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Senior police officer's complaint against Mulayam disposed off
Senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur's complaint against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has been disposed off, police said. Thakur is now planning to move court. Hazratganj police in Uttar Pradesh disposed off the complaint by Thakur, in which the senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer had accused Yadav of threatening him on phone. Police said the charges made by Thakur were not proved during the probe. A letter on similar lines was on Thursday evening handed over to Amitabh Thakur's wife, social activist Nutan Thakur. Disagreeing with the findings and the abrupt closure of the complaint, Amitabh Thakur said on Friday: "The letter gives no reasons for its conclusion which seems to have been drawn superficially, quite visibly under pressure."
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:28:54 PM
Apologise or face case, Gadkari tells Rahul
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for his allegations against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or the party will file a criminal defamation case against him. "Rahul must apologise for his allegations against Sushma. If he does not apologise, it's time for us to file criminal defamation case against him," Gadkari told reporters in New Delhi. He said that Sushma Swaraj is a prominent leader of the country and Rahul Gandhi has not only defamed here but also the country's foreign minister of the country, who represents India outside the country. Terming the allegations against Sushma Swaraj as baseless, Gadkari said: "She has done nothing wrong. She has not indulged in any form of corruption."
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:23:44 PM
Rajya Sabha disrupted, adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. on Friday after repeated disruptions by the opposition parties, demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. As the house met, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said a notice had been submitted. "Who asked for Lalit Modi to be helped? Is the government going to sack Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje or not?" Tiwari asked in reference to the controversy over the two BJP leaders' closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The Congress members then shouted slogans and demanded the resignation of the BJP leaders, while the ruling party members insisted that a debate be taken up immediately. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the ruling party members were disrupting the house.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:20:59 PM
Let parliament function, NDA exhorts opposition
Members of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Friday staged a protest at the parliament complex in New Delhi, urging the Congress to let the ongoing monsoon session of parliament function smoothly. They taunted the Congress for targeting Bharatiya Janata Party leaders over the Vyapam scam and a controversy about the links of some BJP leaders with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. "A party (Congress) which is embroiled in corruption talks of clean politics. Very strange situation," Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral told reporters. The protesting MPs held placards that read: "Save democracy, let parliament function." Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asked: "Why is the Congress running away from a debate, something which they had asked for?"
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:14:07 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
The Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the the day within minutes of assembling as the opposition created a ruckus over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam. As soon as the house assembled in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she had received adjournment motions from the opposition on the controversy about BJP leaders' closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. However, the speaker dismissed the adjournment motions and tried to proceed with the question hour. At this point the opposition members led by the Congress trooped near the speaker's podium and shouted slogans.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:05:43 PM
Modi to be BJP's face all the way ahead of Bihar polls
The first set of hoardings raised in Bihar for BJP's campaign ahead of assembly polls clarified that there is going to be no face projected for CM by the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will again be the torch bearer for the NDA during the assembly elections in the state. The first hoardings put up in the state capital Patna featured PM Modi and his close associate BJP's national president Amit Shah only. "There will be no NDA CM face. BJP's central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Modi, who will set the campaign pitch, with his July 25 trip", said senior party leader Nand Kishore Yadav.
Source: News ReportsThere will be no NDA CM face. BJP’s central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, who will set the campaign pitch with his July 25 trip. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/bihar-pollsno-cm-candidate-modi-is-ndas-campaign-face/#sthash.Ta8Lnvz2.dpufThere will be no NDA CM face. BJP’s central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, who will set the campaign pitch with his July 25 trip. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/bihar-pollsno-cm-candidate-modi-is-ndas-campaign-face/#sthash.Ta8Lnvz2.dpuf2015-07-24 10:31:00 AM
Laws need to be made for common man: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that laws need to be made for the betterment of the common man and in tune with times. "Howsoever big an issue may be, usually we put our views on the basis of party-wise thinking and regional considerations. That is also important. But India has now attained a stature that the entire world closely observes our decisions," Modi said at a function to inaugurate the Speakers Research Initiative in the parliament. He said that India has attained such a stature that decisions taken here can have impact globally. The prime minister's comments come against the backdrop of the opposition stalling parliamentary business even as some key legislations are stuck. Modi said: "If we go with an open mind and make an effort to understand an issue without any pre-conceived notion, then we can start to see issues from a new perspective."
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:10:45 AM
Virbhadra accused of corruption; he cries vendetta
Senior BJP leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of receiving bribe from a private company in the garb of an unsecured loan. However, Virbhadra Singh described the allegations as "political vendetta". Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the union minister for communications and information technology said that Virbhadra Singh snipped off crores of rupees as unsecured loan. "Venture Energy Technology Private Limited, whose project was revived by Virbhadra Singh...and after a while, the owner of the company gave Rs.1.5 crore as unsecured loan to the chief minister's wife and Rs.2.4 crore to the chief minister," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:05:51 AM
Delhi ACB chief releases new helplines, government threatens action
Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M.K. Meena, who was appointed by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, on Thursday released two new helpline numbers to battle corruption, and requested people not to call 1031 issued by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as no action is being taken over calls made to that number. Reacting sharply to Meena's unprecedented move, the Delhi government once again put on record that Meena was not the ACB chief and that action will be taken against him in this connection. Meena appealed to the people of Delhi to call 011-23812905 and 011-23812906 to make complaints of corruption. "We have observed that from the past one month, no calls are being received on the Anti-Corruption helpline No. 1031 issued by the Delhi government," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:03:21 AM
BJP MPs move privilege motion against Vadra
In an apparent bid to counter the Opposition's demand for resignations of BJP ministers, two party parliamentarians on Thursday moved a privilege motion against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. The Congress reacted, saying it never indulged in revenge politics when it was in power. Vadra had allegedly criticised the functioning of parliament in a Facebook post earlier this week. The motion was moved by BJP chief whip in the Lok Sabha Arjun Ram Meghwal and Prahlad Joshi, Lok Sabha member from Dharwad, Karnataka. "In his (Vadra's) Facebook post, he belittled the image of parliament. That's why I moved the privilege motion," Joshi said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:58:08 AM
Varun Gandhi calls for involvement in societal affairs
An elected representative may or may not be capable enough to take care of all the people in a constituency, so people should come forward and get involved in societal affairs, BJP's Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi said on Thursday. "India is straddling between two times zones -- 17th century and 21st century. And there is no socio-economic bridge between the two, which is leading to chaos and confusion," Gandhi said in his address to students at a university in Noida. "India needs to have a vibrant citizenry where a normal citizen has the power to question the state and challenge its decisions. He should have a stake in the state," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:48:21 AM
CPI-M workers throw slipper at Chandy
CPI-M protesters on Thursday evening threw a slipper at Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and waved black flags at a public function near the state capital. The slipper, however, did not hit him. The incident occurred when Chandy, assembly Speaker N. Sakthan and Social Justice Minister M.K. Muneer arrived in an open jeep to inaugurate a swimming pool near Balaramapuram. Police officials said the slipper missed Chandy, and instead hit one of his security officials. Muneer said the people of the village will isolate those involved in "such a shameful act". The Communist Party of India-Marxist was yet to comment on the incident.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:43:13 AM
Nearly 70,000 children living on Delhi streets: Maneka
Delhi has nearly 70,000 children living on its streets, the government on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha. Replying to a written question in the upper house, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the government has itself not made any estimate about the number of street children in the country. However, a rapid assessment survey of street-involved children carried out by Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk (YaR), New Delhi, and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai, has shown that the number of street-involved children in New Delhi is 69,976.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:40:35 AM
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