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Swamy writes letter to PM, seeks immediate termination of RBI governor

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The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate termination of Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan.

In his letter to the PM, Swamy has accused Rajan of an “apparently deliberate attempt to wreck the Indian economy,” and contends that the RBI governor is “mentally not fully Indian.” since he continues to renew the Green Card issued to him by the US government.

As an example of Rajan’s actions that he alleges have hurt the economy, Swamy cites what he calls the “disatrous” concept of containing inflation by raising interest rates. He has alleged that Rajan’s decisions have squeezed small and medium business and increased unemployment in the country.

The letter follows Swamy’s suggestion last week that Raghuram Rajan – who teaches at the Booth School of Business at Chicago University and is on leave to serve as the central bank’s governor – be “sent back to Chicago”.

In his letter to the PM, Swamy points out that it was the previous Congress led UPA government that appointed Rajan.

“It is Swamy who should go abroad and teach. That will put an end to chaos and blackmail in parliament every day,” the Congress’ C Hanumanth Rao had said after the BJP lawmaker’s attack on the RBI governor last week. .

Rajan has not responded to the multiple attacks by Swamy, who had hit out at Rajan last year too.

Appointed by the previous regime, Rajan’s position was seen as precarious when the BJP came to power in 2014. But the governor has emphasized that there is a “respectful relationship” between the central bank and the government.

Last year, PM Modi had publicly praised the RBI Governor for “perfectly” explaining complex economic issues to him in regular one-on-one meetings.

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Modi govt’s publicity blitzkrieg! Centre splurged whopping 713.20Cr on ads in 2019-2020, reveals RTI

This comes to roughly Rs 1.95 crore per day that was spent only for advertisements in the last fiscal which also saw the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections being held

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The government of India spent a total of Rs713.20 crore on advertisements, with maximum share to the electronic media, during the financial year 2019-2020, a RTI reply to a Mumbai activist revealed on Saturday.

“This comes to roughly Rs 1.95 crore per day that was spent only for advertisements in the last fiscal which also saw the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections being held,” said RTI activist Jatin Desai.

In its reply to Desai’s RTI query, the Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOR) of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the Centre spent an amount of Rs 713.20-crore on advertisements in the electronic, print and outdoor media.

This included advertisements worth Rs.317.05 crore released to the electronic, Rs 295.05 crore to the print and Rs 101.10 crore to the outdoor media.

To a specific query, Desai said the BOR had no information on how much money was spent on releasing advertisements in the foreign media.

He said it is not clear what categories of ads were released on different media, for which specific campaigns or the kind of government schemes that were highlighted through this publicity blitzkrieg for the Centre and states.

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‘Who got achche din,’ Rahul Gandhi takes swipe at PM Modi’s VVIP planes, raises China issue

“The Prime Minister of the country flies around in an aeroplane that costs Rs8,400 crore and he is scared to even take the name of China,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday raised the issue of India-China border standoff and questioned ‘achche din’ comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP planes and the condition of Indian soldiers living in sub-zero conditions. Sharing a news report which later the Press Information Bureau claimed fake, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The jawans of the country are fighting PLA soldiers in extreme weather conditions from normal tents. They are unafraid. But the Prime Minister of the country flies around in an aeroplane that costs Rs 8,400 crore and he is scared to even take the name of China. Who go achche din?”

A few days ago, VVIP aircraft Air India One to be used for President, Vice President and Prime Minister arrived at Delhi international airport from the US. These special flights are equipped with advanced communication system, allowing mid-air audio and video communication. Reports said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crore.

Juxtaposing this with the situation of the LAC soldiers — their tents are reportedly not suitable for sub-zero conditions, Rahul Gandhi mocked at ‘achche din’, a promise given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Over 50,000 India troops are likely to remain stationed through the winter months this year as the India-China standoff is going on.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha had promised suitable habitat and clothing. I can assure you that the morale and motivation of our armed forces is very high…They are being provisioned with suitable clothing, habitat and the required defence wherewithal,” he said. From specialised winter clothing to rations and arctic tents to portable heaters, military planes and helicopters have been flying to Ladakh almost daily with their cargo holds filled with crucial supplies and gear that soldiers would require to slug it out in the inhospitable mountain terrain, officials said in September. However, former BJP MP of Ladakh, Thupstan Chhewang, said the soldiers have not been provided with new tents, the report quoted by Rahul Gandhi said. The report also said Chinese troops have “further transgressed into Indian territory and occupied positions in Finger 2 and 3 of north bank of Pangong Tso Lake. “It is a fake news. Army’s additional directorate general of public information has refuted this statement,” PIB face Check claimed.

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No dengue death in Delhi this year

Delhi govt announced zero death in the national capital due to dengue this year so far, giving credit to CM Kejriwal’s campaign against the mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus

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Delhi government on Saturday announced zero death in the national capital due to dengue this year so far, giving credit to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign against the mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.

The announcement comes as it is going to organise the ninth week of ’10 Hafte 10 Baje, 10 Minute’ anti-dengue campaign on Sunday with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing the citizen to join the movement.

“This is the second last week of the campaign and due to the aggressive campaign by the Delhi government this year no dengue-related death has been reported in the national capital,” the government said in a statement.

This week Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also informed that no dengue-related death has been reported in the national capital this year and credited Kejriwal government’s anti-dengue campaign for this.

“Delhi people did it! No death due to dengue this year. There is also a sharp fall in number of cases compared to figures reported last year. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign — ’10 hafte 10 baje 10 minute’ — has been made a success by you all,” Jain had tweeted.

As per the Delhi government statement, the Delhi model of fighting dengue is getting applauded across the country and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan recently asked a question about the campaign to a contestant by playing a voice clip of the Delhi Chief Minister in the popular television show KBC.

Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal earlier had urged citizens here for their collective efforts against the disease, saying “we have to stop the breeding of dengue mosquitoes and protect our family and the entire Delhi from Dengue.”

Kejriwal on last Sunday had also declared that dengue was “under control” in the national capital like previous year.

Last week, the anti-dengue campaign of the Delhi government got support from celebrities such as Shankar Mahadevan, who encouraged the citizens of Delhi to religiously follow the dengue prevention guidelines such as inspecting their residences for signs of stagnant water, draining the accumulated water or adding a layer of oil or petrol to it to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

The Delhi government this year launched a Dengue helpline — 01123300012 — and a WhatsApp helpline — 8595920530 — to assist the general public.

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