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Delhi govt to move resolution on repealing farm laws


Delhi govt to move resolution on repealing farm laws

The Delhi government will demand compensation for the families of over 700 farmers who lost their lives during the protests and a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, according to an official source.

In a special session of the Delhi Assembly on Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is likely to move a resolution to repeal the Centre’s three farm laws.

Along with that, the Delhi government will demand compensation for the families of over 700 farmers who lost their lives during the protests and a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, according to an official source.

Besides, the state government will also demand the withdrawal of cases registered against the protesting farmers in the past one year.

It will seek the removal as well as the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

The resolution will be moved by Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai.

In a bulletin issued on Monday, the Delhi government had said that the sessions of the Legislative Assembly will commence on Friday at 11 a.m.

The Assembly has asked MLAs to follow all Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.




Amit Shah addresses Annual Session and AGM of ICC through video conferencing


Amit Shah addresses Annual Session and AGM of ICC through video conferencing

The Union Home Minister said that Manipur’s blockade has been ended, an agreement has been made with NLFT and they have laid down their arms.

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah today addressed the Annual Session and AGM of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through video conferencing and said the development of Eastern India cannot be imagined without the development of the North East.

In his address focused on “India@75 — Empowering North-East India,” Shah said that after Independence, there was development in Western and Southern India, but Eastern India had lagged behind.

“Prime Minister had said that when we come to power, we will focus on the development of Eastern India and make it a contributor to the development of the country by bringing it at par with the development of the rest of India, and I am happy to say that in the past seven years, the Eastern Winds of change can be seen in the area,” Shah said.

He said the North East is a very important region of the country and unless it is connected with the rest of India in every aspect, there will be no sense of unity and the development of the North East. Since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the development of the North East has been taken up in a phased manner.

The Home Minister said that after 2014 and 2019, peace was restored in the North East. In the first term, by entering into a land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, the biggest drawback is going to the East was resolved.

He said the Modi government has declared the Ministry of Home Affairs as an “Appropriate Government” to facilitate land acquisition for border projects. He said that there was a time when agitations and disputes were everyday affairs in the North East.

The Prime Minister has set a narrative that cooperation and hard work are required for development, not agitation or controversy. The Union Home Minister said that Manipur’s blockade has been ended, an agreement has been made with NLFT and they have laid down their arms. The 40-year-old problem of Bru refugees was also resolved and now they are being resettled. Many other agreements were signed.

Shah said that in these seven years there was a paradigm shift in enhancing the infrastructure of the North East and before 2024 all capitals of the North East will be connected with airports. Seven out of eight states of North East will be connected by rail.

Work has been done to build many national highways. 32 roads of the National Highway have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 12,000 crore. For the all-round development of the North East, from 2014 to 2021, Rs 2,65,513 crore was spent on infrastructure.

The 15th Finance Commission increased the expenditure of the North East by 251 percent as compared to the 14th Finance Commission. “The infrastructure, peace, political stability of the Northeast creates an environment in which you can trust and invest. In the year 2021-22, the budget of the North East is Rs 63,000 crore and the Modi government has doubled this budget in seven years,” he said.




Pictures recall horror of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks


Pictures recall horror of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

There is less than a week until the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks of Mumbai, which for three days, crippled the nation’s commercial capital in 2008.

There is less than a week until the nation will observe the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks of Mumbai, which for three days, crippled the nation’s commercial capital in 2008.

The following pictures have recalled the horror of the attacks that have claimed more than 160 innocent lives.

The pictures take us through the locations of the horrifying, inhumane attacks. The locations are the following– Taj Mahal Palace & Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Trident Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House (better known as the Jewish Chabad House), and Cama Hospital. Explosions also rocked the Mazagon docks and took place in a taxi at Vile Parle.

The three days were marked by the heroism of the NSG commandos, who evacuated 300 people from Taj, 250 from the Trident, and 60 people (members of 12 different families) from Nariman House. Also showing exemplary courage were men of the Mumbai Police, such as Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble, who captured one of the monsters alive with his bare hands.

