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Rajya Sabha bids farewell to three Congress MPs


Karan Singh, Janaradhan Diwedi and Parvez Hashmi will retire on January 27

Debates were becoming rare and disruptions more frequent, four time Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh, rued even as he bade farewell to the upper house along with two other Congress MPs Janaradhan Diwedi and Parvez Hashmi.

In a speech peppered with Sanskrit shlokas and Urdu verses, Mr. Singh said, “Parliament has evolved over these 50 years but not all the changes have been positive I must say. I used to remember when I went to the Lok Sabha for the first time. There were brilliant debates by Hiren Mukherjee, Madhu Limaye, Nath Pai, Atalji and here Bhupesh Gupta. Those were the debates now seem to me becoming rare, and disruptions are becoming more frequent.”

He called upon the members to introspect. He said he had come to Delhi as an idealistic young man of 36 and was retiring as an ‘idealistic old man’’. “I have implicit faith that the county will overcome all its challenges as long as we remain faithful to our Constitution and civilisational values,” Mr Singh said.

Speakers from both sides showered praise on them for their contributions. All the three retiring MPs were elected from Delhi. The farewell was held today, the last day of the Winter Session. Their actual retirement date of January 27 would fall in the inter-session period.

Ghulam Nabi’s praise

Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said his veteran party colleague Karan Singh had become the head of Jammu and Kashmir at the age of 18 and was probably world’s youngest person to hold such a post.

Mr. Dwivedi, who completed three terms as the Rajya Sabha MP, said generally farewell became like an “obituary reference” but today [Friday] was different.

Mr. Hashmi was not present in the house.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National / by Special Correspondent / New Delhi – January 05th, 2018

Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed laid to rest with full state honours


The Maharashtra government has declared a day’s mourning today.

Image credit : Twitter
Image credit : Twitter


Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed was laid to rest here today with full state honours. 73-year-old Ahmed was suffering from cancer and admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra last week where he breathed his last yesterday. The funeral took place at Rehmatabad, Shahi Kabrastan in Anjeerwadi, Mazgaon this afternoon. The last rites were conducted by his son Syed Zeeshan.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Senior Congress leader Mukul Wasnik were present on the funeral. Ghulam Nabi Azad laid a wreath on behalf of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Manipur Labour minister Hemo Chandra Singh, former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, who hails from Jharkhand, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan, Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam and Mumbai Congress Minority department chairman Nizamuddin Rayeen also attended the funeral.

The Maharashtra government has declared a day’s mourning today. Ahmed was sworn in as the Governor of Manipur on May 16, 2015. Ahmed, a former Congress leader from Maharashtra, was shifted to the north-eastern State from Jharkhand, where he was appointed Governor on August 26, 2011 when the UPA Government was in power at the Centre.

He joined the Congress party in 1977. He was elected to the Maharashtra Assembly five times from the Nagpada constituency in Mumbai. He also served as a Minister in Maharashtra, where he held portfolios like Housing. Besides dabbling in politics, where he started his career in Congress, Ahmed also had a flair for writing, especially in Urdu. President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among others who had condoled Ahmed’s demise.

source: http://www.india.com / India.com / Home> News> India / by Press Trust of India / September 28th, 2015

JK Govt should enhance retirement age of doctors: Azad

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the Jammu and Kashmir  government to raise the retirement age of doctors so that the health sector did not suffer for want of adequate staff.

Azad said this after inaugurating a 220-bed Super Speciality Hospital besides launching Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), Project Swasthya Slate and 102-J&K Referral Service under National Rural Health Mission here.

Regarding 102 referral service, he asked the state health minister to bring the remaining sanctioned 200 ambulances at the earliest.

Accompanied by Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, Azad said Jammu and Kashmir was the first state to get the Project Swasthya Slate to cover most difficult areas.

Spelling out achievements of the Centre and state governments, Azad said, “We have not only given new dimensions to health sector but all the development fields have witnessed a discernible change during the past 4 to 5 years.”

Azad said one more medical college has been sanctioned for Rajouri, thus raising the total number of newly sanctioned medical colleges to five.

He said the government has given nod to establish 75 cancer institutions in the country compared to only one such centre in the last 65 years.

He said the UPA government extended massive financial and moral support to all the states without any political, social or religious consideration.

Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah extended gratitude to the Centre for giving special consideration to development of J&K in view of its tough terrain and hoped it will continue to do so in future also.

He also thanked Azad for transforming the healthcare profile of the state.

source: http://www.business-standard.com / Business Standard / Home> PTI Stories> National> News / by Press Trust of India / Jammu- March 03rd, 2014