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MNS Ultimatum To FM Radio Stations, Stop Playing Pakistani Artists Song

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On the wake of Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Film Industry and Television industry has almost boycotted Pakistani artists. Even, they are not releasing any of their upcoming films in Pakistan. As per the latest report, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has strictly told to FM radio stations to stop playing Pakistani artists song or get ready to face the surgical strike in MNS way.

Recently, Salman Khan’s home production film has removed the Pakistani artist song in Notebook movie. Even, big music labels in India has deleted the songs from Pakistani artists from their youtube channel. And now, MNS is shown their angry style to stop Pakistani artist songs on FM radio stations.

Talking about this whole case, Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapath Karmachari Sena (MNCKS) a wing from MNS, executive president of Shalini Thackeray said, “The situation is such that there can be Bharat-Pak war anytime, but in such a sensitive environment our FM radio stations are busy playing songs of Nusrat Fateh Alin Khan, Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Sajjad Ali, Ghulam Ali, Reshma, Amanat Ali, and many more Pakistani artists. In this situation, none of the Indians want to listen to these songs. Stop playing songs of Pakistani singers, composers or else MNS very well knows how to go ahead with a ‘surgical strike’. The MNCKS has come in action to stand for this cause and it will see to it that the songs stop playing.”

Shalini Thackeray has sent a letter to the respective FM channels across India.

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Maharashtra Governor self-isolates as staff members test corona positive

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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari went into self-isolation after more than a dozen staff members at the Raj Bhavan here tested positive for coronavirus, official sources said on Sunday.

The staff had undergone corona tests, following which their reports came positive.

However, they are likely to undergo another round of tests by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation Health Department soon.

Though the source of the infection is not clear, civic health teams are engaged in taking various preventive measures at the Raj Bhavan complex in south Mumbai.

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MVA government is a success, I am no remote control: Sharad Pawar

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Giving full marks to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra as a “successful experiment”, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar here on Saturday said that he neither acted like a “headmaster” nor wielded a “remote control” of the three-party coalition regime.

“The styles of working of the late (Shiv Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray are quite different… But the latter is doing a good job as the Chief Minister,” Pawar said, applauding Uddhav’s 8-months at the state’s helm.

His observations came in marathon interview with the Shiv Sena official paper, Saamana, conducted by its executive editor Sanjay Raut.

“Definitely… I can say that the MVA is a successful experiment,” Pawar said about the government that comprises of Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress besides smaller groups.

Asked whether he was like a headmaster or wielded a remote control over the government, Pawar, who is the chief architect of the MVA, asserted: “No… none of these… I an not a headmaster, not a remote control… this is a democratic government and cannot be run by any remote control… the government is run by the CM and his council of ministers.”

Pawar spoke with Raut on a wide variety of issues including the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing lockdown.

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Shiv Sena seeks PM’s intervention to stop farmers’ suicides

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Kishore Tiwari.

With an average of 5 farmland suicides reported in Maharashtra daily, a senior Shiv Sena leader on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urgent personal intervention to crack the whip and direct public sector and commercial banks to immediately extend crop loans to the farmers.

In a representation to the PM, Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) President Kishore Tiwari said that monsoon is on in full swing and distressed farmers are in dire need of crop loans to ensure their survival till next year.

“Shockingly, the Centre has not yet issued orders to the public sector banks via Reserve Bank of India or NABARD to sanction the loans of those farmers who figure in the state government’s list of loan waiver beneficiaries,” Tiwari told IANS.

“While Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has repeatedly appealed for bank finance to all farmers, all public, private and other commercial banks continue to ignore the request. Hence, today more farmers are committing suicide than the Covid-19 deaths in rural parts of the state,” Tiwari said.

The CM is also the Chairman of the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) which is empowered to address the farmland crises, but unfortunately, since March there have been 1,860 farmers suicides compared to 1,100 Covid-19 deaths in (rural) Maharashtra, he said.

Tiwari urged the PM and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to immediately instruct the RBI and NABARD to order all banks to take up the reconstruction of pending crop loans and start disbursing fresh loans, particularly for the dying farmers in the worst-hit Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

“As per the Union Budget, the state’s share is Rs 1.20 lakh crore as agriculture-outlet target, but at the current rate and speed of disbursals, only 25 percent of this (target) will be achieved for 2020-2021,” said Tiwari.

Citing other issues, he said previously the district cooperative banks share in the total loan disbursements was upto 70 percent which has now been reduced to only 30 percent, while the responsibility of 70 percent has been given to the public sector banks by the Centre.

Of the estimated 80 percent of the total loan amount of Rs 40,000 crore that was due to be disbursed by July (2020) for the current monsoon, barely Rs 4,000 crore, or about 10 percent has been actually given, he said.

Under the state’s ambitious Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Shetkari Karj Mukti Yojana (MJPSKMY), there were plans to make around 30 lakh farmers totally debt-free this year, said Tiwari, who is also Advisor to the Chief Minister.

Though a list of 19 lakh farmer beneficiaries was announced in March, so far hardly around 9 lakh farmers have benefited. Later, attention was diverted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Under the MJPSKMY alone, Rs 19,000 crore was expected to be disbursed, but owing to the banks’ sheer non-cooperation, barely Rs 11,000 crore has actually reached 9 lakh farmers till date. Now the monsoon has begun all over,” he said.

Instead of giving fresh loans, now these banks are resorting to alleged illegalities like deducting the crop loan amount from the crop insurance compensation given to the farmers which could attract criminal action right down to the banks’ branch manager levels, Tiwari warned.

“We urge the Centre to order banks to comply with the state government’s request on top priority, failing which criminal action should be taken against the banks and their officers, with the RBI-NABARD mandated for further action. Any further delays and the farmers stand to lose the opportunity of a good monsoon expected this year,” Tiwari pointed out.

Since there are similar complaints from other states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, the VNSSM head said that the PM or FM should authorise the CM of the respective states to take to task all such errant banks and their officers.

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