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Chhattisgarh CM promises to hold dialogue with stakeholders to end Naxalism

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Newly-elected Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel speaking to ANI in Raipur on Wednesday

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Dec 19 (ANI): Newly-elected Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel has promised to hold a dialogue on Naxalism with various stakeholders including journalists, intellectuals and soldiers posted in the affected areas in the state, since it is a socio-political-economic issue and a long-term solution is needed.
In an exclusive interview to ANI on Wednesday, Baghel criticised the previous Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, asserting that its policy of solving the Naxalism issue with guns has failed.
“Naxals have been launching a spate of attacks in the state due to which tribals were killed and soldiers were martyred. We lost journalists and we also lost many politicians from our party during the last 15 years of Raman Singh government. Their policy that this problem can be solved using guns has failed. This is a political, social and economic issue,” Baghel elaborated.
He added: “Now what is the solution to this problem? We will need to speak to the people who are living in those areas. We will need to speak to journalists, intellectuals and the soldiers fighting in those regions. We will have to find a solution after discussing it with all stakeholders,” he added.
Backing Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on waiving farm loans, Baghel chided the Prime Minister for ignoring debt-ridden farmers and waiving off Rs 3 lakh crore for his 10-15 big industrialist friends, instead.
Earlier on Tuesday, Gandhi said that he will not let Prime Minister Modi sleep until the farmers’ loans are waived off.
“We will not let Prime Minister Modi sleep till he waives off loans of farmers, all opposition parties will unitedly demand this. Till now, the Prime Minister has not waived off a single rupee of farmers,” the Gandhi scion had said stepping up his attack on the Prime Minister.
In response, Baghel said: “The people are in distress. Farmers are in debt and are committing suicide. If Narendra Modi can waive Rs 3 lakh crore for his 10-15 big industrialist friends, then why not waive off farm loans for farmers? It is our responsibility to raise this issue. Farm loans have to be waived.”
Underlining that his government is people-friendly, Baghel said: “Congress president had announced agricultural loan waiver. We do not see that this would be applicable to either small farmers or rich farmers. Farmer is a farmer. Everyone’s farm loans would be waived off. We are a government for all, be it farmers, labourers, Adivasis, traders and common people.”
Commenting on the outsourcing of jobs, the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister informed that the process started by the Raman Singh-led government would be stopped by the Congress government soon.
Baghel went on to say that the main aim of the Congress government in the state would be to keep on fighting for the rights of the people and take decisions for the welfare of the people. (ANI)



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YS Chowdary's interim protection extended, matter posted for Jan 16

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New Delhi [India], Dec 19 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended interim protection granted to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader YS Chowdary who has been accused of money laundering and financial irregularities.
The court posted the matter for further hearing on January 16.
Chowdary had recently approached the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of allegations against him. During today’s hearing, the counsel representing the TDP leader told the court that he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a total of six hours without permitting a lunch break.
However, the ED countered Chowdary’s claim saying that the leader was offered lunch and refreshments but he refused it.
ED also told the court that Chowdary is not required for questioning at the moment.
The ED had issued summons to Chowdary on November 24 and 27 after the investigative agency raided his residential premises. During the raids, the ED seized six high-end cars (Ferrari, Range Rover, Benz), which are allegedly registered in the name of dummy companies. These vehicles were seized under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), the ED had said in a statement.
Refuting all charges against him, Chowdary had stated that all the companies established by him were “law-abiding and fully complied with all regulations.”
Chowdary accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of political vendetta, saying: “This is a case of political vendetta because the (TDP) alliance was called off (with BJP). I have been the former minister of the present government”. (ANI)



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Malayalam actress molestation: Dileep's plea for CBI inquiry rejected

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], Dec 19 (ANI): The Kerala High Court on Wednesday rejected Malayalam actor Dileep’s plea seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the molestation of an actress in February last year.
Dileep, who is accused of allegedly conspiring the assault and abduction of the actress, had moved a lower court in Kerala and the state’s High Court seeking access to the memory card containing digital evidence which was filed by the Kerala police but did not get a favourable outcome.
The courts had agreed with the police contention that evidence cannot be handed over to the accused.
Dileep later filed an appeal before the Supreme Court seeking access to the evidence.
During the Supreme Court hearing held last week, the bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said it will first decide whether the memory card containing the clip, which is part of a police report under the Evidence Act, is a “material or document”. The apex court further said that the trial court will not frame charges against the actor until it decides the issue.
The court posted the matter for further hearing on January 23.
The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car by a group of men, who had forced their way into the vehicle on the night of February 17, 2017, and later escaped.
According to police, the conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress in a moving car was allegedly hatched by Dileep. (ANI)



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LJP's new demands: Seats in Jharkhand and UP

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Lok Janshakti Party leader Pashupati Paras speaks to ANI on seat share in Bihar, Jharkhand and UP

Patna (Bihar) [India], Dec 19 (ANI): Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally, has ramped up the pressure on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to acquiesce to their demands for seat share in Bihar and to add seats in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand as well to sweeten the deal further.
Pashupati Paras, a top leader in the LJP and a member of the Paswan clan, demanded that his party should get the same seat share in Bihar that they got in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. His demands also included seats for the LJP in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
“We are asking for what is rightfully ours. We are an honest partner of the NDA. We are asking for the same number of seats that we fought from in 2014. We definitely want seats from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh as well, as our vote bank exists in these states. Time is running out now. We want Amit Shah to finalise this by December 31. We want them (BJP) to maintain the sanctity of the coalition,” Paras told ANI.
Top sources in the LJP who wished to remain anonymous due to the politically sensitive nature of pre-poll coalition discussions added that the BJP was yet to respond to LJP’s demands. In fact, talks related to seat share with the BJP had not been held at all.
The sources went on to say that letters had been written to the Finance Minister to get clarifications on demonetisation but had yielded no results from North Block. “We need these clarifications so that we can give answers to people. The results of the recent polls in three states are worrying,” added the LJP source.
LJP’s new set of demands come in the backdrop of another NDA ally, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) severing ties with the NDA after their demands were met with a stoic silence from the BJP.
With six seats in the Lok Sabha, LJP is an important ally in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.
On Tuesday, its MP Chirag Paswan had launched a veiled threat to pull out of the NDA. He further advised the BJP to look into the concerns of its allies or gear up to face consequences at this “delicate” stage.
“The NDA is going through a delicate phase after Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) pulled out of the alliance. At this point in time, the BJP should look into concerns of the parties who are still in alliance with them before it is too late,” he had tweeted in Hindi.
Furthermore, Paswan had claimed that he had met BJP leaders for discussing matters pertaining to seat sharing in the assembly, but nothing substantial was achieved.
“We spoke to BJP leaders about the seat share but nothing substantial has come out till now. It is in their interest to ensure the decisions in this matter are taken in the right direction well in time, otherwise, they will have to bear the damages,” Paswan had tweeted. (ANI)



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Christian Michel bail: Court reserves order, counsel claims Michel has dyslexia

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New Delhi [India], Dec 19 (ANI): AgustaWestland chopper deal middleman Christian Michel is suffering from dyslexia, his counsel Aljo K Joseph claimed on Wednesday even as a Delhi court reserved its order for December 22 on his bail plea.
“He (Michel) has become weak since he was also in custody in Dubai for five months on CBI’s request. We are ready for any condition of bail. You have already granted bail to other accused. CBI had questioned him five times in Dubai and for 15 days in Delhi. He is suffering from dyslexia, and he has been asked to write in cursive writing,” said Joseph.
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal, arrived in New Delhi on December 05 after being extradited to India from Dubai. He was later sent to CBI custody.
During the hearing at Patiala House Court, the CBI opposed Michel’s bail plea, arguing that he knows certain facts, which put him in a position to influence the investigation.
Joseph claimed that his client was cooperating in the investigation, and hence, is liable to be granted bail.
But the CBI argued that Michel was influential enough to try and remove evidence, saying “He (Michel) was making efforts to run away from Dubai just before his extradition. His dispatches show high links in the defence ministry and people in politics. Many of them are witnesses in our case. We cannot take the chance that he will influence witnesses. We have brought him here with great difficulty.”
The AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal, finalised during the previous government of Manmohan Singh, had got mired in allegations of kickbacks. The 54-year-old Michel is an accused in the case along with some others including former Air Chief SP Tyagi.
According to the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet filed in a court here two years back, Michel had received kickbacks to the tune of 30 million Euros from AgustaWestland for the deal involving a purchase of 12 VIP helicopters. The deal, signed in 2007, was scrapped in 2013 following the bribery allegations. (ANI)



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Centre to reframe policy for rare diseases, files affidavit in HC

