Punjab CM takes exception to Sitharaman's comments on migrant crisis
Sunday, 17 May 2020 Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday took strong exception to Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman's reported criticism of the Congress party's humanitarian efforts to help the distressed migrants. Singh blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments at centre and in states for aggravating the migrant crisis and politicising such a grave issue, said an official statement here.
Maharashtra, the state worst hit by coronavirus, has extended the lockdown in the state till May 31. The Uddhav Thackeray government decided to extended the lockdown with the number of cases rising steadily. While the lockdown has been extended for the entire state, an order on phase-wise lifting or...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg on July 08. Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others attended the meeting. Several other cabinet ministers were also present in the meeting. Certain key decisions are expected to be taken at the meeting.
Speaking on the controversial remarks given by the TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee on the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP leader and spokesperson Sambit Patra on July 05 said that the remark in not only 'racist' but also 'misogynist'. He said, "TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee has called Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman 'Kala Nagini' which is highly condemnable. The comment has been made in a state where Goddess Kali is worshipped in every household. The remark is not only racist but also misogynist." Earlier, the TMC leader termed Sitharaman as the "the worst Finance Minister" and said the way people die due to bite of 'Kala Nagini' (venomous snake), same way, people are dying due to Nirmala Sitharaman."
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on June 29 replied to Home Minister Amit Shah's acceptance of Congress' Rahul Gandhi's parliament debate challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Singh said that the party is confident that Gandhi will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion. "Parliament is a forum for debate so let there be a debate. We are quite confident that Rahul Ji will hold his position and bring home the points that are being raised in this discussion," said Singh. Congress had earlier challenged PM Modi to speak in Parliament on Ladakh stand off with China.
An elderly woman, living with her two grandchildren at a rented house in Ludhiana and facing financial hardships due to COVID-19 pandemic, had urged Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for financial assistance. Now the CM has directed Ludhiana administration to help the family going through financial crisis. Singh has directed authorities to pay her pending and advance house rent for a year and provide free treatment for tuberculosis.
The bus terminal wore deserted look amid weekend lockdown in Punjab's Amritsar on June 13. Punjab imposed a stricter lockdown on weekends and public holidays to keep the coronavirus count in check. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approved new guidelines of state government on June 12. The guidelines permitted restaurants for takeaway and home delivery and liquor shops to remain open till 08:00 pm on all days, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Police is keeping an eye on vehicles entering Punjab amid COVID crisis as state government has made it mandatory for people to register themselves online before they enter. Travellers' online registration is being checked at Zirakpur, Mohali district. Decision was taken after 14-day home quarantine norm for domestic entrants was eliminated. Advisory has been issued to self-register, either through COVA app or through a weblink, before embarking on the journey. Move's objective is to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers due to crowding at the border checkpoints.
The migrant labourers are returning back to big cities in search of work after nearly three months of lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Shailesh, who is coming back from Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad said, "I got the job, they asked to come here." Uma Devi, who came back form Sikandrabad said, "The bus full of commuters no one is following social distancing, what can we do this is the duty of bus conductor and driver." However, another migrant worker, who is going to Punjab in the search of work from Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj said, "There were not many people in the bus."
Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra said law has taken its course on gangster Vikas Dubey's death in encounter with police on July 10. "Law has taken its course. It could be a matter of regret anddisappointment for those who raised questions on Vikas Dubey's arrest yesterday and death today. MP Police did its job, it arrested and handed him over to UP Police," said BJP leader Narottam Mishra. Minister also hit back at Congress and Samajwadi Party over allegations.
Funeral of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Wasim Bari was performed in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district. His funeral was held along with his father and brother on July 09. All three were killed by terrorists on July 08.