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Saradha to Narada, all planted political game,says Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the purported Narada sting operation and the Saradha chit fund scam were “planted political game” and the real culprits were yet to be arrested.

In her maiden Q&A session with social media users on Facebook, Banerjee was inundated with queries on the two major controversies.

“Saradha to Narada all are planted political game. The real culprits are not arrested. We will take action. Now the actual Bill is approved. The Saradha man was arrested in 2012 by our government though Saradha started in 2000 under Left Front government under full protection of Left Front and Central government,” she posted.

“Why people are in ministerial position after being implicated,” posed a netizen.

Banerjee blamed the Left Front as culprits in Saradha and dubbed Narada as an “election political vendetta”.

The Trinamool Congress supremo assured all action against those involved in the Saradha scam.”The Left Front people, who are culprits in Saradha, are not arrested. Even SEBI and other central agencies who are responsible did not take action. Narada is an election political vendetta. All action will be taken against the pillars of Saradha.”

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With Sanders out, US presidential race intensifies with Trump-Biden

Biden has suggested holding it virtually because of the socially distancing rules that may in force for months.

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New York, April 9 : Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the US presidential election has been set as a contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden after the socialist Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race for nomination.

By conceding to Biden on Wednesday, Sanders will allow him and the party to focus on Trump and get an early start for a campaign directly against Trump stretching for the next seven months instead of spending resources for several months on infighting by party candidates for the nomination.

“I congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward,” Sanders said in his live-streamed announcement.

Biden said he realised “how hard a decision this was for him to make,” adding, “Bernie has put his heart and soul into not only running for president, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life.”

“I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” Sanders said finally recognising the changed environment in a nation ravaged by COVID-19.

Sanders and Biden have not been able to hold rallies or even have house-to-house campaigns.

Trump, who has expressed preference for the self-described democratic socialist Sanders to be his rival, roiled the political waters claiming the nomination process was “rigged” against “Crazy Bernie.”

In an email to supporters soon after Sanders live-streamed his decision, Trump took a dig at his favourite targets: “It’s been obvious from day one that the Democrats, the Fake News Media, the Hollywood Elites, and the Deep State all want Sleepy Joe to be president no matter the cost.”

An aggregation of the national polls by RealClear Politics showed that Biden was leading Trump by 6.3 per cent, but there has been some concern in the Democratic Party with Trump’s approval rating for handling the coronavirus pandemic, although it has come down from a high of 50.6 last month to 46.8 on Wednesday.

Sanders has ended a five-year quest for the presidency, during which he put up credible challenges to Hillary Clinton and to Biden, and it may be the last for the 78-year-old who suffered a mild heart attack during the current campaign.

In the 2016 party election, there were accusations that the Democratic National Committee was biased against him and Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who criticised leadership, resigned as a party vice president to back Sanders.

Several Democratic leaders wanted Sanders to drop out so the party can present a united front against Trump

Although he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination, Sanders is officially an Independent member of the senate and not a party member. The rules allowed him to run in the party election for the presidential nomination.

Sanders announced that although he is suspending his campaign, he said would continue to stay on the party ballot so that he can have delegates at the party convention “to exert significant influence over the party platform.”

“While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” referring to his socialist cause like higher minimum wages, universal healthcare and free college education.

Acknowledging Sanders’s ideological appeal, Biden said, “Bernie has done something rare in politics. He hasn’t just run a political campaign; he’s created a movement.”

Biden, who advocates a centrist agenda, is against some Sanders’s proposals like nationalised health care.

Intra-party elections – either by secret ballot known as primaries, or open, in-person balloting known as caucuses – have been held in only 28 of the 50 states.

Of the remaining states, 15 have postponed the party elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic and 12 will have postal ballots.

The selection of the party candidate is by an indirect process with the primaries and caucuses electing delegates pledging to support one of the candidates to the party convention where the party nomination will be officially made.

With 3,979 elected delegates, a candidate will need 1,991 delegates to win the nomination and Biden leads the delegates count with 1,217 to Sanders’s 914.

Sanders has only won in eight states, while Biden, who had a slow start and was almost written after losing in the first three states, staged a powerful comeback, winning in 19 states.

Biden has an array of endorsements from Democratic leaders and he is leading by a large margin among African-Americans, an important segment of the party, to whom Sanders could not appeal.

While the race started last year with 20 credible candidates qualifying for the first party debate, they started dropping out seeing no prospects for themselves leaving only Biden and Sanders till today.

Among the candidates dropping out were Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican-African descent, and Gabbard, who is Hindu by faith.

Despite being out of the running, Sanders has a large, vociferous support base dominated by young people.

Reaching out to them, Biden said he realised “how hard it is for the millions of his supporters — especially younger voters — who have been inspired and energised and brought into politics by the progressive agenda he has championed.”

Originally scheduled for July and postponed to August because of the pandemic, the party convention to officially make the nomination was in question because of the pandemic.

Biden has suggested holding it virtually because of the socially distancing rules that may in force for months.

“We’re going to have to do a convention, may have to do a virtual convention,” he told a television interviewer on Sunday.

Sanders dropping out of the race would make this easier removing one of the possible challenges.

(Arul Louis can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @arulouis)

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Sanders drops out of Democrats’ presidential nomination race

Sanders dropping out of the race would make this easier removing one of the possible challenges.

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New York, April 8 : The socialist contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, has dropped out of the race paving the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to become the party’s unchallenged candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.

By conceding to Biden on Tuesday, Sanders will allow him and the party to focus on Trump instead of spending resources on infighting by party candidates.

“I congratulate Joe Biden, a very decent man, who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward,” Sanders said in his live-streamed announcement.

