Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi announced as BJP CM candidate | Nupur Sharma to contest against Arvind Kejriwal | Delhi polls on 7th February 2015 | Counting will be held and results will be declared on 10th February | Last date for filing nominations is 21st January | Last date for withdrawal of nominations is 24th January | Polling to take place at 11,746 stations |
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  • Drop words 'secular', 'socialist' from Constitution: Shiv Sena
    The words 'secular' and 'socialist' be dropped permanently from the preamble of the Constitution, the Shiv Sena demanded on Wednesday, a day after a controversy erupted over a central government Republic Day advertisement. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut welcomed the exclusion of the words from the R-Day advertisement issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which raised a furore. "We welcome this. Though it may have been done inadvertently, it was like honouring the feelings of the people of India. If the terms were mistakenly deleted this time, we want them to be removed permanently from the Constitution," Raut told media persons. However, Nationalist Congress Party executive president Jitendra Awhad opposed the Shiv Sena proposal. "We read the Constitution as it stands today. Because amendment is part of parliamentary procedures. This is what the preamble says and the advertisement omitted 'secular' and 'socialist'. Does it reflect the BJP mindset?" Awhad asked. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 06:00:49 PM
  • NCC a mini India: Modi
    Calling the NCC a "mini-India", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that it displays the unity in diversity that is India's strength. Speaking at the NCC rally, the prime minister said that it brought back memories of his childhood when he was a cadet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). The prime minister revealed that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP's Delhi chief minister candidate Kiran Bedi and actor turned MP Jaya Bachchan were all NCC cadets. "I was also an NCC cadet but was never selected to come to Delhi," he said. "I am standing in front of a mini-India, a miniature of India's future... Our country is full of diversities, and unity in diversity is the beauty and strength of our nation. And this is what keeps inspiring us," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 02:02:01 PM
  • Kalyan Singh takes additional charge as Himachal governor
    Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Wednesday was sworn-in as the Himachal Pradesh governor. He will be holding additional charge and succeeds Urmila Singh who retired on Jan 26 on completing her five-year term. "Kalyan Singh was administered oath of office and secrecy by High Court Chief Justice Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir," a Raj Bhavan official said. He arrived in Shimla on Tuesday evening. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his cabinet colleagues, Leader of Opposition and BJP two-time chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, besides legislators and senior government functionaries were present at the swearing-in ceremony. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 01:53:17 PM
  • Sushma Swaraj to travel to China on Feb 1
    After an intensive engagement with the US during the visit of President Barack Obama, India is now set to engage with China with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to pay an official visit to Beijing on Feb 1-3. Sushma Swaraj's visit, on the invitation of her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, is also expected to lay the ground for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year. The two ministers will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of concern to both sides. Sushma Swaraj will inaugurate the Second India-China High-Level Media Forum and attend the launch of Visit India Year during her stay in Beijing, said an external affairs ministry statement on Wednesday. She will also participate in the 13th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of Russia-India-China Trilateral, and will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 12:35:24 PM
  • NCC taught me a lot: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday credited the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for teaching him a lot. "Will address NCC rally today (on Wednesday). Mind is full of memories of my association with NCC. NCC taught me a lot," Modi tweeted, ahead of addressing a NCC rally in the national capital. The Prime Minister's Rally, which will take place at the Garrison Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment, will be Modi's first after assuming office last May. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 12:32:57 PM

  • PM pays tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tribute to freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai on his 149th birth anniversary, calling him a "proud son of India". "Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai was a unique personality who was ahead of his time. I salute this proud son of India on his birth anniversary," Modi tweeted. Born in 1865, Lala Lajpat Rai played a pivotal role in India's fight for independence and was popularly known as 'Punjab Kesari' (Lion of Punjab). He died on October 30, 1928. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 10:21:49 AM
  • NC, Congress won't fight each other in RS polls
