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PM MODI DEFENDS FARM LAWS, SAYS GOVT HAS GREAT RESPECT FOR FARMERS

Brijesh Pandey & Sabyasachi Roy Chowdhury

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly defended the farm laws while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address. On the farm laws, PM Modi said his government has immense respect for the farmers, but they need to come up with specific demands which can be changed in the law.

“After the laws relating to agriculture were passed by Parliament, no mandi has been shut. Likewise, MSP has remained. In fact, procurement on MSP has increased since then. These facts can’t be ignored,” he said.

Modi called “Kisan-Rail” moving cold storage and cited examples with which farmers have transported their produce during lockdown. “After the laws were passed in Parliament, I want to ask the farmers, have any of their rights being taken away by these reforms?” he asked.

Leaders of Opposition parties such as the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were seen leaving the lower house during the PM’s address.PM accused TMC of “Leaving the state (Bengal) behind,” during his reply in Parliament.

This political punch came after Saugata Roy, MP, intervened in between PM’s reply after a passing dig at him. Prime Minister said the slogan-shouting “was a planned strategy to drown out reason and hide the truth”.

PM Modi replying to the motion of thanks added, “I consider the KisanAndolan to be pious. But, when Andolanjeevis hijack protest, showcase photos of those jailed for serious offences, does it serve any purpose? Not allowing toll plazas to work, destroying telecom towers. Does it serve pious protests? Till the time we could not bring investment and new technologies to our agriculture, we will not be able to make our farming sector strong. We need to go beyond growing only wheat and paddy.”

Appreciating the frontline worker in the fight against Covid-19, he said: “The way India handled and helped itself and the world during the Covid-19 crisis was a turning point. We had to fight against an unknown enemy when Covid-19 broke out in India. But the discipline of 130 crore residents of India has saved us.”

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Agra’s Casper Home Trust awarded internationally for contribution towards animal rights, welfare

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Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Animal Welfare Organization, named Casper Home Trust in Agra has been awarded internationally for its contribution towards animal rights and welfare.
The organization has been awarded the prestigious ‘The Shining Compassion World Award awarded by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association’ for working extraordinarily during the COVID-19 lockdown in India.
Speaking to ANI, Sub-Head of Casper Home Trust Vinita Arora said, “I run a dog shelter in Agra. The municipal corporation has allotted me a piece of land for carrying out my shelter. I am grateful to them. Our team has worked tremendously hard during this lockdown period. I am super proud of my team. It is because of them that we have received this ‘Shining Compassion World’ award. I am absolutely surprised to receive this award.”

“One of my journals on animal rights and welfare was published in National Geographic. It is from there where the Association got to know about our work. We have not only made our Casper Home Trust proud but also Agra proud,” Arora said.
“On a daily basis, we used to serve dogs of various localities in Agra with food, water and provide them treatment in case of any ailment. We have also prevented several animal cruelty activities for not only dogs but also for horses, donkeys etc,” she said.

Vinita Arora received the award on behalf of Abhimanyu Arora who is the President of Casper Home Trust.
A woman who was presenting the award to Vinita Arora said: “I hope people honour you and recognize you across the globe. I’m so glad that you have youngsters in your team. You are motivating them, inspiring them and they are and your team have done this work.” (ANI)

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J-K: Director of Information among 9 officers transferred to various positions

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 27 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Director of Information, Syed Sehrish Asgar is among nine officers were transferred to various positions by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
“Alok Kumar, IRS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Principal Secretary to the Government, Youth Services and Sports Department,” read a release issued by Jammu and Kashmir administration.
Sarmad Hafeez, IAS (JK:2009), Administrative Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Department, holding additional charge of Administrative Secretary, Tourism and Culture Departments is transferred and posted as Administrative Secretary, Tourism Department. He shall also hold the charge of Administrative Secretary, Culture Department, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.
Syed Sehrish Asgar, IAS (PB:2013), Director, Information, Jammu and Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Information Department relieving Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, IAS of the additional charge of the post.
Rahul Pandey, IAS (UP:2014), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary in the Lieutenant Governor’s Secretariat. He shall also hold the charge of Director, Information, Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.
Krittika Jyotsna, IAS (UP:2014), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Chief Executive Officer, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), relieving Bipul Pathak, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government, Science and Technology Department of the additional charge of the post. She shall also hold the additional charge of Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, relieving Munirul-Islam, KAS, Director, Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Jammu and Kashmir of the additional charge of the post.
Athar Aamir UI Shafi Khan, IAS (RJ:2016), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation.
Akshay Labroo, IAS (TR:2018), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Srinagar (West), Vice Hamida Akhter, KAS, who shall report in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
Gazanffer Ali, KAS, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, is transferred and posted as Additional Inspector General of Registration, Kashmir.
Gulzar Ahmad Dar, KAS, Additional Inspector General of Registration, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, against an
available vacancy.
The order was given by the Lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. (ANI)

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TDP RELEASES MANIFESTO FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN ANDHRA PRADESH

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The Telugu Desam Party released its election manifesto at a press conference held at the party office in Mangalagiri ahead of the municipal elections. TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh released a 10-point manifesto titled “Pallelu gelichayi ika Mana vanthu”. The event was attended by TDP state president Atchannaidu, Varla Ramaiah, Panchumarthi Anuradha and others.

