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Mamata Banerjee visited Abhishek before CBI arrived

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited her nephew and Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee’s residence before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interrogation of his wife Rujira in connection with the illegal coal mining scam.

The Chief Minister made an unscheduled visit to Santiniketan, Abhishek’s residence in Harish Mukherjee Road in south Kolkata, while on her way to the state secretariat Nabanno. She spent about 10-minutes with the family and was seen emerging from the building accompanied by Abhishek’s daughter, her grand niece.

Soon after Banerjee left the place, the federal investigation agency officials reached Abhishek’s residence to question Rujira Banerjee who was served with a CBI notice on Sunday.

Earlier, Rujira had responded to the CBI communication on Monday saying she was ready to be quizzed by the agency. She also asked the CBI investigators to visit her Harish Mukherjee Road residence between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Rujira also said that she was unaware of the reason for which she was being called for questioning and the matter of the investigation.

A five-member team of CBI’s anti-corruption branch had gone to Abhishek Banerjee’s south Kolkata residence on Sunday afternoon and served the notice. The Trinamool second-in-command’s wife was summoned for interrogation by the central agency sleuths. Rujira was not present at the residence when the CBI team had arrived.

The CBI had also summoned Rujira’s sister Menka Gambhir for interrogation. A CBI team, along with female officials, arrived at Menka’s high-rise residential complex at Panchashyar on Monday, at around 12 noon. The team, led by Umesh Kumar, had to wait at the main entrance for some time till they got the permission. Menka stays at Upohar Luxury Complex (Tower-3) near Kolkata’s EM Bypass. The interrogation went on for about three hours, sources said.

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Ram Nath Kovind to reach Madhya Pradesh for 2-day visit on March 6

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President Ram Nath Kovind is set to embark on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh in which he would be participating in events organised in Jabalpur and Damoh districts. The preparations by the state administration for the President’s arrival are going on in full swing.

According to official information, Kovind would reach Jabalpur on March 6 in a special aircraft. He would be attending the All India State Judicial Academies’ Directors’ Retreat Programme and the Narmada Mahaarti at Gwarighat.

Tight security arrangements have been made at the aarti venue at Umaghat in Gwarighat. Divisional Commissioner B. Chandrashekhar and Inspector General of Police Bhagwat Singh Chouhan reached Umaghat and reviewed the arrangements.

President Kovind will visit Damoh district on March 7. Commissioner of Sagar Division, Mukesh Shukla, reached Singrampur village and issued the necessary guidelines.

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Goa government corporations work on plans for self reliance: Pramod Sawant

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The Goa government’s major corporation, the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation has been directed to come up with concrete plans to bid for central government infrastructure projects in the near future, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Friday.

Sawant also said that the other top corporations like the Goa Tourism Development Corporation and the Economic Development Corporation had also been directed to come up with ways to make the government-funded bodies self-reliant, in sync with the Goa government’s maxim of ‘Swarampurna Goa’

“I have asked the GSIDC to follow the Government of India model, where it allots works to public sector undertakings. The Corporation can approach the Indian Railways, the Indian Navy, the Goa Shipyard (a Defence Ministry
undertaking) to take up works,” Sawant said.

The Corporation is a special purpose vehicle of the Government of Goa set up in the early 2000s for speedy implementation of infrastructure projects, envisaged by the government, including roads, bridges, fly-overs, bus-stands, hospitals, tourism-related projects, etc, in Goa.

Sawant also said that other government Corporations had also been asked to submit a pre-budget proposal for incorporating the principle of self reliance in their functioning.

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AAP again exposed on farm laws issue: Punjab CM

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for once again exposing its “true colours” on the issue of the farm laws and the farmers’ agitation by walking out of the House before the resolution seeking repeal of the legislations was put to vote.

In a statement issued here, the Chief Minister said that the party had never been truly concerned about protecting the farmers or their interests, and its leadership again proved itself to be an agent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with whom AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was colluding against the agitating farmers.

Amarinder Singh, who had earlier in the House shown to the members a copy of the Delhi gazette notification implementing one of the three farm laws, reiterated that the party was cheating the farmers with its false propaganda in their support.

The fact is that they have repeatedly backstabbed the farmers, and have done so ago, he said, recalling AAP’s earlier U-turns also on the issue in Punjab.

In the House earlier, AAP members had rushed into the well before staging a walk-out, alleging that the Chief Minister was a member of the high-powered committee set up by the Centre on agricultural reforms and hence party to the decision on the farm laws.

Even though the Chief Minister himself made it clear that he was not present at any meeting of the committee, where his minister Manpreet Badal had attended one meeting while another was participated by an officer and Manpreet also categorically stated that the state government was not aware of the Ordinances, the AAP chose to create a ruckus in the House on the issue.

It was evident, Amarinder Singh said later, that the AAP was not interested in the truth but wanted to continue with its malicious agenda of spreading misinformation on the issue.

As pointed out by Manpreet Singh in the House, the Chief Minister said that all the minutes of the committee meetings were available as the state government had placed them in the House.

Further, at both the meetings held after Punjab was included in the committee following his letter to the Centre, his government had categorically cautioned the Centre against tinkering with the minimum support price (MSP) in any way, he added.

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