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Kejriwal assures help to FTII students
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured all help to the striking students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who met him on Tuesday. "The chief minister told the students that he was with them and he also agreed to their demand of raising the issue in parliament," a government official said. The students briefed Kejriwal about their concerns. The FTII students have been protesting for over a month, demanding the removal of newly-appointed chairman Gajendra Chauhan. The students said the process of appointing the chairman must be transparent. "They said though the prerogative of appointing the chairman lies with the government, the credentials of the person also matters," the official said.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 06:13:55 PM
No democracy in Congress DNA, says BJP
The BJP on Tuesday hit back at the Congress description of the suspension of its 25 parliamentarians as "murder of democracy", saying there was "no democracy in the Congress DNA" and the opposition party talking of democracy was akin to the "devil quoting the scriptures". "The Congress talking of democracy is like the devil quoting scriptures. There is no democracy in their DNA...the mother is the party president and son the vice president. Will they teach us democracy?" Bharatiya Janata Party leader and union minister Prakash Javadekar said. "Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are responsible for the logjam in parliament. It does not behove them to speak about democracy as they (the Congress) is the mother of Emergency," the minister said. He said the government had been reaching out to the Congress to break the parliament logjam but the opposition party was backing out.2015-08-04 06:12:06 PM
Delhi government to sell onion at Rs.40
To provide relief to the people, the Delhi government on Tuesday said it will sell onions across the city at Rs.40 a kg in New Delhi. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following a surge in onion prices. "The government has decided to sell onion at 280 centres across the national capital at a rate of Rs.40 per kg. The onions were being procured since April 15," the official added. Meanwhile, the Youth Congress staged a protest outside Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday over the steep rise in onion prices. Raising anti-Delhi government and anti-Kejriwal slogans, the protesters blamed him for the failure to curb the price rise. "The rates of essential commodities like onions and pulses are increasing every day. The AAP government is doing nothing to control the price rise," a protester said.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 06:09:55 PM
Several opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings
Several opposition parties on Tuesday boycotted the Lok Sabha proceedings to protest against the speaker's decision to suspend 25 Congress parliamentarians for disrupting parliament. The parties that boycotted the proceedings included the Communist Party of India, CPI-Marxist, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Janata Dal (United), Indian Union Muslim League, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party. Members of the SP, RJD and the Left were present in the house on Tuesday morning, but staged a walkout after the speaker did not allow them to raise the issue of suspension of the Congress MPs. Even the parties who attended the day's proceedings protested against the speaker's move.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 06:07:30 PM
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after opposition members on Tuesday raised slogans against the government and accused it of being "dictatorial". The protests started soon after the house met for the day's proceedings. Congress members shouted slogans, held placards and gathered near the chairman's podium. The agitating Congress members displayed placards against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their alleged association with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Madhusudan Mistry waved a piece of black cloth as a mark of protest. The Congress members were protesting the suspension of 25 of their colleagues in the Lok Sabha.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 06:04:04 PM
Delhi Congress women activists burn Modi's effigy at BJP office
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee's (DPCC) women wing on Tuesday burnt Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effigy outside the BJP headquarters to protest the Congress MPs' suspension from parliament. Raising anti-Modi and anti-BJP slogans, the Congress supporters carried banners reading: 'Black day for democracy' and burnt the prime minister's effigy during the demonstration outside 11, Ashoka Road, the BJP's headquarters. "Suspension of 25 Congress MPs was anti-democratic and we call it a 'Black Day' for democracy", said a Congress worker during the protest. On Monday, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress parliamentarians for five days for "wilfully obstructing the business of the house" and not adhering to her repeated warnings to observe the rules of the house.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 05:57:34 PM
Congress leaders protest in Himachal over suspended MPs
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday staged state-wide protests against the suspension of 25 party MPs in parliament. The protest in Shimla was led by state president Sukhvinder Sukhu during which a peaceful sit-in was staged in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Ridge. Sukhu termed the suspension of the MPs as a "black day" for democracy and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to silence the voice of the opposition on the issue of corruption. He said it was the responsibility of the ruling party to ensure smooth functioning of parliament by way of dialogue but the BJP was resorting to undemocratic means by suspending Congress MPs.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 05:54:38 PM
Bengaluru civic polls to be held on August 22
Elections to the Bengaluru civic corporation would be held on August 22 and counting of votes taken up on August 25, the Karnataka State Election Commission (SEC) notified on Monday. "Elections for 198 wards of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be conducted on August 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; re-poll, if any, on August 24; and counting of votes on August 25," Election Commissioner P.N. Srinivasachary told reporters here. The model code of conduct came into force till the completion of the poll process on August 26. The last date for the filing of nominations is August 10, scrutiny will take place on August 11 whereas the last date for withdrawal of candidature is August 13. Source: IANS2015-08-04 04:40:22 PM
Jung gives approval for Bharti's prosecution
Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has permitted the police to prosecute AAP legislator Somnath Bharti in connection with a midnight raid in the Khirki extension area in New Delhi last year. "The Lt. Governor has granted police the sanction to prosecute Somnath Bharti," an official at the Lt. Governor's house said on Tuesday. "LG's sanction was necessary to prosecute Bharti in the case as he is an elected representative,” the official added. The Aam Aadmi Party MLA along with some volunteers had gone to Khirki extension around 3 a.m. on the intervening night of 15-16 January, 2014 to raid the houses of various people of African descent following which African women had alleged AAP volunteers of molesting and harassing them.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 02:08:50 PM
BJP parliamentary party adopts resolution against Congress
