Rajya Sabha concern over Delhi attacks on northeast people
Rajya Sabha members today expressed concern over incidents of violence with people from the northeast in Delhi, and the chair directed the government to make a statement on it. BJP leader Tarun Vijay raised the issue during zero hour, a day after a man from Manipur was thrashed to death in the national capital.
2014-07-22 05:52:11 pmGoa legislator calls Parrikar 'parallel PM'
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tried to hold back his smile when a legislator called him a "parallel prime minister" in the Goa assembly today. Speaking during question hour on the first day of the month-long assembly session, independent MLA Rohan Khaunte said Parrikar, known for his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is as good as a "parallel prime minister".
2014-07-22 05:36:10 pm Congress faces a severe blow in Assam and Maharashtra
Congress which was still in the shock of defeat of 2014 General Elections is faced with another challenge. Ministers from Assam and Maharashtra rebelled against the Congress and submitted their resignations. In Assam, Health and Education Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma resigned claiming that he cannot work under the leadership of CM Tarun Gogoi. Sarma was accompanied by 38 other MLAs during his meeting with the Governor. In Maharashtra, Narayan Rane resigned from the cabinet slamming CM Prithviraj Chavan for his laxity in decision making. As per the reports, both Sarma and Rane are CM aspirants.
2014-07-22 05:01:33 pm BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj declared absconder in Babri case
BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao constituency Sakshi Maharaj has been declared an absconder by a special CBI court after he failed to appear for a trial. The move came in the wake of Sakshi Maharaj's continued absence for the trial he is facing in the Babri Mosque demolition case. The court fixed July 26 for next hearing.
2014-07-22 03:21:25 pm UP CM orders audit of government departments
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered internal auditing of all the government departments, an official said. The auditing would not only enable financial discipline but would also help in fixing the responsibilities, a spokesman said. A proposal to initiate the internal auditing process was approved by the state cabinet in 2003 but was never executed for some "unexplained reasons", an official told IANS.
2014-07-22 03:19:40 pm Mamata to continue movement against fuel price, rail fare hike
Assailing the Narendra Modi government for hiking fuel prices and railway fares, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her party Trinamool Congress would carry on with its movement to combat such policies. "They said something before the elections and have done things diametrically opposite after the polls. Within a month of coming to power, they have hiked prices of fuel and railway fares," Banerjee said.
2014-07-22 03:17:20 pmAAP members get bail
A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to AAP leader Dilip Pandey and two party members arrested on charges of promoting enmity between different communities. Metropolitan Magistrate Sheetal Chaudhary granted the bail to Pandey, Ram Kumar Jha and Javed Khan. The three were arrested for the pasting of posters in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi urging the Muslims to lay siege to the houses of three Muslim Congress legislators for "shaking hands with the RSS and the BJP".
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 06:02:53 pm We should condemn violence everywhere in the world: Sushma
Hitting out at the government's criticism over its stance on the Gaza conflict, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the emphasis of parliament and the government should be to condemn violence the world over and to support the Egypt-backed ceasefire proposal on Gaza. A feisty Sushma Swaraj also clarified that there is no change in the Narendra Modi government's foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine and it believed in good relations with both.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 05:54:53 pm Some people acting as agents of communal elements: Mamata flays media
In an apparent attack on a section of the media, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused "some people" of acting as "agents" of "communal elements" and "maligning" her party after the BJP came to power at the Centre. "These days some people are acting as agents of a communal party. When the Congress was in power, then they acted as their agent. And when CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) was in power in the state, some people used to beat the drums of (then chief minister) Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee." "Now, the BJP is in power and some people are acting as their agents and spreading lies and against the Trinamool and maligning my party," Banerjee said at a massive rally here, without naming the media. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 05:00:24 pm BJP's LS seats in Bengal will become zero in next polls
Attacking the BJP for hiking fuel prices and railway fares, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the two seats the party won in the state in the recent Lok Sabha polls will be reduced to zero in the next general elections. "The BJP had one seat. They have gained one more seat. But the way they are campaigning and behaving, it seems as if they have achieved a lot. They now have two seats. It will never become three and will come down to zero in the next general elections," Banerjee said at a massive rally here to commemorate Martyrs' Day on Monday.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 04:07:59 pmRane quits Maharashtra cabinet
For the second time in two months, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane on Monday resigned as Maharashtra's industry minister. But he said he would remain in the Congress "as an ordinary worker". Rane, who had announced his desire to step down last week, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. “I have resigned as minister but I shall continue to remain in the Congress,” Rane said, scotching speculation that he might join some other party or float his own outfit.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 02:37:40 pmAssam rebel minister Himanta Biswa Sarma quits
Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is believed to be leading a group of dissident Congress MLAs, Monday resigned from the cabinet. He submitted his resignation to Governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik. After tendering his resignation, Sarma told reporters that he would continue to oppose the state government's anti-people policies within and outside the legislature.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 02:23:37 pmGoa assembly goes virtually paperless
The proceedings in the Goa assembly, which begins its monsoon session July 22, will be virtually paperless, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar said on Monday. The session, which is expected to see over 2,500 questions, will be 95 percent paperless, according to the speaker. Both ruling and opposition benches are preparing to battle over issues related to the multi-billion dollar mining scam, use of police to settle political scores, the Lusofonia Games scam and other issues. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 01:57:10 pm Kejriwal asks Jung to dissolve Delhi assembly
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that the delay in dissolving the Delhi assembly was encouraging the poaching of legislators. After meeting Jung, Kejriwal tweeted: "We told him that delay in dissolving (the) assembly was encouraging horse trading." In response to persistent BJP claims that it was in a position to form a government, the former chief minister wanted to know "under what formula could (a) government be formed in Delhi". Jung had "no answers" to that question, Kejriwal said.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 12:48:34 pmAndhra Pradesh sets up panel to develop new capital
The Andhra Pradesh government constituted an advisory committee to examine the various aspects of building a state capital and suggest a plan of action for its development. To be headed by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P. Narayana, the committee comprises nine members, majority of them industrialists. The state government on Sunday issued orders constituting the committee which will advise on conceptualization of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city, creation of a highly liveable urban eco system, efficient use of natural resources, urban planning policies and other issues. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 12:12:49 pmRajya Sabha disrupted over corruption in judiciary
The Rajya Sabha was disrupted on Monday as AIADMK members raised the issue of corruption in judiciary. As soon as the upper house met, the AIADMK members were on their feet raising the issue. Chairman M. Hamid Ansari first adjourned the house for 10 minutes and them till noon. An angry chairman said the house was being adjourned because of "some members disrupting the house against the rules".
