MK Stalin on Tamil film Asuran

@mkstalin :

  • Asuran more than being a film, it is a lesson!
  • It focuses on Panchami land rights restoration, speaks against caste based community and is brave enough to question caste violence!
  • Appreciation to Vetrimaran for his Story telling-Screenplay-Dialogues & Dhanush for giving life to the role 
Pic Credit : @mkstalin
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Nanguneri: MK Stalin on rivers linking project lying in limbo

@mkstalin – President, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam :
  • For the last 8 years, the Tamirabarani-Karumaeniyaru-Nambiyaru linking scheme initiated by the DMK has been in limbo.
  • The CM saying that they will complete it by 2020 is merely a poll time speech.
  • Campaigned in Nanguneri explaining this to the people.
Pic Credit: @mkstalin

In the News today – 15 October 2019

#APJAbdulKalam

President Kovind paid floral tributes to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

#Modi #BJP #Haryana

The people of Haryana will give a befitting reply to Congress for giving priority to petty politics over national interest: PM Modi

PM Narendramodi tweeted after his Campaign in Dadri and Kurukshetra:

  • Campaigned in Dadri and Kurukshetra.
  • There is strong support for BJP in Haryana.
  • People from all sections of society are supporting the development agenda of our Party.
  • Haryana’s Nari Shakti is excelling in all fields.
  • The Central Government and Haryana Government are undertaking numerous efforts to further empowerment of women.
  • Through the power of their vote, the people of Haryana will give a befitting reply to Congress for giving priority to petty politics over national interest.

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

#YSJagan #AndhraPradesh #YSRRythuBharosa

AP CM YS Jagan launches YSR Rythu Bharosa – farm investment support scheme

  • AP CM YS Jagan launched YS Rythu Bharrosa scheme today.
  • An amount of RS 3750/- Cr has been earmarked for disbursement to farmers.
  • Under the scheme AP Govt will provide farm investment support of Rs 13,500 per farmer annually for 5 years..

#DMK #MKStalin #Nanguneri #TamilNadu

DMK President MK Stalin’s campaign speech at Thalapathisamudhiram in Nanguneri

#RemoveDevendrarsFromSC

‘More than 90 years ago in 1927..’

Shyam Krishnasamy @DrShyamKK – Puthiya Tamilagam Party :

  • More than 90 years ago in 1927, representatives from Devendra Kula Vellalar community wrote to then British govt not to add them in the depressed classes list.
  • Adding a land owning agrarian community to the schedule caste list is a historic wrong.

#Congress

Current economic situation manufactured by the NDA-BJP Govt: Manish Tiwari

Congess leader Manish Tiwari spoke to the media on the economy. Excerpts

  • In the first 4 months of FY 2019-20, fiscal outward remittances are already at $ 5.8 billion. This is equivalent to the entire fiscal outward remittances during the 5 years of the UPA Govt during 2009-2014.
  • How is a country’s economy run? Common people save their hard earned money and put it in the bank. Bank gives them interest on that amount and banks extend loans to businesses and industries to generate employment. This is one aspect
  • The other aspect is, people make purchases & companies benefit from that. Companies use that money to further their business & generate employment. Third aspect is that Govt takes loan, invests and create infrastructure and public goods and that creates employment.
  • Today the fundamentals of Indian economy are in danger be it savings, expenditure, credit off-take or investments. People keep their money in banks thinking it is safe. When banks do scams like the PMC bank, people lose faith.
  • Senior economist Parakala Prabhakar has expressed serious concerns on the state of Indian economy. The current state of the economy is a man made tragedy. NDA-BJP Govt has manufactured current economic crisis through inaction and policies pursued over past 5 years.
  • Abhijit Banerjee who won the Economic Nobel prize yesterday, had written a letter to the PM along with 108 other economists in March, accusing that the Govt is fudging economic figures.
  • This project to turn India into a majoritarian nation has completely and absolutely crippled the Indian economy.

‘We electrified 5,200 km of rail lines last year..’

@PiyushGoyal – Minister of Railways :

  • Before our Govt. came, 2013-14 saw rail electrification of 680 km & in a massive improvement, we electrified 5,200 km of rail lines last year.
  • By 2023, we will be the world’s 1st Railway of this size to be 100% electrically run and by 2030 will be the 1st ‘Net-Zero’ Railway.