The nation too mourned the loss of Joint Commissioner of Police, Hemant Karkare, Chief of Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte,

Senior Inspector Vijay Salaskar, Senior Inspector Shashank Shinde, and the NSG commandos, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Hawaldar Gajender Singh Bisht. Three railway officials were also sacrificed at the CST.

(With inputs from IANS)




EXHICON acquires Creative Focus


EXHICON acquires Creative Focus
EXHICON acquires Creative Focus
 
In a strategic move, Exhicon Thailand Company Limited has acquired Creative Focus Interior Design Company (CFID) for an undisclosed sum.
Set up a decade ago in India, Creative Focus has been offering unique blend of communications through Exhibition, Retail & Commercial designs and interiors for a diverse customer base. Some of the major clients of Creative Focus includes IFB, UNV, Hik Vision, Parx, WB, Madura Textiles, Palram, Lee Cooper, Color Plus, Duratuff to name a few. The deal also includes taking over of production units in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.
 
M Q Syed, Managing Director, Exhicon Group said, “Creative Focus accompanies a group of enthusiastic, capable, and inventive individuals with proven track record in Exhibition, Commercial and Retail interiors with in-house production units in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. We welcome them to the growing portfolios of EXHICON Group and hope to help the Creative Focus brand grow the business beyond India in the Exhibitions, Retail and Commercial Interiors space”.
 
Pornprapa Chokpornchai, Director, Exhicon Thailand said “We welcome them to the EXHICON Group and hope to help the Creative Focus brand grow the business beyond India across Exhibitions, Retail and Commercial Interiors”.
Chokpornchai further said “The Exhibition and Retail Interior business and its offerings are at an inflection point of massive explosion in the post COVID world and this takeover will help Creative Focus to synergize and grow with other verticals of EXHICON.
U. Nadkar, the founder of Creative Focus said “We are extremely excited to be part of EXHICON Group as it gives us immense opportunity to explore exponential growth into the Exhibition & retail sectors”.
Padma Mishra, Group Director Exhicon expressed “With our experience of building and nurturing small companies & brands to the next level, we will work on strengthening Creative Focus’ capabilities and market engagement beyond India, Thailand, UAE & Hong Kong.
Write to Diya Mali

 




True statesmanship : Tripura HC CJ on PM’s repeal of farm laws


True statesmanship : Tripura HC CJ on PM’s repeal of farm laws

He said that a person who is in a position of authority should be prepared to take both praise and criticism since it is the consequence of holding a public office.

The Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court today termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws a sign of “true statesmanship”.

During the hearing of a case unrelated to the farm laws, Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty said that though he is not praising Mr Modi, the latter’s decision to repeal the farm laws was “true statesmanship” and questioned whether anyone has ever heard a PM apologize.

He said that a person who is in a position of authority should be prepared to take both praise and criticism since it is the consequence of holding a public office.

“If you are in authority you have to take it both, that is the consequence of holding this chair. We have to be open to criticism and adverse comments. We cannot say that we will not accept criticism, we are holding a public office.”

Today, after almost a year-long tussle between the Modi government and the farmers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the PM announced that the three farm laws will be repealed by his government.

PM Modi assured the farmers that the decision will see its implementation in the Parliament session that would kick off at the end of this month. All three laws will be repealed with due process, he assured.

The three laws are- Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance & Farm Services Act 2020, Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act and Amendment to Essential Commodities Act.




MSME minister launches special credit linked capital subsidy scheme for services sector


MSME minister launches special credit linked capital subsidy scheme for services sector

The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the services sector and has a provision of 25 per cent capital subsidy for procurement of plant & machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector specific restrictions on technology upgradation.

Union Minister for MSME Narayan Rane on Friday launched the Special Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (SCLCSS) for the services sector on the second day of the MSME North East Conclave.

