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Nagaland CM met PM two days before peace accord inked: BJP
The BJP on Saturday dismissed the Congress' allegation that the central government did not consult any stakeholder on the Naga peace accord, saying the Nagaland chief minister met the prime minister two days before it was inked. "Nagaland chief minister (T.R. Zeliang) with all party delegations led by the speaker of Nagaland assembly met Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) two days before the Naga peace accord was signed," BJP leader and union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi at a press conference. "The chief minister has been continuously in dialogue with the prime minister and he met him even today (Saturday)," she added. The Naga peace accord, between the central government and the NSCN-IM, was signed on August 3 in the presence of the prime minister. Sitharaman also accused former Congress prime ninisters of not taking any stakeholders into confidence before signing various accords.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 05:51:00 PM
New governors of Bihar, Himachal appointed
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday appointed Ram Nath Kovind and Acharya Dev Vrat as the governors of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh respectively, an official said. Kovind, a lawyer by profession, was a former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha and also a two-time Rajya Sabha member. Source: IANS2015-08-08 03:35:23 PM
Smriti Irani shown black flags
Youth Congress activists on Saturday showed black flags to union minister Smriti Irani when she arrived in Thiruvananthapuram to attend a BJP programme. The protesters shouted "Go back, Go back" at the Thiruvananthapuram airport as they waved the black flags to denounce Irani's comments against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, witnesses said. Police detained the Youth Congress activists.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 02:34:39 PM
Maoists call shutdown to protest Modi's Gaya rally
Maoists guerrillas have given a day-long shutdown call on Sunday in Bihar's Magadh division to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Gaya ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. Magadh - comprising Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Jehanabad, Arwal districts - is considered a strong hold of Maoists, police said. "In view of Maoists shutdown call and announcement to observe black day to protest against Modi's rally, we have tightened security and will deploy additional forces in Gaya and surrounding areas," a police officer said. The officer said the Maoist rebels have also threatened vehicle owners in their stronghold in rural pockets not to provide vehicles to carry BJP's supporters to the rally.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 02:24:27 PM
Poll panel reviews preparations for Bihar polls
Poll officials on Saturday met Bihar district and police officials to take stock of preparations for the the upcoming assembly polls, an official said. On Friday, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and his team met representatives of various political parties. "A meeting of the EC team and officials including all district magistrates and police officials is underway. It is an important meeting to know the ground reality from concerned district officials, who will enforce order during polls," an official said. Later in the day, the poll panel team will hold a meeting with the chief secretary and the director general of police over deployment of security forces in sensitive areas.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 02:16:45 PM
Modi cancels Bodh Gaya visit during Gaya trip
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bodh Gaya for "reasons best known to the people concerned" during his trip to Gaya in Bihar on Sunday, an official said on Saturday. Modi will address a rally in Gaya, about 100 km from in Patna, ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. "Modi will not visit Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple on his way to the airport, which is not far away from Bodh Gaya. His programme to visit Bodh Gaya was cancelled and the reason is best known to the concerned people," an official in Gaya said. Bodh Gaya, a holy place for Buddhists, is about 12 km from Gaya town and two kilometre from the international airport.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 02:09:11 PM
Modi cancels Bodh Gaya visit during Gaya trip
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bodh Gaya for "reasons best known to the people concerned" during his trip to Gaya in Bihar on Sunday, an official said on Saturday. Modi will address a rally in Gaya, about 100 km from here, ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. "Modi will not visit Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple on his way to the airport, which is not far away from Bodh Gaya. His programme to visit Bodh Gaya was cancelled and the reason is best known to the concerned people," an official in Gaya said. Bodh Gaya, a holy place for Buddhists, is about 12 km from Gaya town and two kilometre from the international airport. Modi will arrive in Gaya by a special plane to address his second rally after a public meeting in Muzaffarpur on July 25. Source: IANS2015-08-08 11:42:57 AM
NHRC issues notice to centre, Delhi government
The NHRC has issued notice to the union health ministry and the Delhi government over a 10-year-old boy losing his leg after he was denied timely treatment, an official said on Friday. A shard of glass had pierced Bilal's leg in an accident and the boy's family took him to a local quack who stitched up the wound without removing the glass. Days later, he was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital and the doctors there too failed to detect the piece of glass lodged inside the boy's foot and it was only after three days that the glass was detected and removed. However, by then infection had set in. "The boy was then transferred to Lok Nayak hospital, where he was initially refused admission but later kept for two days and then discharged and was referred to Gangaram hospital. His family members then took him to a hospital in Meerut where his foot was amputated in order to save his life," the NHRC said in a statement.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 09:31:41 AM
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