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New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Hardeep Singh Puri, the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, on Thursday, had a candid conversation with an autorickshaw driver, during which the latter apprised him about the various welfare schemes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government that he was benefitting from.

The Union Minister shared the video on his X handle, where he is seen travelling in an auto-rickshaw and having a conversation with driver Pankaj Kumar Suman, a native of Bihar.

Notably, Kamaljeet Sehrawa, the BJP candidate from West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency filed his nomination on Thursday.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri accompanied him during the roadshow and then had the opportunity of taking a ride in an auto-rickshaw.

Auto driver Pankaj Kumar Suman, who hails from Bihar’s Bhagalpur and currently lives in national capital’s Vikas Nagar told the Union Minister that he is fond of Modi government and wants to see him return to power for third term.

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In the almost one-minute long video, the auto driver tells the Union Minister that he wants to vote for the BJP candidate, because of the policies and guarantees of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Union Minister also enquires from the auto driver, whether he was a beneficiary of the policies of PM Modi-led government.

To this, Pankaj Suman replies that he has benefitted from various welfare schemes of Modi government.

“I have benefitted from many schemes including Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana,” he said.

“I have also taken loan under PM Mudra Yojana,” he added.

–IANS

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Jaipur, July 22 (IANS) Nipah virus alert has been issued in Rajasthan after the detection of the dreadful virus in Kerala which has claimed a life, the officials said on Monday.

Director of Health Directorate Dr. Ravi Prakash Mathur issued an order alerting all the medical college principals, CMHO and PMOs and instructing them to detect the suspected patients coming to the hospital and to share their information.

Doctors have said that patients complain of severe headaches and fever. “Its symptoms can become severe over time. The risk of brain infection or encephalitis can increase due to this virus attack,” the doctors said.

Instructions have also been passed to keep an eye on the passengers travelling from Kerala.

The administration has also alerted the hotel operators to monitor the tourists coming from Kerala.

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Chandigarh, July 22 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday sought a special package for the holistic development of the state from the 16th Finance Commission, currently on a visit to the state.

The Chief Minister, while welcoming the commission members, including Chairman Arvind Panagariya, said due to the immense contribution of Punjab in making the country self-sufficient in food production, the state should be given a special economic package. He said Punjabis have already carved a niche for themselves in every country across the globe and the package will further give impetus to economic growth of the state.

Mann expressed hope that the Finance Commission would give a sympathetic view to the genuine demands of the state and generously allot funds to Punjab.

He sought funds of Rs 132,247 crore from the Finance Commission to give impetus to the development of the state. He said this includes development funds of Rs 75,000 crore, Rs 17,950 crore for agriculture and paddy diversification, Rs 5,025 crore for stubble burning, Rs 8,846 crore for tackling narco-terrorism and drug abuse, besides Rs 6,000 crore for industry revitalisation.

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Mann said apart from this, Rs 9,426 crore should be given for urban local bodies and Rs 10,000 crore for rural local bodies. He said with improved sustainability and self-sufficiency, the state has been doing everything in its power to mobilize resources. In the last two years alone, major heads of state’s Own Tax Revenue have witnessed impressive growth by surpassing national growth rates, he said, adding that the GST revenue has gone up by 33 per cent and excise alone has gone up by more than 50 per cent.

He said this has been possible with robust administration and honest governance, which the state government has provided from day one. The Chief Minister said the state government is also reviewing various expenditure items and looking at rationalising unproductive expenditure. He said through solarisation, the state government intends to rationalise power subsidies in the long term and improve the reliability of power infrastructure.

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Mann said Punjab’s problems are not new and have a legacy nature, adding many of these problems came into existence due to ill-advised political decisions of previous governments just before the election. Citing examples, the Chief Minister said that a CCL loan of Rs 30,584 crore that was taken in March 2017 or substantial untargeted subsidies given right before elections in 2021 has ruptured the state’s economy.

He said that “the repercussions of these actions are still being felt today, as we strive to achieve financial consolidation amidst these inherited challenges”. Mann said the state government “is making concerted efforts for carving out Rangla Punjab for which support of the people of the state is a must”.

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Goa CM hails Centre lifting ban on govt employees joining RSS activities

Panaji, July 22 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday welcomed the decision of the Central government to lift the ban on government employees who want to take part in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) programmes.

“I welcome the decision taken by the Union government to withdraw the restrictions on the government employees to participate in the programmes of RSS,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the unconstitutional restrictions imposed by the then successive Congress government show their reluctance to accept a different view.

“The Bharatiya view must be carried forward. I congratulate the Union government for the decision,” the Chief Minister added.

RSS Goa Chief Rajan Bhobe said that with this decision there will be no fear among government servants to partake in ‘Shakhas’.

“There were no such restrictions earlier also and whoever was willing to work for Sangh, used to engage in programmes of RSS. There were no restrictions. Hence, I don’t find anything to welcome in this decision. People participate in Shakhas on Sundays, wherein we discuss ongoing issues,” Bhobe said.

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He said that the organisation does not allow anyone to work for RSS by taking leave or by remaining absent at their workplace and nobody has done such things in the past.

In November 1966, the Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a ban on participation in the RSS affiliated programmes, which was removed on July 9.

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Delhi HC judge recuses from hearing Umar Khalid's bail plea in UAPA case

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) A Delhi High Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing the bail plea of former JNU scholar and student activist Umar Khalid who is behind bars since September 2020 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the “larger conspiracy” case related to the 2020 North-East Delhi riots.

After Justice Amit Sharma withdrew himself from hearing the case, the bench presided over by Justice Prathiba M. Singh directed the matter to be listed before a different combination on July 24 after obtaining approval from the Acting Chief Justice.

Before this, a court here on May 28 had rejected Khalid’s application seeking bail on the grounds of delay in completion of trial proceedings and parity with other co-accused who had been enlarged on bail.

Earlier, a trial court in April 2022 dismissed Khalid’s first bail application, and later his appeal was also rejected by the Delhi High Court.

In February this year, Khalid withdrew his special leave petition filed before the Supreme Court seeking bail due to a “change in circumstances” and sought liberty to apply afresh for bail before the trial court.

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Khalid has been booked under the stringent anti-terror law and several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and has been in custody since September 2020.

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New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Rajya Sabha MP Vikram Sahney on Monday raised the issue of direct flights to Britain and Canada from Amritsar and Chandigarh airports in the House.

He said lakhs of Punjabis travel to and from Britain and Canada to Punjab.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Muralidhar Mohol replied that granting points of call to the designated carriers of foreign countries depends on the benefit to the Indian aviation sector, the presence of the Indian diaspora in the country, and the future plans of Indian carriers.

The minister said various airlines of India are free to select destinations they wish to service and operate within the ambit of the bilateral Air Service Agreement (ASA).

Sahney said the government should impress upon carriers like Air India to start more direct flights from Punjab to Britain and Canada and also consider new points of call for any foreign carriers to use the Amritsar and Chandigarh airports as it satisfies the condition of a considerable presence of the Indian diaspora in these countries.

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