 

#WestBengal #BJP

A delegation from the BJP comprising Ms Debasree Chaudhuri, Shri Mukul Roy, Shri Swapan Dasgupta, Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Shri SS Ahluwalia, Shri Arjun Singh and Shri Raju Bista called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

Swapan Dasgupta @swapan55 Member of Parliament tweeted about
meeting President Kovind with a delegation of MPs’ :

  • Met the President of India as part of a delegation of MPs from West Bengal.
  • We briefed him on the grim law & order situation and harassment of political workers.
  • A feature of this harassment is that ganja cases are routinely slapped on political workers because bail is impossible.

#DelhiGovtSchool

The royal couple of Netherlands at a Delhi Govt School

Manish Sisodia @msisodia – Dy CM of Delhi :

  • It was an honour to welcome the royal couple of Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to a Delhi Govt School in Nandnagri today.
  • Students delighted to meet them, vibrantly introduced Happiness Curriculum & Entrepreneurship Mindset curriculum to the royal couple.
  • The royal couple of Nederlands had an exclusive 30 minute discussion with the students of  Delhi Govt School about emotional learning outcomes.
Pic Credit: @msisodia

Moments from the Indian delegation’s day at ⁦IPU Parliament⁩ in Belgrade…

Moments from the Indian delegation’s day at ⁦@IPUparliament⁩ in Belgrade: with Speaker @ombirlakota & ⁦@shobhakarandla1⁩, consulting with colleagues
@kanimozhiDMK & ⁦@sasmitpatra⁩, & meeting Serbian dancers in full regalia! :
Dr Shashi Tharoor, @ShashiTharoor

Pic Courtesy : @ShashiTharoor

 

Why very few planes fly over Tibet…

A great NEM awaits Tamil Nadu!

Illuminated Golden temple

An illuminated Golden temple on the eve of 485th birth anniversary of the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ramdas Ji, in Amritsar :
Dr Jitendra Singh , @DrJitendraSingh

Pic Courtesy : @DrJitendraSingh

 

Guru Ramdas composed 688 hymns that are compiled in Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Guru Ramdas ji composed 688 hymns that are compiled in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. He also created & planned the township of Ramdaspur, which is today known as Guru di Nagar Sri Amritsar Sahib:

 

In the News today – 26 September 2019

1st ever India-Caricom Leaders’ Meeting captured in a frame!

Underscoring our historic & warm ties with Caribbean countries, PM @narendramodi is hosting the India-CARICOM Leaders’ Meeting on the margins of UNGA. Leaders or the representatives of 14 Caribbean countries attending.

The India-Caricom Leaders’ Meeting held in New York was an important occasion for us. I thank the esteemed world leaders who joined the meeting. India is eager to work with our friends in the Caribbean to build a better planet : PM @narendramodi

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Pic Credit : @MEAIndia

I urge the Government to listen to the wisdom of Dr Manmohan Singh  : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram @PChidambaram_IN 

I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following:

  • Happy birthday to Dr Manmohan Singh. May he live for a 100 years and more!
  • I urge the Government to listen to the wisdom of Dr Manmohan Singh. If anyone can show the way for the country to come out of the current economic slump, it is Dr Singh.
  • The fundamental error of the Government’s approach is that it has not understood the main causative factor of the economic slowdown – it is lack of demand and a growing pessimism about jobs, wages and opportunities.

‘What Govt should have done’

Dr Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39 :

“Instead of giving this bonanza to corporates on taxes what Govt should have done is declare that all due payments of Govt to unlisted companies (mostly SMEs) will be cleared within 45 days. If not delays will invoke interest on due amount”

15 companies exchanged MoUs in the presence of TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami today

  • Investing Rs. 5574 crores and creating employment of 28566, 15 companies have exchanged MoUs in the presence of TN CM
  • Within 10 days of the launch of #TNeVPolicy by @CMOTamilNadu, TN has signed MoUs with two eV component manufacturers, MAHLE, Germany and YOUNGHWA, Korea.

  • MAHLE will come up at Coimbatore and YOUNGHWA at SIPCOT, Vallam Vadagal.

  • Ten of 147 TN Global Investors Meet 2019 MoU Projects of TN Industries Department – Syrma, ITW, EkkiHoma, Niswin, JS Autocast have commenced their commercial production.

