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  • CPI-M member falls sick in Lok Sabha
    CPI-M member A. Sampath on Monday fell sick in the Lok Sabha during a protest over the conversion issue. The 52-year-old MP from Attingal in Kerala was taken out from the house after he felt unwell while shouting slogans against the government. When the house reconvened after a 10-minute adjournment, an opposition member demanded further adjournment as Sampath had taken ill. Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai agreed to the demand. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also agreed to the proposal to further adjourn the house. Opposition parties, led by the Congress, were protesting and demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the conversion issue. As the house reconvened, Naidu informed the house that Sampath, who had been suffering from exertion, lack of rest and cough, has been taken to hospital. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 04:43:27 PM
  • Delhi wants BJP, but Kejriwal as CM: Opinion poll
    According to an opinion poll conducted by TNS India and commissioned by Economic Times (ET), Delhi wants the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to rise to power but would like to go for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister. The poll was intended to measure the mood of the citizens. The poll that was conducted from 21 November to 5 December involved 7,113 participants. The poll indicates that out of the 70 assembly seats, the BJP is going to get 43-47 seats, while AAP could manage only 22-25 seats being the second best party again. But Arvind Kejriwal dominated the survey becoming 42 percent of the people's choice for the coveted post of the chief minister. Harshardhan of BJP was the next best with 28 percent of the respondents supporting him as the CM. Source: News Reports
    2014-12-22 04:37:54 PM
  • Walkout in Lok Sabha over black money
    The issue of black money stashed in foreign banks was raised again in the Lok Sabha on Monday by opposition members, who also staged a walkout over the issue. The opposition parties staged a walkout after Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling the promises made to people who voted him to power. Members of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal-United also demanded a statement from the prime minister over the issue. The SP chief said  that promises were made that farmers would get money in their accounts and that land encroached by China and Pakistan would be taken back. But "these promises have not been fulfilled". Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 04:12:13 PM
  • Janata Parivar protests against Modi government in Delhi
    The Janata Parivar on Monday protested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in New Delhi over various issues, including the promises made before the Lok Sabha polls and the controversy over religious conversions. The protest took place at Jantar Mantar and parties like the Samajwadi Party, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) - factions of the original Janata Dal - with several smaller entities participated in the protest. Addressing the crowd, Bihar former chief minister Nitish Kumar asked: "Why has the NDA government failed to fulfil its promises made before the elections? Where is the black money that it promised to bring back?" Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 03:44:40 PM
  • India-Japan ties force for stability: President
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that the relationship between India and Japan was a "force for stability" in the region. Extending greetings and felicitations to Emperor Akihito and the people of his country on the eve of Japan's National Day, the president said: "India and Japan have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations and enduring goodwill between our peoples..." "Regular high-level exchanges between our two countries have helped to open new vistas of bilateral cooperation and have further strengthened our age-old ties based on shared cultural and civilisational links," he said in a statement. "Our relationship, characterised as a special strategic and global partnership, which is based on common values of democracy, freedom, rule of law and an abiding commitment to peace, is a force for stability in our region and beyond," he added. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 01:58:40 PM
  • Conversion issue: Rajya Sabha again disrupted
    The logjam in the Rajya Sabha over the conversion issue continued on Monday as the opposition once again demanded a debate. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal said that he has submitted a notice to suspend all work and take up the debate. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, said that the notice cannot be admitted since the issue has already been raised once. "...the debate is inadmissible since the debate has been taken up once," said Jaitley. Members had slammed the government for not fulfilling its promises but going ahead with the 'Ghar Wapsi' agenda. "They promised they will give farmer one and a half times returns for their input cost, they promised bringing back black money, and creating jobs. None of this was done but they are going ahead with reconversions," said SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 01:51:30 PM
  • Will hit road alone to assess projects: Uttar Pradesh CM
