Daily Evening The Aman Sandesh Times Friday 31st July

Mamata Banerjee announces free ration for poor in Bengal till June 2021

Kolkata  : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said banning apps will not be enough, asserting that China needs to be given a befitting reply. The Trinamool Congress supremo, however, said she would leave it to the Centre to decide on the issue. It is a subject of the external affairs department, we will support the central government stand. But, we have to be very aggressive on one hand and on the other, use the diplomatic channel. Only banning a few apps will not be a proper reply, we have to give China a befitting reply, she said while addressing a press conference here. Banerjee also said her government will provide free ration to beneficiaries till June next year. The Centre’s ration policy should be to provide ration to each and every one of the 130 crore population of the country, she said. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi announced the extension of a programme to provide free ration for over 80 crore people, mostly poor, by five more months till November end. The central scheme was rolled out for three months from April soon after the nationwide lockdown was announced to combat the COVID-19.

6 killed in Second Fatal Boiler Blast in Two Months at Plant in Tamil Nadu

Cuddalore: Six people died and 16 suffered burn injuries in a boiler explosion at a thermal power plant in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. The blast took place at a power plant of the central government-owned NLC India Limited (formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited) in Cuddalore, about 180 km from state capital Chennai. This is the second blast at the power plant in two months. All those injured were rushed to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, officials said.  “The boiler was not in operation. We are investigating the incident,” R Vikraman, one of the directors of the power plant, said. Among the sixteen injured, six are regular employees and 10 are contract workers. We are collecting details of those who died, he added.
In a tweet, Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths. Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Several deaths linked to accidents at industrial units have been reported in the last two months. Earlier, in May, 11 people, including two young children, were killed and over 1,000 were hospitalised after gas leaked overnight at the LG Polymers facility in Vizag. The incident was compared by many to the 1984 Bhopal Gas leak, one of the worst industrial disasters in history when gas leaked from a pesticide plant operated by Union
Carbide and killed over 3,500.