According to a senior official in the Union housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) ministry, the Union cabinet has approved a proposal to change the category of land allotted to political parties for their offices from institutional to central government-to-government. This decision will benefit 14 political parties, including the BJP and the Congress, who owe the Centre between 100 and 150 crore rupees.
The proposal to change the category from institutional to central government-to-government was approved by the cabinet on September 7,” said a MoHUA official.
According to the official, these political parties received land allocations between 2000 and 2017 at institutional land rates from before 2000. The allotment was made with the understanding that the parties would be responsible for covering the difference in land rates once they were updated, an activity that was started in 2017, he continued.
According to another official, various political groups have expressed concerns about an increase in land rates. The land rates will be significantly decreased when the cabinet approves the change in land category, giving relief to these parties.
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‘If you want a change, choose me’ : Tharoor on Congress president poll
In the upcoming presidential election of the grand old party, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor reiterated on Saturday that his contest against senior party member Mallikarjun Kharge “is not a battle.” Following days of turmoil surrounding the intra-party troubles in Rajasthan, Tharoor and Kharge finally submitted their nominations for the crucial elections, which are set for October 17, on Friday.
“This is not a war. We can belong to different schools of thoughts. Let the members decide,” Tharoor told news agency ANI in an interview on Saturday. “All I am telling the members is that if you’re satisfied with the functioning of the party, please vote for Kharge Sahab. But if you want a change, choose me.. If you want the party to function differently.”
His remarks came as news spread that the Gandhis were endorsing the 80-year-old Kharge for the top party position. On Saturday, Kharge announced his resignation as the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, a day after more than 30 leaders surprised many by end-of-nomination support for his candidacy. In contrast, Tharoor was not accompanied by as many senior leaders.
“But there is no ideological problem here. Whatever the message has so far of the Congress will continue to remain,” Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday, dismissing any differences.
Even though the Gandhis made it clear that they would no longer be running for president post, their management has continued to draw criticism. Regarding the family’s importance for the party in light of the BJP’s dynastic politics allegations.
Bharti Airtel’s 5G network has launched in eight cities and will cover the entire country by March 2024: Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel, announced on Saturday that the company will launch 5G telecom services in eight cities, including four metros, and will gradually cover the entire country by March 2024.
Speaking at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, Mittal said, “It’s an important day. A new era is about to begin. This beginning is taking place in 75th year of independence and will begin a new awareness and energy in the country. It will open several new opportunities for people.”
The India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 exhibition was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the formal launch of 5G mobile telephony services in India.
Following the exhibition’s opening, he visited pavilions set up by various telecom operators and technology providers to get a firsthand look at what 5G can do.
He began at Reliance Jio’s booth, where he saw the ‘True 5G’ devices on display and experienced the use case through Jio Glass. He spent time understanding the indigenous development of end-to-end 5G technology, accompanied by telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and billionaires Mukesh Ambani of Reliance, Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Airtel, and Kumar Mangalam Birla of Vodafone Idea. He then went to Airtel, Vodafone Idea, C-DOT, and other companies’ booths.
Jio will launch 5G services across India by December 2023: Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, announced on Saturday that Jio will launch 5G telephony services across India by December 2023. “I make a promise to deliver 5G to every town and taluka by December 2023,” Ambani said at the 6th India Mobile Congress in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched the 6th India Mobile Congress and 5G services. He also went to Pragati Maidan to inspect the exhibition.
5G telecommunications services aim to provide seamless coverage, high data rates, low latency, and a highly reliable communications system. The country’s three major telecom operators each demonstrated one use case in front of the Prime Minister to demonstrate the potential of 5G technology in India.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, a cabinet minister, congratulated India on the launch of 5G services. He also mentioned how easy it is to obtain permissions and approvals in the telecom industry.
As ‘Bharat Jodo’ enters Karnataka, rattled BJP gives front-page ad that distorts history: Jairam Ramesh
As Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra entered the BJP-ruled state, according to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Saturday, the BJP placed a front page advertisement in a Kannada newspaper. Ramesh said in a tweet, “The advertisement mischievously distorts history as usual. Savarkar propounded two-nation theory & Jinnah ensured it got done. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of Jan Sangh championed partition of Bengal.” BJP is rattled by the yatra’s success, the Congress leader continued.
The Bharat Jodo Yatra of Rahul Gandhi entered the election-bound state of Karnataka on Friday. There, the yatra will travel 511 kilometres across seven districts in 21 days.
Rahul Gandhi remarked in a statement at the beginning of the march’s Kerala leg that the Bharat Jodo Yatra is the voice of the nation and that no one can stop it.
“Entire control is lying with the (Central) government. If we speak in Parliament, they shut our microphones,” Rahul Gandhi said.
A new Rahul Gandhi and a new Congress party have emerged from the Bharat Jodo Yatra which forced the BJP and the RSS on the backfoot, Jairam Ramesh said on Friday. “People asked who is ‘thodoing’ (breaking) Bharat for Congress to do Bharat Jodo, our answer is Mr Modi’s ideology, policies, personality is thodoing Bharat. Because economic inequality is increasing, social polarisation is increasing and political over-centralisation is increasing, the Congress is doing this yatra,” Jairam Ramesh said.
LPG price reduction: Commercial cylinders become less expensive
Indian oil marketing companies cut the price of commercial LPG by $25.50 for a 19-kg cylinder in New Delhi on Saturday, with immediate effect, a day after natural gas prices increased by a record 40% in response to a global increase in energy prices.
The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) was also reduced by 4.5%.
Here are the main points about commercial LPG rate reductions:
- The price of a 19-kg commercial LPG cylinder used in hotels and restaurants in the national capital has been reduced from 1,885 to 1,859.50.
- This is the sixth price decrease for commercial LPG since June.
- In total, rates have dropped by $494.50 per 19-kg cylinder.
- LPG rates in household kitchens for cooking remained unchanged at $1,053 per 14.2-kg cylinder.
- Because commercial LPG rates are largely cost-based, they have risen and fallen in lockstep with international prices.
- The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) has been reduced by 4.5%. In New Delhi, the price of jet fuel has been reduced by 5,521.17 to 115,520.27 per kl.
- Rates vary by state, depending on the presence of local taxes.
- The price has been reduced to 1,959 in Kolkata, and 1811.50 in Mumbai.
India has 3,805 new records. Covid infections have decreased to 38,293 active cases
According to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday, India saw a single-day increase of 3,805 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total of COVID-19 cases to 4,45,91,112, while active cases decreased to 38,293.
The death toll has risen to 5,28,655 with 26 fatalities, including 13 deaths reconciled by Kerala, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
Five of the 13 new fatalities were reported in Maharashtra, and two in Kerala.
The active cases account for 0.09 percent of all infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 98.73 percent, according to the health ministry.
In the last 24 hours, the active caseload has decreased by 1,290 cases. According to the health ministry, the daily positivity rate was 1.29 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.39 percent.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 4,40,24,164, with a case fatality rate of 1.19 percent.
So far, 218.68 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country as part of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, according to the ministry.
India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 20 lakh on August 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16.
It surpassed 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and one crore on December 19.
India passed the two crore mark on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year, and four crore on January 25 this year.
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