Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 19 INDIA January 8, 2021 West Bengal To Observe Netaji’s Birth Anniversary As ‘Desh Nayak Diwas’ -NABANNA (WEST BENGAL) INDIA T o mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, West Bengal will observe January 23 as ‘Desh Nayak Diwas’, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday, while demanding Centre to declare it as a national holiday. Addressing a press conference at State Secretariat here, she said that a national university will also be built in Netaji’s memory. “On January 23, a rally will be taken out from Shyambazar to Netaji Statue in Kolkata at 12:15 pm, along with the police band. A tableau will also be displayed on the theme based on Netaji’s life on Janu- ary 26. I would appeal everyone in the country includ- ing NRIs to blow conch at 12:15 pm on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” Banerjee said. “I personally feel we haven’t done anything important for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after independence. I have written a letter to Centre to declare January 23, birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, as a national holiday. It is my demand,” she added. The Chief Minister also demanded the Central govern- ment to declassify all files related to Bose. “’Desh Nayak Diwas’ will be observed in the state on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. We want the Centre to declassify all files of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that is yet to be done,” she said. Banerjee also announced a new scheme “Choker Aloo” (vision for all) in which five lakh people will be operated for cataract for free. “We are starting a new scheme ‘Chokher Aloo’. Under this scheme, five lakh people will have cataract operation and eight lakh people will get spectacles for free. Stu- dents’ eye checkup will be done for free. From tomorrow in selective gram panchayat, it will start. Our aim is eye care for all by 2025,” she said. The Chief Minister said that she had written a letter to Union PetroleumMinister Dharmendra Pradhan to start work after oil was discovered near Ashok Nagar. “I had written a letter to Dharmendra Pradhan on the discovery of oil near Ashok Nagar as it is important for in- dustry and jobs. The Central government has coordinated with ONGC. Forty acres of land has been allotted by the state government for free of cost. We have requested to start work as soon as possible. I requested to the central government for rehabilitation and job,” she said. -ANI Kashmir Seeks $4 Billion In Investments, To Provide Security -NEW DELHI I ndia’s federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4 billion in the next two to three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in the insurgency-hit region, its chief said on Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was India’s only Muslim-majority state until August 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi carved out a Buddhist-dominated enclave and designated both as federally- administered territories. Tens of thousands of security forces guard the region where India has been fighting an armed-insurgency for decades, especially in the disputed Kashmir valley that is also claimed by Pakistan. J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said his administration was identifying 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares) of land for businesses and that they would make companies feel secure. “We have an annual budget of 1 trillion rupees ($13.68 billion) for the region and a good amount of that is being used for providing security for businesses,” Sinha told a group of journalists in New Delhi. The government was also working on organizing an investment summit there after a delay due to the coronavirus pan- demic, he said. “We are in touch with all big business houses,” he said. J&K is one of India’s least industrialized regions, with per capita income of 62,145 rupees in 2016/2017, lower than the na- tional average of 82,229 rupees but higher than several other states. The government enforced the changes in the region through a harsh crackdown, deploying thousands of additional troops, imposing a communication blackout and detaining scores of people. - Reuters REUTERS/Danish Ismail/File Photo Photo:ANI An Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer stands guard at an empty square during a lockdown on the first anniversary of the revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy, in Srinagar August 5, 2020. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addressing a press conference on Monday in Nabanna. By Aftab Ahmed -NEW DELHI T he eighth round of meeting between the Central government and farmers’ representatives which began at Vigyan Bhawan on Monday morning has concluded. The next round of talks will be held on January 8 at 2 pm. The farmers’ representatives de- manded the government to repeal the three farm laws in the meeting today. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash along with government officials and representatives of farmers also observed a two-minute silence for farmers who died during the ongoing protest. After the meeting, Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said that farmers, who are pro- testing for over a month against three agriculture laws at different borders of the national capital will not go back until the Acts are repealed. “Discussion took place on our de- mands -- repeal of the three laws and MSP... Kannon wapasi nahi, to ghar wapa- si nahi (We will not go home until the laws are withdrawn),” Tikait told ANI. Earlier, Tikait claimed that 60 farm- ers have so far lost their lives during the ongoing agitation. He further said that one farmer is dying every 16 hours and it is the responsibility of the government to give an answer. Farmers have been protesting at the gates of Delhi since November 26 against the newly enacted farm laws -- Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Pro- motion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Com- modities (Amendment) Act, 2020. -ANI -Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu) India F amily card holders in Ra- meswaram in Ramanathapuram district on Monday was gifted with Pongal gift package worth Rs 2,500, according to the official. Speaking to ANI, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Rameswaram, Logana- than said, “3,72,876 family card holders in Ramanathapuram district got gifted with Pongal gift package worth Rs 2,500 today by District Collector, Dinesh Ponraj Oliver and in the presence of Ramanathapuram Assembly Member, Manikandan.” “The work of giving Pon- gal gifts to 21,660 family card holders in Rameswaram Island area started today,” he added. On December 19, 2020, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) launched the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AIDMK) campaign for the 2021 Assembly polls from his home constituency of Edap- padi in Salem district. In an event organised by the state government, the Chief Minister an- nounced Pongal gift hampers for over 2 crore ration cardholders, starting from January 4, 2021, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The hampers will comprise Rs 2,500, raw rice, sugar, dry grapes, cashews, sugar cane and a cloth bag. Pongal is a multi-day Harvest festival of South India. This year, it will be cel- ebrated on January 14. -ANI Eighth Round Of Talks Between Centre, Farmers’ Representatives Concludes, Next Meeting On Jan 8 Family Card Holders In Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram Get Pongal Gift Packages