Pranab snubs Mamata
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday virtually snubbed Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee for alleging that he was appeasing the Left Front government by attending foundation stone laying ceremonies ahead of Lok Sabha polls saying there should be no politics in development.
Without naming Mamata, Mukherjee, who is WBPCC president, said his involvement in development projects was not to help a particular political party but in the interest of the people.
“Mamata Banerjee may become the new chief minister but the same rule will be in force. There should be no politics in the matter of development,” Mukherjee told reporters at Raghunathgunje situated in his Lok Sabha constituency of Jangipur in Murshidabad district.
Mukherjee said he would be present at the foundation-laying ceremony of East-West Metro corridor in Kolkata on Sunday at the invitation of the state government.
He said his presence in a state government-sponsored programme should not give an impression that he was helping any individual. “None was helped personally due to my presence.”
Mamata had said on Friday that she would tell Mukerhjee “not to encourage the CPI(M)” and ask him to reconsider attending such programmes.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.