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  • Amit Shah To Replace Anandiben As Gujarat CM: Arvind Kejriwal
    Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that, according to sources, the BJP is going to replace Anandiben Patel with the party's national president Amit Shah as the state's Chief Minister. While touring the state, the Delhi chief minister also tweeted that Gujarat is fed up of Anandiben Patel's corrupt mal-administration adding that there is huge support for the AAP. Kejriwal kickstarted AAP's campaign for the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections by visiting the Somnath Temple. He attacked the BJP governments at the Centre and the state while addressing a gathering of farmers on the outskirts of Somnath city.
    2016-07-11 12:30:25 PM
  • Amit Shah Continues Onslaught On SP, BSP in Uttar Pradesh
    Continuing with his attack on the two main political contenders in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, BJP president Amit Shah said that neither of these two parties could usher development in the state. Likening the two parties with 'Rahu' and 'Ketu', he said that they were eclipsing development of the state. He said this while addressing a rally jointly organised by his party and Bharatiya Samaj Party in Mau. Shah commented that while the 'chariot' of development has begun its journey in the country, it gets stuck in Uttar Pradesh because the state government does not want the benefits of development reach its people.
    2016-07-11 11:47:37 AM
  • Priyanka Gandhi, along with Rahul and Sonia, to decide her role in UP
    The Congress on Thursday said that Priyanka Gandhi, along with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, would decide what role she would be playing in Uttar Pradesh. Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh in early 2017 and there are demands for a larger role for Priyanka Gandhi in the state. Ghulam Nabi Azad, a senior Congress leader who was recently appointed Congress General Secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, has favored Priyanka Gandhi campaign all over Uttar Pradesh.
    2016-07-01 12:11:59 PM
  • Assam Govt Swearing-in Today
    Assam's next chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his 10-member cabinet is going to take oath today. Sonowal's cabinet may include two ministers each from alliance partners Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). The AGP has been bargaining hard for three berths instead of two. Former Congress member Himanta Biswa Sarma may also be part of the swearing-in today.
    2016-05-24 11:25:46 AM
  • BJP president Amit Shah to start election campaign in Kerala from 9 April
    BJP chief Amit Shah will launch the election campaign of NDA in the Kerala on April 9. This was announced by Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday, during the launch of the NDA Kerala unit. The BJP is gearing up to challenge the ruling UDF and the opposition LDF in Kerala in the 16 May Kerala assembly polls.
    2016-03-31 11:26:42 AM

  • Our Children Are Not Vote-Banks: Smriti Irani Delivers Emotional Speech in Parliament
    Refuting allegations that Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula was forced to commit suicide because of his caste, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani delivered a forceful speech in Parliament yesterday. Irani hit out at the opposition for using the student's death as a ruse to target her. "My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste," the Education Minister said. Irani argued that she had been attacked by the Congress because of her work in Amethi, which happens to be Rahul Gandhi's constituency. She said that Rahul Gandhi has never been to a place twice but did so in the case of JNU for political ends. "Our children are not vote-banks," Irani said emphatically.
    2016-02-25 10:26:57 AM
  • Now, Nitish Kumar not to attend Rahul's rally in Bihar
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's proposed rally in Bihar ahead of the assembly elections seems to have run into rough weather as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too has now expressed his inability to attend it. Though the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) earlier confirmed that Nitish Kumar would attend Rahul's rally in Bihar's West Champaran district on September 19, it later said that he would be unable to do so due to his engagement with finalisation of candidates. Interestingly, former chief minister Lalu Prasad too refused to share the stage with Rahul citing a busy schedule, and efforts were on to make him attend it. A senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said that Lalu Prasad, however, assured the Congress leaders in Patna that his younger son Tejaswi Yadav, regarded as his heir apparent, would attend the rally on his behalf. Source: IANS
    2015-09-18 12:47:03 PM
  • Paswan, Manjhi at loggerheads over two seats
    The BJP continues to battle a tussle within NDA over seat allocation for the upcoming Bihar polls with Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi' HAM at loggerheads over two seats in the parliamentary constituency of Paswan's son, sources said. Two days after BJP thrashed out a seat-sharing agreement with its allies, seat-selection continues to be a thorny issue even as the filing of nomination papers for the first phase began on Wednesday. The polling for the first phase will be held on October 12. According to sources, the Lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) want to fight all the assembly seats in parliamentary constituencies held by them. Source: IANS
    2015-09-18 11:35:20 AM
  • Lalu dares BJP to declare Paswan chief ministerial candidate
    RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday dared BJP to declare its ally, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswas as the NDA's chief ministerial in the Bihar polls. "If BJP has so much concern and pain for Dalits and marginalized, it should declare Paswan as the chief ministerial candidate of the NDA in the polls," he said at a press conference after chairing a meet of the Rashtriya Janata Dal parliamentary board to discuss and finalise the list of candidates for the polls. Lalu Prasad also said that the grand alliance of the RJD, the Janata Dal-United and Congress will announce the list of their candidates soon. "We are contesting polls together, it is not a case of single party this time." Source: IANS
    2015-09-18 11:28:52 AM
  • Ban Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' till Bihar polls: Congress
    The Congress will approach the Election Commission on Wednesday to seek a ban on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Mann ki Baat" radio address to the nation until assembly elections are over in Bihar, a party leader said. "Congress along with JD-U and RJD leader will approach Election Commission today (Wednesday) to seek ban on Mann Ki Baat. Broadcast of this programme should be banned as model code of conduct for the assembly polls for Bihar is in force," a senior Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity. "It is a misuse of government machinery and is not permissible," the leader said. Modi is scheduled to address the people in his radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" on September 20. Source: IANS
    2015-09-16 04:54:53 PM

  • Halt your rhetoric, Nitish tells Modi
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "stop the rhetoric (and) chest thumping", and deliver the promises he made ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "Show moral courage. Accept insufficiencies in delivering on old promises," the Janata Dal-United leader said in a series of tweets, ahead of Modi's election rally in Bhagalpur. "Respect the sentiments of the people of Bihar who have been troubled by your unkept promises and unsavoury comments," he said. Asking Modi to take back "your derogatory words" made in earlier speeches, he said: "Deliver your promise of special status to Bihar. Don’t mislead with so-called package where 86 percent is repackaged old schemes.
    2015-09-01 02:37:30 PM
  • Modi in Bihar to address rally
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Purnea on Tuesday to address an election campaign rally at Bhagalpur town, officials said. This will be the Bharatiya Janata Party leader's fourth rally in the run up to the assembly polls. Bhagalpur is located about 200 km from Patna. Source: IANS
    2015-09-01 02:33:38 PM
  • PM condoles deaths in Andhra train accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the loss of lives in Bangalore City-Nanded express train accident in Andhra Pradesh. "My thoughts are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accident of the Bangalore City-Nanded express," the prime minister said in a statement. "My condolences to the family of Karnataka MLA (legislator) Shri Venkatesh Naik. He will be remembered for his service to society," he added. Five people, including Naik, were killed when a truck collided with the express train at a level crossing near Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-25 12:37:35 PM
  • 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 10:00:13 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 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: IANS
    2015-08-18 09:42:26 AM
  • Odisha assembly session to be a stormy affair
    The monsoon session of Odisha assembly beginning on August 18 is likely to be a stormy affair as the opposition Congress and BJP are all set to corner the Naveen Patnaik government over Brahma Paribartan mess and deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The opposition parties have decided to raise the issue of mismanagement during the Nabakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath and his siblings and police highhandedness during a protest where people demanded the arrest of self-proclaimed godman Sarathi Baba in Kendrapada in the first week of August. "The chief minister is totally responsible for deteriorating law and order in the state. The government is also yet to take any action against the culprits involved in the Nabakalebara fiasco. We will certainly raise the issues in the assembly," said Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati. Source: IANS
    2015-08-17 09:59:24 AM

  • Kejriwal sees off Haj pilgrims
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saw off the first batch of Haj pilgrims early on Sunday. "Kejriwal reached Delhi airport at 3 a.m. to see off the pilgrims," a Delhi government official said. The Haj rituals at Saudi Arabia's Medina city will commence in the first week of October. Source: IANS
    2015-08-17 09:47:11 AM
  • BJP may give away only 80 seats in Bihar
    The BJP may not give away more than 70 to 80 assembly seats to its allies in Bihar though the latter are pitching their demands high, party sources said on Sunday. A powerful lobby in the Bharatiya Janata Party feels that it may not be good to surrender more than 70 or 80 seats to its allies including the LJP, RLSP and HAM. Earlier this year, BJP president Amit Shah announced that his party wanted to win 185 of the 243 assembly seats on its own strength. Although some BJP leaders are more flexible and are ready to part with more seats, the allies may not have their way, the sources said. On the other side, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the ruling Janata Dal-United have decided to contest 100 seats each, leaving 40 to the Congress and three to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Source: IANS
    2015-08-17 09:40:12 AM
  • Modi arrives in UAE, received by Abu Dhabi crown prince
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in the UAE, in the first prime ministerial visit after three decades. He was received by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and accorded a ceremonial welcome at the airport. Modi is in Abu Dhabi on a two-day official visit that will see talks focused on boosting cooperation in energy and trade. In a significant gesture, five brothers of the crown prince were also present at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport to receive Modi, according to tweets by external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. "For Crown Prince and his five brothers to receive a dignitary is a rare gesture reflecting imp attached to PM's visit," tweeted Swarup. Source: IANS
    2015-08-17 09:36:59 AM
  • Modi greets Kejriwal on birthday, Jung sends cake
    In developments that could abate Delhi's power war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on his birthday to wish him "long life and good health" while Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung sent him a birthday cake and flowers. Besides several supporters and residents who poured into Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence, BJP stalwart L.K. Advani, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader over telephone. Jung, with whom Kejriwal has been having a running feud, surprised the AAP founder leader by sending a cake and flowers. Source: IANS
    2015-08-17 09:32:42 AM
  • Ansari greets nation ahead of Independence Day
    Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday greeted the people ahead of India's Independence Day on Saturday and said that the country should strive towards attaining social equality. Ansari said in a statement: "I extend my warm greetings to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of our Independence Day." On this Independence Day, the country should resolve to strive towards attaining social equality and dignity for every citizen of India, he said. "On this auspicious occasion, we take pride in the achievements of our nation and salute the sacrifices of our valiant freedom fighters," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 01:59:32 PM
  • Accept OROP demand on August 15, Kejriwal tells Modi
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday criticized the eviction of ex-servicemen from a protest site here and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept on Independence Day Saturday their demand for One Rank One Pension (OROP). "Ex-servicemen being forcibly thrown out of Jantar Mantar? Bizarre. They protected us till yesterday. Now they are a security threat for Independence Day?" the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted. "Within a year, the NDA has started behaving the way UPA behaved in its second term. This is how UPA-II would crush movements," he said. A section of former soldiers had been on a relay hunger strike on the issue of at the Jantar Mantar protest site here since June 15. On Friday, police made them leave the site. "I urge the PM to announce (the) acceptance of the demand of OROP of our ex-servicemen from Red Fort tomorrow," Kejriwal said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 01:57:36 PM
  • Putin sends Independence Day greetings to Mukherjee, Modi
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his greetings on the occasion of India's Independence Day to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his telegram, he praised India's "impressive success in social, economic, scientific, technological and humanitarian spheres. High is your country's prestige in the international arena". He said Russian-Indian relations are based on long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual respect and have attained the level of special and privileged strategic partnership. Putin said Russia attaches great importance to the launch of procedure for India's joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, "which opens up new vistas for broader and productive cooperation between our nations". He recalled his meetings with Modi in Ufa, Russia, in early July and in New Delhi in last December. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 10:02:23 AM
  • India's loss in monsoon session not Congress' gain: Government
    Alleging that the Congress leadership was still not able to digest its defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the government on Thursday said India's loss in the monsoon session was not the opposition party's gain. The ruling NDA also decided to hold public rallies in parliamentary constituencies of Congress and Left MPs to highlight their "disruptive" practice in parliament. "The Congress has exhibited that it continues to be enslaved by a family. It is willing to compromise on national interest and policy merely because the family is unable to digest its electoral defeat in 2014," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a press conference in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 09:58:43 AM
  • Samajwadi Party's mobile app launched
    The Samajwadi Party on Thursday launched a mobile application for publicity and public discourse. Launching the application, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said social media had emerged as a very effective way to reach out to the people and it plays an important role in modern day world. The party, he said, was wedded to the idea of use of modern technology to spread messages and hence the application. Party leaders said the application was available on three platforms - Apple IOS, Android and Windows and can be downloaded from the official website of the party. Besides, Yadav said this application would be friendly to both the urban and the rural areas and would can be used to gather information about various government policies, projects and programmes. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 09:40:50 AM
  • Vyapam scam: Digvijay Singh writes to CBI director
    Congress leader Digvijay Singh has written to the CBI director and shared crucial facts on the Vyapam scam, while pointing out that the report of the 'Truth Lab' was not considered by the central agency for investigation. "The sequence of events would show that the SIT and STF responsible for proper investigation of the matter turned a blind eye to the material provided by the whistle-blower and the 'Truth Lab Report'. The report was not considered by the investigating agency," he wrote in the letter on Wednesday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-14 09:36:53 AM
  • CPI-M blames government for parliament paralysis
    The CPI-M on Thursday blamed the government for the near paralysis of parliament in the monsoon session, and said it was a ploy to stall the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the land acquisition bills. "They wanted to delay the land acquisition bill before the Bihar elections, and the AIADMK is opposed to the GST bill. Hence, in order to get around these issues, they stalled parliament," CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury told a press conference in New Delhi. "It is a political ploy," he said. Questioned on the demand for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he said the NDA could have ensured that the minister concerned did not attend office for the duration of parliament session. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 05:59:12 PM
  • Congress behaved as it did during Emergency: PM
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Congress behaviour during the monsoon session of parliament was similar to that during the Emergency, a union minister said. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Modi made the statement during a speech at an NDA meeting. "During the NDA meeting, the prime minister reminded of the Emergency and how he had worked against it. He said the way the Congress behaved during Emergency, it had behaved during the parliament session - by creating obstructions," said Rudy. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 05:56:18 PM
  • Congress, TMC protest outside parliament
    Members of the Congress and Trinamool Congress on Thursday protested outside parliament over the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam. The opposition members stepped up their attack against the government and demanded the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for their alleged links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. They also demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation over the Vyapam scam. Both the houses of parliament were adjourned sine die on Thursday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 01:53:06 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Thursday after a brief sitting. Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house sine die when it met at noon after the first adjournment. Earlier, the house bid farewell to three of its members, who are going to retire. Congress member from Puducherry, P. Kannan, will retire on October 6, while two nominated members, Ashok. S. Ganguli and H.K. Dua's term will end on November 17. Ansari said: "They significantly contributed to its deliberations and enhanced its dignity. I wish them good health, happiness and success in their future endeavours." H.K. Dua commented on the functioning of the house and said: "Tolerance has been missing in the house. I urge the treasury and opposition benches to evolve a consensus on running parliament smoothly." Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 01:50:25 PM
  • Lok Sabha adjourned sine die
    The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned sine die after a 23-day monsoon session. The session which began on July 21 was a complete washout due to protests by the opposition, chiefly the Congress, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. Members of the Congress party were absent on Thursday when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house sine die.   Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 01:48:17 PM
  • NCP threatens to pull out of the anti-BJp alliance in Bihar
    Hours after the alliance meeting held at the NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi, the party threatened to pull out of the anti-BJP alliance to contest Bihar assembly polls. The reason behind the pulling out is said to be NCP's dissatisfaction over the number seats allotted to it to contest in the elections. Earlier in the meeting attended by JD (U), RJD, Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP and the regional parties, it was decided that the ruling JD (U) and the RJD would contest 100 seats each out of the total 243. While the Congress would test itself in 40 seats and the rest of the three will be left for the NCP to contest. The seat sharing plant seems not to have gone down well with the NCP though. Tariq Anwar, NCP leader, said that the party might contest the polls all on its own. Source: News Reports
    2015-08-13 10:14:34 AM
  • Cabinet approves Rs.1,750 crore to strengthen drug regulation
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved Rs.1,750 crore for strengthening drug regulatory systems at both central and state levels. Of the amount, an amount of Rs.900 crore will be spent on strengthening central structures and Rs.850 crore will be made available to the state governments, said a cabinet communique. The regulatory upgradation will give additional equipment and manpower to the existing drug testing laboratories, establish new labs for testing drugs, medical devices and cosmetics and introduce mobile drug testing laboratories, it added. The upgradation also includes the creation of additional manpower for regulatory structures in the emerging areas of stem cell, regenerative medicine, biologicals and medical devices. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 09:58:59 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi expert without knowledge: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday ruled out the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi issue and hit out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying he was an expert without knowledge. In a strong counter-attack on the Congress, Jaitley said former IPL chief Lalit Modi was largely being probed by the UPA under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which had far softer provisions compared to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Without naming Lalit Modi, Jaitley said the Enforcement Directorate served him notice over the money spent on the Indian Premier League held in 2009 in South Africa as financial transactions took place without permission of the Reserve Bank of India. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 09:56:10 AM
  • Trinamool, JD-U, SP, NCP leaders meet over Bihar polls
    A meeting of leaders of the Trinamool Congress, JD-U, SP and National Conference was held on Wednesday at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi with an initial aim to join hands to contain the BJP in the forthcoming Bihar elections, informed sources said. A senior leader privy to the proceedings told nedia that the first such meeting was aimed at Bihar assembly polls but "in future something substantial and larger may emerge". "The parties have to contribute to containing BJP in the Bihar polls. If BJP wins this election, it will have bearing on the future," the leader said. The Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United on Wednesday announced they will contest 100 seats each in the Bihar assembly elections, leaving 40 seats to the Congress and three to the Nationalist Congress Party. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 09:52:47 AM
  • Not involved in quid pro quo: Sushma Swaraj
    Attacking the Congress on its charge that she benefited by helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said "it was the Congress that allowed Warren Anderson to escape as part of a quid pro quo arrangement with the US". "My husband did not take any money from Lalit Modi," she said in her speech in the Lok Sabha during a debate held under an adjournment motion on extending favours to former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi. There is no conflict of interest in my case. My husband and daughter didn't take even a rupee in the Lalit Modi passport case. There is a conflict of interest in P. Chidambaram's case. He was the finance minister when his wife Nalini Chidambaram was the lawyer in the Saradha chit fund scam case, whose file was with his ministry. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 09:47:52 AM
  • Chandrababu Naidu urges PM to do justice to Andhra
    Under pressure to get special statue to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone and urged him to do justice to the state. Naidu told reporters in Vijaywada on Wednesday evening that he conveyed his views to the prime minister over the issue of special status. "I conveyed to him that injustice was done to Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation and reminded him that BJP had then raised its voice for doing justice and he (Modi) had made the promise. I told him that it is now the time to fulfill it," he said. Modi invited Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, to come to New Delhi after August 15 to meet him. Source: IANS
    2015-08-13 09:38:06 AM
  • Sharad Yadav, Manish Tewari slam India Inc
    Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yaday and Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday slammed India Inc, saying that it was trying to dictate parliament's functioning. "How can the corporates dictate the functioning of parliament?" Yadav asked in the Rajya Sabha. He made the remark after the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) signed an online petition condemning the unending disruptions in parliament and urging both houses to legislate proposals like the GST. Yadav said: "The capitalists, after 68 years of independence, are saying that parliament should run. They must know that 125 crore Indians have chosen parliament... They (corporates) want to run parliament? Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 02:02:21 PM
  • Lok Sabha begins debate on Lalit Modi issue
    The Lok Sabha on Wednesday began a debate on the Lalit Modi controversy which has paralysed the house for the entire ongoing monsoon session. The discussion was held under an adjournment motion as demanded by the Congress was opened by senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Before the discussion began, there was a heated discussion on whether former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate, can be called a fugitive. The Congress has been demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's resignation for allegedly helping Lalit Modi. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his opinion who said Modi has been now declared a fugitive. Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 01:59:08 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m. after disruptions
    The Rajya Sabha faced repeated disruptions on Wednesday with a continued logjam over former IPL chief Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam case, following which it was adjourned till 2 p.m. However, a section in the opposition asked the government to start a debate with voting provisions over the issues. As the house met on the second last day of the monsoon session, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said he was disallowing the notice on the issue because despite allowing it on several previous occasions, the debate was never taken up. Congress leader Anand Sharma said: "Unless the prime minister replies, each notice should be treated as a fresh one." Kurien responded: "I am ready to allow a discussion, are you ready to move the motion?" Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 01:50:42 PM
  • Delhi government cancels Swaraj Parv
    The Delhi government has cancelled its three-day Independence Day celebrations "Swaraj Parv" due to incessant rain, Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said on Tuesday. "The Swaraj Parv has been cancelled by the government... incessant rain being the reason behind its cancellation," Jain said. The Swaraj Parv was to begin on August 14, on the eve of Independence Day, with a tribute by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to martyrs at Central Park in Connaught Place. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also scheduled to address people at 6.30 p.m. on that day. The festival was to end with a tribute to late former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with an evening of Urdu poetry titled "Shaam-e-Kalam". Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 10:02:03 AM
  • Centre to shortly announce package for Andhra: Jaitley
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday assured TDP MPs from Andhra Pradesh that the central government will "very shortly" announce new measures to help the revenue-deficit state. Jaitley assured the delegation of MPs that the Narendra Modi government will walk an extra mile to help the state, though it may not give the special category status. The MPs including central minister Y. S. Chowdary met Jaitley in the national capital to seek immediate steps to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh as per the commitment given by the central government while dividing the state. "We are examining the possibility particularly after the 14th Finance Commission," Jaitley said in an apparent reference to the commission doing away with special status to any state. Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 09:53:03 AM
  • Yadav arrested, released; Kejriwal backs him
    The midnight arrest of former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav left the Delhi Police red-faced after a court ordered his release on Tuesday evening. The day's drama saw Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rally behind his former colleague-turned-foe. In a development that took the police by surprise, the Delhi High Court expressed displeasure after Yadav and other protesters were produced before a special executive magistrate in a police station several hours after being detained from Jantar Mantar in the heart of Delhi. "Why have they been produced so late? Why are you producing them now?" the high court court questioned the police officer after he said that 83 people were detained at 1 a.m. Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 09:43:31 AM
  • BJP-led government trying to cover up economic failures: Congress
    Accusing the Centre of trying to cover up its "economic failures", the Congress on Tuesday said the ruling BJP was trying to project that non-passage of GST Bill was a reason for the government's "poor performance". Talking to media persons in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi took digs at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over government's efforts to push the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, noting that the legislation was "stalled during the previous United Progressive Alliance government". "Arun Jaitley finds GST in much public interest. This has dawned after seven years," Singhvi said. Citing Index of Industrial Production data for May, Singhvi said that the government's performance was quite low on parameters such as factory output and capital goods growth compared to data for May last year. Source: IANS
    2015-08-12 09:38:37 AM
  • Owaisi's party to contest Bihar elections?
