Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (July 19, 2021) took a jibe at the Opposition leaders amid ruckus in the Parliament and said it seems some people can’t digest that more women, SC and STs are becoming Ministers.
On the first day of the monsoon session of the Parliament, the Prime Minister in Lok Sabha said that it should make everyone proud that several women, several people belonging to the SC and ST community have taken oath as Ministers.
“Several new Ministers are children of farmers and also belong to OBC communities,” PM Modi said in the lower house as he was trying to introduce the newly-appointed ministers.
“It seems some people cannot digest that more women, SC, ST and OBC community members are becoming Ministers,” he said.
मैं सोच रहा था कि आज सदन में उत्साह का वातावरण होगा, क्योंकि बहुत बड़ी संख्या में महिला सांसद, दलित भाई, आदिवासी, किसान परिवार से सांसदों को मंत्री परिषद में मौका मिला।
लेकिन शायद देश के दलित, महिला, ओबीसी, किसानों के बेटे मंत्री बनें, ये बात कुछ लोगों को रास नहीं आती है- पीएम pic.twitter.com/LZ6DH7ORpx
— BJP (@BJP4India) July 19, 2021
In Rajya Sabha, he stated that some people are pained at seeing that children of farmers becoming ministers today. “What sort of hatred do some people have for adivasis/dalits that they cannot allow the introduction of ministers from such communities in this House,” PM Modi asked the upper house.
“Some people are pained at seeing women as ministers and aren’t ready to allow their introduction as ministers,” he said.
This is to be noted that a total of 15 leaders took oath as cabinet ministers and 28 leaders took oath as ministers of state on July 7, of which, 27 ministers belonged to the OBC community. It is reportedly a record number of OBC ministers in the union government.
After the expansion of the cabinet, the Dalit community has a record of 12 ministers in the government and the number of ministers from Scheduled Tribes has now increased to 8, which is also reportedly the highest number in any government to date. The number of women in the Union Cabinet has also increased to 11.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for a few hours amid continuous disruption by opposition members.
ICSE, ISC 2021 exam results to be declared tomorrow
The results of Class X (ICSE) and Class XII (ISC) year 2021 examinations will be declared on July 24 at 3 pm, said Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations on Friday.
In an official statement, the Council informed that the results of the ICSE and ISC year 2021 examinations will be made available on the website of the Council and through SMS.
The schools can access the results by logging into the ‘Careers’ portal of the Council using the Principal’s login ID and password.
They further stated that the recheck of answer scripts is not applicable for the ICSE/ISC year 2021 examinations as the candidates have been awarded imputed marks.
The last date for dispute resolution of candidates has been set at August 1, 2021. Any requests thereof will not be entertained, said the Council.
However, the dispute resolution mechanism is only for the correction of calculation errors.
Pegasus is Israeli weapon, Centre used it against India: Rahul Gandhi
Attacking the Centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Pegasus spyware is an Israeli classified weapon that the government has used against the institutions of the country.
“Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon and that weapon is supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used this against the Indian state and against our institutions,” said Rahul Gandhi.
“They have used it politically…They have used it in Karnataka. They have used it to scuttle probes. They have used it against Supreme Court… They have used it against all the institutions of this country. The only word for this is treason. There is no other word for this,” added the Congress leader.
Earlier today, Congress, DMK and Shiv Sena MPs protested against the alleged Pegasus snooping controversy in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises on Friday.
The protesting MPs demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe in this matter.
The MPs carried banners with the slogan “#Pegausus Snoop Gate”.
Earlier on Thursday, TMC MP Santanu Sen snatched the statement on Pegasus matter from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha and tore it into pieces, amid the ongoing standoff over the Pegasus issue between the Centre and Opposition.
The Opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have appeared on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware. This comes following reports published in The Wire.
India logs 35,342 new COVID-19 cases
As many as 35,342 new COVID-19 cases and 38,740 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours, the union health ministry informed on Friday.
The cumulative positive cases now stand at 3,12,93,062, including 3,04,68,079 recoveries and 4,05,513 active cases.
The country’s COVID death tally has reached 4,19,470, including 483 in the last 24 hours.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 45,29,39,545 samples have been tested for COVID so far. Of these, 16,68,561 were tested in the last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate currently stands at 2.12 per cent, and has remained less than 3 per cent for 32 consecutive days. The active cases constitute 1.30 per cent of total cases.
The recovery rate is currently at 97.36 per cent
A total of 42,34,17,030 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so far, including 33,39,45,151 first doses. 8,94,71,879 people in the country are fully vaccinated.
54,76,423 doses were administered in the last 24 hours, of which 36,24,007 were first doses and 18,52,416 were second doses.
According to the health ministry, 43,87,50,190 vaccine doses have been supplied to states so far. 41,12,30,353 have been consumed (including wastage), while 71,40,000 are in the pipeline.
2,75,19,837 unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and union territories and private hospitals to be administered.
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