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BJP Questions Rahul's Silence Over His Reported Remarks Of Congress Being A Muslim Party

New Delhi:The BharatiyaJanata Party on Sunday questioned Congress president Rahul Gandhi's silence over his reported remarks that the Congress is a Muslim party, saying it has no place for Muslim women. The BJP also hit back at the Congress for alleging that Prime Minister NarendraModi has a ‘sick’ mentality after he accused the opposition party of standing only for Muslim men.

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The shameful allegations made by the Congress leader against the prime minister only showed their desperation."He said that Gandhi has not yet given his party's support to the government's initiatives on instant triple talaq, despite the Supreme Court banning the practice. Taking on the Gandhi scion over his reported remarks in an Urdu daily that the Congress is a Muslims party, Prasad said he is now "patronising" the minority community.

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PM Hurts Dignity Of His Office That Shows His Sick Mentality Says Anand Sharma

New Delhi:The Congress has demanded that Prime Minister NarendraModimust apologise for calling it a party for Muslim men only and said the remark showed his ‘sick mentality’.

Terming the prime minister a “peddler of untruths”, the Congress also challenged him to discuss his allegations against the opposition party in Parliament during the Monsoon Session beginning July 18.Modi during his speech in Azamgarh on Saturday had come down heavily on the Congress over its stand on triple talaq, asking if it was a party for Muslim men alone.

“The prime minister has continuously hurt the dignity of his office. We strictly oppose what he said yesterday. It shows his sick mentality and twisted mindset,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.

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Dy CM Of Karnataka Attempts Damage Control On Kumaras wamy’s Outburst

New Delhi:A day after Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy broke down while saying he was unhappy heading the state’s Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government, deputy chief minister of the state Karnataka G Parameshwara attempted damage control.

Kumaraswamy said his party workers were happy while he was not. “You are happy that your brother has become the chief minister, but I am not happy. The pain that I have within me, I have it like Vishakantha (a reference to Lord Shiva drinking poison). I did not become the chief minister to flaunt the title, but to fulfill the unfinished agenda of my father,” he said at a JD(S) felicitation programme.

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Govt To Extend LPG Subsidy Benefits To PNG,Biofuel Users

New Delhi:NitiAayog is working on a proposal to replace LPG subsidy with cooking subsidy in order to extend the benefits to people using piped natural gas and biofuels for cooking purposes. NitiAayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said subsidy should be applicable for all fuels that are used for cooking. At present, the government extends subsidy to users of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

"NitiAayog is working on a proposal to replace LPG subsidy with cooking subsidy. LPG is a specific product, a subsidy should be for larger set of all products/ fuels which are used for cooking.

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Government Plans To Introduce Dam Safety Bill In Parliament During Monsoon Session

New Delhi:  The government plans to introduce the Dam Safety Bill in Parliament during the monsoon session beginning July 18 amid Tamil Nadu government’s opposition. The TN government is opposing to the Centre’s proposal to oversee the safety of dams in shared territories between states.

“The states, which have dams in other states, are generally not allowed inspections and supervision. So in order to resolve the disputes (arising out of it), the central government will be made responsible for the safety of (such) dams,’’ said an official on the condition of anonymity while referring to such dams in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

The official said the absence of safety regulations is a major concern as states are generally unwilling to share safety data and at times go for alterations in structures, which can be dangerous.

The bill proposes formation of centrally-regulated bodies — the National Regulatory Committee and National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) — to devise safety policies, implement guidelines and recommend regulations.

The states have been unable to enforce dam safety guidelines effectively. The bill proposes to address this by having NDSA and state-level bodies responsible for enforcing the safety regulations. The NDSA shall also perform the role of dam safety organisations to prevent inter-state conflicts in case dams of one state fall within the territory of another.