    The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) of Asaduddin Owaisi may be planning to contest the Bihar assembly election. To begin with, he will address a meeting in Kishanganj district this month on August 16. "After the meeting, Owaisi may launch his party's campaign in the state," said Akhtarul Iman, a former legislator and president of the Samaji Insaf Front. Owaisi's meeting at Kishanganj, about 400 km from Patna, is part of his strategy to explore the mood among Muslims in Bihar. Some leaders close to Owaisi's AIMIM say that the party is likely to contest from 25 assembly seats where Muslim voters play a major role. Source: IANS
    2015-08-11 02:19:08 PM
  • JD-U campaigns against Modi's DNA remark
    The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Tuesday launched a "shabd wapsi" campaign to put pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take back his DNA remark directed at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Leaders and activists of the party staged a sit-in across the state to protest against Modi's comment at a public rally questioning Nitish Kumar's DNA, a remark the chief minister said was an insult to Biharis. The party said it will collect and send signatures of 50 lakh people to Modi. "In this 'shabd wapsi' (take back your word) campaign, at least 50 lakh people of Bihar will join a signature campaign and send their DNA samples to Modiji for DNA test," Nitish Kumar tweeted. He said as Modi hadn't retracted his "derogatory remarks" despite being requested to, "we'll take the battle to the people now". Source: IANS
    2015-08-11 02:16:42 PM
  • Modi praises Mulayam Singh for supporting end of parliament logjam
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for supporting an end to the continued logjam in parliament. The move came a day after Mulayam Singh broke ranks with opposition parties and sought a discussion to end the logjam. "The prime minister has expressed gratitude towards Mulayam Singh," union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement after a meeting of the BJP's parliamentary party. The Samajwadi Party on Monday assured Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that it would not join the protests led by the Congress in the Lok Sabha. Source: IANS
    2015-08-11 02:12:11 PM
  • Congress continues protest in Lok Sabha
    The Congress on Tuesday continued its protest in the Lok Sabha demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. As soon as the house met, Congress MPs along with those of the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) massed near the speaker's podium and raised slogans against the government. The Congress has been demanding Sushma Swaraj's resignation over her alleged help to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is sought by the Enforcement Directorate. The speaker repeatedly urged the members to maintain calm and let the house function. But the protesting members did not pay heed. "This (the agitation) is sending a wrong signal to people," Mahajan said in an attempt to pacify them but to no avail. Source: IANS
    2015-08-11 02:07:47 PM
  • Nagaland CM met PM two days before peace accord inked: BJP
    The BJP on Saturday dismissed the Congress' allegation that the central government did not consult any stakeholder on the Naga peace accord, saying the Nagaland chief minister met the prime minister two days before it was inked. "Nagaland chief minister (T.R. Zeliang) with all party delegations led by the speaker of Nagaland assembly met Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) two days before the Naga peace accord was signed," BJP leader and union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi at a press conference. "The chief minister has been continuously in dialogue with the prime minister and he met him even today (Saturday)," she added. The Naga peace accord, between the central government and the NSCN-IM, was signed on August 3 in the presence of the prime minister. Sitharaman also accused former Congress prime ninisters of not taking any stakeholders into confidence before signing various accords. Source: IANS
    2015-08-08 05:51:00 PM
  • Smriti Irani shown black flags
    Youth Congress activists on Saturday showed black flags to union minister Smriti Irani when she arrived in Thiruvananthapuram to attend a BJP programme. The protesters shouted "Go back, Go back" at the Thiruvananthapuram airport as they waved the black flags to denounce Irani's comments against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, witnesses said. Police detained the Youth Congress activists. Source: IANS
    2015-08-08 02:34:39 PM
  • Maoists call shutdown to protest Modi's Gaya rally
    Maoists guerrillas have given a day-long shutdown call on Sunday in Bihar's Magadh division to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Gaya ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. Magadh - comprising Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Jehanabad, Arwal districts - is considered a strong hold of Maoists, police said. "In view of Maoists shutdown call and announcement to observe black day to protest against Modi's rally, we have tightened security and will deploy additional forces in Gaya and surrounding areas," a police officer said. The officer said the Maoist rebels have also threatened vehicle owners in their stronghold in rural pockets not to provide vehicles to carry BJP's supporters to the rally. Source: IANS
    2015-08-08 02:24:27 PM
  • Modi cancels Bodh Gaya visit during Gaya trip
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bodh Gaya for "reasons best known to the people concerned" during his trip to Gaya in Bihar on Sunday, an official said on Saturday. Modi will address a rally in Gaya, about 100 km from in Patna, ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. "Modi will not visit Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple on his way to the airport, which is not far away from Bodh Gaya. His programme to visit Bodh Gaya was cancelled and the reason is best known to the concerned people," an official in Gaya said. Bodh Gaya, a holy place for Buddhists, is about 12 km from Gaya town and two kilometre from the international airport. Source: IANS
    2015-08-08 02:09:11 PM
  • BJP slams Congress protest at Lok Sabha speaker's home
    Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday criticised the Congress for staging a protest without shirts outside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's residence. "Boys from Congress took off their shirts and protested against the speaker. Lok Sabha Speaker is parliament's pride. Is this the respect Congress has for women? Is this what Rahul Gandhi preaches to the Congress party?" Irani said on Friday. "It this their culture? What message are they giving?" she questioned. Members of Youth Congress on Thursday staged a protest against Mahajan for suspending 25 Congress MPs by taking off their shirts. She also slammed the Congress for questioning the Naga peace accord, and opposing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 02:08:34 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. on Friday after Congress members raised slogans against the government and accused it of being "dictatorial". Soon after the house met, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien allowed papers to be laid and then permitted Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal to speak. He raised the issue of the notice given by 30 MPs of the ruling National Democratic Alliance to Chairman M. Hamid Ansari, requesting him to take action against Congress parliamentarians for disrupting the proceedings. Agarwal said, "Congress is opposing the dictatorial attitude of the ruling party and all opposition is with them." "The notice given to Rajya Sabha chairman is an attempt to pressurise him," he added. As the Rajya Sabha continued to be disrupted through the third week of the monsoon session, around 30 MPs of the ruling NDA on Thursday wrote to Chairman M. Hamid Ansari to take action against Congress parliamentarians disrupting the proceedings. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 02:06:24 PM
  • Ready to revoke suspension of Congress MPs: Naidu
    The government is ready to move a motion to revoke the suspension of 25 Congress MPs if they meet the Lok Sabha speaker and assure her of helping run the house properly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday. Naidu was speaking in the Lok Sabha when opposition parties like the Left and the Samajwadi Party raised slogans demanding that the suspension of the Congress MPs be taken back. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told CPI-M leader P. Karunakaran that raising slogans and shouting was not the way to protest and they can discuss the issue later during zero hour. Naidu said: "I am glad that the Samajwadi Party and Left who had joined the Congress protest outside and had been boycotting the house have decided to come back to the house." Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 02:02:24 PM
  • PM calls for enhanced handloom use
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for enhanced handloom use. Speaking on the occasion of first handloom day at Madras University here, the prime minister referred to the call he gave during his radio programme "Mann ki Baat" where he had given a call to people to buy khadi fabric. "I asked people to use one item of khadi... I have been informed sale of khadi has gone up by 60 percent after that," Modi said. "We also now need to give a similar call for handloom. Can we not enhance use of handlooms in our daily life?" he asked. The prime minister added: "I am told that handloom form 15 percent of total cloth consumption, if we raise it to 20 percent it will give a huge boom." Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 01:56:43 PM
  • Modi expresses grief over Myanmar floods
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief and solidarity with flood-ravaged Myanmar. "Sad to learn about devastating floods in Myanmar. India stands shoulder to shoulder with Myanmar in this hour of need," the prime minister said. The floods, caused by heavy rainfall since June, has destroyed houses, farmland, railway lines, bridges and roads. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 01:54:48 PM
  • Sushma's family received money from Lalit Modi: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's family has "received money" from former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. "Whenever there is a robbery or stealing, a financial transfer takes place. There has been a financial transfer here as well. Sushma's family has received money from Lalit Modi. She should tell the country exactly how much money Lalit Modi has paid her family to keep himself out of jail," Gandhi said outside parliament. Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that she did not recommend to the British government to give travel documents to former IPL chief Lalit Modi. She also said the allegations against her of recommending travel documents for Lalit Modi were "wrong and baseless". Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 12:07:21 PM
  • Sushma expert at theatrical politics: Sonia Gandhi
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Friday that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is an expert at "indulging in theatrical politics". Sushma Swaraj had said on Thursday that she was ready to face the consequences if helping former IPL chairman Lalit Modi's wife on humanitarian grounds was a crime. "She (Sushma Swaraj) is an expert at indulging in theatrical politics," said Sonia Gandhi before she joined her party colleagues protesting the suspension of 25 Congress MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 11:58:41 AM
  • Congress tears into 'arrogance' of Modi government over Sushma's 'wilful lies'
    The Congress party on Thursday tore into the Narendra Modi government, saying its "arrogance of power reached its zenith" when it asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to "explain away her unpardonable impropriety, willful lies, criminal intent, gross misuse of office and patent conflict of interest in the garb of 'humanitarian grounds' to help Lalit Modia. Sushma Swaraj on Thursday made a passionate defence of her role in the Lalit Modi affair, but the Congress termed her arguments as "hogwash". Anand Sharma, senior party spokesperson and deputy leader Rajya Sabha, in a statement said the Modi government "first murdered democracy by suspending 25 MPs and effectively expelled the entire opposition from Lok Sabha". The party accused the Modi government and Sushma Swaraj of "once againa misleading the country "shamelessly and unabashedly". Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 10:16:00 AM
  • Bengal flood toll 97, Mamata faces opposition heat
    With 12 more deaths, the toll in West Bengal flood shot up to 97 as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came under heavy attack from the opposition for playing politics over the calamity. While the situation has been improving with water level receding, the disaster management department said 12 more deaths were reported from various parts of the state, taking the toll to 97. Nearly 63 lakh people residing in 53 municipalities and 16,300 villages across 12 districts have been affected by the floods. Over one lakh houses have been destroyed and 1.12 lakh suffered partial damage. There has been crop loss across an area of 8,20,435 hectares. While the Left Front accused Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress of indulging in politics over a natural calamity, the BJP hit at the chief minister for calling an all party meet scheduled on Saturday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 10:03:56 AM
  • Delhi government justifies not seeking nod for circle rates
    The tussle between the Delhi government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung over the notification of new circle rates intensified on Thursday with the Arvind Kejriwal government saying that there was "no need to seek Jung's approval". To drive home its point, the AAP government cited a letter by then home minister P. Chidambaram to chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2011 which said that the Delhi government "had the right to fix the minimum rates and the LG was bound to act on its aid and advice". Chidambaram based his view on the opinion of the then attorney general, late G.E. Vahanvati. "It has been clearly laid down in the constitution that except three matters - police, public order and land - all other matters are in the domain of the elected government in Delhi," a Delhi government statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 09:57:14 AM
  • Fake degree allegation frivolous: AAP legislator to HC
    AAP legislator Surender Singh on Thursday denied the allegations levelled against him by BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar about allegedly furnishing false information about his educational qualification in a poll affidavit. Surender Singh, the Delhi Cantonment legislator from the Aam Aadmi Party, told the Delhi High Court that the allegation was "frivolous, vague and misconceived". Justice Hima Kohli was also informed by Surender Singh that he completed his graduation from the Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM) University in Sikkim, but due to an inadvertent typographical mistake, the name of the university was shown incorrectly. Source: IANS
    2015-08-07 09:50:02 AM
  • Rajya Sabha again disrupted, adjourned
    The Rajya Sabha was marred by disruptions again on Thursday as the opposition continued to press for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers. Simultaneously, some members from the ruling alliance wrote a letter to Chairman M. Hamid Ansari to take action against Congress MPs disrupting the proceedings. Congress members trooped near the chairman's podium several times, raising slogans and demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They asked the prime minister to end his silence. The Congress and some other opposition parties are demanding the resignation of Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for their links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi, and of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj SIngh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 05:58:17 PM
  • Sonia, Rahul flay failure to consult states on Naga pact
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government for failing to consult the chief ministers of three northeastern states before signing the Naga peace accord. "We are really shocked that the prime minister (Narendra Modi) didn't even think of taking into confidence the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which are the directly affected states," Sonia Gandhi told reporters in parliament complex. "It is the arrogance on the part of this government. How can an accord be signed without consulting the chief ministers that are directly affected even if the accord is being termed as historic?" she asked. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 05:54:35 PM
  • Voice of opposition being suppressed: Rahul Gandhi
    The voice of the opposition is "being suppressed in parliament", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as the party continued its protest for the third day on Thursday over the suspension of 25 of its MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Senior leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the parliament complex. The protestors wore black bands on their arms. "Voice of the opposition is being suppressed in parliament," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told reporters. The Congress members continued to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his inaction against the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan for their involvement in the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam recruitment scam. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 02:02:02 PM
  • Did not help Lalit Modi, says Sushma
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that she did not recommend to the British government to give travel documents to former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The minister, however, verbally conveyed to the British government that if "it chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi it will not spoil bilateral relationships between the two countries". Sushma Swaraj also said the allegations against her of recommending travel documents for Lalit Modi were "wrong and baseless". "I never made a recommendation or request to the British government to give travel documents to him (Lalit Modi)," said Sushma Swaraj. She has been facing vociferous demands from the Congress for her resignation over her alleged help to Modi who is facing Enforcement Directorate investigations. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 01:58:17 PM
  • Modi pays homage to victims of Hiroshima bombings
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid homage to the people who lost their lives in Hiroshima bombings, during second World War, on its 70th anniversary. "My homage to all those who lost their lives in Hiroshima. The bombings remind us of the horrors of war & their effect on humanity," Modi said in a tweet. Modi said the solutions to humanity lie in peace and progress. "Let us walk shoulder to shoulder to create a peaceful world, free from violence," the prime minister said. Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft in Hiroshima killing at least 140,000 people in the city. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 01:54:01 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.
    The Rajya Sabha on Thursday functioned briefly when Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement on the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. But, it was then adjourned till 2 p.m. The house was adjourned following repeated disruptions by the opposition members, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Rajnath Singh gave a statement on Wednesday's Udhampur terrorist attack where one Pakistani terrorist has been nabbed alive. Soon after the statement, opposition members were on their feet again. They shouted slogans and demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam. Source: IANS
    2015-08-06 01:49:55 PM
  • HC rejects plea seeking probe into Modi's poll expenditure
    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday disposed off a plea seeking direction to the poll panel to probe if Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to give the correct poll expenditure in Varanasi constituency during the Lok Sabha election. The plea was filed by a Congress leader. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw refused to entertain the plea, saying the Election Commission has already been seized of the matter. During the hearing the Election Commission told the court that election results were declared on May 16, 2014, and the complaint against the alleged incorrect expenditure was first received by it on June 2, 2015, over a year later. The court said the commission is seized of the matter and examining the complaint and it will take a decision.
    2015-08-06 09:54:18 AM
  • No ticket for those with criminal past: Mulayam
    Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Wednesday that his party won't field candidates with criminal background in the 2017 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. He was speaking at a function to mark the 83rd birth anniversary of late socialist ideologue Janeshwar Mishra. In an apparent dig at his chief minister son Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav said a fact-finding report on his party's defeat rout by the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle was yet to be given to him. Terming the coming Panchayat elections a rehearsal for the 2017 assembly polls, he urged party workers to introspect why the Samajwadi Party got only five of the 80 Lok Sabha seats. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 06:01:21 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Wednesday after Congress members raised slogans against the government and accused it of being "dictatorial". Soon after the house reassembled at 2 p.m. after two adjournments, Congress members trooped into the well shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, however, tried to run the house but failed. He repeatedly requested the Congress members to go back to their seats and allow the house to function but Congress members continued with their protest. "Go back to your seats. No use in shouting slogans. Parliament is for discussion. This is indiscipline. Due to unruly behaviour of some of the members I am forced to adjourn the house," Kurien remarked.
    2015-08-05 05:58:50 PM
  • Shatrughan Sinha unhappy over Congress MPs' suspension
    Actor-turned-BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday expressed unhappiness over the suspension of 25 Congress members by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. "Feel unhappy about the developments in parliament... the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends, including one who was not even present," Sinha tweeted. "Good sense must prevail ... sooner the better," he added, referring to the parliament logjam following the Congress insistence that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj must resign. The government has rejected the demand. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 02:11:59 PM
  • Youth Congress protest outside Lok Sabha speaker's house
    Scores of Indian Youth Congress members staged a protest outside the residence of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi on Wednesday over the suspension of 25 Congress MPs. "We are protesting against the undemocratic approach of the speaker in the parliament," Amrish Ranjan, the national media coordinator of the Indian Youth Congress, said. "The suspension should be revoked and the prime minister should speak on this issue." The protest at Mahajan's residence at 20, Akbar Road was later disrupted by police. Several protesters were detained as well. "We have detained around 50 protesters. All of them will be released after sometime," a police official said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 02:05:38 PM
  • Flash floods caused MP train accidents: Suresh Prabhu
    Flash floods due to heavy rains caused the twin train accidents in Madhya Pradesh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday. Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, Prabhu said that the government has announced compensation of Rs.2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the accident. He said Rs.50,000 would be given to those grievously injured and Rs.25,000 to those with minor injuries. "The accident took place late Tuesday and I have been monitoring the situation the whole night. I would shortly leave for the site," he added. At least 27 people were killed when two trains derailed in quick succession and some coaches fell into a river in Madhya Pradesh's Harda district, authorities said on Wednesday. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 02:02:33 PM
  • Congress protests against suspended MPs
    Congress leaders and MPs on Wednesday continued their protest against the suspension of 25 of its Lok Sabha members by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Led by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, party leaders, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, staged the protest near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in parliament complex. While some leaders wore black bands on their arms, other held black flags. On Monday, Mahajan suspended the Congress MPs for five days for "wilfully obstructing the business of the house" and not adhering to her repeated requests to observe the rules in the house. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 02:00:16 PM
  • Nitish urges Modi to take back DNA comment
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "please consider taking back" his comments on Nitish Kumar's so-called DNA. In an open letter, Nitish Kumar said Modi's comment had been taken as an "insult" by a large section of the people of the state and beyond. "Most of us feel that these statements, beyond questioning my own descent, have disrespected the lineage of our people and have denigrated the great legacy of the state," he said. "This also gives credence to the feeling that perhaps you and your party hold a prejudice against the people of Bihar. "Therefore, through this letter, I take the liberty to urge you to please consider taking back these words. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 01:57:24 PM
  • President condoles train accident deaths
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday expressed condolences over the loss of lives due to the derailment of the Kamayani Express and Janata Express in Madhya Pradesh. Two back-to-back train derailment took place at the same spot in Madhya Pradesh's Harda district. Some of the coaches fell into a swollen river, leaving at least 27 people dead. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 01:52:48 PM
  • Attack on BSF extremely worrying: Rahul Gandhi
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday described as "extremely worrying" the loss of lives in a militant attack on a BSF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir. "Days after the Gurdaspur attack, militant attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur is extremely worrying," he tweeted. The incident took place on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. "My condolences to the families of the brave jawans who were martyred," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 01:50:45 PM
  • MP train accidents: Digvijaya demands Prabhu's resignation
    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday demanded Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's resignation over the twin train accident in Madhya Pradesh. At least 27 people were killed in Madhya Pradesh's Harda district when the Varanasi-bound Kamayani Express and Mumbai-bound Janata Express trains derailed and fell into Kali Machak river around midnight on Tuesday, authorities said on Wednesday. Demanding Prabhu's resignation, Singh tweeted: "What is happening Mr Prabhu? We always considered you to be a good minister. May I remind you? Shastri-ji resigned after a train accident." Expressing his grief over the mishap, the Digvijaya Singh said: "Deeply grieved to hear about the deaths in the train accident in Madhya Pradesh. Accountability must be fixed. Heads must roll. Would they? No." Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 01:49:09 PM
  • Modi expresses pain over MP train accidents
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed pain and distress over the loss of lives due to derailment of Kamayani Express and Janata Express in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. "The two train accidents in Madhya Pradesh are deeply distressing. Deeply pained over the loss of lives. Condolences to families of deceased," Modi said in a tweet. "My prayers with the injured. Authorities are doing everything possible on the ground. The situation is being monitored very closely." Two back-to-back train derailment took place at the same spot in Madhya Pradesh around midnight on Tuesday, with several bogies and engines of Varanasi-bound Kamayani Express and Mumbai-bound Janata Express falling into a swollen river. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 09:50:23 AM
  • Modi lauds Bengaluru girls for app to implement 'Swachh Bharat'
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded five girl students from Bengaluru for developing a mobile app which can be used to implement his pet project 'Swachh Bharat'. "I am proud of you. You have made the country proud. You are true role models of the nation. I wish you all the best in your endeavours," Modi told the students of Bengaluru's New Horizon Public School, who met him in Delhi. During the brief interaction, the girls -- Sanjana Vasanth, Anupama N., Mahima Mehendale, Swasthi P. Rao and Navyashree B. -- assured Modi that they will develop a full-fledged mobile app in a year. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 09:45:21 AM
  • Naga rebels have agreed to lay down arms: Javadekar
    Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday hailed the peace accord between the government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM and said Naga rebels have agreed to lay down arms. "The Naga rebels have agreed to lay down arms," the minister for environment, forest and climate change told media persons in New Delhi. The central government and the NSCN-Isak-Muivah on Monday signed a historic accord that promises to bring peace in the northeastern state of Nagaland ravaged by violence for over six decades. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 09:36:37 AM
  • Provide safe transport to women staff of Lok Sabha TV: Speaker
    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has directed the Lok Sabha Secretariat to provide foolproof transport facility to women staff working in Lok Sabha television (LSTV) during late shifts. An official release said on Tuesday that the speaker reviewed the existing system of transport facilities to women employees of LSTV during late shifts. The women staff had met the speaker to convey their views concerning transport facilities. The secretariat also held an interactive meeting with the women employees. The release said that the secretariat has initiated many new measures based on the responses towards enhancing safety of the women employees. It said that the speaker also gave directions for police verification of all drivers. Source: IANS
    2015-08-05 09:34:11 AM
  • No democracy in Congress DNA, says BJP
    The BJP on Tuesday hit back at the Congress description of the suspension of its 25 parliamentarians as "murder of democracy", saying there was "no democracy in the Congress DNA" and the opposition party talking of democracy was akin to the "devil quoting the scriptures". "The Congress talking of democracy is like the devil quoting scriptures. There is no democracy in their DNA...the mother is the party president and son the vice president. Will they teach us democracy?" Bharatiya Janata Party leader and union minister Prakash Javadekar said. "Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are responsible for the logjam in parliament. It does not behove them to speak about democracy as they (the Congress) is the mother of Emergency," the minister said. He said the government had been reaching out to the Congress to break the parliament logjam but the opposition party was backing out.
    2015-08-04 06:12:06 PM
  • Delhi government to sell onion at Rs.40
    To provide relief to the people, the Delhi government on Tuesday said it will sell onions across the city at Rs.40 a kg in New Delhi. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following a surge in onion prices. "The government has decided to sell onion at 280 centres across the national capital at a rate of Rs.40 per kg. The onions were being procured since April 15," the official added. Meanwhile, the Youth Congress staged a protest outside Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday over the steep rise in onion prices. Raising anti-Delhi government and anti-Kejriwal slogans, the protesters blamed him for the failure to curb the price rise. "The rates of essential commodities like onions and pulses are increasing every day. The AAP government is doing nothing to control the price rise," a protester said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 06:09:55 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after opposition members on Tuesday raised slogans against the government and accused it of being "dictatorial". The protests started soon after the house met for the day's proceedings. Congress members shouted slogans, held placards and gathered near the chairman's podium. The agitating Congress members displayed placards against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their alleged association with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Madhusudan Mistry waved a piece of black cloth as a mark of protest. The Congress members were protesting the suspension of 25 of their colleagues in the Lok Sabha. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 06:04:04 PM
  • Delhi Congress women activists burn Modi's effigy at BJP office
    The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee's (DPCC) women wing on Tuesday burnt Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effigy outside the BJP headquarters to protest the Congress MPs' suspension from parliament. Raising anti-Modi and anti-BJP slogans, the Congress supporters carried banners reading: 'Black day for democracy' and burnt the prime minister's effigy during the demonstration outside 11, Ashoka Road, the BJP's headquarters. "Suspension of 25 Congress MPs was anti-democratic and we call it a 'Black Day' for democracy", said a Congress worker during the protest. On Monday, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress parliamentarians for five days for "wilfully obstructing the business of the house" and not adhering to her repeated warnings to observe the rules of the house. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 05:57:34 PM
  • Congress leaders protest in Himachal over suspended MPs
    The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday staged state-wide protests against the suspension of 25 party MPs in parliament. The protest in Shimla was led by state president Sukhvinder Sukhu during which a peaceful sit-in was staged in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the Ridge. Sukhu termed the suspension of the MPs as a "black day" for democracy and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to silence the voice of the opposition on the issue of corruption. He said it was the responsibility of the ruling party to ensure smooth functioning of parliament by way of dialogue but the BJP was resorting to undemocratic means by suspending Congress MPs. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 05:54:38 PM
  • Jung gives approval for Bharti's prosecution
    Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has permitted the police to prosecute AAP legislator Somnath Bharti in connection with a midnight raid in the Khirki extension area in New Delhi last year. "The Lt. Governor has granted police the sanction to prosecute Somnath Bharti," an official at the Lt. Governor's house said on Tuesday. "LG's sanction was necessary to prosecute Bharti in the case as he is an elected representative,” the official added. The Aam Aadmi Party MLA along with some volunteers had gone to Khirki extension around 3 a.m. on the intervening night of 15-16 January, 2014 to raid the houses of various people of African descent following which African women had alleged AAP volunteers of molesting and harassing them. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 02:08:50 PM
  • BJP parliamentary party adopts resolution against Congress
    The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday passed a resolution against the politics of obstructionism and negativity by Congress. It also reiterated that none of its leaders would resign as demanded by the main opposition party. "The resolution against the politics of obstructionism and negativity by Congress was introduced by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad and unanimously passed by the BJP parliamentary party," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters. Naqvi also said that none of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will resign. "There will be no resignations. Congress is trying to defame them in the public," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 02:05:37 PM
  • Murder of democracy, says Sonia on MPs suspension
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said that the suspension of 25 MPs of the party by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was anti-democratic and described it as murder of democracy. Congress members from both houses, led by Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi wore black bands, and protested at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the parliament complex against the suspension of the party MPs. "It's duty of the government to run the house. The way our MPs were suspended, was anti-democratic. Democracy is being murdered," Sonia Gandhi told reporters. Rahul Gandhi justified the demand of resignations of the BJP leaders. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 02:02:21 PM
  • Nitish-led alliance to hold joint rallies in Bihar
    Bihar's ruling alliance led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will hold joint rallies across the state to bolster its fortunes in the upcoming assembly elections, an official said on Tuesday. The first joint rally of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would be held in Patna. "The grand alliance would hold a joint rally here soon. It will be followed by similar rallies across the state ahead of the polls," JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. Singh, a close aide of Nitish, said top leaders of the alliance. including Nitish, JD-U president Sharad Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, would address the rallies. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 01:59:25 PM
  • Rajya Sabha disrupted again
    Rajya Sabha witnessed disruption again on Tuesday. It was adjourned within minutes of meeting for the day. As soon as the house met, opposition members were on their feet. While Congress members trooped near the chairman's podium, shouting slogans and displaying placards, other opposition leaders were seen standing at their seats. Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house till noon. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 01:54:58 PM
  • Modi wishes Obama on birthday
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished US President Barack Obama on his birthday. "Dear @POTUS, wishing you a Happy Birthday! Have a great year ahead. I pray for your long life and may you remain in good health," he said in a tweet. The 44th president of the US was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 01:51:37 PM
  • Modi speaks to Sonia, Mulayam after Naga accord
    Reaching out after signing of historic peace accord between government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (I-M), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to leaders of various political parties including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. According to an official press release, Modi also spoke to former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda. The release said that the prime minister spoke to Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, state Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav. He also spoke to Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 10:12:32 AM
  • BJP's land bill reversal, now for consent, social impact
    In a major climbdown from its stated position, BJP appears to have agreed to restore key provisions of UPA's land law including those related to consent and social impact assessment (SIA), informed sources said. The sources said that members of ruling National Democratic Alliance moved amendments at the Monday's meeting of the joint committee on land bill, seeking to bring back the consent clause and SIA. The committee, headed by BJP's S.S. Ahluwalia, has sought time till August 7 to submit its report on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment Bill), 2015. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 10:03:26 AM
  • Rajnath reviews flood situation in Bengal, Odisha
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the flood situation in West Bengal and Odisha and assured both state governments of full central support, an official statement said. He spoke to the chief ministers of both the states - Mamta Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik - and inquired about the flood situation in the states, the statement said. "He assured (the affected states) of full central support to deal with the situation," it said. So far, 69 deaths have been reported from various parts of West Bengal in flood-related incidents, it said. A total of 2,213 relief camps have been opened for about 50 lakh affected people and 234 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 09:45:53 AM
  • Court agrees to hear defamation complaint against Kejriwal
    A court in New Delhi on Monday agreed to hear defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegdly using derogatory word "thulla" to describe policemen. Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar allowed the plea of constable Ajay Kumar Taneja, from Lajpat Nagar police station in south Delhi, seeking action against Kejriwal claiming that he was "hurt" by the remark and felt "insulted and defamed". The court said that there is sufficient material to proceed with the complaint and granted the complainant to lead pre-summoning evidence, and posted the matter for October 5 when it will record the statement of complaint's witnesses. Source: IANS
    2015-08-04 09:41:44 AM
  • India committed to strengthening ties with Myanmar: PM
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India was committed to strengthening its relations with Myanmar and called for greater connectivity between the two countries. Myanmar is "India's gateway to ASEAN", Modi told the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who called on him in New Delhi, an official release said. The prime minister reiterated India's commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Myanmar in all areas, including defence and security. He said a strong and prosperous Myanmar was in India's interest and expressed Delhi's support to Myanmar in its endeavours for national development. The prime minister said that he respected the desire of the people of Myanmar for a transition to a stable multi-party democracy, and conveyed his best wishes for the upcoming elections in Myanmar to be peaceful, free and fair. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:54:32 PM
  • Government focussed on youth-led development
    The Narendra Modi government is focussed on youth-led development of the country, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday. "The government firmly holds the view that the youth should be active drivers and not just passive recipients of the development process," Sonowal told the first Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers' meeting. "Facilitating youth participation at all levels of governance is one of the key objectives of the current national youth policy of India," he said. Sonowal said the participation of youth in the governance process was an article of faith for the government. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted youths to give suggestions on wide-ranging issues of governance. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:47:44 PM
  • Modi to address three rallies in Bihar next month
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address three 'parivartan' rallies (rallies for change) in Bihar next month to bolster BJP prospects in the coming assembly elections, party sources said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The rallies would be held at Gaya on August 9, Saharsa on August 19 and Bhagalpur on August 30. A Bharatiya Janata Party leader said the venues were chosen in such a manner that they covered about 10 adjoining districts of Bihar. Modi addressed a rally in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on July 25 and took digs at the leadership of Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, respectively. The term of Bihar assembly will end in November this year. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:42:09 PM
  • Kejriwal congratulates Magsaysay winners Chaturvedi, Gupta
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday congratulated Anshu Gupta and Sanjiv Chaturvedi for wining the Magsaysay awards this year. "Congratulations Anshu and Sanjeev for Magsaysay award. V well deserved. God bless u," Kejriwal, who himself is a Ramon Magsaysay award winner, tweeted. Gupta, who runs a non-government organisation, got the award for social work, while Chaturvedi was chosen for his anti-corruption stance. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:38:35 PM
  • Jayalalithaa unwell, won't attend Kalam's last rites
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said she won't attend the funeral of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram on Thursday owing to "health condition". "I have great affection and respect for Abdul Kalam. I would like to attend his funeral and pay my respects to him. However, owing to my health condition I am not in a position to travel," she said in Chennai. Kalam's funeral will be held in Rameswaram, around 600 km from Chennai. Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, Electricity Minister Natham R. Viswanathan, Housing Minister R. Vaithilingam and several other ministers will attend the funeral on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government. Jayalalithaa said as a mark of respect for Kalam, Thursday would be a public holiday in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 10:18:15 AM
  • Congress, Trinamool, CPI-M for withdrawal of NDA's Land Bill
    The Congress, Trinamool Congress and CPI-M on Tuesday pitched for withdrawal of the NDA's land bill in a meeting called at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. "A meeting was convened at Pawar's Delhi residence. There is an indication from all non-BJP parties that they will come together on land bill. Trinamool and CPI-M are opposing the bill extensively, whereas Shiv Sena, NCP and YSR Congress are partially opposed to it," a senior Congress leader who attended the meeting, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said. "We are opposing the bill entirely," Trinamool leader Kalyan Banerjee said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:44:55 AM
  • India honours Kalam's wish for no holiday on his death
    In deference to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's wish that no holiday should be declared on his death, political leaders of different hues - as also the common people - worked through the day and paid their tributes by even working extra hours. "Don't declare a holiday on my death; instead work an extra day. This was his message," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday, paying his tributes to Kalam at the state secretariat in Hyderabad. Naidu said since the former president was against declaring a holiday on his death, it was a working day in the southern state. The government of Andhra Pradesh also requested all educational institutions and government offices to function for an extra hour as a mark of respect for Kalam. The Telangana government, however, declared a holiday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:38:24 AM
  • President, PM lead nation in paying tributes to Kalam
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation on Tuesday in paying rich tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when his body arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The union cabinet met on Tuesday morning to pay tributes to Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest on Monday evening while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong. The two houses of parliament were adjourned for two days as a mark of respect to Kalam, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's leading scientists and later the "people's president". His last rites will be held in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu as per his family's wish. Kalam's body, wrapped in the Tricolour, arrived at the Palam technical area around 12.30 p.m. in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 06:02:19 PM
  • President, PM pay tributes to Kalam at airport
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to late former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the technical area of the IGI Airport in New Delhi. Among other leaders present at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. A special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying Kalam's mortal remains in Delhi at around 12.30 p.m. "IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted. A ceremonial guard of honour was accorded to the former president by army, navy and air force personnel. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S.Bassi was also present at the airport. Kalam's body would be kept at 10 Rajaji Marg for people to pay respects. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:41:43 PM
  • Parliament pays respect to Kalam, adjourned for two days
    Parliament was adjourned for two days on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Meghalaya on Monday. When the Lok Sabha met in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out a condolence message in which she said Kalam was a "real gem" of the country and a "sagacious statesman". The members then stood in silence for some time to pay their respects to the former president, following which the speaker adjourned the house for two days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda were among those present. The upper house was also adjourned for two days.  Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said: "The country has lost a true son. His contributions to the nation as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation."
