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Improving rural economy on priority list of Govt: Jaitley


AMN / New Delhi

Improving the agriculture sector and rural economy are on the priority list of the Union government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

Speaking at an event organised jointly by APRACA and NABARD here, Mr Jaitley said improving irrigation facilities, electrifying every household by 2018, providing better connectivity and conducting a sanitation programme on largescale in rural areas of the country were the core objectives of the government.

It is essential for every society to provide food at affordable prices to people and ensure that agriculture community get their dues, he added.

Around 79 international participants from the APRACA member institutions from 22 countries and about 40 participants from India attended the forum meet. It was jointly organized by APRACA & NABARD.


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Serving Sonia Gandhi as Pol Secy has been greatest honour: Ahmed Patel

AMN / New Delhi

Ahmed PatelAs former Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday handed over the baton to her son Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel said that serving as her Political Secretary, had been his greatest honour.

In a post on social media, Mr Patel thanked the outgoing president for steering the party through challenging times.

‘Would like to thank outgoing Congress President for steering the party through challenging times, leading it with grace and being a source of unshakable conviction, courage and vision for crores of party workers. Allowing me to serve as Political Secretary has been my greatest honour,’ Mr Patel said.

Would like to thank outgoing Congress President for steering the party through challenging times,leading it with grace & being a source of unshakable conviction,courage & vision for crores of party workers.Allowing me to serve as Political Secreatary has been my greatest honour


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Rahul will lead party with pure heart, devotion: Sonia Gandhi

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As she passed on the mantle of the Congress president to her son Rahul Gandhi,  Ms Sonia Gandhi today on Saturday expressed confidence that he would lead the party with a pure heart, patience and devotion.

The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at 24, Akbar Road, housing the party headquarters.

Sonia Gandhi in her speech said the Congress activists and leaders were not a terrified lot. “We won’t bow down. Our struggle is for the country and we will continue fighting for it. We won’t give it up,” said Sonia Gandhi.

“Rahul is my son. So I do not think to praise him is appropriate for me. But I would say that since childhood he had to bear the brunt of violence. After joining politics he had to face blatant personal attacks that have made him a stronger person.”

Manmohan Singh said Rahul Gandhi was assuming the new responsibility amid “disturbing trends” as “there are dangers that the politics of fear will take over the politics of hope” in the country.

“Rahulji, we depend upon you to transform and sustain the politics of hope,” Manmohan Singh said, pointing out that the new Congress President had been trained for a long period and had already looked after many activities of the Congress for many years now.

“Rahulji brings in a new sense of dedication and commitment, a new sense of leadership with courage and humility.”

Manmohan Singh said it was “a unique day in the history of the Congress” with Sonia Gandhi handing over the reins of the party to her son.

He said during the last 19 years as the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi “provided a powerful leadership”.

“Now that Soniaji is handing over the reins of the party to Rahulji, we salute Soniaji for uniting the leadership, something that she has been doing for the last 19 years.”

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Doctors in Rajasthan begin indefinite strike

MEDICAL..More than ten thousand In-service doctors in Rajasthan have again gone on indefinite boycott of the work, which has badly affected the health services in the state.

The Police have booked more than 50 doctors in different districts of the state under The Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA).

Doctors protested against the police action and courted arrests in several districts. Several other doctors, however, went underground to escape arrest.

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BJP dubs Congress as “corrupt thought process”

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On a day new Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in his maiden speech made a vitriolic charge against BJP accusing it of setting the nation on ‘fire’, the saffron party described country’s oldest party as one sustaining “corrupt thought process”

“It was an irony that the (special CBI) court sentenced former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda to jail the same day when the Congress got a new president,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.

“This jail sentence is not only for Madhu Koda but also for the Congress, which had supported him,” he said in reference to the court verdict on coal block allocation scam that had surfaced during UPA regime.

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Unity in diversity is India’s specialty, says V-P

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Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu has said that unity in diversity is India’s speciality and India is one nation and one people. He said, India has a long history of tolerance as the country does not have any history of attacking anyone despite being home to a third of the world’s wealth once and several foreign attacks.

Naidu was speaking at the India Ideas Conclave 2017 organised by the India Foundation in Bambolim, Goa Saturday.
He  said that a mother, the motherland, mother tongue and the place of birth must be respected by all individuals.

The vice president said, India is set to become the fastest growing global economy as has been predicted by multiple global agencies including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Moody’s.

Mr Naidu said, the fruits of development must reach all to ensure inclusive growth. He said, there is a need for greater focus on agriculture because over 50% of Indians are dependent on farming and India’s food security cannot depend on imports. Mr Naidu said, diversification of crop cultivation and value addition to agricultural products are needed to boost the sector.

The vice president said, simultaneous elections from the parliament to the panchayat level should be conducted to ensure better governance. He added, terrorism, black money, corruption and discrimination based on caste, religion and sex are among the biggest evils and must be addressed through legal provisions.

Mr Naidu presented the Swarajya awards to achievers in areas including politics, economics and social work at the conclave. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar and minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha were also present at the programme.

