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There is no rule of law in Punjab: BJP on attacks on its workers

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The Punjab BJP feels that anger among the farmers in the state against the three new farm laws and its leadership is at the behest of the ruling Congress party. Recently over a dozen BJP leaders were taken hostage in Rajpura in Patiala by protesting farmers. Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party chief Ashwani Sharma told IANS that there is no rule of law in the state and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is patronizing attacks on their party leaders and workers.

The saffron camp believes that all the incidents of violence and attacks on BJP leaders are politically motivated and carried out by a handful of anti-social elements. “Most of the people in Punjab are peace loving and they are against any type of violence. Those involved in acts of violence against our workers or leaders are misled by the ruling party and have the blessings of the chief minister,” Sharma said.

The BJP alleged that all acts of violence are being done with an eye on next year’s assembly polls.

“Captain Amarinder Singh is not taking action believing that it will demoralise BJP workers and benefit the Congress party in next year’s assembly polls. But the chief minister and Congress party must understand that such acts of promoting violence will backfire and cost them heavily in the Punjab assembly polls. BJP workers continue to work for the people without fear,” Sharma said.

The BJP also questioned the failure of the administration to act against those involved in acts of violence and alleged that the state government is turning a blind eye towards people disturbing law and order in the state.

“All the acts of violence or intimidation of BJP workers have been carried out in the presence of senior officials of the administration and the law enforcing agencies. On the direction of the chief minister and the government, officials have failed to take action and remain mute spectators. There is complete constitutional breakdown in the state,” the Punjab BJP chief said.

The Punjab BJP once again emphasised that political parties are misleading farmers over the new farm laws. “Everyone understands that the Narendra Modi government brought the new farm laws for the benefit of farmers, but opposition parties are misleading people by creating doubts in their minds,” Sharma said.

The BJP workers and leaders were also attacked during the Punjab local bodies polls held earlier this year.

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Decision to be taken on scientific basis: K’taka CM on lifting of weekend, night curfew

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said that the decision on lifting of weekend and night curfew will be taken on a scientific basis. A meeting with expert committee members later in the afternoon would decide on the continuation of weekend curfew, he said.

Many legislators, MPs and organisations are set to convey their opinion on the issue. A suitable decision would be taken based on the views of the experts and the trend of the prevailing third wave of Covid, Bommai said.

“We will take into consideration how the third wave has unfolded and its future consequences. It’s impact on health infrastructure in the coming days to arrive at a decision. We will also discuss the action taken so far and the existing situation and decision would be taken on a scientific basis,” he said.

“The state government is doing its duty in the form of ‘Thrividha Dasoha’ of providing Anna (food), ‘Ashraya’ (shelter) and ‘Akshara’ (education) for the deprived,” Chief Minister Bommai said.

Speaking to mediapersons before heading to participate in the ‘Dasoha Dina’ at Tumakuru Siddaganga Mutt he said, “Siddaganga Mutt has heralded a culture of Dasoha (charity) in Karnataka.

“Sri Shivakumara Swamiji has followed the ideals of Basaveshwara in letter and spirit. State government has decided to celebrate Dasoha Day in Siddaganga Mutt. Our government is treading the path shown by the great seer. The rice quota per head has been raised from 4kg to 5kg. Ragi and Jowar are also being distributed according to the food habits of the region,” he said.

The state government has undertaken ‘Vidya Dasoha’ (educational charity) by providing scholarships for children of construction workers and farmers. A massive housing project is being implemented. About 5 lakh houses are being constructed,” Bommai said.

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Indian MSMEs have manufacturing cost advantage in global value chain

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There is tremendous potential for Indian engineering MSMEs to be integrated into the global value chain due to their manufacturing cost advantage, and to achieve high growth, the two most significant interventions required are related to credit assistance and technology upgradation, MSME Secretary B.B. Swain said on Thursday.

The MSME Ministry has been working closely with other Ministries and Departments to facilitate the ease of doing business for MSMEs, he said in his address at the inaugural session of MSME Conclave organised by EEPC India.

MSMEs contribute around 30 per cent to India’s GDP and have a 50 per cent share in the country’s exports. MSMEs engaged in manufacturing engineering products are about 29 per cent of the 67 lakh MSMEs which have registered since July 1, 2020 on the Udyam registration portal. In the National Manufacturing Policy, manufacturing output has been targeted to increase MSMEs’ contribution to the GDP.

A Knowledge Paper titled ‘Integrating Indian MSMEs to Global Value Chain’, released in the inaugural session, suggested that India’s trade regime should promote value addition in the country. Hence, the general tariff structure should be low on raw and primary goods, slightly higher on intermediaries, and the highest on final products.

It further recommended that both direct and indirect tax structure should be neutral and not discriminate between the nature of firms. Banks and financial institutions should be more willing to discern genuine exporters and demand less collateral. Stability in policy measures with less intervention and emphasis on neutrality on behalf of the government will be necessary, it added.

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Former Kerala CM Achuthanandan tests Covid positive

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Veteran CPI-M leader and former Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan tested positive for Covid-19. The 98-year-old leader has been admitted to a private hospital here, his son V.S. Arunkumar posted on social media.

Even though his father was confined to the house due to his age, the nurse attending on the veteran, the other day turned Covid positive and after he went for testing, he also was found positive, Arunkumar added.

“Following the advice from doctors, he was shifted to a hospital on Thursday and is presently convalescing at the hospital bed,” wrote Arunkumar.

He bowed out from electoral politics and did not contest the April 6 Assembly elections, while he was a member of the outgoing Assembly.

He served as the Chief Minister from 2006-2011 and was the Leader of Opposition from 2011-2016. He had to make way for Pinarayi Vijayan as the new Chief Minister in 2016.

Achuthanandan then had to be content with being a legislator and later he was made the chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission, which came with cabinet status. But just before the Assembly polls, he quit from the post.

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