Instead of banning the Farmer’s Karnataka Bandh, ‘ban’ & ‘banish’ the anti farmer-labourer mindset : RS Surjewala

Randeep Singh Surjewala, General Secretary, Congress :

Dear B.S.Yediyurappa ji,

Instead of banning the Farmer’s Karnataka Bandh, ‘ban’ & ‘banish’ the anti farmer-labourer mindset.

Withdraw the law & apologise for the blatant sell out by BJP on Land Reforms Bill.

Repeal the draconian amendments to APMC Act.

This is ur litmus test!

A sureshot sign of the future : Dr Abhishek Singhvi

Dr Abhishek Singhvi National Spokesperson, Congress :

Akali Dal walking away from BJP is a sureshot sign of the future.

It’s not a hopeful tweet but an observant one.

Allies are realizing that the diktat of his highness will always preceed larger national interests.

Delighted to speak to my friend, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. We reviewed the dynamic India-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship: PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister:

Delighted to speak to my friend, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.

We reviewed the dynamic India-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship including areas of development partnership, economic engagement, tourism, education, culture, regional & international issues of mutual interest.

Glad to announce $15 million grant to promote Buddhist ties between India & Sri Lanka.

Lord Buddha’s teachings have continued to guide us for ages. India would be delighted to host Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka on the first inaugural flight to Kushinagar International Airport.

India and Sri Lanka are committed to strengthen the economic partnership through enhanced trade and investment & early realisation of infrastructure & connectivity projects.

We will also continue and strengthen cooperation in defence and security to fight the dual menace of terrorism as well as drug trafficking.

A mentor who never became a tormentor. Truly a great role model, Satish Dhawan : Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh, Congress Leader :

Today’s the birth centenary of Satish Dhawan. He succeeded Vikram Sarabhai in 1972 & led India’s space programme for 12 yrs. An extraordinary institution-builder, superb leader, & a man of progressive values — absent in ‘New India’ today. He figures in my book ‘Intertwined Lives’

When there was a failure, he took the responsibility. When there was a success, he let others take the credit. And he knew when to quit. He retired but remained intellectually active. A mentor who never became a tormentor. Truly a great role model, Satish Dhawan.

‘Fitness dose for a day, Half an hour everyday’ is a mantra to be remembered : PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi interacts with fitness enthusiasts from across the country :

Fit India Movement has become a movement of people and a movement of positivity.

One can stay healthy and fit by adding a minimum effort and regulation to their lifestyle.

A family that plays together, stays together Many families have experimented this by doing yoga/exercise or playing together during this Pandemic. The outcome is that besides physical fitness it has strengthened the emotional bonding as well

‘Fitness dose for a day, Half an hour everyday’ is a mantra to be remembered.

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Healthy body is necessary for healthy mind. Fitness has to be our priority. There has to be gap between two meals, so that it allows the body to process what we eat : Virat Kohli while interacting with PM

We have to be appreciative towards locally consumed nutritious traditional food like Ghee and Turmeric

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Is the CAG report the opening of a can of worms? : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

CAG finds that the vendors of the Rafale aircraft have not confirmed the transfer of technology under the offset contract.

The offset obligations should have started on 23-9-2019 and the first annual commitment should have been completed by 23-9–2020, that is yesterday.

Will the government say if that obligation was fulfilled?

Is the CAG report the opening of a can of worms?

The new Labour code universalises minimum wages & timely payment of wages and gives priority to occupational safety of the workers: PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister:

Long due and much awaited Labour reforms have been passed by Parliament.

The reforms will ensure well-being of our industrious workers and give a boost to economic growth.

They are also shining examples of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.’

The new Labour code universalises minimum wages & timely payment of wages and gives priority to occupational safety of the workers.

The reforms will contribute to a better working environment, which will accelerate the pace of economic growth.

The Labour reforms will ensure ‘Ease of Doing Business.’

These are futuristic legislations to empower enterprises by reducing compliance, red-tapism and ‘Inspector Raj.’