    2015-07-28 02:37:05 PM
  • Kalam connected with country's development, welfare: Manik Sarkar
    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying he had "intimately" connected himself with the country's development and welfare. "Kalam intimately connected himself with the development and welfare of the country and its citizens," Sarkar said in a statement. "Children and youth had a special place for Kalam," Sarkar added. The Tripura cabinet, at a pre-scheduled meeting, also mourned Kalam's death in Shillong on Monday. Leaders of various political parties in Tripura, including opposition Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman and Bharatiya Janata Party state president Sudhindra Dasgupta, also expressed their deep shock over Kalam's death. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:29:37 PM
  • Kerala assembly pays tribute to Kalam
    Kerala legislators on Tuesday paid tribute to late president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam exactly 10 years after he had addressed the state assembly. Exactly 10 years ago on this very day he was speaking to all of us, assembly speaker N. Sakthan said, adding: "He enlightened all of us then and before he left the premises he planted a sapling. It's standing in all glory." Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in Shillong on Monday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said: "He did perfect homework and gave a beautiful presentation, telling us what we should strive to achieve. The assembly discussed his directions and a resolution was passed." "Even after stepping down as president, he travelled the length and breadth of the country giving lectures. He is perhaps one person who travelled in a way which none of his predecessors did. He was simply a great man," Chandy said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:06:27 PM
  • Bihar CM slammed by BJP for taking all the credit
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was slammed on Monday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who alleged that the state CM can not take all the credit for good governance. The BJP alleged that an equal part was played in Bihar by the NDA over the past one decade and hence it deserves due credit. Nand Kishore Yadav, senior BJP leader, said "It’s very unfair on the part of the chief minister to walk away with sole credit for his government’s performance over two terms as the mandate was for NDA, of which BJP was an equal partner for seven and a half years". “It reflects a streak of betrayal in him (Kumar) as he has tried to walk away with sole credit for the government’s performance over the past one decade in which the BJP was an equal partner for three-forth of the two terms of the current government", he added. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-28 10:18:07 AM
  • Kalam was a leading light: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his deep condolences over the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying that he was a leading light who will be always remembered for his services to the country. "India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful president and above all an inspiring individual. Rest in peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam," Modi said. "My mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him," he said. Modi said that Kalam enjoyed being with people and they, in turn, adored him. "He loved students and spent his final moments among them," the prime minister said, adding that Kalam's work as president, his life and his words have given direction to the country. "In personal capacity, I have lost a valuable guide. India has lost a great son who worked to make it strong, who spent each moment of his life to empower the youth. I don't think that the void left by the great man will ever be filled." Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:55:54 AM
  • Kalam was great human being: Manmohan Singh
    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday condoled the death of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, saying he "greatly benefited from his advice as president of the country". "I have learnt with profound sorrow about the demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In his death, our country has lost a great human being who made phenomenal contribution to the promotion of self reliance in defence technologies. "I worked very closely with Dr. Kalam as prime minister and I greatly benefited from his advice as president of our country. His life and work will be remembered for generations to come," Manmohan Singh said in a statement. Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:52:54 AM
  • Kalam's death personal loss for me: Mukherjee
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday condoled the death of of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying it was a "personal loss" for him. "The passing away of former president of India, Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a deep personal loss for me. I will always cherish my long association with him," he said in a statement in New Delhi. He said that as president, "Kalam was immensely popular and greatly admired. His warmth,humility and simple ways endeared him to one and all. He had a special love for children and sought to constantly inspire the youth of our country through motivational speeches and personal interaction". "Dr. Kalam will be long remembered for his passion for science and innovation and his contributions as an eminent scientist, administrator, educationist and writer," Mukherjee said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:51:26 AM
  • Kalam was scholar statesman, great scientific mind: Sonia
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday expressed her "deepest condolences" at the death of former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam, describing him as "one of the greatest scientific minds and a scholar statesman". Party vice president Rahul Gandhi also condoled Kalam's death. In her message, Sonia Gandhi said Kalam was one of India's iconic leaders, and a true patriot, who inspired millions of young and old alike by his works and deeds. "His contribution to our polity will remain unparalleled. Dr. Kalam inspired millions in the country and abroad and he even breathed his last while infusing a new zeal to young Indians in the course of his last address to IIM students," she said. Rahul Gandhi said Kalam was a man of many parts -- a scientist, an inventor, a visionary thinker and a teacher. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:49:08 AM
  • Kalam served India till last breath: Advani
    BJP leader L.K. Advani on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying "he served mother India literally until the last breath". "The news of the sudden demise of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, India's beloved former President, has left me in a state of shock and sorrow. He served mother India literally until the last breath of his life. He was truly a 'karma yogi' par excellence," he said in a statement issued in New Delhi. "I always regarded Dr. Kalam as the best exemplar of the Idea of India, one who embodied the best of all the cultural and spiritual traditions that signify India's unity in immense diversity. This was most strikingly evident in the last book he wrote, presciently titled 'Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swami'," Advani said. "Kalam's personality uniquely harmonised science and spirituality, and he also harmonised the agendas of security and development. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:46:55 AM
  • Rajnath condoles Kalam's death
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying it was "an irreparable loss". "The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. I deeply mourn his death. RIP Kalam Sahab," he tweeted. The home minister also termed the former president "a man of impeccable character" and inspirational figure, whose death has "saddened" him. "Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction," he said. Deeply saddened at the sudden demise, he said Kalam was an "inspiration to an entire generation". Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital. He was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he suddenly collapsed, officials said. Doctors said Kalam suffered cardiac arrest. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:42:44 AM
  • India has lost an icon: Chandrababu Naidu
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday expressed his deep shock and anguish over the demise of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying India has lost an icon. Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was instrumental in proposing Kalam's candidature for the post of president, described him as dear friend and one of the noblest human beings he has met in his life. "I'm deeply saddened. My deepest condolences. Dr. Kalam & I shared a great bond. His achievements as a fine scientist, scholar, teacher and a mentor are immeasurable. He will remain in our hearts," Naidu said in his statement. "During the NDA rule in the country under (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee's prime ministership, we had collectively proposed his name for the country's first citizen - that of the president." Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 09:38:56 AM
  • Speaker names Congress' Adhir for disregarding chair
    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday "named" Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary for disregarding and insulting the chair by banging a placard on her table. The speaker named Chowdhary under rule 374 (1) which authorises her to suspend a Lok Sabha member for at least a day. Chowdhary was quick to express regret, but his apology was not accepted by the speaker. "Despite my request again and again that placards should not be shown, placards were being put in front of members who wanted to speak. The behaviour of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary is totally unacceptable. This shows disrespect to the chair. I name him for having disregard for the chair," Mahajan said in her ruling. The rule also allows a motion to be made for suspension of the said member for the rest of the session. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 05:52:50 PM
  • Country needs national policy on terrorism: Badal
    Terming the terror attack in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district a "dastardly act", Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said that the country needed to draft a national policy against terrorism. "We cannot afford the huge loss of life and property in such cowardly acts. So we must draft a national policy against terrorism," he told the media in Amritsar. "Militancy is a national problem, not a state problem. As a national problem, it needs to be tackled with national policies," Badal said. The Punjab chief minister said the incident had nothing to do with the "revival of terrorism in Punjab as it was an act of a group active outside the state". Badal, who visited Guru Nanak hospital in the city and met attack survivors, urged the central government to beef up security on the international borders to ensure that such incidents were not repeated. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 05:47:10 PM
  • Bihar has developed in last one decade: Nitish
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state had developed in the last 10 years and his government had worked for its development with justice for all. Nitish Kumar also said that Bihar had its own model of development and now had a positive image in the public mind. "Bihar has now a positive image as the rule of law has been established. It recorded high growth rate and witnessed the development of basic infrastructure to human development in the last one decade, which was lauded and studied by foreign universities," Nitish Kumar said while releasing a final report card on his government's performance ahead of the coming Bihar assembly polls in October-November. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 05:41:11 PM
  • Gurdaspur attack an intelligence failure: Congress
    The terror attack in Punjab is a result of intelligence failure, Congress leader Anand Sharma said on Monday. "The terror attack is not only a security lapse at the border but also a failure of intelligence agencies," Sharma told the media in New Delhi. The Congress leader said the government should reveal what assurances Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at their meeting in Ufa in Russia in June. "On what assurance and understanding did the prime minister issue a joint statement after their meeting in Russia?" he asked. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 05:39:06 PM
  • If we are hit, we will give befitting reply: Rajnath
    If we are hit, we will give a befitting reply, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh after terrorists sneaked into Punjab from Pakistan and killed at least six people. "We will not be the first to strike, but if we are hit, we will give a befitting reply," Rajnath Singh told mediapersons on Monday. "We want peace with Pakistan, but not at the cost of national honour," he said. The attack by heavily-armed terrorists took place at dawn in Dinanagar town in Punjab.   Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:19:34 PM
  • Taking stock of terror attack every 15 minutes: Badal
    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday condemned the terror attack in Gurdaspur district, saying he was taking stock of the situation every 15 minutes despite being unwell. "The attack is very sad. Militancy is a national problem, not state problem. Being a national problem, it needs to be tackled with national policies," Badal said. He said that militants come from "the border" and if there were inputs about possible militant strike, adequate measures should have been taken. He said once the situation was under control, the state government would decide the further course of action. At least six people were killed and many injured when heavily armed terrorists wearing army fatigues hijacked a car, drove to Gurdaspur's Dinanagar town, peppered the bus stand with bullets and then stormed a police station. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:17:33 PM
  • Jayalalithaa drops transport minister
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on Monday dropped Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji from her council of ministers, a Raj Bhavan statement issued here said. Industries Minister P.Thangamani has been allotted the transport portfolio. Balaji has also been stripped of his party post. He was the party's secretary for Karur district. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:14:35 PM
  • Gurdaspur terror attack raised in Lok Sabha
    The terror attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Monday as the government said that the home ministry will make a statement in the matter once the gunbattle is over. When the house reassembled after a short adjournment at noon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said: "After the encounter is over the home ministry will make a statement. I would request the speaker to alow the home minister. We want to take the house into confidence." Naidu made the statement amid a huge ruckus by the opposition led by the Congress over the Lalit Modi and the Vyapam issues. However, many members, specially of the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal, demanded that the Gurdaspur terror attack should be discussed as it was a question of the country's national security. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:07:37 PM
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned for day after condolences
    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after condoling the death of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Kalpataru Das. Das, 65, passed away on Saturday after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was also the BJD vice-president. Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari also condoled the death of two former members of the house, Republican Party of India leader R.S. Gavai and Congress leader Bijoy Krishna Handique. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:03:06 PM
  • PM meets ministers over Punjab attack
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and other senior ministers over a terror attack in a Punjab town that left five people dead. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also attended the meeting. Parrikar had earlier said that counter insurgency forces had reached Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district, which borders Pakistan. At least five people were killed and 10 injured when terrorists in army fatigues hijacked a car reportedly near the Pakistan border, drove to Dinanagar, opened fire at a bus stand and then stormed a police station. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 02:00:22 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi condemns Punjab terror attack
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday condemned the terror attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district. "Strongly condemn the terror attack in Gurdaspur. I hope the situation is brought under control at the earliest," Gandhi said in a tweet. "My prayers are with families of those of who lost their lives in the attack," he said. At least five people were killed when heavily-armed terrorists struck at Dinanagar town on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 01:54:29 PM
  • No one taken hostage: Rijiju
    No one has been taken hostage in the militant attack at Punjab's Dinanagar town, said union minister Kirren Rijiju on Monday. The minister of state for home affairs said that he has spoken to the Punjab Police chief who told him that "no one has been taken hostage". "...since the attacks are really serious, we can't reveal any data as of now as the operation is on," Rijiju told the media in New Delhi after militants struck at Dinanagar town, leaving at least one person dead. "All the security forces have been alerted. Everyone is on alert. If needed anyone and everyone will be rushed to the spot," he said. The minister said that the NSG commandos and army personnel have joined the operation at Dinanagar. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 10:22:37 AM
  • Vigil stepped up at India-Pakistan border: Rajnath
    Security forces have been instructed to step up vigil at the India, Pakistan border following the attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. "Spoke to DG BSF Shri DK Pathak and instructed him to step up the vigil on India-Pakistan border in the wake of attack in Gurudaspur," tweeted Home Minister Rajnath Singh after militants struck at Dinanagar town, leaving at least one dead and seven injured. "The MHA is monitoring the situation in Gurudaspur and Punjab. I am confident that the situation will be soon brought in control," he added. Rajnath Singh also tweeted: "Also spoke to Home Secretary and NSA regarding the situation in Gurudaspur. Security forces have been rushed to the spot." "Spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Shri Prakash Singh Badal who apprised me of the developing situation in Gurudaspur." Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 10:18:56 AM
  • Sonia condoles former minister Handique's death
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the death of former union minister B.K. Handique, saying his journey in public life was "remarkable". Gandhi in a message said Handique was a valued member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance governments and the void created by his death would be hard to fill. Handique, a Congress leader from Assam, died at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. He was 80. A contemporary of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, he represented the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency for six consecutive times since 1991. He held several portfolios in the union government. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 10:16:18 AM
  • President urged to reconsider Yakub's mercy plea
    Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani and leaders from four political parties were among around 200 people who on Sunday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to reconsider the mercy plea of the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, set to hang in Nagpur on July 30. Those who endorsed the petition included BJP's Shatrughan Sinha, Congress' Mani Shankar Aiyer, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D. Raja, actor Naseeruddin Shah, filmmaker Mahesh Bhat, activist Tushar Gandhi, lawyer Vrinda Grover and economist Jean Dreze. The petition asked the president to stay the imminent execution "so that the substantive and fresh grounds" raised can be considered on merits. The submission came a day before the Supreme Court hears a plea by Yakub Memon for a stay on his execution. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 10:05:03 AM
  • Government trying to minimise road accidents: Gadkari
    The central government was concerned over the large number of road accidents in India and was trying to "minimise" them, union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday.  A large number of people die or get injured every year in road accidents and the government was trying all possible ways to reduce the number of casualties, the minister for road transport, highways and shipping told a TV channel right after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern in his 'Maan Ki Baat' radio programme over the increasing number of road accidents. "Five lakh road accidents take place every year. Three lakh people get injured and 1.5 lakh die. We are trying to identify the vulnerable spots and widen the roads to ease congestion. We are trying to minimise the accidents," Gadkari said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 09:39:06 AM
  • Religion should not be misconstrued as communalism: Badal
    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that religion should not be misconstrued as communalism and that people should refrain from indentifying gurus, saints and seers on communal lines as they belong to the entire humanity. "Religion should not be misconstrued as communalism as religion is just a way of life aimed at ensuring overall welfare of everybody. One should profess his own religion and should not hate the religion of others. "Punjab had suffered in the past as some people had divided the people on religious lines, which must be avoided," Badal said while addressing a gathering here after installing Bhagwan Parshuram Chair for Indian literature and culture at Punjabi University in Patiala, 80 km from Chandigarh. Source: IANS
    2015-07-27 09:33:33 AM
  • AAP will not be contestent in Bihar polls
    The BJP, in the form of AAP, sees yet another party joining the ranks of its enemies in Bihar. The Aam Aadmi Party, though, will not contest the Bihar assembly polls to be held later this year, but will take active part in campaiging against the BJP. Earlier, it was being speculated that the AAP will spread its wings out of Delhi, but there is no possibility of that happening for the time being. The campaign for BJP was kick started on Saturday by its star face Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed a public rally in Muzaffarpur district of the state. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-25 06:07:21 PM
  • Modi kickstarts NDA campaign in Bihar, attacks Nitish
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad as he formally kickstarted the NDA's campaign for the crucial Bihar assembly polls, appealing to people not to bring back "jungle raj". Hours after he praised Nitish Kumar for his various requests and suggestions related to the development of Bihar, Modi did a u-turn, hitting out at the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader for the state's backwardness and his "betrayals". "I was not only back-stabbed by him, people of Bihar were also back-stabbed by him," he said at a political rally at Chakkar Maidan in Muzaffarpur, referring to Nitish Kumar's decision to leave the National Democratic Alliance in protest after Modi was selected as its prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 general elections. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 06:00:25 PM
  • Work hard for second Green Revolution: PM to scientists
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the country's agriculture scientists to work hard for ensuring India's second Green Revolution. "There is no time to further delay it. We have to brace ourselves for the second Green Revolution," Modi said in his address at the foundation day function of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Patna. "All agriculture scientists should work jointly for the second green revolution for the country," he told scientists who gathered here from across the country. He said the first green revolution was for producing food grains in the country to get rid of over dependent on their import but the aim of the second green revolution would be different. He asked the agriculture scientists to research in their labs to increase yield per acre and to connect farmers with latest scientific research. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 05:57:26 PM
  • Modi praises Nitish, targets Lalu and Congress
    In a clear bid to divide the anti-BJP opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar but targeted his allies RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the Congress on the issue of Bihar's development. Modi, who arrived in Patna earlier in the day, referred to Nitish Kumar seven times in his speech, praising him for his various requests and suggestions related to the development of Bihar. Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United, Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed a grand alliance to defeat the BJP-led coalition in the upcoming Bihar assembly election. Modi, who shared the stage with Nitish Kumar at the Veterinary College ground, admitted that he agreed with the chief minister that railway projects for Bihar started when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister were delayed after the Congress took power in 2004. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 02:03:51 PM
  • Prashant Bhushan sends notice to Sisodia
    Former AAP leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Saturday sent a legal notice to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia over regularisation of contractual teachers in the national capital. "I have sent a legal notice (to Sisodia) as regularising contract teachers without giving an opportunity to others for such appointments is wrong," Bhushan said. "The Supreme Court had said such appointments would be illegal as other outsiders too deserve an equal chance. "Some of the disgruntled teachers had come to me and on their behalf I have sent the notice and sought a reply within seven days," said Bhushan, who was expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party in April for alleged anti-party activities. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 01:54:01 PM
  • Development answer to all ills: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that development is the answer to all ills including poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. "There is no alternative to development. Development is the answer for all problems," Modi said in his address after he inaugurated five projects in Patna. On a day-long visit to Bihar, Modi arrived here and was received by Governor K.N. Tripathi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "We have go for development in our fight against all our problems," he said. Modi said his government's agenda was to develop eastern India including Bihar. "Unless Bihar is developed, the country cannot be developed. "I will announce a special package for Bihar at the right time, not now," he said.
    2015-07-25 12:57:19 PM
  • Modi inaugurates IIT-Patna campus
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a day-long visit to Bihar, on Saturday inaugurated the new IIT campus in Patna. He launched Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Rashtriya Gramin Joyti Yojna aimed at power sector reforms in the rural areas. He also inaugurated Daniyawan-Biharsharief new rail line and construction work of phase-1 of Jagdishpur-Haldia Natural Gas Pipeline in Patna. Besides, Modi laid the foundation stone for an incubation centre for medical electronics at IIT-Patna. Modi arrived here earlier and was received by Governor K.N. Tripathi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the airport. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 12:55:17 PM
  • Special packages likely to be announced for Bihar as PM Modi starts campaign
    BJP's poll campaign for Bihar assembly polls will be kick started today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a public rally he is going to hold in Muzaffarpur. A certain vision of Bihar and a number of special pakcges for the state are expected to be announced by the Prime Minister. According to sources, the rally will be attended by senior leaders from Bihar such as former Chief Minister of Bihar Jiten Ram Manjhi, Upendra Kushwaha and Ramvilas Paswan. PM Modi will also be inaugurating a new campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-25 10:25:29 AM
  • Army short of around 10,000 officers: Parrikar
    The Indian Army is facing a shortage of around 10,000 officers, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Lok Sabha on Friday. The army, according to the minister, is short of 9,642 officers, and 23,909 soldiers of other ranks. In the navy, the shortage is of 1,799 officers and 11,653 soldiers. In the air force, no shortage was mentioned in the officers cadre, but the shortage of the number of airmen was 6,664, Parrikar said in a written reply. Stating the reasons, the minister said: "Some of the major reasons for the shortage in the armed forces include increase in authorised strength due to new accretions in force level from time to time, availability of attractive alternative career avenues, stringent selection criteria and difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk." Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 10:06:40 AM
  • Respect judiciary, but stand by comments on Memon hanging: Owaisi
    Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, whose comments on the imminent hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon have sparked a huge controversy, on Friday clarified he respected the judiciary but stood by his view. "I respect and accept the Supreme Court verdict. I only raised the question that why the killers of Rajiv Gandhi and Beant Singh have not yet been hanged," he told reporters. He rubbished the allegations that he is supporting terrorism. "I don't support terrorism and I will never support it." Questioning the execution of Memon set for July 30, Owaisi had asked why the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh were not hanged. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 09:55:51 AM
  • Cooperate in monitoring development works: Delhi government
    The Delhi government on Friday instructed all three municipal corporations of the city to cooperate in monitoring the developmental works in the national capital. Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia issued instructions to the commissioners of all three MCDs for monitoring developmental works carried out with Delhi government funds. "All the three municipal corporations should cooperate with the Quality Assurance Unit in the monitoring of developmental works in the city," he said. The instructions come in the wake of complaints that municipal corporations were not supporting the Quality Assurance Unit in monitoring the developmental works. Source: IANS
    2015-07-25 09:50:46 AM
  • Delhi Lt. Governor meets Rajnath Singh
    Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. According to sources, he was learnt to have discussed the ongoing tussle with Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government over the appointment of Right to Information activist Swati Maliwal as the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief. The meeting came on the day when Jung shot off an angry letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for ridiculing and calling him Prime Minister Narendra Modi's man. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-25 09:46:21 AM
  • 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: IANS  
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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 Reports 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 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.dpuf 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 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.dpuf
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 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: IANS
    2015-07-24 09:40:35 AM
  • Khattar expands cabinet; three new ministers sworn in
    Nearly nine months after Haryana's first BJP government was sworn in, the Manohar Lal Khattar government saw its first cabinet expansion on Thursday, with three new ministers being sworn in. Krishan Lal Panwar has been inducted as a cabinet minister while Ghanshyam Saraf has been inducted as Minister of State (MoS) with independent charge. Nayab Singh Saini has been inducted as an MoS. The oath of office and secrecy was administered to the new ministers by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at the Haryana Raj Bhawan. Later, four BJP legislators were also sworn in as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries by Chief Minister Khattar. They included Seema Trikha, Kamal Gupta, Shyam Singh Rana and B.S. Virk. The Khattar government was sworn in October last year after the BJP, for the first time, won a majority in the 90-member assembly on its own. Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 02:28:41 PM
  • Why is Modi silent on Vyapam, asks Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the Vyapam scam. "More than 40 people have died in the Vyapam scam. One of your friends has also died. This is such a big scam and the PM is silent on this," Gandhi told reporters outside parliament. "Can't he make a single comment on the scam? I don't have any problem if he doesn't speak. The more he remains silent, it is good for me." "When people of India voted, they had immense faith in Modiji. Now, they are cursing themselves because their faith and confidence in the prime minister has been crushed," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 02:22:18 PM
  • AAP leaders meet Delhi Police chief over Pandey case
    AAP leaders on Wednesday met Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi over party member Dilip Pandey's complaint that a police bus tried to run him over in front of the Rajinder Nagar police station. Pandey was in the Aam Aadmi Party delegation that included Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas. "Dilip Pandey shared detailed information about yesterday's (Tuesday's) incident with the police commissioner. The video footage regarding the incident was also submitted to him," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said after the meeting. "He assured us of a fair investigation and speedy action into the matter," he said, adding that the members put forth all facts before the police chief. "Nothing would be more unfortunate, if still there is no action taken. We want to see whether he abides by his yesterday's 'Satyamev Jayate' commitment in this matter." Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 11:06:23 AM
  • Congress uses Shanta Kumar's remarks to attack BJP
    The Congress on Wednesday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party over its parliamentary member Shanta Kumar's outburst over the Vyapam scam, saying his was a voice of "introspection". Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said if the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government was actually serious about running parliament, it should seek resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers facing controversies. He said the onus of running parliament smoothly was on the government. Gogoi reiterated the party's allegation that Swaraj helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting British travel documents even as a blue corner notice was pending against him. "Her conduct is illegal and immoral," the spokesperson said. Referring to the government's offer that Swaraj would make a statement, he said, it was a diversionary tactic. Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 11:03:22 AM
  • Most BJP leaders supported when I raised issues: Shanta Kumar
    Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shanta Kumar has said that most of the party leaders "were with me" on the issue of Vyapam and Sushma Swaraj-Vasundhara Raje episodes. In an interview to India Today television channel, the former Himachal Pradesh chief minister said three of the BJP ministers actually congratulated him for taking up the issue with BJP party chief Amit Shah, and appreciated that he took up something which they also wanted to speak on but felt scared to. "Three of the ministers said that you did good work," he said while terming as "false" the media reports suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to him. Kumar, who denied reports that Modi had ticked him off for his July 10 letter to the party president, said he has not spoken to the prime minister since writing that letter. Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 10:58:53 AM
  • Stung by Vyapam, Lalit Gate, BJP targets Congress leaders
    The BJP on Wednesday released a sting video concerning Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and demanded his resignation over "liquor scam" worth hundreds of crores and "loot" carried out during the 2013 floods. Hitting back at the Congress, which is demanding three BJP ministers' resignations over favouring ex-IPL chief and Vyapam scam issues, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also raised the issue of a charge sheet filed against Congress leader and former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister P.K. Thungon over a 1998 corruption case. Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference in New Delhi alleged the Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary "were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods". Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 10:30:44 AM
  • Government has accorded high priority to hunger: Paswan
    The central government has taken note of the United Nations annual hunger report, and accorded high priority to the issue of hunger, a union minister said on Wednesday. "The government has taken note of the UN annual hunger report. As per the report, India has 194.6 million undernourished people but the number has declined from 210.1 million in the base year 1990-92," said Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, in response to a question in the Lok Sabha. "The government of India has accorded high priority to the issue of hunger and malnutrition in the country and is implementing several schemes to improve food security in the country," the minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-23 10:12:13 AM
  • 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 06:09:59 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 01:52:48 PM
  • 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 10:00:39 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: IANS
    2015-07-22 09:49:35 AM
  • Odisha legislators ask Sonia, Rahul to remove chief whip
    Twelve Congress legislators from Odisha met party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday demanding the removal of the party chief whip in the state assembly. The legislators met Sonia and Rahul separately at Parliament House. Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra said the lawmakers visited Delhi to meet the Congress central leadership seeking the ouster of party chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati. Sources said "serious differences" have cropped up in the Congress Legislature Party ahead of the monsoon session of the assembly as one warring group was flexing its muscles to show Bahinipati the door. However, Congress leader Naba Das, under whose leadership the legislators met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, said they were not on a mission to oust or induct any one, rather it was simply a "courtesy visit". Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 06:00:14 PM
  • Opposition running from Lalit Modi debate: BJP
