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ଭୁବନେଶ୍ୱର, ୧୫ /୮ (ସୁଦାମ ପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ରିପୋର୍ଟ) : ଭାରତବର୍ଷର ପ୍ରଥମ ପ୍ରଧାନମନ୍ତ୍ରୀଙ୍କ ପରି କିଛି ବ୍ୟକ୍ତି ସୁନା ଚାମଚକୁ ପାଟିରେ ଧରି ଜନ୍ମ ହୋଇଥାନ୍ତି ଏବଂ ନିଜ ଖାନଦାନୀ ଯୋଗୁଁ ସମାଜରେ ଚିହ୍ନା ପଡ଼ିଥାଆନ୍ତି ଆଉ କେତେ ଜଣ ସମାଜରେ ଖୁବ୍ ନାମ କରନ୍ତି । ପ୍ରଚଣ୍ଡ ଆତ୍ମ ବିଶ୍ୱାସ ଏବଂ କଠିନ ପରିଶ୍ରମ କରି ଆଉ ସମୟ କ୍ରମେ କଡ଼ା ଗଣ୍ଡା କରି ସଫଳତା ଗୋଟାଇ ଥାଆନ୍ତି । ଇତି ହାସ ସାକ୍ଷୀ ଅନେକ ଯୋଗଜନ୍ମା ଜନ୍ମ ନେଇଥାଆନ୍ତି ଅଖ୍ୟାତ ପଲ୍ଲୀରେ ଥାନ୍ତି ସେମାନଙ୍କ ପରିଶ୍ରମ ପହଞ୍ଚାଇଥାଏ , କାହିଁ କେଉଁ ସ୍ଥାନରେ । ବୌଦ୍ଧଧର୍ମର ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାତା ଭଗବାନ ବୁଦ୍ଧଙ୍କ ଭାଗ୍ୟରେ ପୂର୍ବ ଜନ୍ମର ସଂସ୍କାର ବୋଲି ଯଦି କିଛି ଥାଏ , ତେବେ ସେ ସବୁକୁ ପାର୍ ହୋଇଯିବାର ସମର୍ଥ ଯୌବନରେ ହିଁ ରହିଥାଏ ଅର୍ଥାତ୍ ସମଗ୍ର ବିଶ୍ୱରେ ଯଦି କେହି କୌଣସି କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ପାରଙ୍ଗନା ପ୍ରଦର୍ଶନ କରିଥାଏ ତେବେ କା’ର ଶୁଭାରମ୍ଭ ଯୌବନ ସମୟରୁ ଆରମ୍ଭ ହୋଇଥାଏ ।
ସେହିଭଳି ଏକ ପ୍ରତିଭାକୁ ଆବିଷ୍କାର କରେ ଇଂଡାସ୍ ଭଗଲି ଟାଇମ୍ସ ଙ୍କ(ଓଦ୍ଭୟଙ୍କଗ୍ଦ ଠବକ୍ଷକ୍ଷଚ୍ଚ ଞସଜ୍ଞରଗ୍ଦ)ନାମକ ଏକ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସର୍ବପ୍ରିୟ ଇଂରାଜୀ ଖବର କାଗଜ । ସେ ଅନ୍ୟ ଅଖ୍ୟାଦ୍ ଗେଙ୍ଗୁଟୀ ପଞ୍ଚୟୟତ ଅଧସ୍ଥ ବସନ୍ତ ପୁର ଗ୍ରାମର ପ୍ରଦୀପ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ଓରଫ ଘୁଣ୍ଟନ ଆଜି ହେଉଛନ୍ତି ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ୧ ନଂ କୃଷିଯନ୍ତ୍ର ନିର୍ମାତା ଅର୍ଥାତ୍ ଅନ୍ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣା । ଆଗ୍ରୋଇଣ୍ଟର ନ୍ୟାସ୍ ନାଲ୍ ପ୍ରାଇଭେଟ୍ ଲିମିଟେଡ୍ର ପରିଚାଳନା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ।
