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Varanasi: PM Narendra Modi said that corruption has decreased ever since May 2015 after his government came to power.

Speaking at an event after distributing special aid equipment to 9,296 differently abled people at DLW grounds in his parliamentary constituency, Modi claimed this has been achieved largely by “tightening the nuts and bolts”.

By filling up the lacunae and ensuring that the role of middlemen was completely erased in government dealings, the Prime Minister said welfare schemes are being implemented faster and other projects are being fast-tracked.

The Prime Minister added that his government is committed to assimilating all sections, especially poor, weaker and marginalized sections of the society into the mainstream.

Modi said that attempts like the one in Varanasi distribution of aid equipment in large programs have ensured that the role of middlemen is completely done away with.

In the same breath, he mused how these middlemen were overworked now as they had the task of attacking him every now and then.

“But let me assure all of you that I am not deterred by such criticism as this would distract me and I will not be able to work on my mission for the people of India,” he said while assuring that he would, in times to come, “continue to trouble such people”.

He said that the mindset towards the differently abled people must change and the word ‘viklang’ (disabled) should be replaced with ‘divyang’ (endowed with special faculties).

“What I want to do is change the mindset about differently abled people. When I say let’s use the word ‘divyang’, it is about that change,” he said.

In his December 27 ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, Modi based his concept of ‘Divyang’ on the premise that the people with physical disabilities tend to develop special faculties that even the fully ‘able’ lack.

“We see a person’s disability with our eyes. But our interaction tells us the person has an extra power. Then I thought, in our country, instead of using the word ‘viklang,’ we should use the term ‘divyang’,” Modi said in his radio address of last month.

The Prime Minister said his government has been working for the betterment of the poor ever since it was formed.

“We are constantly thinking about how development will reach the poor and how the lives of the poor will be transformed,” he said.

On day one of his government he had announced that “it will always be there for the poor and for those who have faced struggles in life”, Modi said.

Upon learning that some people who were invited for the event have suffered a road accident, the PM said: “Some ‘divyang’ sisters and brothers were to join us but the bus had an accident. The Government will make arrangements for their treatment.”

Modi set a record of sorts by distributing 15,746 special aid equipment to 9,296 differently abled people here.

Union Social Welfare Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said this was the biggest camp to be held for such a purpose anywhere in the world.

He added that so far his department in the last 18 months has distributed more than 3.5 lakh such aid/equipment through 1,836 camps.

The equipment that has been distributed cost Rs.218 crore, including those distributed earlier in Nasik and Nagpur.

On Friday, equipment worth Rs.7.07 crore was distributed.

This included 3,458 tri-cycles, 1,800 crutches, 686 wheelchairs, 1,400 digital hearing kits, 446 kits for low IQ children, 589 artificial limbs and 300 walkers, said Avnish Awasthi, joint secretary in the union ministry of social justice and empowerment, department of disability affairs.

Prior to the meeting, the PM also flagged off Mahamana Superfast Express train which will run from here to New Delhi thrice a week.(IANS)

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The Great U.S. Government Shutdown

The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.

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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a chain fence during the partial government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 8, 2019. VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

The partial shutdown of the Government of the United States has now entered Day 31. With as many as 800,000 federal employees furloughed, the entire nation remains in a turmoil due to the longest government shutdown in the history of United States.

The shutdown which started on December 22 of 2018, due to the disagreement of United States Congress and the President Of United States on ‘Border Security Funding’  has followed us well into 2019 and still has bleak chances of ending.

President Donald Trump remains undeterred in his conquest to get the funding for wall, no matter who pays for it, it seems. In a tweet and several different speeches, during the presidential election race of 2016, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that “Mexico will pay for the wall”. However, he now demands almost $5Bn from the taxpayers of the country.

The country’s senate remains at an impasse and the only ones affected? The people.

Thousands of federal employees joined hands in protests and social media to share their stories of how exactly the shutdown is affecting them. Many employees have had to set up Gofundme donation websites to get by or to meet their basic needs. The shutdown led the hastag, ‘#ShutdownStories’ trend on twitter. Even students who rely on free or reduced fee meals at school are impacted. The lunch menus at schools are being revised so as to conserve food and funding.

As the shutdown drags on, it sees many businesses also take a hit. Mohammad Badah, a local falafel street vendors who saw a steep fall in his sales said,” Usually I do in this area, like 60-70 customers, so far I did like 19 customers today.” Badah can now afford to operate only one of his two trucks.

Also Read: U.S. Senate Stays Divided Over Trump’s Immigration Deal

Meanwhile, there is no budging on the democratic or republican side. President Donald Trump proposed a deal to the democrats in which he backs away from a simple demand for border funding and now offers a 3 year extension of the program for refugees and immigrants who came to America illegally as minors, also called ‘Dreamers.’ Democrats, however rejected this deal saying that Donald Trump’s proposal is “unacceptable” and said the president’s proposal was “not a good-faith effort.”

The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.