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Vaghela flays ‘wastage’ of public money on Trump visit

“Trump’s likely visit to the Ashram has been cancelled as Narendra Modi doesn’t like the truth. Truth is what Gandhi stood for. But it’s Godse mentality, which is wiping out the Gandhian ideology,” Vaghela said.

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Gandhinagar, Feb 22 : US President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to Gandhi Ashram has been cancelled by people who don’t like to speak the truth and opposed the truth, said former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela here on Saturday.

Gujarat was shamed by the money being wasted on the welcome, as Gandhi and Gujarat were known for austerity, he said. Vaghela was at the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati to pay tribute on Kasturba Gandhi’s death anniversary.

“Trump’s likely visit to the Ashram has been cancelled as Narendra Modi doesn’t like the truth. Truth is what Gandhi stood for. But it’s Godse mentality, which is wiping out the Gandhian ideology,” Vaghela said.

He said Gujarat was known for Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and its austerity. “Gujarat is shamed by the huge unnecessary expenditure by the administration to welcome Trump. Why such wastage, when America has shown it doesn’t like India. We will hold the Nagrik Abhivadan Samity, which has invited Trump, accountable for public money spent on this welcome,” said Vaghela.

“The America that denied you (Modi) a diplomatic visa when you were Gujarat CM and insulted Gujarat thereby, why are you being a doormat for them and become his stooge? To propagandise him for his political gains? Trump has stated there won’t be any business deal with India,” he said.

“I pity our Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The poor fellow doesn’t know what is going on around him,” said Vaghela, head of the National Congress Party’s (NCP) Gujarat unit. He quit the Congress in 2017 before the December 2017 Assembly elections.

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Jharkhand girl ‘starves to death’, NCW takes cognisance

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The National Commission for Women on Thursday said that it has taken cognisance of an incident in which a disabled girl died due to hunger in Jharkhand.

The commission has written to Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sukhdev Singh for an inquiry.

“It is an unfortunate incident…We wrote to Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh for further inquiry,” the NCW tweeted.

The NCW responded to a tweet posted by Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha which is a coalition of progressive organisations, formed to facilitate efforts to defend people’s rights and save democracy in the state.

The organisation had first tweeted: “Mina Marandi’s family in Gomia’s Tikahara (in Bokaro district) has been starving for two days. They Do not have ration card. No food. Physically disabled daughter unwell. Local friends are organising immediate support. Needs medical attention. Urgent need to open PDS for one and all and make admin responsive.”

The organisation later informed through twitter that the disabled girl, Meena, died. “She was unwell for the last few days. She belonged to an extremely poor family and had no ration card. Her hunger worsened in the last few days. But the local administration and panchayat made the parents put thumbprints on a letter to testify that hunger was not the reason (for her death).


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Many COVID-19 patients show late symptoms: Chhattisgarh CM

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New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chief Ministers, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has cautioned that many COVID-19 patients show symptoms very late and this is the reason why rapid testing is required to contain the virus.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the reason why Chhattisgarh has less number of cases is that it started early after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi flagged this issue. “On March 13 onwards we had lockdown of many things including school, shopping malls and Aanganwadi.”

“We had the first test on March 15 and got the positive case on March 18 and immediately imposed section 144,” said Baghel.

“The concern is that a person was quarantined for 18 days and after that he showed the symptoms a person has travelled in February he showed symptoms after 2 months and we have informed the union government,” said Baghel.

The state has kept 76,000 people in quarantine which is strictly imposed he said adding that lockdown should be only be implemented after consultation with the states.

The state has contained the virus by quarantining all the international passengers and has done 3,000 tests claimed the chief minister, but the state has seen asymptomatic Covid carriers which has been conveyed to the Union government.

Regarding lifting of interstate travel ban, the Chhattisgarh CM said that he has written a letter to the Prime Minister which may come up for discussion on April 11.

Baghel had written to the Prime Minister on April 6 that before allowing interstate travel once the lockdown period is over, the government should make a strategy to screen the passengers and put in place a mechanism to filter the coronavirus cases to make sure it does not spread from one place to another.

The chief minister in the letter wrote “If flights, rail and surface transport are opened then there is a possibility that infected persons can come to the state and the problem can persist, and the states will have to face problem in containing this virus.”


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Kerala CM writes to PM for permission to raise funds

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Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to allow states to raise funds as the financial condition of all states has reached a difficult position due to diversion of funds to fight Covid-19.

“I have sought his permission to source funds from the open market. I have sought to float ‘special pandemic government funds’. I Want to increase the borrowing of our state from three to five per cent. We have asked him to see that when states take funds from external sources, it should not be included in the states’ borrowings limits,” said Vijayan while speaking to media.

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