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  • Indira Jaising backs AAP government over MHA notification
    Senior advocate Indira Jaising backed the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government in its tussle with the union home ministry that issued a notification giving the edge to the Lt. Governor when it comes to powers, including those to transfer and posting of bureaucrats. In her legal advice that was sought by the AAP government, Jaising wrote: "Notification dated May 21, 2015 is ultra vires the power of the central government and the president. The government of Delhi has the power to legislate on the matters covered by Entry 41 and hence co-extensive executive powers." "Allocation of work to the public servants is an administrative and executive function of the government of NCT, Delhi," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 05:55:19 PM
  • Delhi ACB has jurisdiction to arrest Delhi Police officials: HC
    The Delhi High Court on Monday, holding that city government's Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) has "jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute" Delhi Police officials, also dismissed the bail plea of a head constable arrested on corruption charges by it. Justice Vipin Sanghi denied bail to Anil Kumar, who was head constable in Sonia Vihar's police station and arrested on May 1 while allegedly extorting money from a scrap dealer in the area. A turf war had broken out between Delhi Police, and the state government after Anil Kumar was arrested by ACB. While ACB booked him on corruption charges, police hit back, registering an FIR of kidnapping in this connection. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 05:53:33 PM
  • Modi government failed to revive economic growth: Congress leader
    Former union minister and AICC spokesperson Jitin Prasada on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for failing to revive economic growth and reduce inflation, as promised by him during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Addressing a press conference in Shimla, Prasada pointed out that Modi stormed to power riding on the promises of good governance, creation of 10 crore jobs in five years and a digital India but failed to deliver. "Modi spoke to economists and industry experts about a new economic blueprint for India, but a year has passed and this blueprint seems to have turned into a headline-grabbing exercise," the former minister of state for human resource development said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 05:51:20 PM
  • Modi congratulates CBSE class 12 performers
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated those who passed the CBSE class 12 examination. The results were announced in New Delhi on Monday. "Congratulations to all my young friends who have successfully passed the CBSE Class XII Board Exam," the prime minister tweeted. "Best wishes for a bright future," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:54:19 PM
  • Modi satisfied at progress in India-Vietnam ties
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed satisfaction at the progress made in defence and security cooperation between India and Vietnam. During a meeting with Vietnam's Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh, Modi recalled the successful visit of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India in October 2014, an official release said in New Delhi. Thanh briefed the prime minister about defence and security related developments in the India-Vietnam bilateral relationship. Modi expressed satisfaction at the progress made in bilateral defence and security cooperation, the release said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:51:58 PM

  • Kejriwal to meet Delhi's civic bodies' employees
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet commissioners and representatives of employees' unions of the civic bodies of Delhi on June 1 to resolve the issue of non-payment of salaries, a statement said on Monday. "The chief minister said that he will be calling a meeting on Monday (June 1) to look into the issue. All the three commissioners and all unions would be called for the meeting to look into the matter and try to find a solution on the ongoing problem of salaries," the statement said. The announcement was made following a meeting between Kejriwal and representatives of employees' unions of the North, East and South Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) -- under the banner of Joint Front of MCD Unions -- in New Delhi Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present in the meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:49:58 PM
  • AAP public meeting today on government's 100 days, to attack Centre
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers will hold a public meeting in New Delhi today to mark 100 days of the AAP government amid a row with the central government over a notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung all powers over transfers and posting of officials. At a meeting of its legislators on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party described the home ministry notification of Thursday as "unconstitutional", and the government has decided to call a special assembly session May 26-27 to discuss the central order. AAP leader and former minister Saurabh Bhardwaj told media persons after the meeting that the central government was "shadow-boxing". "The notification that the central government has brought is not only unconstitutional, but it is against the basic principles of democracy," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:58:37 AM
  • Modi may announce OROP implementation at Mathura rally
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce implementation of the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme concerning ex-servicemen at his rally in Mathura on Monday to mark one year of his government. Defence ministry sources on Sunday said that modalities relating to the long-pending demand of ex-servicemen have been thrashed out. They said that the prime minister could make an announcement about OROP at the rally in Mathura to mark one year of the National Democratic Alliance government. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said on Friday that the OROP concept was "an unambiguous commitment" of the government and it will be implemented. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:54:57 AM
  • Smriti Irani implementing RSS agenda: Congress
    The Congress on Sunday accused Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani of playing with the country's future by implementing the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "Intentionally-induced institutional paralysis and diffusion of education have been the hallmarks of the Narendra Modi government's one-year in power," Congress national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi told reporters in Chandigarh. She said that the situation had come to such a pass that the future of even the University Grants Commission was shrouded in uncertainty. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:50:08 AM
  • Gujjars intensify stir, block Jaipur-Agra highway
    A day after talks between Gujjars and the Rajasthan government over reservation failed to make any headway, protesting Gujjars on Sunday intensified their stir by blocking the Jaipur-Agra highway, an important tourist route in India. Members of the Gujjar community did not allow any vehicle to pass through the highway from Sikandara - in Dausa district, about 85 km from state capital Jaipur - forcing the district administration to divert vehicular traffic to other routes. Gujjars are demanding five percent reservation under the SBC (special backward class) category. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:47:09 AM