    The ruling BJP on Tuesday said it was ready for a debate on the Lalit Modi controversy and accused the Opposition of running away from it. Addressing a press conference in Parliament House, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said if the Opposition wanted a discussion on the Vyapam scam, they must agree to discuss issues related to other states as well. "The Congress does not know what it wants. They are running away from discussion because they know they will be exposed if the debate takes place," Prasad said. He said the Congress and other parties wanted a debate on Tuesday morning. "Post lunch they wanted resignation," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 05:55:06 PM
  • Nitish opens Bihar's longest flyover
    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the longest four-lane flyover of Bihar in Patna, saying it will provide people much needed relief from traffic congestion. The 2.7-km road bridge between Sheikhpura near Patna airport and Rupaspur is expected to ease the traffic in the heart of congested Patna. Bihar's Road Construction Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh lauded the Bihar State Bridge Construction Corp for building the flyover. The project was built at an estimated cost of Rs.300 crore, an official said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 05:49:21 PM
  • Will take on BJP-Congress-CPI-M in 2016: Mamata
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday denounced the BJP for spreading the “poison of communalism” in the state and said her Trinamool Congress will take on the “unethical alliance” of the BJP, Congress and CPI-M in the 2016 assembly elections. “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… you are shame, shame," she told hundreds of thousands of supporters. “You go on spreading lies and canard. You do not have any space here. TMC (Trinamool Congress) can do it (fight) alone, with dignity and its head held high... "Earlier it was against the CPI-M but now the fight (andolan) is against the centre,” she told the mammoth party rally in Kolkata. The rally was held in memory of 13 Congress activists who died in police firing during a blockade of Writers’ Building (state secretariat) on this day in 1993. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 05:47:14 PM
  • Lalit Modi issue raised in Rajya Sabha
    The Congress on Tuesday raised the Lalit Modi controversy in the Rajya Sabha, demanding a discussion and suspending the scheduled business on the first day of monsoon session. Congress leader Anand Sharma said: "Government is answerable to the house." "Government promised transparency in functioning. This promise has been broken. There are 14 FIRs by the enforcement directorate against him (Lalit Modi). Governments change laws don't change," he said. The Congress leader alleged that the travel documents that were granted to Modi for attending to his wife who he said was undergoing cancer treatment, were being used by him for "tourism". Responding to Sharma, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked the opposition to start the debate. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 01:52:23 PM
  • Parliament's monsoon session begins
    The monsoon session of the parliament began in New Delhi on Tuesday. Addressing the media ahead of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that it would be a fruitful session which would see some "good decisions" being taken. The session is scheduled to run till August 13. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 01:47:49 PM
  • Modi hopes for a fruitful monsoon session
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that a lot of "good decisions" will be taken during parliament's monsoon session that began on Tuesday. Ahead of the parliament session, Modi hoped that a lot of good decisions will be taken and "maximum decisions" will take place. He said that an all party meeting was held on Monday in which it was decided to take important decisions together to take the country forward. The prime minister said that he was grateful for the support from the political parties. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 01:31:29 PM
  • Modi invites inputs for next 'Mann Ki Baat'
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited inputs for the next session of the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on Sunday, an official statement said on Tuesday. "Looking forward to share 'Mann Ki Baat' this Sunday. Share your inputs and ideas for the programme. https://t.co/76yGSzjVK1," a Prime Minister's Office (PMO) statement said. This would be the 10th edition of the programme. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 01:29:22 PM
  • PM's 'gifts' for Bihar? not really, says Nitish
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that the announcements termed as 'gifts' to Bihar by the BJP are nothing but projects initiated by PM modi and approved by the previous government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a public rally in Muzaffarpur on 25 July and will announce a number of special packages for Bihar ahead of the assembly polls in the state later this year. Nitish said that Modi got time to look at Bihar fifteen years after he became Prime Minister. “People of Bihar are indebted to the PM for remembering the State, 15 months after becoming the PM. I am waiting to see whether the PM announces something new in the economic package he is expected to unveil or merely package the ones started earlier”, said Nitish Kumar. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-21 10:38:40 AM
  • Value our deep-rooted ties with Belgium: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted Belgians on their National Day, saying India has always valued its deep-rooted ties with Belgium. "National Day greetings to the people of Belgium. We have always valued our strong and deep-rooted ties with Belgium," he said in a message. "I am sure India and Belgium will enhance their cooperation even further which will benefit the people of our nations," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 10:16:21 AM
  • Modi is 'chowkidar' of corrupt, says Congress
    The Congress on Monday accused the Narendra Modi government of "doing nothing" on issues it held dear, saying he has become "chowkidar of the corrupt". Before he took over as prime minister, Narendra Modi would say that parliament would be rid of corrupt people, even if they belonged to his own Bharatiya Janata Party, former union minister Kapil Sibal told a press conference in New Delhi on the eve of beginning of monsoon session of parliament. "He (Modi) said he was a 'chowkidar' (watchman) of the nation's wealth and would not allow the corrupt to steal it. But now he has become the 'chowkidar' of the corrupt," claimed Sibal. He alleged that eight of new faces inducted in the government had declared criminal cases. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 10:14:33 AM
  • Vyapam the 'grand mother of all scams', says Azad
    Terming Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scam the "grandmother of all scams", Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday said that it was the people known to the BJP and protected by the BJP who were responsible for the killings. "Vyapam is the grandmother of all scams. Who is responsible for the 40 plus killings? Is it the Pakistan army? Is it the ISI? Or is it the Naxals (Maoists)? It is the people known to the BJP and protected by the BJP who were responsible. It was never before had India or the world seen a scam where over 40 people who were witnesses or evidence had been quietly killed," Azad said in an interview to the India Today news channel. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 10:08:14 AM
  • NDA to stand united in monsoon session
    The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Monday decided it will stand united in the upcoming monsoon session of parliament, and will take on the opposition attacks aggressively. In a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence, all members of the ruling alliance agreed to support government's stand on the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam, sources said. "Prime minister has asked NDA to put up a united face in the monsoon session," said a source. All NDA members also agreed to take on opposition aggressively if they demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or other ministers. The ruling alliance has decided to raise the Goa bribery case involving New Jersey-based construction management firm Louis Berger to secure a contract for a water developmental scheme to counter Congress which is expected to lead the charge. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 10:04:11 AM
  • Maneka's effort to revamp NCW fails again
    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's proposal to overhaul the National Commission for Women (NCW) drew a blank again. "The proposal by the ministry to give punitive powers to the commission was sent to the cabinet for approval. However, it came back," Gandhi said on Monday. Gandhi had announced plans to revamp the NCW as part of the ministry's one year in office in May. The ministry also proposed giving the commission powers equal to the National Human Rights Commission. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 09:56:54 AM
  • PM consults NDA partners over land bill
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday discussed the land bill with NDA cosntituents, sources said. According to the sources, in a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders at his official residence, Modi inquired about the objection that allies parties have to the land acquisition bill brought by government. The meeting was attended by Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena leader Anand Rao Adsul, Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawle, and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhdeo Singh Dhindsa among allies. BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu were also present. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 09:49:40 AM
  • Kejriwal appeals to Delhiites to raise voice against crime
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the national capital's people to raise their voice in case of crime against another member of the public. "In Delhi's Anand Parbat area, a teenaged girl, Meenakshi, was brutally stabbed to death in full public view, but no one came to her rescue. There are several such incidents where miscreants commit crime in public but people remain mute spectators. This is not fair," he said. "If we see a girl being attacked in public, we may be scared for our own safety and not intervene, thinking the attacker may harm us on being stopped. But just think what if she was our daughter or sister. Would we still keep quiet?" the chief minister added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 09:46:13 AM
  • Kejriwal asks police for details on crimes against women
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to provide details on crimes against women in the national capital. The Aam Aadmi Party leader made the request at a meeting with Bassi at his office, four days after the brutal murder of a teenaged girl made the city government reiterate its demand for administrative control over Delhi Police. "We asked Bassi to give us details on the number of FIRs registered on the basis of complaints by women and FIRs not registered by police," Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain told the media. Source: IANS
    2015-07-21 09:41:05 AM
  • No threat to BJP government in MP from Vyapam: Minister
    With the opposition threat to disrupt parliament, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said there was no threat to the ruling BJP from the Vyapam scam. "There is absolutely no threat to the Bharatiya Janata Party," Sitharaman told reporters, referring to the government in Madhya Pradesh, when she was asked about the alleged recruitment scandal in the state. "There is no basis to these complaints," she said of the Congress allegations that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was to blame and must quit. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 06:21:18 PM
  • Delhi Police chief meets Jung before Kejriwal
    Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Monday met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung ahead of meeting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. Talking to reporters after meeting Jung, Bassi termed it a "routine weekly meeting". "We discussed the law and order scenario and strategies to make Delhi better," he said. "Police is accountable to system and not any individual. We adhere by the Gita that is our Constitution and various laws which govern policing in Delhi." About Delhi government's criticism of police over law and order, Bassi said: "I take criticism in a positive spirit, even if it is wrong." On Saturday, Kejriwal requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to take out an hour every week to discuss law and order issues in Delhi or he should hand over Delhi Police to us, and we will set things straight". Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 02:03:11 PM
  • We need to respect dignity of labour: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that it was essential to respect the dignity of labour. "There is a wrong habit which has crept in, we do not respect our labour enough," he said at the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi. "As a society, we need to respect the dignity of labour," he added. The prime minister also said that it was his effort to simplify the laws so that even the poorest are able to understand their rights and avail them. Source:IANS
    2015-07-20 02:00:21 PM
  • Cooperate on land bill, Modi tells parties
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged all political parties to move forward on the land acquisition bill that has created a major national divide. "All party leaders should move forward on the bill," the prime minister told an all-party meeting in New Delhi, a day before parliament opens its monsoon session. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy quoted Modi as saying that his government was willing to accept all good suggestions from opposition parties on various issues. He added that it was the collective responsibility of the parties to ensure a smooth functioning of parliament. Rudy spoke to reporters after the all-party meet convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the agenda for the session. The meeting was attended by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, Janata Dal-United's Sharad Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Mishra and CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury among others. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 01:57:22 PM
  • Mumbai mayor compares Modi with Hitler
    Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena leader Snehal Ambekar has compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the late German dictator Adolf Hitler. In an interview with the Afternoon Despatch & Courier, 43-year-old Ambekar also fancied herself akin to a chief minister and desired a red-beacon vehicle which bestows status on the position she occupies. In the interview titled 'Modi's rule is quite Hitler-esque', she said: "I even admire Narendra Modi for his self-reliant way of working. But at some level, I feel his rule is quite like Hitler..." "This is bound to happen when power is concentrated in the hands of one man," Ambekar, a first-time municipal corporator, said. Elected as the city's seventh woman and first Dalit woman mayor in September 2014, Ambekar has been in the limelight for some time for seeking a red beacon for her vehicle. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 01:52:51 PM
  • BJP looks on as rivals plan to campaign jointly in Bihar
    The BJP may find itself in deep waters in Bihar as its rivals parties have dedided to campaign jointly ahead of the Bihar assembly polls. The Janata Dal-United (JDU) as well as the Congress, the Nationalist Congress party and old foes Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), have plans to jointly campaign against the BJP ahead of the Bihar polls. Three of the biggest leaders in Bihar- Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JDU chief Sharad Yadav and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav met in Patna on Sunday and decided that their parties will unite and campaign jointly to counter the BJP juggernaut. Vashisht Narayan Singh, Bihar JDU Chief said, "We have decided that grand alliance of JD-U, RJD, Congress and NCP will campaign together or jointly against the BJP-led NDA". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-20 10:38:31 AM
  • CPI-M demands explanation over Kishenji's killing
    The CPI-M on Sunday said the truth behind the death of Maoist leader Kishenji needs to come out and demanded an explanation from the Mamata Banerjee government. "(Trinamool Congress MP) Abhishek Banerjee had recently said that Kishenji had been killed by their government in 2011. It has revealed that the Mamata Banerjee government had organised a fake 'encounter' to eliminate the Maoist leader after her objective was achieved," said party politburo member Mohammed Salim. He alleged the Maoists had played an active role in bringing the Trinamool to power, but after assuming office, party supremo Mamata Banerjee had split with the ultra-Leftists. "Abhishek (Banerjee) has exposed the truth," he said. "People have every right to know the exact facts," he said. Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of the chief minister had said: "The Mamata Banerjee government, by killing him, has proved that in days to come, people will have the final word." Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:22:46 AM
  • Tremendous corruption in the northeast: Parrikar
    There was "tremendous corruption" in the northeastern states, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. "There is tremendous corruption in the northeast. They say a road has been built, but there is no road. The money just disappears," Parrikar said at a Bharatiya Janata Party workers meeting organised as part of a 'mahasampark' campaign in South Goa's Margao town. In an oblique reference to state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro who has returned to Goa politics after a nearly decade-long stint as in-charge of the northeastern states, he said only those who were experts at managing "such things" were posted to the northeast. "They have come back from the northeast. Ask them what they have done in the northeast?" Parrikar said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:20:25 AM
  • Modi meets labour leaders, differences persist
    Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met labour leaders on Sunday on the eve of the 46th Indian Labour Conference, differences persisted between central trade unions and the government over the contentious issues of contract labour and minimum wages. The meeting over tea on Sunday followed extensive consultations that these leaders had with an inter-ministerial team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier in the day. Union ministers Jaitley, Bandaru Dattatreya, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Jitendra Singh were present at the meeting, an official statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:13:41 AM
  • Irregularities in selection of 1,338 candidates only: Shivraj
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday admitted that there were irregularities in selection of candidates through exams conducted by Vyapam, but only in the case of 1,338 people. Chouhan said over 3.54 lakh candidates have been selected through exams conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam). The percentage of irregularities was "very low" -- around 0.01 percent -- but people were trying to defame the state, the chief minister said at a programme to honour children from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. "Over one crore candidates have appeared in exams conducted by Vyapam, and 3.54 lakh candidates have been selected, among which irregularities were detected in only 1,338 cases. This is like 0.01 percent," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:10:45 AM
  • MP assembly session from July 20 to be stormy affair
    The monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly beginning from July 20 is likely to be a stormy affair with the opposition Congress all set to take up forcefully the Vyapam scam. On the other hand, the government, led by beleaguered Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is preparing to defend itself in the matter. The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam scam rocked the national and state politics once again after a Delhi-based news channel journalist Akshay Singh and a dean of the state medical college died under mysterious circumstances this month. The assembly session will continue till July 31. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:07:37 AM
  • Complaint against Kejriwal over derogatory remark
    A police complaint was lodged on Sunday against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he allegedly referred to the police by the derogatory term 'thulla'. The complaint was lodged in Govindpuri police station in south Delhi. The complainant, police constable Harvinder, said he was hurt by Kejriwal's choice of words. "I respect Arvind Kejriwal. I didn't expect such words from him," Harvinder told media. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:04:05 AM
  • Delhi Police chief to meet Kejriwal on Monday
    Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Sunday said he would call on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday to remove all misconceptions between them. "I received a letter from the chief minister's office, asking if a meeting was possible. I will definitely meet him at 4 p.m. on Monday and exchange views," Bassi told media persons in New Delhi. "May be, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government will be able to tell us something useful. In return, I can tell them something that helps increase their knowledge about policing. After all, I have spent 38 years of my life in policing and have had different experiences," he told reporters. Source: IANS
    2015-07-20 10:01:57 AM
  • Rains force Modi to cancel Varanasi trip again
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's one-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi was cancelled on Thursday following heavy rains -- and the death of a labourer setting up the stage from where he was set to address a public rally, the BJP said. Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said a new date would be picked later. "The monsoon is active in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. A labourer was electrocuted at the venue where the prime minister was to address a rally. The visit has been put off," Pathak said. After the labourer from West Bengal was electrocuted, district officials switched off the power supply to the venue. This is the third time Modi's trip to Varanasi has been cancelled. On all three times, bad weather was the reason. Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 01:52:36 PM
  • Farm loans waiver: Sena attacks ally BJP, opposition
    With farmers' suicides continuing unabated in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Thursday asked its ruling coalition ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party, whether it had any schemes in place for the benefit of the community. The Sena also flayed the opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party, demanding full waiver of farm loans, for disrupting the ongoing monsoon session of the state legislature. In a sharp piece in the party mouthpiece, Saamana on Thursday, the Sena said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has rejected the demand for writing off farm loans as the state is already overburdened under a huge debt. "The government is feeling that taking any new debts could make Maharashtra's (financial) condition like Greece... Although the present situation is the handiwork of the previous (Congress-NCP) regime," the piece said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 01:46:30 PM
  • Committed to northeast's sustainable development: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reiterated his government's resolve of ensuring rapid and sustainable development of the northeastern states. In a meeting with chief ministers of the northeastern states in New Delhi, Modi said the central government was committed for rapid and sustainable development of the region. The chief ministers were briefed on infrastructure initiatives taken up by the central government in the region through a NITI Aayog presentation, an official release said. The meeting was attended among others by union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya. Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 11:27:59 AM
  • Skill India relaunch of UPA scheme, says Congress
    The Congress on Wednesday dismissed the "Skill India" programme flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the relaunch of a scheme of previous United Progressive Alliance government. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told media persons here that the prime minister had "relaunched one more UPA scheme - the National Skill Development Mission (NSDP)". He said that NSDP was first launched in August 2010 and its first certificate was distributed on February 5, 2014. "The National Skill Development Mission has already trained around 35 lakh people. 160 training partners are already appointed and 1722 trainers have been appointed," he said, adding that "UPA schemes" like Nirmal Bharat, Beti Bachao Yojana, Namami Gange and the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission had been re-launched by the National Democratic Alliance government. Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 11:11:24 AM
  • Nitish favours original land Act of 2013
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday demanded that original Land Acquisition Act of 2013 be implemented for the sake of farmers' interest instead of passage of the amendment bill of 2015. "I strongly support and favour the original Land Acquisition Act of 2013 as it is pro-farmer. It should be implementd in the country," Nitish Kumar told media in Patna. He arrived here after attending a Governing Council meeeting of the NITI Aayog in New Delhi earlier on Wednesday, convened to discuss the land acquisition bill. Nitish Kumar said he was opposing the amendments to the bill because these were "pro-corporate and anti-farmers". Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 11:08:22 AM
  • BJP chief ministers meet Amit Shah
    Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Wednesday met chief ministers of all party-ruled states. There was no official word from BJP about the meeting but sources said that Shah held discussions with the chief ministers, who were in nEw Delhi to attend a meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the stalled land acquisition bill, about organisation-related matters, including the mass contact progaramme. The meeting took place amid growing demand for resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam. Source: IANS
    2015-07-16 11:04:54 AM
  • Boycotting Niti Aayog meeting against federalism: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that certain non-BJP chief ministers skipping the Niti Aayog meeting in New Delhi was "against the spirit of federalism". "Those who chose to boycott (Niti Aayog meeting) must introspect whether not attending the meeting is in tune with the spirit of federalism," Jaitley said at a press conference here after the Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded. Jaitley said 16 chief ministers were present at the meeting. Nine chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal and Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh were among those who boycotted the meeting of Niti (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 05:28:04 PM
  • BJP questions Akhilesh's absence from NITI Aayog meet
    The BJP in Lucknow on Wednesday questioned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's absence from the NITI Aayog meet in New Delhi, accusing the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the state of "politicising development". BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said while Yadav was writing a series of letters to the union government with his demands and suggestions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when an opportunity came to deliberate upon it he opted to be absent. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 05:23:59 PM
  • Modi not to attend President's Iftar: BJP
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi won't attend the Iftar party to be hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday evening due to other "important programmes", the BJP said. "The prime minister is preoccupied with important programmes. He has a meeting with chief ministers of northeastern states on Wednesday (evening)," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said. Modi will chair a meeting with the chief ministers to discuss major developmental projects. He will also launch the 'Skill India' campaign in the evening. The president is hosting an Iftar on Wednesday. The guest list includes leaders of all major political parties, apart from diplomats. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 05:21:35 PM
  • Mamata, Naveen, Jayalalithaa skip Modi's NITI Aayog meet
    Apart from nine chief ministers from Congress-ruled states, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Tamilnadu's J.Jayalalithaa were among the non-NDA chief ministers who skipped the NITI Aayog meet in New Delhi on Wednesday. The meet, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had the land acquisition bill on its agenda. "Our chief ministers have not gone to attend the meeting of NITI Aayog as the party's stance on land bill is clear and it is against the legislation brought by the National Democratic Alliance government (NDA)," Congress spokesperson and former union minister R.P.N.Singh told reporters. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 05:18:54 PM
  • Modi to meet northeast CMs, may not attend president's Iftar
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet chief ministers of the eight northeastern states on Wednesday evening in Delhi, triggering speculation that he may not attend the Iftar hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee. "The prime minister will chair a meeting with chief ministers from the northeastern states, including Sikkim, at 1900 hrs (7 p.m.) tomorrow (Wednesday)," a release from the Prime Minister's Office said on Tuesday. It said important development projects related to the northeast were likely to be discussed in the meeting. A Tripura government official said chief ministers of the northeastern states wanted to meet Modi collectively to discuss various issues including continuation of special category status for the region. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told reporters after a meeting with Modi in Delhi on June 16 that the prime minister "remained silent" on the chief ministers' demand for the special category status. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 10:12:07 AM
  • Swamy attacks Modi government's refusal to decriminalize defamation
    Attacking the Narendra Modi regime's refusal to decriminalize defamation, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the government's stand was "strange". "The government has said that the person may not be able to pay. This paucity of funds is a strange argument, so criminal defamation is an appropriate remedy," Swamy told a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant that is examining the validity of penal provisions relating to criminal defamation. "To defame someone, a person must have the status to do so. He can't be that low in the social order," Swamy told the court thrashing the government stand on retaining criminal defamation as a person accused of defamation may not be in a position to shell out money.
    2015-07-15 10:07:16 AM
  • Congress leaders discuss party strategy for monsoon session
    Senior Congress leaders met at party president Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the party's strategy for the monsoon session of parliament beginning next Monday. The Congress is expected to adopt an aggressive stance against the National Democratic Alliance government during the session and raise a range of issues including controversies surrounding former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. Congress sources said the party will press for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for their help to Lalit Modi, who is facing investigation in cases of alleged tax evasion. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 10:04:25 AM
  • Congress' Bengal leader warns again aligning with Left
    Revealing fresh fissures in the Congress' West Bengal unit, its former state chief Manas Bhunia on Tuesday issued a veiled warning that he would leave the party if it aligned with the Left. Bhunia also praised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, providing further fodder to rumour mills that he was considering a switch over to her Trinamool Congress. With a section of Congress leaders suggesting an alliance with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front to take on the Trinamool in next year's assembly polls, Bhunia said he was strongly opposed to any such move. "We suffered immense torture during the 24 years of Left front rule (1877-2011). I'm stunned at the suggestions given by some leaders to hold CPI-M and Left Front's hands. This is just not done. I am opposing it with all my strength," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:58:33 AM
  • Fake degree row: AAP legislator meets Delhi Police chief
    Delhi legislator Surender Singh of the AAP, who is embroiled in a row over fake degrees, on Tuesday evening met Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi at the police headquarters in a bid to surrender but was let off. The Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Delhi Cantonment, accompnied by party leader Sanjay Singh, met Bassi around 4.45 p.m. but the police chief allowed him to go as the matter was sub judice. Surender Singh, a former commando of the National Security Guard (NSG), told Bassi that police were treating him like a "delinquent" and putting pressure on him for interrogation. Earlier in the day, Surender Singh at a press conference said even though his degrees were not fake, he would surrender before Delhi Police. He said there was "just a technical error" related to his degree but it was not fake. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:49:35 AM
  • BJP leaders defend Chouhan on Vyapam
    In the wake of ongoing controversy related to Vyapam scam, the entire Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to have united behind Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, publicly defending him. Union Minister for Steel and Fertilser Narender Singh Tomar in Bhopal on Tuesday said just after observing some discrepencies in Vyapam, Chouhan ordered investigation, which the Special Task Force under the Special Investigation Team carried forward. He said it was Chouhan who appealed to the Supreme Court to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the scam. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:43:57 AM
  • AAP to launch fund-raising drive
    The AAP will launch a nationwide fund-raising drive called "Clean Money, Clean Politics" headed by party leader Kumar Vishwas. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called upon well-wishers and the public to support the cause and donate funds for party activities. In a statement, Kejriwal urged the public and party supporters to contribute as per their will and capacity as the AAP has run out of funds. "Even a contribution of Rs.10 would be a great help to continue the clean politics in the country," he said. Kejriwal said the people of India created a historic example by shunning the parties with millions of rupees in their kitty. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:40:54 AM
  • Under attack on Shah's comment, BJP releases video
    As the Congress and AAP on Tuesday flayed BJP president Amit Shah for his reported remark that it would take 25 years to bring 'achhe din' (good days) in the country, his party vehemently denied he ever said so. The Bharatiya Janata Party even released a video clipping of Shah's speech and uploaded it on the party website, criticising a section of the media over the issue. Addressing party cadres in Bhopal on Monday, Shah reportedly said it would take 25 years to deliver 'achhe din' in the country. "We saw a twisted statement attributed to our president in a section of the media. Some newspapers think they can write anything...they can make any headline...this is not fair," union Minister Piyush Goyal said at a press conference in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:39:07 AM
  • Delhi should get full statehood: Nitish Kumar
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday supported the AAP government's demand for full statehood for Delhi, saying his party would raise the issue in parliament. "Delhi has been recognised as a state. It should be given full statehood," Nitish Kumar said after an almost hour-long meeting with Kejriwal. "Our party (Janata Dal-United) will coordinate with other parties and raise this question in parliament." Nitish Kumar, who was accompanied by his party colleague K.C. Tyagi, cited recent survey which said that 81 percent of Delhiites would support demand for Delhi's statehood if referendum on the issue was held today. Source: IANS
    2015-07-15 09:34:50 AM
  • BJP asks Akhilesh Yadav to shed home portfolio
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Lucknow on Tuesday slammed Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government over the burning of a woman in a police station, and demanded that he shed the home portfolio over the incident. Alleging 'jungle raaj', a team of Bharatiya Janata Party legislators which visited Barabanki to probe the burning of a woman inside a police station, told reporters that the incident proved rule of law does not exist in the Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh. BJP's MP from Bihar Ashwini Choubey, who was leading the team of parliamentarians Meenakshi Lekhi, Arjun Meghwal and M.J. Akbar, said the situation in the state was fast deteriorating and getting scary by every passing day. "UP mein loot ki chhoot hai (It's a free lot for all in Uttar Pradesh)," said Chaubey, comparing Uttar Pradesh's law and order situation with that of Bihar in the 1990s when the Rashtriya Janata Dal's Lalu Prasad ruled the state. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 06:06:17 PM
  • UP officials against SP government: MJ Akbar
    BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar on Tuesday said the state bureaucracy was fed up of the Samajwadi Party-government led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and was in a "rebellious mode". The journalist-turned-politician told reporters here that due to the poor conduct of the Samajwadi Party (SP) minister, the state bureaucracy was uniting against the government. Mis-governance and the poor law and order situation was forcing the officials in the state to come together, something which does not augur well, Akbar warned. Alluding to the suspension of senior IPS official Amitabh Thakur, he said it was an indication that all was not well in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 06:03:47 PM
  • President, PM condole deaths in Andhra stampede
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in a stampede on Tuesday during the Godavari pushkaralu in Andhra Pradesh. In a message to Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, the president said: "I am saddened to learn about the stampede at the Pushkarulu ghat of Godavari river in Rajahmundry district of Andhra Pradesh, where a number of devotees have lost their lives and many others are injured. I understand relief and rescue operations are currently underway." At least 27 pilgrims were killed and over 60 injured in a stampede during the Godavari pushkaralu. The 12-day pushkaralu is described as the Kumbh mela of the south. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 06:01:33 PM
  • Congress, AAP flay 'achhe din' comment, BJP denies it
    The Congress and AAP on Tuesday flayed BJP president Amit Shah's reported statement that it would take 25 years to bring 'achhe din' (good days) in the country, even as the BJP dubbed it a "part of larger conspiracy to defame the party". "Would people have voted for BJP had it told them that it will take 25 years for good days to arrive?" Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. "It will take 25 years to bring good days, Amitji, your good days have come. Enjoy and do finish all the cases against you. Let the people go to hell," Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted. The Bharatiya Janata Party denied the statement.