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to cycle alone to have a first hand account of development work in the state. "Do not be surprised if you see me cycling on the under-construction bicycle track at Vikramaditya Marg in the city (Lucknow) or at any other place soon," he told reporters on Sunday. He said that development was a top priority of the Samajwadi Party government and he would like to personally keep an eye on the progress of development projects across Uttar Pradesh. Besides, the chief minister said that he saw no danger to his life in hitting the road alone. His latest statement is being seen in political circles in Lucknow as a result of the comment his father and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav recently made that the chief minister merely lays foundation stones rather than inaugurating of projects. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 12:13:21 PM
  • Continue foodgrain supply to tea gardens, Gogoi urges Modi
    Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens in the state till the implementation of the National Food Security Mission. Gogoi, in the letter, said that the suspension of the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens will affect the families of over 20 lakh tea garden workers, the Chief Minister's Office in Guwahati said on Sunday. He said Assam received a letter on Nov 23 from the consumer affairs, food and public distribution ministry that said the allocation of 7,600 tonnes of rice and 5,000 tonnes of wheat to tea gardens in Assam will be stopped from Jan 1, 2015. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 11:01:53 AM
  • Advani backs Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee
    Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani has backed awarding the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and said that he regarded it as "significant" that the Narendra Modi government has decided to observe Dec 25, Vajpayee's birthday, as 'Good Governance Day'. In an interview to CNN-IBN news channel, Advani said: "A Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee should not be seen in terms of a reward for doing his duty but as an award that recognises his stature. It would be very appropriate and befitting for a patriot like Vajpayee." "I regarded it significant that the new government has decided to observe Dec 25, Vajpayeeji's birthday as 'Good Governance Day'," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 10:56:54 AM
  • Will form next Kashmir government on our own, says PDP
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said it was confident of forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir on its own and would not align with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reacting to some media reports that said that the PDP had said that it was open to forming an alliance with the BJP if it does not get the needed simple majority of 44 in the 87-member state assembly, the PDP's chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, "No, we did not say we will form an alliance with the BJP." "We said we will form the next government in the state on our own as we are confident of getting the required numbers. So there is no need for us to say we will form an alliance with the BJP or any other party." Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 10:23:09 AM
  • Nitish Kumar takes on Bhagwat over reconversions
    Former Bihar chief minister and senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's support for ghar wapsi (home coming) of Muslims and Christians to the Hindu fold "should be denounced by all". "Bhagwat's support for ghar wapsi should be denounced by all. His statement will create more tension," Nitish Kumar told media persons in Patna. "Bhagwat's support for ghar wapsi is a clear cut indication that the BJP is implementing it to create social tension in the country," he added. He said the Janata Dal-United and other like-minded parties would oppose the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party's move of ghar wapsi. Source: IANS
    2014-12-22 10:17:53 AM
  • Voting ends in Kashmir, over 65 percent turnout
    The fifth and final phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully on Saturday, with over 65 percent of the voters casting their ballot in 20 constituencies, officials said. "Polling ended peacefully in all the 20 constituencies of Jammu, Rajouri and Kathua districts at 4 p.m. today (on Saturday)," an Election Commission official said. Initial figures indicated that 65 percent voters turned up to exercise their franchise till the voting process ended. "However, these figures are subject to variation as final reports about poll percentages are still coming in. The day's poll process was peaceful," the official said. A total of 213 candidates were in fray. Eleven constituencies voted in Jammu, four in Rajouri and five in Kathua district. Counting for all the 87 assembly seats will be held on Dec 23. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 05:55:18 PM
  • Jharkhand polls' final phase sees 70 percent turnout
    Over 25 lakh people - more than 70 percent of the electorate - on Saturday exercised their franchise in the fifth and last round of the assembly election in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen constituencies voted on Saturday in the final phase. Of the 16 seats, seven were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST). "In the fifth and final phase on Saturday, the state witnessed a record 70.42 percent polling. The highest polling was recorded in Pakur with 75.5 percent, followed by Littipara with 75 percent," an Election Commission official said. The lowest turnout was recorded in Mahagama at 66.32 percent, the official said, adding that polling was by and large peaceful. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 05:52:51 PM
  • Crucial bills lined up in Rajya Sabha