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New Delhi [India], Dec 18 (ANI): The Central government has filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court, underlying need to re-frame the policy for rare diseases which was finalised and approved last year.
The Centre has informed the court that there are several challenges with respect to the policy like under the National Health Mission (NHM) which mandates only primary and secondary care and does not cover the management of the tertiary care.
However, rare disease management usually involves tertiary care. In an earlier hearing, the Central government had informed the high court that rare diseases were transferred from the Public Health Division to the NHM due to personal independence payment (PIP) process.
“That though framed with the best intent had implementation challenges and gaps including the issue of cost-effectiveness of supporting such health interventions for a resource-limited situation which made it not feasible to implement in the present shape,” reads the affidavit accessed by ANI.
It also states that though in an affidavit dated March 14, 2018, it was stated that Rs 100 crore corpus funds have been created under the National Health Mission. “However, no such corpus was created and this occurred under an honest mistaken belief that the funds under the NHM could be earmarked,” adds the affidavit.
Prasanna Shirol, co-founder and executive director of Organisation for Rare Disease India (ORDI), has expressed shock and displeasure over the change in the Central government’s stance. “The government is not serious so far as rare diseases are concerned, and has left the patients in the lurch, who were pinning their hope on the policy,” he added.
The affidavit said that most of the states have not constituted State Technical Committees as envisaged under the policy. “Only six states-Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab, Gujarat, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu-are reported to have constituted the state committees,” says the affidavit.
It also said that Tamil Nadu had clarified that the cost for sustaining life for one year for rare diseases comes up to Rs 45 lakh and hence it appears to be “unsustainable” and “impractical.”
“Illustratively for 100 patients to be treated and maintained on the above regimen would cost about Rs 45 crore, which is very high proportion of the overall drug budget which addresses several lakh patients every day,” Tamil Nadu government had said, adding that either the Central government should defray the full cost of the treatment or resort to compulsory licensing of the said drugs.
Justice Manmohan who has been overseeing the proceedings was disappointed with the turn of events and asked the Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to be present on the next date of hearing on February 8, 2019, to propose an interim arrangement for rare genetic diseases till the policy is re-framed. He also mentioned that the government has run down its own policy and the fate of the patients is unknown till the policy is re-framed.
A rare disease is a health condition of low prevalence that affects a small number of people as compared to the prevalent diseases in the general population. It is estimated that globally around 6,000 to 8,000 rare diseases exist with new rare diseases being reported in the medical literature regularly. However, 80 per cent of all rare disease patients is affected by approximately 350 rare diseases. (ANI)



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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's life-size portrait to be unveiled in Parliament's Central Hall

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File photo of late BJP stalwart and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

New Delhi [India], Dec 18 (ANI): A life-size portrait of former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna will be installed in the Central Hall of Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, sources told ANI.
A decision to this effect was taken on Tuesday evening in the meeting of Parliament’s Portrait Committee, which was chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The meeting was attended by among others Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader M Thambidurai, Bhartruhari Mehtab of BJD, Sudip Bandopadhyay of TMC, Jitendra Reddy of TRS, Anant Geete of Shiv Sena, and Satyanarayan Jatia of BJP.
Sources said that the proposal to put up the life-size portrait of Vajpayee, whose birthday falls on December 25, in the Central Hall was put forth by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Sources said the decision was unanimous. “Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan chaired the meeting of Portrait Committee, and all members present in the meeting unanimously approved the decision,” sources added. (ANI)



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Not just PM, I was also accidental Finance Minister: Manmohan Singh

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Manmohan Singh launching his book 'Changing India' in New Delhi on Tuesday. ANI

New Delhi [India], Dec 18 (ANI): Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he was not only an ‘accidental prime minister’ of India but also the country’s accidental ‘finance minister.’
“I have been termed as an accident prime minister of the country, but I think that I was also an accidental finance minister,” he said after the launch of his book ‘Changing India’ here on Tuesday.
Former Prime Minister Singh went on to add that while he was criticised for being a “silent” prime minister, he never shied away from speaking to the press.
“People say I was a silent prime minister, but I think these volumes (his book ‘Changing India’) speak for themselves. I was not the prime minister who was afraid of talking to the press. I met the press regularly. In every foreign tour, I had press conferences in the plane or after landing,” he noted.
Singh further noted that when he was India’s Finance Minister in 1991, he was successful in helping turn a crisis into a “great opportunity.”
“Life has been a great adventure and an enterprise, which I relish. I have no regrets. I will never be able to return what my country gave me. Some part of life has been smooth sailing and there were some hiccups,” he noted.
Singh, who has been very critical of the BJP-led Central government for destroying the economy through the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation, said that despite all the hiccups and hurdles, India will rise to be a superpower.
“This country is destined to be a major power. The thrust of India’s economic policy has not changed for the last 25 years,” he added. (ANI)