    2015-07-14 06:00:18 PM
  • 'Silly criticism in Pakistan of Modi-Sharif meeting'
    India has dismissed as "petty, to the point of being ludicrous", the criticism over Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif walking up to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the meeting room in Ufa, Russia, on July 10. According to sources, India had asked Pakistan to arrange for the meeting between the two prime ministers, and it was natural for Modi to be standing to receive Sharif that day. "Who walked how many steps... the criticism is silly. If Nawaz Sharif had asked for the meeting our prime minister would have walked up to him," said sources. The criticism in Pakistan over the steps that Sharif walked "is petty, to the point of being ludicrous", the sources said, adding that "no message was intended" in the manner of the reception. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 05:54:47 PM
  • Modi condoles M.S. Viswanathan's death
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the demise of veteran music composer M.S. Viswanathan, who passed away in Chennai early in the day. "The unfortunate demise of M.S. Viswanathan is a major loss to music lovers. People across generations enjoyed his compositions. When it came to music, M.S. Viswanathan was always ahead of his time. Condolences to his family and his several admirers," the prime minister said in a statement issued in New Delhi. Viswanathan, who has over 750 films to his credit, died at a private hospital in Chennai. He was 87. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 02:01:50 PM
  • PM pained over deaths in Andhra stampede
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pained over the loss of lives due to stampede during Godavari pushkaram at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. "Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Rajahmundry. My condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured," the PM tweeted. Modi also spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu over phone and discussed the situation with him. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has also expressed deep condolences at the tragic loss of lives in the stampede. He wished seedy recovery for the injured. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-14 02:00:19 PM
  • 'India, Pakistan to work on what they agreed to at Ufa'
    India is going to work with Pakistan according to the joint statement issued after the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting in Ufa, in Russia, and "will not judge by the airwaves" of what Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz has said in Islamabad, sources said on Tuesday. According to sources, the India-Pakistan joint statement "is an accurate reflection of the spirit" of the Modi-Sharif meeting in Ufa. The one-hour meeting in Ufa was "about how to go about talking to each other in a high-level focused way", the sources said. The joint statement was formulated by both the foreign secretaries - India's S. Jaishankar and Pakistan's Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary - and "captures the main points of the meeting" and "reasonably, accurately reflects the substance of the meeting", sources said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 01:57:26 PM
  • Government to identify India's 100 most influential women
    The women and child development (WCD) ministry has collaborated with Facebook to identify 100 women across the country who have actually made a difference to their communities, an official release said on Tuesday. These women would be nominated by the ministry's Facebook page. Those getting maximum recommendations will be short listed and then put up before a jury which will select these 100 women. The initiative would be launched on July 15. "WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to actor Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli urging them to support this initiative and help increase the outreach by nominating someone they know, who have made a difference in other people's lives," said a senior WCD ministry official. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 01:54:42 PM
  • Modi returns after Central Asia tour
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home Monday night after concluding his eight-day Central Asian tour. He had visited Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and also Ufa in Russia for the BRICS and SCO summits. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 10:40:15 AM
  • Don't reveal party's shortcomings outside: Amit Shah
    BJP president Amit Shah in Bhopal on Monday advised party workers not to let the outside world know about the party's shortcomings, saying "one should not publicise if one's child is weak". The advice was given in the light of ongoing Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and the party's image getting influenced by it. Though Shah, who arrived here for the party's mass contact programme in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, did not directly mention Vyapam, the issue was the subject of general gossip all around. "If a child is weak, you don't need to publicise it. It only harms your home (the party). At times, media tries to create wrong impression, so watch out against it," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 10:23:11 AM
  • Amarinder wants taxmen to probe assets of Badal family
    A day after Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said political leaders should not indulge in personal vendetta, Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Monday demanded that the income tax department probe the "huge disproportionate assets" of the Badal family. Alleging that the assets of the Badal family "run into thousands of crores of rupees", Amarinder Singh wondered why income tax authorities were not taking notice of those. "The Badal family has so many hotels worth Rs.1,000 crore each, while another is coming up near Chandigarh," he said. Amarinder Singh questioned as to who had paid cash compensation of nearly Rs.60 lakh to families of two people killed in incidents linked to buses owned by transport companies of the Badal family. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 09:57:59 AM
  • Official language policy implementation not a ritual: Venkaiah
    Implementation of the official language policy can't be taken as a ritual, and needs to be undertaken with all seriousness, union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday. "After extensive deliberations, the makers of the Constitution declared Hindi, the largest spoken language in the country, as the official language and its implementation can't be taken as a ritual, and needs to be implemented with all the seriousness," the minister for urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation said, while reviewing a meeting of the Hindi Salahkar Samiti in New Delhi. Naidu directed the top administrative brass of his ministries to step up efforts to promote use of Hindi by December before the same is reviewed by the committee in the next meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 09:41:41 AM
  • Modi to launch Skill India Campaign on July 15
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Skill India Campaign on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day on July 15, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Monday. The prime minister will formally launch the National Skill Development Mission, unveil the new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 and roll out on all-India flagship scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Rudy said at an event in New Delhi, according to an official statement. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consented to be the chief guest for the event to be held at Vigyan Bhawan," it said. Rudy later tweeted: "The National Skill India Mission will converge, coordinate, implement and monitor skilling activities across India." Source: IANS
    2015-07-14 09:34:09 AM
  • India, Central Asia must reconnect: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India and Central Asia must reconnect - through surface, digital and air connectivity. "Today I complete my tour of Central Asia. I return to India convinced that India and Central Asia must reconnect. It is important for the future that we seek for our countries and our region," the prime minister said. "So, we will improve our surface connectivity, as well as our digital and air connectivity. We will reach you through Iran and other Central Asian countries," he said and hoped India and Tajikistan can connect directly, "as we once were in history". Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 05:56:16 PM
  • Government wants foolproof coastal security system: Rajnath
    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government wants to ensure a foolproof coastal security system for the country, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday. He said that to strengthen the coastal security, one must first consider the country's coastline as "vulnerable and work towards plugging its gaps". Rajnath Singh was talking to reporters here after chairing a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to the union home ministry to discuss coastal security. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijuju was also present on the occasion. "Today we had a meeting of the parliamentary committee on coastal-related issues. Our government wants a foolproof coastal security system," the home minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 05:54:32 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets hawkers in Delhi
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today met street vendors and promised to take up their cause. He sought better facilities for them. "The vendors called me complaining about the lack of proper facilities. The poor workers here have not been given proper space in the city," said Gandhi during his visit to Raghubir Nagar area in West Delhi where hundreds of vendors sell products, including altered clothes. Gandhi, who was accompanied by Delhi PCC Chief Ajay Maken and AICC in-charge of Delhi P.C. Chacko, went around the sheds where the vendors do their business out of cramped spaces. "I have heard their grievances and will take it up with the authorities," said Gandhi. Maken said that Gandhi was instrumental in the passage of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2014 which aims to regulate street vending and protect the rights of urban street vendors. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 02:06:04 PM
  • Lalu Prasad protests withholding caste-based census data
    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad led thousands of his party workers on Monday to protest withholding of the caste-based census data and demanded it be made public. Lalu along with his two sons Tej Pratap and Tejasvi Yadav sat in an open jeep and led the to Raj Bhawan to protest against withholding the data. Lalu Prasad also described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ani-backward. "This march is just a beginning. We would protest (right upto) to the parliament because Modi is not eager to make the data public soon. "RJD would compel the BJP-led central government to make public the caste-based Census data soon. We would launch a bigger movement than the Mandal movement of the 90s if Modi would conspire to delay to make the data public," Lalu told party workers and leaders minutes before he hit the roads in Patna.
    2015-07-13 02:01:40 PM
  • Amit Shah to launch 'Parivartan Raths' in Bihar
    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will launch the party's high tech 'Parivartan Rath' campaign for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls on July 16 in Patna, a party leader said on Monday. Shah will flag off 160 GPS-fitted raths (chariots), to reach out to people in all villages across the state, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's July 25 rally in Muzaffarpur. The party plans to hold 100,000 meetings in 100 days ahead of the assembly elections. "The party has decided to use 160 high tech 'raths' (chariots) to reach out to people in villages," BJP spokesperson Vinay Narain Jha said on Monday. The BJP president, known for his poll management and innovative strategy to counter rivals, has named the high tech chariots 'Parivartan Raths' to send out a political message that "people in all 243 Bihar assembly seats want change". Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 01:58:11 PM
  • Modi to inaugurate IIT-Patna campus on July 25
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new campus of Indian Institute of Technology-Patna (IIT-P) on July 25. "As per the information given by the officials from ministry of human resource development, Modi will inaugurate the IIT-P campus," IIT-P registrar Subhash Pandey said. He also said that IIT-P would start functioning from its permanent campus, spread over 500 acres near Bihta, about 35 km from Patna. According to IIT-P officials, the new academic session will commence from July 22 and classes would start from July 26. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 01:53:12 PM
  • Modi to visit Varanasi on July 16
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on July 16, officials said on Monday. The prime minister was scheduled to visit Varanasi on June 28 to inaugurate a string of development projects, but the visit was cancelled due to heavy rains and water-logging. Officials said that special arrangements are being made this time to ensure that even if the weather plays truant, the events which are scheduled to be attended by the prime minister are not disrupted. Modi will be in Varanasi for over four hours on July 16, when he would be inaugurating the trauma centre at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), lay the foundation stone of ring road and kick-start the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS). Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 01:48:30 PM
  • BSP names 49 candidates for Bihar polls
    The BSP on Sunday declared its first list of 49 candidates for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections. "We have declared the first list of party candidates for the polls," Bahujan Samaj Party's state president Bharat Bind said in Patna. Bind said party supremo Mayawati will campaign for the candidates, and the party has a strong support base in dozens of assembly constituencies in the state. Bihar has a 243-member assembly. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 10:04:52 AM
  • Rajnath's twitter handle second most popular after Modi's
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's official twitter handle is in second place in social media outreach among those following the NDA government, outnumbered only by that of the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The twitter handle @HMOIndia has crossed the five-lakh followers mark within only a year of its launch in July 2014. PMOIndia is at the top with 6.9 million followers. The home minister's official twitter handle regularly updates on policy initiatives of his ministry, various programmes and photos and information on dignitaries who call on him, besides publishing his statements on important issues. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:54:37 AM
  • Government will soon connect directly with masses: Amit Shah
    BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said the government would soon begin working on 24 new subjects that would "directly connect" it with the people of the country. Within one year, he said, the changes being brought about by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make the party workers proud. "Shortly, the union government will begin working on the 24 new subjects which will directly connect the government with the people. The good results will make our (party) workers proud within the next one year," Shah said while addressing BJP representatives from eight northern states in New Delhi. source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:52:44 AM
  • Kejriwal hosts Iftar; Jung, Sheila among attendees
    Political fault lines in the Indian capital took a hit on Sunday evening as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hosted an Iftar party, which was attended by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, with whom he has been having a running feud, and old political foe and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Vice President Hamid Ansari, Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit, Trinamool Congress' Rajya Sabha member Derek O'Brien, and Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi were among those who attended the event hosted at the Palika Services Officers Institute at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri area. At one point, Kejriwal, wearing a skull cap, was flanked on one side by Jung, and on the other by Dikshit. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:48:54 AM
  • Lalu Prasad to pen book on Mandal movement
    A raconteur with an inimitable style, RJD chief Lalu Prasad will now put pen to paper and write on the Mandal politics that took the country by storm in 1990, changing forever the Indian political scene. A former chief minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad said he plans to write a book on the 'Mandal movement' of 1990 that aimed at ensuring social justice in the country. "I have decided to write a book on the movement to ensure social justice in the country," Lalu said at a function in Patna at the Rashtriya Janata Dal office while pointing out that 'Mandal politics' had a long history. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:45:14 AM
  • Vyapam scam: CBI probe to begin today
    The CBI will commence probing Madhya Pradesh's recruitment scam today -- which has seen the death under mysterious circumstances of over 40 people connected to it, sources said. Sources said the Special Task Force (STF), which was earlier looking into the scam in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (or Vyapam), will submit to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) around 10 tonnes -- or two truckloads -- of documents related to the case. The Supreme Court recently handed over the investigation to the CBI. CBI officials are expected to reach Bhopal on Monday, sources said. Around 2,100 people have been arrested in the Vyapam scam, and at least 491 accused are absconding. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:39:40 AM
  • I will be guarantor of peace in Punjab: Badal
    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said his government would never allow the hard-earned peace in the state to be disturbed and he would ensure that nothing affected communal harmony. Badal's statement came in the wake of flak from various quarters, including his party Shiromani Akali Dal's alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the stand taken by his government on the issue of terrorism-linked Sikh prisoners. "Maintaining peace, communal harmony and amity is the highest priority of my government," Badal told media persons here while defending his government's recent stand on the shifting of terrorism-linked Sikh prisoners from jails outside Punjab to prisons within the state. Source: IANS
    2015-07-13 09:34:16 AM
  • Rajnath favours reducing security forces in northeast
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday expressed concern over the large-scale deployment of security forces in the northeast and asked the chief ministers to conduct a "reality audit" for deployment in their states. Rajnath Singh, who reached Assam on Friday evening, chaired a meeting of the chief ministers of the northeastern states on security and development on Saturday. The home minister assured deployment of central forces when actually needed, saying reduction in deployment in the region without compromising on security was needed to encourage outsiders to think positively about the northeast. "There has been significant improvement in the security scenario in the entire northeast in the past few years. The overall insurgency level is at an all-time low," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 05:40:32 PM
  • Deve Gowda India's first OBC PM, not Modi: Bihar CM
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said H.D. Deve Gowda was India's first OBC premier as he attacked BJP president Amit Shah for claiming that Narendra Modi was the first OBC prime minister. "H.D. Deve Gowda was the first OBC prime minister of the country and not Modi as claimed by Amit Shah," Nitish Kumar told the media in Patna. "Lack of knowledge and less awareness about any subject is dangerous." The JU-U leader said BJP leaders were experts in making false claims. "BJP leaders can do anything for power. There is nothing new in Amit Shah's claim that it was the BJP that gave the first OBC prime minister to India." Former prime minister Deve Gowda is chief of the Janata Dal (Secular). In New Delhi on Friday, the BJP chief said it was his party that gave the maximum number of Other Backward Class (OBC) chief ministers and the first OBC prime minister to India. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 05:33:56 PM
  • Hoardings of PM, BJP chief defaced in Kanpur
    Hoarding with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were defaced by unidentified people at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The hoardings were put up by the BJP's city unit at many places to welcome Shah on his day-long visit, during which he was scheduled to take stock of the progress made in the party's 'Maha Sampark Abhiyaan' (mass contact programme). BJP state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai ordered party workers to immediately remove the hoardings in which the faces of Shah and the prime minister had been blackened. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 04:48:13 PM
  • Modi hails ISRO for successful satellite launch
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of its PSLV variant that put five British satellites into orbit, saying it was a moment of "immense pride" for India. "Successful launch of PSLV with five UK satellites is a moment of immense pride and joy for India. Congratulations to the ISRO team," he said. India successfully put into orbit five British satellites with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's XL variant (PSLV-XL) on Friday night in copy book style. The rocket blasted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This was the first commercial mission for ISRO in 2015. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 04:44:48 PM
  • President greets Kiribati on Independence Day
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday greeted the government and people of Kiribati on the eve of the country's Independence Day. In his message to Kiribat President Anote Tong, Mukherjee said: "It gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of Kiribati Independence Day." "India and the Kiribati enjoy close bonds of friendship and co-operation. We both share a desire to deepen our engagement in order to meet our common challenges." He added, he is confident that relationship between the two countries will continue to strengthen in the years to come and mutually benefit people of both the countries. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 01:48:54 PM
  • AIADMK legislator Chendur Pandian dead
    Ruling AIADMK legislator and former minister P. Chendur Pandian died in Chennai on Saturday after a prolonged illness, the party said. He was 65 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Pandian represented Kadaiyanallur assembly constituency in Tirunelvelli district, around 650 km from Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa, in her condolence message, said Pandian's death was a great loss for the party. She said Pandian joined the party during its initial years and was a hard worker. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 01:46:46 PM
  • Congress appoints 10 office bearers in Bihar unit
    Bracing up for the forthcoming assembly elections in Bihar, the Congress on Friday appointed 10 office bearers in the party's state unit. According to a party release, the inclusion of more office bearers was approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Arvind Choudhary, Arun Kumar, Mayank Munna, Rajeev Bihangam and Rajesh Kumar were made secretaries while Rajnish, Rajeev Kumar, Sanatan Kumar, Satish Kumar and Mritunjay Singh were appointed as organising secretaries. Bihar goes to the polls later this year. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 09:57:44 AM
  • Kashmiri separatists criticise India-Pakistan joint statement
    Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate to eliminate terrorism, separatist leaders here on Friday criticised them for ignoring the Kashmir issue. Mainstream politicians in the Kashmir Valley, however, welcomed the Modi-Sharif initiative to carry forward the peace dialogue between the two neighbours. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed welcomed the initiative saying: "We warmly welcome the latest initiative taken by the prime minister of the country and his Pakistani counterpart to revive the peace process between the two neighbouring countries." Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 09:53:08 AM
  • Manmohan wanted NSA-level talks after conclusion of 26/11 trial: Former spl envoy Lambah
    With India and Pakistan on Friday deciding that their National Security Advisors would discuss issues related to terrorism, former Indian special envoy Satinder K. Lambah has said that Islamabad was always for meetings at that level but then prime minister Manmohan Singh wanted this to happen only after the satisfactory conclusion of the Mumbai terror attack trial in Pakistan. Lambah, who worked with the former prime minister as his special envoy for a decade, said on the sidelines of a book release function here that satisfactory conclusion of the trial of those accused in Mumbai terror attack of 2008 was vital for forward movement in ties between the two countries to improve. "Pakistanis were always keen to have a meeting at the NSA level. The former prime minister (Manmohan Singh) was keen that these meetings should be held after Mumbai trial had been satisfactorily done," Lambah said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-11 09:51:37 AM
  • Will ban the sale of liquor, if again voted to power: Nitish Kumar
    Bihar's incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna that if he is retained to power in the state by the people, he would slap a complete ban on liquor. He said this at a 'Gram Varta'- a workshop for women at the state level introduced by the state government as demanded by the women Self-help Groups (SHG). The state of Bihar has seen a number of protests by the women of the state against the unabated sale of liquor after the Bihar state exicise department issued a number of licenses to dealers since 2007. The assembly elections in Bihar are slated to be held later this year, either in September or October. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-10 05:53:51 PM
  • Congress flays Modi-Sharif meeting
    The Congress on Friday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia, asking what were the "circumstances" for the meeting to be called. "Pakistan killed an Indian soldier during ceasefire (on the LoC)...and Prime Minister Modi is meeting Nawaz Sharif....this is the government that made tall claims that they will teach Pakistan a lesson," Congress leader Meem Afzaal told reporters. "Today (Friday), the PM is meeting Nawaz Sharif without any reason...we would like to know what were the circumstances that Modi had to invite Sharif for the meeting," he said. Modi and Nawaz Sharif met for around an hour on the sidelines of the BRICS summit at Ufa, Russia, on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 05:42:33 PM
  • 'Ranjit Don' defeated - yet again
    In a setback to BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), its nominee Ranjit Singh alias 'Ranjit Don' was defeated in biennial elections to the Bihar legislative council on Friday.Ranjit Singh, whose real name is Kumar Suman Singh, had been arrested by the CBI for his alleged role in leaking question papers of CAT, AIIMS and CBSE medical entrance examinations in 2003. Janata Dal-United candidate Reena Yadav defeated Ranjit Don by over 500 votes from Nalanda, the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. After languishing in jail for nearly one-and-a-half years, Ranjit Don unsuccessfully contested the 2004 Lok Sabha polls as an independent from Begusarai. He polled nearly 60,000 votes. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 05:41:00 PM
  • Rajnath hails step forward in India-Pakistan ties
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the joint statement issued by India and Pakistan in Russia was a "step forward" in normalizing bilateral relations. He also said that meetings between the Border Security Force of India with its Pakistani counterpart would help stabilise the situation on the India-Pakistan border. "The joint statement at Ufa shows signs of positive movement. The engagement at different levels will hopefully open new possibilities," the minister said in a tweet. "The joint statement is a step forward towards normalizing bilateral relations. However the future outcome will be keenly watched," he said. The minister also welcomed the decision to expedite the trials of Pakistanis involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 02:05:31 PM
  • Modi-Sharif meet a breakthrough, says BJP
    The BJP on Friday termed the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif a "breakthrough". The Bharatiya Janata Party said the talks were a success because "Pakistan has accepted our definition of terrorism". Modi and Sharif held a meeting on Friday morning on the sidelines of the SCO meeting in Ufa city in Russia. "The meeting was a breakthrough, the reason for this is very clear as for the first time Pakistan has accepted our definition of terrorism," BJP leader M.J. Akbar said at a press conference in New Delhi. "For the first time Pakistan has accepted to combat terrorism in 'all its forms'," he said, while pointing out that Pakistan had, for long, tried to play a nuanced game on this subject by trying to differentiate between good terrorism and bad terrorism; for India terrorism was always an unmitigated evil.
