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No future in violence: Modi
The future lies in peace and not in violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Dantewada on Saturday, hours after Maoist rebels took some people "hostage" in the state. Addressing a public rally in the Maoist-infested Dantewada, Modi said: "There is no future in violence. If there is a future, it is in peace." Chhattisgarh has the "power to change the future of India", he said. He also announced the investment of Rs.24,000 crore in the Bastar region. "Perhaps it is for the first time that in a programme like this MoUs worth Rs.24,000 crore have been signed. This will change Bastar's future," Modi said.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 05:38:16 PM
Don't judge life by success or failure: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, interacting with students in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-affected Dantewada district on Saturday, said that life should not be judged through the prism of success or failure. On being asked about the secret of success, Modi, who was accompanied by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, said: "I don't think life should be judged through the prism of success or failure. When we do that, disappointment sets in." Asked how many hours he works, the prime minister replied: "I never calculate how many hours I work because the moment one does that it is not so enjoyable."
Source: IANS2015-05-09 01:42:23 PM
Modi to unveil social security schemes in Kolkata
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three social security schemes in Kolkata on Saturday. "Later today (on Saturday) I will be in Kolkata to launch three new schemes for jan suraksha," Modi said in a tweet. During his two-day visit to West Bengal, Modi will launch "Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana" (accident insurance), "Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana" (life insurance) and "Atal Pension Yojana". The Jan Suraksha Yojana, under which the schemes would be launched countrywide, would help in reducing the number of zero balance bank accounts created under the Jan Dhan Yojana.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 01:39:39 PM
No reservation in armed forces: Parrikar
There is no proposal under consideration for providing reservation in armed forces, parliament was told on Friday. "There is no proposal under consideration of the government to introduce reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes for recruitment in the armed forces," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. The minister said that all recruitments are based on merit, and open to all.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 01:36:34 PM
Modi pays tributes to Gopal Krishna Gokhale
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to Gopal Krishna Gokhale on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Modi remembered Gokhale as a "remarkable freedom fighter and social reformer". "Gopal Krishna Gokhale was a great personality; a remarkable freedom fighter and social reformer. Tributes to him on his birth anniversary," he said. Gokhale, born on May 9, 1866 was a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and founder of the Servants of India Society.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 10:10:21 AM
Delhi CM distributes compensation cheques to farmers
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday launched the Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana in New Delhi by distributing compensation cheques to Delhi farmers whose crops were destroyed by recent unseasonal rains. The process began from Bawana in Delhi in the presence of family members of late Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan who committed suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 22 -- depressed over his failed crop. The Delhi cabinet on May 1 approved the scheme and the formula for payment of compensation to the farmers.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 10:08:12 AM
Rahul meets AICC secretaries; discusses organisational matters
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the secretaries of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Friday in New Delhi to discuss organisational matters. Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala New Delhi that the meeting was a "routine" engagement that was "long due" since Gandhi returned from a 56-day leave of absence. "It was a regular organisation meeting with AICC secretaries. He interacted with them on political issues, routine matters and took stock of organisational structures and changes, including the membership issues," Surjewala added.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 10:06:25 AM
Opposition Congress joins Nagaland's ruling alliance
The Nagaland legislative assembly was virtually left without any opposition after the eight Congress legislators joined the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) alliance on Friday. While Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang accommodated one Congress lawmaker in his cabinet, another was appointed as adviser to the chief minister with cabinet rank. Another was made deputy speaker of the assembly while five others were made parliamentary secretaries. The DAN alliance, which has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, had the support of 52 members in the 60-member house.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 10:01:53 AM
Verdict in Jayalalithaa appeal on May 11
The Karnataka High Court will deliver its judgement on the appeal filed by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J.Jayalalithaa against her conviction in the Rs.66.65 crore corruption case on May 11. The website of the Karnataka High Court states that the case has been listed for May 11 at 11 a.m. Jayalalithaa has approached the high court, challenging her conviction along with three others in disproportionate assets case by a trial court in Bengaluru on September 27 last year.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 09:56:57 AM
A crammed schedule in PM's maiden Bengal trip
Narendra Modi would begin his maiden trip as prime minister to West Bengal on Saturday, with a heady mix of governance, business, centre-state issues as also spiritualism and some politics crowding his two-day itinerary. The prime minister, who is scheduled to arrive at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at 5 p.m. on Saturday, would launch three ambitious social security schemes pertaining to the insurance and pension sector a hour later at a South Kolkata auditorium a hour later.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 09:54:23 AM
Odisha CM urges centre to approve NIMHANS like institute
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the central government to approve a health institute for Cuttack on the lines of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. At a meeting with union Health Minister Jagat Prasad Nadda in New Delhi, Patnaik said that the institute would cater to the needs of the eastern region. Mentioning that Odisha has already submitted revised detailed project reports along with estimates for establishing five new medical colleges at a cost of Rs.2,450.90 crore, he urged the union minister to approve the proposal at the earliest. The colleges will be set up at Koraput, Bolangir, Puri, Balasore and Baripada.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 09:51:07 AM
Delhi government threatens action against media organisations
Rebutting media reports that it was not providing logistics and manpower to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Delhi government on Friday threatened to take action against erring organisations. According to a statement, the Delhi government was informed on May 1 by the home ministry about the requirement of a public prosecutor for the SIT. "The home ministry has only sought the name of public prosecutors from the Delhi government and nothing else. All other speculation is completely baseless," the statement said. "We have already prepared a list of public prosecutors to be sent to the ministry," it added.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 09:44:06 AM
Punjab to revamp 165 towns with projects worth Rs.5,000 crore
Announcing a major scheme that will see revamping of 165 towns and cities across the state, the Punjab government on Friday said that Rs.5,000 crore would be spent by the end of 2016. Under the scheme, the state government plans to provide facilities like water supply, sewerage, sewerage treatment plants (STPs), streetlights, roads and parks in all the 165 towns by the end of 2016, a state government spokesman said in Chandigarh. A meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was held in Chandigarh on Friday in which it was decided to set up a 'six-point' agenda for development of these towns.
Source: IANS2015-05-09 09:40:02 AM
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