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Mamata Banerjee apprises on meeting with PM Modi; says discussed BSF, COVID & more



West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday where the two leaders discussed a number of issues ranging from the BSF jurisdiction to relief funds for the state. Addressing the media after the meeting, Mamata Banerjee stated that she had urged the PM to uphold the ‘federal structure’ in the country and keep Centre-State relations out of politics.

“I have a few issues pertaining to West Bengal. Many natural disasters struck Bengal. We are entitled to funds. He had promised that funds will be given. I also told him that we have a federal structure and this is why BSF should not be given that much power since law and order in the state gets affected,” she said.

“I told him, that states will give you extra help, but maintaining the federal structure is important. You can not disturb it. I have asked that the law pertaining to the BSF be taken back,” she added. 

Banerjee rakes up Centre-state relations 

Banerjee also revealed that devising a policy on COVID-19 had also been one of her demands. Apart from this, the need to support the jute industry in the state was also taken up. “We also discussed COVID-19 and that how there is still no policy decision on it. I told him we need more doses. Now schools are opening so I told him that please speak to the expert committee regarding vaccination of those below 18 so that there is no gap,” she said.

“Another thing we discussed is jute production. There is a cap, so farmers can’t sell over that and hoarding happens. Jute workers are in pain and PM said that he is hundred percent in favor of this. He asked me to hold a round table meeting on this,” she added.

Banerjee further revealed that there was a need to keep Centre-State relations out of politics. “Political differences will remain but it should not be that there is an effect on the relation between West Bengal and the Centre. Together, State and the Centre should work in confidence. For this, we have invited PM Modi this year to the Bengal Business Summit (BBS), he has accepted it. It will be held in April 2022,” she shared.

Discussing the upcoming UP Elections 2022, the TMC supremo disclosed that her party was ready to extend support to those who need it. She said, “TMC will give support to those who ask for it. I am ready to help Akhilesh. In UP, our unit is active … we will see if we can campaign.”

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Manchin Noncommittal on Renewing Biden Child Tax Credit Flowing to West Virginians



  • Sen. Joe Manchin is noncommittal on extending the child tax credit.
  • On Tuesday, he told Insider “everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”
  • Millions of children are receiving the CTC, hundreds of thousands of them in Manchin’s home state.

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On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia didn’t commit to approving the one-year child tax credit expansion as it’s laid out in the $2 trillion House-approved social spending package. It raises the prospect of further changes to the proposed cash benefit.

“Everybody’s still talking,” Manchin told Insider. “Everybody’s still talking and working. It’s a work in progress.”

He’d previously pushed for a work requirement as a condition to receiving the federal help.

Manchin’s noncommittal approach to the benefit underscores the potential adjustments to the House legislation now traveling through the evenly divided Senate. House Democrats approved the sprawling climate, health, and childcare package which contains the bulk of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda on November 19. Now all 50 Senate Democrats must coalesce around the package so it can clear the upper chamber.

Around $190 billion is set aside to renew the bulked-up child tax credit. It’s reached tens of millions of children in the form of monthly payments since July, including many in Manchin’s home state. Over 346,000 West Virginian kids have qualified for the aid, per the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

It provides up to $300 a month per child age 5 and under, or $3,600 annually. For children between ages 6 and 17, families can receive $250 each month, or $3,000 yearly. And it would lock in the ability for the vast majority of American families to tap into the aid every month, regardless of whether they file taxes.

Experts and advocates say the measure has played a critical role in cutting child poverty. An August analysis from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University indicated the child poverty rate dropped to 12% from 16% after the first checks went out. That amounts to three million kids that no longer live below the poverty line.

“It’s kind of a breakthrough idea here in Washington that we should just increase their financial resources to lift them out of poverty, and it’s working,” Andy Boardman, a research assistant at the nonpartisan Urban Institute, said in an interview. “We’re seeing poverty is down among families who are receiving the child tax credit, food insecurity is down. So it’s been hugely, hugely impactful.”

It’s also helped families buy school supplies, cover rent, and put food on the table, Insider previously reported.

The Biden administration has aggressively touted the child tax credit in recent months. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the sharp drop in food insecurity among families “a profound economic and moral victory for the country” at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

The child allowance has virtually no support among Republican lawmakers. Some like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell assailed it as a “welfare deposit.” The last monthly payment is set to go out on December 15, and 35 million families could be deprived of aid if Congress doesn’t step in.

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Donald Trump says Boris Johnson making ‘big mistake’ backing wind power



Donald Trump has warned Boris Johnson he is making a “big mistake” by backing “ridiculous” wind farms to drive the UK’s push to a net zero carbon economy.

The former US president said he still liked the British Prime Minister but claimed that he was wrong to support renewable wind energy.

The UK has become a world leader in wind energy, particularly offshore, and Mr Johnson has pushed for Britain to become to wind what Saudi Arabia is to oil in the drive to reach net zero by 2050.

I think wind is… ridiculous

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Investment in the technology over the past decade or more has led to the world’s largest wind farm, Hornsea One, being built in the North Sea off the east Yorkshire coast.

But Mr Trump, in an interview with former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said the UK was destroying its landscape by permitting the turbines to be installed.

Speaking to Mr Farage on GB News, the businessman – who owns golf courses in Scotland and Ireland – said: “He’s wrong, Boris is wrong if he’s going heavy into wind.

“He’s making a big mistake.”

The former White House incumbent labelled wind power the “most expensive form of energy”.

In comments made in Florida on Monday and due to be aired this week, Mr Trump said: “I think wind is, I think it’s ridiculous.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured onboard the Esvagt Alba during a visit to the Moray Offshore Windfarm East, off the Aberdeenshire coast (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The one-term president added: “Remember, every 10 years, you have to replace those monsters.

“And a lot of times they don’t bother. You know what they do? They just let them rot. They kill all the birds, they are so bad.”

Despite the criticism, Mr Trump – defeated by Joe Biden in last year’s presidential election – said he was fond of the Prime Minister, who he suggested had become “more liberal”.

“I like him. I get along with him. I’ve always gotten along with him,” Mr Trump said.

“He’s gone a little bit on the more liberal side.

“But I’ll tell you with energy, I’m surprised that he would allow that to happen because you have one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

“And you’re destroying it with all these wind turbines all over the place.”

Mr Johnson has not always been an advocate for wind power. In 2013, he said wind farms could not “pull the skin off a rice pudding”.

The interview with Mr Trump,  which touches on a range of subjects, including the royal family, the presidential election, the subsequent Capitol Hill riots, Black Lives Matter, the migrant crisis in the US and the UK, and the question of whether he plans to run for office again, is due to air at 7pm on Wednesday.

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Covid deaths: 1,438 get aid in city | Ahmedabad News



Ahmedabad: The district collector office has so far disbursed the Covid death aid of Rs 50,000 to 1,438 families in the past five days. The similar number of applications are already under process, said authorities. In all, Ahmedabad city has 3,319 recorded deaths and district 93.
Sandip Sagale, Ahmedabad collector, said that the process is expedited, and they are working on the details collected by teams. TNN


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