    2015-07-10 02:00:19 PM
  • Modi-Sharif talks: Mumbai terror trial to be expedited
    India and Pakistan on Friday agreed to expedite the trial of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, hold a meeting of their National Security Advisors and to cooperate with each other to eliminate terrorism after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa. Reading out a joint statement, the foreign secretaries of both countries, Pakistan's Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and India's S. Jaishankar, said that the Modi-Sharif meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. "The two leaders exchanged views of bilateral and regional interest." Chaudhary said the two leaders agreed that "India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development". Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 01:56:20 PM
  • Sharif happy on having spoken to Modi
    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he was happy with the talks he had with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Responding to questions on his meeting with Modi, Sharif said the "foreign secretaries have made a draft". Asked if he was happy about the meeting, he said: "Yes". Modi and Sharif held around an hour-long bilateral talks on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Ufa. It was decided in the talks that the trial for Mumbai terror attack, which is going on in Pakistan, will be expedited. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 01:54:29 PM
  • Modi, Ghani hold talks at Ufa
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held bilateral talks with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. After concluding his hour-long talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here, Modi held talks with Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO summit. "And the neighbourhood engagement continues. PM @narendramodi with President @ashrafghani of Afghanistan," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup in Ufa. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-10 01:51:19 PM
  • Vyapam not to have any bearing on Bihar polls: Ram Vilas Paswan
    Union Minister and LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday that the ongoing Vypam fiasco was goint to have no bearing over the bihar assembly polls, though he expressed concernrs over the issue. A BJP ally in the centre, Paswan said that BJP can win on its own in Bihar. When asked by media persons as to why the Prime Minister was silent over the Vyapam issue, Paswan said "the Prime Minister is competent. The Prime Minister knows when he has to speak. The PM will take a decision". Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 10:43:35 AM
  • Kejriwal inaugurates waste water plant
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated a waste water plant in the capital and drank a glass of water treated there. The chief minister said Delhi would need hundreds of 'toilet-to-tap' sewage treatment plants to address the city's water woes. "Today, we inaugurated a small plant to recycle waste water to potable quality. I myself drank that water," Kejriwal tweeted after inaugurating the plant in Keshopur. "Hundreds of such small plants all over Delhi will solve severe water problem in the next few years," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 10:16:04 AM
  • Rajnath meets Mukherjee
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday amid speculation on the continuation of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Yadav was issued notice by the Supreme Court during the day on a plea with regards to the forest guard recruitment scam. Officials said the two leaders had a one-to-one meeting but gave no details. They said the meeting was pre-scheduled. Earlier in the day, Home Secretary L.C. Goyal met Rajnath Singh after the apex court notice to the Madhya Pradesh governor. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 10:11:04 AM
  • BJP a long-term player, here to stay: Amit Shah
    The Bharatiya Janata Party was a long-term player and here to stay in politics, right from the panchayat level to parliament, its president, Amit Shah, said here on Thursday. Addressing the party's third regional 'Maha Sampark Abhiyan' (mass contact campaign) in Mumbai, Shah said that the BJP grew into a big party in the past few months, with more than 11 crore members. "We are now the ruling party at the centre and this has enhanced the role and responsibility of the party activists...we shall continue to remain in power for a long time to come, right from the panchayats to the Lok Sabha," Shah asserted amidst thunderous applause. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 10:05:30 AM
  • Vyapam-type scam possible in Maharashtra: NCP
    In a stinging attack on the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine, the NCP on Thursday said a scam like Vyapam in Madhya Pradesh was "a possibility" in Maharashtra where the education ministry was headed by Vinod Tawde whose qualifications were suspect. "The education minister (Tawde)... is now in charge of the crucial engineering and medical departments. We fear that if he remains minister, there could be a Vyapam-type scam in Maharashtra," said Nationalist Congress Party state spokesperson Nawab Malik. Reacting to the NCP's allegations about his academic qualifications, Tawde said if Malik could prove any wrongdoing by him, then he (Tawde) would quit politics, otherwise Malik should quit. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 10:03:44 AM
  • NDA government committed to OROP, reiterates Parrikar
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said "good news" on 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) will come soon, and the scheme would be implemented at an appropriate time. His assurance came as the relay hunger strike by ex-servicemen continued in Delhi as part of their demand for OROP. The ex-servicemen said they would not seek another meeting with Parrikar after a promised meeting failed to materialise on Wednesday. "There are some stumbling blocks (in the implementation of OROP) and efforts are being made to remove them," the defence minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 09:56:28 AM
  • Modi urges united action against terrorism, extremism at BRICS
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a strong pitch for united action against terrorism and extremism by countries, including among BRICS, without discriminating between groups, countries, sponsors or targeted nations. In a veiled message to China, which had blocked New Delhi's move for action in the UN against Pakistan over the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Modi said peace and stability were the bulwarks of progress and prosperity and it was the responsibility of countries to unitedly combat terrorism and extremism. Source: IANS
    2015-07-10 09:54:50 AM
  • Modi proposes BRICS football meet
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday proposed a BRICS sports council with football meets, and suggested that the first football event could be held in India, which is to host the next summit. Addressing the BRICS plenary session here, Modi also proposed setting up an agriculture research centre. "A BRICS sports council should be established. Football meets should be organised. India could host a football event next year," Modi said. "I have good fortune of welcoming you to the BRICS summit in India next year and invite you all and look forward to it," Modi said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 05:43:43 PM
  • MP ministers welcome the SC order on Vyapam probe
    Madhya Pradesh ministers on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to hand over the probe in the Vyapam scam to the CBI. Defending Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state Home Minister Babulal Gaur said Chouhan followed the 'raj dharma' by taking the initiative for a CBI probe into the scam. He said Singh moved the high court in this regard even before the Supreme Court order came on Thursday. On the Congress demanding the chief minister's resignation, Gaur said: “ Did the then chief minister Arjun singh resign when the probe into the Bhopal gas tragedy was handed over to the CBI?” State Health Minister Narottam Mishra also welcomed the Supreme Court decision and said the chief minister himself was keen on the CBI probe. That is why he approached the high court. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 05:33:53 PM
  • Modi proposes annual BRICS trade fair
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday proposed the BRICS nations host an annual trade fair, adding ed that India would be happy to host the first such event of the five-nation bloc. "I will propose an annual BRICS trade fair. India will be happy to host the first BRICS trade fair," Modi said in his remarks at the BRICS Business Council meeting at the seventh BRICS Summit. Modi said that economic cooperation among the five countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is very important and would give a boost to manufacturing. Modi spoke in Hindi and stressed the five nations should create synergies seeing each other's advantages. He said that cooperation would also give a boost to skill development. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:18:51 PM
  • Unprecedented security for Modi's Muzaffarpur rally
    Taking the threat perception seriously, Bihar has decided to deploy 1,500 policemen during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Muzaffarpur on July 25, officials said on Thursday. Modi is likely to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the upcoming assembly polls in the state from Muzaffarpur, around 70 km from Patna. "The Bihar government will not take any chance and will go for unprecedented security cover during Modi's rally in Muzaffarpur," a state home department official said. Although Modi's security is looked after by the Special Protection Group (SPG) - an elite commando force - the Bihar government has directed some of its senior officers to prepare special security arrangement for his rally, the official said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:16:31 PM
  • Congress reiterates demand for Chouhan's resignation
    As the Supreme Court handed over the probe into the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Congress on Thursday reiterated its demand for resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. "The message from the Supreme Court is clear. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan must step down for a proper investigation," Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told the media in New Delhi. The apex court has handed over to the CBI the investigation into the criminal cases related to the Vyapam scam and over 40 deaths linked to it. The CBI will start its probe from Monday. The Congress on Wednesday demanded two separate CBI probes into the deaths related to Vyapam as well as the scam. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:11:56 PM
  • Modi arrives at BRICS summit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived to attend the seventh BRICS summit and was welcomed by host Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi, who earlier in the day met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and an Indian business delegation, arrived at the huge venue where the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are to meet. The five BRICS countries represent almost three billion people, or approximately 40 percent of the world population and have a combined GDP of $16.039 trillion, or 20 percent of the gross world product. Russia's Bashkortostan republic is hosting the seventh BRICS summit and the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in capital Ufa where around 10,000 visitors are expected during the two back-to-back summits. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:08:41 PM
  • Modi meets Iranian President Rouhani
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in their first meeting amid hopes of an international deal on Tehran's nuclear programme being hammered out that would raise India's imports of Iranian oil. Modi, who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday evening, held his first bilateral meet on Thursday with Rouhani on the sidelines of the BRICS and SCO summits. "Advancing a significant partnership. PM @narendramodi meets President @HassanRouhani on sidelines of BRICS/SCO Summits," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. India had majorly dropped its crude imports from Iran under US pressure to limit its purchases of oil from the Islamic republic over Iran's nuclear programme. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:05:30 PM
  • Rajnath Singh to meet northeast CMs on terror, border issues
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would meet chief ministers of eight northeastern states in Guwahati on July 11 to discuss and finalise strategies to deal with terror and border management, officials said here Thursday. "Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju would meet the chief ministers of eight northeastern states in Guwahati on Saturday," a senior Tripura home department official said. He said that during the meeting on Saturday, "terrorism, border management, natural disaster and climate change would be discussed and some concrete strategies to deal with these issues would be finalised". Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 02:01:09 PM
  • Chouhan offers job to Akshay Singh's family member
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursay promised an unbiased probe into the death of journalist Akshay Singh, who was reporting on the Vyapam scam, and offered a job to a family member. Chouhan met the dead journalist's family here and assured them of an unbiased investigation into his death. Besides a government job, Chouhan also offered financial help to Akshay Singh's sister, a family member said. An official said that Chouhan offered jobs to the family members, while Akshay Singh's family maintained that the chief minister offered a job only to the sister. "We don't need anything, just an unbiased probe," the family member said. Delhi-based Akshay Singh died mysteriously on July 4 while covering the story of the Vyapam recruitment scandal. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 01:54:16 PM
  • BJP to take 'Chariot' rides for campaign ahead of Bihar polls
    The state BJP in Bihar has decided to bring chariots in full use during its campaigning in the state ahead of the assembly polls scheduled later this year. The Bihar BJP will rope in around 160 chariots to help party workers cover greater distance for campaigning in all the 243 assembly segments of the state. The top leader in Bihar BJP discussed the plans in a number of marathon meeting held and have decided to conduct around 1 lakh public meetings during the next 100 days or so. Sushil Modi, senior BJP leader said, “Municipal corporation and local police officials too have been instructed not to allow the BJP to put up its posters on city hoardings, but Nitish Kumar should keep in mind that every regime has its end. This time he will be dethroned”. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-09 10:49:58 AM
  • Modi holds talks with Putin, Xi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, during which all bilateral issues were discussed. Modi held talks with Putin within hours of landing in Ufa for the BRICS and SCO summits, and afterwards held an 85-minute talk with Xi. His meeting with Xi comes over a month after the two leaders met at Xi'an in China in May. Putin conveyed to Modi that the process of India's accession into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has begun. Putin, the host of the BRICS and SCO summits being held in this Russian city, told Modi: "We are beginning the process of full-fledged inclusion of India into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation." Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 10:08:07 AM
  • Centre clears Sahai as Delhi's home secretary
    In an apparent move to end the bitter row between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the Delhi home secretary, the centre has cleared the name of senior IAS officer S.N. Sahai for the post. The ministry of home affairs (MHA)and the Delhi government agreed to appoint Sahai as the new home secretary, a home ministry official said. The AAP government suggested three names, including that of urban development secretary Chetan B. Sanghi to the Lieutenant Governor, but kept Sahai as the first preference. Sahai's appointment is seen as a compromise between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the governor to end the bitter fight on the appointment of the home secretary. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 10:04:59 AM
  • AAP government to scrap 'Mission Convergence' scheme
    The AAP government in Delhi might scrap "Mission Convergence", a social welfare scheme for the poor launched by the previous Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government in 2008. "There is a possibility of winding up the scheme. You also have to look into the viability of the scheme," a source in the government said on Wednesday. "The Aam Aadmi Party government is reviewing many schemes and Mission Convergence is one of them," a top official said. Launched by then chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Mission Convergence or Samajik Suvidha Sangam, aims to identify the poor and reach out to them with aid. A registered body under the same name - Samajik Suvidha Sangam - has been entrusted with implementing the scheme. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 09:51:53 AM
  • BJP slams Akhilesh for rising crimes in UP
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should resign on moral grounds for failing to protect women in the state, BJP leader Vijaya Rahatkar said on Wednesday. Rahatkar, the president of the BJP's women's wing, said: "It is a sad story for women in the state, nobody seems to be safe here." Referring to a recent incident where a woman was burnt alive inside a police station, the BJP leader said the Samajwadi Party-led government was a lame duck one which neither had the courage nor conviction to take on criminals. She said rape, molestation and murder of girls and women in Uttar Pradesh were on the rise and the government was completely indifferent. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 09:47:36 AM
  • India for meaningful cooperation with South Africa: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that India was committed to "meaningful cooperation" with South Africa as there was substantial potential for growth of trade and tourism between the two nations. "The government of India is committed to have meaningful cooperation between both the countries so that the challenges faced on many fronts can be adequately addressed. India adopts a holistic approach that ensures 'zero tolerance' towards terrorism and it is committed to combating terrorism and extremism and to ensure that perpetrators of terrorist acts, their masterminds and conspirators are brought to justice," he said. The home minister was addressing a delegation led by his South African counterpart, Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba, that called on him here, an official statement issued here said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-09 09:44:29 AM
  • Former Andhra Congress chief joins TRS
    Congress' former Andhra Pradesh unit chief, Dharmpuri Srinivas on Wednesday joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao welcomed Srinivas into the party fold. Some Congress leaders from Nizamabad district and followers of Srinivas also joined the TRS at a function held at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters. Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter and Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha was also present. Speaking on the occasion, Srinivas said he was joining TRS to strengthen the leadership of Chandrasekhar Rao to achieve 'bangaru' (golden) Telangana. Stating that the TRS chief and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have huge respect for each other, the veteran leader said he would not blame or criticise anybody. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 05:08:00 PM
  • Kejriwal offers job to journalist's sister
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday offered a government job to the sister of a journalist who died while covering the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. Kejriwal made the offer when he and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the family of deceased journalist Akshay Singh of Aaj Tak news channel at their residence. Kejriwal offered a government job to Akshay Singh's sister, a family member said. "The chief minister has also promised all financial help to us." Sisodia told the media: "We offered to help the family financially as well." The Delhi-based Akshay Singh died mysteriously on July 4 while covering the story of the Vyapam recruitment scandal. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 05:03:59 PM
  • Delhi statehood demand political gimmick: Sharmistha Mukherjee
    Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) leader Sharmistha Mukherjee on Wednesday dubbed the Aam Aadmi Party's demand for a referendum on full statehood for Delhi "unconstitutional" and a "political gimmick". "A referendum on statehood to Delhi, as proposed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is not only unconstitutional but also anti-national. It is nothing but a political gimmick of the Aam Aadmi Party," she said. The Delhi Congress leader said AAP supremo Kejriwal raises various issues on purpose to cause conflict with the central government. "Kejriwal purposely raises issues that cause conflict with the Centre and distract from his failures," she added. Mukherjee said the Congress was not against the "statehood for Delhi" per se, but it should be within the ambit of the Indian Constitution. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 05:00:15 PM
  • Hema Malini blames dead girl's family for crash
    Film Actress and BJP MP Hema Malini, who was injured in a car crash in Rajasthan that also killed a two-year-old girl, on Wednesday blamed the girl's father for the accident, prompting a relative to question her. "How I wish the girl's father had followed the traffic rules - then this accident could have been averted and the lil one's life safe," tweeted the 66-year-old actress. "My heart goes out to the child who unnecessarily lost her life and the family members who have been injured in the accident," she tweeted. This prompted B.K. Gupta, uncle of Shikha Khandelwal, mother of the child who was killed in the accident near Dausa on July 2, to question Hema Malini. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 04:56:47 PM
  • Mayawati seeks resignation of Shivraj, slams Akhilesh
    Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday sought the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said the series of deaths of witnesses made the government suspect and Chouhan must immediately step down. She also targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and said that the Samajwadi Party (SP) has let loose a reign of terror and anarchy in the state and the only solution to "end the problems faced by the people is President's rule". Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 04:54:11 PM
  • Shivraj likely to meet Sushma in Delhi
    A day after recommending a CBI investigation into the Vyapam scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be in national capital for a few hours on Wednesday and is likely to meet senior party leaders, according to an official. "The chief minister is expected to reach Delhi by 3 p.m. and will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He will attend a meeting convened by the external affairs ministry to review preparations for the World Hindi Conference," a Madhya Pradesh government official told mediapersons. He also said that chief minister is likely to return to Bhopal by late evening. Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh High Court is likely to hear on Wednesday the petition filed by the state government seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 04:49:46 PM
  • PM Modi lands in Russia, to meet Putin and Jinping
    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi arrived in Russia this afternoon, where he will attend two crucial meeting- The BRICS Summit and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet. He will also hold talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping later on in the Russian city of Ufa. It is also relaibly learnt that the Indian head of the government will also hold bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart on Friday. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-08 04:43:27 PM
  • Modi gifts books to Kazakhstan president
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday presented a set of books relating to religions born in India to Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. "The gift set includes the English translation of Guru Granth Sahib along with specially commissioned reproductions from the manuscripts collection of National Museum in Delhi," an official statement said. The gift set also includes one of Jainism's revered texts, Bhadrabahu's Kalpasutra in Prakrit; one of Buddhism's scriptures Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita in Sanskrit; and a Persian translation of Valmiki's Ramayana in nastaliq script. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 01:54:14 PM
  • Release caste based census date: Lalu, Nitish to BJP
    The alliance between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former CM Lalu Prasad Yadav have found a new weapon to attack BJP and have asked it to release the caste based census data. The caste card will be a vital factor that is expected to play a crucial role in the Bihar assembly polls slated to be held later this year. Ex-Chief Minister of Bihar and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said, "the centre has done a census of the birds and the animals but it has left out the poor and the marginalised sections of people. It is sleeping over the findings of the census under a well-planned conspiracy ". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-08 10:34:08 AM
  • BJP slams Mamata over Vyapam scam probe demand
    Countering West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's demand for a neutral agency probe into Madhya Pradesh's Vyapam scam, the BJP on Tuesday wondered if she would agree for such a probe into "irregularities and manslaughter" going on in her state. Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Siddhartha Nath Singh asked if Banerjee would allow a CBI probe into alleged irregularities surrounding Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). "The Madhya Pradesh government has already recommended a CBI probe while a high court monitored SIT is also probing the Vyapam scam," Singh told media persons on the sidelines of a party programme in Kolkata. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 10:08:15 AM
  • Kalam, Akhilesh inaugurate solar power plant
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Tuesday inaugurated a 250 KW solar power plant in Kannauj. The plant will feed two villages in Tirwa region -- Fakirpura and Chanduahaar. Kannauj is the parliamentary constituency of Dimple Yadav, the chief minister's wife. Congratulating the people of the two villages, Yadav said now they would get electricity not only for domestic purposes but also for commercial activities. He said 3.65 lakh units of electricity will be generated every year. This will also bring down the carbon-dioxide emission levels. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 10:05:51 AM
  • Political party bringing bombs, goons to Bengal district: Mamata
    In a veiled attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said a political party was smuggling in firearms and bombs and bringing hired goons to trouble-torn Birbhum district to foment violence. Against the backdrop of a chain of political disturbances in Birbhum where the dominance of the ruling Trinamool Congress has been violently challenged by Bharatiya Janata Party activists for over two years, Banerjee said she wanted peace to prevail in the district and won't allow "capturing" of villages. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 10:03:06 AM
  • Delhi to get five mega labs by 2015-end
    Delhi will have five mega labs for pathological examinations by the end of this year, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Tuesday. The minister also said Delhi's first 'neighbourhood clinic' will start functioning by next week in east Delhi. The Arvind Kejriwal government had earmarked Rs.125 crore for opening 1,000 neighbourhood clinics in the budget presented last month. "The first neighbourhood clinic would be ready by next week in Peeragarhi in east Delhi," said Jain, who visited the clinic with Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 10:00:58 AM
  • AAP government to bear expenses of MLAs opening offices
    The AAP government in Delhi will bear the cost of opening and maintaining offices by legislators who have been asked to identify the land in their respective constitutes in the national capital. In a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Vijender Gupta, assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said the government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has conveyed it was in agreement to the concept of establishing offices of assembly constituencies in each seat. The letter was written on June 25. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 09:57:02 AM
  • Recent scams forced BJP to launch CBI inquiry into Vyapam
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's request for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam came after worries among the BJP leadership that a series of scams in the states ruled by the party were denting the image of the Narendra Modi government. Bharatiya Janata Party sources said that Chouhan's change of mind came after some hard talk by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who convinced him that a CBI probe would help ward off the negative image the BJP was gaining on account of the Vyapam scam and other issues. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 09:54:42 AM
  • Congress seeks CBI probe against Maharashtra ministers
    The Congress on Tuesday once again hit out at Maharashtra's ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine, and demanded a CBI probe into the allegations against minister Pankaja Munde on irregularities in awarding contracts worth Rs.206 crore. Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the Congress was also considering seeking legal recourse to the allegations of a fake degree of Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Addressing media persons, Chavan said a free and impartial probe was a must in both the matters. "It was the previous government which decided that procurement of more than Rs.50 lakh must be done through e-tendering, and when I took over, I reduced it to Rs.10 lakh. Now, the BJP government has brought it down down further to Rs.3 lakh," Chavan said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-08 09:41:44 AM
  • Shivraj must quit for neutral Vyapam probe: Congress
    The Congress on Tuesday stuck to its demand for the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, saying it is important for a neutral probe into the Vyapam scam. The party said that Chouhan was trying to "mislead" people by requesting the high court for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the scam. "It is an effort to mislead people. We still remain firm on our demand for a Supreme Court-monitored probe," Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia told the media in New Delhi. "If we want a neutral probe, then the chief minister should resign. We want to clarify that if there has to be transparency, then he (Chouhan) should not object to an SC-monitored probe," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 05:42:12 PM
  • Our growing workforce in Bengal will defeat Mamata: Amit Shah
    Expressing happiness over the growing BJP membership in West Bengal, party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted that this "workforce" would defeat the Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress in the state. Shah made the remarks while addressing party members at the Mahasampark Abhiyan in the twin city of Howrah in Kolkata, said party national secretary S.N.Singh. "He expressed happiness at the growing number of party members and asserted this workforce would defeat Banerjee and her Trinamool in Bengal," Singh told media persons. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said this was was not "a demonic force" like the Trinamool but "a nationalist force that would contribute towards nation building", Singh said. Party activists and leaders from West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim and Andamans attended the meet. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 05:40:00 PM
  • Gogoi for White Paper on receipt of Central funds
    The Assam government will publish a white paper soon on the status of Central funds received by the state from the current BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre and the also by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the last few years. "We are going to publish a white paper within this month to show as to how much funds, we have received during the present NDA government and during the UPA government in the past. The white paper will cover all aspects related to the central funds and financial assistance. While the North Eastern Council (NEC) had allocated Rs.312.39 crore for Assam during 2014-15 and only Rs.71.84 crore had been released so far," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to the reporters. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 05:32:56 PM
  • Chouhan seeks CBI probe into Vyapam scam
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he will request the high court to let the CBI probe the Vyapam recruitment scam.  He told the media that while he was satisfied with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) now probing the scandal, he wished to "respect people's sentiments". The chief minister said he was dispatching a letter to the Madhya Pradesh High Court that the case should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 01:53:25 PM
  • PM need not answer silly issues: Law minister
    Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi "need not answer on silly issues" like the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. While responding to a query about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence over Vyapam scam, he said: "Concerned ministers and party president have made statements (on Vyapam issue). For each silly issue asking the prime minister to answer is not fair". "See, the PM need not answer on silly issues," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 01:51:19 PM
  • SC to hear Digvijaya's plea on Vyapam on July 9
    The Supreme Court will hear on Thursday a plea by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and three whistle-blowers seeking an apex court monitored CBI probe into Vyapam scam and the spate of deaths of the people related to it. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu on Tuesday said these petitions would be taken up on July 9 along with two others seeking removal of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav so that he could be prosecuted for his alleged involvement in the scam. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 01:42:42 PM
  • After Lalu, Nitish, Manjhi also want caste census data release
    A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar and his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday also demanded that the central government should make the data of the caste census public. "I fail to understand why the centre was withholding the caste-based census data. It should be made public," Nitish Kumar said in Patna at an official function. "When the caste census was conducted, there is no meaning in not making it public. If there will be exact information about numerical strength of different castes, it would help to finalise schemes for their development and empowerment," he said. Manjhi also demanded that caste based Census data should be made public without further delay. "There is no justification to keep the caste-based census data as a secret information," said Manjhi, who set up the Hindustan Awami Morcha after being expelled from Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 09:53:41 AM
  • Vyapam scam: Centre's no to CBI probe, Uma fears for people's lives
    The central government on Monday rejected calls for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, even as a police trainee recruited through Vyapam was found dead -- the third death in three days, while union minister Uma Bharti said she fears for the lives of those around her. While the central government rejected calls for a CBI probe, Uma Bharti called for it. "There is panic in Madhya Pradesh due to the deaths. I am scared for the lives of people connected to me. I am a minister, but still I am scared. I will convey my fears to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan," Uma Bharti told India Today TV channel. "I suspect a big conspiracy," she said, but refused to elaborate on her statement. A former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Bharti has been mentioned in one of the FIRs in the case. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 09:49:54 AM
  • Modi visit: India, Uzbekistan discuss terrorism, trade, connectivity
    India and Uzbekistan on Monday discussed Afghanistan and the "rising threat of extremism and terrorism in the extended neighbourhood" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, on his first stop on his Central Asian tour. Modi, who held restricted and delegational talks with Karimov, said both nations agreed to intensity security cooperation and exchanges and also defence and cyber security cooperation. In his media statement following the talks, Modi said both sides discussed steps to implement the contract signed earlier for supply of uranium from Uzbekistan. Both leaders also discussed initiatives to enhance connectivity. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 09:45:41 AM
  • I ordered probe into Vyapam scam: Chouhan
    Amid a chorus for his resignation over the Vyapam scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said it was he who had ordered a probe into the case when it was first unearthed in 2013. "As soon as the scam was first reported in 2013, I ordered agencies concerned to carry out an in-depth investigation," Chouhan said in an interview to India Today TV. When reminded that the scam had been in news since 2009-10, Chouhan claimed it was only in 2013 that large-scale misappropriation associated with Vyapam came to light. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 09:42:28 AM
  • Time to reflect on Article 370: union minister
    Union minister Hansraj Ahir on Monday said it was time to reflect on the continuance of the constitution's article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking at an event to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, he said it was time to "free Kashmir" and "make it a part of India without any limitations". "It was because of Mookerjee's sacrifice that Kashmir is an integral part of India. But time now has come for us to reflect on how long article 370 will continue to be in force," said Ahir, the minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers. "It's high time to decide how long our constitution and other laws will continue to be not applicable in Kashmir. Source: IANS
    2015-07-07 09:38:23 AM
  • Congress playing politics over dead bodies: BJP
    The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the Congress of playing politics over "dead bodies" and maintained that only the high court can refer the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the CBI. Party leaders also said that not all deaths should be linked to the scam. "One should understand the technicalities of the matter. The high court is already enquiring into the matter. We can't ignore high court and ask for a CBI enquiry," BJP's vice-president and Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Prabhat Jha told media persons in New Delhi. He added: "If the high court itself says that it can't proceed with the investigation, then the government of Madhya Pradesh will decide the next course of action." Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 05:54:41 PM
  • Giriraj praises Digital India vision
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Digital India' initiative is an historic opportunity to make up for the industrial revolution that the country missed, union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh has said. Describing the initiative as a game changer, Giriraj Singh said: "Digital India is poised to give lakhs of jobs to the youth. The corporates are making a beeline to pour money into the initiative. It has exponential possibilities and will help India realise its full potential." Launching an English monthly news magazine, 'Leaders Speak', dedicated to Digital India, here on Sunday, the minister highlighted the virtues of digitization as envisaged by Narendra Modi, whom he praised for ushering India into the digital era. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 05:51:41 PM
  • Kumar Vishwas moves apex cour on Vyapam scam
    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas on Monday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on the Vyapam scam in the Supreme Court and requested the court to immediately consider the issue. "I have filed a PIL with Supreme Court, requesting them to probe the Vyapam scam immediately. Although the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh government has been investigating the case, there have already been 45 deaths so far," Vishwas told reporters outside the Supreme Court. The AAP leader said the party condoled the deaths of Aaj Tak TV channel reporter Akshay Singh and the dean of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Medical College, Arun Sharma, who lost their lives while investigating the scam. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 05:50:15 PM
  • Delhi Congress holds protests demanding appointment of Lokayukta
    Members of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Monday took out a protest march against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for not appointing the Lokayukta in Delhi. Leading the protest, DPCC chief Ajay Maken criticized the Arvind Kejriwal led-Delhi government for not filling the Lokayukta post which has been lying vacant since 2013. "Nearly 150 days have passed, where is the Lokpal? Where is the Lokayukta," Maken asked. "We demand that a Lokayukta should be appointed in Delhi and Lokpal bill should be passed," he demanded. The Congress workers assembled at DPCC office in the afternoon and marched towards Lokayukta office near ITO. Police stopped the protestors near Gandhi Peace Foundation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 05:48:46 PM
  • Nitish Kumar joining hands with retrograde forces of 1990s: BJP
    The state BJP unit of Bihar attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for 'allying with retrograde forces of 1990s', while talking of the vision 2025 on the other hand. Bihar BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav said, "(Nitish) Kumar talks about a vision 2025 for development of Bihar, but has gone into alliance with retrograde forces of the 1990s. We want to ask him how he will take the state ahead by allying with RJD chief Lalu Prasad who dragged Bihar down". "Kumar has ignored basic things related to development in Bihar, so his 'dastak' (knocking at doors) campaign among the people will not help. I have been touring across the state and see lack of necessary growth here," he added. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-06 05:41:06 PM
