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Rahul Gandhi holds tractor rally in Wayanad, says farm laws design to give entire agriculture business to PM Modi’s 2-3 friends

Rahul Gandhi alleged that the farm laws are designed to destroy the agriculture system in India and give the entire business to 2-3 friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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In solidarity with agitating farmers, the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday organised a tractor rally of around 200 tractors in his constituency. Hitting out at the BJP-led NDA government, Gandhi said agriculture is the only business that belongs to Bharat Mata and urged the people to force the government to withdraw farm laws.

The Wayanad MP is on his two-day visit in Kerala ahead of upcoming assembly elections in the state. The ruling Left government led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front have strongly opposed the centre’s new farm laws in Kerala.

After the six-km long tractor rally from Thrikkaipatta to Muttil, Gandhi said that the entire world can see the difficulties faced by Indian farmers but the government in Delhi is unable to understand the pain of the farmers. Referring to his Hum do, Hamare do remarks at the Parliament, he said that the governments idea is very simple that these four people must control the Indian agriculture. Their idea is that farmers must sell their produce directly to these businesses. He also alleged that the farm laws are designed to destroy the agriculture system in India and give the entire business to 2-3 friends of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Gandhi also alleged PM Modi had ridiculed the rural job scheme when he took over as PM in 2014 but was later forced to accept the fact that the programme brought in by the previous UPA government played the role of saviour during the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted that the demand for MGNREGA, which provides social protection for the most vulnerable people living in rural India by guaranteeing wage employment opportunities, “skyrocketed” during COVID.

Earlier, inaugurating a Kudumbasree Sangamam at Poothadi Grama Panchayat, Gandhi said the Congress works for the empowerment of the poor and alleged that the idea of the ruling BJP was to empower the most powerful.

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Listing out the benefits of MGNREGA, Gandhi claimed that the implementation of MGNREGA scheme was the major reason for the tremendous economic growth during the UPA regime. Gandhi alleged that many people had claimed MGNREGA scheme was going to ruin the people but the same people are not saying anything while the government is giving lakhs of crores of rupees to the big business and privatising huge public sector companies.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy

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Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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