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Mamata debuts on Facebook, says Kalam the choice of millions

Stating that the will of the people is supreme in a democracy, Mamata Banerjee requested fellow citizens to petition their public representatives to stand up, support and vote for Kalam

 

Kolkata: Taking up the campaign for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam online, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her choice of the Presidential candidate was the choice of millions of Indians, reports PTI.

Debuting on social networking site Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MamataBanerjeeOfficial ), she wrote in her first post, "I gave voice to what millions of Indians want to see in a President."

Refusing to budge from her stand, she said, "My party is a small party. We are not a big party with none of the resources others possess. We are led by truth and conviction. All through my life I have stood by my principles. I stand by the position I have taken".

Stating that the will of the people is supreme in a democracy, Banerjee requested fellow citizens to petition their public representatives to stand up, support and vote for Kalam.

"Let your voice be heard. I will bow to the will of the people," she said.

Describing the 'missile man' as a proud and distinguished son of India who continues to inspire all Indians, the chief minister said Kalam remains above narrow politics.

"He is a seeker of truth, a fount of knowledge and an impartial voice of reason and sanity, who is above narrow politics. He is the kind of man all our citizens aspire to make President," Banerjee said.

The TMC chief had joined hands with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to propose the name of Kalam. However, the SP later broke away and pledged support to Pranab Mukherjee, leaving the West Bengal Chief Minister totally isolated.

Unfazed by the isolation after Congress-led UPA named Mukherjee as its Presidential nominee, Banerjee said last night that her party remained firm on the candidature of Kalam and said "the game has just begun".

"We are firm on the candidature of Kalam. He is the fittest candidate. We are not shifting from our stand of what we have announced earlier," Banerjee had said.

Noting that she and her party has already given a clarion call to other parties to support Kalam as President, Banerjee said, "Along with my other fellow citizens I can only urge them to consider this call. Let our country be led forward by people such as him, people of free thought and honourable action who will not hesitate to do what is just and right".

By recalling Tagore's famous lines of 'Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high' in her first posting on any social networking site, she said, "I am a humble, transparent, common person like the vast majority of you".

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Zomberi

5 years ago

Although vaccine-derived polio is clinically identical to wild polio, WHO and the national immunization authorities refuse to acknowledge it. They designate all cases of acute flaccid paralysis cases (reported after polio vaccination) as unrelated to polio. Last year, over 60,000 kids were diagnosed with acute flaccid paralysis within 15 days of vaccination. All of them were chucked away as "not-related to polio."

My Mobile launches money-on-mobile payment services

With money-on-mobile a subscriber can buy a variety of goods and services like pre-paid mobile recharge, DTH recharge, paying up utility bills, and airline, bus and movie ticket reservation

Mumbai: My Mobile Payments Ltd (MMPL), a mobile payment service provider, on Tuesday launched its m-wallet service titled as 'Money-on-Mobile' (MoM). MoM facilitates mobile phone subscribers to purchase a wide range of products, reports PTI.

Through this service, a mobile phone subscriber can buy a variety of goods and services like pre-paid mobile recharge, DTH recharge, paying up utility bills, and airline, bus and movie ticket reservation among others.

"This service is operator and bank agnostic. So, a mobile subscriber, who uses service from any service provider, can use the 'money-on-mobile' facility," Shashank Joshi, managing director of Money-on-Mobile,  told reporters.

He also said that given the widespread use of mobile in the country, mobile payment is the next big alternative payment method.

MoM was launched by the company in the business-to-business segment in 2010 and the company received RBI's permission in 2011 to offer the semi-closed m-wallet for the consumer market nationally.

According to the company, the company has a network of 82,000 retailer points across 300 cities with 5 lakh customers.

"We have tied up with all pre-paid mobile operators, six DTH service providers, all airlines, multiplexes in 100 cities among others," Joshi said.

The company also said that it has received around $29.7 million (around Rs150 crore) from US based Calpian Inc, which is also associated with the electronic payment processing business.

"While around $9.7 million is cash committment from Calpian, rest is through stock commitment," Joshi said adding that the US based company holds minority stake in the MoM.

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Vikas Gupta

5 years ago

IRDA should never allow LIC as an Exception. Why it should be allowed differently? Rather, it should be audited more seriously as it has got maximum share of Deposits of Common People. Its ONGC Bidding should also be probed seriously as its the hard eaned money of Common People.

rebello sunil

5 years ago

this is another loot that our leaders in power are trying to impose on the poor masses of india.
the cash rich psu cows are being milked dry to satisfy their never ending money grabbing ways.
before it was the raja's & maharaja's who looted india and now it is our political bosses.
God can only save India

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