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  • CPI-M hails 'outstanding' victory in Tripura
    The CPI-M on Wednesday hailed the Left Front's sweeping victory in elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), calling it an "outstanding" win. "In a landslide victory, the Left Front has bagged all the 28 seats of the TTAADC defeating all its opponents resoundingly," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said. "Except for five seats, in all the other 23 seats, the Left Front got more than 50 percent of the votes polled," it said in a statement. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 05:41:21 PM
  • RS passes Bangladesh land boundary bill
    The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to operationalise the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, and the exchange of certain enclaves of land between the two countries. The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013 was unanimously passed by the upper house, with 180 votes in favour and zero against it. The bill to operationalise the agreement with Bangladesh includes exchange of territories in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and was cleared by the union cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 05:36:35 PM
  • Sonia terms Modi government anti-farmer, arrogant
    Terming the government as "anti-farmer" and "arrogant", Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused it of bringing "achche din (good days) only for crony capitalists" and promised to take the party's fight to the people. Addressing a Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Sonia Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Modi government and said that it had very little to showcase after one year in office. She said that Modi and his government remain in poll campaign mode as if the elections were not over. Accusing Modi of playing domestic politics on foreign soil, Gandhi alleged that the prime minister attacked the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during his visit to France. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 05:34:07 PM
  • Sonia Gandhi raises vacant CIC posts issue in Lok Sabha
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the government for failing to fill the post of the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) and alleged that it was trying to "shield" itself from scrutiny. "I bring to attention the deplorable lapse of the government in appointing a chief information commissioner," Gandhi said, raising the issue in the Lok Sabha. "This post has been lying vacant for the last eight months. The posts of the three information commissioners of the Central Information Commission have also been lying vacant," she said. A combative Congress president, who had moved an adjournment motion over the issue on in the morning, said: "The UPA had ensured that the position of the CIC had never lied vacant." Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 01:40:41 PM
  • Real estate bill to go to Rajya Sabha's select committee
    Following pressure from opposition parties, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government is set to send the real estate bill to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha. The formation of the committee, comprising 20 members from all parties, was listed in the business for the day on Wednesday. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013, aimed at establishing a regulatory authority for the real estate sector, was deferred by the Rajya Sabha last week with opposition members insisting that it be sent to a select committee of the house. On Tuesday again, members objected as the bill was listed in the day's business. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 01:37:51 PM

  • Congress demands Telangana CM declare assets
    The Congress party in Telangana on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to declare his assets and seek fresh mandate in 12 assembly constituencies where the legislators of opposition parties defected to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Congress state vice president Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that Chandrasekhar Rao should disclose all his assets which he accumulated since floating the TRS in 2001. "In his affidavit filed before the Election Commission, KCR disclosed the assets of Rs 85.98 lakh while contesting from Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat in 2004 elections. His assets grew to Rs 15.15 crore by 2014 elections," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:49:15 AM
  • Delhi farmers to get compensation cheques from Friday
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Friday start distributing compensation cheques under Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana to Delhi farmers whose crops were destroyed by recent unseasonal rains. The distribution process will begin from Bawana in Delhi, a statement said on Tuesday. The Delhi cabinet had on May 1 approved the scheme and the formula for payment of compensation to the farmers. It was decided that farmers whose entire crop had been destroyed would be paid Rs.20,000 per acre and farmers whose crop loss was assessed to be below 70 percent would get a minimum compensation of Rs.14,000 per acre. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:46:34 AM
  • Rahul to visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet farmers
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet the farmers of the state. He will arrive in Hyderabad on May 11 and after a night halt, will leave for Adilabad district for a padyatra covering various villages in Nirmal constituency. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, vice president of the party's Telangana unit told reporters on Tuesday that Rahul Gandhi will meet the families of farmers who committed suicide due to distress. He will also interact with farmers in at least five villages to know their problems. Party leaders expect 10,000 to 15,000 people will join Gandhi in the walkathon. After day-long visit, Gandhi will return to Hyderabad and after stopping the night, will fly back to Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:40:34 AM
  • Rajya Sabha passes bills to repeal obsolete laws
    The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed two bills to repeal and amend certain obsolete laws. The Repealing and Amending Bills, 2014 and 2015, were passed by the upper house by voice vote. The 2015 bill has 36 redundant bills and three acts in its first schedule, being repealed. The three acts are: The Indian Fisheries Act, 1897, The Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1947, and The Sugar Undertakings (Taking Over of Management) Act, 1978. However, after recommendation of a select committee of Rajya Sabha The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993, was deleted from the bill. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:36:29 AM
  • Delhi government warns traders against hoarding pulses
    The Delhi government on Tuesday warned the city's traders against hoarding pulses and asked them to furnish details of their warehouses along with stock position of pulses, a statement said. The advisory was issued following a meeting between the trade representatives and Food and Supplies Minister Asim Ahmed Khan. "All trade associations were advised to cooperate with the state government in ensuring that pulses, which are essential sources of protein for the poor people are available across Delhi at reasonable prices. All concerned were warned against indulging in hoarding or speculative activities," the statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:34:12 AM

