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Salman Khan

By NewsGram Staff Writer

After a long stretch of time, almost 13 years, Salman ‘Dabanng’ Khan has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.  Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande, while delivering the verdict, told Salman, “You were driving the car,” and added that he (Salman) was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license.

No doubt, being a high-profile case, everybody has been hooked to their television sets. Twitter has been trending with #SalmanVerdict all day long.

While the media kept you engrossed in the past, present and future of Salman, there were some really important news that got lost behind this VVIP reporting. But, worry not, NewsGram is here to bring crisp news bites that will keep you updated with news that matters.

OBC MPs, MLAs fall in ‘creamy layer’

The National Commission for Backward Classes has recommended that the children of past and present members of Parliament and state legislators should not be eligible for OBC reservations. This verdict is a response to the innumerable complaints made regarding the children of MPs and MLAs getting ‘non-creamy layer’ certificates. The panel has argued that election to ‘high offices’ like Parliament and state legislatures indicates that the said individuals have achieved ‘social elevation,’ and ‘should logically come within the category of creamy layer.’

The panel has also recommended that the children of a ‘Class I’ officers in state government or Centre should be excluded from reservation benefits, irrespective of the officer being a ‘direct recruit’ or a ‘promotee.’

Indian-origin billionaires build 1200 homes in Nepal 

Two Indian-origin billionaires based in the UK have offered to build 1,200 quake-resistant houses in the affected villages of Nepal.

Mukesh Kumar Sehgal, managing director of UK-based SISMO Company, offered 1,000 quake-resistant houses, while Shree Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation, offered to build 200 houses through his Lohia Foundation.

Sehgal said, “Our Company is well experienced in building houses with new technology and if Nepal government accepts the offer, we will start construction of houses in remote areas that are severely hit.”

West Bengal’s CM proposes to develop seven smart cities in the state

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banarjee, has proposed to build seven smart cities in her state. The seven smart cities, which would have all modern facilities for decent living, would be located according to the importance of the places, Mamata told reporters at the mini-secretariat for north Bengal.

The location for the six smart cities has already been finalized, while that of the seventh one would be finalized soon.

Greenpeace India likely to be shut down due to lack of funds

Greenpeace India, the organization that has been working for environment protection through its campaign against government’s climate-change policies for 14 years, is facing a danger of being shut down. This scenario is caused by the freezing of its funds by the government. This will render 340 of its campaigners jobless due to the lack of money to provide salary.

In addition, this will also cause ‘sudden death’ for its campaigns, which represented the voice of the poor on the issues of ‘sustainable development, environmental justice and clean, affordable energy.’

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh on ‘Water Protest’ for past 25 days 

Twenty farmers from Gholgagon village along the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh have been standing in waist-deep water for the last 25 days to protest against the elevation of water level in the Omkareshwar dam.

After the government raised the water level of the dam in April, around 400 farmers’ crops have been ruined. Therefore, these farmers decided to protest by standing on those flooded fields, staging a “Jal-Satyagrah’.

Sukku bai, a 63 year old farmer told a news channel, “Our health condition is deteriorating; epidermal skin from the soles of our feet is peeling. This has made standing and walking very difficult.” After spending over 14 hours a day in the water under the high temperature of over 40 degrees, their soles are infected with fungal sore.

The farmers allege that they were also promised land in exchange, which they haven’t got till date.

 

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Congress To Use Tribal Card to Regain Power in the Country

Congress to use tribal card to improve countrywide position

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Congress will be using the tribal card to regain dominance and their plan of action will begin from Chhattisgarh. Wikimedia Commons

BY SANDEEP PAURANIK

In order to regain dominance in the country, the Congress is mulling using the tribal card. This plan of action is to be first implemented in Chhattisgarh.

Riding on the success of the Assembly and urban body elections, the Congress feels that it can increase it base through tribals as they constitute 8 per cent of the total population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the first three Assembly elections in the state, after its formation in 2000, recorded huge victories and came to power. But after the Assembly elections held last year, the scenario changed. After registering a victory in the Assembly elections and then in the urban body polls, the Congress showed that it still dominates the tribal areas.

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Former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi gave an important message while innaugrating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Congress gave the responsibility of the tribal areas to the tribal leader of Madhya Pradesh Umang Singhar which eventually helped the party. Now, the party is planning to spread out nationwide through Chhattisgarh.

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, while inaugurating the National Tribal Dance Festival in Raipur, gave a message to the tribals who are here to participate in the festival that the Chhattisgarh government is working for all the sections and this is the reason why there has been a downward trend in naxal attacks and the state economy has also improved.

The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country because the tribal population in the state is 32 per cent.

BJP media panellist Sandeep Sharma, however, claims that the party’s base has not shrunk. He said till Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were not divided, the Congress was strong in the area but in the elections held after three years of the bifurcation, the BJP won the Assembly elections and was in power for 15 years. Though we faced defeat in the 2018 elections, the only reason was that people wanted a change but they were not angry with the BJP, he claimed.

The BJP won in the Lok Sabha elections and the margin in the urban body elections was also not much. So, it would be inappropriate to say that the BJP’s base has shrunk, he said adding that in one year the Congress’ base has declined by 9 per cent whereas in Assembly elections it got 12 per cent more votes and in urban body elections the margin was 3 per cent.

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The Congress is planning to publicise the improvements in Chhattisgarh throughout the country. Wikimedia Commons

Analysing the political landscape of the state, political analyst Rudra Awasthi said, “When it was Madhya Pradesh then the Congress had stronghold in Chhattisgarh. Several big leaders were also from the state but after the formation of Chhattisgarh since Ajit Jogi was accused of being a fake tribal the Congress lost its stronghold over the tribals. Though it continued to dominate in some of the areas which helped it in regaining the power.

“As of now, the Congress has started including the tribals with the backward class. First Bhupesh Baghel was the state chief of the party and he was replaced by Mohan Markam as he became the Chief Minister. During the Assembly elections, the Congress talked about the identity of the tribals which helped the party. After winning the elections, the decisions of the Congress government were in favour of the tribals which helped the party in the urban body elections,” said Awasthi.

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The Congress is mulling over spreading its message to the tribals across the country through the three-day festival going on here. For this several senior leaders of the party will attend the festival and share the government’s schemes while giving the message that the Congress government in the state has brought a positive and a significant change in the lives of the tribals. (IANS)