  • Thirty eight others like TCS, Schwing Stetter, Wheels India, Eicher Motors, Yamaha Music have commenced construction.

Pic Credit : @InvestTamilNadu

TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami today formally launched at the State Secretariat 370 new buses of the State Transport Corporations worth Rs 109 crore

DMK President @mkstalin with party IT Wing members who had come from all over the state, at party HQ Anna Arivalayam

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Pic Credit: @DMKITWing

President Kovind attends the Foundation Day Celebration of CSIR

President Kovind graced the Foundation Day Celebrations of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research in New Delhi; says ..

  • The true test of scientific research lies in its ability to help our society accelerate socio-economic development.
  • Our academic and scientific institutions, industry and entrepreneurs must collaborate to ensure that scientific research can move from labs to our industry, agricultural fields, incubation centres and start-ups.
  • The scientific community, academic institutions and industry are aware of the uncertainty and risks which are inherent to scientific research, innovation and entrepreneurship. I urge you to embrace that uncertainty and take that calculated risk.
  • None of our successes will have any meaning without equal opportunities for our girl-children. In most of the convocations, I find that our girl students outshine the boys, winning most of the academic awards.
  • The participation of women in science in our country is far from satisfactory. We have to take the necessary steps to ensure greater participation of girl students and of women in science and technology.

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal on Election Commission’s decision to defer by-polls in 15 constituencies as disqualification of Karnataka MLAs remains undecided by the Supreme Court

KC Venogopal @kcvenugopalmp – Congress MP :

  • The decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to not interfere with election process is in the spirit of the constitution.
  • One wonders at the wisdom of Election Commission as it appears to have postponed the elections under instructions of the government to favour their agenda.
  • SC not only declined to grant stay to the disqualification, it decided to treat the merit of the matter independently.

ICC announces ground-breaking partnership with Facebook

  • The International Cricket Council today announced a ground-breaking partnership with Facebook which will become the exclusive digital content rights partner for ICC global events in the Indian sub-continent and will also carry post match recaps throughout the rest of the world through to 2023.
  • The collaboration builds on the unprecedented digital success of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which cemented cricket’s position as one of the world’s most watched sports, netting 4.6 billion CWC19 video views across ICC’s digital and social media platforms.
  • Facebook will carry a range of digital content across four years including match recaps, in-play key moments and other match and feature content, giving the hundreds of millions of cricket fans in the region the opportunity to deepen their engagement with the sport with more content available than ever before …

icc-cricket.com/media-releases via @ICC

‘Bon Voyage to our 1st batch of electric 2wheelers..’

‘3 times taller than Qutub Minar !!!’

 

A refreshing morning walk in the premises of Raj Bhavan

The Vice President of India had a refreshing morning walk in the premises of Raj Bhavan, in Pune, Maharashtra today.

Pic Credit : @VPSecretariat

In Forest monkeys & deers are considered as associates..

Abhishekam at the Adhistanam of Pujyashri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Maha Swamigal

 

In the News today – 28 August 2019

 

Union Cabinet approves establishment of 75 new Medical Colleges

Union Ministers Prakash Javdekar and Piyush Goyal announced at a media briefing the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet in its meeting:

  • Cabinet approves 75 new Medical Colleges, to be established by 2021-22.
  • Move to add 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.
  • Cabinet approves export subsidy for about 60 lakh tonnes sugar to be exported this financial year for evacuation of surplus stocks during sugar season 2019-20.
  • Cabinet allows 100% FDI in Contract Manufacturing.
  • Cabinet allows 100% FDI in coal mining and associated infrastructure.

There is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in Kashmir: Rahul Gandhi

  • I disagree with this Govt. on many issues.
  • But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.
  • There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world.

Prakash Javadekar spoke to the media at the BJP HQ

He said:

  • Today Congress has insulted the country by its utterances.
  • Rahul’s original statement said that things in Jammu and Kashmir are going very wrong, there are reports of violence, and there are reports of people dying.
  • This statement shows the bankruptcy of a party that has the ruled the country for 50 years.
  • This is nothing but Vote bank politics.
  • Pakistan has referred this statement in its petition to UN.
  • Rahul Gandhi reversing his statement is not enough – Congress should apologise, Rahul Gandhi should apologise.
  • It appears that the Congress’s thinking has taken a pendulam swing and does not reflect that of a progressive liberal party.
  • In Kashmir only reasonable restrictions are in place to streamline the situation there.

