Ranchi, September 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the 'Ayushman Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)' here deemed as the "worlds largest government funded healthcare programme", targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries. The scheme will provide a cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of Empanelled Health Care Providers (EHCP).
New Delhi, September 23 : Hailing the launch of an ambitious health insurance scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as historic, BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said the government has given the poor the right to live with dignity with its various schemes. He said the poor people are at the centre of the Modi government's projects, which has also launched a scheme to provide them homes besides offering other facilities.
New Delhi, September 23 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday hit back at Arun Jaitley on the Rafale issue, saying it is time the finance minister and the prime minister "stop lying" and call for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe for an "uncorrupted truth" to come out. He accused Jaitley of having the ability to spin "2 truths or lies" with "fake self-righteousness" and "indignation to defend the indefensible".
Gorakhpur, September 23 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya's dream to uplift the poor was realised Sunday with the launch of a central government scheme that aims to provide health insurance cover to nearly 50 crore Indians. He was praising the rolling out of the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)-Ayushman Bharat programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Ranchi in Jharkhand.
Lucknow, September 23 : Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday said there is no alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was speaking at a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) OBC Morcha here. "In the opposition parties, everyone is claiming to be the next prime minister.
Lahore, September 23 : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan's offer of "friendship" to India should not be considered as its weakness and the Indian leadership should shun "arrogance" to hold peace talks. Khan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to re-start bilateral talks on key issues including on terrorism and Kashmir. India initially agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month. However, New Delhi on Friday called off the meeting, citing the "brutal" killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of the postal stamps "glorifying" Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani. Addressing Punjab bureaucracy here on Sunday, Khan said, "I hope the Indian leadership will shun arrogance and hold (peace) talks with Pakistan. Our offer of friendship should not be considered as our weakness. Friendship between Pakistan and India will help overcome poverty" Khan said Pakistan "should not be threatened as it will not tolerate any act of hostility." "Friendship (between Pakistan and India) is in the benefit of both the countries. We will not take pressure of any world power," the prime minister said. In a sharp reaction to India's cancellation of the meeting, Khan on Saturday said that India's decision to cancel the foreign minister-level talks in New York was "arrogant" and asserted that he was "disappointed" by the New Delhi's "negative" response. "Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture," Khan had tweeted. However, Pakistan's two major opposition parties -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) -- have questioned the "haste" shown by Prime Minister Khan in making efforts to mend ties with India and held him responsible for the "diplomatic debacle", saying he should have done his "homework" before approaching for a meeting. Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan based terror groups since January 2016. Following the strikes, India announced it will not engage in talks with Pakistan, saying terror and talks cannot go hand-in-hand.
New Delhi, September 23 : Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat Sunday backed the government's decision to call off dialogue with Pakistan, asserting that talks and terror cannot go together.
Patna, September 23 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) will be implemented with complete transparency in the state and the government will ensure through proper "monitoring" that benefits reach the actual beneficiaries.
New Delhi, September 23 : Under pressure to clamp down on sinister messages, Whatsapp has appointed a grievance officer for India and detailed out the process for users to flag concerns and complaints, including those around fake news. Meeting one of the key demands that India had put on Whatsapp to curb fake messages that triggered mob killings, the Facebook-owned company has updated its website to reflect the appointment of a ‘Grievance Officer for India’.
Muzaffarnagar, September 22 : Four people died and two others were seriously injured when a car collided with a stationary truck in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said on Saturday. The accident happened apparently due to low visibility near Vahelna village on Friday night when the occupants of the car were on their way to Roorkee from Delhi, Civil Lines police station SHO DK Tyagi said. The injured have been admitted to a hospital, Tyagi said.