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  • Do not support Land BIll in Rajya Sabha: Congress to AIADMK
    The Congrsse on Sunday asked the AIADMK led by J. Jayalalitha not to lend its supports to the Land Acquisition Bill in its present form proposed by the BJP in Rajyasabha. The Congress reminded AIADMK that if it had to stick to its pro-farmer agenda, then it must not supports the bill. “AIADMK has the opportunity in the Rajya Sabha to demonstrate its support for farmers, farm labourers and land owners,” by opposing the Bill, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said. Source: News Reports
    2015-03-30 11:20:13 AM
  • Former Delhi legislator shot dead
    Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was shot at by unidentified gunmen in New Delhi during a religious programme on Sunday evening, and succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, police said. The 38-year-old Bharat Singh and two of his aides were injured when they were shot at around 8.10 p.m. while attending the programme at Abhinandan Vatika in west Delhi's Najafgarh from where he was elected as a legislator in 2009. Around 8-10 unidentified people indiscriminately fired over 15 rounds at them, police said. All the injured were taken to Medanta the Medicity hospital in Gurgaon. Bharat Singh, who received more than two bullets, died during treatment. His aides are in critical condition, said a police official. Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 10:49:34 AM
  • Mizoram CM pays tribute to policemen killed in attack
    Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, his cabinet colleagues, legislators and officials on Sunday paid their last respects to the three Mizoram policemen who were gunned down by militants on Saturday. Announcing an ex-gratia payment of Rs.7 lakh for the families of each of the slain policemen, the chief minister said that security forces have intensified combing operations to nab the militants. "The government and the security forces would give a befitting reply to the challenge thrown by the HPC-D who killed the three policemen," he told reporters. Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 10:44:25 AM
  • Government will try to ban cow slaughter: Rajnath
    The central government will try to build consensus on banning cow slaughter, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Indore on Sunday. Cow slaughter has always been against the principles of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and that was why the BJP-led government will try to discuss the issue with all parties concerned, Rajnath Singh said during an event organised by the Shwetambar Jain Samaj. Giving the example of Madhya Pradesh, he said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had banned cow slaughter in the state a long time back. Rajnath Singh said that Jainism believed in ahimsa, and it has always had a deep influence on India's culture. Source; IANS
    2015-03-30 10:39:42 AM
  • My sole aim is to end corruption: Khattar
    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said that his sole aim was to end corruption and give good governance to the state's people. Attacking the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government, he said that certain people had approached him with offers to follow its "give and take" policy. "In the very first month of formation of the new (BJP) government, many people came to me with various kinds of offers, wanting me to follow the old 'give-and-take' system," he said, while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a hospital in Sonipat town. "But I showed them the door, saying our sole aim is to end corruption and give good governance to the people of the state," Khattar said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 10:33:24 AM

  • In latest makeover, AAP Lokpal Ramdas also goes
    In the throes of internal strife, Delhi's ruling AAP on Sunday replaced its Lokpal, retired Admiral L. Ramdas, with a team of three ombudsmen, who include two former police officers. A day after it sacked dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, Aam Aadmi Party leaders who met at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence also set up a new disciplinary committee and a panel to study the party's state of affairs in various states. The AAP also decided to lay siege to parliament on April 22 to protest against the land acquisition bill. Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 10:23:55 AM
  • AAP member files police complaint
    An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member on Sunday filed a complaint against unidentified people for manhandling and attacking him during the party's National Executive meeting held in New Delhi on Saturday, police said. Ramzan Choudhary, in a two-page written complaint, alleged that some "bouncers" of the AAP assaulted him at the meeting. A probe has been initiated by the Kapashera police station, where Choudhary lodged the complaint. "We have accepted a two-page written complaint given by Ramzan Choudhary this (on Sunday) evening," Deputy Commissioner of Police R.A. Sanjeev said. "Choudhary claimed that he was manhandled and physically attacked by some unknown people. We have initiated a probe but are yet to file an FIR because he came to us more than 24 hours after the purported incident," Sanjeev said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 10:09:21 AM
  • Maneka Gandhi asks home ministry to consider women's quota in police
    The women and child development ministry has requested the home ministry to take up with the various state governments the issue of 33 percent reservation of posts for women in police forces, official sources said on Sunday. In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi was cited to have said: "I request you to take up the issue of 33 percent reservation for women in police forces at your level so that together we can address the problem of violence against women." Source: IANS
    2015-03-30 09:52:47 AM
  • Medha Patkar quits AAP
    Senior leader and anti-Narmada Dam activist Medha Patkar on Saturday said that she has quit the AAP following dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan's expulsion from the party's national executive in Delhi. Announcing her decision at a hurriedly convened press conference, Patkar expressed pain over the development and said: "Whatever happened in AAP meeting is inappropriate and I condemn it." Patkar said that the violence and other happenings show disrespect to the party's senior leaders and did not augur well and so she has decided to quit. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 05:53:41 PM
  • Modi to leave on Saturday night for Lee funeral
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Singapore on Saturday night to attend the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, on Sunday. India is to observe national mourning on March 29 as a mark of respect to Lee Kuan Yew and the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country on Sunday. There will be no official entertainment. Asia-Pacific leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and South Korean President Park Geun-hye are among the other leaders expected to attend the funeral. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 05:51:04 PM

