611

German Ambassador Walter J Lindner’s Meeting With RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Stokes A Controversy

New Delhi: Though people from the embassies of different countries have been meeting RSS leaders but German Ambassador Walter J Lindner’s meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat at the organisation’s headquarters in Nagpur this week has stoked a controversy on social media, but for the Sangh the visit is part of a now-established outreach protocol between them and the diplomatic corps.

According to Sangh functionaries, the practice of interactions between diplomats and the Sangh took off in a formal setting in 2009; when an ambassador of a European nation invited 27 other ambassadors of the European Union to a meeting with Bhagwat.

609

Government Sets Targets To Provide Basic Necessities Like Drinking Water And Power To All Households

New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government completed 50 days in office on July 19, targets have been set to make India a $5 trillion economy and to provide basic necessities like drinking water and power to all Indian households. Modi took oath on May 30 after his Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance returned to power with a bigger majority.

In its first meeting after being sworn in on May 30, the Union cabinet reached out to the farmers and traders with a new pension scheme and extension of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi under which 120 million small and marginal farmers with less than 2 hectares of landholding will get up to Rs. 6,000 annually as minimum income support. The pension scheme, Pradhan Mantri Karam Yogi Mandhan Yojana, will cover 30 million retail traders and small shopkeepers with an annual turnover of less than Rs. 1.5 crore and all farmers.

608

Yogi Adityanath Visits Sonbhadra To Meet Families Of The 10 People Killed In A Clash Over A Land Dispute

New Delhi: After Congress general secretary sitting on dharna for not allowing her to meet victims of Sonbhadra killings, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited Sonbhadra district’s Umbha village to meet the families of the 10 people killed there in a clash over a land dispute four days earlier. He announced an increase in the compensation for the families and a timebound completion of an inquiry into the killings.

Adityanath reiterated that the killings were a political conspiracy to defame his government and blamed the Congress’s “sins” for the sufferings in the village. “The foundation of this [land] dispute was laid in 1955 when the agricultural land on which tribals used to practice traditional agriculture was transferred to a trust set up by a Congress Rajya Sabha member wrongly. In 1989, the Congress government in Uttar Pradesh transferred the land to individual members of the trust,” he said.

1003

Delhi Would Always Remember Sheila’s Contributions: Manmohan

Image result for sheila dikshit with Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh condoled the demise of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, saying the people will always remember her contributions to the development of the national capital.

Dikshit passed away at a private hospital in Delhi on Saturday afternoon. She was 81.

"I am shocked to hear of the sudden passing away of  Smt Sheila Dikshit. In her death, the country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses. People of Delhi will always remember her contribution to the development during her three tenure as Chief Minister of Delhi," he said in a message.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma also condoled her death, saying it is truly an end of era of her stature of leaders, not in Delhi but nationally.

1002

Prime Minister Modi Condoles Sheila’s Demise, Visits Her Residence

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday condoled the demise of senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, saying she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development.

In a tweet, he offered his condolence to her family and supporters.He was one of the early visitors to her Nizamuddin residence on Saturday, soon after her demise. A rare gesture by the Prime Minister for a former Chief Minister belonging to another party. 

"Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development," he said. Dikshit passed away at a hospital here following a short hospitalisation.