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Hyderabad, June 21 (IANS) The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) on Thursday alleged both the BJP and the Congress were conspiring to privatise Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) through the auction of coal mines.

BRS Working President K.T. Rama Rao said the BJP government at the Centre and the Congress government in Telangana were undermining Singareni by opting to auction coal mines in Telangana instead of allocating them directly to Singareni.

He slammed the state government for participating in the auction of mines instead of demanding direct allocation to Singareni.

“The Central government is auctioning more than 60 mines in the country, including Singareni, starting tomorrow. The state government’s participation in the auction contradicts their previous stance of opposing the auction and seeking direct allocation from the Central government to Singareni,” he said.

He also reminded the public that the present Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy had written a letter to the Central government seeking the cancellation of the Singareni mines auction and requesting direct allocation to Singareni.

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KTR, as the BRS leader is popularly known, questioned Revanth Reddy’s silence now over the Central government’s auction of mines in the Singareni area, considering his opposition earlier.

He claimed that BRS and its government had stalled the auctioning of coal mines in the Singareni area for the past nine years to safeguard Singareni’s future.

“With 16 MPs, neighbouring state’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is trying to halt the privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant and safeguarding their state’s interests. In contrast, the 16 elected MPs from Telangana, both from Congress and BJP, remain silent despite the Central government’s attempt to harm the state’s prospects through the mines auction,” he said.

KTR demanded that all MPs and the two Union Ministers from Telangana should immediately take steps to cancel the Singareni mines auction. He also accused the Central ministers from Telangana of harming the state’s interests by remaining silent on this matter. KTR stated that the same Central government made the Vizag Steel Plant incur losses by not allocating dedicated mines.

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The BRS leader also said that even if companies participate in the auction and get the mining rights, the BRS would cancel the leases “once they come into power after four and a half years”.

–IANS

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PM Modi congratulates Abhinav Bindra on being awarded Olympic Order

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PM Modi congratulates Abhinav Bindra on being awarded Olympic Order

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the medallist shooter and IOC member for being awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Bindra, who in 2008 became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal in men’s 10m air rifle event, will be conferred with the Olympic Order during the Paris Olympic Games, starting on Friday, for his meritorious service towards promoting the Olympic movement and values.

“It makes every Indian proud that @Abhinav_Bindra has been awarded the Olympic Order. Congratulations to him. Be it as an athlete or a mentor to upcoming sportspersons, he has made noteworthy contributions to sports and the Olympic Movement,” Prime Minister Modi wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Bindra immediately responded to the Prime Minister’s message and thanked him for his “kind words”.

“Thank you Sir for your kind words and encouragement”, Bindra wrote in response to the PM’s post

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It was the IOC Executive Board that decided to award the Olympic Order, the highest award given by the Olympic body, to Bindra during its meeting before the 142nd IOC Session being held in Paris. The award will be conferred on August 10 at an event organised during the Olympic Games in Paris.

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SC Collegium recommends extension of 9 judges' term in Calcutta HC

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI), D.Y. Chandrachud, has recommended the extension of term of nine additional judges of the Calcutta High Court for a year.

In April this year, the Collegium of the Calcutta High Court (HC) forwarded its unanimous recommendation to appoint Justices Biswaroop Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Sen, Prasenjit Biswas, Uday Kumar, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Supratim Bhattacharya, Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, Apurba Sinha Ray, and Md. Shabbar Rashidi as a permanent judge.

The Supreme Court Collegium said that it consulted other judges of the apex court who are conversant with the affairs of the Calcutta HC to ascertain their suitability, adding that the committee of two judges of the Supreme Court constituted by the CJI assessed the judgments of these additional judges.

After scrutinising and evaluating the material placed on record and having considered all aspects of the matter, the Supreme Court Collegium found that these additional judges deserve a fresh term of one year starting from August 31, 2024.

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“The Chief Minister and the Governor of the State of West Bengal have not conveyed their views on the above recommendation. The Department of Justice has forwarded the above recommendation by invoking Para 14 of the Memorandum of Procedure which provides that if the comments of the Constitutional authorities in the State are not received within the prescribed time frame, it should be presumed by the Minister of Law and Justice that the Governor and the Chief Minister have nothing to add to the proposal and proceed accordingly,” said a statement released on the website of the apex court.

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MP CM thanks Centre for allocating Rs 14,738 cr for railways in state

Bhopal, July 25 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has expressed his gratitude to the Union government for allocating Rs 14,738 crore to enhance railway facilities in the state.

The Chief Minister on Wednesday said that more than 80 railway stations in Western Central Railway (Zone) are currently underway, for which, the Union government has already sanctioned an amount of Rs 81,000 crore.

These railway stations are being developed under the Centre’s scheme ‘Amrit station’. Besides these, around 1,062 flyovers and roads under bridges have been constructed in the past 10 years.