  • Jayalalithaa launches 201 Amma Canteens, populist schemes
    A day after she was sworn in as chief minister, J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday inaugurated 201 Amma Canteens and various populist schemes across the state via video conferencing. She launched a scheme to sell 500 gm packets of "A" grade lentils (pigeon pea) and black gram at subsidised rates of Rs.53.50 and Rs.56, respectively. According to a statement issued by the state government, "B" grade black gram would be sold at Rs.49.50 per 500 gm packet. The pulses would be sold through state government cooperative stores. The Amma Canteen scheme is a hugely popular one. At these canteens, good quality food is sold at very cheap rates three times a day -- morning, afternoon and night. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:43:49 AM
  • Khap Panchayats part of old traditions: Haryana CM
    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said that Khap Panchayats have been part of old traditions and playing a crucial role in 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' government programme for the girl child. "The Khap Panchayats (caste councils) are part of our old traditions and they have always been a significant contributor in resolving social issues," he said. Addressing a felicitation function organised by the Sarvjatiya Kandela Khap at Kandela village in Jind district, Khattar said that even today the 'khaps' are playing an important role in redressing public grievances as well as strengthening the feeling of brotherhood. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:39:00 AM
  • Indian politics to revolve around BJP, says Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has become the central pole of Indian politics and, in future, Indian politics will be guided along pro or anti BJP lines. Speaking during a press conference in New Delhi, Jaitley also said that the BJP is hopeful of winning the Bihar assembly election later this year as he termed the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United coalition as "impractical". "BJP hopes to win the polls that are to happen in Bihar soon. An impractical coalition is set to try and stop us. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," Jaitley said. Stating that the BJP had become the central pole of Indian politics in the last two decades, he said: "From now onwards the country's polity will be guided either on pro BJP or on anti BJP line." Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:33:47 PM
  • LG-AAP row: Notification illegal, says Subramanium
    The central government's notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in posting and transfer of Delhi government bureaucrats is "illegal and unconstitutional", former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium has said. In his opinion that was sought by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the Narendra Modi government's decree, the senior counsel said: "It singularly lacks propriety when the president is still seized with the question." "It is illegal and unconstitutional; and presumably, it has been issued without the requisite presidential approval," he added. The nine-page opinion addressed to the chief minister was sent on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:29:04 PM
  • Parrikar visits forward positions on LoC
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday visited forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. Defence spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami of the army's Udhampur-based Northern Command said: "On the second day of his official visit to the state the Raksha Mantri (defence minister) Manohar Parrikar visited the forward areas in the Rajouri Sector. "The minister was accompanied by the Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, the Northern Army Commander. "During his visit to the forward posts, the minister was briefed by Lieutenant General K.H. Singh, Corps Commander of the White Knight Corps on the overall security situation and other important issues pertaining to strategy for the coming months. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:21:34 PM

  • Rahul meets ex-servicemen on OROP
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a delegation of ex-servicemen and discussed the issue of one rank one pension (OROP) with them. The meeting took place at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, according to a tweet from the Congress vice president's office. The OROP has been a long-standing demand of the armed forces. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had on Friday said that the defence ministry was in dialogue with various stakeholders on the methodology to calculate pension of ex-servicemen. Last week, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that the one rank one pension scheme for the armed forces was likely to be cleared in a few days. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:19:22 PM
  • We'll come to power in Bihar: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hopeful of winning the Bihar assembly election later this year and termed as "impractical" the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal-United coalition. "Our party hopes to win the polls that are to happen in Bihar soon. An impractical coalition is set to try and stop us. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," Jaitley said in a press conference in New Delhi. Stating that the BJP had become the central core of Indian politics, Jaitely said: "we are on the centre stage". "Our party and our cadre are proud of our performance," the senior BJP leader said on the occasion of one-year of Modi government, adding: "The last one year has been historic for BJP." Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:42:35 PM
  • Panneerselvam again reverts to No.2 position
    For the second time in his political career, AIADMK leader O. Panneerselvam was Tamil Nadu's stop gap chief minister till party's general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was acquitted in a corruption case. He now reverts to the No.2 slot in the Tamil Nadu government. Last September Panneerselvam, 64, a staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa took over as the chief minister after she was sentenced by a court in Bangalore to a four-year jail term and a Rs.100 crore fine in a disproportionate assets case. Panneerselvam operated from his office in the finance ministry to show his "reverence" to his Jayalalithaa. He also said that his government was functioning under Jayalalithaa's guidance. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:38:17 PM
  • Jayalalithaa sworn-in as TN chief minister
    AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday. Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K. Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centinary Auditorium. The governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers. Jayalalithaa would head a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly. A large number of people lined on both the sides of the roads starting from Jayalalithaa's residence till the swearing-in venue. The AIADMK party won the elections in 2011 and Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the chief minister then. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:35:27 PM
  • Congress not in favour of appealing against Jayalalithaa
    Karnataka's ruling Congress on Friday advised its government not to appeal against the state high court verdict, acquitting AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. "The role of Karnataka is administrative and not judicial. Our state is not a party in any way of the proceeding trial before the special judge or in appeal," party state unit's legal and human rights cell department chairman C.M. Dhananjaya said. The legal opinion came ahead of 67-year-old Jayalalithaa's swearing-in as the Tamil Nadu chief minister for a record fifth time on Saturday in Chennai following her unanimous election as the AIADMK's legislative party leader earlier in the day. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:46:53 AM



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