On the occasion, senior officers of the Ministry of MSME at Guwahati were also present.  The scheme will help in meeting the technology-related requirements of enterprises in the services sector and has a provision of 25 per cent capital subsidy for procurement of plant & machinery and service equipment through institutional credit to the SC-ST MSEs without any sector-specific restrictions on technology upgradation

Minister also felicitated SC/ST entrepreneurs of the North-eastern region and urged the youth to take up entrepreneurship to become job givers rather than job seekers. Shri Rane assured the youth that no stone will be left unturned by the Ministry of MSME in their journey to become successful entrepreneurs.

He emphasised that inclusive growth of the MSME sector is complete only with the contribution from North-East. He stated that favourable policies of the government of India and different schemes/programmes implemented by the Ministry of MSME, especially for marginalised sections of the society, are helping the region to realize its full potential.

The Minister also awarded certificates to the successful trainees of the NSIC training centre, Guwahati and visited the stalls of SC-ST entrepreneurs at the exhibition centre supported by the Ministry of MSME. He stated that such activities provide an opportunity to MSME entrepreneurs, especially women and SC/ST entrepreneurs to showcase their skills/products and create new opportunities for growth and attain self-reliance.




Amid crisis in Punjab Congress, Chhattisgarh MLAs reach Delhi


Amid crisis in Punjab Congress, Chhattisgarh MLAs reach Delhi

About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state.

Amid the crisis in Punjab, several Congress MLAs from Chhattisgarh have reached Delhi to meet the party in charge P.L. Punia, and seek an appointment with Rahul Gandhi.

About a dozen MLAs reached Delhi on Wednesday to show solidarity with Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ahead of the visit of Rahul Gandhi to the state. The MLAs were saying that they have come to request Rahul Gandhi to visit their constituencies.

Brihaspati Singh, one of the loyalists of Baghel, said there is no need for leadership change in the state as all the MLAs are with the Chief Minister.

The rallying of MLAs comes amid talks of the rotational chief minister in Chhattisgarh, as the visit of Rahul Gandhi will decide the future of Congress politics in the state. As of now, there is suspense in both the camps — one led by Chief Minister Baghel and the other led by state Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo.

Mohan Markam, the state Congress President had said the party was busy in the preparation of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Sarguja and Bastar, both tribal belts, and Sarguja is also the stronghold of T.S. Singhdeo. Markam had said he was head of the organization in the state and does not belong to any camp.

However, the dates of the visit of the former Congress President have been not finalized yet, but he may go on the onset of the second week of October and get a sense of state politics.

While Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is on overdrive on the issue of development. He has been highlighting the people-friendly policies of the government.

The supporters of Singhdeo have been pushing for a change of guard since incumbent Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel completed 2.5 years in office. Suspense still looms on the issue of the rotational chief minister as there is no clarity from the top leadership of the party.




Unemployment, Covid top most worries for urban Indians: Survey


Unemployment, Covid top most worries for urban Indians: Survey

Compared to the previous month, coronavirus has declined by 5 percent in worry levels, unemployment has increased in worry levels by 2 percent.

According to the Ipsos ‘What Worries the World’ global monthly survey, unemployment (42 percent) and coronavirus (42 percent) have emerged as the biggest worries of Urban Indians — both tied at the top spot.

Compared to the previous month, coronavirus has declined by 5 percent in worry levels, unemployment has increased in worry levels by 2 percent.

According to the survey, urban Indians are most worried about unemployment (42 percent), coronavirus (42 percent), financial/ political corruption (28 percent), crime and violence (25 percent), poverty and social inequality (24 percent), and education (21 percent).

Elaborating on the findings, Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India said, “We see an uptick in worry levels for unemployment by 2 percent, while worry levels for Covid-19 have seen a slight dip of 5 percent — but now both are placed neck to neck — Covid impacted the job market considerably due to the shutdown and restrictions — now with the cautious reopening, worry levels around jobs have not abated — demand far outstrips supply — and those who have lost their jobs, many are still struggling to gain a foothold. Covid-19 too is far from over. It is a case of cause and effect.”

