Another round of so-called ‘PayCM’ campaign on social media regarding various possible scams that have allegedly happened under Basvaraj Bommai’s chief ministership in Karnataka has started. The posters and the screenshots are believed to be circulated by the Congress party targetting the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state with corruption allegations. After ‘PayCM’ posters that were pasted on walls in some parts of the state capital Bengaluru, Congress now released a series of ‘PayCM’ screenshots that speaks about various scams including the Cash for CM post, the infamous 40 per cent commission, PSI scam, assistant professor and junior engineers recruitment scam etc.
The PayCM posters depict payments received via an online transferring platform with the reasons behind the payments mentioned in the description box of the transaction. One of the posters says Rs 30 lakh was received for ‘Junior Engineer’ post, with another saying 40 per cent received with description ‘contractors’. One more said ‘Payment failed’ for CM post with a transaction value worth Rs 2,500 crore written on it.
Karnataka Congress has been targetting BJP ministers who have allegedly been part of the scams. The Congress leaders and workers are showcasing the ‘PayCM’ QR code from their phones.
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Yet to decide on mercy petition of balwant singh: Govt
The Central government on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said, in view of the current circumstances and internal security reasons of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs has yet not decided the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, sources told the Daily Guardian.
According to sources, the intelligence agencies have told the Ministry of Home Affairs in their input that the decision should not be taken in view of the current circumstances.
On 28 September, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to spell out its stand within a day on the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
“We can’t force you to take what decision…but you have to take a decision,” said a bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, which had earlier asked the Centre to take a decision in two months on Rajoana’s mercy petition without being influenced by the pending appeals of other convicts in the case.
The petitioner’s counsel had submitted that the convict had been in jail for more than 26 years and on death row since 2007. Convicted of assassinating Beant Singh in 1995, Rajoana has been in jail for 26 years awaiting his execution. The former Punjab Chief Minister and 16 others were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh in 1995. He was sentenced to death in 2007 by a special court. His mercy petition has been hanging for more than eight years.
Dilemma of elderly women: Contribution hardly recognized, rights widely violated
To coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2022, the Agewell Foundation has carried out a survey on the contribution of older women among 10,000 older persons with support from its volunteers spread across the country. Survey findings indicate that women have to face socio-cultural deprivations and gender discrimination throughout their lifetime. Low literacy, low participation in gainful jobs, poor access to services or assets, and poor healthcare or nutrition make older women more vulnerable.
In spite of all odds, women outlive men. As per the Census population projection report, life expectancy at birth in 2022 is 69.4 years for men and 72.7 years for women. When life expectancy at the age of 60 is calculated, elderly women find they live for 25–30 years in old age.
Women always play constructive and positive roles throughout their lives and contribute at all levels, be it family, society, or nation. In India, women, particularly older women, are known for their sacrifice, integrity, and commitment towards the wellbeing of their respective families and communities.
Over half of all older women face marginalization and discrimination on the basis of their gender. Traditional gender roles and norms are considered responsible for gender-based marginalization and discrimination.
Women, particularly older women, are stronger psychologically and socially and are healthier than their counterparts. It has been clearly seen during the Covid phenomenon that older women have more stamina than older men. In India, 73% of all reported mortalities were in men and 27% in women through May 2020.
Jagan has no right to talk about development of North Andhra: TDP leader
TDP leader Kimidi Nagarjuna on Friday said it is shameful that the ruling YSRCP leaders are talking about the development of the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, when they could not take any measures to save the Vizag Steel Plant.
The YSRCP leaders are neglecting the steel plant that was achieved after a series of fights and a prolonged agitation, he said and asked, “why the YSRCP did not take up the railway zone demand for Visakhapatnam in the past three years”. “Visakhapatnam city was developed with a vision by Chandrababu Naidu during his tenure as chief minister, and he worked hard to set up information technology and finance companies there,” the TDP leader said.
He further stated that Vizag is now a cosmopolitan city and Chandrababu has made every effort to make it a fitness valley. Millennium Towers were constructed in Vizag during Chandrababu’s tenure and employment was created for thousands of jobless youth, thus converting the city into a hub for the software industry, Nagarjuna observed. However, all these IT companies are moving out of the city since they are fed up with the style of functioning of the Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Kimidi Nagarjuna said.
The state remained where it was three and a half years ago, and not even a single industry nor an IT company has set up shop here, resulting in no employment generation, he noted.
“Since the people are now feeling vexed with the YSRCP government, the ruling party leaders are now talking about three capital issues only to divert the public attention from its failures”, the TDP leader said.
He further slammed CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and said, “Reddy has not done anything for Andhra Pradesh except loot the state and create a rift and deep differences among the people, raking up unnecessary issues. Can any ruling party leader explain what exactly is done for either Vizianagaram or Visakhapatnam, he asked, emphasising that the ruling party has done nothing for the port city of Visakhapatnam despite claiming that it will be made the “executive capital”?
