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Baba Ramdev asks PM to show political will to get back black money

The yoga guru also claimed that terrorism and Naxalism in the country can be tackled if the government controls the flow of black money and the rising inflation

 
New Delhi: As his fast entered the second day, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demonstrate "political honesty and political will" in bringing back black money stashed away in foreign shores which can be spent on empowering the people, reports PTI.
 
He also claimed that terrorism and Naxalism in the country can be tackled if the government controls the flow of black money and the rising inflation.
 
"The government has the list of people who have stashed away black money in foreign shores. We don't want the names of those people, but at least disclose the amount at least. What is the harm in it? Why is the government reluctant?" he asked.
 
He said India can become the 'super power' in the world and the army can become more powerful than those in China and the US if the black money is brought back and spent on people and national security.
 
"We need an honest Prime Minister. I want the current Prime Minister to demonstrate his political honesty and political will on the issue of black money," he said addressing the gathering at his three-day fast venue at Ramlila Ground here.
 
He also said that the government has to spell out its agenda on black money, corruption and Lokpal by tomorrow.
 
"Many people say I have no agenda. The agenda is to save the country. The people of the country will ask the government and all parties to spell out their agenda," he said.
 
If the black money is brought to India, then the country can boast of world-class hospitals, educational institutions and other facilities, he said.
 
"Terrorism and naxalism are the two challenges. The root cause of this is black money. The menace can be tackled if the issue is solved," he said.
 
"People are talking about the equation I and Anna Hazare share", Ramdev said, adding, "Every day people say there has been a fight between me and Annaji. I don't know from where people get such stories." 
 
He said, "People don't like us because we don't have anything to lose." 
 
He said in their speeches both the Prime Minister and the President say corruption is the biggest enemy. "If they know why don't they take steps to curb corruption?" he questioned.
 
Ramdev said people allege that he was in favour of the "sarkari" Lokpal. "I am not in favour of sarkari Lokpal. I am in favour of a consensus Lokpal. I want consensus on Lokpal," he said and demanded a strong Lokpal.
 

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Shadi Katyal

4 years ago

He came to get in the politics and thus made fool of majority by claiming that he will get the money back. We took him and ANNA as Messiahs as we dont wish to do anything ourselves. He either was not aware of the Privacy Rules of Banks abroad or played his card to fool people and found a way to get into politics.He may join one of the party or form a new one but he has found a nitch in it

Centre criticised for move to make available mobiles to BPL

“The poor want two square meals and not mobile phones and the Centre should pay attention to meet the hungry stomach”, said former union rural minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

 
Patna: RJD senior vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today castigated the Centre for its move to make available mobile phones to all BPL (below poverty line) families in the country without having identified their number, reports PTI.
 
Talking to reporters here, Mr Singh, former union rural minister alleged that the Centre has so far failed to identify the number of BPL families in the country and was now talking of providing mobile phones to all BPL families.
 
He accused the centre of misleading the BPL families by way of highlighting proposals which would fall flat.
 
“The poor want two square meals and not mobile phones and the Centre should pay attention to meet the hungry stomach”, he said adding the poor are not going to tolerate any compromise on the issue.
 
Mr Singh said that health facilities were in very bad shape in Bihar and therefore there was need for setting up of five AIIMS (All-India Institute of Medical Sciences) like hospital in the state.
 
He said when small states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand having comparatively low population can have AIIMS, why should not Bihar have five AIIMS.
 
“Casteism, communalism, regionalism and terrorism are major dangers before the nation”, Mr Singh said and alleged that chief minister Nitish Kumar was engaged in caste politics.
 
Mr Singh announced that the RJD would launch its campaign in Bihar against the rotten education system and problems of health facilities, from September.
 

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M G WARRIER

4 years ago

Now with promises of free mobile handsets, AADHAAR card during the current century, a ‘zero’ balance bank account as part of ‘Financial Inclusion’ for all, hope of getting all government benefits credited to these ‘zero balance’ accounts which can be withdrawn with the help of AADHAAR-enabled White Label ATM cards, an NPS account into which GOI will credit Rs1000 every year (initially for the first five years) as matching contribution, several benefits like bagfuls of rice at Re1 a kilogram, free TVs, sewing machines and bicycles and what not from state governments, the common man is going to be pushed into a lifestyle from which he may find it difficult to move out. He will now stop worrying about potable water, shelter, healthcare and other mundane niceties and start grumbling about the low per capita availability of guns in India (as reported in ET on the same page) and to the dismay of Finmin ask for a revision of ‘minimum wages’ commensurate with all these basic needs which he is used to. We are progressing much faster than ‘curiosity’ and the Welfare State seems to be much closer than Mars.

RCap Asset Management launches mobile-based services
RCap launched mobile-based investment service using IMPS, in partnership with HSBC

New Delhi: Reliance Capital Asset Management (RCAM) has launched mobile-based investment service facilitating investment in mutual funds using mobile phones, reports PTI.
 
The service has been launched in partnership with HSBC, RCAM said in a release.
 
The Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS) allows customers to use mobile technology as a channel for accessing their bank accounts and initiating inter-bank fund transactions.

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