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Rural India leads by example in Covid fight: Narendra Modi



New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi on June 30, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest Mann Ki Baat radio address on Sunday said that rural India has led by example for the entire country during the coronavirus pandemic.

Referring to the developments in Jammu & Kashmir for prevention of coronavirus infection, the Prime Minister said many instances of good efforts by local citizens and village panchayats are coming to the fore.

The Prime Minister referred to Balveer Kaur, the sarpanch of village Treva in Jammu, saying, “I am told that Balveer Kaur has built a 30-bed quarantine centre in her panchayat.”

“She arranged water on the way to the panchayat so that people did not face any difficulty in washing their hands. Not only this, Balveer Kaur hangs the sprayer pump on her shoulder and does sanitisation in the entire panchayat and surrounding areas with volunteers.”

Modi also lauded the work of Jaituna Begum, the sarpanch of Chantalivar in Ganderbal, Kashmir. He said, “Jaituna Begum decided that her panchayat would fight the war against corona and also create opportunities for earning. She distributed free masks and rations all over the area. At the same time, she also distributed the seeds for crops and apple saplings among the people, enabling them to go in for farming and crop cultivation.”

The Prime Minister mentioned another inspiring incident from Kashmir. He said, “Mohammad Iqbal is the municipal president in Anantnag who needed a sprayer for sanitisation in his area. He came to know that the machine would have to be brought from another city which would cost Rs 6 lakh. Iqbal himself tried and built a machine for only Rs 50,000.”

The Prime Minister said that during the corona time, many such inspiring incidents were reported from different nooks and corners of the country. He said that the challenges were faced by the people with tremendous determination.

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Uttarakhand CM summoned to Delhi by BJP leadership




The BJP high command on Monday called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to New Delhi in the face of the serious discontent within a section of the state party MLAs and MPs who are bitterly opposed to his style of functioning, top party sources said here.

“The CM is going to New Delhi on Monday,” said a source close to the Chief Minister.

The high command’s decision came after it sent former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to hold an unscheduled meeting of the core committee on Saturday in Dehradun when the Assembly session was discussing the state Budget at Garisain. This raised many eyebrows both in the Chief Minister’s camp as well as that of his opponents.

The Chief Minister along with the party MLAs was asked to fly to Dehradun by helicopter in the afternoon on Saturday soon after the Budget Session of the state Assembly was adjourned sine die in a hasty way.

State BJP President Bansidhar Bhagat when contacted had stated that the core committee meeting did not discuss anything related to the change of guard in the state.

“I have made it clear earlier also that there was no discussion on change of guard,” he said.

On March 18, Chief Minister Rawat will complete his four years in office, an event which will be celebrated in a big way in the state, Bhagat said.

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Ex-Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passes away




Former Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Monday at the age of 86.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over his death.

The deceased leader’s mortal remains were being taken to Prayagraj for the last rites.

Anshuman Singh had been ailing for some time.

Justice (retired) Anshuman Singh took charge as the Governor of Rajasthan on January 16, 1999 and remained in office till May 2003.

Born in 1935 in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) he studied Arts and Law and became an advocate in Allahabad district court in 1957.

He was appointed judge of the Allahabad High Court in 1984 and later became acting Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.

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Telangana movement activist K Chiranjeevi passes away




Dr. Kolluri Chiranjeevi, one of the first activists of separate Telangana movement, passed away at a private hospital here on Monday following a brief illness. He was 74.

Convenor of the 1969 Telangana Movement Founders Forum, Kolluri Chiraneevi was admitted to the hospital a few days ago with respiratory problems.

As the family was facing difficulties in meeting the expenses for his treatment, the Telangana government on February 27 sanctioned Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Health Minister Etela Rajendar and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K. Kavitha had also visited the hospital and met Dr. Kolluri’s family.

Hailing from Warangal district, Dr. Kolluri played an active role in the 1969 Telangana movement when he was pursuing MBBS from the Kakatiya Medical College.

An activist and a historian, Kolluri was once associated with the People’s War movement, a far-Left communist outfit founded by Kondapalli Seetharamaiah in 1980. He remained underground for about five years but later left the group.

He was also associated with the Dalit movement in 1990s when he tried to bring Dalits together under the leadership of Kanshiram, the founder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Kolluri also played a key role in the second phase of Telangana movement which began in early 2000s. He served as a member of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that led the movement.

In 2011, he re-published the book ‘Tragedy of Hyderabad’, a first person account of the tumultuous events leading up to the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, penned by Mir Laiq Ali, the last Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and several of his cabinet colleagues expressed their condolences over the death of Dr. Kolluri Chiranjeevi.

The Chief Minister said that Chiranjeevi’s life is an ideal for society, as he was a qualified doctor who lived for the well being of the society. He conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family.

Minister K.T. Rama Rao, Eatala Rajender and T. Harish Rao also condoled the death of the leading activist.

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