The reforms also seek to harness the power of technology for the betterment of the workers and industry both.

After fighting the spread of the pandemic, we now need to walk ahead on the economic front as well: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi’s interaction with CMs on the COVID-19 situation. Excerpts via BJP 4 India :

Common people are unnecessarily troubled by the stopping of goods between states. This affects both people and livelihood.

We need to ensure that there is smooth coordination between states. Constant monitoring will help in continuing the supply chain

Even during difficult times, India has fulfilled the needs of the world with life-saving medicines. In such a scenario, we must ensure seamless transport of medicines from one state to other

After fighting the spread of the pandemic, we now need to walk ahead on the economic front as well. Our attempts together will be successful

Opposition MPs protested before Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader:

Opposition MPs protested before Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament on the concluding evening of the Monsoon session.

No discussion of China, New Education Policy, plight of migrant workers, raging unemployment or economic collapse was possible as Govt blitzed its Bills thru.

These laws will handover Indian agriculture, our produce and our markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness corporations: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury – General Secretary, CPIM:

This violation of all parliamentary procedures and denying MPs the right to discuss and opine in the legislation is undermining the basic fabric of Indian parliamentary democracy.

The Modi government will not be allowed to wreck the Parliament.

Misusing the serious concerns regarding the spread of the Covid pandemic, even this constricted parliament session has been curtailed and the government is keen to bulldoze all the 11 ordinances it has issued during the lockdown period are legislated as laws.

The MPs inalienable right to voice concern and vote was trampled with utter contempt. In a highly condemnable manner 8 RS MPs, who sought a division of vote, have been suspended.

These new laws are illegitimate, illegal and the President of India must send back these legislations to the Rajya Sabha for reconsideration under Article 111 of the Indian Constitution.

These laws will handover Indian agriculture, our produce and our markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness corporations.

This immensely benefits foreign and domestic corporates to reap super-profits, imposing misery both on the farmers and the people.

The proposals for “land pooling” and legalising the contract system with benefits to agribusinesses will completely destroy traditional farming. India’s food security is at stake.

Agriculture is a State subject under the Indian Constitution. These legislations bypass the elected state governments and hence a further serious undermining of federalism, a basic feature of our Constitution.

Support & participate in the call given by the kisan organisations for a countrywide massive protest action on September 25.

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I said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers: PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi – Prime Minister :

A watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture!

Congratulations to our hardworking farmers on the passage of key bills in Parliament, which will ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers.

For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen.

The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.

Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious farmers.

Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.

I said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers.

We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations.

The three pillars of food security are MSP, Public Procurement and PDS : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

Will the TV anchors please point out the clause in the Farm Bills that stipulates that the price that the farmer will get from the purchaser “shall not be less than the MSP”?

Will the TV anchors highlight the fact that the Congress Manifesto promised to create thousands of Farmers’ Markets in small towns and large villages?

The three pillars of food security are (1) MSP; (2) Public Procurement; and (3) PDS. The Farm Bills of the Modi government undermine the three pillars

Harivansh Ji has commitment towards values and that has been his image throughout. Going near his seat, tearing apart the rule book, and getting on top of the seat – this shameful incident is unprecedented: Rajnath Singh

Press Conference by Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. Excerpts. via BJP :

It is expected of a good Opposition to help with the Parliament’s proceedings. Acting for vested political interests and misleading people isn’t healthy democratic practice

Both these Bills are historic for our farmers and agriculture. It will help increase their earnings. But a lot of rumours and lies are being spread

The ill-behaviour meted against the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha was witnessed by the entire nation

Harivansh Ji has commitment towards values and that has been his image throughout. Going near his seat, tearing apart the rule book, and getting on top of the seat – this shameful incident is unprecedented

We call the Rajya Sabha the House of Elders! Any person who believes in Parliamentary proceedings stands hurt today

The behaviour meted out by some MPs against the Deputy Chairman is shameful and can not be condemned enough. Behaviour such as this has not only affected the Deputy Chairman’s image, but also Parliamentary respect

Misleading the farmers and the poor is the age old habit of Congress. Farmers are aware of its duplicity & will not be swayed by its fake propaganda: JPNadda

JP Nadda – National President, BJP:

I congratulate PM Narendra Modi Ji and extend my best wishes to all the farmers of the country for the passage of the two govt’s bills in Parliament aimed at empowerment of farmers and betterment of agriculture. I thank all MPs and political parties who supported both the bills.