The survey showed that global citizens worry about coronavirus (36 percent), unemployment (31 percent), poverty and social inequality (31 percent), financial and political corruption (27 percent), and crime and violence (26 percent).

India is the 2nd most optimistic market with at least 65 percent of urban Indians believing the country is moving in the right direction. Saudi Arabia retains its title as the most optimistic market, with at least 90 percent of citizens believing their country is moving in the right direction.

Global citizens on the contrary continue to remain pessimistic with at least 65 percent believing their country is on the wrong track. The gloomiest markets that felt their country was on the wrong track were Columbia (89 percent), South Africa (85 percent), and Peru (81 percent).

Ipsos’ What Worries the World survey is conducted in 28 countries around the world. It is based on 20,012 interviews conducted between August 20 and September 3, 2021, among adults aged 18-74 in the US, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, and Canada and age 16-74 in all other countries. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.




Ghulam Nabi Azad writes to Sonia to convene CWC meeting


Ghulam Nabi Azad writes to Sonia to convene CWC meeting

Earlier on Wednesday, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal launched an attack on Rahul Gandhi and wondered who in the party is taking decisions. He said that the party leaders’ demand of organisational elections has not been met even a year after the letter was written by G-23.

Former Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has written to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi for early meet of the Congress Working Committee which is the highest decision making body of the party.

Azad in his letter pointed out the need for permanent president and to discuss party affairs in the present scenario and has reiterated his demand for organisational elections in the party.

Earlier on Wednesday, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal launched an attack on Rahul Gandhi and wondered who in the party is taking decisions. He said that the party leaders’ demand of organisational elections has not been met even a year after the letter was written by G-23.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Sibal said, “There is no president in our party, so we do not know who is taking all the decisions. We know it, yet we don’t know, one of my senior colleagues perhaps has written or is about to write to the interim president to immediately convene a CWC meeting so that a dialogue can be initiated.”

He appealed to those leaders who quit Congress to come back to the fold and said, “its ironic to say that we are going to leave the party. Those who were considered close to the top leadership have left the party and those who were not considered close are still standing with the party. We are G-23 and not Ji-huzoor 23.”

Sibal said that he is speaking on behalf of those Congress members who wrote the letter in August 2020 and are waiting for the action to be taken by the leadership in respect of the election of the office of the president, to CWC and central election committee.

In August last year, a group of 23 leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding elections in the party and for visible and effective leadership. The Congress has said that party will move forward but it has not conducted elections.




India reports 18,870 new cases; active caseload lowest since March’20


India reports 18,870 new cases; active caseload lowest since March’20

The cumulative number vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 87 crore (87,66,63,490), out of which 54,13,332 were administered in the last 24 hours, according to the ministry’s report.

India reported less than 20,000 Covid-19 cases for the third straight day, recording 18,870 new cases in the last 24 hours and taking the total caseload to 3,37,16,451, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday.

India had reported 18,795 new cases on Tuesday and 19,859 on Monday.

With 378 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s cumulative Covid related fatalities has risen to 4,47,751. The fatality rate remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few weeks.

The decline in daily Covid cases was witnessed as Kerala, which has been reporting almost half of the total cases for the last few weeks, has improved marginally. According to the Union health ministry’s report, 11,196 new cases were registered in Kerala on Tuesday against 11,699 reported on Monday.

Maharashtra, which has the second highest daily Covid cases after Kerala, had registered 2,844 cases on Tuesday.

The country’s active caseload further dropped to 2,82,520, data showed.

The active cases comprise 0.84 per cent of the total infections – the lowest since March 2020 – while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.81 per cent – the highest since March 2020.

A total of 3,29,86,180 Covid infected patients recovered, out of which 28,178 were discharged in the last 24 hours.

The cumulative number vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 87 crore (87,66,63,490), out of which 54,13,332 were administered in the last 24 hours, according to the ministry’s report.

Only five states – Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Mizoram – are currently reporting more than 1,000 cases every day. In three states – Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, and Union Territories – Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, and also Chandigarh – the active case count has fallen below 100.




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