“The recent budget includes a provision of Rs 14,738 crore specifically for the enhancement of railway facilities in the state. This substantial investment will benefit the citizens by providing new railway amenities and improved railway stations. It is the commitment of PM Modi for the people of Madhya Pradesh,” CM Yadav said.

The Chief Minister also added that Madhya Pradesh used to receive around Rs 632 crore between 2009 and 2014, which has been increased to Rs 14,738 crore in the Union Budget 2024-25.

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Madhya Pradesh has witnessed growth in the development of railway infrastructure, including new railway stations and train connectivity, in the past 10 years, CM Yadav said.

Madhya Pradesh has so far got four Vande Bharat Express trains, operating between the major cities — Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Rewa and also from Bhopal to New Delhi.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2024-25 in Parliament on Tuesday.

For the Financial Year 2024-25, the Union government has allocated a record capital expenditure of Rs 2,62,200 crore for the Railways sector, with gross budgetary support amounting to Rs 2,52,200 crore.

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K'taka CM can't 'defend' himself in MUDA scam, says State BJP chief Vijayendra

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K'taka CM can't 'defend' himself in MUDA scam, says State BJP chief Vijayendra

Bengaluru, July 25 (IANS) Karnataka BJP President B.Y. Vijayendra has said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is not in a position to defend himself in connection with the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) scam.

Speaking on the sidelines of the night-long protest by BJP legislators inside the Assembly on Wednesday, the State BJP President claimed that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had expressed outrage against his party MLAs and Ministers for not coming to his defence in connection with the MUDA scam.

“There is a situation where ruling party MLAs are not coming to help CM Siddaramaiah. If CM Siddaramaiah is honest, we are urging that a CBI probe be conducted into the MUDA scam. The state government wanted to rein in the ED but got rebuked by the High Court,” he said.

“I appeal to CM Siddaramaiah that his government has committed numerous sins. The countdown has begun, and we don’t know when he will submit his resignation. We will also protest in this regard and discuss it further,” he added.

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who proudly claims to be the leader of Backward Classes, Dalits and minorities, has shown little concern for them after coming to power in the state.

The Congress government, led by CM Siddaramaiah, is involved in looting Rs 187 crore in connection with the Tribal Welfare Board scam.

“In Mysuru, land valued at thousands of crores, nearly 4,000 sites, were allotted to his supporters, stooges, relatives, and his wife by violating all rules. By this, CM Siddaramaiah has done injustice to the poor and middle class” said State BJP President Vijayendra.

The Congress government prevented the protest march by the BJP and JD(S) legislators from Bengaluru to Mysuru condemning the MUDA scam.

“You don’t even allow us to discuss the MUDA scam in both Houses of the Assembly. State Law Minister H.K. Patil asks us to submit our grievances to the Inquiry Commission. At that point, CM Siddaramaiah was present in the House. He should have agreed to the debate and challenged us,” he added.

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“However, CM Siddaramaiah remained silent on the MUDA scam. The CM seems to be under pressure because of his involvement in scams. The Tribal Welfare Board scam would not have happened without the collusion of the CM since he is in charge of the State Finance Ministry,” said State BJP President Vijayendra.

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K'taka BJP MLAs raise slogans, sing bhajans during night-long protest against MUDA scam

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K'taka BJP MLAs raise slogans, sing bhajans during night-long protest against MUDA scam

Bengaluru, July 25 (IANS) The BJP legislators in both the Assembly and Council in Karnataka on Wednesday danced, sloganeered, and sang bhajans during their night-long agitation in the Vidhana Soudha, protesting the denial of an opportunity to debate the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) land scam involving Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The BJP legislators first displayed placards, followed by sloganeering, and later gathered together singing songs, targeting the Congress government and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar.

The BJP leaders gathered before the recently installed display board containing the Preamble of the Indian Constitution, under the leadership of Opposition leader R. Ashoka, and accused the Congress government of acting against the Constitution by gagging the opposition regarding the MUDA scam.

State BJP President B.Y. Vijayendra, former Minister Prabhu Chauhan, and Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Chalavadi Narayanaswamy, present inside the Vidhana Soudha began singing, dancing, and playing traditional musical instruments, targeting the Congress government for looting money reserved for Dalits and common man.

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R. Ashoka objected to the restrictions imposed by the police on the movement of BJP MLAs and MLCs for holding the protest.

“This government (Congress) will not be permanent; it is going to collapse in a year or two. No one knows when it will fall, so be careful and don’t dare to stop us,” he said.

Some of the BJP legislators took to singing superhit Kannada songs inside the Vidhana Soudha, accompanied by karaoke music.

Another group, joined by State BJP President Vijayendra and Opposition leader Ashoka, sang patriotic songs.

A dinner was also arranged at the Vidhana Soudha for the BJP legislators, who later changed into night attire and slept on its floor, sofas, and tables.

Karnataka Law Minister H.K. Patil and officials of the Vidhana Soudha spoke to several BJP legislators.

–IANS

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