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Bihar special package our right: Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package for the state is its right and not a favour. "While I will wait to hear details of the so called package announced by Modi, I emphasize, special assistance is our right and not a favour," Nitish Kumar said in a tweet. "Calling my efforts for getting special status to Bihar a solicitation, I just want to say if I have to go to someone's door as a beggar for Bihar and people of Bihar, I have no hesitation," he said. He was referring to Modi's remark at an event in Ara town in Bihar. Modi questioned Nitish Kumar's anger when he had called Bihar "bimaru" (sick). "They say Bihar is not 'bimaru', and then they make demands...," Modi said. Source: IANS2015-08-18 04:02:37 PM
Modi arrives in Bihar to lay foundation stone for highway
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Tuesday to visit Ara town in Bhojpur district to lay the foundation stone of a four-lane highway. He will also address a rally in Saharsa district. Modi was received at the Patna airport by Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Modi will lay the foundation stone of a four-lane road connecting Patna and Buxar in Ara, the district headquarters of Bhojpur, about 60 km from here. He will then address the Bharatiya Janata Party third parivartan rally in Saharsa district in flood-prone Kosi region. Modi has already addressed two election rallies in Muzaffarpur and Gaya ahead of the forthcoming assembly polls. Source: IANS2015-08-18 02:56:47 PM
Modi announces Rs.1.25 lakh crore Bihar package
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs.1.25 lakh crore Bihar package to "change the face of Bihar". Modi inaugurated a national highway project in Ara town of Bhojpur district and said: "I am announcing a package of Rs.1.25 lakh crore. This package will change the face of Bihar." He said Rs.40,000 crore left from an earlier aid to the state will also be given, taking the total amount of central assistance to Rs.1.65 lakh crore. He promised to "implement the package fully". "If we want to solve people's problems then the only way ahead is development," Modi said. He questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's anger when he had called Bihar "bimaru" (sick). "They say Bihar is not 'bimaru', and then they make demands...," Modi said. Modi also said: "I will change the destiny of the country." He said the central government was formulating special schemes to empower women and OBCs in the state of Bihar. Source: IANS2015-08-18 02:53:33 PM
President's wife Suvra Mukherjee is dead
President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee died on Tuesday, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. She was 74. "It is informed with deep sorrow that First Lady Suvra Mukherjee passed away this morning (August 18, 2015). She left for her heavenly abode at 10.51 a.m.," said a statement. Source: IANS2015-08-18 11:28:02 AM
Mamata acts tough against Congress's Bengal shutdown
Taking a firm stand against the Congress call for a 12-hour shutdown in West Bengal on Tuesday, the Mamata Banerjee government on Monday issued a circular mandating all state government officials to report to duty. The Congress called the shutdown against the ruling Trinamool Congress-sponsored "anarchy" in the state, including the lynching of a college student in West Midnapore district. "All state government offices, including those provided with grants-in-aid by the state government would remain open and all employees should report for duty on that date," said a memorandum issued by the state finance department. "The governor has decided that absence of employees on that date will be treated as 'dies non' and no salary will be admissable unless such absence is covered by the grounds as mentioned in a memo issued by the department in 2012," read the memorandum.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 10:00:13 AM
Over 76 percent polling in Rajasthan civic polls
Elections for Rajasthan's 129 civic bodies including the Ajmer Municipal Corporation on Monday witnessed over 76 percent of the 37.58 lakh voters casting their ballot, an official said. The voting percentage was much higher than the 70.57 percent polling recorded five years ago. "Voting, held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., was more or less peaceful. As per tentative figures, 76.05 percent voting was recorded. "Only minor incidents like fights between supporters of political parties and allegations of bogus voting were reported from some places," a state election commission official told reporters. Voting was held at 4,300 booths. "Counting will take place on August 20," the official said. A total of 10,582 candidates are in the fray in 129 civic bodies. Candidates of the BJP and the Congress contested in all the wards in these elections.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:57:31 AM
Nitish Kumar to be chief guest at Delhi government's event
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be the chief guest at 'Bihar Samman Sammelan' programme being organised by the Delhi government on Wednesday, a government official told reporters on Monday. "To felicitate the people who have worked for Bihar but residing in the capital, the government is organising 'Bihar Samman Sammelan' in which Kumar will be the chief guest. He will share stage with Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal," the official said. Delhi has a sizeable number of people from Poorvanchal and Bihar. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had even formed a Poorvanchali cell before the Delhi assembly polls. "The Bihar chief minister will also attend a seminar on "cooperative federalism" on September 22 organised by the government," the official said.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:54:44 AM
Nagaland factions enabled to come into mainstream: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said different factions in Nagaland have been enabled to join the national mainstream after the signing of the peace accord between the central government and the NSCN-IM. "I want to talk about Nagaland," Modi said addressing 50,000 cheering expatriate Indians at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai on the second day of his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "Less than a month ago, we moved ahead successfully with different factions of Nagaland after 60-70 years of insurgency (in that northeastern state)," Modi said referring to the peace accord signed on August 3 between the government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah).
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:52:14 AM
Congress slams Modi for remarks in UAE on previous governments
The Congress party on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks during his visit to the UAE about previous governments, saying that he should maintain the dignity of his office. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said Modi should have refrained from articulating his views about previous governments while on a visit abroad. "There is no problem if he targets previous governments when he is in the country. It is not proper for him to rake up domestic politics abroad," Afzal said. The official said that it was not the first time Modi had taken jibes at the previous government during his visits abroad. Addressing a roundtable of businesspersons during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Modi took pot shots at the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime, saying he has "some problems in legacy" and that some measures were stalled due to the "indecisiveness and lethargy" of past governments".
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:48:48 AM
Delhi government to hold second job summit soon
The Delhi government will soon organise its second job summit in the national capital after holding meeting with various companies and organisations, the city's Labour and Employment Minister Gopal Rai said on Monday. He said that the government would on August 27 convene a meeting with various companies and organisations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industries and the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India to discuss various aspects of the summit. "After the success of the first job summit, we are planning to organise the second job summit. It will be an open platform where all people can come and apply for jobs," Rai said at a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:46:21 AM
People have punished Congress: Madhya Pradesh BJP
The BJP on Monday said that its performance in urban civic body elections in Madhya Pradesh showed that the people had punished the Congress and reposed their faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In a statement issued in New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Nand Kumar Patel and vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe said that the party now governs 16 municipal corporations, 42 municipal councils and 123 nagar panchayats in the state. 'The people have put their faith in the chief minister election after election and their faith in him continues. People have punished the Congress for its politics of defamation," the statement said. It said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory was also that of good governance and development-oriented programmes of the chief minister.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:42:26 AM
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