By Joymala Bagchi
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 13 (ANI): After Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi resigned from Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya on Saturday he was very upset with the functioning of the Mamata Banerjee-led party and was feeling suffocated.
“Trivedi was very upset with the functioning of Trinamool Congress. He said that I did so many things for the party. Whenever the party or the supremo wanted any action to be taken immediately we did it. He told me it is suffocating, I cannot stay. I am definite that departure of him will affect the party,” Bhattacharya told ANI.
“Trinamool Congress leaders must have to take this as an ideological fight and not only a political one. But unfortunately, some of the leaders took it as a political fight only that if they go to BJP they may get something,” he said.
Trivedi, who on Friday resigned as Trinamool Congress MP from Rajya Sabha, is set to join Bharatiya Janata Party in the next few days.
Sources said Trivedi has already met the top leadership of the party and is all set to join the BJP.
Earlier several TMC leaders including Suvendu Adhikari left the TMC to join the Bharatiya Janata Party in January.
Congress and left parties soon to conclude their seat-sharing agreement through a couple of final rounds of meetings by next week for the upcoming Bengal assembly election, confirmed party sources.
“We have started the discussion and is in the midway of our discussion and in another one or two around it will be concluded. Of course, some problems will come up which is natural but we have to win it over across the table,” they said.
Earlier, the Congress party and the left Front alliance held two rounds of meetings and finalised a seat-sharing agreement for 193 of the total 294 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections.
The state of West Bengal is gearing up for the upcoming Assembly Election for 294 seats this year. The tenure of the current government in the state of West Bengal is coming to an end on May 30. (ANI)
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HUSBAND STRANDED IN SAUDI ARABIA, WOMAN SEEKS MEA’S HELP TO BRING HIM BACK
HYDERABAD: A woman in Hyderabad has written to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) requesting the safe return of her husband who has been stranded in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to ANI, Nafees Begum, the wife of Hassan Pasha, who is stuck in Saudi Arabia, said that her husband was first employed as a spray painter at a workshop at Markaz Fahad in Medina. “After working for 10 years, he was offered a partnership by his employer Fahad Al Harbi and asked for a share in his profit,” claimed Nafees Begum. “Five years into the partnership, he was able to pay for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Later, the workshop was demolished by municipal authorities. His employer asked him to go back to India and come back again on a new visa. The owner said he would provide and has taken signatures for the same,” she added.
Days before he was scheduled to leave Saudi Arabia, Nafees Begum claimed Pasha got to know that his employer had filed a case against him.
Delhi court to give verdict in Batla House encounter case today
A Delhi Court will pronounce its judgement in a matter related to the 2008 Batla House encounter on Monday. The court will pass judgment in the case of Ariz Khan, who was arrested in February 2018. Khan was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police after a decade of allegedly being on the run. According to Delhi Police, Ariz Khan was at the spot during the Batla encounter but managed to escape.
Saket Court’s additional session judge Sandeep Yadav is scheduled to pass judgment on Monday. On the last date of hearing, the judge had issued a production warrant against Ariz Khan alias Junaid for his presence during the passing of judgment.
Additional public prosecutor A.T. Ansari represented the Delhi Police and advocate MS Khan represented the accused Ariz Khan during trial proceedings. Ariz is allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Special Cell was killed during the 2008 Batla House encounter.
ANTILIA BOMB SCARE: ATS REGISTERS MURDER CASE IN SUV OWNER’S DEATH
A murder case has now been registered for the mysterious death of Mansukh Hiren, whose SUV was found abandoned near the house of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, laden with gelatin sticks.
As per the order of the Home Ministry Dept, Government of Maharashtra, Mansukh Hiren’s alleged suicide case was handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). The Mumbai ATS Kalachowki unit registered the murder case.
The case was being probed as an accidental death but has now been converted to one of murder, following a complaint by the deceased›s wife, Vimla Hiren. A complaint for alleged criminal conspiracy, murder, and attempts to destroy evidence has been lodged against “unidentified persons”.
Hiren, the ‘owner’ of the explosive-laden SUV which had been found barely 600m away from the posh residence of the Ambanis, had also written a letter to the Mumbai and Thane police commissioner about alleged harassment at the hands of policemen and news reporters.
Women legislators to run Haryana Assembly session on Women’s Day
The Haryana Government has decided to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, by having the proceedings of the ongoing budget session of the Haryana Legislative Assembly be conducted by women members.
An official spokesperson said that during the first day of the budget session, which commenced on March 5, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gian Chand Gupta announced that women MLAs, including Seema Trikha, Naina Singh Chautala, Nirmal Rani Chaudhary, Geeta Bhukkal and Kiran Chaudhary, will conduct the House proceedings on International Women›s Day. On this day, more women members will get an opportunity to speak in the House.
Besides this, the Arts and Cultural Affairs Department of the Haryana Government is organizing a cultural programme, Aprajita 2021, in the evening at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh.