Statement made by Rahul Gandhi has been twisted: RS Surjewala – Congress

The Communication Department I/C of Congress RS Surjewala spoke to the media about the misinterpretation of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement. He said:

  • Statement made by Rahul Gandhi has been twisted.
  • Congress and all other aprties are in unison in taking on the false propaganda of Pakistan about Jammu and Kashmir.

DMK President MK Stalin’s address at a seminar organised by the party’s farmers’ forum in Thanjavur

State and Central Govts should take steps to revive the economy: TTV Dhinakaran

AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran addressing the media said:

  • The absence of liquidity is being faced by all types of businesses – from road side shops to fice star hotels.
  • In the absence of incomes where is the money to spend?
  • Although there is an economic slow-down globally the Indian economy should be revived.

Block ships going through Arabian Sea to Karachi Port: Dr Subramanian Swamy

My advice to Namo Govt: If Pak closes their airspace for our commercial and civil aircraft , India should close Karachi port by blocking ships going through Arabian Sea (which needs to be renamed) to Karachi port.

‘Statue of Unity’ in the 100 greatest places 2019 list: PM Modi

  • Excellent news vis-à-vis the ‘Statue of Unity’- it finds a spot in the TIME Magazine 100 greatest places 2019 list.
  • And, a few days back, a record 34,000 people visited the site in a single day.
  • Glad that it is emerging as a popular tourist spot!

Deshbhakti in Curriculum for all Delhi schools

Manish Sisiodia:

  • Delhi govt has launched a Constitution@70 campaign in all schools to inculcate values of liberty, equality and fraternity.
  • This is the first phase of the Deshbhakti Curriculum!
  • Because we can truly love our country only when we understand the vision of our founding fathers.

They are the stars of India: Kiren Rijiju

  • They are the stars of India
  • Let’s salute our Para-Badminton players who brought laurels for India.
  • Sports Ministry took a decision to handover the cash money to every player at the time of arrival itself which would amount upto 20 lakhs per athlete.

Delhi CM sanctions Rs 64 Cr for construction of a 25 acres lake

  • Construction of 25 Acres Lake to store 67 Million Litres of water and recharge 33 Million Litres groundwater daily approved by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
    at the cost of 64 Cr.
  • Site will have 14.5 Acres of Landscaping and walkways.
  • Treated water from STP will be recycled to fill the lake, tweeted Ankit Srivastava –  @ankit_delhii

‘Thanks to North Korea’s tests, the US bags a $3.3 billion contract..’

Brahma Chellaney – @Chellaney
Strategic thinker, author

  • Trump has openly condoned the North Korean short-range missile tests because the new missiles threaten not the US but Japan and South Korea.
  • Now, thanks to the North Korean tests, the US bags a $3.3 billion contract to sell up to 73 SM-3 Block IIA anti-ballistic missiles to Japan.

Water levels at the Sardar Sarovar Dam have reached a historic 134.00 m: PM Modi 

  • News that will make you thrilled!
    Happy to share that the water levels at the Sardar Sarovar Dam have reached a historic 134.00 m.
    Sharing some pictures of the breathtaking view, with the hope that you will go visit this iconic place and see the ‘Statue of Unity.’
Pic Credit: @narendramodi

First female officer to be appointed as..

Capt. Amarinder Singh –   Punjab CM:

  • Congratulations to Wing Commander Shalija Dhami.
  • You have scripted history by becoming the first female officer to be appointed as Flight Commander of a Flying Unit.
  • Wish you the best for your future endeavours.

CAS1Pic Credit: @capt_amarinder

In the News today – 27 August 2019

DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at Dravidar Kazhagam’s 75th Anniverary meeting in Salem

DMK President MK Stalin unveiled Kalaignar’s statue at Tharamangalam, Salem

A champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory: PM Modi

  • India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met PV Sindhu
  • Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours, tweeted PM Narendra Modi
Pic Credit: @narendramodi

Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad

  • I’m in my parliamentary constituency, Wayanad, for the next few days, visiting flood relief camps and reviewing rehabilitation work in the area.
  • Much has been accomplished, but there’s so much more that still needs to be done, tweeted Rahul Gandhi
Pic Credit: @RahulGandhi