ବସନ୍ତପୁର ଗ୍ରାମଟି ହେଉଛି ବାଲେଶ୍ୱର ଜିଲ୍ଲା ଅନ୍ତର୍ଗତ ସଦର ବ୍ଲକ ଅଧିନସ୍ଥଗେଙ୍ଗୁଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଅଧିନରେ ଅବସ୍ଥିତ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଖ୍ୟାତ ବୈଜ୍ଞାନିକ । ଭାରତର ପୂର୍ବତନ ରାଷ୍ଟ୍ରପତି ତଥା ମିଶାଇଲ୍ ମ୍ୟାନ୍ଙ୍କ ଡଃ ଅବଦୁଲ କାଲାମଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଯେମୀତୀ ଚେନ୍ନାଇସ୍ଥିତ ରାମେଶ୍ୱରମ୍ ପ୍ରସିଦ୍ଧ ଠିକ୍ ସେହିପରି ବସନ୍ତପୁର ଗ୍ରମାଟି ଯେ ଘୁଣ୍ଟନ ଅର୍ଥାତ୍ ପ୍ରଦୀପଙ୍କ ଅସାଧରଣ ଦକ୍ଷତା ପାଇଁ ପରିଚିତ ସେ କଥା ଅଞ୍ଚଳବାସୀଙ୍କୁ ଅଛପା ନାହିଁ । ୩୩-୩୫ ବର୍ଷର ଯୁବକ ଶିକ୍ଷାରେ ଉଚ୍ଚ ଡିଗ୍ରୀ ନଥିଲେ ବି ଆପଣା ସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସେ ନିଜ ପ୍ରତିଭାରେ ପରିଚୟ ଦେଇ ଅନ୍ୟମାନଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଆଦର୍ଶ ସାଜିଛନ୍ତି । ଶ୍ୱଳ୍ପ ଶିକ୍ଷ ଥାଇ ,ଈଶ୍ୱର ଆଶୀର୍ବାଦ ଯୋଗୁଁ ଦେଶ ବିଦେଶରେ କୃଷି ଯନ୍ତ୍ରପାତି ନିର୍ମାତା ହିସାବରେ ସେ ଯେଭଳି ନାମ କମାଇଛ, ଡିଗ୍ରୀଧାରୀ ଇଂଜିନିୟର ମାନେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଏଭଳି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରିବାକୁ ସାହାସ କରିବେ ନାହିଁ ନିଜେ ସହଦେବ ଖୁଣ୍ଟିଆ, ବାଲିଆ , ବାଲେଶ୍ୱରର ବାସିନ୍ଦା ଏରୋକ୍ଟିକ୍ ଇଂଜିନିୟର ବିଶ୍ୱାନାଥ ଖମାରୀ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି । ଖୁଣ୍ଟନ୍ ଓରଫ୍ ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ବାଲେଶ୍ୱର ରେମୁଣା ଗୋଲେଇ (ପୁର ଣା ଫକୀରମୋହନ ବିଶ୍ୱିବଦ୍ୟାଳୟ) ନିକଟରେ ନିଜ ମାଙ୍କ ନାମାନୁସାରେ ଅନ୍ନପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ଆମ୍ରେ ଇଣ୍ଟରନେସନାଲ୍ ପ୍ରାଇଭେଟ୍ ଲିଃ କମ୍ପାନୀ ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠା କରିବା ସହ ବସନ୍ତପୁର ଗ୍ରାମରେ , ଦୁଇ ଗୋଟି ମନ୍ଦିର (ଗୋଟିଏ ଶିବ ମନ୍ଦିର ଅନ୍ୟଟି ତାରୀଣୀ ମନ୍ଦିର ) ସ୍ୱଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ନିର୍ମାଣ କରିବା ସହ ମନ୍ଦିର ଦୁଇଗୋଟିକୁ ସମାଜ ଉଦ୍ଦେଶ୍ୟରେ ଅର୍ପଣ କରି ତାର ପରିଚାଳନା ଭାର ନିଜେ ବହନ କରୁଛନ୍ତି । ନିଜ ସାଧ୍ୟମତେ ଦୁଃଖୀ , ରଙ୍କୀ ସାଧୁ, ସନ୍ଥ ଙ୍କୁ ସାହାଯ୍ୟ କରିବା ସହ ଆଖପାଖ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ମନ୍ଦିର ନିର୍ମାଣର ସହଯୋଗ କରି ନିଜ ବଦାନ୍ୟର ପରିଚୟ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି ।ସହ ଧର୍ମଣୀ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ସ୍ୱାଗତିକା ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ପ୍ରତ୍ୟେକ୍ଷର ସହଯୋଗରେ କମ୍ପାନୀର ପ୍ରଗତୀର ସହାୟକ ବୋଲି ଘୁଣ୍ଟାନ ବାବୁ କହନ୍ତି ଗରିବ କଥା ଚାଷୀ ପରିବାରରୁ ଆସିଥିବା ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଈଶ୍ୱରଙ୍କ କୃପାରୁ ଯେଉଁ ସ୍ଥିତିରେ ଅଛନ୍ତି ସେ ଅବସ୍ଥା ଦେଖିବା ପାଇଁ ବାପା ତାଙ୍କର ଇହଧାମରେ ନାହାଁନ୍ତି ବୋଲି କୋହଭରା କଣ୍ଠରେ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିବା ପାଇଁ ସମୟରେ ଆମର ପ୍ରତିନିଧି ସ୍ତବ୍ଧ ହୋଇଗଲେ । ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଶୀଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପରିବାର କହିଲେ ପତ୍ନୀ, ଦୁଇ ଛୋଟ ପୁଅ, ବଡ଼ ଭାଇ ବିନୋଦ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ , ଭାଉଜ , ଝିଆରୀ, ମା ଓ ଓ ଭଉଣୀ (ବିବାହିତା) ଏକ ଭରପୁର ପରିବାର ।
ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ପରିବାର ବିଷୟରେ ଗାଁରେ ଆଲୋଚନା ହେଲେ ଗ୍ରାମବାସୀ କହନ୍ତି ବଡ଼ମାନେ ଘୁଣ୍ଟନ , ସାନମାନେ ଘୁଣ୍ଟନ ନନା ଆମମାନଙ୍କର ସୁଖଦୁଃଖର ଭାଗିଦାର ହୁଅନ୍ତି । ତାରିଣୀ ପୂଜା ହେଉ କୀ ବାପାଙ୍କର (ଘୁଣ୍ଟନର) ଶ୍ରାଦ୍ଧ ହେଉ ସେ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଗତ ଭାବେ ଆମ୍ଭମାନଙ୍କୁ ନିମନ୍ତ୍ରିତ କରିଥାନ୍ତି,ନିମନ୍ତ୍ରିତ କରି ଆମ୍ଭମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଙ୍କ ଘରକୁ ନେଇଥାଆନ୍ତି , ଏବଂ ସୁ- ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥିତ ବ୍ୟଞ୍ଜନ ମାନ ପରିସିଥାନ୍ତି ।
ଏତେ ସମ୍ପତ୍ତିର ଅଧିକାରୀ ହୋଇବି ତାଙ୍କର ସାମାନ୍ୟ ବଡ଼ ପଣ ନଥାଏ । ସେହିପରି କମ୍ପାନୀର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟରତ କର୍ମଚାରୀ ଏବଂ କାମ ଛାଡ଼ିଥିବା କର୍ମଚାରୀମାନେ ମଧ୍ୟ ବିନା ଦ୍ୟୁଧାରେ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରନ୍ତି ଯେ ପ୍ରଦୀପ ବାବୁ ଆମ ପରିବାରର ସଦସ୍ୟ ପରି ସୁବିଧା ଅସୁବିଧା ସବୁ ସମୟରେ ଆମ୍ଭମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହାଯ୍ୟ , ସହଯୋଗର ହାତ ବଢ଼ାଇଥାନ୍ତି । ଶିଳ୍ପପତି ହୋଇବି ଗର୍ବ, ଅହଂଙ୍କାର ଠାରୁ ବହୁ ଦୂରରେ , ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆମ୍ଭେ ମାନେ ତାଙ୍କୁ ମାଲିକ ନୁହେଁ ବରଂ ଭାଇ ପରି ସମ୍ମାନ କରୁ । ଈଶ୍ୱରଙ୍କ ପାଖରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା ଈଶ୍ୱର ପ୍ରଦୀପ ବାବୁ (ନନା)ଙ୍କୁ ଦୀର୍ଘାୟୁ କରିବା ସଙ୍ଗେ ସଙ୍ଗେ ତାଙ୍କର ସାହଯ୍ୟ ସହଯୋଗ ଅଞ୍ଚଳ ବାସୀ ପାଉଥାନ୍ତୁ । ଏବଂ ଅନ୍ନପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣା ଦୀର୍ଘାୟୁ ହେଉ । ଖକ୍ଟଦ୍ଭଶ ଖସଙ୍ଖର ଇଦ୍ଭଦ୍ଭବକ୍ଟ୍ରଙ୍କକ୍ସଦ୍ଭର ଖକ୍ଟଦ୍ଭଶ ଖସଙ୍ଖର ଚକ୍ସବୟରରକ୍ଟ୍ରଈବଭଙ୍କ
ନିଜର ନିଆରା ଗୁଣ ସମ୍ପର୍କରେ ପ୍ରଦୀପ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କହନ୍ତି କର୍ମଣ୍ୟ ବାଧିକାସ୍ତୁ ମା’ ଫଳେଷୁ କଦାଚନ ଅର୍ଥାତ୍ କର୍ମକର୍ମ କରିବା ମୋର ଅଧିକାର । ଫଳରେ ନାହିଁ । ତେଣୁ ମୁଁ କାହାକୁ କିଛି ଦେଉନାହିଁ । ଯଦି ମୁଁ କିଛି ଦେଉଥାନ୍ତି ତେବେ ତାହା ସରିଯାନ୍ତା । ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ଲୋକ ଲାଭବାନ ହେଉଛନ୍ତି ମାନେ ଈଶ୍ୱର ମୋ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଯଦି କିଛି ସମାଜର ସେବା ପରିବା ପାଇଁ ଚାହୁଁଛନ୍ତି ତେବେ ମୋର ସେଥିରେ କିଛି କହିବାର ନାହିଁ କାଣ – ବାପା ଥିବା ସମୟରେ (ଆଖିଛଳ ଛଳ ) ମୁଁ ଗୋଟିଏ ସାଇକେଲ୍ କିରିବା ପାଇଁ କହିବାରୁ ବାପା ନିଜର ଅସାମଇର୍୍ୟ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଥିଲେ ଏବେ ଯଦି ମୋ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ କାହାର ପିଲା ପଢ଼ାପଢ଼ି କରୁଛି , ତେବେ ବୁଝିବାକୁ ପଡ଼ିବ ଈଶ୍ୱର ମୋ ଉପରେ କୃପା କରୁଛନ୍ତି ତେବେ ଏ କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ମୁଁ କ’ଣ କହିବି ଯଦି କିଲ ମୋତେ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଦିଏ ତେବେ ମୁଁ କହେ , ଯଦି ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଦେବ , ତେବେ ସେହି ବ୍ରହ୍ମାଣ୍ଡ କର୍ତ୍ତା, ଈଶ୍ୱରଙ୍କୁ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଦିଅ, ମୁଁ କେହି ନୁହେଁ ଆଗାମୀ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ସମ୍ପର୍କରେ ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କହନ୍ତି ମୁଁ ଯେପରି ବାଲେଶ୍ୱର କଥା ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ ନାସ କଳି , ସେହିପରି ସର୍ବଭାରତୀୟ ସ୍ତରରେ ଶହ ଶହ ପ୍ରଦୀପ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ତିଆରି ହୋଇ ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ କୃଷି ପାଇଁ ଯେପରି ନାମ ଅଛି , ଓଡ଼଼ିଶାକୁ ଭାରତ ତଥା ବିଶ୍ୱରେ ନାମିତ କରନ୍ତୁ କୃଷିକୁ ନେଇଉନ୍ନତ ମାନର କୃଷି ଯନ୍ତ୍ରାଂଶକୁ ନେଇ । ଓଡ଼ିଶା ବିଶ୍ୱସ୍ତରୀୟ ହେଉ ।
ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଆଉ ବିଶ୍ୱ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଦୂରତା କମୁ । ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଦାରିଦ୍ର୍ୟତାକୁ ନେଇ କେହି ନାକ ନ ଟେକନ୍ତୁ , ସବୁରି ସ୍ତରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ନାମ କରୁ , ବିଶ୍ୱ ସ୍ତରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ତା’ର ହକ୍ ହାସଲ କରୁ । ଶିଳ୍ପ ପତିରୁ ରାଜନେତା ହୋଇଥିବା ଅନେକ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତି ବିଶେଷଙ୍କ ବିଷୟରେ ପ୍ରଶ୍ନରେ ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ ଆଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କହନ୍ତି , ଈଶ୍ୱର ସର୍ବପରି ଭଗବାନ ଯଦି ଚାହିଁବେ ମୁଁ ରାଜନୀତି ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଲୋକଙ୍କର ଅଧିକସେବା କରିପାରିବି ତେବେ କାହିଁକି ନୁହେଁ । ରାଜନୀତି କ’ଣ ଖରାପ ଲୋକଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ, ଆମ ଭଳି ଗରିବ ପରିବାରରୁ ଆସିଥିବା ବ୍ୟକ୍ତି ବିଶେଷଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ନୁହେଁ ବୋଲି ଓଲଟି ପ୍ରଶ୍ନ କରିଥିଲେ ।
ବିଜୁବାକୁ ଯଦି ପାଇଲଟ୍ ରହିଯାଇଥାନ୍ତେ ତେବେ ଯେଉଁ ଭଳି ଭାବେ ସମଗ୍ର ଭାରତବର୍ଷରେ ପରିଚିତ ହେଲେ , ସେ ଭଳି ହୋଇପାରିଥାନ୍ତେ । ମୋଦି ଯଦି ଚା’ ବିକ୍ରି କେବଳ କରିଥାନ୍ତେ ତେବେ ଭାରତବର୍ଷ ଜଣେ ଆଜି କାର୍ମିକ ପ୍ରଧାନମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ପାଇନଥାନ୍ତା ।