  • Speak on Vyapam: Kejriwal to PM
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should "no more remain silent" over the Vyapam scam. "People want prime minister to speak and intervene in Vyapam. PM should no more remain silent," he said in a tweet. More than 40 people associated with the admission and recruitment racket in Vyapam or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board have died since 2013 - either in mysterious circumstances or have committed suicides. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:58:13 PM
  • Modi leaves on Central Asia, Russia visit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left on an eight-day tour to five Central Asian countries and to Ufa in Russia to attend the BRICS and SCO summits. Modi's first stop is Uzbekistan. He will be visiting Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from July 6-8 after which he will attend the BRICS and SCO summits from July 8-10. He will visit the three countries of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from July 10-13. Boosting trade, energy, connectivity and counter-terrorism, besides people-to-people links will be high on the agenda in all five countries. Writing about the first leg of his visit on his Facebook page, Modi said his first stop will be Uzbekistan, where he will hold talks with President Islam Karimov and both sides would ink key agreements to strengthen cooperation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:55:59 PM
  • Syama Prasad Mookerjee was a statesman: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, describing him a "statesman" and "profound thinker". "Today we pay our tributes to the respected Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation. He always emphasised on education among the youth," Modi said in a message. "He was a statesman, way ahead of his time and a profound thinker whose thoughts have been widely appreciated," he added. Mookerjee was born on July 6, 1901. He founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 01:53:04 PM
  • Rajnath asks Chouhan to probe journalist's death
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asked Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to get investigated the mysterious death of a Delhi-based journalist, an official said. "The home minister spoke to the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. We don't have details of the conversation but he asked him to get the issue investigated thoroughly," a home ministry official said. Rajnath Singh is understood to have expressed concern over the recent deaths over the Vyapam scam, especially that of the journalist who died on Saturday, the official said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:15:10 AM
  • Modi on Central Asian tour, to visit Russia for BRICS, SCO summits
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Monday on an eight-day tour that will take him to the five Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and to Ufa in Russia where he will attend the BRICS and SCO back-to-back summits. Modi will he the first Indian prime minister in recent times to visit all five Central Asian countries at one go. Trade with the resource-rich region, in which China has made major inroads, stands at a paltry $1.6 billion. Connectivity, especially through the proposed North South Transport Corridor, will be on top of the talks agenda between Modi and the Central Asian leaders. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:13:02 AM
  • BJP to strengthen presence in south India
    After enrolling 110 million members in southern states recently, the BJP plans to further strengthen its position in the region through mass contact programmes and study camps for newly-enrolled members, the party said on Sunday. "BJP national president Amit Shah has directed our lawmakers and office-bearers of state units of southern states to build a rapport with newly enrolled members and also to flag the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to the people," BJP's general secretary Muralidhara Rao said. He was briefing media persons after the BJP's day-long south zone meeting held at the sprawling Bangalore Palace grounds in the city centre. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:11:25 AM
  • Left to jointly contest Bihar elections
    The CPI-M and five other Left parties on Sunday announced that they will jointly contest the coming Bihar elections "as an independent, united bloc". The decision was taken by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist-Liberation and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C). The meeting was attended by Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat from CPI-M, Sudhakar Reddy and D. Raja from CPI, Dipankar Bhattacharya and Swapan Mukherjee from CPI-ML-Liberation, G. Devarajan from Forward Bloc, Satyawan and Pran Sharma from SUCI-Communist and Abani Roy from the RSP. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-06 10:08:45 AM
  • RJD to protest withholding caste Census data: Lalu
    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday announced that his party would compel the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government to make public the caste-based Census data. The former Bihar chief minister said that people of the country have right to know the details of caste-based Census and the Narendra Modi-led government should make the data public soon. "Centre should make the caste census public instead of withholding the data on numerical strength of different castes," Lalu Prasad said while addressing his party workers in Patna to celebrate 19th anniversary of the RJD. Source: IANS
    2015-07-06 10:05:30 AM
  • Lalit Modi alleges Rahul Gandhi was beneficiary of his hospitality
    Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra were beneficiaries during his tenure as IPL commissioner. Congress sources, however, dismissed the allegations and termed them baseless. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said Lalit Modi was trying to help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Lalit Modi late Friday posted on Twitter a couple of his pictures with Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in the same frame. Modi tweeted: "I hope @OfficeOfRG (office of Rahul Gandhi) informed @INCIndia that he was a beneficiary of my hospitality. He sat in my box." Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:52:58 PM
  • Jayalalithaa takes oath as legislator
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday took oath as a member of the legislative assembly after winning the bye-election held for the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. According to a government statement, Jayalalithaa took oath in the chambers of Speaker P. Dhanapal. Jayalalithaa won the bye-election by a huge margin, with major opposition parties like the DMK, the DMDK and others boycotting the poll on various pretexts. Jayalalithaa polled 160,432 votes, while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's C. Mahendran got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of a whopping 150,722 votes. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:49:58 PM
  • India needs strong cyber infrastructure: Rajnath
    Pitching for a strong cyber infrastructure in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday stressed that India should work towards developing its own servers. Addressing students of the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (JIIT) during a convocation ceremony in Noida, the home minister said: "As the home minister of the country, I don't have control on many of the cyber crimes here as the server is located elsewhere." "In order to check growing cyber crime, we must develop cyber infrastructure," he emphasised. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:48:10 PM
  • Swamy Vivekananda an enduring source of inspiration: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his 112th death anniversary, saying he was an "enduring source of inspiration" for the people across the globe. "I bow to Swami Vivekananda on his Nirvan Diwas. He is an enduring source of inspiration whose thoughts influenced several people globally," Modi wrote in his Twitter handle. Swami Vivekananda, the founder of Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission, was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 05:45:31 PM
  • President greets Algeria on Independence Day eve
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday greeted the government and people of Algeria on the eve of the country's Independence Day, reiterating India's commitment to enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. In a message to his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president said: "On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to you and to the people of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Independence Day." Adding that India cherished its warm and friendly relations with Algeria, Mukherjee said: "I would like to reiterate India's commitment to enhancing our bilateral relations in the coming months to new areas of co-operation, as identified by our two sides." Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:48:53 PM
  • Hema Malini discharged from hospital
    Film actress and BJP MP Hema Malini was on Saturday discharged from a hospital where she was undergoing treatment after a car crash in which a two-year-old girl was killed, hospital officials said. She was admitted on Thursday evening after she sustained injuries when her Mercedes Benz car rammed into another car coming from the opposite direction, leaving a two-year-old child in that vehicle dead and four others injured. "She was discharged from the hospital at around 9.30 a.m.," said Prateem Tamboli, facility director of Fortis Escorts Hospital. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:47:36 PM
  • Confident about renewed energy in India-US ties: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the people of US on the occasion of their 239th Independence Day and said he was "extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy" in India-US ties. "Dearest sisters and brothers of US, on the occasion of Independence Day, I convey my warm wishes to you all. The ties between India and US are time tested and connected by shared values. We are both vibrant democracies and remain very proud of our democratic framework," he said in a message. Modi added that he was "extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy in India-US ties". "Our economic ties are strong and our cultural ties are vibrant. Last year I visited US and in January this year, President (Barack) Obama came to India and became the first ever president of US to join our Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 01:46:09 PM
  • Congress to launch a campaign against the 'anti-Bihar' decisions of NDA
    The Bihar unit of the Congress is planning to launch a drive in Bihar in which the party plans to expose the 'anti-Bihar' ways adopted by the NDA government in the centre. The party plans to do so three weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to kick-off BJP's poll campaign ahead of the Bihar assembly polls. The Congress high command has issued directions to its workers in the state to spread the word against the BJP, which has allegedly made big deductions in the welfare schemes awarded to the state. A slogan "Bihar Virodhi- Narendra Modi" has also been given by the party. Ashok Chaudhary, BIhar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) chief said, "In the first phase of movement between July 7 to 13, Congress workers will hold day long fast and dharna at each block headquarters across the state, while in the second phase (July 14-20), fast-cum-dharna programme will be organised at each district headquarters. In the third (to be held days before Modi's proposed visit), a major programme will be organised at the state headquarters to highlight the anti-Bihar decisions of the Modi government". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-04 10:09:03 AM
  • MNREGA played key role in rural development: CPI
    With the Socio Economic and Caste Census revealing that 75 percent of rural households have the highest earning member with a salary less than Rs.5,000, CPI leader D. Raja said even this could not be possible if there was no rural employment guarantee act. The rural employment guarantee act - Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) - was launched in 2006, when Left parties were supporting the ruling United Progressive Alliance. "This government should not try to use these figures to say MNREGA is not effective. It was because of the scheme that even this income was recorded," Raja said. "The farmers are in distress. Agriculture is not generating money. The situation is worse for the farm labourers," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 09:53:52 AM
  • Pained at child's death in accident: Hema Malini
    Veteran film actor and BJP's MP from Mathura Hema Malini on Friday said she was "deeply pained" at a child's death in a road accident involving her car on the Jaipur-Agra national highway. In a statement, she expressed "deep sorrow over the accident" and that she is "deeply pained by the death of an innocent child". "I am aware that what the family must be going through after the loss of their daughter," said Hema Malini who is still in a hospital in Jaipur. "In this hour of sorrow, I pray to Lord Shri Krishna to give strength to the family to bear this shock," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 09:48:11 AM
  • Amit Shah reshuffles incharge of state BJP units, cells
    Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Friday retained 19 incharge of state party units and appointed/reshuffled 17 others, apart from appointing incharge of seven party cells/morchas. Among the new appointees were Kailash Vijayvargiya as incharge of West Bengal and Murlidhar Rao of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Shah also appointed D. Purandeshwari Devi, a former union minister and daughter of actor-turned-politician N.T. Ramarao, as incharge of BJP Mahila Morcha. She resigned from the Congress in March to join the BJP. The announcement of new responsibilities for the leaders came after Amit Shah's meeting with office-bearers. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 09:46:20 AM
  • Why has AAP government not appointed Lokayukta: Maken
    Congress leader Ajay Maken on Friday criticised the Aam Aadmi Party government for not being able to fill the Lokayukta post, a state anti-corruption body, which has been lying vacant since 2013. Addressing a press conference here, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief said: "Lokayukta should have probed into the irregularities in the government with regard to fake degrees of MLAs, misuse of public money to pay salaries to volunteers." "Lokayukta's post was vacant from 2013 - 2014 as well when our government was not in power. Why didn't the Centre appoint a Lokayukta then? We want to appoint a Lokpal in Delhi. And for that the Lokpal Bill needs to be passed," said an AAP leader who did not want to be identified. Source: IANS
    2015-07-04 09:43:58 AM
  • Campaign song for Bihar assembly launched by JD (U)
    The ruling party in Bihar, JD (U) has launched a campaign song meant for the party's promotion ahead of the assembly poll scheduled to be held in September/October this year. The lyrics of the song read "Bihar mein bahar ho, Nitish Kumar ho" translating to 'let there be prosperity in Bihar, let there be only Nitish Kumar'. Bihar JD (U) Chief Vashistha Narayan Singh announced the song. Sneha Khanwalkar of 'Oye lucky lucky oye' and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' fame has composed the music for the song. While the lyrics have been penned by Tanu weds Manu fame Raj Shekhar. A JD (U) leader said, "The song showcases the developmental efforts by the government, hints at how the downslide of the state stopped and an upward movement started. It points at the way pride has been brought to Bihar and how there is nobody else like Nitish Kumar". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-03 05:54:51 PM
  • PM Modi to kick-off BJP's campaign in Bihar from Muzaffarpur
    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will again be in the populist mode for his party for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. A BJP source claimed that the PM will kick-off the party's campaign for the state assembly polls from Muzaffarpur towards the end of July. It is believed that the party workers and top officials in the state will take a lot of heart out of Modi's aggressive election campagining approach to take on the united opponents comprising six major parties including the ruling JD (U), RJD and Samajvadi Party (SP). At the first public rally scheduled to be held in Muzaffarpur, Modi will be accompanied by top NDA allies and leaders. A BJP leader said, Muzaffarpur is known as the gateway to northern Bihar. It covers the regions of Mithila, Tirhut and Saran where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a good position. It is close to Koshi area, where the party has a weak support base. Even during the Lok Sabha polls when BJP registered remarkable victory elsewhere, the party managed to win just one seat in the Koshi belt. Significantly, the area comprising towns like Purnia, Bhagalpur and Kishanganj has high concentration of Muslim population". Source: News Reports
    2015-07-03 10:32:13 AM
  • Governor approves four names for nomination to UP upper house
    Having twice rejected recommendations made by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav about the names for nomination to the upper house in the state assembly, Governor Ram Naik on Thursday approved four names from a list of nine. Raj Bhavan has approved the names of S.R.S. Yadav, Leelawati Kushwaha, Ram Vraksh Yadav and Jitendra Yadav. S.R.S. Yadav is an old Samajwadi Party hand and is a close aide of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav while Kushwaha is a former minister. Ram Vraksh Yadav is a senior Samajwadi Party leader while Jitendra Yadav is a relative of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav. These nine seats in the legislative council had fallen vacant on May 25. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 10:05:01 AM
  • Vajpayee admitted 'mistake' in Gujarat: Former RAW chief
    Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said that the "mistake" in Gujarat was the reason for the National Democratic Alliance's defeat in the 2004 general election, former RAW chief A.S.Dulat has said. In an interview conducted by Karan Thapar and telecast on India Today TV channel on Thursday, Dulat said Vajpayee admitted Gujarat was a mistake. "You could see the sadness in his (Vajpayee's) eyes," he said. "Gujarat mein humse kuch galti ho gayi (We committed some mistake in Gujarat)," Dulat quoted Vajpayee as saying. Dulat, whose book, "Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years", is slated to be released shortly, said BJP leader L.K. Advani, who was the deputy prime minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was not happy with the way the then principal secretary Brijesh Mishra was given importance by Vajpayee. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 10:01:35 AM
  • Only of relevance to TV: Jaitley on Lalit Modi row
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday scoffed at questions on former IPL chief Lalit Modi's tweets naming him, saying some people were relevant only for television channels. Asked for his comment on Modi's attempt to implicate him in the matter, Jaitley told media persons following a cabinet briefing: "Some people may be of relevance to television channels, (but) they have no relevance as far as the government of India is concerned." Jaitley asserted that if the controversy is used to disrupt proceedings in parliament during the monsoon session, it will only end up exposing the "anti-growth" mindset of the opposition. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 09:55:39 AM
  • Maharashtra move on madrassas contradicts PM's vision: Congress
    The Maharashtra government's alleged move not to treat madrassas as schools in case they failed to teach primary subjects came in for criticism on Thursday from state party leaders of both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. The move was "diametrically contradictory" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declared vision to bring Muslim youths into the national mainstream, said M. Naseem Khan, a Congress leader and a former minister for minority affairs. "In the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, modernisation of madrassas was included in the BJP's election manifesto. Modi spoke about this in parliament. In the union budget for 2015-2016, the Centre allocated Rs.100 crore for this noble cause. Now, the Maharashtra government is talking like this," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 09:51:02 AM
  • Darjeeling landslides: Toll hits 32; Mamata, Rijiju visit area
    The toll in the landslides-ravaged Darjeeling hills of West Bengal rose to 32, with two more bodies being recovered on Thursday as relief and rescue operations continued in full swing, officials said.  Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the day visited the affected areas, and assured all assistance for the rehabilitation of the people. The bodies, including that of a female, was recovered from Mirik, the worst affected area accounting for at least 24 deaths so far. "We recovered two more bodies today (Thursday) while at least 10 others are still missing," Sub-Divisional Police Officer Abhijeet Singh Kadian said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 09:48:13 AM
  • Sisodia inspects Bhati Mines school after drug complaint
    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday tweeted about a surprise inspection of a government-run school in the Bhati Mines area of south Delhi. Sisodia then went on to re-tweet another post that claimed the students in the school were addicted to drugs. This message was originally shared by his personal assistant on microblogging site Twitter. "Conducted a sudden inspection at a school in Bhati Mines area," the minister tweeted. His personal assistant, Amar Deep Tiwari's tweet said: "Deputy CM got a complaint that a few students of the school consume drugs. Vice-principal of the school also accepted this." Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 09:45:52 AM
  • Parliamentary panel recommends salary hike for MPs
    A parliamentary panel has recommended a hike in the salaries of MPs by almost 100 percent, sources said on Thursday. The panel, headed by BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, also recommended around 75 percent raise in pensions and an automatic mechanism for salary hike for MPs. "A hike has been long overdue. The salary at present is Rs.50,000 which is not a lot in present times," said a member of parliament. In 2010, a bill was passed by the Lok Sabha to hike salaries of MPs by over three times from Rs.16,000 to Rs.50,000 per month. At that time the daily allowance paid to MPs when they attend parliament was hiked to Rs.2,000 from Rs.1,000, constituency allowance was increased to Rs.45,000 per month from Rs.20,000 and office expenses (for staff, stationery and postage) was also raised to Rs.45,000 per month from Rs.20,000. Source: IANS
    2015-07-03 09:44:00 AM
  • Nitish Kumar embarks on the 'Har Ghar Dastak' campaign
    Chief Minister of Bihar Nirtish Kumar on Thursday set off with JD (U)'s campaign ahead of the state assembly elections scheduled to be held in September/October this year. He launched a programme named as 'Har Ghar Dastak' (knocking every door) seeking people's feedback regarding the work done by his government during the past five years. He kicked off the campaign from Paschimi Darwaza area of the Patna Sahib legislative assembly constituency currently held by BJP and paid visit to 10 households. The state government officials told media that two phases of the 'Har Ghar Dastak' programme will be held between 2 July to 11 July and 21 July to 31 July. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-02 06:02:43 PM
  • Congress slams Delhi's Rs.526 crore publicity budget
    Congress leader Ajay Maken on Thursday criticised the Delhi government's decision to hike its publicity budget from Rs.24 crore to Rs.526.19 crore, calling it an attempt to "purchase the media". The government defended the move. "Delhi is not a rich state. Crores of rupees cannot be spent on publicity or for advertisements," Maken said. He also took to Twitter and posted: "No money has been spent on infrastructure development, but the government has decided to spend Rs.520 crore on publicity. Is it to purchase the media?" However, the Delhi government's spokesperson Nagendra Sharma told IANS: "This is the first time when the Delhi government has created a head for information and publicity department. So, it is clear that the government has voluntarily allowed itself to be audited." Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 05:40:50 PM
  • AFSPA will continue in Jammu and Kashmir: Rajnath
    The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces, will continue in Jammu and Kashmir till it is needed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Talking to reporters Srinagar, the minister said that AFSPA in the state would be revoked only when the situation was conducive. "I pray to God that AFSPA is not needed anywhere in the country," Singh said, adding that all the stakeholders would have to cooperate in order to revoke the act. Asked if there were plans to talk to Kashmiri separatist groups, he said there was no such proposal. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 05:38:37 PM
  • Jayalalithaa condemns Stalin for 'slapping' metro passenger
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday condemned DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin for "slapping" a co-passenger in a metro train. Jayalalithaa said in a statement that Stalin travelled in the train on Wednesday only to score political points and gain publicity. "He slapped a passenger in the train and the same has been published by the media. This is condemnable and is unbecoming of a person who is a member of legislative assembly," she said. She said Stalin should realise that in public places, everybody has equal rights and nobody is inferior to another. On Wedesday, Stalin and some DMK leaders and members took a metro train. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 05:36:00 PM
  • Vohra, Rajnath visit Amarnath cave shrine
    Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir's Anantnag district. The annual Amarnath Yatra started on Thursday as over 8,000 pilgrims left from two base camps in Kashmir for the Himalayan cave shrine. An official spokesman said that Vohra and Rajnath Singh on Thursday attended the traditional Pratham Puja heralding the beginning of the Amarnath Yatra. Vohra is also the chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the annual Hindu yatra. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 05:33:27 PM
  • Nitish's reservation gift to backward classes a 'welcome step': RJD
    The Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has lauded the NItish Kumar government's decision to provide the state's backward castes with 50 per cent quota in the government contracts. The RJD has termed it as a 'welcome step'. RJD's Manoj Jha said, “I must say that any government that wishes to have an inclusive agenda as a primary objective will see this as a welcome step and not only Bihar, but other governments should also make sure that they follow the same message”. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-02 02:29:38 PM
  • Congress's former Andhra chief joins TRS
    D. Srinivas, a senior Congress leader in Telangana, on Thursday quit the party and announced his decision to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The former chief of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the Congress, who was sulking for some time for being sidelined by the party leadership, told reporters it was a sad day for him to quit a party with which he was associated for four decades. "It's a sad day because I worked in the party since the days of Indira Gandhi," he said. Srinivas, also a former minister in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, said he worked for the Congress will full commitment and dedication. He said while the party entrusted him with many positions, he also worked hard to do justice to these. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 02:09:00 PM
  • Cabinet approves schemes for farmers, youth
    The cabinet has approved the prime minister's agriculture irrigation scheme as well as some skill development programmes for the youth who don't have a higher education degree, it was announced on Thursday. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media that the cabinet approved the schemes at its meeting here on Wednesday. The minister also hoped that bills pending in parliament will be cleared.  "I am hopeful that no party will take an anti-growth position," he said, adding that people who have been threatening to disrupt parliamentary proceedings are "relevant to TV channels only and not to the government". Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 02:05:09 PM
  • No dearth of leaders for Bihar polls: Shahnawaz Hussain
    BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Wednesday said that there was a whole pool of leaders with the BJP who will be serious contenders for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. The senior BJP leader also said that the name of the possible CM candidate for Bihar polls will be decided by the BJP top brass in the parliamentary board meeting. "We have a a galaxy of leaders (in Bihar) ... But in BJP it is only the Parliamentary Board that decides on issues like declaring the chief ministerial face or going to polls under collective leadership. Let us leave the decision on chief ministerial face to our parliamentary board to decide," he said. Hussain maintained that there was no pressure on the party to decide on a Chief Ministerial candidate, while their rivals did the same as they had only one name to rely on- Bihar's incumbent CM Nitish Kumar. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-02 11:17:21 AM
  • Some AAP members getting perks from Delhi government
    The Delhi government has admitted that a few members of the Aam Aadmi Party were getting benefits like official house and cars. This was revealed by the government in a reply to BJP legislator O.P. Sharma's question in the Delhi assembly on Tuesday. The government said that these members were appointed as co-terminus staff with it. Bibhav Kumar, private secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Aswathi Muralidharan, joint secretary to the chief minister, have been allotted houses. The salary of these people, who are in the grade pay of Rs.8,700, is equivalent to senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, the government said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 10:28:01 AM
  • PM condoles deaths in Madhya Pradesh accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the deaths in an accident in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. The prime minister in a message extended his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. At least 17 people were killed when a bus and a truck collided in Khandwa on Wednesday. Sourvce: IANS
    2015-07-02 10:24:21 AM
  • Lalit Modi drags Varun Gandhi, Jaitley, Shukla into row
    Former IPL chief Lalit Modi on Wednesday continued his belligerent attack on leaders across party lines, dragging BJP MP Varun Gandhi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as Congress MP Rajeev Shukla into the controversy. Modi said that he met Varun Gandhi in London "a few years ago" and offered to "settle everything" with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "@varungandhi80 came to see me at my house a few years ago and said he can settle everything in @INCIndia with his aunt," Modi tweeted late on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 10:22:22 AM
  • Rajnath Singh in Kashmir on two-day visit
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Immediately after his arrival in Sri Nagar, he reviewed the overall security situation in the state including the security arrangements made for this year's Amarnath Yatra beginning on Thursday. Senior officials of the state government, central paramilitary forces and those of the state and central intelligence agencies attended the meeting. Singh stressed on better synergy and coordination among various agencies to ensure foolproof security for the Yatra. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 10:19:22 AM
  • Two ACB chiefs issue comes up in Kejriwal-Jung meeting
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, and the issue of the two chiefs of the Anti-Corruption Branch and home secretaries working in the city government is learnt to have come up. Kejriwal was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia. Government officials, however, described it as a "routine" meeting. Currently, the Delhi government has two acting home secretaries after the city government removed central government appointee Dharam Pal as the home secretary and gave his charge to secretary to the chief minister Rajendra Kumar. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 10:16:50 AM
  • BJP not an individual or family-oriented party: Amit Shah
    BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said his party was not an individual or family-oriented one, and no other party has such a dedicated cadre. "The BJP is the only party which has not split because it has a strong ideological foundation. It is not an individual or family-oriented party and therefore it has a proper system of regular elections from lower to national levels," he said in his address to party cadres here at the inauguration of a two-day workshop on core party ideology and issues before the nation. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 09:41:00 AM
  • SC dismisses plea seeking removal of union ministers
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking dismissal of seven union ministers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for being Rajya Sabha members. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu observed that when any one can become a minister then why object to Rajya Sabha members. The chief justice was obviously referring to the constitutional provision which says that even a person who is not a member of any house can become a minister and remain so for six months during which period he has to be elected to either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha. Source: IANS
    2015-07-02 09:34:31 AM
  • Break 'deafening' silence on Lalit Modi issue, Congress asks PM
    The Congress on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his "deafening" silence on the Lalit Modi controversy amid fresh allegations that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's husband was offered a job by the former IPL chief. "The prime minister owes it to the nation to break his silence on the issue," senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the media. "You (PM) are maintaining a deafening silence. They (BJP) are trying to brazen it out. We demand that the silence should be broken. It is a situation wherein more you try to hide, the more the truth comes out," Singhvi said. He said that the Modi government seemed to be espousing different rules of morality for its own ministers. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 05:52:30 PM
  • Modi launches 'Digital India Week' to empower people via IT
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the "Digital India Week" as part of the larger initiative to empower the people and extend services better with the use of information technology and its tools. The prime minister also unveiled a logo for Digital India, an umbrella programme that seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered, knowledge economy with a host of initiatives for a synchronized and coordinated engagement of the government and its agencies. Foer this scheme, the prime minister has already been named chairman of a high-powered monitoring committee and all existing and ongoing e-governance initiatives will be revamped to align them with the larger principles of "Digital India", according to an official statement. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 04:51:18 PM
  • Lalit Modi now drags Varun Gandhi into row
    Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi met him in London "a few years ago" and offered to "settle everything" with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Though Varun Gandhi accepted meeting Lalit Modi, he denied having struck any kind of deal between them. "Varun-ji met Lalit Modi in London along with Bharatpur, Rajasthan, MLA Jagat Singh three years ago. He was in London and the meeting was only a chance. There was no any kind of deal or discussion over his help," an aide to Varun Gandhi said, requesting anonymity. Lalit Modi on late Tuesday alleged in a series of tweets that Varun Gandhi met him and offered to settle everything. Source: IANS  
    2015-07-01 04:47:38 PM
  • Congress dismisses reports of deal on GST Bill
    The Congress on Wednesday dismissed reports that it offered to ensure smooth passage of Goods and Services Tax Bill in parliament if the government removed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. "Question of quid pro quo on the all-pervading issue of morality and constitutional accountability does not arise," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media in New Delhi. Demanding the resignations or sacking of BJP ministers were issues of "righteousness", he said. The Modi government should be accountable for their promise of not shielding black money hoarders like Lalit Modi, the Congress leader remarked. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 04:42:01 PM
  • Nehru's Wikipedia pages altered from GoI IP address: Congress
    The Congress on Wednesday said that "mischievous" changes were made in Wikipedia pages related to former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru through a government of India IP address. "Wikipedia pages of Jawaharlal Nehru and Motilal Nehru were altered. What is worse (is) it was done from a government Internet Protocol address and from National Informatics Centre," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters in New Delhi. He also demanded a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. "Will the Prime Minister answer how were the Wikipedia pages of former prime minister and Congress leaders altered through a government IP address," Surjewala asked. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 01:57:39 PM
  • Congress protests at Kejriwal's house over VAT Bill
    The Congress on Wednesday staged a demonstration outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's official residence to protest the VAT Bill that could lead to a hike in prices of petroleum products, tobacco and aerated drinks in the capital. Nearly 150 protesters from the Congress gathered outside Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence in north Delhi area around 12.15 p.m. and raised slogans against him and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. "Around 150 protesters are demonstrating outside the chief minister's house and if needed, they would be detained," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Brijendra Singh Yadav said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 01:49:32 PM
  • Nitish Kumar opts for populist approach in the run up to the assembly elections
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as taken up a populist approach to win over the masses all over again. The state Chief Minister has announced that students seeking scholarships, free uniforms and bicycles in schools will no longer need to live to the criterion of registering at least 75 per cent of attendance in schools. The minimum attendance requirement has been relaced by the state government, which will benefit millions of students. The assembly elections in the state have been scheduled to be held in September-October this year. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-01 11:14:54 AM
  • Jammu and Kashmir government sacks 63 'tainted' civil servants
    In a closely guarded move, the Jammu and Kashmir government overnight served sealed cover letters to 63 officials conveying their forced retirement from civil services. Special messengers delivered sealed cover letters containing orders of forced retirement to the government officials at their places of posting/residences across the state late on Tuesday evening. Official sources said that the list of "highly tainted" government officials had been given to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed by a committee headed by Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday. "The process to cleanse the administration was started the day the new government took over on March 1. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:33:06 AM
  • Delhi assembly passes bill to amend VAT act
    The bill to amend the VAT law in Delhi, thus enabling the AAP government to regulate tax rates on petroleum products, liquor and aerated drinks, was passed by the assembly on Tuesday, amid a walkout by the opposition BJP. The Delhi Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill was passed as the three BJP lawmakers walked out and Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta tore a copy of the bill. Finance Minister Manish Sisodia however sought to assure that the amendment will not led to increase in prices. The AAP government on Monday introduced an amendment to the Delhi Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill 2015, which might lead to a hike in prices of petroleum products, tobacco and aerated drinks. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:30:57 AM
  • Kejriwal says Modi 'bullying' AAP government
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit out at the "gundagardi" (bullying) of the Narendra Modi government, which he said was preventing his government from doing its work in the national capital. He attacked Modi on various fronts, ranging from the black money issue to the tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the central government over the posting of officials in the Delhi government and the Anti-Corruption Branch. "The home secretary (in the Delhi government) is theirs (the central government's), never has such 'gundagardi' been seen," the chief minister said in the assembly during the discussion on the budget. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:27:30 AM
  • PM expresses sadness over Indonesia plane crash
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed sadness over an Indonesian plane crash in which 113 people are feared to have been killed. "News of the plane crash in Indonesia is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with those injured," the prime minister said. All 113 people on board a Hercules C-130 military cargo aircraft were feared killed when the military plane crashed into a residential area in Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday, media reported. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:20:46 AM
  • Not averse to talking to Mukul Roy: CPI-M's Deb
    Days after fueling speculations of a probable tie-up with Congress, CPI-M leader Gautam Deb on Tuesday hinted he was not averse to talking to sidelined Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy. "If Mukul Roy wants to talk to our party leaders or any individual, it is his prerogative. I cannot comment on it. But in politics, there is no such word called no," Deb told media persons when asked if the Marxists would look towards Roy for an alliance if he floats a new party. Virtually disowned by his own party, former Trinamool general secretary Roy is speculated to be in the process of floating a new party. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:19:16 AM
