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Sushma in Lok Sabha: Govt in talks with US authorities to ensure safety of diaspora

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New Delhi, March 15: Addressing Lok Sabha over incidents of hate attacks against Indians in the US, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Indian government is not oblivious of the gravity of the matter and has raised issues with the highest authorities in America to ensure safety of diaspora.

Last week in Lok Sabha, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said the attacks on Indians have started happening after Donald Trump took over as the President of the Unites States. He had said: Indians in the US are being killed, threatened, asked to leave the country while our government remains silent.

Questioning PM Modi’s silence over the matter, the opposition had questioned what steps Indian government is taking to ensure safety of Indians abroad.  To this, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, government is serious over the matter and would present the report next week.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha over the matter, the EAM minister assured the house that the government was giving highest priority to the safety of Indian diaspora.

“I want to reassure that safety of our diaspora is our foremost priority. We are constantly talking to the US officials. Embassies are constantly in touch with the diaspora,” Sushma Swaraj said.

She further told the house that recently attacked Indian origin Deep Rai, who was an American citizen, is out of danger now.

She further said the probe is on in the US to ascertain if the incidents involving Patel and Rai were also related to hate crimes. “Government in all three cases contacted them to provide immediate help,” the minister said.

She also said that these incidents did not reflect the sentiment of all Americans as the incidents have been widely condemned in the US. She said, “US authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents.”

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Is operating ratio of Indian Railways the worst: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, April 21: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday asked if the operating ratio of Indian Railways is the worst and added that if the ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded it, that indicated a “comprehensive failure of management.”

He also asked if it was true that the accounts are being “dressed” to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent.

“What is the Operating Ratio of Indian Railways in 2017-18? Is it the worst ratio in recent years,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“Is it correct that the true Operating Ratio has exceeded 100 per cent? Is it correct that the accounts are being ‘dressed’ to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent,” he asked.

“If the Operating Ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded 100 per cent, that indicates a comprehensive failure of management of the Indian Railways,” Chidambaram said.

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No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married

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A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.

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Cabinet approves restructured scheme for making local bodies self-sustainable

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New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Saturday approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting — will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla.

The total outlay for the scheme during 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre.

Tomar said the RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on sustainable development goals through inclusive local governance, with a focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.

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