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Time to get Bengal's dues: Mamata on Modi meet | Government ready for suggestions on land bill: Venkaiah Naidu | Speaker greets people on Holi, women's day | AAP sacks Bhushan, Yadav from top body | Bihar cabinet stays Manjhi's 36 decisions | Apprised Modi about Teesta deal: Mamata Banerjee| India should boost exports to China: Government | 46 infrastructure projects in 33 cities underway: Venkaiah | Task forces set up to make three cities smart | Modi greets nation on the eve of Holi | BJP hits back at UP CM for Modi barb | Yadav, Bhushan were ready to quit but got sacked: AAP leader | No 'bargaining' at AAP meeting: Yadav | Surjewala gets charge of Congress communications department | Kejriwal admitted to Bengaluru hospital for cough treatment | Amending land act vital for rural infrastructure: Modi | Naidu invites Japan to invest in Andhra capital | UP chief minister greets people on Holi |
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  • UP chief minister greets people on Holi
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav extended Holi greetings to the people of the state on Thursday. In a message issued by his office, the chief minister said that Holi was a symbol of our rich tradition, diversity and multi-cultural heritage. This festival, he added, spread the message of mutual love, unity, brotherhood and harmony. Yadav also urged the people of the state to celebrate the festival in harmony and wished that the festival rings in happiness, peace and prosperity in their lives. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 05:04:32 PM
  • Naidu invites Japan to invest in Andhra capital
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday invited Japanese firms to invest in the development of the new state capital and in various sectors which offer huge opportunities. He promised the investors faster clearances, allotment of any amount of land, round-the-clock electricity supply, water and hassle-free business environment. Naidu was addressing a seminar on "Expanding technology cooperation for smart community in Andhra Pradesh", organized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), government of Japan. About 100 Japanese delegates from 40 companies attended the seminar organised as a follow-up to Naidu's visit to Japan. Naidu made a presentation on the investment opportunities in the capital region and also the special initiatives by his government to ensure ease of doing business. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 04:55:34 PM
  • Amending land act vital for rural infrastructure: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a strong pitch for amending the existing land acquisition law, saying that it will enable creation of better rural infrastructure. Modi made a strong appeal to all members of the Rajya Sabha to support initiatives of the union government that will enable fulfilment of the mandate given to the government for development. "Amendment of the existing land acquisition act is essential to enable creation of rural infrastructure, including roads, houses for poor, schools, hospitals and irrigation projects," he said, addressing a gathering of farmers on the occasion of laying foundation stone of stage two of Shree Singaji Thermal Power Project Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. The prime minister made a passionate appeal to farmers not to be misled by those who were trying to project the government's initiatives for development as "anti-farmer". Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 04:52:38 PM
  • Kejriwal admitted to Bengaluru hospital for cough treatment
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Thursday admitted to a private hospital on the city's outskirts for naturopathy treatment to cure his chronic cough. "We will do a health check-up and conduct a few tests for prescribing our treatment which is based on naturoapathy," Jindal Naturecure Institute chief medical officer Babina Nandakumar told reporters. On arrival from New Delhi on an Air India flight with his parents Gobind Ram and Gita Devi, 46-year-old Kejriwal was greeted and cheered by hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers and supporters at the airport. Declining an official vehicle arranged by the Karnataka government, Kejriwal drove to the institute on the National Highway (NH-4) in the city's northwest suburb in the vehicle of the party's state unit convener Prithvi Reddy. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 04:49:48 PM
  • Surjewala gets charge of Congress communications department
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appointed Randeep Surjewala head of the communications department in place of Ajay Maken, who has been made chief of the pasrty's Delhi unit. A party release said on Thursday that Surjewala, who is a national spokesperson of the party, has been appointed in-charge of communications department till further orders. The communications department handles the party's interactions with the media. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 03:17:14 PM

  • No 'bargaining' at AAP meeting: Yadav
    AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Thursday said that there was "no bargaining" at the meeting which decided by majority vote to drop him and Prashant Bhushan from the party's top decision-making body. "I wish to say clearly there was no bargaining in yesterday's (on Wednesday) meeting (of the National Executive). The party has taken a decision, we should not discuss (its) proceedings," Yadav told reporters. Bhushan, a leading Supreme Court lawyer and an AAP founder member, and Yadav, a known political expert, were ousted from the 21-member Political Affairs Committee (PAC). The charge against them was led by loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who did not attend the Wednesday meeting as he flew to Bengaluru for treatment for blood sugar and persistent cough. Yadav's comments followed revelations by AAP leader Mayank Gandhi, who attended the Wednesday meeting, that Yadav and Bhushan had agreed to come out of the PAC honourably but were ejected by majority vote. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 03:12:38 PM
