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Uttar Pradesh CM more interested in hiding his failures, says Priyanka Gandhi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has once again targeted the Uttar Pradesh government over the lack of health facilities in the state

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has once again targeted the Uttar Pradesh government over the lack of health facilities in the state, saying Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is more interested in hiding his failures, rather than improving the condition of hospitals.

Priyanka Gandhi uploaded a video on her Twitter handle with her tweet. In the video, people are seen working in a hospital filled with water.

She wrote: “Health facilities should have been improved at a time when coronavirus is spreading fast. But this is the condition of Mahoba’s Women’s Hospital. You must have seen the chaotic conditions in hospitals of Bareilly, Lucknow. The CM, who is boasting about good health facilities, is interested in hiding these conditions, not improving them.”

Earlier, she wrote that there are reports of beds being full in government hospitals in Lucknow and Gorakhpur, the two major cities of Uttar Pradesh.

She said cases of coronavirus are increasing day by day and this situation in hospitals is worrying. Concerns were raised before the government three months ago, but sadly this is the reality today, the Congress leader said.

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Rail-Roko: Farmers continue to block tracks in Amritsar against farm bills

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday

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Farmers squatted on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track here on Sunday, continuing their ‘rail-roko’ agitation against the contentious farm bills passed by the Parliament last week.

People from nearby villages brought cooked food and other items for the demonstrators. ‘Langar’ (community kitchen) has also been organised at the site by local gurdwaras.

Women wearing saffron dupattas also joined the protest, raised slogans against the Centre and said they would not allow the implementation of the three legislations.

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher demanded that all the sitting 13 MPs from Punjab should tender their resignation with immediate effect in support of the farmers’ demands. He asserted that BJP leaders would not be allowed to enter villages.

The committee had announced to extend their agitation till September 29. Trains services remained suspended in the state because of the protest.

Farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big companies.

Parliament had passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. These are yet to get the assent of the President.

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Ex-Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey takes political plunge, joins JD(U)

Speculation is rife that he may be offered ticket to contest the assembly election from a seat in his native Buxar district.

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Former Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey, who took voluntary retirement from service a few days ago, joined the state’s ruling JD(U) on Sunday.

Pandey, an outspoken police officer, joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD(U) president.

The 1987 batch IPS officer had strongly defended Kumar on the issue of institution of a CBI probe into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Ever since he took VRS weeks before the October- November assembly elections, there was speculation that he could take the political plunge.

“Nitish Kumar ji personally called me and offered party membership with great love. I accepted it,” Pandey said.

“I don’t know anything about politics. I will do what I am asked to do,” he told reporters.

Speculation is rife that he may be offered ticket to contest the assembly election from a seat in his native Buxar district.

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President Kovind gives assent to three farm Bills amid farmer protests

The President’s assent to these bills comes amid the Opposition criticising the manner in which they were passed in Parliament.

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Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to three contentious farm Bills that have triggered protests by farmers especially in Punjab and Haryana.

According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to three Bills: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 aims to permit the sale of agricultural produce outside the mandis regulated by the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMC) constituted by different state legislations.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, provides for contract farming.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 deregulates the production, supply, distribution of food items like cereals, pulses, potatoes, onion and edible oilseeds.

The President’s assent to these Bills comes amid the Opposition criticising the manner in which they were passed in Parliament.

Even NDA’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has parted ways on the issue of these farm Bills as farmers in Punjab and Haryana intensify protest.

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