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New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended the State Bank of India’s decision to cut the interest rate on saving accounts of less than Rs 1 crore, saying the move was in sync with the reduction in lending rate.

Responding to a Zero Hour mention of the SBI’s decision to cut the interest rate on saving accounts with less than Rs 1 crore deposit to 3.5 per cent from 4 per cent, he said to protect the interests of senior citizens, the government has already floated a deposit scheme that guarantees 8-plus per cent interest rate.

High-interest rate on savings and fix deposits was during a time when inflation was 10-11 per cent and sluggishness was setting in the economy. So when the lending rate came down, so did savings account, Jaitley said.

He said for senior citizens and retired persons, the government has bought a pension scheme that guarantees 8 per cent interest rate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the Pradhan Mantri Vyaya Vandana Yojana (PMVYY) in December last year which was launched in May.

“The effective rate comes to 8.3 per cent,” he said, adding that the scheme is managed by LIC.

To opposition demand for a discussion on sluggish in economy and job losses, he said all issues the opposition want can be discussed and debated if they allow the House to function from 11 AM to 6 PM every day.

Earlier, Derek O’Brien (TMC) raised the issue through a Zero Hour mention saying the SBI reasoned the decision to Rs 1.5 lakh crore moving into the banking system after demonetisation of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes. There was no pick up in borrowing and economic activity was low, he said.

Stating that 90 per cent of saving bank deposits are of less than Rs 1 crore, he said the move to cut interest rate has affected the small depositors, senior citizens and pensioners the most.

Fixed deposit rate three years ago was 9-10 per cent, which has now fallen below 6 per cent, he said.

With low-interest rate, the alternate chit funds will open up, he said. “This decision will increase infiltration of chit funds.”

Raising the Pearl Chit Fund case, he said who were the people in the government in Delhi and Punjab supporting the chit fund.

O’Brien said 1.5 million jobs have been lost after demonetisation and even NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagriya has resigned and returning to the US.

The government, he charged, is not able to recover Rs 7 lakh crore NPA with big corporates and is hurting common people with such decisions.

Jaitley said the NPA issue can be discussed when a banking amendment bill comes up for debate in the House.

Naresh Agarwal (SP) said not just the saving bank interest rate, but that of small saving schemes, PF, Kisan Vikas Patra, senior citizen deposits and PPF have also been reduced.

Chandrapal Singh Yadav (SP) raised the issue of villagers not getting compensation for agriculture land and their residential plots being taken away by army cantonment.

Kahkashan Parween (JD-U) raised the issue of accumulating silt in Ganga river causing flash floods in Bihar.

The silt is blocking the flow of water and the river is changing course, she said, adding that the Bhagalpur Engineering College may well be under water soon due to this.

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New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) : “Pranab Da, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me,” an emotional Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a letter to Pranab Mukherjee on his last day as president.

The letter, which spells out the bond between the two leaders who come from different political ideologies, was shared by the former president on Twitter today.

“On my last day in office as the President, I received a letter from PM @narendramodi that touched my heart! Sharing with you all,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.

Modi responded by saying, “Pranab Da, I will always cherish working with you.”

In the letter made public by Mukherjee, the prime minister said he had come to New Delhi three years ago as an outsider.

“The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me. Your wisdom, guidance and personal warmth have given me greater confidence and strength,” he said.

Modi said Mukherjee’s “intellectual prowess” had been of constant help.

“You have been so warm, affectionate and caring to me. Your one phone call asking me ‘I hope you are taking care of your health’ was enough to fill me with fresh energy, after a long day at meetings or on a campaign tour,” he said in the letter dated July 24.

Mukherjee stepped down from office the next day.

“Pranab Da, our political journeys took shape in different political parties. Our ideologies, at times, have been different. Our experiences are also varied. My administrative experience was from my state, whereas you have seen the expanse of our national polity and politics for decades.

“Yet, such is the strength of your intellect and wisdom that we were able to work together with synergy,” Modi said.

The BJP leader praised the Congress veteran and former president for opening the Rashtrapati Bhavan to initiatives and programmes that recognised innovation and the talent of India’s youth.

“You belong to a generation of leaders for whom politics was simply a means to selflessly give back to society. You stand as a great source of inspiration for the people of India. India will always be proud of you, a President who was a humble public servant and an exceptional leader. Your legacy will continue to guide us,” Modi said.

The prime minister said he and all others would continue to draw strength from Mukherjee’s democratic vision of “taking everybody along”.

