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Probe against Vadra vindictive: Dikshit
Three-time Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday termed as "vindictive" the Haryana government's decision to probed the alleged irregularities, including the controversial multi-million-rupee land deals, of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. "What can I say? It's vindictive... it would not take them anywhere," she said, adding that the BJP, however, won't order any probe against the party's own corrupt leaders. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, however, refused to acknowledge that the BJP's Haryana government has decided to get the matter probed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 05:58:49 PM
Modi, Cameron to further enhance India-British cooperation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he and his British counterpart David Cameron will work together to deepen bilateral ties "on a wide range of issues". "I spoke to PM David Cameron and congratulated him on his victory and conveyed my good wishes to him and his entire team," Modi tweeted. "I told Mr. David Cameron that such an impressive win while being the incumbent PM makes his victory even more special," he said in another tweet. Modi said that he and Cameron "both look forward to working together to further enhance co-operation between India and UK on a wide range of issues".
Source: IANS2015-05-13 05:57:23 PM
Arrest Delhi law minister for fake degrees: BJP
The BJP on Wednesday demanded the arrest of Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar for allegedly furnishing fake provisional certificate of his law degree and holding a fake graduate degree as well. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay demanded Tomar's arrest and an FIR against him following the Bar Council of Delhi's complaint against the minister. "We want Delhi Police to register a first information report (F.I.R) against the law minister and take appropriate actions according to the law. Tomar should be arrested now," he said. "Bar Council of Delhi's cognizance of Jitender Singh Tomar says that the degrees are fake. We want to question if more such degrees exist?" Upadhyay told reporters in a press conference in New Delhi.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 05:55:08 PM
Retired SC judge to probe Vadra, other land deals in Haryana
A retired judge of the Supreme Court will probe all irregularities, including the controversial multi-million-rupee land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, a senior minister in Haryana said on Wednesday. Haryana's education minister Ram Bilas Sharma told media in Chandigarh that the commission under the retired Supreme Court judge would inquire into all irregularities committed in the past 10 years of the Congress rule in the state, especially regarding land deals. Sharma said that several complaints have been received by the BJP government in the state in this regard.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 05:50:09 PM
President pays tribute to Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on birth anniversary
President Pranab Mukherjee paid homage to Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former president of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. The President and his staff placed floral tributes in front of the portrait of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 05:47:48 PM
HC to hear plea against AAP parliamentary secretaries
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that it would hear on May 20 a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the Arvind Kejriwal-led government's move to appoint 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs as parliamentary secretaries. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw said that it would hear the plea on May 20. The PIL, filed by NGO Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, questioned the appointments and sought the court's intervention. The PIL filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, central government and MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries asked the court to scrap the appointments, questioning their legal validity under provisions of the constitution and rules governing Delhi administration.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 02:06:20 PM
Rajya Sabha names 10 members for land bill committee
Ten Rajya Sabha members have been named for a joint parliamentary committee on the land acquisition bill. The members are Prabhat Jha and Ram Narain Dudi of the BJP, Digvijaya Singh, Jairam Ramesh and P.L. Punia of the Congress, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Sharad Yadav of the JD-U, Derek O'Brien of the Trinamool Congress, Rajpal Singh Saini of the BSP and Sharad Pawar of the NCP, said officials. The Lok Sabha on Tuesday had referred the contentious land acquisition bill to a 30-member joint committee of the two houses. The committee is expected to give its report by the first day of the monsoon session.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 02:02:52 PM
Privileges panel to revisit report on Jaitley's phone tapping
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien on Wednesday said that the privileges committee will re-examine its report on tapping of Arun Jaitley's phone as it was the unanimous view of the house. Kurien, who heads the privileges committee, also said that if the house wants the scope of study to be expanded to cover phone tapping in general, a notice will have to be submitted by one of the members. "The committee does not take any matter suo motu and examines only matters which are referred to it either by the house or by the chairman... If Anand Sharma or any other member wants issue of telephone tapping of sitting members also be examined, he should either give a notice and move it in the house... or give notice to the chairman," Kurien said.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 01:54:30 PM
Glaring errors in Jayalalithaa verdict, claims prosecutor
