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  • TDP MLA appears before ACB in cash-for-vote case
    TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah on Monday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for questioning in the cash-for-vote case. The Telugu Desam party (TDP) legislator reached the ACB office at Banjara Hills after 10 a.m. The ACB on Saturday issued him a fresh notice to appear before 5 p.m. on July 6. The ACB summoned him for questioning last month too but he failed to respond. He later sent a letter to the ACB, seeking 10 days' time to appear before it, citing ill-health. Veeraiah, who represents Sattupalli assembly constituency in Khammam district of Telangana, last week stated that he was ready to appear before the ACB team and that he would fully cooperate with the investigations. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:59:45 PM
  • Speak on Vyapam: Kejriwal to PM
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should "no more remain silent" over the Vyapam scam. "People want prime minister to speak and intervene in Vyapam. PM should no more remain silent," he said in a tweet. More than 40 people associated with the admission and recruitment racket in Vyapam or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board have died since 2013 - either in mysterious circumstances or have committed suicides. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:58:13 PM
  • Modi leaves on Central Asia, Russia visit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left on an eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and to Ufa in Russia to attend the BRICS and SCO summits. Modi's first stop is Uzbekistan. He will be visiting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from July 6-8 after which he will attend the BRICS and SCO summits from July 8-10. He will visit the three countries of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from July 10-13. Boosting trade, energy, connectivity and counter-terrorism, besides people-to-people links will be high on the agenda in all five countries. Writing about the first leg of his visit on his Facebook page, Modi said his first stop will be Uzbekistan, where he will hold talks with President Islam Karimov and both sides would ink key agreements to strengthen cooperation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:55:59 PM
  • Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a statesman: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, describing him a "statesman" and "profound thinker". "Today we pay our tributes to the respected Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation. He always emphasised on education among the youth," Modi said in a message. "He was a statesman, way ahead of his time and a profound thinker whose thoughts have been widely appreciated," he added. Mookerjee was born on July 6, 1901. He founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:53:04 PM
  • Rajnath asks Chouhan to probe journalist's death
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to get investigated the mysterious death of a Delhi-based journalist, an official said. "The home minister spoke to the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. We don't have details of the conversation but he asked him to get the issue investigated thoroughly," a home ministry official said. Rajnath Singh is understood to have expressed concern over the recent deaths over the Vyapam scam, especially that of the journalist who died on Saturday, the official said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:15:10 AM

  • Modi on Central Asian tour, to visit Russia for BRICS, SCO summits
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Monday on an eight-day tour that will take him to the five Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and to Ufa in Russia where he will attend the BRICS and SCO back-to-back summits. Modi will he the first Indian prime minister in recent times to visit all five Central Asian countries at one go. Trade with the resource-rich region, in which China has made major inroads, stands at a paltry $1.6 billion. Connectivity, especially through the proposed North South Transport Corridor, will be on top of the talks agenda between Modi and the Central Asian leaders. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:13:02 AM
  • BJP to strengthen presence in south India
    After enrolling 110 million members in southern states recently, the BJP plans to further strengthen its position in the region through mass contact programmes and study camps for newly-enrolled members, the party said on Sunday. "BJP national president Amit Shah has directed our lawmakers and office-bearers of state units of southern states to build a rapport with newly enrolled members and also to flag the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to the people," BJP's general secretary Muralidhara Rao said. He was briefing media persons after the BJP's day-long south zone meeting held at the sprawling Bangalore Palace grounds in the city centre. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:11:25 AM
  • Left to jointly contest Bihar elections
    The CPI-M and five other Left parties on Sunday announced that they will jointly contest the coming Bihar elections "as an independent, united bloc". The decision was taken by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist-Liberation and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C). The meeting was attended by Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat from CPI-M, Sudhakar Reddy and D. Raja from CPI, Dipankar Bhattacharya and Swapan Mukherjee from CPI-ML-Liberation, G. Devarajan from Forward Bloc, Satyawan and Pran Sharma from SUCI-Communist and Abani Roy from the RSP. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-06 10:08:45 AM
  • RJD to protest withholding caste Census data: Lalu
    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday announced that his party would compel the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government to make public the caste-based Census data. The former Bihar chief minister said that people of the country have right to know the details of caste-based Census and the Narendra Modi-led government should make the data public soon. "Centre should make the caste census public instead of withholding the data on numerical strength of different castes," Lalu Prasad said while addressing his party workers in Patna to celebrate 19th anniversary of the RJD. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:05:30 AM
  • Congress demands SC-monitored CBI probe in Vyapam case
    The Congress on Sunday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the deaths of more than 40 people connected with the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, adding the matter needs to be investigated thoroughly and impartially. "A Supreme Court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe is needed (in the matter). There is no bar on it even as the Special Investigating Team (SIT) is already probing the case," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference in New Delhi. The Madhya Pradesh Police's Special Investigating Team (SIT) was not doing enough to unearth the truth and the case should now be transferred to the CBI, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:02:53 AM

