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Confident Of Doing Well in General Elections: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

When asked if there was any political pressure on the governor to resign, Modi denied that was the case.

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Modi to inaugurate several infrastructure projects in Odisha. VOA

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of doing well at this year’s general election despite the party’s recent losses in state polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interview with Reuters partner ANI on Tuesday.

“No reason for morale down. We are confident and are moving ahead. In 2019, if there is one party which the country trusts and is connected with the people, it is the BJP,” Modi said.

India’s ruling party lost power in three key states in December, handing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the Congress party opposition and its allies ahead of national polls due by May.

Modi said it was more important to focus on his government’s achievements, including the introduction in September of a new health care scheme for the poor.

“In such big numbers people suffering, today they have got treatment, how can I consider this a failure. It is my biggest achievement,” Modi said.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

He said the party has been discussing what it lacked at the state elections, but winning or losing was not the only yardstick. The Hindu nationalist BJP was willing to work with regional parties in the run-up to the general election, he said.

“Our effort is to take everyone along, and listen to everyone. I am committed to give importance to regional aspirations. The country cannot be run by ignoring regional aspirations.”

Farmer relief

Modi said farm loan waivers should be “definitely done” if it helps, but that was not a long-term solution to the problem of farmer distress.

“What is lacking in our system, that farmer becomes debt-ridden and the governments have to repeat vicious cycle of elections and loan waivers. So solution is to empower the farmers. From seed to market, give all facilities to the farmers,” he said.

Farmers’ anger about low crop prices and their sense that the government has done far too little to address them contributed to the state election defeats.

The government is now considering three options for a relief package to help farmers suffering because of low crop prices at a cost of as much as 3 trillion rupees ($43.20 billion), three government sources told Reuters last week.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel attends a news conference in Mumbai, India. VOA

Patel resignation

Former Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel had written to Modi about wanting to resign, citing personal reasons, several months before stepping down from the office in December, Modi said.

“The governor himself requested [to resign] because of personal reasons. I am revealing for the first time, he was telling me about this for the past 6-7 months before his resignation. He gave it even in writing. He wrote to me personally.”

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Patel resigned after a months-long tussle over policy with the government that raised concerns about the bank’s independence as the next general election nears.

When asked if there was any political pressure on the governor to resign, Modi denied that was the case.

“No such question arises. I acknowledge that Patel did a good job as RBI governor.” (VOA)

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LAVA Launches New Budget Smartphone Z62 in India

Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi and GPS. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer and fingerprint sensor

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The 2GB RAM variant of the phone would be launched in August, the company said in a statement.
Lava unveils new feature phone. IANS

Domestic smartphone manufacturer Lava on Friday launched its new budget smartphone Lava Z62 for Rs 6,060 in India.

The phone comes with a 6-inch touchscreen display and is powered by a 3,380 mAh battery.

“The device also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant key, thus, allowing users to use a variety of apps and features at the click of a button using their voice command,” the company said in a statement.

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The mobile phone supports English, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi. Wikimedia Commons

As far as the cameras are concerned, the device on the rear packs an 8MP camera and a 5MP camera on the front.

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Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi and GPS. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer and fingerprint sensor. (IANS)