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Will fight BJP’s politics of ‘anger’ with love: New Congress President Rahul

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Andalib Akhter / New Delhi

Soon after assuming the post of the India’s oldest Congress party, Rahul Gandhi today charged the BJP with following a ‘politics of hatred and anger’ and said his party would fight it with ‘love and affection’.

In his maiden speech after assuming the post of Congress president, Mr Gandhi, lashing out at the BJP for trying to spread the politics of ‘hatred’, said,”Like many Indians across the country, I am an idealist.. But many of us are disillusioned today with what we see in politics today.

The process of his election as the new Congress chief was completed after the Central Election Authority President Mullapally Ramachandran handed over the Certificate of Election to Rahul Gandhi in a ceremony at 24, Akbar Road, housing the party headquarters.

Today, politics is not being used for the service of the people. It is devoid of kindness and truth. Today politics is used to crush people, not lift them. The moment you challenge the structure of power to stand with the power, you are attacked. To weaken you, they lie and distort.’

“(BJP) breaks, we join, they set fire, we douse it, they spread hate, we spread love, they divide, we bring people together… that is what tells us apart,” says Congress president 


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Sonia Gandhi,  her daughter Priyanka Vadra, and son-in-law Robert Vadra and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined the top Congress leadership at the ceremony marked by loud celebrations as scores of Rahul Gandhi supporters danced to the beat of drums, raised slogans, burst firecrackers and distributed sweets outside the party office here.

In his first speech as the Congress President, Rahul Gandhi launched an all-out attack against Modi and the BJP.

“Politics belongs to the people, but today politics is not being used for people. It is not being used to uplift people, but to crush them,” Rahul Gandhi said.

He said many of the countrymen were “disillusioned by politics of our time” as “today, politics is devoid of kindness and truth”.

“The Congress took India to the 21st Century, but the PM, today, is taking us back to the medieval times… We are now being compelled to imagine that businesses can be built without harmony that only one man himself is the voice of reason, and that expertise, experience and knowledge can be cast aside for personal glory,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“You have an example in front of you. Once fire breaks out it is difficult to douse it. That is what we are telling the people of BJP, that if you set the nation on fire it will be difficult to control. Today, the BJP has spread the fire of violence across the country.”

Outside the 24, Akbar Road, Congress Headquarters, a group of colourfully dressed artistes played drums and danced to Punjabi bhangra tunes with party supporters, including men and women, shaking a leg or two and waving Rahul Gandhi’s pictures and Congress flags.

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African champion Ernest Amuzu promises to stop Vijender in his track


African Champion Ernest Amuzu on Friday promised to stop India’s star boxer Vijender Singh in his tracks and inflict the first loss on his record when they face each other for the double title defence at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on 23rd December
An experienced boxer from Ghana Ernest Amuzu who holds a good record of 25 fights with 23 wins (21 Knockouts) and 2 loss having played 122 rounds of professional boxing is training very hard these days to defeat Vijender Singh at his home ground.

“I am training very hard daily for 8-10 hours for this fight. I’ve had good notice of the fight so I’ll be prepared for Vijender and whatever he brings into the ring for the fight. I have just heard his name and have never seen him fight. I will take great delight in handing Vijender Singh his first loss and left him beaten and broken in front of his home crowd.

In fact I will tell you what I will do to him, I will smash him to the body to loosen him up and then a right hand to knock him out, just watch me on 23rd December” the Ghanaian boxer bragged .

“I am experienced fighter in professional circuit than Vijender. He has never, never met any experienced and tough boxer like me and he will realise what it is like facing a real professional boxer in Jaipur. I know he has an Olympic medal but I have boxed as a successful amateur in Africa winning many tournaments, I also believe I have plenty of good experience in my 25 fights to give hard time to Vijender Singh”.

“I know that Vijender is a hero there. But I am going to knock your hero out. He doesn’t belong in a boxing ring with me. I am insulted that he thinks he can just walk over me and beat me easily. When he is lying on the canvas and I am standing with my hands raised above him he will realise he has made a huge mistake fighting me. He should stick to acting in films as he is just an actor in boxing” The big mouth African boxer said

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P V Sindhu storms into final in BWF Dubai World Super Series Finals

PV SindhuOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu has stormed into final of women’s singles in the BWF Dubai World Super Series Finals.She defeated eighth ranked China’s Chen Yufei 21-15, 21-18 in the second semifinals at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium in Dubai today.

Indian star shuttler will now meet world number two and top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash of the high-profile season-ending tournament tomorrow.

Yamaguchi had beaten Ratchanok of Intanon of Thailand 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the first semifinals earlier in the day. In 2017, Sindhu had clinched two Super Series titles before winning a silver at the BWF World Championship.

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Official emblems for Beijing 2022 Winter Games unveiled


The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been named “Winter Dream” and “Flight,” respectively. The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games.

At the launch ceremony, a series of performances were staged with a theme of Winter Olympic Dream. The chief designer of the two emblems is Lin Cunzhen, deputy dean of China Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Design School. She started her work in the field of Olympic emblem design back in 2003.

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