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After canteens and mineral water, Tamil Nadu gets 'Amma Salt'

‘Amma Salt’, an initiative of the Tamil Nadu Salt Corp, will now be available in the open market across the state at prices lesser than those of private producers

Following the success of pro-poor canteens and mineral water schemes, the Jayalalithaa Government on Wednesday launched 'Amma Salt' in Tamil Nadu.

 

Termed as yet another pro-poor measure, the Jayalalithaa Government launched three varieties of low-cost salt named after the Chief Minister herself.

 

Jayalalithaa launched ‘Amma Salt’ at the Secretariat in Chennai, which follows up her government’s earlier initiatives like the subsidised ‘Amma’ Canteens and ‘Amma’ Mineral Water.

 

Jayalalithaa is addressed as ‘Amma’ (Mother) by her supporters.

 

The Tamil Nadu Salt corp has launched three varieties — Double Fortified, Low Sodium and Refined Free Flow Iodised Salt — under the ‘Amma’ Salt banner.

 

‘Amma Salt’, an initiative of the Tamil Nadu Salt Corp, will now be available in the open market at about Rs4 lesser than those of private producers.

 

According to a release, the rates of salt sold by private producers in the market were Rs25, Rs21, and Rs14 for Low Sodium, Double Fortified and Refined Free Flow Iodised Salt, respectively.

 

The Government will sell the same varieties of ‘Amma Salt’ at Rs21, Rs14 and Rs10, it added.

 

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)’s other freebies include rice, mixer-grinder, fans, and milch animals for respective beneficiaries.

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US court dismisses lawsuit against Sonia Gandhi

US District Judge Brian Cogan granted Sonia Gandhi’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed by Sikhs for Justice or SFJ for 'lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim'

A US court in New York has dismissed a lawsuit against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case filed by a Sikh group, ruling that she cannot be held 'personally liable' but did not bar the group from bringing fresh litigation against her.

 

In a 13-page order, US District Judge Brian Cogan granted Gandhi’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for 'lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim'.

 

He, however, denied the request by Gandhi that the court should impose an 'anti-suit injunction' prohibiting SFJ from bringing further lawsuits.

 

Cogan said the court cannot consider Gandhi to be personally liable based upon the allegations of extra-judicial killings or torture when she only became Congress president in 1998, more than a decade after the 1984 riots.

 

He said the anti-Sikh riots occurred almost 30 years before SFJ and the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit, and 'the statute of limitations poses an obvious hurdle for plaintiffs'.

 

Responding to the order, Gandhi’s attorney Ravi Batra told PTI that justice has been “well served” as SFJ’s “ill-conceived merit-less publicity-case” has been dismissed.

 

However, SFJ legal advisor GS Pannun said that since the court has not granted Gandhi’s plea to bar SFJ from filing further lawsuits relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the group would “continue to hold the Congress leaders accountable before US courts for their role in organising systematic killing of Sikhs.”

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