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Sonia Gandhi Writes to PM Modi Highlighting Nine Key Issues for Special Session

“Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi was sent this morning, outlining nine key issues that we intend to raise in Parliament,” added Ramesh.



Sonia Gandhi Alleges BJP's Institutional Control and Hatred Politics in Chhattisgarh
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New Delhi: The Congress party expressed its disappointment on Wednesday regarding the Central government’s decision to convene a special session of Parliament without sharing the agenda. Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi has taken the initiative by writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which she has highlighted nine critical issues that require in-depth discussion.

During a press conference held in New Delhi, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh stated, “A meeting of the Parliamentary Strategy Group took place on Tuesday, with Sonia Gandhi presiding and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in attendance. The primary purpose of this meeting was to discuss the agenda for the forthcoming Parliament Special Session. Subsequently, Kharge convened a meeting of floor leaders from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to deliberate on India’s strategy during the session.”

Ramesh emphasized, “We have decided not to boycott the session, as it presents an opportunity for us to raise important issues. We intend to encourage different parties to address various concerns. Furthermore, Sonia Gandhi will communicate the outcomes of the INDIA meeting to the Prime Minister through a letter.”

“Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi was sent this morning, outlining nine key issues that we intend to raise in Parliament,” added Ramesh.

In her letter, Sonia Gandhi expressed her concern over the special five-day session of Parliament scheduled to commence on September 18, 2023. She pointed out that this session was convened without any consultation with other political parties, leaving them unaware of the agenda. The communication received merely indicated that all five days were allocated for Government Business.

Sonia Gandhi emphasized the Congress party’s desire to participate in the Special Session to address matters of public importance, including the current economic situation with a focus on rising prices of essential commodities, increasing unemployment, growing inequalities, and the distress faced by MSMEs. She also mentioned the commitment made by the Government of India to farmers and their organizations regarding Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and other demands, as well as the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate Adani Group’s transactions in light of recent revelations.

In addition to these concerns, Sonia Gandhi listed five other demands, including the ongoing troubles faced by the people of Manipur and the breakdown of Constitutional machinery and social harmony in the state. She also highlighted the rise in communal tension in various states, the continued occupation of Indian territory by China, and challenges to India’s sovereignty on its borders in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. The letter also stressed the urgent need for a Caste Census, the damages being inflicted on Centre-State relations, and the impact of natural disasters, such as extreme floods and droughts in different states.

“I earnestly hope that in the spirit of constructive cooperation, these issues will be addressed during the upcoming special session,” Sonia Gandhi stated in her letter.

Ramesh further noted that various state-specific issues, such as Tamil Nadu’s NEET and Maharashtra’s reservation issue, should also be considered during the session.

“We anticipate a response from the government, and we hope that the Parliament session will not be limited to government business alone, which would be unfortunate,” Ramesh concluded.

When asked about Prime Minister Modi’s statement regarding his re-election in the upcoming general elections, Ramesh commented, “The Prime Minister’s recent actions and decisions, such as the INDIA Group meetings and the unilateral call for a Special Session, reflect panic and fatigue on his part. He seems to have become anxious following these meetings in Bihar’s Patna, Karnataka’s Bengaluru, and Maharashtra’s Mumbai. His exhaustion and unease are quite evident.”

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Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control

The Tamil Nadu health department has compiled lists for villages and cities, instructing districts to implement disease-prevention measures accordingly.



Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control
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In response to the growing threat of mosquito-borne diseases, the government of Tamil Nadu has taken decisive measures to safeguard public health. Starting this Sunday, the state will establish 1,000 fever clinics daily to address this pressing concern.

To combat the mosquito menace, the government is intensifying its mosquito control initiatives. These efforts include increased fogging operations, the recruitment of additional workers for mosquito control tasks, and a heightened focus on eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

In addition to these actions, the Tamil Nadu government is launching comprehensive awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases.

According to reports in The Hindu, the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Tamil Nadu has issued guidelines specifying that fever clinics should be established in areas with either three or more cases of fever with cough or confirmed positive cases of diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and seasonal flu. Furthermore, the government has initiated door-to-door campaigns to identify and isolate such cases.

The Tamil Nadu health department has undertaken meticulous planning, compiling lists of affected villages and cities to facilitate targeted disease prevention efforts. Officials have affirmed their dedication to eradicating mosquitoes, raising awareness, identifying fever cases, and promptly implementing preventive measures where needed.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian disclosed that over 23,000 temporary workers have been enlisted across the state to support mosquito control operations. Moreover, government hospitals have been directed to maintain ample supplies of life-saving drugs, blood test kits, blood components, and the necessary blood reserves for treating various diseases.

The government’s current focus revolves around combating diseases like dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, and fever. In the state capital of Chennai, Minister Subramanian revealed that a formidable workforce comprising 318 medical officers, 635 nurses, 954 permanent mosquito control workers, and 2,324 contract workers is diligently working to contain these diseases and curtail the spread of mosquitoes.

The minister also detailed the impressive inventory of equipment available in Chennai, including 424 sprayers, 120 power sprayers, 300 battery-operated sprayers, 324 hand fumigation machines, one small fumigation machine, and 68 vehicle-mounted fumigation machines, all geared towards combatting the mosquito population. These comprehensive efforts reflect the Tamil Nadu government’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its citizens in the face of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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