Howrah (West Bengal) [India], February 15 (ANI): Ahead of the Assembly polls this year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee on Monday launched ‘Maa Kitchen’ across the state via video conferencing with the aim to provide a nutritious meal at Rs 5.
“A limited number of Maa kitchens are currently opened in the cities and towns in West Bengal on a pilot basis. The kitchens will be increased further. Beneficiaries need to pay Rs 5 only. The state government will provide Rs 15 as a subsidy for every meal to the kitchens. It will also generate employment,” said Banerjee during the launch.
The chief minister also inaugurated several other projects including an IT park at Salt Lake which is likely to attract investment of Rs 150 crores.
Mamata Banerjee launched an integrated system for registration, tracking and treatment of cancer patients in the state.
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are likely to take place in April-May this year. (ANI)
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Army condoles demise of candidate at Kerala recruitment rally
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 7 (ANI): Indian Army has expressed grief and condolence on the demise of a candidate of recruitment rally in Kerala on Saturday.
According to Army officials, a recruitment rally for the seven Northern Districts of Kerala commenced on Saturday at Greenfield Stadium in the Karyavattom area of Trivandrum city.
Sachin, a 23-year-old candidate from Neelashwaram, Kasargod, fell down while participating in the requisite selection run and complained about the pain in his leg. He was attending the army recruitment rally for Soldier Technical trade. The immediate medical assistance provided to the candidate by the medical team present at the rally site. The medical team examined the candidate and did not find signs and symptoms of any other serious ailments.
As the candidate could not complete the race of 1.6 kilometers in the qualifying time, after the medical check-up he returned to the staging area arranged at Chanthavila Lower Primary School, Kazhakootam by the KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus arranged by the army.
At the staging area, he had lunch around 12:30 pm and had a few episodes of vomiting. His friends admitted him to the CSI Missionary Hospital, Kazhakootam.
On examination, doctors identified a feeble pulse and later declared him dead around 2:30 pm due to cardiac arrest.
An FIR (First Information Report) has been generated by Kazhakootam Police and the post-mortem will be held on Sunday morning at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
The parents of the candidate have been informed. The Army has expressed deep condolence in the unfortunate incident. (ANI)
Post coronavirus pandemic Budget will be promising, says Telangana CM
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 7 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao has hinted that the 2021-2022 state annual Budget would be promising while adding that Budget Session of the Telangana Legislature might take place in the middle of this month.
The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting here at Pragati Bhavan on the preparation of estimates of Budget proposals. Rao took into consideration and examined the department wise Budget estimates and the financial reports prepared by the officials, according to a press release.
He said several welfare and development programmes would continue including the present sheep distribution programme.
The CM said the families of Kuruma and Yadav communities have been benefitted under the scheme and as an extension of 3.7 lakh sheep units, which are already distributed, another 3 lakh Sheep units would be distributed. And proposals to this effect would be made in the coming Budget, Rao said.
The CM said the Centre appreciated the Sheep distribution policy and it also recognized that the Telangana state is progressing to become the most Sheep populated state and against this backdrop, the scheme would be continued. Similarly, the fish distribution programmes would also be continued as it proved to be a successful programme and it was also benefitting the fishing community in the State.
The CM said due to the Corona pandemic, the state had incurred a loss of Rs 50,000 crore and its impact reached to Rupees one lakh crore. However, the CM pointed out that in the post-corona period, the state’s economic activities are revived and the income increased in various forms. He said there is a possibility of more allocations in the coming Budget compared to the last financial year Budget.
The CM said guidelines for the preparation of Budget estimates have been finalized in today’s high-level review meeting and Finance Minister Harish Rao from tomorrow will have meetings with R&B, Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration, Education, Irrigation and with coordination of Finance department officials. After the exercise with all the departments done on the Budget, CM will give the final touches to the Budget.
The Finance Minister Harish Rao, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, CM Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, Financial Advisor GR Reddy, Principal Secretary Finance Ramakrishna Rao, Secretary Ronald Ross, CMO officials Bhoopal Reddy, Ms Smitha Sabharwal and others participated. (ANI)
Beat up officials with bamboo sticks if they don’t listen, says Giriraj Singh
Begusarai (Bihar) [India], March 7 (ANI): Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Saturday advised the people of Begusarai, his Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar to “beat up with bamboo sticks” those officials who appeared insensitive to their concerns.
“If someone (any government official) doesn’t listen to your grievances, hit them with a bamboo stick. Neither we ask them to do any illegitimate job, nor will we tolerate illegitimate ‘nanga nritya’ by any official,” he made this statement while addressing a public gathering here.
“Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, village mukhiyas, District Magistrates, Sub-Divisional Magistrates… these are all under obligation to serve the people,” said the minister who holds fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy farming portfolios. (ANI)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], March 7 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat was administered the COVID-19 vaccine here on Saturday.
Along with Bhagwat, the General Secretary of RSS Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi also received his first dose of the vaccine against novel coronavirus at Nagpur’s National Cancer Institute.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.
Several other union ministers, including Amit Shah, S Jaishakar, Jitendra Singh and politicians have also received their first dose of the vaccine in the second phase of the world’s largest vaccination drive.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021, and the vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started on February 2. The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 2.06 crore on Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
A total of 11,64,422vaccine doses were given till 7 pm today, the fiftieth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination, they added. (ANI)
PM Modi to dedicate 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra in Shillong today
New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and dedicate the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong on Sunday via video conferencing.
“Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong during the event,” Prime Minister’s Office said in a press release.
He will interact with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and also give awards to stakeholders by recognizing their excellent work.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda will also be present on the occasion.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’s initiative endeavours to provide quality medicines at an affordable price. The number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7499, with all districts of the country covered. Sales in the financial year 2020-21 (up to March 4, 2021) led to total savings of approximately Rs. 3600 crore for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50 per cent to 90 per cent than the corresponding market rates.
In order to create more awareness about Janaushadhi, an entire week from March 1-7 is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation, with the theme of ‘Jan Aushadhi – Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi’. The last day of the week i.e. March 7 will be celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’. (ANI)
‘If Mamata didi can leave me why can’t I?’ TMC MLA Sonali Guha set to join BJP
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 7 (ANI): Ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, another Trinamool Congress MLA Sonali Guha said she is set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The four-time MLA from Satgachia in South 24 Parganas, Guha decided to switch after her name was not mentioned in the first list of TMC candidates for the ensuing Bengal polls.
“If Mamata didi can leave me so why can’t I? I called up Mukul Roy and said that I won’t contest elections but need a respectable post. He agreed. I will definitely join BJP,” said Guha.
Over 20 ministers and MLAs have been dropped from TMC candidacy for the upcoming Assembly elections. These include big names like those of the state’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Land Minister Abdul Rajjak Molla and Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu.
The incumbent TMC has announced the list of 291 candidates for the 294 seats in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and left three seats for its ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on March 6.
The three ministers were dropped from the candidate list due to their age and the threat of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes in the state will take place on May 2. (ANI)
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