Two bills passed by Parliament; Farmers’ produce trade & commerce (Promotion & Facilitation Bill and Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price assurance & farm services bill will help farmers giving freedom to sell anywhere & freeing them from clutches of middlemen.

MSP was offered to farmers before, is in force now and will remain in force in future and Govt. Procurement will continue.

These legislations will play a crucial role in fulfilling Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s vision to double farmers’ incomes and better their lives

Now, farmer will be his own boss! He can make his own decisions!

The new legislation empowers farmers & gives alternative marketing channels including E marketing platform. Farmers can get better remunerative prices. Farm related problems can now be resolved at his doorstep.

It is Modi Ji’s government which has implemented Swaminathan Commission recommendations; given farmers “Kisan Samman Nidhi” scheme, offered farmers PM Crop Insurance scheme with low crop insurance premium and allocated ₹1 lakh crore fund for creating agricultural infrastructure.

In 2019 LS polls, Congress party stated they would end APMC market system. After these legislations, APMC market yards and MSP will continue.

Modi Ji’s govt is making better alternatives available to farmers. Why do Rahul Gandhi and Congress grudge farmers’ being empowered?

Congress party never undertook any reforms for empowerment of farmers. It neither had the time nor the will to help farmers. 

Misleading the farmers and the poor is the age old habit of Congress. Farmers are aware of its duplicity & will not be swayed by its fake propaganda.

Indian nationalism can never support cruelty, violence and religious sectionalism : Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader :

Swaraj and Nationalism are directly related to non-violence.

Indian nationalism can never support cruelty, violence and religious sectionalism.

The bill does not protect anyone who engages in fraudulent transactions : FM Nirmala Sitharaman replying to a debate on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(second Amendment) bill 2020

Rajya Sabha passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to temporarily suspend initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) under the Code for 6 months or such further period, not exceeding one year from such date.

Replying to a debate on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (second Amendment)bill 2020 in Rajya Sabha , Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman clarified that the bill does not protect anyone who engages in fraudulent transactions.

In our tradition Jigyasa or curiosity for learning was encouraged. It was given greater importance than Jigeesha or the wish to win a debate or argument : President Kovind

LIVE : President Kovind addresses the Visitor’s Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020 – Higher Education’ :

I appreciate the efforts of Dr RP Nishank, Sanjay Dhotre, concerned officials at the Edu Min Of India and other institutions for completing the process of policy making. Dr Kasturirangan, and his team, who prepared the NEP2020, deserve special commendation.

NEP aims to reorient our education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century. It sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all. This calls for achieving the twin objectives of inclusion and excellence.

NEP seeks to discourage rote learning and overemphasis on marks or grades. It seeks to encourage critical thinking and a spirit of enquiry.

In our tradition Jigyasa or curiosity for learning was encouraged. It was given greater importance than Jigeesha or the wish to win a debate or argument.

Universities and institutes of higher education should be centres of innovation. They should provide innovative solutions to national and local problems. Community participation and use of local resources should be encouraged for providing solutions to local problems.

One of the targets of the NEP 2020 is to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER in higher education to 50 percent by 2035. Technology can help in achieving this target.

Digital India should not increase the barrier between students. The government should regulate it for the poor and help the poor : Ahmed Patel on students facing difficulties in online classes

Ahmed Patel, MP, Rajya Sabha, Congress :

Today in the house, I raised the issue of online classes being undertaken without any regulation, which has led to a digital divide between the rich and poor.

It is causing financial and mental trouble to some weaker sections of the society. Digital India should not increase the barrier between students. The government should regulate it for the poor and help the poor.