    The Rajya Sabha is scheduled to consider some crucial bills including the coal mines bill in the remaining two sittings of parliament next week. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 seeks to facilitate auction of coal blocks further after the Supreme Court struck down allocation of over 200 coal blocks, holding the allocation process arbitrary and illegal. The upper house is also to take up the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill, 2014, which seeks to extend the validity of an act that gives protection to unauthorized constructions and which is to expire by the end of this month, an official release said in New Delhi on Saturday. Both the bills have been passed by the Lok Sabha. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 04:21:39 PM
  • Avoid politics in children's welfare: Odisha CM
    Expressing solidarity with the families of those killed in the Pakistan school attack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said that issues related to children's welfare have to be taken up on a priority, ignoring political differences. "The issues related to children's rights cut across considerations of political systems and geography. The entire world is grief stricken over the recent horrific incident at a Peshawar school," said the chief minister. "The people of India are strongly behind the bereaved souls in Pakistan," Patnaik said at a sensitisation programme for lawmakers on child rights in Bhuvaneshwar. He said, "Children belong to none, but humanity. We have to take issues related to children's welfare most zealously, ignoring our political differences and other partisan considerations." Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 04:19:24 PM
  • Jaitley urges India Inc to build public opinion for GST bill
    A day after the government tabled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday urged industries to build public opinion in states for passing the law on reforming India's indirect tax system. "Any state that does not fall in line (with GST), my advice to all stakeholders is go to states to raise the issue, to convince, to pressurise public opinion in all the states," Jaitley said, addressing an event of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Hinting that complete consensus is awaited on a bill that needs to be passed by a two-third majority in both the houses of parliament and by the legislatures of half of the states to become a law, the finance minister called for "a shared national vision on basic issues". Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 02:06:06 PM
  • Kerala BJP set to woo film personalities
    With BJP president Amit Shah on his second visit to Kerala - where the party is yet to open its account in the state assembly - it has been decided that the party will woo film personalities to get support in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might seek help from Guru Nair, a former office bearer of the Congress in Maharashtra, who has joined the BJP. Nair said that he met a few film personalities, including actor-turned politician and former state minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar and actor Lalu Alex. "I have spoken to Alex and am trying to reach a leading actress. I have also informed the state BJP leaders about this and they have given the green signal," said Nair. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 02:02:57 PM
  • Clear stand on conversions: Kejriwal to government
    The Narendra Modi government should clear its stand on religious conversions in the country, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said in New Delhi on Saturday. "First of all, the government should clear its stand. The prime minister should clear his stand on it," Kejriwal said in response to his party's stand on the issue. He was speaking to reporters on the sideline of a programme at St. Stephen's college. "This party came to power on the promise of development but there has been none in the past six months," he said. "They talk about love jihad, religious conversion, and in Delhi, where there have been no riots in the past 35 years, they initiate one," Kejriwal said. "Had they told people that they would indulge in all this, people would have voted accordingly," he said. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 02:00:36 PM
  • Will improve government schools: Kejriwal
    Promising to improve the condition of government schools and making them as "attractive as private ones", Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said good education was the basic right of every child. Addressing a function organised by NGO Teach For India at St. Stephen's college in New Delhi, the former Delhi chief minister said government schools in Delhi were in a bad shape "because of vested interests". "We are not against schools being run by private organisations but some of them are run by big businessmen and politicians who have destroyed the government schools so that they can have a large number of students in order to earn more and more," Kejriwal said. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 01:54:33 PM
  • Jharkhand records over one-third polling till 11 a.m.
    Jharkhand recorded over one-third voting in the four hours till 11 a.m. in 16 assembly constituencies in the last round of the five-phased election in the state, an official said. "The highest polling percentage was recorded in Pakur with 41 percent and the lowest was in Godda with 27 percent till 11 a.m.," said an election official. "The voters turned up in large numbers in many polling booths and we hope the voting percentage will be around 70 percent in the final phase of the election," he said. The fate of 208 candidates, including 16 women will be decided by 36,90,069 voters, including 19,04,011 men and 17,84,846 women. Polling is taking place at 3,773 polling booths. The voting started at 7 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. Source: IANS
    2014-12-20 12:37:28 PM


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