EDITORIAL

Editorial2 Sat, 09 Apr 2016

Editorial

In a biggest terrorist attack on Army since 2002, terrorists carried out early morning attack on Army Base Camp in Baramullah district in Uri Sector, which left 17 soldiers dead and more than 30 injured. Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock and deep distress over the martyrdom of Indian soldiers in the dastardly terrorist attack in Uri. Describing the cowardly terror attack as a deplorable affront on our national conscience, Smt. Gandhi expressed the hope that the perpetrators of this dastardly attack as also the forces behind them will be severely dealt with and brought to book. Congress Vice President, Shri Rahul Gandhi also strongly condemned the militant attack and said “My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bravehearts martyred in the attack”. Mother Teresa has been declared a ‘Saint’ at a canonisation ceremony held in Vatican City. The canonization on September 4 comes on the eve of her 19th death anniversary. She will now be known as 'Saint Teresa of Calcutta'. Almost 19 years after her death she has been made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Mother Teresa, a Nobel peace prize laureate, was recognised globally for her work with poor people in the slums of Kolkata in India.

Congress Vice President, Shri Rahul Gandhi has started his Uttar Pradesh Mahayatra on the 6th September, 2016 from the Rudrapur area of Deoria district. Shri Rahul Gandhi will cover a distance of 2,500 km which will include 55 Lok Sabha

Constituencies, 223 Vidhan Sabha Constituencies and a number of 39 districts. Out of these 39 districts there will be meetings and assemblies along with road shows, in 21 districts. During the Mahayatra, Shri Rahul Gandhi will interact with the farmers, workers from the unorganized sector along with cross section of the population. These interactions are aimed at redressing the grievances of these marginalized sections..

PM Modi Endorsing Reliance JIO in the garb of Digital India announcement is an issue that raises questions on proprietary. The PM participating in a corporate ad shows the tacit understanding between big business houses and the PM. The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, clearly states that “…No person shall, except in such cases and under such conditions as may be prescribed by the Central Government use… for the purpose of any trade, business, calling or profession… any name or emblem specified in the Schedule or, any colourable imitation thereof without the previous permission of the Central govt." PM Modi's silence is a clear indication of the government's surrender to the industrialists.

Modi's 'achche din' remains a mere rhetoric for the common man. NDA's railway policy is completely anti- people and launches huge burden on the common mass. This is evident in the systematic surging of railway fair and freight charges. In new tariff policy it is almost 50% hike in the fairs of AC II and III tier of Rajdhani, Duronto and Satabdi Express before the festivals will put serious financial pressure on the common passengers.

On February 1st, 2011, a report on Black money was released by the then NDA’s Home Minister LK Advani. As per the figures provided by this report, the black money stacked in foreign banks was to the tune of 25 lakh crores. When NDA government came into power in 2014, to keep their electoral promise of bringing back black money to the country, they launched an Amnesty scheme in 2015 under the provisions of Black Money Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets and Imposition of Tax act. Under this scheme which ran between 1st July to 30th September, 2015, the total declaration made was 4164 crore only while tax collection made against this was just 2428 crores. Previously NDA government estimates suggest a total declaration of 1 lakh crore under the Amnesty scheme. And with tax collection estimate was 40 to 50 thousand crores. However, by August, 2016 available figures suggests that only 4000 crore has been collected so far. This scheme is going to be over September. The scheme is just another manifestation of government's failure to address an important issue of public interest.

Fifth September, 2016, marks the 128th birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a great philosopher, teacher, statesman, speaker, author and administrator. To him, philosophy was a way of understanding life and his study of Indian philosophy served as a cultural therapy.