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Jung promises action in Pandey case: AAP
The AAP said on Wednesday that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had promised action over allegations that a police bus tried to crush AAP leader Dilip Pandey. "We have given him a CD and other evidence," Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh told the media after he, Pandey and party colleagues Kumar Vishwas and Ashutosh called on Jung. "The Lt. Governor promised to talk to the police commissioner to ensure action is taken against the culprit," Sanjay Singh said. An AAP delegation also plans to call on Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi later Wednesday. Sanjay Singh said they had also sought time to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:31:46 PM
After brief mystery, Sushma back on Twitter as 'foreign minister'
Is she quitting? Social media was agog with speculation that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may be thinking of quitting over the Lalit Modi episode after she deleted 'Foreign Minister, Government of India' from her Twitter bio. The bio was back on Wednesday afternoon. Sushma Swaraj, who tweets from the handle @SushmaSwaraj, had apparently deleted the words 'Foreign Minister, Government of India', from her handle some time after her name was linked with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is accused of financial impropriety. Sushma Swaraj has admitted to helping Modi with travel documents to go from Britain, where he is now staying, to Portugal for treatment of his cancer-stricken wife. Modi has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate with alleged corruption and is wanted for questioning in India. He has been staying in Britain since 2010.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:24:38 PM
AAP questions Parrikar in Louis Berger case
The AAP on Wednesday alleged that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, when he was Goa's chief minister, awarded a consultancy contract to the now tainted Louis Berger firm, despite having "specific information" about the corruption the US-based company was involved in. The Aam Aadmi Party also questioned Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar's "clean chit" last week to Louis Berger, which has been accused of paying bribes to a minister from Goa and officials in 2010. "If Parrikar knew about specific information about the Louis Berger corruption case as the opposition leader then as the chief minister, why did he not do anything about it? Does not the act of withholding information about a multi-crore corruption case amount to an act of corruption itself?" AAP leader Valmiki Naik told the media.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:22:13 PM
'Congress needs to introspect after Thungon's conviction'
A day after a special court in New Delhi convicted former union minister P.K. Thungon in a 1998 corruption case, a union minister on Wednesday said that the Congress should introspect and own up responsibility in the matter. The BJP also took a dig at the Congress on the issue. "A senior leader of the Congress, Thungon, has been convicted in a corruption case after 17 years. There is a need for the Congress to take responsibility and introspect," Kiren Rijiju, union Minister of State for Home, told reporters. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Jain convicted Thungon, also a former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, and three others in the corruption case of 1998. The court remanded them in judicial custody. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "The skeletons of corruption of yesteryear have been tumbling out of the closet of the Congress."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:18:32 PM
BJP demands Uttarakhand CM's resignation
The BJP on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, alleging he was involved in a liquor scam and "loot" during the 2013 floods. "The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods," union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference. She also released a sting operation video and said: "We have video proof which shows involvement of the Uttarakhand CM and his powerful close confidante in the scam."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:14:24 PM
No resignations over Lalit Modi, Vyapam scam: Government
The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday reasserted that union minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers will not resign over the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam scam and termed opposition allegations on the issues as "baseless". "We have decided to give a befitting reply to the misinformation campaign on these issues and BJP parliamentarians have been asked to strongly counter the opposition," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters after a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party. Naqvi said the opposition was attacking the NDA government "out of desperation as it had no issues to raise against the Centre".
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:09:59 PM
NSA to be invoked during UP Panchayat polls
The Uttar Pradesh Police has decided to invoke the National Security Act (NSA) against troublemakers during the Panchayat polla in September-October, an official said on Wednesday. The police have also been directed to slap the Gangster Act on anti-social elements who try to disrupt the elections as the political stakes are likely to be high in the local body polls. Both the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest the polls at different levels. Principal Secretary (Home) Devasheesh Panda said the government was determined and committed to holding free and fair elections.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 02:07:58 PM
Police deny they tried to kill AAP leader
Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi on Wednesday rubbished allegations that his men tried to kill AAP leader Dilip Pandey, who claimed that a police van tried to run him over a day earlier. "For the first time in my career, I have come across such an allegation," Bassi told the media. But he quickly added: "We'll look into the complaint. The AAP should not be afraid or get paranoid." Pandey alleged that the police van tried to run him over while he was briefing journalists outside the Rajender Nagar police station on Tuesday night. "I am shocked that Delhi Police is trying to eliminate me," Pandey said. "I was luckily pushed away by one of the volunteers." He also tweeted: "Shocked to see sad state of DelhiPolice. A Police bus tried to run over kill me from behnd while I was talkng to media. Someone pushed saved me!"
