work ethic.

“Pranab Mukherjee never let politics overshadow his personal relations,” said the Lok Sabha Speaker, adding it was an attribute that allowed him to easily build consensus on some of the most important and complex political matters.

“His expert leadership on many important policies continues to guide our way and illuminate our paths. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to the bereaved family.”

“India lost one of its great sons”, is how Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar remembered Mukherjee.

“He was not only intellectual; but at work a decision maker, a strategist and also he was one of the backbones in Parliament,” Javadekar remarked.

The Union Minister said Mukherjee has left a mark in governance. “As the President of India, he has performed with clear understanding and with dignity,” Javadekar added.

He recounted, “As a President, he delivered many convocation addresses in many universities, throughout the country. I asked his permission to publish them as a book and he was kind enough to give that permission. When we published that book on his university addresses, he was very happy.”

Mukherjee breathed his last on Monday evening, at the age of 84, marking the end of an era. He was not only detected with Covid-19 but was on a ventilator following a brain surgery to remove a blood clot.

The former President was admitted to Army’s R&R Hospital in Delhi Cantt on August 10 in what the hospital described as “critical condition”.

In the last available statement by the hospital, it said, “There is a decline in the medical condition of Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday.”

He is survived by his two sons, Abhijit and Indrajit Mukherjee, and daughter Sharmishta.

In the morning, the Army hospital had reported a decline in his condition. He had gone into septic shock due to his lung infection.

Mukherjee, who was President of India from 2012 to 2017, was hospitalized on August 10 in a critical condition.


IndiGo bars nine journalist for 15 days for ‘unruly behaviour’

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.




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New Delhi, Oct 25 : IndiGo has banned nine journalists for 15 days for alleged unruly behaviour on a flight with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut onboard.

The development comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the airline to take action against the passengers responsible for unruly behaviour and protocol violations on the flight.

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

The ban is underway and would end on October 30.

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus



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Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, he announced in a Twitter post.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic.Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” Governor Das wrote.

Governor Das is one of the many high-profile individuals who have been infected by Covid-19 in recent months in India as the pandemic raged. However, the rate of growth of positive cases has come down off-late.

India now has recorded a total of 77,61,312 COVID-19 cases, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll from COVID-19 has now touched 1,17,306.

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Paddy procurement gained 23% increase over last year’s purchase

Seed cotton (Kapas) procurement operations under MSP are going on smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.




Farmers Rabi Crops

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Paddy procurement for Kharif crops this year so far has gained “good momentum” in nine procuring states and Union Territories (UTs), said an Agriculture Ministry data.

As per the data, over 144.59 LMTs of paddy was purchased till October 24 this year against last year’s corresponding purchase of 117.55 LMT — an increase of 23 per cent.

Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Kerala are among the procuring states. Out of the total purchase of 144.59 LMTs, Punjab alone has contributed 95.20 LMT which is 65.84 per cent of total procurement.

About 12.41 lakh farmers have already been benefited from the ongoing Kharif crops procurement operations with Minimum Support Price (MSP) value of Rs 27,298.77 crore at MSP of Rs 18,880 per metric ton.

Further, based on the proposal from the states, approval was accorded for procurement of 45.10 LMT of Pulse and Oilseeds of Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme (PSS).

Sanction for procurement of 1.23 LMT of Copra (the perennial crop) for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also given.

For other states and UTs, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposals for procurement of pulses, oilseeds and Copra under PSS so that procurement of FAQ grade of these crops can be made at notified MSP for the year 2020-21 directly from the registered farmers, if the market rate goes below MSP during the notified harvesting period in the respective states and UTs by the Central nodal agencies through state nominated procuring agencies.

Till October 24, the Central government through its nodal agencies has procured 894.54 metric ton of Moong and Urad having MSP value of Rs 6.43 crore benefitting 871 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana.

Similarly, 5,089 metric ton of copra (the perennial crop) having MSP value of Rs 52.40 crore has been procured benefitting 3,961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In respect of Copra and Urad, rates are ruling above MSP in most of the major producing States.

The respective state and UTs governments are making necessary arrangements for commencement of procurement from the date as decided by the respective states based on the arrivals in respect of Kharif pulses and oilseeds.

Seed cotton (Kapas) procurement operations under MSP are going on smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

“Till October 24 this year, a quantity of 3,53,252 cotton bales valuing Rs 1,04,790.17 lakh has been procured benefitting 68,419 farmers,” the ministry said.

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