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President pays homage to K.R. Narayanan

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday paid homage to former President K.R. Narayanan on his 99th birth anniversary.

The President, officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan as well as the former President’s family members paid floral tributes before a portrait of Narayanan, a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.

Narayanan (1920-2005) joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1949, and had various postings around the world, including being Ambassador to Turkey and China. After retirement, he served as Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (1979-80), before being recalled to public life and made the Indian Ambassador to US (1980-84).

He joined politics in 1984 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kerala’s Ottapalam. Narayanan served a Minister of State in the Rajiv Gandhi government (1984-89) and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989 and 1992.

He became Vice President in 1992 under President Shankar Dayal Sharma, and became the first Dalit President of India in 1997

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Shankersinh Vaghela discharged after Covid treatment

Vaghela was found to be Coid positive ten days back. After three days of self quarantine at his residence ”Vasant Vagdo” in Gandhinagar, he had to be rushed to the hospital.

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Gandhinagar, July 6 : Former Nationalist Congress Party leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, who had tested positive for coronavirus last month, was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The 81-year-old leader, fondly known as Bapu by his supporters, was discharged on Monday from the Sterling hospital in Ahmedabad after treatment for corona infection.

“I have been confident of my immune system, but the last 3-4 months were very hectic and had lot of travelling. I used to meet so many people. Especially, I visited so many hospitals during two months, so it was obvious that at some point of time, I would contract the virus,” Vaghela told the media.

“When I was admitted, my condition was bad, but thanks to the medical staff here, I am completely alright now,” he.

Vaghela was found to be Coid positive ten days back. After three days of self quarantine at his residence ”Vasant Vagdo” in Gandhinagar, he had to be rushed to the hospital.

He had recently tendered his resignation from the post of national General Secretary of the NCP as well as from the primary membership of the party.

He then formed his own political front called ”Praja Shakti Morcho”.

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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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