Opposition ‘misguiding farmers’, says PM, attacks Didi & Left
Friday, 25 December 2020 () PM Narendra Modi on Friday renewed his attack on opposition parties for “misguiding” those agitating against new agri laws, singling out Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for “denying” PM-Kisan benefits to 70 lakh farmers and accusing Left Front of spreading disaffection in Punjab without raising genuine issues that affect agriculturists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the launch of Rs 1,000-crore 'Startup India Seed Fund' to support startups and help budding entrepreneurs pursue innovative ideas. Addressing the 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit', Modi exuded confidence that the growth of startups will help in generating jobs and improving lives of people in the region. He said India has taken several steps to ensure that the country's startups do not face shortage of capital. Watch the full video for more details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit' on January 16. PM Modi interacted with the start-ups during the address. PM Modi said that India is one of the biggest start-up ecosystems in the world, and country's start-ups are changing the demographic character of business. He further informed that over 41,000 start-ups are currently engaged in work. "India is one of the biggest start-up ecosystems in the world. More than 41,000 start-ups including nearly 5,700 start-ups in IT sector, 3,600 in the health sector and 1,700 start-ups in agriculture are engaged in work. These start-ups are changing the demographic character of business. Earlier, on hearing about a start-up people used to ask 'why don't you do a job?'. But now people say why not create a start up instead of doing a job," said PM Modi during his virtual address.
TMC MP from Birbhum Satabdi Roy said there was no question of her leaving the party. Roy's statement came after a two-hour meeting with TMC's youth wing president and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Abhishek reached out to Roy as she voiced dissent against the leadership ahead of the assembly polls. Actor-turned-politician, Roy is a leading face in Mamata Banerjee's cultural brigade. Speculations started on Thursday over a post on Facebook page of Satabdi Roy fan club. Roy had claimed that she was not being informed about party events in her constituency. The 3-time MP had said she would inform the public on Saturday if she takes any 'decision'.
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The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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A 65-year old man, Md Gaffar died after he suffered a brain stroke on January 12 in West Bengal's Matigara. Family of the deceased alleged that nursing homes in Siliguri refused to treat him. However, Gaffar has 'Swasthya Sathi' card, a state government health insurance scheme. "It's an unfortunate incident. We will look into the matter," Gautam Deb, Tourism Minister of WB.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on January 16 inaugurated COVID-19 vaccination drive for the health workers from Mohali's civil hospital. About 1.74 lakh health workers working in both government and private health care facilities will be vaccinated in the state. Today is the inaugural day of nationwide roll-out of vaccination. Billed as the world's largest vaccination programme, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.
India's Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched by PM Modi on January 16, Saturday. Reactions from politicos across the country started pouring in soon after the launch. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccine will work as 'sanjeevani' in the fight against Covid-19. Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat praised the vaccine drive. Leaders of various states and UTs also hailed the Covid vaccination drive. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people not to pay heed to rumours over vaccine. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio expressed satisfaction and hope over the drive. Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said it was a 'moment of hope and honour'. Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering also congratulated PM Modi and the people of the country for the 'landmark' launch.
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The cold waves continued to prevail North India. Kanpur was covered with thick layer of fog and the visibility was extremely low. In Punjab's Amritsar, icy winds hit normal lives. Locals were seen using bonfire to keep themselves warm in the harsh winters. Similar situation was witnessed in Noida as cold waves gripped the city. According to IMD, zero visibility was reported over Delhi, Lucknow and Amritsar due to variable and calm lower-level winds today. Similar fog conditions are likely in the morning of Jan 17 as well and visibility is likely to improve from Jan 18.
Farmer union leader Rakesh Tikait, after meeting with Centre on Friday, said that they will only hold discussion on the government and will not meet the committee formed by the Supreme Court. The government on Friday asked protesting farmers to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19 to end the long-running protest at various Delhi borders, but unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts. As nearly five hours of talks between 41 unions and three central ministers did not reach a decisive stage in the ninth round of talks at Vigyan Bhawan here, the two sides decided to meet again the next Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmer leaders at the meeting that the government has been flexible in its approach and urged the same from them. Watch the full video for more details.
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Bharatiya Kisan Union said that protesting farmers will take out procession on Republic Day. Following the procession from Red Fort to India Gate, farmers will hoist the national flag. "Jawans will march from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Farmers will take out a procession from Red Fort to India Gate. There will be a historic parade on Republic Day this year. Jawans and farmers will meet at India Gate's Amar Jawan Jyoti," BKU Spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait said. Tikait's remarks came after SC stayed the implementation of the Centre's three farm laws. Tikait had earlier said agitating farmers will not return home till farm laws are repealed. Both sides are scheduled to meet on Friday to take forward the ongoing talks that began in December.
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A day after the Supreme Court intervened in the ongoing stand-off between the Union government and farmers opposed to the recent agri-reform laws, Delhi police commissioner visited protest sites at the national capital's border. SN Shrivastava took stock of the situation and interacted with personnel deployed in the area. He said that morale of the force was very high. When asked about whether there are any special preparations planned for Republic Day celebrations on January 26, Shrivastava said that the police is preparing as it usually does. Watch the full video for more.
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