    The National Conference will back Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Feb 7 Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Jammu and Kashmir. This was decided after an hour long meeting between National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Congress president Sonia Gandhi late on Tuesday in New Delhi. The National Conference will field former ministers - Sajad Ahmad Kichloo and Nasir Aslam Wani - for two other seats. The NC-Congress combine would field candidates for only three out of the four seats to ensure Azad's victory in these elections, sources said. The Bharatiya Janata Party has also announced to field two candidates - Chander Mohan Sharma and Shamsher Singh - for two seats, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fielded Nazir Ahmad Laway and Fayaz Ahmad Mir for the other two seats. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 10:19:03 AM
  • Congress rattled by Obama's successful visit: BJP
    The BJP on Tuesday said that the Congress was "cut off from the reality of changes" and "rattled by the successful visit" of US President Barack Obama, following criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was busy doing his own "PR" (public relations) and not anything concrete. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said "it shows to what extent the Congress is cut off from the reality of changes in the country and the significance of the initiatives of our government led by Narendra Modi". During the just concluded visit of Obama, a significant breakthrough was achieved in taking forward the India-US Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement that was stuck for about six years. Defence cooperation was also taken to a new level with concrete understanding, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 10:14:02 AM
  • Will bring Jan Lokpal, says Kejriwal
    Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that his party was still committed to bring anti-graft Jan Lokpal legislation in the capital. Addressing people at party's Delhi Dialogue campaign in east Delhi, the former chief minister said: "Media kept saying that we forgot Jan Lokpal bill, but we were waiting for the end (of campaigning). It (the bill) is the only way to remove corruption." After ruling Delhi for 49 days, Kejriwal had resigned on Feb 14, 2014 over the failure to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 10:09:10 AM
  • Lalu supports Obama's advice of tolerance
    RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday praised US President Barack Obama for his advice to have religious tolerance for all. "Obama has rightly advised (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for religious tolerance to all. Obama's words were also a caution for Modi not to play politics using religion," the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief told the media in Patna. The US president on Tuesday stressed the need for the governments to uphold the freedom of religion written in the constitution of both the countries. He also stressed the right to freedom of individuals to profess, practice and propagate religion and said it was important for India with its multiplicity of faith to uphold this fundamental right. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:58:45 AM

  • Poor offering their all inspired me, says Modi
    Narrating how he was offered milk and a roti made of bajra (millet) by a poor family in his days as an "ascetic", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that their gesture inspired him to devote his life to people like them. Addressing the nation in his "Maan Ki Baat" radio programme along with US President Barack Obama, Modi said that he was touched by how the family tried to provide him their best food. "I went to eat a meal at their home. It was a small hut, where we sat down to eat. They offered me roti made of bajra (millet), and milk. Their young child was looking at the milk. I felt the child has never even seen milk. So I gave that small bowl of milk to the child. And he drank it within seconds," Modi said. Perhaps the child had never had any milk, apart from his mother's milk, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:55:19 AM
  • BJP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in Kashmir
    The BJP on Tuesday named two candidates - Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma - for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The names were approved by Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah Shah, a BJP release issued in New Delhi said. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:52:08 AM
  • Modi concerned over India's skewed sex ratio
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern over the skewed sex ratio in India and blamed a "defect in attitude" towards girls and boys for it. "There is a lot of worry because of the sex ratio in India. For every 1,000 boys, the number of girls is less. And the main reason for this is that there is a defect in our attitudes towards boys and girls," he said addressing a special episode of Mann Ki Baat, his regular radio address to the nation which he conducted jointly with US President Barack Obama. Modi said that the US president's life was an inspiration as far as the girl child was concerned. "The way he has brought up his two daughters, the way he is proud of his two daughters...In our country too, I meet many families who have only daughters. And they bring up their daughters with such pride, give them such respect, that is the biggest inspiration," he said. "I believe that inspiration is our strength," Modi said, adding that to save the girl child, to educate the girl child, "is our social duty, cultural duty, and humanitarian responsibility". Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:47:20 AM