The Karnataka High Court's judgment acquitting former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa and her three aides had glaring errors in computing their assets, special public prosecutor B.V. Acharya claimed on Tuesday. "The learned judge (Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy) has given details of assets and income on page 913 of the voluminous (920 pages) judgment. As per prosecution, total assets were valued at Rs.66.65 crore, based on the argument of construction cost of properties and wedding expense of V.N. Sudhakaran," Acharya media in Bengaluru a day after the verdict was delivered. Sudhakaran is the disowned foster son of 67-year-old Jayalalithaa.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 01:51:11 PM
Mumbai Congress slams BMC for ignoring fire safety concerns
The Mumbai Congress in Mumbai on Tuesday criticised the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation for ignoring fire safety concerns, endangering the lives of both citizens and firemen. City Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said in a statement that in the past decade, the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party run civic body has failed to implement measures to upgrade the Mumbai Fire Brigade. He said that since 2004-2005, a mere 2.5 percent of the budget allocation has been spent on upgrading the fire brigade till 2013-2014 which saw eight major blazes in the city. Besides, lack of fire safety equipments cause casualties among firemen during fire-fighting and rescue operations, Nirupam said, referring to the deaths of two firemen in last Saturday's major conflagration in a south Mumbai building.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 10:02:36 AM
PM launches webpages for three-nation Asian tour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched custom made webpages for updates on his upcoming three-nation Asian tour May 14-19. According to an official communique, Modi has invited people to see updates on his state visit to China at http://www.narendramodi.in/china_home, and to Mongolia, where he will be the first india prime minister to visit, at http://www.narendramodi.in/mongolia_home. For South Korea, the news updates will be shared at http://www.narendramodi.in/southkorea_home. People can also leave their feedback at these pages, the statement said.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:50:00 AM
Rajya Sabha to take up black money, companies bill on Wednesday
The Rajya Sabha will on Wednesday pass the companies bill and black money bill on the last day of the session. An agreement on passing the two bills on Wednesday was reached in the house, after a much heated discussion on corruption allegations against union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the companies bill, opposition members pointed out that Congress had just walked out of the house expressing dissatisfaction with Gadkari's clarifications. At this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that nobody forced Congress members to walk out.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:47:22 AM
Six new governors appointed
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday filled up vacancies of governors in four northeastern states while shifting two governors. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan comminique, V. Shanmuganthan has now been appointed as the governor of Meghalaya whereas Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (retd.) has been transferred to Mizoram for the remainder of his term which lasts till 2018. The seventh governor to be named for the northeastern state since July 2014, he will be succeeded in Itanagar by J.P. Rajkhowa. Meghalaya and Mizoram were currently being held as additional charges by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:44:25 AM
Three crucial bills taken up in extended Lok Sabha session
The extension of Lok Sabha session by three working days has enabled the government to complete some of its crucial agenda including a bill against black money stashed abroad and another to amend the whistleblowers protection act. The contentious land bill, which was introduced in the house on Monday, however has been referred to joint committee after an eager debate in which both the opposition and treasury benches sought to outscore each other. The second half of budget session of Lok Sabha was extended from May 8 to May 13. The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill, popularly known as the black money bill, which provides for heavy penalties and stringent punishment for stashing black money away in foreign accounts.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:40:40 AM
In Amethi, Smriti dares Rahul Gandhi on food park charge
Taking on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for alleging that BJP government had cancelled a food park in his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday sought to know from him why such an unviable project was rushed through under the previous Congress regime. Taking pot shots at the Gandhi scion over his earlier statement, asking her to bring back the food park to his parliamentary constituency Amethi, the Human Resources Development minister said that it was perhaps for the first time in the history of democracy that a sitting MP was asking a lost candidate to help him. Irani had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Amethi on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket but lost to Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice president.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:38:42 AM
Modi happy with jump in Asiatic lion count
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed happiness over the latest census of Asiatic lions that registered an increase of 27 percent in the population of the endangered species. "News that made me very happy- 27% (percent) increase in Asiatic lions. Kudos to locals, officials and wildlife lovers whose efforts led to this," the prime minister tweeted. Found in Gujarat's Gir forest, the population of big cats has gone up by 27 percent from the last census in 2010 to 523. There are 109 male lions, 201 females and 213 cubs in the Gir sanctuary and nearby forest areas of Junagadh district.
Source: IANS2015-05-13 09:35:15 AM
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