We have resolved the root of the compounding arrears by fixing Delhi Jal Board’s faulty billing process: Arvind Kejriwal

  • Today’s water bills waiver announcement is a major reform in the water sector.
  • Not only will it recover ₹600 crores of revenue, it will also incentivise households to install water meters.
  • In the past 5 years we have resolved the root of the compounding arrears by fixing DJB’s faulty billing process.
  • This is a fresh start for honest consumers who want to pay their bills but were unable to so far due to irregular cycles and often incorrect arrears
  • Delhi’s transformation in the water sector is remarkable.
  • Despite making lifeline water free, revenues have grown by 1.5 times and theft has been plugged to a large extent through flowmeters.
  • Delhi has set a precedent for the entire country!

BJP National Working President JP Nadda’s roadshow in Gurugram, Haryana

‘Open House’ at Raj Nivas Puducherry

  • Practice of holding ‘Open House’ at Raj Nivas is when anyone who feels the need for intervention concerning a grievance,can come to RajNivas and be heard.
  • Assistance is provided on case to case/need basis.
  • This is one such example

Shooting 307 arrows in one hour with eyes covered

  • A 4-year-old child from Chennai’s Royapuram, U.P. Sanjana, who stunned all by shooting 307 arrows in one hour with her eyes covered, has set a world record.
  • She met Minister D Jayakumar with her parents. The Minister spent time with her and offered words of encouragement and appreciation.

 

In the News Today – 7 August 2019

PM Narendra Modi pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj; consoles family members

Pic Credit: @PIB_India

Video of the Public Meeting being held after inauguration of Kalaignar’s statue. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Puducherry CM V Narayanasami are present along with DMK President MK Stalin

Kalaignar’s statue unveiled by West Bengal CM Mamata Official in the presence of DMK President MK Stalin at Murasoli office in Chennai 

DMK President MK Stalin leads silent march

DMK President MK Stalin leads silent march from Triplicane to Kalaignar’s memorial at the Marina, to commemorate the first death anniversary of Kalaignar Karunanidhi

DMK President MK Stalin pays floral tributes

DMK President MK Stalin along with party’s treasurer Durai Murugan, Principal Secretary TR Baalu, organising secretary RS Bharathi and women wing secretary Kanimozhi paid floral tributes to his father and Former TN CM Kalaignar Karunanidhi at his memorial at Marina Beach, Chennai.

DMK President MK Stalin and MP Kanimozhi planting a sapling at Kalaignar memorial

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PM Modi pays tributes to Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his tributes to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence

TN CM releases a book ‘Athigiri’ on the ongoing Aththi Varadhar Vaibhavam in Kanchipuram

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Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palaniswamy releases a book on the ongoing Aththi Varadhar Vaibhavam. He also chaired a meeting to review the arrangements being made at Kancheepuram as just 10 days left for the event to conclude which happens once in 40 years.

TN CM EPS also ordered more facilities to devotees visiting Kancheepuram for Aththivaradar darshan; says State govt will give a special fund for Kancheepuram municipality to compensate amount spent for this event & incentive for those engaged in security and other works.

Resolution adopted by the Congress Working Committee

Resolution adopted by the Congress Working Committee on the undemocratic abrogation by the BJP Govt of Article 370 of the Constitution of India : @INCIndia

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In the News today – 24 July

TN Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had darshan of Athi Varadhar in Kancheepuram

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The centralisation of power in the hands of the centre, the federal structure being violated & individual liberty being violated: Karti Chidambaram on why he is opposing the amendments to The Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) Amendment Bill, 2019

No deviation in promise to farmers: AP CM YS Jagan tells TDP in Assembly

  • AP CM YS Jagan read out from YSRCP manifesto to clarify in the Assembly that the Govt is sticking to the letter and spirit of its election promise.
  • He said, as promised, farmers will be paid Rs 50,000/- in four instalments. The first instalment will be paid on 15 October this year and the remaining three in the month of May for three consecutive years.
  • He found fault with the TDP for trying to mislead the public, instead of Congratulating the Govt for its efforts to stand with the farmers.
  • He further said that every day an issue misinterpreting the Govt’s attitude is being raised by the opposition and asked them to stop this approach.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on the need to rehabilitate the families displaced by the construction of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

 

Arvind Kejriwal’s speech after winning Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work on RTI

VIDEO:
Swearing in Ceremony of Biswa Bhusan Harichandan as Governor of Andhra Pradesh at Raj Bhavan, Vijayawada

There is a staggering innumeracy in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a policy level : Dr P Thiaga Rajan

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There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept..