The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday passed a resolution against the politics of obstructionism and negativity by Congress. It also reiterated that none of its leaders would resign as demanded by the main opposition party. "The resolution against the politics of obstructionism and negativity by Congress was introduced by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad and unanimously passed by the BJP parliamentary party," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters. Naqvi also said that none of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will resign. "There will be no resignations. Congress is trying to defame them in the public," he said.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 02:05:37 PM
Bihar assembly adjourned till 2 p.m
The Bihar assembly was on Tuesday adjourned till 2 p.m. following an uproar by the opposition, which demanded a debate on deteriorating the law and order situation in the state. Soon after the assembly sitting began, opposition legislators, mostly from the Bharatiya Janata Party, disrupted the proceedings and trooped into the well. Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary requested the members to raise the issue after the question hour. Source: IANS2015-08-04 02:05:26 PM
Murder of democracy, says Sonia on MPs suspension
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that the suspension of 25 MPs of the party by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was anti-democratic and described it as murder of democracy. Congress members from both houses, led by Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi wore black bands, and protested at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the parliament complex against the suspension of the party MPs. "It's duty of the government to run the house. The way our MPs were suspended, was anti-democratic. Democracy is being murdered," Sonia Gandhi told reporters. Rahul Gandhi justified the demand of resignations of the BJP leaders.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 02:02:21 PM
Nitish-led alliance to hold joint rallies in Bihar
Bihar's ruling alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold joint rallies across the state to bolster its fortunes in the upcoming assembly elections, an official said on Tuesday. The first joint rally of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would be held in Patna. "The grand alliance would hold a joint rally here soon. It will be followed by similar rallies across the state ahead of the polls," JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. Singh, a close aide of Nitish, said top leaders of the alliance. including Nitish, JD-U president Sharad Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, would address the rallies.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 01:59:25 PM
Rajya Sabha disrupted again
Rajya Sabha witnessed disruption again on Tuesday. It was adjourned within minutes of meeting for the day. As soon as the house met, opposition members were on their feet. While Congress members trooped near the chairman's podium, shouting slogans and displaying placards, other opposition leaders were seen standing at their seats. Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house till noon.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 01:54:58 PM
Modi wishes Obama on birthday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished US President Barack Obama on his birthday. "Dear @POTUS, wishing you a Happy Birthday! Have a great year ahead. I pray for your long life and may you remain in good health," he said in a tweet. The 44th president of the US was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 01:51:37 PM
Nitish-led alliance to hold joint rallies in Bihar
Bihar's ruling alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold joint rallies across the state to bolster its fortunes in the upcoming assembly elections, an official said on Tuesday. The first joint rally of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would be held in Patna. "The grand alliance would hold a joint rally here soon. It will be followed by similar rallies across the state ahead of the polls," JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. Singh, a close aide of Nitish, said top leaders of the alliance. including Nitish, JD-U president Sharad Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, would address the rallies. "The date of the rally would be finalised soon," he said. Source: IANS2015-08-04 12:14:12 PM
Modi speaks to Sonia, Mulayam after Naga accord
Reaching out after signing of historic peace accord between government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (I-M), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to leaders of various political parties including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. According to an official press release, Modi also spoke to former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda. The release said that the prime minister spoke to Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, state Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav. He also spoke to Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 10:12:32 AM
24 new legislators take oath in Bihar
Twenty four newly elected legislators on Monday took oath as members of the Bihar legislative council. All the 24 newly elected members -- including jailed independent member Ritlal Yadav -- were administered oath of office by Chairperson Awadhesh Narayan Singh in the council premises, an official said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, cabinet ministers and Leader of Opposition in the legislative council Sushil Kumar Modi attended the swearing-in ceremony. Last month, the BJP-led NDA won 13 out of 24 seats in the legislative council polls. Source : IANS2015-08-04 10:11:45 AM
BJP's land bill reversal, now for consent, social impact
In a major climbdown from its stated position, BJP appears to have agreed to restore key provisions of UPA's land law including those related to consent and social impact assessment (SIA), informed sources said. The sources said that members of ruling National Democratic Alliance moved amendments at the Monday's meeting of the joint committee on land bill, seeking to bring back the consent clause and SIA. The committee, headed by BJP's S.S. Ahluwalia, has sought time till August 7 to submit its report on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment Bill), 2015.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 10:03:26 AM
Rajnath reviews flood situation in Bengal, Odisha
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the flood situation in West Bengal and Odisha and assured both state governments of full central support, an official statement said. He spoke to the chief ministers of both the states - Mamta Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik - and inquired about the flood situation in the states, the statement said. "He assured (the affected states) of full central support to deal with the situation," it said. So far, 69 deaths have been reported from various parts of West Bengal in flood-related incidents, it said. A total of 2,213 relief camps have been opened for about 50 lakh affected people and 234 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in the state.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 09:45:53 AM
Court agrees to hear defamation complaint against Kejriwal
A court in New Delhi on Monday agreed to hear defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegdly using derogatory word "thulla" to describe policemen. Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar allowed the plea of constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, from Lajpat Nagar police station in south Delhi, seeking action against Kejriwal claiming that he was "hurt" by the remark and felt "insulted and defamed". The court said that there is sufficient material to proceed with the complaint and granted the complainant to lead pre-summoning evidence, and posted the matter for October 5 when it will record the statement of complaint's witnesses.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 09:41:44 AM
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