Rajnandgaon, Nov 9 (PTI) Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday released the party’s manifesto for Chhattisgarh which promises farm loan waiver, minimum support price for crops asper the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and ban on liquor sales.The state will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and November 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.Gandhi released the manifesto, titled “Jan Ghoshna Patra” in Rajnandgaon, which is the constituency of Chief Minister Raman Singh.Addressing a press conference on the occasion, Gandhi said that farmers’ loans would be waived within 10 days of the party attaining power.The MSP for paddy will be fixed at Rs 2,500 per quintal and maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal, Gandhi said.Besides, a provision of pension for farmers aged above 60 years has also been planned, the Congress chief said.The manifesto also promised halving electricity bills for domestic consumers, provisioning of houses and land to urban and rural families respectively.Every family will be given 35 kgs of rice every month at Re 1 only, he said.Tackling employment under the party’s “Ghar Ghar Rozgaar, Har Ghar Rozgaar” scheme, the manifesto underlines apprenticeship programmes and employment opportunities for theyouth.It also promised a monthly stipend to 10 lakh unemployed youths under the party’s ‘Rajiv Mitr Yojana”.The manifesto mentioned the setting up of special women’s police stations, women help cells in police stations and strict enforcement of laws related to women.A special conveyance for women for late night commuting has also been proposed in the manifesto.advertisementEmphasising on health care services, the manifesto proposes introduction of a “universal health care” scheme in which free and quality services will be provided to those in need.It also proposes converting six medical colleges into multi-speciality hospitals, along with bringing 1,000 specialists on board in the first year.Air ambulances will be provisioned for areas like Bastar, Sarguja and Gariaband’s Supebeda, Gandhi said.Special attention on improving the quality of education through emphasis on quality of teachers has also been listed in the manifesto.The manifesto also promises an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) on 70-85forest crops, and fixing Rs 4,000 per bag for ‘tendu patta’ workers.It speaks about fixing a “respectable income” for daily wage labourers, increase in income bands of Class 3 and 4 employees and distribution of 7th Pay Commission surplus in three phases.It also promises increase in the pension being given to police families who have lost a kin in Naxal attacks.The Congress manifesto speaks about the establishment of sports hostels and scholarships for economically weak sports persons.The manifesto promises a ban on sale of liquor in the state, adding that Gram Sabhas in Scheduled areas like Surguja and Bastar will be vested with the power to decide on such a ban in these places.A policy will be drafted to take on the menace of Naxalism and serious steps will be taken for talks, Gandhi said, adding that each Naxal-affected panchayat will be given a package of Rs 1 crore for community development works.Special laws will be enacted to ensure protection to journalists, lawyers and doctors, he added.In forest areas like Lemru and Korba, elephant and wildlife sanctuaries will be set up and steps would be taken to reduce human-elephant conflict, Gandhi added.Gandhi Friday held a road show in Rajnandgaon town and addressed three poll rallies in Pakhanjore (Kanker district), Khairagarh and Dongargarh (Rajnandgaon district) for the firstphase of polls on November 12.In the 2013 Assemblypolls, BJP had won 49 seats, Congress 39, BSP 1 and independent 1 in the 90-member House. PTI TKP BNM GVS
Man Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Gini Wijnaldum delighted with ugly Liverpool winby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was delighted with the manner of Liverpool’s win at Sheffield United.He knows how important it is to pick up all the points when not playing well.It is a characteristic of any title-winning side and Wijnaldum believes Liverpool have shown this season they have this quality. “That’s what we did,” said Wijnaldum. “I think the progress we have made this season is that we’re winning games we haven’t played well in.“Hopefully when we don’t play well, we can still win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Cardale Jones SpeechOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones took advantage of the Buckeyes’ Monday night opening game over the weekend. He used his free time on Saturday to attend his alma mater Glenville’s game against St. Edward. Jones not only watched the game as a spectator, but addressed the Glenville team in the locker room pre-game. It was a brief speech, but touched on sticking together and winning as a unit, among other things. Very cool of Jones to do this, and it had to be a thrill for the Glenville players. [ Cleveland.com ]
zoom Four major international trade associations have made a joint proposal to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector.In a detailed submission, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO proposed that IMO Member States should immediately adopt two “aspirational objectives” on behalf of the international shipping sector.These include maintaining international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels, and reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported one kilometre, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008.In addition, the industry associations have suggested that IMO “should give consideration to another possible objective of reducing international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions,” by an agreed percentage by 2050 compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of further CO2 emissions reduction.The shipping sector, which is responsible for transporting about 90% of global trade, accounts for 2.2% of the world’s annual man-made CO2 emissions.The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee will meet in London this July to begin the development of a strategy for the reduction of the sector’s CO2 emissions aligning the international shipping sector response to the 2015 Paris Agreement’s call for ambitious contributions to combat climate change.
