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Congress sees it as right time to corner Narendra Modi on China



The Congress has finally pitched in former prime minister Manmohan Singh to corner PM Narendra Modi on the Chinese transgression and to give serious lessons in diplomacy. The Congress thinks that the Modi government committed a “faux pas” on the diplomatic front.

Congress insiders say “Manmohan Singh’s statement will certainly carry weight on Modi style of huglomacy” of which the BJP is proud. The ruling party should now think that diplomacy is a serious issue and not just jingoism.

Manmohan Singh attacked Prime Minister Modi in a statement and said, “We remind the Government that disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership.”

“The truth cannot be suppressed by having pliant allies spout comforting but false statements,” added Manmohan Singh.

Singh said the Prime Minister should be “mindful” of the implications of his words.

The calibrated attack on the Prime Minister comes after he said at an all party meeting that no intrusion into India has taken place, a statement which was later clarified by the PMO as “mischievous interpretation”.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “if they had asked us we could have told them what to do.”

The Congress apparently thinks that after the BJP attacking the party and its leader Rahul Gandhi, this is the right time to break Modi’s machismo image.

Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement, “Don’t buckle down, have the strength to ‘rise to the occasion’. We’ll give the Govt every support,” casting aspersion on the government’s moves to tackle China.

The onslaught on Modi is a well thought out strategy designed to put Rahul Gandhi at centre stage on an issue of national importance, a party insider said.

Rahul Gandhi has already been able to successfully corner the government on the issue of Covid-19, raising the red flag as early as February 12.

The Congress Twitter handle said, “The Govt has the full support of the people but it must come clean as to why they haven’t yet aggressively refuted China’s absurd claims of control over Galwan Valley and when will martyrs get justice.”

Attacking the Modi government, another Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said, “Top 4 Products from BJP Factory of “Jhoots and Jumlas”: Rs 15 Lakh to everyone, Demonetisation will end terrorism, Corona will be defeated in 21 days, China did not trespass Indian territory. BJP Governance full of blunders and where have ‘achche din’ gone everyone wonders.”

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Netaji’s birthday to be marked as ‘Parakram Diwas’ every year: Government




The Ministry of Culture on Tuesday said that the government has decided to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that falls on January 23 as ‘Parakram Diwas’ from now on every year.

“To honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation. The government of India has decided to dedicate his birthday (January 23) every year as ‘Parakram Diwas’, to inspire people of this country, especially the youth, to act with fortitude in the face of adversity as Netaji did, and to infuse in them a spirit of patriotic fervour,” the Ministry of Culture said in the gazette.

The gazette said that the people of India fondly remember Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s unparalleled contribution to this great nation in his 125th birth anniversary.

“The Government of India has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji beginning from January 2021 in befitting manner at national and international level,” it said.

The announcement assumes significance ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections scheduled later this year.

Bose, a noted freedom fighter, had floated Azad Hind Fauj to fight for India’s independence.

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Akhara Parishad seeks written assurance from Tandav actors, director



The Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has said that there was no question of pardoning the makers of ‘Tandav’ web series unless all Muslim actors and directors submit affidavits that they will not insult and ridicule Hindu Gods and goddesses.

In a video message, ABAP chairman Mahant Narendra Giri said that the apology from the team of “Tandav” was meaningless since it came only after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a serious note of the matter and the FIR was registered.

“The police have reached Mumbai and then comes the apology. If these actors and directors belonging to a particular community are truly repentant, they should give affidavits saying that they will not insult the Sanatan Dharma and Hidnu deities,” he said.

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Pinarayi Vijayan asks KSRTC MD not to issue public comments on corporation



Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has come down heavily on Managing Director of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Biju Prabhakar, and asked him not to issue public statements against officials and employees arbitrarily.

The IAS officer at the KSRTC helm will be meeting the trade union representatives on Monday and brief the Chief Minister after the meeting on the developments, sources in KSRTC told IANS.

Prabhakar last week in a press conference said that a section of officers and employees were not doing their duties properly and some of them have been indulging in turmeric and ginger farming while accepting huge salary from the corporation which is falling into deep debts.

The KSRTC managing director had also lashed out against the executive director of the corporation and said that this officer was responsible for misappropriation of huge funds from the organization. The officer, Sreekumar was transferred to Kochi immediately.

CITU leader and Member of Parliament Elamaram Kareem had come out against the KSRTC Managing Director and said that he should not speak on such matter in public.

The INTUC and BMS had also come out against Biju Prabhakar.

Prabhakar, it is learnt have communicated to the Chief minister that a section of employees are responsible for the crises faced by the corporation and that some officials who were working at the headquarters were responsible for scuttling all development plans to put the loss making body on track.

He said that even CNG buses were not used for plying as certain employees wanted to pilfer diesel from the vehicles.

The KSRTC is planning a subsidiary company SWIFT to fund the development of the corporation including purchases of buses.

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) will be funding the formation of SWIFT and the required amount for the purchases of the buses. The unions are in collision course on this stating that this would lead to the KSRTC providing backdoor employment and to reduce the number of permanent workers.

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