Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh is no longer
- Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, 82, died this morning after a long illness at the Research and Reference Hospital of the army in New Delhi.
- Hospital officials said he was admitted on June 25 this year and was being treated for sepsis and multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, as well as the effects of a serious old injury to the head.
- He had cardiac arrest this morning. He is survived by his wife and two children, including former MP Barmer Manvendra Singh.
- Singh, a former leader, has held key positions as Minister of Finance, Defense and Foreign Affairs in governments led by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of the former Union Minister.
- Singh, a former military man, had become involved in politics in his native Rajasthan in the 1960s after leaving the military, but he entered the limelight in 1980, being elected to Rajya Sabha by the newly BJP. form.
- He remained a member of one of the Houses of Parliament between 1980 and 2014, being elected five times to Rajya Sabha, in 1980, 1986, 1998, 1999, 2004 and four times to Lok Sabha in the 1990s, 1991, 1996, 2009 .
- Gentle and fluent in the language and a diplomat, he quickly became his party’s go-to man for strategic affairs and finance, and for a time also served as vice-chairman of the planning committee.
- He was also the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha between 2004 and 2009. Singh was a close personal friend of former Prime Minister Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.
Farmers can break free from APMC chains: Modi
- Less than 24 hours after the NDA’s longest-serving ally, Shiromani Akali Dal, announced the separation of the three agricultural bills passed by parliament last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the benefits of the bills of law. on his monthly radio show “Mann ki Baat”.
- Mr. Modi highlighted the cases of farmers who broke free from restrictions imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Committee (APMC) laws in various states to trade their crops freely and profitably.
- The Prime Minister’s statements come after a stormy monsoon session of Parliament in which bills to reform agricultural trade were passed, sparking protests in various parts of the country by farmer groups and parties opposition.
- Referring to the bills, Mr Modi said: “Farmers now have the power to sell their produce anywhere and to anyone and they have the freedom to grow any crop and sell it. at the price that suits them best. “
- He said that even in this time of crisis, our country’s agricultural sector has once again shown its resilience. The country’s agricultural sector, farmers, villages are the very foundation of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a self-sufficient India.
President gives approval to farm bills
- Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday evening gave his approval to three farm bills passed in parliament last week that sparked protests in various parts of the country, especially in Punjab and Haryana.
- On September 20, two bills were passed in Parliament: the Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Price Guarantee Agreement, and Agricultural Services (Empowerment and Protection) for farmers, which were approved in Parliament on September 20.
- The last, the product (amendment), was also approved by oral vote in Rajya Sabha on September 22. These legislative proposals will now be implemented as law. A brief summary of the main provisions of these bills:
- The Agricultural Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 aims to allow the sale of agricultural products outside the mandate regulated by the Agricultural Marketing Committees (APMC) established by different national laws.
- The Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services for Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) 2020 Act Agreement provides for contract farming.
- The Essential commodities Bill 2020 (Amendment) deregulates the production, supply and distribution of food products such as grains, pulses, potatoes, onions and edible oilseeds.
Ladakh BJP delegation cancels ballot boycott
- The Indian government is open to discussing the protection offered by the sixth annex to the Ladakh constitution, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said at a conference on Sunday.
- The Popular Movement, a platform representing various politicians, religious and social organizations campaigning for Ladakh’s sixth program, on Tuesday announced a boycott of the upcoming Ladakh-Leh Autonomous Development Council elections, scheduled for October 16.
- The sixth annex protects tribal people and empowers communities by creating autonomous development councils, which can formulate laws on land, public health, agriculture, etc. There are currently 10 autonomous councils in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.
- The number of reported coronavirus cases in India has exceeded 6 million and stands at 60, 68,928 at the time of this news summary with a death toll of 95,498.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan warned on Sunday that the first serological survey carried out by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) should not create a feeling of complacency among people about the virus. Speaking in his social media interaction on Sunday Samvaad-3, Mr Vardhan said indications from the upcoming second serological survey “are that India is far from having obtained collective immunity which obliges us to do everything. what we had to continue tracking. Appropriate COVID behavior. “
- In a change, the minister said the health ministry has advised against the widespread use of experimental therapies such as Remdesivir and plasma therapies. “Private hospitals have also been discouraged from using these experimental therapies routinely, and American doctors have also been warned.
- Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata party leader Uma Bharti has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet on Saturday, Bharti said he developed a mild fever during his trip to the Himalayas. She added that she would remain in quarantine at Vande Mataram Kunj between Haridwar and Rishikesh and urged everyone in contact with her to get tested.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested another person from Murshidabad district in West Bengal for his alleged involvement in a Pakistan-sponsored al Qaeda module, a senior official said on Sunday. The NIA detained Shamim Ansari at his residence in Jalangi on Saturday. The agency had previously arrested nine people, six from West Bengal and three from Kerala, for their association with the Pakistan-sponsored Al Qaeda module.