A funny thing happened in the competition to be the most valuable public company in the U.S.Apple became the first U.S. company valued at $1 trillion in August, and Amazon briefly joined it a month later. With Apple selling phones for more than $700 a pop, on average, and more and more consumers shopping on Amazon, it was no surprise that those companies rose to the top of the value chain.Then came October and November. Both companies issued cautious outlooks for the holidays amid a downturn in the stock market and investors dumped their shares, opening the door for a third player.Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment, has eclipsed Amazon and is close to passing Apple in market value. Around midday Thursday, Apple’s value topped Microsoft’s by just over $2 billion: $847.6 billion to $845.2 billion. Amazon was back to $820.8 billion.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.Microsoft even momentarily passed Apple in value on Monday, the first time in eight years it was more valuable than the iPhone maker. Apple has been the world’s most valuable firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Wall Street analysts are encouraged by Microsoft’s growing cloud-computing business while a bit concerned about a slowdown in Apple’s phone sales. Research firm Canacord Genuity lowered its price target for Apple to $225 from $250 on Thursday, while maintaining a “buy” rating. Apple shares have fallen from around $225 in early October to below $180.That 21 per cent decline has allowed Microsoft to again be a contender for most valuable company. Microsoft shares have dropped only 4 per cent in the same time frame, a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.The Associated Press
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.
Los Angeles: Actor Shailene Woodley will be toplining the upcoming serial killer thriller film Misanthrope. The project, which hails from FilmNation Entertainment, will be directed by Damian Szifron from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jonathan Wakeham, reported Variety. The story follows a talented but troubled cop who is recruited by the FBI to help profile and track down a murderer. Shooting will soon start in Atlanta and producers are currently looking for additional cast members. FilmNation, which previously backed Arrival, The Big Sick and Late Night, will finance and oversee worldwide sales for Misanthrope. Woodley, 27, will also produce alongside Aaron Ryder and Stuart Manashil.
Kolkata: The Alipore weather office predicted on Friday that districts of South Bengal including Kolkata will face the effects of cyclonic storm Fani, the brunt of which will hit the city between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, with wind speed hovering around 90 to 100 km/h. Heavy rainfall in various parts of the state will accompany the cyclone.”The cyclonic storm which had hit the Odisha coast on Friday morning, has weakened in speed while travelling in the Northeast direction. It will hit the coastal areas of Bengal on Friday night at a wind speed of 90 to 100 km/h, which can go up to a maximum of 115 km/h. It will pass over other districts of South Bengal including Kolkata, gradually weakening along the way and will cross over to Bangladesh in the afternoon on Saturday. Weather conditions are expected to improve from Sunday,” said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe coastal areas of East Midnapore, West Midnapore and South 24-Parganas will be the worst affected by the cyclone. The entire coastal belt of the state with districts like East Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Jhargram, West Midnapore and Howrah, is expected to receive heavy rainfall particularly on Saturday. Districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, North 24-Parganas, Burdwan East and West and Murshidabad will also receive moderate to heavy rainfall from Friday night till Saturday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”North Bengal will also bear the brunt of the cyclonic storm on May 4, with heavy rainfall predicted in some parts. There are chances of kaccha houses collapsing, trees uprooting and waterlogging in urban areas due to the effect of the cyclone,” the official warned. With the weather office recommending total suspension of tourist activities from the evening of Thursday to May 4, popular coastal destinations in the state like Digha and Mandarmani wore a deserted look on Friday. The state Transport department arranged a number of buses from Digha on Friday morning to carry passengers to the city. People living close to the river in Namkhana have been removed to cyclone centres and temporary relief camps set up by the district administration.