  • Yadav says meeting violent, AAP disagrees
    AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said that a scuffle broke out during the National Council meeting in New Delhi, a charge rubbished by the party, which maintained it was "peaceful". Founding members Yadav and Bhushan were sacked from the National Executive following which the two said that AAP members behaved like hooligans and beat up people who tried to oppose the resolution to oust them. Many who were not members were brought in for the meeting, said Yadav. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 05:49:15 PM
  • AAP's National Executive hijacked by Kejriwal camp: Yadav
    Founding AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, after being sacked from its National Executive on Saturday, accused party convenor Arvind Kejriwal and his camp of unethical practices and thrashing members who supported them. At a press conference in New Delhi, the two said that the National Council meeting earlier in the day which passed a resolution on their ouster from the National Executive was staged and charged that their point of view was not even heard. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 05:47:27 PM
  • Congress favours aged leaders for Rajya Sabha from Kerala
    The Congress has chosen to support candidates who are over 70 years for the Rajya Sabha elections from Kerala, a move which as left younger party workers unhappy, whereas the CPI-M has supported young blood. For next month's polls to the upper house, the Congress has persisted with older leaders as Vayalar Ravi. The CPI-M has gone in for youth and has chosen 44 year-old former Students Federation of India (SFI) president K.K. Ragesh. Kerala has nine seats in the upper house. The Congress has three - all in the above 70 plus category. A.K. Antony will be 75 in December, Ravi will be 78 in June and P.J. Kurien will turn 74 on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 03:01:15 PM
  • 247 members supported ousting Yadav, Bhushan: AAP
    As many as 247 members voted in favour of the resolution to remove dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra yadav and two others from AAP's national executive, the party said on Saturday. Party's national secretary Pankaj Gupta said eight members opposed it, while two gave a written dissent. He added that 54 members abstained from voting, and many of them had walked out before the voting took place. More than 300 people had attended the meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 02:54:29 PM
  • Will focus on job creation: Modi on three-nation trip
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the "primary objective" of his visit to France, Germany and Canada from April 10-16 is supporting India's national economic agenda, especially job creation for the youth. In a series of tweets, linked to his Facebook post, Modi wrote: "My France, Germany and Canada visit is centred around supporting India's economic agenda and creating jobs for our youth." "Will discuss strengthening India-France economic co-operation and visit some high-tech industrial units outside Paris. "In Germany, Chancellor Merkel and I will jointly inaugurate Hannover Messe where India is a partner country. "Looking forward to enhancing ties with Canada and interacting with leaders, captains of industry and diaspora in Canada," Modi tweeted. He said through his visit, "I am honouring long standing invitations from three of our most important partners who have strong friendships with India". Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 02:47:16 PM

  • AAP should not lose to political immaturity: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the AAP government must not lose opportunity to work for the people of Delhi due to "political immaturity". "People voted for this government with high hopes and they expect the promises to be fulfilled. Because of political immaturity, they should not lose this opportunity," Jaitley said in response to a question on Saturday. He also slammed the recording of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's conversation by a party member, calling it a new kind of politics. "This is a new kid of politics that conversation between two politicians is recorded, this is not expected," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 02:26:39 PM
  • Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan sacked from AAP National Executive
    Dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were sacked on Saturday from the AAP's National Executive. Yadav's supporters Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha were also removed from the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive. "Democracy has been murdered in the National Council meeting," said Yadav after coming out of the meeting. The AAP meeting was scripted and supporters of Kejriwal resorted to violence, claimed Yadav. "Everything happened there in a planned manner. It seems that everything was scripted," Bhushan said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 02:19:53 PM
  • President, PM greet nation on Ram Navami
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Ram Navami, the Hindu festival that marks the birth of Lord Ram. "Greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens on the joyous occasion of Ram Navami," the president said. "May the example of Rama as Maryada Purushottam inspire us to achieve nobility in thought, word and deed," he tweeted. In a series of tweets, the president said: "May the venerable Lord instill in our people just and righteous conduct in the face of trials and tribulations." Modi also took to Twitter to wish the people. "Greetings to the people on the occasion of Ram Navami," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 10:15:58 AM
  • Scrapping 90:10 funding pattern for special states not fair: Sayeed
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said on Friday that dispensing with the 90:10 funding pattern for centrally-sponsored Schemes (CSSs) for special category states will have serious implications for his state which has seen a difficult period since 1947. Speaking at the NITI Aayog meet in New Delhi, he said that states like his and in the northeast, which have huge locational disadvantages coupled with challenging security scenario, will be severely handicapped if the 90:10 funding pattern is done away with. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 10:13:36 AM
  • Two ships on way to Yemen to rescue stranded Indians: Chandy
    Two ships have set sail to Yemen to bring back stranded Indians, including a good number of Keralites, from the war-torn Arab country, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday. Chandy made the announcement after he was informed of the development by External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj informed him of the new developments on Friday night. "I did speak to several people who are there in Yemen and while some of them are yet to get back their passports, the Indian embassy has been told that those who do not get back their passports should be issued an outpass and once they are here, they will be given fresh passports. All of them are safe," said Chandy in a release issued in Thiruvananthapuram. Source: IANS
    2015-03-28 10:11:34 AM

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