Parrikar flies to US for follow-up check-up; CMO says no change in guard
Parrikar, 62, had undergone treatment in the US for three months earlier this year for a pancreatic ailment and returned in June. He went to the US again for a follow-up earlier this month
New Delhi, August 30: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar left for the United States for follow up treatment, informed officials at CMO. Goa CM had undergone treatment in the US for three months earlier this year for a pancreatic ailment and returned in June. Earlier this month also he went to the US again for a follow-up.
"Parrikar took the Air India flight from Mumbai airport at 1.30 am," an official in the Chief Minister's Office told PTI. "He has left for the US on a short trip will be back in eight days," he said.
Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai for a review health check-up last Thursday, a day after he returned from the US. A senior official in the CMO had said yesterday that Parrikar will go to the US again for further medical treatment. A meeting of Goa BJP leaders with party chief Amit Shah in Delhi, which was earlier scheduled for today to discuss the leadership issue in the coastal state in view of Parrikar's medical treatment, was cancelled yesterday, a senior functionary had said last night.
Seeking to rest speculation about change of guard in Goa, the CMO said last night that Parrikar would not hand over the charge to anyone else and continue to clear important files from the US. There was "no order" to the CM to hand over his responsibility to anyone, a senior CMO official said.
09:38 Rupee hits fresh record low :
Continuing its free-fall, the rupee today weakened by another 23 paise against the dollar to trade at a life-time low of 70.82 on strong month-end demand for the US currency amid sustained foreign fund outflows.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, the local currency opened a tad higher at 70.57 a dollar from its previous close of 70.59 but slipped to hit a fresh low of 70.82, down by 23 paise.
Forex dealers said besides strong month-end demand for the American currency, buying by importers, mainly oil refiners in view of surging crude oil prices and capital outflows, weighed on the domestic currency.
Furthermore, the dollar strength against its rival currencies overseas too put pressure on the rupee, they said.
The rupee had recorded a steep fall of 49 paise, to close at record low of 70.59 against the dollar in the previous session.
Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex recovered by 96.13 points, or 0.24 per cent, to 38,819.06 in early trade.