  • Karnataka speaker to decide on Lokayukta ouster move: CM
    The Congress government in Karnataka on Sunday said it will wait for the legislative assembly speaker's ruling on opposition lawmakers' move to oust the Lokayukta following a bribery charge against his son. "It is for Speaker Kogadu Thimmappa to decide on the opposition move to remove Lokayukta Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, though we have set up a special team to probe the graft charges against some officials in the institution and a Rs.1 crore bribe charge against his son Ashwin Rao," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters on Sunday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:01:03 AM
  • Delhi government to install jammers at exam centres
    The AAP government has decided to install jammers to prevent cheating with the help of high-tech electronic gadgets in examinations held for Delhi government jobs. The growing use of electronic devices in written tests has the city government worried over the possibility of incompetent candidates entering the government. "After successfully using the jammers in a clerk-level exam on a pilot basis a couple of months ago, the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) has decided to use the device in its critical exams," a government official said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 09:56:04 AM
  • Lalit Modi alleges Rahul Gandhi was beneficiary of his hospitality
    Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra were beneficiaries during his tenure as IPL commissioner. Congress sources, however, dismissed the allegations and termed them baseless. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said Lalit Modi was trying to help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Lalit Modi late Friday posted on Twitter a couple of his pictures with Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the same frame. Modi tweeted: "I hope @OfficeOfRG (office of Rahul Gandhi) informed @INCIndia that he was a beneficiary of my hospitality. He sat in my box." Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:52:58 PM
  • Jayalalithaa takes oath as legislator
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday took oath as a member of the legislative assembly after winning the bye-election held for the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. According to a government statement, Jayalalithaa took oath in the chambers of Speaker P. Dhanapal. Jayalalithaa won the bye-election by a huge margin, with major opposition parties like the DMK, the DMDK and others boycotting the poll on various pretexts. Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes, while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's C. Mahendran got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of a whopping 150,722 votes. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:49:58 PM
  • India needs strong cyber infrastructure: Rajnath
    Pitching for a strong cyber infrastructure in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday stressed that India should work towards developing its own servers. Addressing students of the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (JIIT) during a convocation ceremony in Noida, the home minister said: "As the home minister of the country, I don't have control on many of the cyber crimes here as the server is located elsewhere." "In order to check growing cyber crime, we must develop cyber infrastructure," he emphasised. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:48:10 PM

  • Swamy Vivekananda an enduring source of inspiration: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his 112th death anniversary, saying he was an "enduring source of inspiration" for the people across the globe. "I bow to Swami Vivekananda on his Nirvan Diwas. He is an enduring source of inspiration whose thoughts influenced several people globally," Modi wrote in his Twitter handle. Swami Vivekananda, the founder of Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission, was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:45:31 PM
  • President greets Algeria on Independence Day eve
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday greeted the government and people of Algeria on the eve of the country's Independence Day, reiterating India's commitment to enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. In a message to his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president said: "On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to you and to the people of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Independence Day." Adding that India cherished its warm and friendly relations with Algeria, Mukherjee said: "I would like to reiterate India's commitment to enhancing our bilateral relations in the coming months to new areas of co-operation, as identified by our two sides." Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:48:53 PM
  • Hema Malini discharged from hospital
    Film actress and BJP MP Hema Malini was on Saturday discharged from a hospital where she was undergoing treatment after a car crash in which a two-year-old girl was killed, hospital officials said. She was admitted on Thursday evening after she sustained injuries when her Mercedes Benz car rammed into another car coming from the opposite direction, leaving a two-year-old child in that vehicle dead and four others injured. "She was discharged from the hospital at around 9.30 a.m.," said Prateem Tamboli, facility director of Fortis Escorts Hospital. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:47:36 PM
  • Confident about renewed energy in India-US ties: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the people of US on the occasion of their 239th Independence Day and said he was "extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy" in India-US ties. "Dearest sisters and brothers of US, on the occasion of Independence Day, I convey my warm wishes to you all. The ties between India and US are time tested and connected by shared values. We are both vibrant democracies and remain very proud of our democratic framework," he said in a message. Modi added that he was "extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy in India-US ties". "Our economic ties are strong and our cultural ties are vibrant. Last year I visited US and in January this year, President (Barack) Obama came to India and became the first ever president of US to join our Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:46:09 PM
  • Congress to launch a campaign against the 'anti-Bihar' decisions of NDA
    The Bihar unit of the Congress is planning to launch a drive in Bihar in which the party plans to expose the 'anti-Bihar' ways adopted by the NDA government in the centre. The party plans to do so three weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to kick-off BJP's poll campaign ahead of the Bihar assembly polls. The Congress high command has issued directions to its workers in the state to spread the word against the BJP, which has allegedly made big deductions in the welfare schemes awarded to the state. A slogan "Bihar Virodhi- Narendra Modi" has also been given by the party. Ashok Chaudhary, BIhar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) chief said, "In the first phase of movement between July 7 to 13, Congress workers will hold day long fast and dharna at each block headquarters across the state, while in the second phase (July 14-20), fast-cum-dharna programme will be organised at each district headquarters. In the third (to be held days before Modi's proposed visit), a major programme will be organised at the state headquarters to highlight the anti-Bihar decisions of the Modi government". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-04 10:09:03 AM



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