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 11:49:30 amTwo-time MP Chowdhary Lal Singh resigns from Congress
Former Lok Sabha member from Udhampur and senior Congress leader Chowdhary Lal Singh resigned from the party. Singh announced his resignation at a Congress workers' meeting in Kathua town of Jammu. Singh - who hails from Kathua district - had won the 2003 and 2008 Lok Sabha elections as Congress candidate from Udhampur. The party this year fielded Ghulam Nabi Azad from the seat. Azad, however, lost the elections to Jitender Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 11:46:00 amHSGPC to start functioning soon: Minister
A 40-member committee of the newly created Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Comittee (HSGPC) would soon start functioning from its state-level office at Kurukshetra, a Haryana minister said. Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said the HSGPC was set up as per the long-pending demand of Sikhs in the state. "The Shiromani Akali Dal has been managing Haryana gurdwaras since the formation of Haryana which resulted in unfairness towards Haryana Sikhs. Now the chief minister has ensured constitutional rights to Haryana Sikhs," Bhukkal said. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 11:23:33 amBadal trying to flare up situation, says Bajwa
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was trying to flare up the situation in Punjab and Haryana over the issue of creation of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC). In a statement here, Bajwa lashed out at Badal for trying to exploit Sikh sentiments in Punjab. Bajwa said the chief minister was doing this to divert attention as his government had totally failed to meet the aspirations of the people. He said the Badal government was known for non-performance and brazen corruption.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 11:09:29 am Bihar CM compares himself to Sher Shah Suri
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi compared his tenure to that of Sher Shah Suri, the 16th century founder of the Suri dynasty who is known for innovative work and initiating path-breaking reforms. "A year's time is not a short time for me to work and prove myself to provide a memorable tenure as chief minister," Manjhi said at a function here, referring to his rule till the next state assembly polls due in 2015. Manjhi said Sher Shah Suri, who defeated the Mughals, got a short tenure to rule the country but he made development and governance his agenda.
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 10:52:41 am Kejriwal to meet LG, demand assembly dissolution
The AAP said party chief Arvind Kejriwal will meet Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to demand the dissolution of the Delhi assembly. "Arvind Kejriwal sought an appointment to meet Lt. Governor Monday, so that the BJP can be prevented from forming the government in Delhi," an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told IANS. He said the AAP in every circumstance was ready for fresh polls in the city. The Delhi assembly has been under suspended animation after Kejriwal, heading a minority government, resigned Feb 14. Source : IANS
2014-07-21 10:37:31 am JD-U, RJD to contest elections together
Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will contest by-elections to 10 assembly seats in Bihar together, it was announced on sunday. Ending days of speculation, JD-U state president Vashsisht Narain Singh made it clear that his party will contest the polls "along with the RJD to defeat the BJP". "Seat sharing will be decided by the leaders of both parties. It is not a big issue," he said. "Our target is to defeat communal forces in Bihar."
Source : IANS
2014-07-21 10:14:06 am BJP ready for fresh polls in Delhi
Prodded by the RSS, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared that it was ready for fresh assembly elections in Delhi. The BJP's new state president Satish Upadhyay made the announcement after a half hour meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh here. He said if the polls were announced, "the BJP is fully prepared to contest". He added in the same breath that if Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung invited the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government, "we will analyse the situation and take a decision". Source : IANS
2014-07-21 09:57:58 amEnd Kashmir row for peace: Pakistan envoy
The Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved to ensure "viable peace and stability in the region", Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said. Basit spoke about the "importance of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute" at an Iftar gathering here, a statement from the Pakistan High Commission said. Basit said the meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and Narendra Modi of India May 27 provided "a rare opportunity to get the bilateral dialogue process back on track and address all the bilateral disputes on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest". Source : IANS
2014-07-21 09:50:56 amNC, Congress divorce in Kashmir after six years in power
The nearly six-year-old alliance between the Congress and the regional National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir came to an end with both parties announcing their going separate ways. While Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz told reporters in Jammu that their party would contest the upcoming state assembly elections without any pre-poll alliance, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was quick to say on micro-blogging website Twitter that he had told Congress chief Sonia Gandhi 10 days ago that his party would not align with the Congress for the polls.
Source : IANS
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