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Karnataka CM writes letter to Narendra Modi to call for meeting over Cauvery water dispute

CM Siddahramaiya in a statement addressing the Cauvery issue said that he did not want to suppress the demand of a state bandh, as that might worsen the situation

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Cauvery Kaveri River in Karnataka, India. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • A bandh has been declared in Karnataka after violent protests
  • The Supreme Court gives an order to Karnataka to supply 1500 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu
  • Chief Minister writes a letter to the Modi to resolve the issue immediately

Sept 10, 2016: The Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has led to a series of violent protests in the latter state. This further led to the calling of a complete bandh in Karnataka by the Chief Minister Siddahramaiya.

The people of this state got aggressive on the latest verdict of Supreme Court which asked the government of Karnataka to supply 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as it’s reservoirs do not have enough water to comply with the needs of the entire population, mentioned TOI report.

This has made the farmers in the state outrageous as this would not only affect the availability of drinking water in the state but will also deprive them of enough water supply for irrigation as they are dependent on Cauvery basin to a very great extent.

Karnataka CM Siddahramaiya, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Karnataka CM Siddahramaiya, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

CM Siddahramaiya in a statement addressing this issue said that he did not want to suppress the demand of a state bandh, as that might worsen the situation.

In order to  resolve the problem as swiftly as he can, he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. In the letter, he stated various facts regarding the water supply issue and also urged for an immediate meeting call of the chief minister of these states.

He further mentioned, that the decision of the Supreme Court will also badly affect the IT sector of the state leading to a crash in the Indian economy. In a rather ridiculing tone, Siddaramaiah also wrote that the state BJP unit had proposed to the government not to implement the order of the apex court, mentioned TOI report.

“However, as a constitutional chief executive of the state, I have taken it upon myself to obey the orders of the SC and the water is being released as per the order, which has created more unrest and disquiet in the state,” said the CM.

The CM was then quoted saying, Tamil Nadu is still in a better position due to the water level in the reservoir of Mettur and also the beneficiary rainfall from the north-east. The situation indeed is of unrest and violence in Karnataka. People have already witnessed violent protests on the roads. All the schools, colleges, and government offices were shut down on Friday along with the auto and taxi unions. The Bandh was supported by the opposition party as well.

– prepared by Ayushi Gaur of Newsgram

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Richard Thaler Supported Demonetisation, there is More to the Story

Demonetisation is what Richard Thaler had long supported. However, he remarked "Really? Damn," when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

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Richard Thaler
Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.Wikimedia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to scrape Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler supported demonetization describing it as a policy that he had long supported.

Dr. Richard Thaler, a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.

Did Richard Thaler really support demonetization in the way BJP took it? There is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As soon as Thaler was declared the Nobel Prize winner, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started sharing Thaler’s tweet regarding demonetization on social media affirming that the move which was severely criticised by the members of the opposition was actually supported by a Nobel Prize winner. The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya retweeted the old tweet within a fraction of a second.

However, Richard Thaler remarked “Really? Damn,” when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 note thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

It was not only the BJP supporters but also a large number of BJP leaders who were flowed away with incomplete picture depicted by Malviya and tweeted about it.‬ This included Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta, and many others.

Soon after, twitterati realized that the full picture of Thaler’s statement on demonetization was rather hidden.

Prime Minister Modi declared that the motivation behind scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was to promote cashless economy and reduce corruption. This decision was severely criticised by different sections of the society putting on Modi the ultimate responsibility for heralding economic deceleration. Demonetisation pulled down India’s GDP growth rate to a mere 6.1% in 2016-17.

Some highlighted that the introduction of Rs 2000 note was an ephemeral panacea for remonetization and that its printing has been terminated.

-Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram, Twitter: mohimahaque26

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PM Narendra Modi: Don’t believe in vote bank politics, Nation comes first

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wikimedia

Varanasi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said that the BJP did not believe in vote bank politics as the country was above party politics. This is his second day of the visit to his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi.

Modi told a gathering that he had launched a major war against corruption and the corrupt to ease the life of the common man. He also said cleanliness was worship for him as it could rid the poor of various diseases and a lot of economic burdens.

“Governance for us is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the development of the nation. For us, the country is bigger than party,” he said, in his address to farmers in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of Varanasi.

He said most of the problems faced by the common people in India were rooted in corruption.

“I have launched a war against it and will take it further to ensure that graft is weeded out from the country.”(IANS)

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PM Modi in Varanasi: Sanitation is worship, Cleanliness Is a Way to Serve the Poor

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addresses the gathering, at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on September 23, 2017.

Varanasi, Sep 23 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Varanasi said that sanitation is worship for him, as it can rid the poor of various diseases.

The gathering was largely attended by people on the second day of his Varanasi visit. Modi visited, Shahanshahpur a village of his Lok Sabha constituency. Where he laid the foundation stone of a public toilet in the area.

“That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings,” he said while addressing people there.

He said while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen and every family to keep their surroundings clean so we are able to build clean villages, clean cities and a clean nation,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each, to improve the nation by 2022. The year will also mark the 75 years of independence.

“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.

(IANS)