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More MPs needed in northeast region for development: Kiren Rijiju

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New Delhi: The prime reason behind the lack of development in the northeast region was the fewer number of MPs from here. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said while speaking at the Agenda Aaj Tak summit, on Friday.

The number of parliamentarians from states matter. We see other states like Uttar Pradesh having 80 MPs. This is not same with the northeast. The number of MPs from the northeast should increase, otherwise, the region won’t develop,

Citing changes in perception and analyzing the actual problems of the northeast as prime factors to make the region peaceful, Rijiju said ministers and officials need to visit the northeast more often to get a better understanding.

Former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, MP from Tura in Meghalaya, said the government needed to monitor the funding for the northeast in order to stop corruption.

Corruption has emerged one of the biggest problems in the northeast as there is an overflow of funds in the region and no one to monitor how it is being used,

He urged the central government to abolish several agencies through which the money was channelled to the region. (IANS)

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Patanjali targets will reach 1 Lakh Crore Production by 2020, says Yoga guru turned businessman Baba Ramdev

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : Yoga guru turned businessman Ramdev on Tuesday said his FMCG venture Patanjali Ayurved is targeting to shore up its production to Rs one lakh crore by 2020.

“Patanjali has been registering 100 percent growth for the last four years and this year too we have been growing at the same pace. Our target is to take our inhouse production to Rs 50,000 crore in the next two-three years and ultimately reach the target of Rs one lakh crore by 2020,” Ramdev said at the ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’ event here.

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The aim to end the hegemoney of international companies on the Indian economy, he said.

“Our imports consist of over Rs 25 lakh crore while another Rs 25 lakh crore is taken away by foreign companies. If we need to break this hegemoney and our dependence on foreign companies, we need in house prodcution of at least Rs.100 lakh crore. Our endeavour is to create and promote Indian entreprenurship,” said Ramdev.

While hailing the Narendra Modi government’s move to demonetise higher denomination notes, Ramdev said it was essential to continue taking further steps to check and prevent corruption and black money.

“Demonetisation has broken the back of terrorism and Naxalism (Maoism) as their entire funding was in black money. This move will effectively address the issue of black money. However, the government should continue to take further steps to ensure black money does not make a comeback to the system,” he said.

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Admitting that demonetisation has caused hardships for the common people, Ramdev said: “Maybe there was needed some more preparation for implementing the scheme but at the same time, it could have lead to leaking of information and the entire exercise would have failed.”

He also said that the government needed to reconsider its decision to introduce the Rs 2,000 notes. (IANS)

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New education policy will be cooperative federalist in spirit: Smriti Irani

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New Delhi: The new education policy which is under consideration will be cooperative federalist in spirit. Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said while addressing a session at ‘Agenda Aaj Tak’.

The process of consultation on new education policy has followed the spirit of cooperative federalism,

The minister said ‘No detention’ policy in schools was also being discussed as it has its own “challenges”.

Asked about the introduction of the Bhagavad Gita in schools, Irani remarked that she teaches her kids the Gita herself and does not rely upon the schools for it.

The first school for kids is their home with parents as teachers. It’s not fair to say only school has a role in (a) child’s development,

Responding to a question on many writers and leaders pointing to a rising “intolerance” in the country, she said the individuals returning awards never did the same when they were instances of violence when Congress was in power. (IANS)

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South Indian Muslims more prone to ISIS ideology: Rijiju

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New Delhi: Raking up yet another controversy, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a statement that Muslims from south Indian states were more prone to get influenced by ISIS ideology than any other part of the country.

“It is a reality (some south Indian Muslims getting attracted to ISIS). It is a fact. But we should not undermine our vigil in other parts of the country,” he said.

Rijiju’s comments came at a time when, reports were making rounds that ISIS would carry out attacks in India. Reportedly, a single person would carry out the attack. ISIS had named the operation “Lone Wolf”.

However, there were reports that many Indians, all Muslims, had travelled to Syria to join the terror outfit ISIS. Interestingly, most of those Indian Muslims belonged to south Indian states.

Out of the 23 Indian Muslims who had travelled to Syria to join ISIS, six were killed in various terror operations. While three belonged to Karnataka, rest were natives of Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

However, Rijiju assured that the government at the Centre is proactive and is intensively monitoring the situation. Stringent vigilance was being carried out by the security and Intelligence agencies to thwart any nefarious plans by militant outfits.

“Challenges are there. We have to accept that it is a reality. The threat is there. Anything that threatens the security of the country is taken seriously and the Home Ministry’s mandate is to provide security to the people and the country,” he said.

Riju, however, termed the incidents of the hoisting of the ISIS flag in Jammu & Kashmir as sporadic. “These were isolated cases and not spread across the state or the country,” he said.

The government is also monitoring web portals to curb any efforts by the outfits to spread their ideologies.

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