  • Sacked Telangana deputy CM admitted to hospital
    T. Rajaiah, who was sacked as deputy chief minister of Telangana two days ago, was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital Hyderabad after he complained of chest pain. Rajaiah was taken to Apollo Hospital in Hyderguda around 6 p.m. after he complained of chest pain, family sources said. According to hospital officials, he is undergoing treatment in intensive care unit. A team of cardiologists is attending on Rajaiah. Doctors said that Rajaiah was brought with high sugar and blood pressure levels. They described his condition as stable. Activists of some Dalit organizations gathered outside the hospital, raising slogans against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for "humiliating" his deputy by unceremoniously sacking him. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader M. Narasimhulu, who reached the hospital, alleged Rajaiah suffered cardiac arrest due to the shocking treatment meted out to him by Chandrasekhar Rao. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:38:06 AM
  • Barack means blessed one, explains Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chose to start his radio address "Mann Ki Baat" by explaining the meaning of US President Barack Obama's first name which is "one who is blessed". "Some people wonder what is the meaning of Barack... in Swahili, which is prevalent in African nations, Barack means he who is blessed," Modi said in the radio programme which he recorded with President Obama. "I believe his family has blessed him with this name," he said. Modi, who surprised many by referring to the US president by his first name at the joint press conference on Sunday, referred to him the same way several times during the address. Source: IANS
    2015-01-28 09:33:08 AM

  • King Abdullah, a friend, well-wisher of India: Sushma Swaraj
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was a “well-wisher” of India who would be remembered for his “genuine” affection towards the people of this country. “With his passing away, the world has lost a great and visionary statesman who led his country towards remarkable development and prosperity,” Swaraj said in a condolence book at the embassy of Saudi Arabia in New Delhi. Describing the late king as a “friend and well-wisher” of India, the minister said, “He guided India-Saudi bilateral engagement to newer heights. He will be remembered for his genuine warmth and affection for India and its people. We are deeply saddened by the news of the demise of His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques." Source: IANS
    2015-01-27 05:48:26 PM
  • PM busy doing his own 'PR', says Rahul Gandhi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy doing his own "PR" (public relations) and has not done anything concrete so far, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday. "The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government came to power in May (2014). The prime minister has just been doing his personal PR, but no concrete work has been done," Rahul Gandhi said during a roadshow in New Delhi ahead of the Delhi assembly polls. "People are asking when will you (Modi) stop talking and start working? There is favouritism for some, and nothing is being done for the poor. "Congress is the party of the poor. We will come back because we will keep standing by the poor, hold their hands and take them on the path of development," Gandhi added. Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will take place on Feb 7. Source: IANS
    2015-01-27 05:37:54 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi promises cheap power, water in Delhi
    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday promised electricity and water at the lowest possible rates for the people in Delhi. "We have three promises. We will provide electricity and water on the lowest rate, will make contract workers permanent, and give right to shelter to the people of Delhi," he told reporters after a roadshow in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-01-27 05:31:38 PM
  • Modi gifts singer Marian Anderson's recordings to Obama
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that he presented US President Barack Obama a set of recordings from American singer Marian Anderson's visit to India in 1957. "Presented President @BarackObama a set of recordings from the tour of American singer Marian Anderson in 1957," Modi said in a tweet. "The recordings consist of Anderson's interview to AIR and a video capturing her rendition of the hymn 'Lead Kindly Light' at Gandhi Smriti," he added. The prime minister also shared images of the gift. Modi, who has also gifted Obama a copy of the first telegram from America to India's Constituent Assembly, said: "Original commemorative stamp issued on 26th Jan 1950 is on back cover of the US telegram I gifted President Obama." Source: IANS
    2015-01-27 03:47:48 PM
  • Cancel Kejriwal's candidature, BJP asks EC
    The state unit of the BJP on Tuesday urged the EC to cancel AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's candidature and ban him from addressing public gatherings, alleging that he has violated the model code of conduct. "He has been making frivolous accusations against other parties and individuals so that he can mislead the people. We have urged the EC to take immediate action against him and to cancel his candidature as well as ban him from addressing public rallies," Satish Upadhyay, president of the BJP Delhi unit, told reporters. Source: IANS
    2015-01-27 03:44:28 PM

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