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Subramanian Swamy to get government accommodation

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The Cabinet Committee on Accommodation chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday decided to allot a government bungalow to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for five years because he “faces a security threat”.

Swamy, a private citizen , already has a Z-category protectee with CRPF cover but there is no place at his present place of residence in Nizamuddin East for deployment of armed guards.

According to the Union urban development (UD) ministry’s allotment norms, which were amended earlier this year, the only ‘private persons’ entitled to government accommodation are those who face a security threat and are covered under the Special Protection Group (SPG).

The former Union Minister will have to pay five times the normal license fee.Swamy’s security is being reviewed from time to time by Security Categorisation Committee in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per security threat assessment carried out by central security agency, there is a felt need for proper government accommodation for Swamy for effective deployment of security and accordingly recommended government accommodation for him for five years, the sources said.

According to sources, CCA also decided to allot government accommodation to A Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharati for the period of his tenure.

Centre  also allowed former Punjab DGP K P S Gill and Chairman of Anti-Terrorism Front M S Bitta to retain their accommodations on the same grounds.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat has also been allowed to retain government accommodation in the national capital on medical grounds

Gill and Bitta were allowed to retain their present government accommodation for three more years – till May, 2018 based on security considerations at special license fee of five times the normal.

Uttarakhand CM Rawat has been permitted to retain government accommodation for one more year in New Delhi on medical grounds and keeping in view that state government guest house is being demolished.

CCA also decided to allot government accommodation for Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharati keeping in view that appointment of Chairman and Members of the Board is made by the President of India on the recommendation of Selection Committee headed by Vice-President of India and key functions required to be performed including supervision of functioning of AIR and DD.

 

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Priyanka Gandhi sends homemade food for protesting Congress MPs

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sent food cooked in her kitchen for Congress MPs protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his sister Priyanka at the protest site.

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Chennai: Most of the MPs and MLAs protesting at Jantar Mantar are from the Punjab unit of the Congress. When IANS spoke to Jasbir Singh Gill, Congress MP from Khadoor Sahib in Punjab, he said, “We met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday and had a long chat. It seems that she wanted to appreciate the work we have done and for this reason she sent the food,” he said.

Priyanka sent paneer, rajma, rice, roti and gajrela for the protesting lawmakers. Jasbir Singh Gill also told IANS that most of the time they get food from local gurudwaras and sometimes from people’s homes. Congress lawmakers have been protesting against the three contentious farm laws for the last 52 days. Gill also said they would continue with the sit-in protests till the farm laws are withdrawn.

The farmers’ protest in Delhi has led to a standstill at the Singhu border where thousands of farmers continue to stay put. This is despite the Supreme Court announcing a four-member committee. This was the second public event attended by the Milan-returned Rahul Gandhi who first went to Tamil Nadu to attend the ‘Jallikattu’ event.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes Jammu and Kashmir

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

At 10:01 pm, the earthquake struck at a latitude of 33.03 degrees north and a longitude of 75.93 degrees east — 93 kms east of Katra, they added.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kms, the officials said.

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Agriculture laws akin to ‘death warrant’, says farmer leader

“If you want your rights, then reach Delhi on 26 January, she said, adding that the “black laws enacted by the Centre were a “death warrant for farmers”.

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Shahjahanpur (UP), Jan 16 : Farmer leader Poonam Pandit here on Saturday described the agriculture laws enacted by the Centre as a death warrant and urged farmers to reach Delhi on January 26.

The farmer leader said this addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Banda area of Shahjahanpur, which according to police was held without permission and amid the imposition of prohibitory orders.

“If you want your rights, then reach Delhi on 26 January, she said, adding that the “black laws enacted by the Centre were a “death warrant for farmers”.

“The way in which farmers are being stopped, it appears that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also anti-farmer,” she said.

To stop the mahapanchayat, the administration had approach farmer leaders.

On Saturday, personnel from the Provincial Armed Constabulary were deployed at the site earmarked for the event.

After this, farmers started gathering in an empty field behind the site. Farmer leader Poonam Pandit arrived on a bike and addressed the panchayat for about 25 minutes.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Puvya Navneet Nayak told PTI over the phone that “prohibitory orders were in place in the district and farmer organisations had written on their letter heads that the mahapanchayat has been cancelled.”

“It is not proper to have a mahapanchayat and no permission for this was taken from the administration,” he added.

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