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Kejriwal opposes land acquisition bill, accuses Modi of misusing CBI

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday opposed the land acquisition bill and accused the central government of “interfering” in the functioning of the AAP government.

He further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “arm-twisting” the states by misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation.

“The notion that the 2013 legislation will result in cessation of development of this country is incorrect. Also, the argument that this will result in waste of time is flawed,” Kejriwal told the NITI Aayog meet here.

He was referring to the land acquisition law enacted by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government which the proposed measure seeks to amend.

“On the contrary, if the government tries to snatch the land from farmers, it will lead to litigation running into years,” he said.

The Modi government has brought a new land acquisition bill — which has been termed as anti-farmer by the opposition parties.

Kejriwal also referred to the ongoing turf war between the central and Delhi governments over a host of issues, and accused the Centre of interfering in the functioning of his government.

“You cannot govern the country while sitting in Delhi and, therefore, the spirit of federalism is of utmost importance.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)