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Haryana working to make people’s lives simpler: Khattar




Sharing his government’s vision for the next 25 years, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Wednesday that the state government is working on making peoples lives simpler.

Speaking at the plenary session of CII’s annual meet, ‘Haryana at India@75 and Going India@100′, Khattar said, “When the state was formed in 1966, many questions were raised and some people even said that it was a mistake to create a separate state as Haryana did not have money to pay salary to its employees. But with commitment and hard work, Haryana has registered immense growth in all fields and has become one of the leading states in the country.”

Talking about Haryana’s journey since becoming a state, Khattar said, “For the first 25 years, we focussed on green revolution, while for the next 25 years the focus was on ‘Shwet Kranti’ (white revolution), in which state emphasised on milk and milk products to make it self-reliant. Haryana has also successfully worked on creating industry and infrastructure.

“In the next 25 years, we will create a system to ensure ‘ease of living’ to make people’s lives more simple, so that they don’t face any difficulty in life. To ensure ‘ease of living’, the Haryana government is working on strengthening education, health, security, employment and several initiatives have already been taken,” he said.

Talking about sports facilities in the state, Khattar said, “Since the beginning, Haryana has held a prominent place both in traditional or modern sports. At the Olympics, we won a gold medal this time. We will further develop sports infrastructure in the state, and along with it we will also promote sports science, sports university etc.”

Talking about the monetory award announced for sportspersons by the Haryana government, Khattar claimed that it is not only highest in the country, but also in the world.

“We are giving Rs 6 crore to the gold medallists, Rs 4 crore to silver medallists and Rs 2.5 crore to bronze medallists. We are also giving a cash award of Rs 50 lakh to those who finished fourth at the Olympics, besides providing jobs, residential plots etc,” the Chief Minister said.

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Modi to discuss health, counter-terrorism at G7 summit in Germany




 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to embark on a two-day visit to Germany to attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit on June 26-27 where he will hold talks on several issues including health and counter-terrorism.

“During the sessions of the summit, I will be exchanging views with the G7 counties, G7 partner countries and guest international organisations on topical issues such as environment, energy, climate, food security, health, counter-terrorism, gender equality and democracy. I look forward to meeting leaders of some of the participating G7 and guest countries on the sidelines of the summit,” the Prime Minister said in the statement on Saturday.

After the G7 summit, PM Modi will also make a brief stopover in Abu Dhabi, UAE for a meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi on June 28.

Ahead of his visit to Germany and UAE, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a departure statement.

“I will be visiting Schloss Elmau, Germany at the invitation of Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, for the G7 Summit under the German Presidency. It will be a pleasure to meet Chancellor Scholz again after the productive India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations last month,” said PM Modi.

In an effort to strengthen international collaboration on important global issues impacting humanity, Germany has also invited other democracies such as Argentina, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to the G7 Summit, according to the PMO statement.

“While in Germany, I also look forward to meeting members of the Indian diaspora from across Europe, who are contributing immensely to their local economies as also enriching our relations with European countries,” the Prime Minister said.

“On my way back to India, I will make a brief stopover in Abu Dhabi, UAE for a meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi on June 28 to convey my personal condolences on the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,” the PMO statement read.

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We are only returning to our forgotten Hindutva agenda: Vinay Katiyar




The Bharatiya Janata Party, which secured back-to-back wins in two Lok Sabha polls and is continuing its winning spree in the Assembly elections also, is becoming stronger and its base is expanding rapidly.

Addressing diplomats from various countries recently, BJP president J. P. Nadda had claimed that with 18 crore primary members, the BJP has become the world’s largest party.

Virtually addressing a meeting of the party’s office bearers in Jaipur last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that currently, 18 states in the country are ruled by the BJP. The party has more than 1300 MLAs.

However at the same time, he had said that this is the time for the BJP to set a target for the next 25 years and work continously to achieve it.

In the midst of this victory march of the BJP, the Opposition is saying that the BJP’s Hindutva agenda has changed and this neo-Hindutva agenda is far more aggressive.

Denying the allegations and terming them wrong and baseless, Vinay Katiyar, who was closely associated with the Ram Mandir movement, has said that “we are only returning to our forgotten Hindutva agenda”.

Talking to IANS, Katiyar said, “The Hindutva agenda is the same and there is no change in it. Yes, there were some old things which were lying dormant, they are being revived.”

The BJP is doing the job and it is correct, he added.

Whatever Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been doing is right but the opposition is just doing propaganda, he added.

Earlier, it seemed that Hindutva has been forgotten, now things are being revamped to change this concept.

“Hindutva is our way of life, style of working and we are doing our work, there is no need to fear from any other community. Hindus are waking up. BJP is winning due to the hard work of the party activists and it is doing its work. If this is hurting anyone, what can the BJP do about it,” he said.

The VHP’s national spokesman Vijay Shankar Tiwari, who made the Ram Mandir movement a mass movement, told IANS: “The one who talks about Vedas, Shastras, Smriti texts, Upanishads, Mahabharata and the Gita, he is a Hindu and one who believes in them is a Hindutvawadi.”

On the charges levelled by some sections of the minority communities, Tiwari said the earlier governments used to appease them but now the Hindus have become vocal and this is bothering them.

RSS leader Rajiv Tuli claimed that since the time of former RSS chief Balasaheb Deoras, there has been no change in the party’s agenda, it has been continuing.

During an event in Delhi in 2018, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said Kashi and Mathura are not on the RSS agenda and had recently again reiterated his stand.

He said that under special circumstances, the Sangh had to join in the Ramjanmabhoomi movement on the orders of seers.

Rajiv Tuli added, “People are talking about bulldozer thing, among other issues again and again, but this is not aggressive Hindutva. It totally depends on the government how it wants to establish the rule of the law.”

“It is true that Hindus who have been inactive till now are becoming active but it has nothing to do with the bulldozer or any other campaign.

“Those who don’t want to follow the law, they react to the new steps taken by the state government, take to the streets and create a ruckus, show their strength, try to frighten the majority community… Hindus will not get aggressive but retaliation has been a sanatani tradition. However, Hindus are basically peaceful and harmonious,” he added.

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Himachal Congress MLA asks BJP Minister to stay in limits




Amid escalating war of words between Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh on Saturday asked one of the ministers to stay in his ‘Khalti’ (skin).

Vikramaditya Singh said that this ‘unbridled’ Minister of the BJP, Rakesh Pathania, has no sense of the dignity of the language. “The public knows the way he speaks. He used words like the ‘father’ of the Congress for former MP late Ram Swaroop. The Leader of the Opposition did not use any inappropriate language. The Congress will give a befitting reply. Rakesh Pathania is shocked by the activism of Nikka (Ranbir Singh Nikka).”

Ranbir Singh Nikka (BJP), who is a political rival of Pathania, had levelled serious corruption charges against the Minister. Nikka was denied party ticket in the last Assembly elections held in 2017.

Vikramaditya said, Nikka will fight politically and will also answer all his questions. “Instead of talking about his achievements, the Chief Minister is attacking the family of the opposition leader. Mukesh Agnihotri is not alone, the entire Congress party is with him. The BJP had to face defeat in the by-elections, they will meet the same fate in the upcoming assembly elections,” the Congress leader said.

He also said that no work has been done in the state in four-and-a-half years. “People are suffering from problems like unemployment, inflation. The CM and his ministers are making such remarks to divert the attention of the public. The Congress will not accept this,” the Congress MLA added.

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