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Jashodaben files RTI about her security cover

Mehsana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben today filed an RTI application with Mehsana police to seek clarity on security cover given to her at present and wanted to know what she is entitled to.

Mehsana Superintendent of Police(SP) J R Mothalia said that Jashodaben wants to know what are her rights as PM's wife as far as the security aspect is concerned.

"Today, she came to our office and filed an RTI to know about her rights as PM's wife with regard to security cover. We will give our written reply to her in stipulated time," said Mothalia.

Jashodaben lives with her brother Ashok Modi at Unjha town of Mehsana district. After Modi was swornin as PM, she has been given security by Mehasana police.

"We have deployed ten of our policemen, including armed guards, for her security. They work in two shifts, five each in one shift." said Police Inspector of Mehsana Special Operations Group(SOG) J S Chavda.

In her application, Jashodaben sought several documents from the police department related to her security cover given as per the protocol, including the certified copy of actual order passed by government about providing security.

She also wanted to know the laws and related provisions in Indian Constitution about security cover given to a PM's wife.

She asked the government to explain the definition of protocol and sought details about what is included under it and what other benefits she is entitled for as per that protocol.

She also expressed unhappiness about the current security setup, where her guards travel in government vehicles like car, while despite being a PM's wife she has to travel in public transport.

Jashodaben noted that late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her own bodyguards and that she felt scared of her guards. She asked the government to make it compulsory for each guard to produce copy of deployment order.

Adopt zero tolerance approach to terror: Modi to SAARC

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to seek the cooperation of India's neighbours to check extremist violence and to adopt an approach of zero tolerance towards terrorism at the twoday SAARC Summit beginning Wednesday in Kathmandu.

The Prime Minister is expected to articulate strongly the issue of terrorism which affected most of the South Asian countries and stress the need of tackling the menace jointly, official sources said today.

Modi will highlight before the heads of SAARC nations that India, being one of the worst victims of terrorism, has been taking an approach of zero tolerance towards the problem and all countries must adopt a similar approach, sources said.

The twoday SAARC Summit is expected to deliberate on a range of issues including liberalising trade, enhancing cooperation in the fields of education, health care, ensuring energy security and to deal with challenges of climate change.

Since becoming Prime Minister, Modi has been stressing on strengthening SAARC and he is likely to lay out his vision for regional cooperation in South Asia and India's approach to harnessing the developmental potential of the region.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Senior Congress leader Murli Deora passes away

Mumbai: A patient ear and a wide network of friends across political parties, NGOs and industries made former Union cabinet minister Murli Deora — Murlibhai to those who knew him — a dependable destination during any crisis.

Mumbaikars in general and Congress members in particular knew that all their troubles could be addressed by a visit to Deora’s personal office near Churchgate station in south Mumbai or the party headquarters near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where he could often be found. He was always ready to listen to everyone and take up their cause.

The muchloved Murlibhai died on Monday, at his home, after a prolonged illness for which he had been hospitalised. He was 77 and is survived by his wife and two sons, including former minister Milind Deora.

An industrialised and social worker, Deora began his career in the choppy waters of Mumbai politics in 1968, when he was elected to the municipal corporation. He became the mayor in 1977, with the support of the Shiv Sena.

There were minor setbacks from time to time, like the defeat in his maiden Lok Sabha election in 1980, when he lost the south Bombay seat to Janata Party’s Ratansingh Rajda.

But Deora went on to win four Lok Sabha elections after that and served as the chief of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee for a record 22 years from 1981 to 2003, actively mobilising funds for the party.

Attempted coups by different factions to unseat him were weathered as he continued to make his mark on the party’s work. Close to the NehruGandhi family, he organised the successful roadshow for former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004 and inducted into then prime minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet as the petroleum minister in January 2006, Deora led the oil diplomacy in Myanmar, Algeria and Egypt and held talks with the ministers from Sudan and Ethiopia. He also chaired important parliamentary standing committees such as finance.

During his tenure as the petroleum minister, Deora was attacked by the opposition parties for his proximity to the Ambani family. He, however, preferred to bypass the criticism and continue with his work, like resolving a strike of the employees of the oil companies.

He would also be sorely missed at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and the Indian Red Cross Society, with which he was closely associated.

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