Source: IANS2015-07-22 02:04:47 PM
Rajya Sabha disrupted over Lalit Modi, Vyapam
The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an uproar over the controversy about BJP leaders' links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam recruitment scam as the opposition demanded the resignation of the leaders involved. The government said there will be no resignations, even as the opposition remained adamant that there would no discussion in the house until the concerned individuals resigned. The opposition parties are seeking the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their association with Modi, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's removal over Vyapam. On the second day of parliament's monsoon session, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) sought permission to speak on the Modi and Vyapam issues.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 02:02:32 PM
Shanta Kumar's concern on Vyapam scam unnecessary: Shivraj
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the concern expressed by senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar on the opposition's Vyapam scam allegations without knowing the reality was unnecessary. In a letter written to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Kumar said the Vyapam scam has maligned BJP's image. He also suggested setting up of an ethics committee. Replying to Kumar's letter, Chouhan wrote a letter to him on Tuesday night. He said: "It is unnecessary and unexpected to express concern over allegations levelled by the opposition on BJP leaders without acquiring exact information."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:59:47 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon on Lalit Modi issue
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday was adjourned till noon after the Congress-led opposition created a ruckus in the house on BJP leaders' links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. As soon as the house assembled for the day, the opposition shouted slogans against the NDA government on the Modi issue and the Vyapam recruitment scam in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Madhya Pradesh. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily moved an adjournment motion in the house on the Lalit Modi issue. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:57:04 PM
Congress leader wanted me to help scam accused: Sushma
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader. "A senior congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia," Swaraj Swaraj tweeted, hours before the second day of monsoon session in parliament. The development comes a day after she had offered to give a statement in parliament about Congress' allegations over her links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. She also said she will disclose the name of the Congress leader in parliament. "I will disclose the name of the leader on the floor of the house," she said in another tweet. Congress had demanded her resignation, even after she had offered to give a statement in the house.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:52:48 PM
Delhi Police trying to eliminate me: AAP leader
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dilip Pandey late Tuesday said a Delhi Police van tried to run him over while he was talking to mediapersons outside Rajender Nagar police station in New Delhi. "I m shocked that Delhi Police is trying to eliminate me," Pandey told media. "I was luckily pushed away by one of the volunteers." Pandey said he was briefing mediapersons outside the police station when all of a sudden a van came towards him. "Shocked to see sad state of Delhi Police. A police bus tried to run over - kill me from behind while I was talking to media. Someone pushed-saved me!" Pandey tweeted. "A police van tried to run over AAP leader Dilip Pandey while he was talking to the media at Rajender Nagar Police Station," the party said in a Facebook post.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 10:07:23 AM
Trinamool to fight the 2016 assembly polls alone: Mamata
Virtually kicking off the poll campaign, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday declared that her Trinamool Congress would fight next year's assembly elections alone and take on the "unethical alliance" of the BJP, Congress and CPI-M. "I tell the Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M that they do not have any relevance in Bengal. They do not have any principles. BJP-Congress-CPI-M.. they are in an unethical alliance. We will fight you alone, with dignity and with our heads held high," Banerjee, the Trinamool supremo told thousands of her supporters in Kolkata. Attacking the Narendra Modi-led central government, she said the Trinamool will fight it over the "injustice with and neglect of the state".
Source: IANS2015-07-22 10:03:33 AM
No mercy for Rajiv Gandhi killers, SC told
The central government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that no mercy could be shown to the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi as it opposed the Tamil Nadu government's move to set free seven convicts by granting them remission of sentence. Opposing Tamil Nadu government's plea to release the seven convicts, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the constitution bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit that "our former prime minister was killed by these people. There was a conspiracy to kill him in which foreign nationals were also involved. What mercy could be shown to them."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 10:00:39 AM
CPI-M legislator joins Trinamool
Giving a boost to the Trinamool Congress, a CPI-M lawmaker in the West Bengal assembly joined the state's ruling party on Tuesday. Bulu Chik Baraik, a first time legislator from Jalpaiguri district's Mal constituency which is reserved for tribals, joined the Trinamool at the party's martyrs' day rally in the heart of the city. "I have joined Trinamool to be part of the development ushered in by chief minister Mamata Banerjee," he told media persons. Later in the day, the Communist Party of India-Marxist expelled Baraik from its fold. Asked if Baraik had intimated the party leadership about his grievances, state CPI-M secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra replied in the negative.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 09:56:13 AM
Nothing against Nestle, but awareness created: Paswan
Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said while the government had nothing against Nestle over the Maggi noodle controversy, which was probed by an independent watchdog on safety standards, the episode had created awareness among the public. "Our priority is consumer health. From president to peon, everyone is a consumer. We don't want our people visit doctors after eating sub-standard food. The Maggi episode has created awareness on food safety," said Paswan who also holds food and public distribution portfolios. "We want consumers to get safe food products. We also don't want to create panic in the market," said the minister, speaking to reporters at the launch of a national campaign to strengthen countrywide awareness and capacity building on safe and hygienic food for all.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 09:49:35 AM
Congress leader elected Nagaland deputy speaker, BJP walks out
Imtikumzuk Longkumer of the Congress was on Tuesday elected unopposed as the new deputy speaker of the Nagaland assembly. However, BJP legislators supporting the Naga People's Front-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) staged a walkout following the party directive not to vote for the Congress candidate. Speaker Chotisuh Sazo declared Longkumer elected as the new deputy speaker of the 60-member house since there were no other contenders. Longkumer replaced independent legislator Levi Rengma, who was elevated to the rank of parliamentary secretary on April 27. Four BJP legislators led by legislature party leader P. Paiwang Konyak walked out before the speaker's declaration. "We cannot support the Congress candidate as the party (BJP) leadership does not agree to the decision of the coalition partner (NPF). Therefore, we staged the walkout sticking to our party principle and directive," BJP legislator Mmhonlumo Kikon told media.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 09:47:25 AM
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