  • Border violations with China taken up in existing mechanisms: Parikkar
    India regularly takes up any violation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China through established mechanisms, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar told parliament on Tuesday. The established mechanisms include border personnel meetings, flag meetings and the Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, wherein they are guided by various agreements between India and China, he said. Parikkar said that there was no commonly delineated LAC between India and China. There are areas along the border where India and China have differing perception of the LAC. Transgressions occur on account of both sides undertaking patrolling up to their perception of the LAC, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:31:50 AM
  • Reports about Kumar Vishwas despicable, says Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday described as "despicable" personal attacks mounted on his party colleague Kumar Vishwas, saying the AAP will no more respond on the issue. He told the media that the Aam Aadmi Party would prefer to be silent as families of party leaders were being targeted in the name of politics. "You may have a fight against us, against our political stand. Do not drag our families and children into this. I am extremely disappointed over all this," he said. "Some media houses are trying to malign us. We have decided to keep quiet now and will not respond any more. We will answer your questions if you ask about our governance or our work. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:54:33 PM
  • Uproar in parliament over Moga incident
    The incident of a 13-year-old girl in Moga in Punjab being molested and pushed out of a private bus leading to her death led to an uproar in parliament on Tuesday, with both houses witnessing adjournments over the issue. In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Amrinder Singh and Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Maan moved adjournment motions to discuss the Moga case demanding suspension of the question hour but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the plea. Singh said that the Punjab government should be dismissed and President's rule imposed in the state. Opposition MPs created ruckus, displaying placards and raising slogans against the Parkash Singh Badal government in the state, forcing two adjournments during the question hour. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:51:41 PM
  • BJP's women activists protest against Kumar Vishwas
    About 100 women activists of the BJP on Tuesday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's house to raise the issue of an AAP volunteer asking party leader Kumar Vishwas to clarify their relation. The protesters demanded Vishwas to appear before the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which has issued a summons against him after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) woman volunteer approached it over the issue. "We demand that Kumar Vishwas should appear before DCW and give his clarification on the issue. His silence over the matter is affecting life of the volunteer of his own party," one of the protesters said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:48:11 PM
  • Government to consult all parties on real estate bill
    The government on Tuesday said that it is consulting all parties on the real estate bill, and would consider a demand by some Rajya Sabha members to send it to a select committee. This came as Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal questioned why the bill was listed on Tuesday even as it was deferred last week. "Why is the bill in the list of business, what is government's thought," Agarwal asked. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) then said that he and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav have given a notice for constituting a select committee on the bill. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:45:21 PM

  • Things take time to improve: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Tuesday that people must have patience to allow the government to rise to their expectations. "It will take time to put the system back on track," Sayeed told a media conference in Srinagar on Tuesday as he attended the office on the opening of the civil secretariat in Srinagar after six months of winter. He appealed to the people to have patience and allow the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP-BJP) coalition government to fulfill the promises made to them. "The coalition government has just completed two months. Some people talk as if we have been in power for years. Things cannot happen overnight, it takes time," the chief minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:43:52 PM
  • Uproar in Lok Sabha over demand for separate Telangana HC
    The Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar on Tuesday following a Telangana member's demand for a separate high court in the state. As soon as the house assembled, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan mourned the death of 20 passengers in a bus accident in Madhya Pradesh. Soon after the house observed a minute's silence, members from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) raised the issue of a separate high court for Telangana but the speaker asked them to maintain silence. She asked the members to raise the issue during zero hour, but the TRS members continued with their demand, leading to the adjournment of the house for 10 minutes. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:41:39 PM
  • Modi to visit China, Mongolia, South Korea
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a three-nation official visit to China, Mongolia and South Korea from May 14-19. In China, Modi will visit Xian, Beijing and Shanghai from May 14-16. He will hold bilateral meetings with the country's leadership and participate in cultural and business events. The prime minister will also attend an event organised by the Indian community in China. In Mongolia, his engagement will be on May 17. This is the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Mongolia. He will then visit to Republic of Korea on May 18-19. Modi will hold bilateral discussions with President Park Geun-hye and meet with important business leaders in Seoul, an official statement said on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:39:32 PM
  • Bengal BJP leaders to brief Modi on state situation during his visit
    A team of West Bengal BJP leaders will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in the state during his visit here this weekend, state party chief Rahul Sinha said on Monday. "A team of the state BJP will be meeting him. I will brief him about the situation in Bengal while he is here," he said at a media meet in Kolkata. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that he has already received a call from the prime minister's office regarding Modi's trip. Modi will launch three flagship social security schemes - Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana - in the city on May 9, hours after arriving. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:42:28 AM
  • 350 Maharashtra AAP activists join Swaraj Abhiyan
    Accusing Arvind Kejriwal of 'murdering democracy' in the Aam Aadmi Party, around 350 party activists and leaders joined the Swaraj Abhiyan, floated by expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, on Monday. "Around 350 activists and leaders have decided to quit the AAP. More will follow suit when we start making people aware of the manner in which democracy is being murdered in AAP," Maruti Bhapkar, a former AAP state executive member in Maharashtra, told media-persons in Pune. He said that these activists have thrown their lot behind Yadav and Bhushan and would strengthen their resolve to popularise the concept of 'Swaraj' (self-rule) in the true sense across the country. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:40:12 AM

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