DMK MLA & Party Spokesperson PTR. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Tweeted :

Entering electoral politics after a ~30 yr. expat professional career has been an incredible learning experience. Some day, I hope I’ll find the time to write about it in detail. For now, I want to touch on two troubling aspects showing a decline in our Democracy.

First, a statistic to explain the extent to which the role of the Legislature has been reduced. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed 16 Bills (new or amended laws) in the final hours, of the last day, of the month-long Demand-for-Grants session which finished July 20th.

The total time allowed for discussion (on only 4 of 16 bills), was about 12 minutes! Also, 13 of the 16 Bills had been delivered to the Members/placed on the Table of the House only in the last 3 days of the session. 3 of them on the last day after we reached the Assembly!

Remember that Tamil Nadu has only 1 Legislative body (Council abolished by MGR in the 1980’s). If this Legislative body’s members do not even see Bills till hours before they’re passed, where is the deliberative role for the legislature as envisaged in the Constitution?

The Legislature is now a rubber-stamp for ruling party’s law-making agenda. There are many causes for this, & potential remedies, but I’ll leave that for wiser people to debate, for now. Instead I want to touch on something that compounds the problem of lack of debate/review.

There is a staggering INNUMERACY (mathematical illiteracy) in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a practical/policy level. And the real tragedy is that many times, no one seems to to care.

There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept. Today, I want to start with a particularly bad instance: revival of a very important Land Acquisition Law post HC judgement.

The Bill’s first page & Explanatory note, are attached (now public information after Bill was placed in the house & passed). Consider the NUMBERS on the explanation page. The Govt. openly admits that it has only put ~5.8% of “acquired land” (1,373 of 23,804 ha) to actual use!

Note this Bill (law) is being revived to overcome MHC Court verdict. Is a history of such poor utilization a positive argument for continued acquisition, or an argument against? Now look at the next number: Cost of acquisition of remaining 22,431 ha = ~Rs. 1.85 LAKH CRORES.

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Numbers lead to second question 2) The entire ’19-’20 Budget voted for TN is 2.17 Lakh Crores – of which >70% if for Salaries, Pensions, Interest, etc. So ENTIRE discretionary amount =~60,000 Crores. So how long will it take to raise 1.85 Lakh Crores just for acquisition?

Remember, ~60,000 Crores is to pay for all other expenses like Capital Investment, Govt Schemes, Ration Supplies, Scholarships, etc. So at best, Govt. can set aside a few 1,000 Crores for acquisition/year. Also it’s running big deficits, so increasing borrowings not possible.

Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost : Rahul Gandhi

From its first day, the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within & outside, who saw the alliance as a threat & an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty & the people of Karnataka lost :
Rahul Gandhi

The Congress party will hold nation wide protests against the immoral political destabilization carried out by the BJP : KC Venugopal, General Secretary, INC

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There is a staggering innumeracy in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a policy level : Dr P Thiaga Rajan

 

There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept..

DMK MLA & Party Spokesperson PTR. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Tweeted :

Entering electoral politics after a ~30 yr. expat professional career has been an incredible learning experience. Some day, I hope I’ll find the time to write about it in detail. For now, I want to touch on two troubling aspects showing a decline in our Democracy.

First, a statistic to explain the extent to which the role of the Legislature has been reduced. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed 16 Bills (new or amended laws) in the final hours, of the last day, of the month-long Demand-for-Grants session which finished July 20th.

The total time allowed for discussion (on only 4 of 16 bills), was about 12 minutes! Also, 13 of the 16 Bills had been delivered to the Members/placed on the Table of the House only in the last 3 days of the session. 3 of them on the last day after we reached the Assembly!

Remember that Tamil Nadu has only 1 Legislative body (Council abolished by MGR in the 1980’s). If this Legislative body’s members do not even see Bills till hours before they’re passed, where is the deliberative role for the legislature as envisaged in the Constitution?

The Legislature is now a rubber-stamp for ruling party’s law-making agenda. There are many causes for this, & potential remedies, but I’ll leave that for wiser people to debate, for now. Instead I want to touch on something that compounds the problem of lack of debate/review.

