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Rahul Gandhi takes filmy jibe at BJP as battleground for state elections fire up

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This week has seen a major upheaval in Nation’s politics. Earlier this week, the 2G verdict hit the stands which left everyone aghast. The shocking effect of the 2G verdict was still fresh when the news broke that Bombay High Court squashed the sanction by the governor to prosecute former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in Adarsh Scam. After the two favourable verdicts, Rahul Gandhi seems to be on rebound as his party was so far burdened with the tag of “Corrupt Government”.

Also Watch: Shocking Revelation by Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, “They Wanted Somebody Else as Chief Minister”

The newly elected Congress President did not leave the opportunity and attacked party’s rival BJP calling it a liar. Rahul Gandhi while addressing the media said BJP’s structure is about lies. Unleashing a scathing attack on BJP he said, “The whole architecture and structure of BJP is of lies.” Gandhi who was seen in an aggressive mode said, “Modi’s Gujarat Model too is a lie.”

Rahul Gandhi said during election campaigns they met several people who revealed that “there was no model at all”. He said, “What is going on is just usurpation of natural resources of Gujarat.”

Since taking over as a President of the Grand Old Party, Rahul Gandhi for the first time chaired a meeting of Congress Working Committee. However, his attack did not stop here.

Also Read: 2G Spectrum: The Scam That Changed the Look Of The Country’s Telecom Industry

Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day visit to Gujarat. He will be attending a review meeting with newly elected MLAs from his party. However, before beginning the schedule he tweeted with a hashtag #BJPLies. In the tweet, he wittily said that if there would be a film franchise on BJP it would be called ‘Lie Hard’.

His tweet comes days after a news channel ran a story that Rahul Gandhi was watching Star Wars even after losing Gujarat Elections. However, after his tweet, #BJPLies became a top trend on Twitter.

The favourable verdicts definitely have motivated the Congress post-defeat in Gujarat Elections. Next year, six more states are going for elections and the battleground is being readied with attacks and counter-attacks.

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Shakitikanta Das to be the new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shakikanta Das is likely to be the next Reserve Bank of India Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel on December 10.

Shaktikanta Das, a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was the member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission of India, and India’s Sherpa to G20. Das also worked as Union Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Fertilizers Secretary, special secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and as a joint secretary in the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance in the Indian government.

Earlier Urjit Patel on December 10 resigned from the post of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Patel’s three year team was to end in September 2019. Patel is also the first RBI governor to resign since 1990.

Submitting his resignation, Urjit Patel cited personal reasons and stepped down with immediate effect. He said, “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” Urjit Patel said in a statement. “The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

 

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Four policemen killed by terrorists in J-K’s Shopian; weapons snatched

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Srinagar | Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.

The injured policeman was rushed to an Army hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.

At the time of the incident, only one family was present at the minority pocket.

Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.

The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act.

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PM Modi may visit Tripura in Feb to inaugurate projects: Officials

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Agartala | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several development projects, including an upgraded cancer centre, a government official said. The regional centre, which offers treatment to more than 2,000 cancer patients annually, is set to have a new building and modern equipment, he said.

According to government reports, 3,786 patients succumbed to cancer between 2013 and 2016 in the state.

Sanjoy Mishra, the media adviser to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, said a high-level meeting was convened Monday to review progress in the cancer hospital project. “The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several developmental projects. The newly built building at the cancer centre is one of them. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday reviewed the progress of the construction work at the centre,” Mishra said.

Chief Secretary LK Gupta, Public Works Department (PWD) secretary Manoj Kumar, and Health and Family Welfare secretary Samarjit Bhowmik were among those who attended Monday’s meeting, he said. “The CM would be visiting New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) and meet the prime minister to discuss various issues, including the inauguration of the cancer hospital building,” Mishra told reporters.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17), 40 percent of all cancer patients in the northeast suffer from head and neck malignancy, mainly caused by tobacco consumption.

Tripura tops in tobacco use in the region with 64.5 percent patients in the state admitting to nicotine consumption, the report added.

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