Nara Lokesh, who spoke after the release of the manifesto, alleged that the government is collecting heavy taxes, increasing current charges from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000, and hiking the fares of RTC buses.

The manifesto also said that the closed Anna Canteens will be reopened, meals will be served for only Rs 5 and 50% of taxes will be waived off.

Meanwhile, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh gave its go-ahead to the State Election Commission to conduct the municipal elections as per its recent notification. The civic polls will now be held on 10 March and counting will be held on 14 March.

The court has dismissed over 16 petitions which challenged the legality of the re-start of the civic polls after a year’s time. The municipal polls actually began in March last year, but were postponed because of the Covid pandemic.

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PUNJAB GEARS UP TO START SECOND PHASE OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

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With the prioritisation as guided by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), the next phase of vaccination is due for citizens of age appropriate categories, including initially the people above 60 years of age and those aged from 45 years to 60 years and have the co-morbidities.

Disclosing this here on Friday, state Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that all such citizens that are aged, or will attain the age of 45 years to 59 years as on 1 January 2022, and have any of the specified co-morbidities, which have been recommended by NEGVAC and approved by Government of India from time to time, subject to certification to that effect by a Registered Medical Practitioner.

Sidhu added that to augment and simplify the process of registration vaccination, the MoHFW is coming with COWIN 2.0, based on the feedback received during the implementation of Phase-1 of Covid-19 vaccination drive. He said that citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination using the COWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as ArogyaSetu etc.

He said that this new portal would prove helpful to expedite the vaccination drive especially to be conducted for aged people.

The Minister said that as per World Health Organization, Covid-19 vaccination is the single way out to deal with pandemic so that eligible beneficiaries have to take maximum benefit of this golden opportunity.

Divulging about the free and paid services, he said that vaccination will be provided free of charge at the government health facilities and will be on payment basis in the private health facilities, at a rate as may be decided by the Government of India from time to time.

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INFLATION HIGH, EMPLOYMENT SHUT, GOVT IS COOL WITH EYES CLOSED, SAYS RAHUL GANDHI

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New Delhi: In support of the Bharat Bandh called by the Confederation of All India Traders Congress on Friday, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said the central government is showing complacency when the inflation rate is high.

“Employment shut, inflation high, the government is cool with eyes closed, so Bharat Bandh,” read Gandhi’s tweet translated from Hindi. The effect of ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by the Confederation of All India Traders was visible in some parts of the country like Odisha, Assam and West Bengal where most shops and business establishments remained closed on Friday.

The Confederation of All India Traders called for the strike today in protest against rising fuel prices, new e-way bill and GST.

Over a period of time, the prices of petrol and diesel have increased sharply in the country. Opposition parties have held protests in different parts of the country over the fuel price rise. ANI

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Like father, like son: Congress leader slams KTR for lying about recruitment

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AICC national spokesperson Sravan Dasoju while delivering an emotional speech on Friday blasted K.T. Rama Rao (KTR), Minister for Industries, IT and Municipal Administration, who did not attend the open debate organised at the Telangana Martyrs Memorial, Gun Park. to discuss the issue of employment in Telangana.

The senior Congress leader criticized the minister for his arrogance and negligence of the welfare of Telangana, and for lying about recruitment numbers during a meeting at the Telangana Bhavan.

“Like father, like son. Shame KTR, you shamelessly betrayed 40 lakh beleaguered unemployed youths of Telangana with your fake and fabricated statements of filling up 1.32 lakh jobs in the state ever since you came into power,” said the AICC leader, while slamming KTR for his absence.

Dr Sravan along with Congress leaders and cadre had made arrangements to welcome KTR for an open debate on employment issues in Telangana. A separate chair had been decorated and kept ready especially for the minister. However, the minister did not show up, which was attributed to the fear that his statements would have been proven wrong publicly.

“We wouldn’t have beaten you KTR. In fact, we would have greeted you with nice garlands and flower bouquets. Democracy is all about healthy dialogue, discussion and debate to arrive at concrete solutions to complex issues,” the Congress leader said.

Ridiculing KTR’s statements on job offers, Dr Sravan explained that there were 4.19 lakh sanctioned jobs in 2014 while 3.12 lakh employees worked in the government and 1.07 lakh posts lay vacant. He questioned how current vacancies had gone up to 1.91 lakhs and the total number of existing employees reduced to 2.28 lakhs, if KTR was right. With the formation of new districts and gram panchayats, the total number of sanctioned jobs should have increased to 5.19 lakhd. As per the Biswal Commission, the state has only 2.28 lakh employees while 4.19 lakh sanctioned jobs are available, which means 47% of sanctioned jobs are currently vacant in Telangana, he noted.

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