There is a staggering INNUMERACY (mathematical illiteracy) in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a practical/policy level. And the real tragedy is that many times, no one seems to to care.

There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept. Today, I want to start with a particularly bad instance: revival of a very important Land Acquisition Law post HC judgement.

The Bill’s first page & Explanatory note, are attached (now public information after Bill was placed in the house & passed). Consider the NUMBERS on the explanation page. The Govt. openly admits that it has only put ~5.8% of “acquired land” (1,373 of 23,804 ha) to actual use!

Note this Bill (law) is being revived to overcome MHC Court verdict. Is a history of such poor utilization a positive argument for continued acquisition, or an argument against? Now look at the next number: Cost of acquisition of remaining 22,431 ha = ~Rs. 1.85 LAKH CRORES.

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Numbers lead to second question 2) The entire ’19-’20 Budget voted for TN is 2.17 Lakh Crores – of which >70% if for Salaries, Pensions, Interest, etc. So ENTIRE discretionary amount =~60,000 Crores. So how long will it take to raise 1.85 Lakh Crores just for acquisition?

Remember, ~60,000 Crores is to pay for all other expenses like Capital Investment, Govt Schemes, Ration Supplies, Scholarships, etc. So at best, Govt. can set aside a few 1,000 Crores for acquisition/year. Also it’s running big deficits, so increasing borrowings not possible.

In the News today – 21 July

DMK President addressed a Public Meeting in Theni where the followers of Thanga Tamizhselvan joined DMK.

Speech Highlights:

  • Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world flock to the temple of Annamalaiyar.
  • I met Union Minister Hardeep S Puri and requested him to establish a new airport at Thiruvannamalai under the UDAN Project: CN Annadurai – MP Lok Sabha Thiruvannamalai

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Pic Credit: @CNAnnadurai4

‘Congrats on your 5 Medals!’

  • Loving the way you have been running in the European circuit over the last 19 days.
  • Your hunger to win and perseverance is an inspiration for the youth.
  • Congrats on your 5 Medals!
  • All the best for the future races, @HimaDas8, tweeted Sachin Tendulkar

This is not a private gated community but a modern township at Kollur: KT Rama Rao – TRS President

  • This is not a private gated community but a modern township at Kollur.
  • Built as part of Dignity Housing project of Telangana Govt.
  • Asia’s largest with 15,660 2BHK units with a cost of ₹1360 Cr
  • I am confident that it will set a new benchmark for rest of India, tweeted @KTRTRS

Mission ‘Green Puducherry’

  • Mission ‘Green Puducherry’.
  • This is the Third Waterbody being ‘Greened’.
  • Led by Team Rajnivas as part of its Morning weekend rounds, along with NGOs

Early morning cycling in the pristine and picturesque Ladakh

  • If the District Collector and SP of the Districts are fitness enthusiasts, they will surely motivate the people in their Districts.
  • After the Ladakh School Olympics I had an early morning Cycling with District Collector Avny Lavasa and SP Sargun Shukla in the pristine and picturesque Ladakh, tweeted @KirenRijiju – Union Sports Minister

Pic Credit: @KirenRijiju

In the News today – 18 July 2019

DMK MP Kanimozhi asks the Centre to give up the proposed National-level exam for final year medical students

The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its consent to a National-level examination for final year medical students. In my speech in the Lok Sabha today urged the Government to abandon it completely: DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi

 

DMK President MK Stalin urges State Government to adopt another resolution on NEET

State Govt is adopting a dual stance in the NEET issue : TTV Dhinakaran, AMMK General Secretary

Conduct Local body election without further delay : DMK President MK Stalin in TN Assembly

DMK President MK Stalin urges the TN State Government to hold the local body elections atleast now without any further delay. He said this in the context of :

  • The Union Panchayat Raj Minister RS Tomar in a reply to DMK MP A.Raja stating that starting from the year 2016-17 the performance subsidy for Tamil Nadu has been withheld.
  • The Panchayat elections in the State should be held before October 2016, since the State Goverment has not held the Panchayat elections, the Centre has withheld the performance subsidy.