“Rashtrapati Ji, it has been an honour to work with you, as your Prime Minister,” Modi said

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Source : Benny Antony / DH News Service
Mumbai , Aug. 2 : Blaming the banks once again for not passing on the entire benefits of rate cuts to borrowers, RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya said that the central bank is considering a new benchmark for better rate transmissions.
“The experience with the marginal cost of funds based lending rates (MCLR) system introduced in April 2016 for improving monetary transmission has not been entirely satisfactory. RBI has constituted an internal study group across several clusters on various aspects of the MCLR system and to explore whether linking of the bank lending rates could be made direct to market determined benchmarks going forward,” Acharya said while addressing media persons after the announcement of the third bi-monthly monetary policy.
The group will be submitting its report by September 24 this year, Acharya said, adding that the incremental benefit from MCLR as an alternative to the base rate system was positive.
RBI governor Urijit Patel also acknowledged that borrowers have not benefitted to the full extent on the amount of RBI’s rate cuts as banks have been selective in passing on the cuts. “Given the liquidity conditions prevailing and that we have reduced policy rates by a substantial amount since the start of easing cycle, I think there is scope for banks to reduce the lending rate for those segments. So far, they have not benefited to the full extent of our policy rate cuts,” Patel said during the post policy briefing.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (Press Trust of India) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Centre was committed to the development of eastern states and bring them at par with western region of the country.
The prime minister, who met MPs of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal at his residence here, said the BJP government has initiated many development works in the eastern states.
This was Modi’s first meeting with parliamentarians from Bihar after the new JD(U)-BJP alliance government was formed in the state, an official statement said.
The Bihar MPs expressed confidence that the pace of development works will pick up with the BJP-backed government in the state.
They also thanked the prime minister for speeding up the implementation of various long-pending schemes in the state, the statement said.
In comparison to western states, eastern states have been neglected and their development has not been balanced. Therefore, in last three years, our government has started various development works, Modi was quoted as saying in the statement.
“The Centre is committed to develop eastern states at par with the western region. The MPs from eastern region should take a lead in this process,” he said.
Talking to the parliamentarians, Modi also emphasised on the need for a “human touch” while connecting with people.
He also discussed about simultaneous elections of Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies, stating that frequent polls in the country led to huge wastage of time and money, the statement said.
Hence, there is a need to create an environment for a public dialogue on the issue of simultaneous elections in the country, the prime minister said.
It was Modi’s seventh meeting with BJP MPs at his residence during the ongoing monsoon session of parliament. The meetings are being coordinated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar

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Source: Aayushi Pratap/Hindustan Times
MUMBAI, Aug. 2: If you find yourself reaching out for a bottle of water on a supermarket shelf, reconsider. It has high levels of bromate — a carcinogen.
After a Mumbai doctor reported this to the National Human Rights Commission on July 7, his complaint has finally been acknowledged. The doctor based his complaint on the findings of a 2015 study by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
The BARC study had shown that 27% of the 18 packaged drinking water samples tested contained 10.7 micrograms per litre of bromate. This is higher than the World Health Organisation’s stipulated limit — 10 micrograms per litre.
The contaminant levels in packaged drinking water in India are regulated by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which gives an Indian Standards Institute (ISI) mark to those who meet the regulatory limits.
“Packaged drinking water is a popular alternative to public drinking water in India. There are many brands of packaged drinking water and the market is growing rapidly,” read BARC’s paper.
The doctor said that though the report was published two years ago, no action has been taken yet. In response, the NHRC directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to submit a report in four weeks.
“ High levels of bromate are known to be carcinogenic. The government has not taken action to reduce its levels in drinking water. This shows that they are lax when it comes to quality checks,” said the doctor, who did not wish to be identified.

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New Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) : Pakistan would have changed had Sushma Swaraj been prime minister, a grateful Pakistani woman said after India’s external affairs minister directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa for medical treatment.Swaraj’s direction to India’s High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale came yesterday after a woman, Hijaab Asif, sought the external affairs minister’s urgent intervention in giving visa to a Pakistani requiring medical treatment.

Touched by Swaraj’s prompt response, Asif said, “Lots and Lots of Love and respect from here. Wish you were our prime minister. this country would have changed.” Minutes after Swaraj’s tweet to Bambawale, the Indian mission tweeted that it was in tough with the applicant.

