Tamil Nadu announces e-vehicle policy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announces ‘Tamil Nadu Electric Vehicle Policy 2019′ on Monday to invite investments worth Rs Fifty Thousand crores and create 1.25 lakh jobs in the state. State government would be granting 100 per cent road tax exemption to all the electric two and three wheelers, cars, buses and commercial vehicles manufactured in the state till 2023. Registration fees would also be waived off under the Central government’s policy for all electric vehicles. Plus, investors would also get 50 per cent land subsidy for land taken for manufacturing activities from the government. An EV park will be created for plug and play facilities. The CM said that he envisages to make TN as a major EV manufacturing hub.

Farooq Abdullah detained under PSA

National Conference (NC) president and Member of Parliament (MP) from Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah confined in his house for 12 days under Public Safety Act. Farooq Abdullah’s house has been designated as a subsidiary jail and the jail manual has been applied. He would get all the rights of a prisoner. He is confined to one room and one bathroom and all the other rooms are sealed and the home cook has been evicted. His meeting with outside people has been restricted and only those with legal order are allowed to meet him. Ironically, the Public Safety Act was introduced by Dr. Abdullah’s father in 1975. His house arrest follows his detention which had continued till last 43 days.

BSP-Congress Mergers

Six MLAs of Bahujan Samaj Party joined Congress upping the tally in the Assembly to 106 in Rajasthan. They handed a letter to the Speaker, C.P. Joshi, around midnight after taking the decision. The merger is a big boost for the Congress in the upcoming municipal elections and panchayat polls early next year. The decision was taken to ensure stability and development in the state said BSP MLA Rajendra Gudha.


Left Parties protest against economic crisis

Left Parties to stage a convention in New Delhi on 20th September to protest against BJP’s inability to solve the ongoing economic crisis. Congress also invited. Five left parties are mulling to hold the convention together to demand that the Centre to increase public investment to build infrastructure and create jobs in the nation. Their argument is that the whole problem of economic and employment crisis started because of Centre’s push for private investments and promotion of exports. And announcing 70,000 crore boost for exports will actually deepen the crisis. They would be appealing the Centre to come out of denial mode and accept that the nation is undergoing a very severe economic and unemployment crisis.


Hindi language debate

The Hindi imposition debate resurfaced when Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that the country should come together and promote Hindi. While he acknowledged the importance of different languages, he also added that Hindi could do the work of uniting the country as it is the most spoken language. He appealed the citizens to increase the use of mother tongue and Hindi to realize the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.

However according to the census 2011, only 60 percent of total Hindi-speakers speak the native Hindi dialect and only 26 percent have native Hindi as their mother tongue.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said people should respect all languages and cultures equally but not at the cost of their mother tongues. On the other hand CPI lashed Shah for attacking the federal structure. Actor-turned politician Kamal Hassan joined the dissenting voices by saying that, ‘Jallikattu was just a protest… the battle for our language will be exponentially bigger than that.’