It is proposed to provide a deduction of up to 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loan taken for the purchase of an affordable house, in addition to the existing interest deduction of 2 lakhs:
Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance Minister in Lok Sabha

  • Incentives are being provided for the purchase of electric vehicles and therefore it is an important step on concerns that we express on environmental consciousness.
  • The condition for carry forward and set off of losses in cases of eligible start ups is proposed to be relaxed enabling them to carry forward their losses. This is one demand that has come from start ups.
  • With a view to further incentivising the IFSC, it is proposed to provide several direct tax incentives to an IFSC, including 100% profit linked deduction u/s 80 LA in any 10 year block within 15 yr period.
  • We have come up with a proposal that interest on bad and doubtful debts in the case of deposit taking NBFCs and systemically important non-deposit taking NBFCs shall be charged on tax on receipt basis and not on accrual basis.
  • Facilities are being extended for low-cost electronic payments because digitisation and less cash usage is a priority for this government. Every attempt is being made for people to use electronic payment.
  • It is proposed to provide a deduction of up to 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loan taken for the purchase of an affordable house. This shall be in addition to the existing interest deduction of 2 lakhs.
  • Increase in effective tax rate applies only to individual taxpayers, including other forms of FPIs such as trusts. FPIs organised as companies will not be affected by the increase in effective tax rate & the fear of flight of FPIs from India is not well-founded.

AP CM YS Jagan speaking about Prajavedika Demolition in AP Assembly

AP CM YS Jagan justified the demolition of Praja Vedika while speaking in the AP Assembly today.

  • He said he wanted to make it clear that the law applies uniformly to all starting from the common man to the most powerful. That was reason behind the starting the work of demolishing unauthorised constructions from Praja Vedika.
  • He said notices have also been given to all the unauthorised constructions in that area to vacate.
  • He found fault with the leader of Opposition Chandrababu Naidu for speaking about his forty years of experience in Politics. He said Leaders with such a long experience should set an example in Politics for others to emulate instead of finding faults with demolition of unauthorised constructions.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent and no forced confession will change this fact : External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar in the Lok Sabha

Highlights of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s speech in Lok Sabha :

  • International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered judgement in Kulbhushan Jadhav case yesterday, ruling in favour of India, declaring Pakistan should provide councellor access to India.
  • The ICJ said that Pakistan breached Vienna laws without informing India. The judgement was not only in favour of India but all those who believes in law.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent and no forced confession will change this fact.

First Meeting of the High Powered Committee on ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’

Chaired by Maharashtra CM Dev Fadnavis, first Meeting of the High Powered Committee for Transformation of Indian Agriculture underway in NITIAayog.

Chief Ministers Vijay Rupani, ML Khattar, Pema Khandu, Kamal Nath, Union Minister Tomar and Amitabh Kanth are among the attendees.

Here is an example of a “Calling Attention” Motion in the TN Asssembly

It’s imperative that every citizen “knows” & UNDERSTANDS what happens inside the State Legislative Assembly. It would empower the voter to “Choose Wisely”. Here is an example of a “Calling Attention” Motion in the TN Asssembly

In the News Today

 

DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at the launch of Poet Vairamuthu’s book Tamizhattrupadai

If there is no water scarcity, why is water being brought in train wagons : Karti Chidambaram

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri and Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram speaking to the press at Madurai Airport

Tamil Nadu Congress is organising demonstrations in every district today to register strong protest of Tamil Nadu People against BJP for conspiring to destabilise elected Govt in Karnataka thru blatant misuse of money/central agencies & to express our solidarity with INCKarnataka.

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri will be leading the agitation in Ramanad district, CLP Leader KRRamasamy, Congress MPs/MLAs in their respective constituencies, TNCC functionaries & other leaders in assigned DCCs & I will be participating in Chennai : Sanjay Dutt , Secretary AICC – Incharge Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.

President Kovind presents LL.D to three eminent judges

President Kovind attends special convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University conferring LL.D. (Honoris Causa) on Justice Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala & former CJI; Justice Bobde, Judge, Supreme Court of India; and Justice Tahilramani, Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Speaking at the function President Kovind said, Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency.

This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person. The legal profession must continue to address this collectively, he added.

Swachhata Abhiyan at Parliament House

Speaker, Lok Sabha Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other dignitaries during SwachhataAbhiyan, at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

The soon to be handed over 2BHK Dignity Housing program of Mandepalli Village in Rajanna Siricilla district