Biden said he realised “how hard a decision this was for him to make, adding: “Bernie has put his heart and soul into not only running for president, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life.”

“I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” Sanders said finally recognising the changed the environment in a nation ravaged by Covid-19.

Sanders and Biden have not been able to hold rallies or even have house-to-house campaigns.

The party convention scheduled for July to officially make the nomination was was in question because of the pandemic.

Biden has suggested holding it virtually because of the socially distancing rules that may in force for months.

“We’re going to have to do a convention, may have to do a virtual convention,” he told a television interviewer on Sunday.

Sanders dropping out of the race would make this easier removing one of the possible challenges.

Although he was seeking the Democratic Party nomination, Sanders was officially an Independent member of the Senate and not a party member. The rules allowed him to run in the party election for the presidential nomination.

Intra-party elections – either by secret ballot known as primaries, or open, in-person balloting known as caucuses – have been held in only 28 of the 50 states.

Of the remaining states, 15 have postponed the party elections because of the Covid-19 pandemic and 12 will have postal ballots.

Although Sanders announced that although he is suspending his campaign, he said would continue to stay on the party ballot so that he can have delegates at the party convention “to exert significant influence over the party platform”.

“While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” Sanders said, referring to his socialist cause like higher minimum wages, universal healthcare and free college education.

Acknowledging Sanders’s ideological appeal, Biden said: “Bernie has done something rare in politics. He hasn’t just run a political campaign; he’s created a movement.”

Biden, who advocates a centrist agenda, is against some Sanders’s proposals like nationalised health care.

The selection of the party candidate is by an indirect process with the primaries and caucuses electing delegates pledging to support one of the candidates to the party convention where the party nomination will be officially made.

With 3,979 elected delegates, a candidate will need 1,991 delegates to win the nomination and Biden leads the delegates count with 1,217 to Sanders’s 914.

Sanders has only won in eight states, while Biden, who had a slow start and was almost written after losing in the first three states, staged a powerful comeback, winning in 19 states.

Biden has an array of endorsement from Democratic leaders, and he is leading with a large margin among African-Americans, an important segment of the party, to whom Sanders could not appeal.

While the race started last year with 20 credible candidates qualifying for the first party debate, candidates started dropping out seeing no prospects for themselves leaving only Biden and Sanders till today.

Among the candidates dropping out were Senator Kamala Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican-African descent, and Tulsi Gabbard, who is Hindu by faith.

Despite being out of the running at the request of several Democratic leaders who want to present a united front against Trump, Sanders has a large, vociferous support base dominated by young people.

Reaching out to them, Biden said he realised “how hard it is for the millions of his supporters – especially younger voters – who have been inspired and energised and brought into politics by the progressive agenda he has championed.”

(Arul Louis can be contacted at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @arulouis)

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All you need to know about the shutdown in Delhi

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New Delhi, March 25 : The Delhi government’s Health Department has issued a detailed standard operating procedure in the wake of the statewide lockdown, followed by nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Government employees engaged in providing essential services or activities will be allowed “unhindered movement in and out of Delhi”, on production of their official Identity Card, said the order.

“Those employees of Government/Autonomous Bodies/PSUs of GNCTD, who are requisitioned for providing essential services shall be allowed unhindered movement in and out of Delhi on production of a pass to be issued by the offices of the DMs concerned/ Divisional Commissioner/HoDs or any gazetted officer authorized by the HoDs in the prescribed format as per Annexure -II,” it read.

Outsourced and contractual employees engaged by Government Departments will be allowed to move in providing essential services on production of a pass to be issued, by the offices of District Magistrates, Divisional Commissioner or their department head.

Meanwhile, all the health care personnel who are private employees (private doctors/para-medical staff/lab technicians etc.) will also be allowed free movement on production of their employer ID cards. Self-employed doctors/healthcare personnel will be allowed movement in and out of Delhi on production of official I-Card issued by their regulatory body or a related government organisation.

But what about the private sector employees involved in providing essential services?

“Private personnel who are engaged in providing essential services shall be allowed to move in and out of Delhi on production of a pass to be issued, by the offices of District Magistrates concerned /Divisional Commissioner/ District Deputy Commissioners of Police concerned/ HoDs concerned or any Gazetted Officer(s) authorised by HoDs, in the prescribed format as per Annexure-II,” reads the government order.

Private vehicles for the persons involved in all above mentioned categories have to obtain passes issued by the District Magistrates or Divisional Commissioner or their HoDs.

But does that men general public of Delhi can’t move at all? They are advised not to move out of their homes unless absolutely essential and use of vehicles should be curtailed to bare minimum, insists the government. However, movement out of homes should only be made for procurement of essential services or commodities or medical emergency only.

Meanwhile, what should bring some cheer, those Delhi residents stranded outside Delhi for some reason, will be allowed to enter Delhi on production of any valid ID or residence proof showing their residential address in Delhi.

Those coming from outside can apply for an e-pass through WhatsApp to authorized mobile numbers or email ID ddma,[email protected] giving their particulars along with relevant documents. “Such an e-pass shall also be received on the same WhatsApp number or email of the applicant,” says the Delhi government order.

Meanwhile, a 24/7 Control Room has been set up at the Office of Divisional Commissioner in Delhi and also at all the offices of District Magistrates of Delhi. An ACP rank officer will be available at all Control Rooms at all times to ensure proper liaison with the offices of District Magistrates on real time basis.

Lastly, the order says, “An officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector of Police and a revenue official of appropriate seniority shall be available round the clock at the inter-state border check posts at all entry points of Delhi, who will facilitate the seamless movement of vehicles engaged in transportation of essential goods/services/commodities as well as personnel engaged in providing essential services.”

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