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Stalin proposes Rahul Gandhi's name for PM

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MK Stalin addresses public rally in Chennai on Sunday

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec 16 (ANI): Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on Sunday proposed Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s name for the post of Prime Minister, saying the Congress chief has the ability to defeat the “fascist” Narendra Modi government.
Addressing a public rally here, Stalin said: “From the soil of Tamil Nadu, I propose the name of Rahul Gandhi for the prime ministerial candidate. I propose we will install a new Prime Minister in Delhi. He has got the ability to defeat the fascist Modi government.”
Furthermore, Stalin claimed that in the last five years, India has lagged behind by 15 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. “If we give another chance to him, surely the country will go 50 years back. PM Modi is behaving like a king. That is why we have all come together to safeguard the democracy and the country,” he added.
Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Stalin said Prime Minister Modi was a ‘sadist’ who was suppressing democracy and governance in various states.
“PM Modi tweeted about violence in Orlando, America in 2014. But he did not offer any solace to the people who died in cyclone Gaja. Had the cyclone happened in Maharashtra, he would have gone there. But because it is Tamil Nadu, he didn’t come. That’s why I call him a sadist,” he said.
“He (Prime Minister Modi) thinks he is the Supreme Court, Reserve Bank of India, and the Income Tax Department. He has destroyed social justice. He does not consider himself an elected Prime Minister but thinks of himself as an emperor. We have come together to develop a new India and oppose his rule,” Stalin added.
Earlier, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi unveiled a statue of late DMK chief Karunanidhi at the DMK headquarters in the city. The ceremony was also attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and several leaders of the DMK.
Stalin also presented a gold bust of Karunanidhi as a form of memento to the guests on the occasion. (ANI)



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In show of solidarity, opposition leaders to grace Cong CMs' swearing-in ceremony

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A large number of Opposition leaders had graced the swearing-in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister (ANI file photo)

New Delhi [India], Dec 16 (ANI): In a show of solidarity, a phalanx of opposition leaders including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, DMK president MK Stalin, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati, SP president Akhilesh Yadav and NCP president Sharad Pawar will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Congress chief ministers in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on December 17.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister-designate Kamal Nath is scheduled to take oath at 1.30 pm, while Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot will take oath at 10 am. Chhattisgarh’s chief minister-designate Bhupesh Baghel is currently scheduled to take oath at 4.30 pm.
“NCP president Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal president Sharad Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, Bihar’s former Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, SP president Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among other opposition leaders will attend the oath-taking ceremony in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on December 17,” said well-placed sources.
A host of senior Congress leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and other leaders will be present on the occasion to lead the ‘opposition unity’ show, which assumes significance in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections next year.
Giving a massive blow to the BJP, Congress wrested power from the saffron outfit decisively in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, but the contest was neck to neck in Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls where the Congress wrested power from the BJP but in a nail-biting fight. In 230-member Assembly of Madhya Pradesh, the Congress won 114 seats, while the BJP got 109.
According to sources, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17. Since West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not able to leave the state due to personal reasons, her party MP Nadimul Haque will grace the swearing-in ceremony of Rajasthan chief minister and deputy chief minister in Jaipur on Monday, as the representative of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Rajasthan’s chief minister-designate Ashok Gehlot has written to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, inviting him for his swearing-in ceremony, while Madhya Pradesh chief minister-designate Kamal Nath telephoned Naidu and extended him invite for his swearing-in ceremony in Bhopal. “Naidu has accepted their invitations,” sources said.
In the recently-concluded Assembly elections the results of which were declared on December 11, the Congress got a massive majority in 90-member Vidhan Sabha of Chhattisgarh where the party won 68 seats, and the BJP got just 15 seats and the remaining seats went to others including BSP 2 and Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh won 5 seats.
In Rajasthan where the poll was held in 199 seats out of 200, the Congress bagged 99 seats, and the BJP 73. BSP got 6, CPM 2, Bharatiya Tribal Party 2, Rashtriya Lok Dal 1, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party 3, and Independents 13.
Madhya Pradesh saw a nail-biting fight, where the Congress managed to bag 114 seats out of a total of 230, while the BJP got 109 seats, BSP 2, Samajwadi Party 1 and Independents 4. (ANI)



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