  • Yadav, Bhushan were ready to quit but got sacked: AAP leader
    AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were ready to quit from the party's top decision-making body but got sacked by loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, senior AAP leader Mayank Gandhi has said. Gandhi, one of the 19 who attended a party leadership meeting on Wednesday where the two were dropped from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), quoted Yadav and Bhushan as saying that Kejriwal did not want them in the PAC. Both were willing to stay out of the PAC provided they were not singled out and also put forth two formulae for the purpose, Gandhi said. Yadav and Bhushan suggested a reconstitution of the nine-member PAC with new members elected through voting in which they would not contest. Second, the PAC could continue in the present form but with Yadav and Bhushan not attending its meetings. "The meeting broke for some time and Manish (Sisodia) and others conferred with the Delhi team of Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh, Dilip Pandey and others. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 02:49:24 PM
  • President, PM greet nation on Holi
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the eve of Holi. "On the joyous occasion of Holi, I convey warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens," the president said in his message. "May this festival of colours promote oneness and harmony as well as bring happiness, good health and prosperity to all. Let us use this spring festival to spread the fame and fragrance of our composite culture far and wide," he added. In a tweet, Modi said: "Happy Holi to everyone. May this festival of colours fill your lives with lots of joy." Holi will be celebrated on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 01:47:32 PM
  • BJP hits back at UP CM for Modi barb
    Hitting back at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's potshot on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Wi-Fi services at the Varanasi ghats, the BJP on Thursday said that his anti-technology mindset will not take him far in politics. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took on Yadav for his barb on Wednesday that Wi-Fi services at ghats in Varanasi, Modi's parliamentary constituency, will not not propel boats. Reacting angrily over the issue, party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that Yadav's anti-technology mind-set will not take him far in politics. The chief minister, addressing a public meeting in Varanasi, has taken a dig at the Wi-Fi enabled ghats on the bank of river Ganga in Varanasi. He said that it meant little but the facility would be used on laptops. "While the sarcasm against efforts of our prime minister is not missing on any one, the BJP can also say that laptops are not run on promises but on power," Pathak said, referring to the free laptops distribution by the state government. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 12:23:43 PM
  • Modi greets Madhya Pradesh CM on birthday
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his birthday and wished him a long and healthy life. In a tweet, Modi said: "Good wishes to Madhya Pradesh's popular chief minister and my friend Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his birthday. I wish him good health and a long life." Born on March 5, 1959 in a farmer's family, Chouhan became the chief minister of the state for the first time in 2005. He steered the BJP to its third successive electoral triumph in the state in the 2013 assembly polls. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 11:40:05 AM

  • HC upholds 10-year jail term for Chautala, son
    The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in Haryana. Justice Siddharth Mridul said that O.P. Chautala being the chief minister of Haryana at that time was "more responsible" for the scam. It also dismissed all the 55 appeals filed by the accused against the sentencing order by the trial court. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 11:37:27 AM
  • HC upholds 10-year jail term for Chautala, son
    The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in Haryana. Justice Siddharth Mridul said that O.P. Chautala being the chief minister of Haryana at that time was "more responsible" for the scam. It also dismissed all the 55 appeals filed by the accused against the sentencing order by the trial court. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 11:36:02 AM
  • Modi greets nation on the eve of Holi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the eve of Holi and wished people's lives were filled with "lots of joy". In a tweet, Modi said: "Happy Holi to everyone. May this festival of colours fill your lives with lots of joy." Holi will be celebrated on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 10:21:41 AM
  • Task forces set up to make three cities smart
    Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has set up three task forces to develop Ajmer in Rajasthan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh as smart cities in collaboration with the US. "The task forces will have representatives from the urban development ministry, external affairs ministry, respective sate governments and cities and the US Trade Development Agency (USTDA)," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The three committees were set up following a meeting between Naidu and US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and an agreement with the state governments in New Delhi on January 25. The US had offered to assist in the development of the three cities as smart during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's September visit to America and his dialogue with its President Barack Obama in Washington. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 10:16:43 AM
  • 46 infrastructure projects in 33 cities underway: Venkaiah
    To augment urban infrastructure in 33 cities across India, 46 projects were at various stages of implementation under the public-private partnership, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday. Replying to a question from Nimmala Kistappa in the Lok Sabha, Naidu said that the total cost of the projects underway was Rs.25,902.84 crore. "Of the various projects, 19 are related to mass rapid transport systems, 25 to solid waste management, water supply, parking lots, roads, fly-overs and road over bridges," Naidu said during the question hour, adding that 24 of them with an investment of Rs.1,659.32 crore were completed. As many as 16 urban projects pertaining to townships and housing attracted a cumulative foreign direct investment of $6,405 million (Rs.34,255 crore) since fiscal 2011-12. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 10:06:00 AM

  • India should boost exports to China: Government
    Indian businessmen and industrialists should identify opportunities to increase their share in the world market, especially China where the economy was doing well, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman told lawmakers that as China's economy was not receding, Indian businessmen and industrialists should take advantage and increase their market share by manufacturing and supplying quality goods at competitive prices. "Though no specific study was conducted to identify our export strength vis-a-vis China, pharma, IT, auto components, agro products, tourism, film and entertainment are potential sectors for exports to China," the minister asserted, citing an export-import profile analysis of Sino-Indian trade. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 10:02:58 AM
  • Apprised Modi about Teesta deal: Mamata
    Ahead of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she has apprised the centre about her recent Dhaka visit and talks concerning the Teesta water sharing deal. Banerjee is slated to leave for New Delhi on March 8 for her first one-on-one meeting with Modi after he came to power last year. "After my recent visit to Bangladesh, I have apprised the prime minister and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about the details about the Teesta water issue and Indo-Bangla relations," Banerjee told mediapersons in Kolkata. "In my letter to the two leaders, I have also said that we need improved bilateral relations between the two countries," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 09:58:03 AM
  • Bihar cabinet stays Manjhi's 36 decisions
    The Bihar cabinet on Wednesday stayed 36 decisions taken by the government of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi last month, officials said in Patna. "All the 36 cabinet decisions taken by Manjhi in three cabinet meetings last month were rolled back by the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar," an official said. Nitish Kumar, who assumed charge last month amid high drama, has told the media that he would review all decisions of the erstwhile cabinet without any "prejudice or ill-will". Days before quiting as chief minister, Manjhi had included powerful Dalit caste Paswan into the Mahadalit category, announced reservation for Dalits in government contract for road construction worth Rs.50 lakh and reservation for poor among the upper castes in government jobs. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 09:55:19 AM
  • AAP sacks Bhushan, Yadav from top body
    The AAP announced on Wednesday that it had ousted two top leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, out of its decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Party spokesman Kumar Vishwas made the announcement after a nearly six-hour meeting of the National Executive that followed a virtual war between the two leaders and loyalists of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "The National Executive passed a resolution and it has been decided that Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav will not serve the PAC any more. They will be given new responsibilities in the party," he said. He underlined that the Aam Aadmi Party remained a united force and would do all it can to meet the aspirations of the people of Delhi and the country. Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 09:51:57 AM
  • Speaker greets people on Holi, women's day
    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday greeted people on Holi and also International Women's Day which falls on March 8. "Woman, as a mother, is a life force and nature has so ordained us that creation takes place only from an empowered being. Women have been contributing to the uplift of society in the role of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother," she said. The speaker made the comments as the house will go for a four-day break from today for Holi and meet on Monday. The International Women's Day falls on Sunday. The speaker said,"that maximum participation of women should be ensured in decision-making processes". She said,"the theme of International Women's Day was `Empowering Women', Empowering Humanity: Picture it!' which "means empowerment of women is empowerment of society". Source: IANS
    2015-03-05 09:47:58 AM



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