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LS polls: Top Gujarat BJP, Congress leaders set to file nominations

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Gandhinagar, April 15 (IANS) Top BJP and Congress leaders in Gujarat are set to file their nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls.

The list of BJP leaders who will be filing nominations on Monday includes Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya from Porbandar, Dinesh Makwana from Ahmedabad West, sitting MP Hasmukh Patel from Ahmedabad East, and Chandu Shihora from Surendranagar.

Union Minister Purusottam Rupala is scheduled to file his nomination on Tuesday alongside three other party candidates.

Congress candidates who will file their nominations on Monday are MLAs Geni Thakor from Banaskantha and Rutvik Makwana (Surendranagar), J.P. Maraviya (Jamnagar) and Siddharth Chaudhary from Bardoli.

Meanwhile, the BJP has announced a list of 40-star campaigners for the upcoming general elections in Gujarat.

Prominent national figures spearheading the campaign include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President J.P. Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

Other key campaigners are Smriti Irani, Arjun Mundra, Bharti Pawar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan CM Bhajan Lal Sharma, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav, and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, among others.

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Gujarat will go into polls on May 7 in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

–IANS

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FM announces financial aid to Assam, Sikkim for flood management

Guwahati, July 23 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech on Tuesday announced providing financial assistance for flood management and related projects in Assam and Sikkim.

While presenting her seventh straight budget in the Lok Sabha, she said that Assam grapples with floods every year from the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, originating outside India.

“We will provide assistance to Assam for flood management and related projects,” she announced.

Announcing financial assistance for Sikkim, the Finance Minister said that recently Sikkim witnessed devastating flash floods and landslides that wreaked havoc across the state.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked the Union Finance Minister for proposing special assistance to the state to meet the challenges posed by recurring floods.

Reacting to the Union budget, the Chief Minister in his statement on social media said: “We are extremely grateful for the special assistance Assam will receive under this budget to help meet the challenges posed by floods.”

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FM Sitharaman while presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha proposed assistance to the flood-affected states like Bihar, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim with flood management and development support, including financial backing for flood control projects.

–IANS

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NCPCR slaps notice to Netflix for showing smutty content accessible by kids

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Adopting a tough stance, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has slapped a notice on the OTT platform Netflix for allegedly showcasing adult content that is accessible by kids, on Tuesday.

NCPCR has served the notices to Netflix India Vice-President (Content) Monika Shergil and Policy Head Ambika Khurana, directing them to appear before it in person on July 29 in Delhi.

The notice was served following a complaint lodged by former journalist Uday Mahurkar of Save Culture, Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF) with the NCPCR.

As per the complaint by SCSBF, Netflix is illegally showcasing the most horrendous pornographic content on its platform, which is easily accessible to minors.

The NCPCR had already sent a letter to Netflix on June 10 to take the necessary steps and submit an Action Taken Report within 10 days, but that was not complied with.

It has pointed out that “the unrestricted accessibility of explicit content on Netflix to minors” constitutes an offence under the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 11.

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The relevant section states: “A person is said to commit sexual harassment upon a child when such person, with sexual intent, shows any object to a child in any form or media for pornographic purposes.”

The NCPCR has warned that failure to comply with the notice could attract legal consequences, and directed the top officials to appear before it on July 29.

–IANS

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President Droupadi Murmu to visit Maharashtra on July 28

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) President Droupadi Murmu will visit Maharashtra from July 28 to 30.

She will visit Pune, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nanded and Latur during her visit.

Among various programmes, she will attend the function to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Maharashtra Legislative Council on July 29 in Mumbai.

Her programmes planned for July 28 include a visit to the Mahalaxmi temple at Kolhapur, the inauguration of the mineral water plant at Savitri Mahila Audyogik Sahakari Sanstha and the extension building of Shobhatai Kore Warana Mahila Sahakari Patsanstha (credit society).

On July 29, the President will attend the 21st Convocation Ceremony of Symbiosis International Deemed University at Pune and later attend the Centenary year function of the Maharashtra Legislative Council at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai.

On July 30, she will inaugurate the Buddha Vihar at Udgir in Latur district and visit Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib at Nanded.

On the same day, she will fly back to Delhi.

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Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

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Maha: War of words erupts between Ajit Pawar & Girish Mahajan over development funds

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also holds the Finance portfolio, and Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan on Tuesday at the Cabinet meeting were reportedly engaged in a war of words over the allocation of development funds.

The verbal duel between the two leaders shocked the other cabinet members as it took place in the presence of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Girish Mahajan demanded additional funds for his department for the 25/15 scheme (the projects suggested by the elected representatives under this scheme are implemented mainly in rural areas) from the Finance Department headed by Ajit Pawar.

However, Pawar got agitated and reportedly asked Mahajan, “Where will we get the money, what land parcels the government should sell now to mobilise the funds?”

Mahajan also replied to Pawar and insisted that the funds need to be mobilised for the implementation of the 25/15 scheme in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly election.

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He referred to the proposal seeking the Cabinet’s approval for the allocation of crores of rupees for a monument in the Sinnar constituency in Nashik district represented by an NCP legislator.

“If your (Pawar) stand is not to spend or demand additional funds for want of money then why the money is being allocated for the Sinnar monument?” asked Mahajan.

In the recently presented state budget, Pawar announced a slew of welfare schemes worth almost Rs 1 lakh crore which has put an additional burden on the state exchequer.

The Finance Department has hinted that the state government may have to raise loans for the implementation of those schemes.

–IANS

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Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

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Rs 7545 cr allocated to Maha, Oppn reacted without reading Budget: Dy CM

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the state’s opposition has reacted to the Budget without reading it.

“We have a slew of state projects which have got the budgetary allocation of Rs 7,545 crore. Our opposition leaders reacted without reading the Budget,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He also gave a list of the projects and their allocated funds: Irrigation projects in Vidarbha Marathwada (Rs 600 crore), Maharashtra Rural Road Improvement (Rs 400 crore), Economic corridor for inclusive development (Rs 466 crore), Eco-Friendly Sustainable Agriculture Project (Rs 598 crore), Maharashtra Agriculture and Rural Transformation Project (Rs 150 crore), MUTP-3 (Rs 908 crore), Mumbai Metro (Rs 1087 crore), Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (Rs 499 crore), MMR Green Urban Mobility (Rs 150 crore), Nagpur Metro (Rs 683 crore), Nag Nadi Rejuvenation (Rs 500 crore), Pune Metro (Rs 814 crore) and Mula Mutha River Conservation (Rs 690 crore).

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“When the public elects you, there is an expectation that the elected representatives should read the provisions. I see that many big announcements have been made for Maharashtra,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He added that the Union Budget is a future-oriented budget keeping in mind the youth, poor and farmers of the country.

“Many advanced countries are struggling with the economy and in such a situation, India has shown a growth of 8.2 per cent. This growth is a growth that reflects the strength of India’s economy. Social sector expenditure has doubled in 2023-24 from nearly Rs 11 lakh crore to Rs 23 lakh crore,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

He said that the expenditure on the health sector has now almost doubled to Rs 5.85 lakh crore against Rs 2.5 lakh crore in 2017-18.

“Through this budget, an investment of Rs 11 lakh crore will be made for infrastructure. The Centre has brought two schemes for the states, interest-free loans of Rs 1.5 lakh crore for 50 years and 15 years,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

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He said that also, a big announcement has been made regarding the new pension scheme.

“As in the state, we have made some rules along with all the employee unions. The Central government is also working along the same lines. This budget has been presented with an eye on the future and not just raining slogans,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

–IANS

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