A short drama based on women empowerment, titled ‹Kitne Chehre Kitne Mukhotte›, will be presented by Dr Mahesh Kumar during the cultural programme. Besides this, a folk dance performance based on Devi Aradhana and Ragini on women empowerment and folk dance of Haryana will also be attractions for the audience.
The spokesperson also informed that there will be no entry fee for the audience at Tagore Theatre, adding that on this occasion, district-level programmes will be organised in educational institutions as well.
Buy affordable medicines from ‘Modi ki dukaan’: PM on Janaushadhi Diwas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacted with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana through video conferencing.
He urged people to buy medicines from Janaushadhi Kendras at affordable prices and said, “Medicines are expensive, that’s why we have the PM Jan Aushadhi Yojana for the poor which saves them money. I urge people to buy medicines at affordable costs from ‘Modi kidukaan’ as people like to call it.”
On the occasion, the leader also dedicated to the nation the 7,500th Janaushadhi Kendra at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.
Union Ministers D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Mansukh Mandaviya, Anurag Thakur, Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, and Deputy Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Gujarat were also present.
While interacting with a beneficiary, PM Modi asked people to spread the word about the benefits of janaushadhi. He said, “You are my family and your ailment is the ailment of my family members, which is why I want all my countrymen to stay healthy.” The PM also requested everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
He told beneficiaries that due to affordability, patients are taking the required medicines, which is leading to better health outcomes. He praised the youth for promoting the ‘Janaushadhi movement’ and asked them to help in the ongoing vaccine drive.
Talking about the 7500th Janaushadhi centre which opened in Shillong, PM Modi said that the dedication to the cause was important as there were not even 100 centres in India six years ago. He said that the aim now is to achieve the target of 10,000 centres.
PM Modi pointed out that for a long time, the government treated health as a subject of only disease and treatment. However, the topic of health is not confined to this but also affects the economic and social fabric of the country.
“Poor and middle-class families are saving about Rs 3,600 crore every year on expensive medicines. This scheme is also promoting self-reliance among women as more than 1000 centres are being run by them. In order to promote the scheme, the incentive has been enhanced from Rs 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh with an additional incentive of Rs 2 lakh for Dalit, Aadivasi women and people of the Northeast,” he said.
He further stated that the Ayushman Yojana had ensured free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh for the country’s more than 50 crore poor families. So far more than 1.5 crore people have taken advantage of it and saved about Rs 30,000 crore, he said.
The Prime Minister also noted that the demand for India-made medicines and surgery has increased. “Production is also increasing to keep up with the increasing demand. A large number of employment opportunities are also being created,” he said, adding that 75 AYUSH medicines are now available at the Janaushadhi centres. He said that patients will benefit by getting cheaper AYUSH medicines and the fields of Ayurveda and AYUSH medicine will also benefit.
The Prime Minister then lauded scientists for the ‘Made in India’ Covid-19 vaccine, saying, “Today, India has vaccines not only for local use but also for helping the world. The government has kept the interest of the poor and middle-class in mind for the vaccinations. Vaccination is free in the government hospitals and private hospitals are charging just Rs. 250, which is the lowest in the world.”
The leader also stressed on the need for having infrastructure for effective treatment and the availability of quality medical staff, adding that the government has started working on a holistic approach in extending the country’s health infrastructure from primary hospitals in villages to tertiary hospitals and medical colleges like AIIMS.
The Prime Minister recounted the government’s efforts to improve the medical setup in the last six years. He informed that in that period, more than 30,000 seats have been added to the 55,000 MBBS seats that existed in 2014. Similarly, to the 30,000 PG seats, 24,000 new seats were added. 180 new medical colleges have also been established in the last six years, along with 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres in villages, 50,000 of which have already started functioning. These centres are treating serious ailments and making sophisticated tests available locally, he noted.
The PM also spoke of the enormous increase in the allocation for health in the Union Budget and talked about the Pradhan Mantri Aatmanirbhar Swasthya Yojana. “Every district will be provided diagnostic centres and more than 600 critical care hospitals have been established. Work is on for establishing one medical centre in three Lok Sabha constituencies,” the Prime Minister said.
He ended his address by claiming that the effort of the government today is to make treatment cheaper and more accessible for everyone.
IPL RETURNS TO INDIA, MI TO FACE RCB IN OPENER ON 9 APRIL
After nearly two years, the Indian Premier League is set to return home this April, with Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata hosting the event. The season will kick-start on 9 April 9 in Chennai with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The world’s richest T20 competition was shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year as India grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The IPL this year at home will be played behind closed doors to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.
Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium— world’s largest cricket stadium—will host the playoffs as well as the 30 May final, with Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata being the other venues.
Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage of IPL 2021. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each. All the matches this season will be played at neutral venues.
“The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimising risk,” Shah said.
“After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in the UAE last year … the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” he added.
Smartphone maker Vivo returned as title sponsor of the league after pulling out of last year’s tournament amid a backlash against Chinese firms in India.
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