“Ma’am, we are in touch with the applicant. Rest assured we will follow it up,” the Indian High Commission said in a tweet. The external affairs minister had a few weeks back said that Pakistani nationals seeking visas for medical treatment in India must accompany their visa applications with a recommendation letter by Aziz.

“Dear ma’am, spoke to DHC (Deputy High Commissioner) in Islamabad, told the patient’s current condition and he said it’s all up to you. If you allow,” Asif had tweeted earlier. The patient is suffering from serious liver ailment and needs urgent treatment in India, she said.

After Swaraj’s direction to grant a visa to the patient, Asif was effusive in her praise of the external affairs minister. “@SushmaSwaraj What do I call you? Superwoman? God? No words to describe your generosity! Love you ma’am. Cannot stop praising you in tears!!!,” she said.

In another tweet, she said, “My heart belongs and beats for you”, adding that “Pakistan doesn’t deserve her at all”.

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Mumbai Jul 27( PTI) : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday congratulated Nitish Kumar on being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar, saying a new era has dawned in the north Indian state.

Kumar unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday, but hours later joined hands with the BJP to reclaim the government in a stunning political manoeuvre that relegated his alliance partner RJD to the Opposition.

“By resigning over the issue of corruption, Nitish Kumar gave a message that there won’t be any compromise over the issue of corruption,” Fadnavis said outside the Vidhan Bhavan, where the monsoon session of the state Legislature is underway.

“Our party president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded (to him) and as a result, an NDA government under Nitish Kumar’s leadership was sworn in Bihar today,” he said.

“While resigning, Nitish Kumar displayed his honesty,” Fadnavis said. “A new era has dawned in Bihar. I congratulate Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi, the new deputy CM,” he further said.

Kumar had quit the CM’s post on Wednesday night after a fallout with the alliance partner RJD over corruption charges against Lalu Yadav and some of his family members, including son Tejaswi, who was the deputy CM in the previous dispensation.

He was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of the state alongside senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, who will be his deputy in the new government, at the Raj Bhawan in Patna on Thursday.

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Mumbai, Jul 27 (PTI): The benchmark BSE Sensex soared to a fresh life-time high of 32,533.34 and the NSE Nifty hit a new high of 10,068.40 in opening trade today on continued buying by investors driven by encouraging earnings by corporates amid positive global cues.

Short-covering of bets, today being the last session of July expiry in the derivatives segment, kept the sentiment upbeat. Rising for the second day in a row, the 30-share index rose by 150.88 points, or 0.46 per cent, to hit a new peak of 32,533.34.

The gauge had gained 154.19 points in the previous session to close at a record high at 32,382.46. It had also touched an intra-day lifetime high of 32,413.63.

Reflecting the overall trend, all the sectoral indices led by realty, bank, IT, technology and power were trading in the positive zone, with gains of up to 1.93 per cent.

The 50-share NSE Nifty gained 47.75 points, or 0.47 per cent, to trade at its lifetime high of 10,068.40.

Stock of India’s fourth-largest software services exporter, HCL Technologies climbed 3.20 per cent to Rs 920 after the company today reported a 6.1 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 2,171 crore for the first quarter ended June.

Major contributors to the indices were HDFC Ltd, Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC Bank, Hindustan Unilever, TCS, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, M&M and Infosys, rising by up to 2.55 per cent.

Brokers said that the market mood remained buoyant, bolstered by domestic and foreign institutional investors’ buying coupled with better-than-expected Q1 earnings numbers posted by some blue-chip companies.

Moreover, a firming trend overseas, especially the US markets which ended at record high yesterday with expectations for another US interest rate hike this year dented by a tepid Federal Reserve inflation outlook, too enthused investors.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.34 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.220 per cent while Shanghai Composite index edged lower by 0.32 per cent in early trade today.

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