There are numerous opportunities to develop the entire region, including Araku, Bheemli, and Srikakulam, according to Kimidi Nagarjuna, who also stated that the YSRCP is always more concerned with how to criticise Chandrababu than with moving the state forward.The Totapalli canal, which was launched by Chandrababu in 2015, is very crucial for the progress of Vizianagaram, and the Cabinet Minister from this district, Botsa Satyanarayana, did not talk even a single word about the canal, he observed.
Once the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, was known for peace, but after the YSRCP came to power, the whole area turned into land for growing ganja and for illegal land grabbing, Kimidi added.
Ex-Karnataka minister Janardhan Reddy’s daughter discharged from hosptial after delivery
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Supreme Court that the daughter of ex-Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy’s daughter was discharged from a hospital in Bengaluru after the delivery of her child and reached Bellary last night.
The CBI made these arguments before the Supreme Court in response to a petition filed by former Karnataka Minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, who is accused of multi-million dollar illegal mining. Reddy filed a plea seeking to visit Bellary on the grounds of seeing his daughter and her newborn child.
CBI also apprised the court that Reddy’s daughter was discharged from Banglore’s hospital yesterday evening after the matter was argued before the Supreme Court yesterday.
CBI also apprised a bench of justices MR Shah and Krishna Murari that Reddy’s daughter delivered the child on September 27 after undergoing a cesarean surgery.
Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora for Reddy submitted that the mother of the child lives in Bellary.
During the hearing, the court asked the petitioner’s counsel not to raise the voice, as it would be of no help.
The court also noted that the petitioner never disclosed that the child was not born in Bellary, however, it expressed full sympathy with the petitioner.
The court pointed out that what the agency is saying is that the discharge took place only after arguments before this court.
Reddy’s counsel said that a newborn may have been born in Bangalore, but the mother and child reside in Bellary. Reddy’s counsel urged the court to issue directions to the concerned court to examine the prosecution witnesses from Bellary first. The lawyer apprehended that, out of vendetta, witnesses from Bellary might be put on the stand to be examined at the end.
The court said that it would pass an appropriate order later. The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the CBI to report it tomorrow after enquiring into the plea of former Karnataka minister and mining baron, Gali Janardhan Reddy, accused in a multi-million illegal mining case, seeking to visit Bellary on the grounds of seeing his daughter and her newborn child.
Free water scheme getting good response in Hyderabad
The Free Drinking Water Scheme brought by the K. Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana government seems to be getting a good response from the general public in Hyderabad.
The Free Drinking Water Scheme was introduced by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in January 2021. Under the scheme, 2.5 lakh households with water metres and two lakh slum households are receiving free 20,000 kiloliters of drinking water per month. The scheme was a part of KCR’s poll promises. One of the recipients, Mohammad Aleem Khan, told the press that it is KCR’s “best scheme.”
“This is the best scheme of CM KCR. We get 20,000 KL of water free every month and we don’t get any bill for that. We thank CM KCR for this,” the beneficiary said.
Another beneficiary, Akbar Azharuddin, also praised the scheme and demanded more such initiatives.
“This is a very good scheme and it’s very useful for us. Now we don’t get any bills. We request CM KCR to bring more such schemes, especially in the electricity department, which will be beneficial for the middle-class family. We would like to thank CM KCR for providing this scheme,” another beneficiary said.
Earlier, as a part of its welfare measures and social safety net strategy, the Telangana government introduced the “Aasara” pensions with a view to ensuring a secure life for all the poor.
It is a welfare scheme that offers pensions to old people, widows, physically disabled people, and beedi workers.
Tahsildar of Asif Nagar, D. Sunil Kumar, said that 10,000 new Aasara pensions have been sanctioned under Asif Nagar Mandal’s jurisdiction.
Earlier on Wednesday, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao decided to give a 30% share of the profits of state-run Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) for the year 2021–22 to the company’s employees as a Dussehra gift.
As part of this step, the company will pay Rs. 368 crore to the eligible workers.
PM Modi lays foundation stone of multiple projects in Ambaji
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone and dedicated various projects worth over Rs 7,200 crore in Ambaji.
Thousands of people cheered as Prime Minister Modi digitally pressed the launch button.The programmes in Ambaji include laying the foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under the PM Awas Yojana. Prime Minister Modi will also lay the foundation stone for the Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road New Broad Gauge Line and the development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji Temple under the PRASAD scheme.
The new rail line is expected to benefit lakhs of devotees visiting Ambaji, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, and will enrich the worship experience of the devotees at all these pilgrimage places. Other projects whose foundation stone will be laid include the construction of the runway and associated infrastructure at Air Force Station, Deesa, and Ambaji Bypass Road, among others.
Earlier, zeal and fervour echoed in the streets of Ambaji in Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow on Friday.
Thousands of people thronged the area as they raised slogans.
PM Modi’s convoy was greeted with flower petals thrown on his car, while the security detail was seen clearing out the pieces and clearing the way.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy made way for an ambulance.
The car trails stopped in alignment on one side of the road for an easy passage of the ambulance as the convoy was on its way to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad.
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