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FIR against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over party’s tweet on PMCARES fund

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FIR was registered against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Shivamogga, Karnataka over Congress party’s tweet on May 11 on PMCARES fund on Thursday.

The FIR identifies her as the handler of the social media account.

As per the reports, besides the Congress chief, FIR was registered against some other Congress leaders as well.

“They called PMCARES fund a fraud. They said on their twitter that it is not being used for public & that PM is going on foreign trips using this fund. These are rumours against the government in Covid-19 situation, so I filed a complaint against Sonia Gandhi,” said Advocate KV Praveen Kumar.

The complainant demanded action against the Congress chief and said the Twitter handle is operated from the national capital. He further alleged that Sonia Gandhi has been putting tweets against the PM and also misleading the people.

According to reports, the case has been filed under Sections 153 and 505 of IPC against the Congress chief and other leaders of the party.

PMCARES fund was constituted by PM Modi on March 27 amid the nationwide lockdown due to the spread of deadly coronavirus.

It was a platform for donations to fight the menace.

Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust, and its members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.

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‘After May 17, what and how?’ Congress questions Govt strategy on COVID-19 lockdown

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The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Central government over the criteria it adopted to judge how long the lockdown imposed to curb Coronavirus will continue and also accused it of non-cooperation in dealing with the pandemic, taking decisions arbitrarily without consulting them, and not providing them funds.

The Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states were deliberating on the extended lockdown situation with interim President Sonia Gandhi.

At the meeting, held via video conferencing, Sonia Gandhi questioned the exit strategy of the Centre post May 17 when lockdown 3.0 ends.

“After May 17th, what? and after May 17th, how? What criteria is the Government of India using to judge how long the lockdown is to continue,” she asked at the meeting which was also attended by Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Chief Ministers need to deliberate and ask as to what is the strategy of the Government of India to get the country out of lockdown” Singh said. “We need to know, as Soniaji said, what will happen after lockdown 3.0?”

The third phase of the lockdown imposed although with some relaxations ends on May 17.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who spoke first, raised the demand of the stimulus package. “Until extensive stimulus package is given, how will states and country run? We have lost 10,000 crore of revenue. States have repeatedly requested Prime Minister for a package, but we are yet to hear from GOI,” Gehlot said.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has set up two committees — one to strategise on how to come out of the lockdown and the other on economic revival — said, “Concern is people sitting in Delhi are deciding on classification of zones without knowing what’s happening on the ground.”

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “The States are facing dire economic crisis. They need to be provided immediate assistance.”

He said in his state 80 per cent of the Small Industries have restarted and nearly 85,000 workers have returned to work.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayansamy also accused the Centre of taking one sided decisions. “The Government of India is deciding on zones without consulting the states and this is creating an anomalous situation. People sitting in Delhi can’t tell the states. No State or CM is consulted. Why?” asked the Chief Minister.

“PM isn’t saying a word on the economic package for states,” he added.

In the meeting, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi suggested that the “central piece of strategy to fight COVID-19 is to protect the elderly as also those who are diabetic and with heart condition.”

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram stated, “States are bleeding in terms of finances, but no money is being allocated by GOI. A number of newspapers have brought out the unavailability of finances with states.”

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Pass Class 10, 12 students based on internal marks, reduce syllabus of JEE, NEET: Delhi urges Centre

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As the nationwide lockdown due to the deadly coronavirus seems to remain for a little longer, the Delhi government on Tuesday suggested the Centre to promote Class 10 and 12 students based on internal exams marks.

Due to the lockdown, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not be able to conduct nationwide exams so the students should be passed on the basis of internal marks, Delhi government contended.

Delhi government also urged the Centre to reduce 30 per cent in the syllabus for all classes and also in the courses in JEE and NEET exams apart from other higher education exams.

Taking it to Twitter, Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia told, “I joined a discussion today with the Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Ji and other education ministers of the country and made the following suggestions.”

“It will not be possible to conduct the remaining exams of CBSE 10th and 12th so children should be passed on the basis of internal exams as children of 9th and 11th have been passed,” he said.

“For the next year, the entire syllabus should be reduced by at least 30 per cent and the entrance examinations of JEE, NEET and other higher education institutions should also be taken on the basis of the reduced syllabus,” he wrote.

“Delhi government has asked for three hours daily on Doordarshan and AIR FM so that teachers of Delhi government can run on-air classes for all children,” he added.

Covid-19 cases in Delhi have reached close to 3000 mark with 54 deaths reported. The overall cases in India have approached close to 30,000 mark with 937 deaths.

Earlier, in the day, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has sanctioned a loan amount of $1.5 billion to support the fight against coronavirus.

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Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP govt citing RBI’s list of 50 defaulters which names Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi

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After the Reserve Bank of India released a list of 50 wilful defaulters accused of cheating Indian banks, Congress senior leader Rahul Gandhi launched an attack on the BJP-led Centre government on Tuesday.

Taking it to Twitter, he said, “I asked a simple question in parliament – tell me the names of 50 biggest bank scammers. Finance Minister refused to reply. Now RBI has put names of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and other BJP friends in the list. This is why they hid the truth from parliament.”

The list of 50 defaulters came through an RTI application filed by activist Saket Gokhale. In the response, the central bank listed top 50 wilful defaulters accused of defrauding Indian banks and loans taken out by them that have been written off.

After the RTI response surfaced, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released the list of the top loan defaulters in the country and demanded answers from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why their loans were waived.

The party alleged that the Modi government had waived Rs 68,607 crore in loans by the 50 defaulters. These defaulters include business tycoons Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.

In a video message, Surjewala said, “This is a classic case of promoting ‘dupe, deceive and depart’ policy of the Modi government, which can no longer be accepted and the prime minister has to answer.”

Since the corruption cases have come up, the Congress has been accusing BJP which the latter has been countering by saying that the cases are of during the Congress rule, surfaced by BJP government.

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