  • Delhi assembly demands action against Tytler in 1984 riot case
    The Delhi assembly on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of Sikhs in the national capital during the 1984 riots and passed a resolution asking the central government to register an FIR against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a riot case. On the occasion, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced legal aid to the survivors of the carnage. "This House requests the central government to take immediate cognizance of the recent revelations made against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in affidavits of the CBI by one Abhishek Verma, that this Congress leader influenced witnesses and made payments through hawala, and order registration of a criminal case against him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," the resolution said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:15:45 AM
  • State governments indifferent to Anganwadi workers: Maneka Gandhi
    Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday said that the state governments are adopting a "careless" and "irresponsible" attitude towards making timely payments to Anganwadi workers. Anganwadi is a government sponsored child-care and mother-care programme. At an Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) members' meeting with Gandhi, the members highlighted problems like low honorarium for creche workers and helpers, difficulty in setting up creches in conflict areas and outstanding payments to Anganwadi trainers by the state governments, an official release said in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:06:32 AM
  • Telangana CM skips governor's banquet for president
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday stayed away from the state banquet hosted by the governor in honour of President Pranab Mukherjee. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, and ministers from the two states attended the banquet hosted by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan. KCR, as Telangana chief minister is popularly known, along with the governor, had received the president when he arrived here on Monday on southern sojourn for 10 days. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:03:31 AM
  • Congress tenders new documents against Raje, BJP says 'baseless'
    The Congress on Tuesday claimed that there was a "criminal nexus" between Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and former IPL chief Lalit Modi, and stepped up pressure by producing fresh documents in support of its claim that the Dholpur Palace was a state-owned property. The BJP once again refuted the charge as "baseless". Congress leader Jairam Ramesh produced certain documents that allegedly showed that Raje's son Dushyant Singh and his father Hemant Singh reached a compromise on only the movable properties of the Dholpur Palace whereas the palace itself was a public property. Source: IANS
    2015-07-01 10:00:23 AM
  • Jayalalithaa returns to assembly with massive victory
    AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa returned to the Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday by a record victory margin from the Radkhakrishnan Nagar constituency in Chennai. Jayalalithaa polled 1,60,432 votes while her nearest rival, Communist Party of India's (CPI) C. Mahendran, got just 9,710 votes -- a victory margin of 150,722 votes. The total electorate in the constituency was around 245,000, and the chief minister bagged more than 50 percent of that. As noisy celebrations erupted at the AIADMK headquarters and outside Jayalalithaa's residence, Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah congratulated her over her landslide win, an official statement said. AIADMK activists and leaders generously distributed sweets to all and sundry and burst crackers to celebrate the thumping victory -- a record of sorts for Jayalalithaa. An elated Jayalalithaa thanked voters and AIADMK supporters for her massive victory and said the result was a forerunner for the 2016 assembly elections. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 02:19:58 PM
  • Jayalalithaa thanks voters for victory
    Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Tuesday thanked voters for electing her to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in Chennai. She said that her sweeping victory over CPI's C. Mahendran -- her main opponent -- was an indication of what was to come in the 2016 assembly elections in the state. Jayalalithaa thanked the voters and her party colleagues for her win. None of the major parties in Tamil Nadu barring the CPI contested the by-election. Source: IANS  
    2015-06-30 01:56:58 PM
  • Rajnath Singh to review security of Amarnath Yatra
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Wednesday on a two-day visit to review the security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra and offer prayers at the Himalayan cave shrine on July 2. The home minister will review the security arrangements for this year's Amarnath Yatra along with Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and senior officials of state and central security forces on Wednesday, official sources here told media persons. "He will also be part of the first batch of devotees to visit the Holy Amarnath Shrine on July 2," a senior state government official said. This year's 59-day long pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine in South Kashmir's Anantnag district will begin on July 2 and conclude on August 29. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 11:02:25 AM
  • Himachal panel seeks details of Priyanka Vadra's land deal
    The local administration of Shimla has been told to provide within 10 days information about the land purchase by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra near this popular hill station, the Himachal Pradesh Information Commission has ruled. "Provide information about Priyanka Vadra's land deal at Mashobra (near Shimla) within 10 days to an RTI activist. The decision to impose penalty on the officials who failed to provide information within stipulated timeframe would be decided on July 23," the commission said on Monday. The order by the full bench comprising Chief Information Commissioner Bhim Sen and Information Commissioner K.D. Batish came after an application of Right to Information activist Devashish Bhattacharya came up for hearing. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 10:59:58 AM
  • AAP's budget will lead to price rise, says BJP
    The BJP on Monday slammed the AAP's budget, saying that it will lead to price rise in the capital. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is leader of the opposition in the Delhi assembly, said during a discussion on the budget for 2015-16 presented by the Aam Aadmi Party government, that it was a "deficit budget", and the proposed increase in entertainment and luxury taxes was bound to pinch the middle class. "The government has decided to impose entry fee on vehicles carrying essential goods from neighbouring states. This will lead to increase in prices of essential commodities," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 10:37:40 AM
  • Modi 'amazed' at response to 'SelfieWithDaughter'
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he was "amazed" to see the response he got for his 'SelfieWithDaughter' call. "Amazed by the fantastic response to SelfieWithDaughter. It's remarkable how people across the world have chipped in," he wrote on Twitter after getting a huge number of pictures from across the world. The prime minister during his "Mann ki Baat", an interactive radio programme, on Sunday had requested people to send in pictures clicked with their daughters to promote the cause of the girl child in India. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 10:32:52 AM
  • BJP demands probe into 'dog dialysis' at Bengal hospital
    Union minister and BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan on Monday demanded a probe into allegations of arrangements being made for a dog to undergo dialysis at West Bengal's government-run SSKM Hospital. Pradip Mitra, who was recently transferred from the post of SSKM director, claimed he was handed over marching orders for stopping the dialysis of a dog at the premier hospital on June 10. The dog was allegedly sent for treatment by Trinamool Congress leader Nirmal Majhi, who heads the state medical council. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 10:29:24 AM
  • Trinamool suspends two Bengal legislators
    West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Monday suspended two of its legislators - Seuli Saha and Silbhadra Dutta - for anti-party activities. "They have been suspended from the party for indulging in anti-party activities. They have not been listening to the party and provoking others to quit our party," Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee told media. The suspension comes a day after Saha, who represents Haldia constituency, and Dutta, from Barrackpore constituency, attended an iftar party hosted by sidelined Trinamool leader Mukul Roy. Perceived to be close to Roy, Dutta was earlier removed from the post of parliamentary secretary. Both Dutta and Saha said they will comment on the issue only after getting a formal intimation about their suspension. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 10:27:03 AM
  • J. Jayalalitha way ahead in RK Nagar
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha held a huge lead over other contenders as far as the RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of the state is concerned. After four rounds of counting of votes were complete by 10 am today, Jayalalitha had 38,806 votes as compared to her nearest competitor C. Mahendran's 2,809 votes. Counting of ballots started this morning at 8 in the RK Nagar assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu that went for polls on 27 June. Source: News Reports
    2015-06-30 10:05:51 AM
  • Counting of ballots begins in five states
    The counting of votes began this morning at 8 in the six legislative assembly constituencies of five states where by-elections are taking place. The six constituencies that went for polling on 27 June are RK Nagar in Tamil Nadu, Aruvikara in Kerala, Garoth in Madhya Pradesh, Pratapgarh and Surma in Tripura and Chokpot in Meghalaya. As the early trends suggested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J. Jayalalitha was way ahead of the others in the RK Nagar constituency, while Congress candidate KS Sabarinandhan was leading in Aruvikara constituency of Kerala. As far as Garoth in Madhya Pradesh constituency is concerned, BJP's Chandarsingh Sisodia was leading by 1,831 votes after four rounds of counting were complete. Trends for rest of the constituencies were not declared till 10 am. Source: News Reports
    2015-06-30 09:50:18 AM
  • Modi congratulates Finnish counterpart on poll victory
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila on his electoral victory and said that India and Finland have shared values of democracy and freedom. "Please accept my warm congratulations on your electoral victory and appointment as the prime minister of the Republic of Finland," Modi wrote to Sipila. "Our two countries have enjoyed warm and cordial relations based on shared values of democracy and freedom. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen our bilateral relationship," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-30 09:33:05 AM
  • Don't target Nitish, Lalu tells NDA
    RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday warned the BJP-led NDA not to target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "Hosh mein rahein," thundered Lalu Prasad after Arun Kumar, an MP from BJP ally RLSP, used harsh language against Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar. Arun Kumar is state president of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), whose national president Upendra Kushwaha is a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Arun Kumar on Saturday hit out at Nitish Kumar, accusing him of targeting an upper caste community. "NDA leaders should hold their tongue," Lalu Prasad told the media, and asked them not to target Nitish Kumar. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 06:17:30 PM
  • Cash-for-vote case: TDP MLA's custody extended till July 13
    A city court on Monday extended till July 13 the judicial custody of TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy in cash-for-vote scam. The court dealing with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases also extended the remand of two other accused Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha. With the judicial custody of the accused ending Monday, the ACB produced them before the court and sought extension of the remand on the ground that the investigations in the case are at a crucial stage. ACB had arrested Telugu Desam Party (TDP) deputy leader in Telangana assembly Revanth Reddy on May 31 while he was handing over bribe of Rs.50 lakh to nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson to induce him to vote for TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 02:25:34 PM
  • AAP stages protests, demands sack of four BJP ministers
    The Aam Aadmi Party workers on Monday staged protests here, demanding the sacking of the Bharatiya Janata Party's four ministers. The protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar around 10 a.m. and demanded action from the BJP against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde. As the AAP workers marched towards the Parliament Street, the security forces disrupted the protest and clashes took place. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 02:21:36 PM
  • RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Naud will go for re-polling
    Ballots will be cast again at one of the booths in the RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu the ECI said. According to the commission officials, the reason behind the re-polling is that a poll penal observed and reported that 'a few people not duly enrolled to cast their votes' were allowed by the presiding officer at the booth. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha is contesting the seat of RK Nagar, where polling took place last Saturday. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 02:14:39 PM
  • JVM will not contest Bihar assembly polls: Marandi
    Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) Chief and ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi said on Sunday that his party would not contest upcoming Bihar assembly elections. The JVM will lend its support to the Nitish Kumar led JD (U) and the state's present Chief Minister for the same post again. He said, “We will not contest the Assembly polls in Bihar but certainly support Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to defeat the communal forces, he (Nitish Kumar) is one of the top politicians of the country. He is not in politics to extend benefit to his family or himself but for the cause of the nation”.   Source: News Reports
    2015-06-29 11:24:59 AM
  • AAP protest on Monday to demand sacking of Irani, Sushma, Raje
    The AAP will hold a protest march in New Delhi today demanding removal of union minister Smriti Irani for lying about her education degrees as well as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje over "impropriety". "We will march from Jantar Mantar towards Parliament," said Aam Aadmi Party leader Somnath Bharti. On Thursday, the AAP had threatened a nationwide agitation if Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not sack the three leaders within three days. At least 67 people were detained after over 500 AAP activists staged a noisy protest outside Irani's house in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 09:47:31 AM
  • President expresses concern over Kuwait, Tunisia attacks
    President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed deep concern over the terrorist attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia. In a message to the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Mukherjee said: "It was with shock and sadness that I learnt of the heinous attack at a mosque in Kuwait yesterday (Friday), resulting in the loss of innocent lives and injury to many worshippers." "We believe that the progress of humanity lies in unity, peace, brotherhood and non-violence. We stand by the people of Kuwait and reaffirm our full support to the global fight against terrorism." Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 09:36:32 AM
  • Modi's Varanasi visit cancelled due to heavy rain
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Sunday was cancelled following heavy rain in the region. Modi was very keen to visit the region but the weather played truant, Union Power Minister Piyush said this at a hurriedly convened press conference. Asked when will the prime minister be in Varanasi next, the minister said the dates would be reworked soon by the Prime Minister's Office. Modi was to launch the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), one of the flagship programmes of the power ministry, to ensure 24x7 power for all. Source: IANS
    2015-06-29 09:34:30 AM
  • Polling ends in by-elections in five states
    The Dr. Radha Krishanan Nagar assembly constiuency of Tamil Nadu and Aruvikkara assembly segment of Kerala witnessed over 70 percent of voter turnout on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha was in fray who is contesting the RK Nagar seat. A little over 71 percent voter turnout was recorded in Dr. RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu, while Aruvikkara did better with 74.15 percent of the possible ballot being cast. The other assembly constituencies where by-elections were held on Saturday are Pratapgarh (SC) and Surma in Tripura, Chokpot (SC) in Meghalaya and Garoth in Madhya Pradesh. Polling was largely peaceful at all the polling booths in all the concerned assembly constituencies. Source: News Reports
    2015-06-27 06:02:41 PM
  • Must-win election for Jayalaltihaa ends
    An assembly by-election in Chennai that AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa must win to remain the Tamil Nadu chief minister ended on Saturday evening with tens of thousands voting. Polling in the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency where Jayalalithaa is pitted against CPI's C. Mahedran ended at 5 p.m. with some 65 percent of the around 250,000 electorate exercising their franchise. The exact polling percentage would be known only when the final figures come from all the 230 polling stations, officials said. While there are 28 candidates in the fray, only Mahendran of the Communist Party of India is viewed as a serious opponent. Jayalalithaa is widely expected to win. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 05:30:24 PM
  • AAP logo designer takes on Kejriwal
    The AAP logo's designer who has quit the party has served a legal notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for still using the logo for which he holds the copyright. Sunil Lal told IANS that he had served the notice through his lawyer Akhilesh Chandra seeking a response within 15 days for continuing to use the logo. Lal has severed ties with the Aam Aadmi Party. "I designed the logo, given it to the party but withdrew it after my belief in the party and its ideology was shattered," Lal said, adding he wrote a letter to Kejriwal on April 7 seeking the logo back. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 02:18:29 PM
  • Mulayam in Gurgaon hospital
    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been admitted in a private hospital in Gurgaon following high fever, a doctor said on Saturday. The 75-year-old former Uttar Pradesh chief minister came to Medicity Medanta Hospital on Friday after feeling unwell. Doctors have advised him three days rest. A hospital source told media that Yadav, a former defence minister, had been admitted in a private room. "The patient is undergoing several tests including ultrasound and CT scan," the source said. Yadav was admitted to the same hospital in March following an infection in his abdomen. But in Lucknow, the Samajwadi Party denied that Yadav was unwell. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 02:15:48 PM
  • Thousands vote in Jayalalithaa by-election
    Thousands voted here on Saturday in a by-election in the Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is pitted against a CPI candidate. Election officials said an estimated 35.5 percent of the some 250,000 electorate had voted across the 230 polling centres by midday. At 10 a.m., the polling percentage was 13 percent. AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa is seeking re-election to the assembly. While there are 28 candidates in the fray, only the Communist Party of India's C. Mahendran is viewed as a serious opponent against Jayalalithaa, who is widely expected to win. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 02:12:43 PM
  • Modi greets Djibouti on Independence Day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the people of Djibouti on their Independence Day. "On Djibouti's Independence Day, I convey my greetings and best wishes to the people of Djibouti," Modi said. He said that India remains grateful to Djibouti for their strong support and active cooperation to evacuate a large number of Indian nationals as well as nationals of other countries from strife-torn Yemen. "It indicates the robustness of our ties," the prime minister said. Djibouti, an African country, gained independence from France on June 27, 1977. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 02:09:53 PM
  • Rajasthan CM in Delhi, likely to meet Modi
    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who has the central government's backing over the Lalit Modi controversy, arrived in Delhi on Saturday and is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Raje is in New Delhi to attend a NITI Aayog meeting. A party leader said that she is likely to meet Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah. The central government has decided to continue to back Raje despite pressure from the Congress, demanding her resignation for helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi with his residency application in Britain. According to sources, a meeting took place between Modi and Shah on Friday in which it was decided that Raje would be allowed to attend the NITI Aayog meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:31:50 AM
  • Polling in Tamil Nadu amid tight security
    Polling for Tamil Nadu's Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency with Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa as one of the contestants began in Chennai at 8 a.m. on Saturday amid tight security arrangements, an official said. Around 250,000 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise where the AIADMK general secretary's main rival is C. Mahendran of the Communist Party of India (CPI). There are also 26 other independents and candidates from small parties in the fray including social activist K.R. Ramaswamy, popularly known as "Traffic Ramaswamy". The polling will close at 5 p.m. Schools and colleges in the constituency will be closed on Saturday due to the poll. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:28:26 AM
  • ACB chief has money laundering case against him: Delhi deputy CM
    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief Mukesh Kumar Meena was accused of money laundering and a probe was ordered against him in May. Meena was appointed as ACB chief by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on June 8 superseding Additional Commissioner S.S. Yadav. The Delhi government has objected to the appointment of Meena. "Mukesh Kumar Meena was involved in Hawala scam along with the curtain scam. A probe against him in Hawala scam was ordered on May 1. The ACB is probing the matter," Sisodia said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:15:39 AM
  • Communication gap within BJP: Mamata
    In the wake of BJP patriarch L.K. Advani's comments on the emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said there was a "communication gap" within the saffron party. Participating on a live interactive session on a TV channel, Banerjee also slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government for weakening the country's federal structure. Commenting on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency, Advani has said that "forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger". Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:07:16 AM
  • PM tweets condolences over terror attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted his condolences over terror attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia, that left over 50 people dead, and said the progress of humanity lies in peace and brotherhood and not in terror and mindless violence. Modi tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the cowardly attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia. The progress of humanity lies in peace, brotherhood and non-violence, not in hatred, terror and mindless violence against others." Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:04:48 AM
  • Lalit Modi's salvoes aim to singe Congress
    The Lalit Modi controversy on Friday appeared to taint the Congress, with the former IPL chief claiming that he had "bumped" into party president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra in a London restaurant last year, a charge denied by Priyanka Vandra's office. Modi did not imply any wrongdoing on their part, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), smarting from several damaging revelations by the former IPL chief, immediately sprang into an attacking mode. "The Congress must explain. Why is Mrs Gandhi silent," asked BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 10:03:21 AM
  • Congress demands Raje's resignation over Lalit Modi links
    The Congress on Friday reiterated its demand for the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over her alleged financial links with "absconder" former IPL chief Lalit Modi and claimed that BJP leaders have "full liberty" to indulge in corruption. Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar, addressing a press conference here, said there is "direct evidence that Vasundhara Raje, Lalit Modi and (Vasundhara's son) Dushyant Singh and his wife are partners in Niyant Heritage Hotel Pvt Ltd." Citing Vasundhara Raje's 2013 Election Commission affidavit, he said that it showed that she owned 3,280 shares in Niyant Heritage Hotel. Source: IANS
    2015-06-27 09:42:57 AM
  • Advani cancels meeting with Kejriwal
    Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani cancelled his meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal scheduled for Friday evening. According to informed sources, the meeting was cancelled following pressure from the BJP. "To save party from further embarrassment, it was decided that the BJP leader should not meet the Delhi CM," a BJP source told media. Already in the line of opposition's fire over the Lalit Modi issue, the ruling BJP was further driven to a corner over remarks of party senior leader L.K. Advani that he did not rule out another "Emergency-like situation" in the country. Kejriwal was among the first to respond to Advani's interview published in the Indian Express. Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 05:47:20 PM
  • Lalit Modi issue blown out of proportion: BJP
    The BJP on Friday said the opposition Congress is blowing the Lalit Modi issue out of proportion for political advantage. "It is not corruption either technically or legally... The opposition is not able to debate with government on positive issues, so they are blowing this out of proportion," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said. "I want to ask, Lalit Modi's corruption case came into view under which government's rule?" he questioned. He also said Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje never denied relations with Lalit Modi. "As far as Dushyant Singh's case is concerned all these facts given in I-T return and election affidavit are already in public domain," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 05:45:05 PM
  • President greets Muslims on Ramadan
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday greeted Muslims on the start of the holy month of Ramadan. "I greet all my Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. "May the spirit of Ramadan illuminate the world, show us the way to peace and harmony and remind us of our duties towards the less privileged," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 01:14:07 PM
  • Raje cancels trip to Anandpur Sahib
    Citing ill health, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vaundhara Raje on Friday cancelled her trip to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab for celebrations to mark its 350th anniversary. "Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has cancelled her trip to Anandpur Sahib due to ill health. According to her doctor Sudhir Bhandari she is suffering from backache and has been advised rest," s statement from the chief minister's media advisor said. BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh are also expected to visit Anandpur Sahib. "She wants to meet Shah badly and wants to clarify her position. She thought it gave her best opportunity to do so. However, it seems that Shah and the central leadership is avoiding her and don't want to share dias with her," said a Bharatiya Janata Party functionary on condition of anonymity. Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 01:12:46 PM
  • BJP leader asks police to beat up Trinamool workers
    A senior BJP leader on Thursday called upon lower-ranked police personnel to start beating up Trinamool Congress workers and leaders who indulge in attacks and commit crimes in West Bengal. Participating in a law violation programme organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party, its state unit president Rahul Sinha flayed the poor law and order situation and lack of security of the people. "A state where people don't have security, even police are not safe. Police helplessly get beaten up. Ordinary police personnel call me up and say 'Rahul da, we can't stand this any longer. Please do something'." Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 01:07:40 PM
  • Bengal BJP courts arrests to protest Trinamool 'atrocities'
    Protesting against the atrocities by the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the BJP leaders and workers on Thursday courted arrests during the party's "law violation programme" in central Kolkata. Bharatiya Janata Party state unit chief Rahul Sinha denied any understanding between the BJP and the Trinamool and said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to come close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to overcome her problems. Source: IANS
    2015-06-19 12:57:10 PM
  • Modi reviews Aadhaar benefits scheme
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a review of the Unique Identification or Aadhar and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and called for accelerating the delivery of benefits through both schemes. Reviewing the progress at a high-level meeting, he called for expansion of the applications of the Aadhaar platform, so that its benefits can be extended to as many public services as possible. He directed officials concerned to identify applications, where concrete results can be achieved in the next two months, according to an official statement. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 05:49:20 PM
  • PM non-committal on northeastern states' status: Tripura CM
    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained "non-committal" on continuation of the special category status for eight northeastern states, demanding the arrangement be continued for their development. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained silent on the eight chief ministers' demand to continue with the special category status," Sarkar told reporters in Agartala on Wednesday night after returning from New Delhi, where he met Modi on this issue. Expressing his apprehensions that the special category status of the northeastern states was going to end due to various factors, he demanded that the special status was a must to bring these underdeveloped states on par with other mainland states. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 05:45:58 PM
  • TDP leader quizzed in cash-for-vote case, meets Naidu
    TDP leader V. Narender Reddy, questioned by Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the cash-for-vote scam, on Thursday met party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderbad. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader briefed Naidu about the six-hour questioning by the ACB officials on Wednesday, party sources said. Reddy was a TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. The ACB on May 31 arrested TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two others while they were allegedly handing over a bribe of Rs.50 lakh to nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson to induce him to vote for Narender Reddy. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 05:43:00 PM
  • PM meets Bhagwad Gita contest winner Maryam
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Maryam Asif Siddiqui, a 12-year-student from Maharashtra, who had won the Bhagwad Gita Champion League in March. A Prime Minister's Office (PMO) release said Modi congratulated the young student and gifted her five books on different religions. "He congratulated her for the achievement, and said her interest in various religions is an inspiration for all Indians," the release said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 05:38:16 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets debt-ridden dead farmer's family
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the family of a debt-ridden farmer who committed suicide in a Punjab village last week after his crops were destroyed by unseasonal rain. After staying with the bereaved family in Dadumajra village near Chunni Kalan in Fategarh Sahib for nearly 15 minutes, Gandhi headed to the picturesque hill station of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh to meet his elderly aunt. Surjit Singh, a 60-year-old debt-ridden farmer, who met the Congress vice president on April 28 after his crops were destroyed by unseasonal rains, committed suicide on June 10 by consuming poison. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 05:34:14 PM
  • Kejriwal supports Advani's remark on Emergency
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday supported veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani's statement in which he had not ruled out an Emergency- like situation in the country again. "Advani ji is correct in saying that Emergency can't be ruled out. Is Delhi their first experiment," Kejriwal asked in a tweet. In an interview to the Indian Express ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, the veteran leader had said that "forces that can crush democracy" (in the country) were stronger. Pointing that there were "not enough safeguards in India in 2015" to prevent an Emergency-like situation, Advani said that he could not assert confidently that an Emergency could not happen again in India. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 01:50:25 PM
  • Modi greets Muslims on Ramadan
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the Muslim community on the start of the holy month of Ramadan. "My greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramadan begins. May this Ramadan bring peace and happiness in everyone's lives," Modi said on his Twitter account. "May this holy month also enhance the spirit of harmony and togetherness in society," he added. Ramadan is observed as a fasting period by Muslims, who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Source: IANS  
    2015-06-18 01:48:39 PM
  • Lalit Modi row: Rajasthan CM clarifies her position to BJP chief
    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday clarified her position to BJP president Amit Shah over allegations that she testified in favour of former IPL chief Lalit Modi's British immigration application in 2011. Raje talked to Shah over phone and clarified her position over the controversy, sources told media. She also sought time to meet him, the sources added. Raje was hit by a controversy following revelation apparently made in a statement released by Modi's legal team. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 10:03:31 AM
  • I will join active politics again: Lalu Prasad
    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said that he would rejoin active politics the day the court acquits him in the multi-crore fodder scam.  "I will join active politics again if acquitted by the court," the former Bihar chief minister and union railway minister told media in Patna. He said that once proved innocent by the court, he would be active not just in the politics of Bihar but the Centre as well. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 10:01:34 AM
  • In reshuffled BJP, Vijayvargiya named general secretary
    BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday made a major re-shuffle in the party organisation by appointing three vice presidents, three general secretaries, including Madhya Pradesh minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, and four secretaries. Former Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Om Mathur, who spearheaded the party's campaign in Maharashtra, was appointed vice president while Shyam Jaju was elevated to the post of vice president from secretary. Former BJP Punjab unit president Avinash Rai Khanna was also appointed vice president. The most significant appointment was of Vijayvargiya, who helped the party score a win in Haryana on its own for the first time, as general secretary. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 09:58:16 AM
  • Now, an app to follow Modi
    In a move to improve his digital connect with the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the 'Narendra Modi Mobile App' which will provide updates on his day-to-day activities and an opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from him. According to a release from the Prime Minister's Office, the app provides comprehensive information on initiatives and achievements of the government, including an 'infographics' section. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 09:51:51 AM
  • Discoms would be fined for long power cuts, says AAP
    The power distribution companies in the capital will have to pay fine to their consumers for long power cuts, the Delhi government said on Wednesday. The government has asked the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to slap fine against power discoms for power cuts beyond an hour. "They will have to restore electricity within an hour of power cut. For the first two hours of power cut, they will have to pay Rs.50 for to their consumers and Rs.100 for every hour beyond that," Power Minister Satyendra Jain. "We have asked the DERC to ensure that it is implemented," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 09:49:39 AM
  • Lalit Modi row: Congress asks Rajasthan CM to quit
    The Congress on Wednesday demanded Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's resignation over allegations that she testified in favour of former IPL chief Lalit Modi's British immigration application in 2011. "The chief minister has no right to continue in office," Congress Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot said at a press conference in Delhi. Pilot alleged that Raje helped Modi, who was facing investigations regarding alleged tax evasion. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 09:45:24 AM
  • Eliminate gender discrimination: Harsimrat Kaur
    Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday called for an end to differentiation against women and elimination of gender discrimination. Addressing a gathering in Mata Nanki Istri Gurmat Samagam anandpur, on the occasion of the beginning of three-day celebrations of the 350th anniversary of Anandpur Sahib's foundation, she said women should take a lead in ending gender discrimination. Source: IANS
    2015-06-18 09:43:31 AM
  • India-Pakistan group lauds Modi's Ramadan wishes to Pakistan
    The Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for Peace & Democracy (PIPFPD) on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greetings to Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif for Ramadan, the holy month starting on Thursday. The PIPFPD also lauded India's decision to release Pakistani fisherfolk from Indian jails to enable them to spend the Islamic holy month of fasting with their families at home. "While we appreciate these welcoming decisions by the PMO, we strongly feel that these efforts to maintain friendly relations with Pakistan should be consistent and not in fits and starts," the PIPFPD -- India Chapter urged in a statement signed by Asha Hans, Anuradha Bhasin, Jatin Desai, Tapan Bose, Sumit Chakravarty, Manoranjan Mohanty and others. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 05:56:28 PM
  • Sushma, Vasundhara Raje must clarify on allegations: Digvijay
    Continuing his attack on the BJP over the Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi row, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday said that the external affairs minister must clarify if she met the former IPL chief at a London hotel last year minus representatives of the Indian High Commission. "Is it a fact that Sushma ji met Keith Vaz and Lalit Modi in the London hotel without any representatives from Indian High Commission? She must clarify," Singh posted on Twitter amid media reports that Sushma Swaraj met Lalit Modi in London in October last year at a private dinner. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 05:54:30 PM
  • Sushma Swaraj reacts angrily to Twitter insinuation
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday reacted angrily to a tweet suggesting she took favours to get her daughter a seat in a medical college through the northeast quota. "My daughter is a barrister and Oxford graduate. What you say is absolutely false," she replied to the tweet. The twitter handle 'Soch @pakoed' had insinuated that "Sushma is no stranger to taking and giving favours! Her daughter studied through NorthEast quota in medical college." Twitterati immediately reacted, wondering at Sushma's impulsive response to a stray tweet. The handle @pakoed was deleted, though its tweet was retweeted by others. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 02:03:33 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets protesting sanitation workers
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met sanitation workers who have been protesting in New Delhi for not been given their wages. He assured them of getting their demands fulfilled. "We will get your demands fulfilled," he told the workers at Jantar Mantar. "This isn't a speech for safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) but for the weak, poor, and the underprivileged people of this nation," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 02:00:50 PM
  • Amit Shah to take yoga lessons from Muslim teacher
    BJP president Amit Shah will take lessons from a Muslim yoga teacher at a special camp here on June 21 - International Yoga Day. "Yoga experts Mohd Tamanna and Ashok Sarkar will teach yoga to Shah at Moinul Haque stadium in Patna," Ajit Kumar, in-charge of Bihar-Jharkhand Patanjali Yogpeeth, said on Tuesday. He said that Tamanna will give tips on yoga to Shah. At least half a dozen union ministers from Bihar, including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Radha Mohan Singh and Ram Kirpal Yadav, will also attend the yoga camp in Patna. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 01:58:51 PM
  • Telangana ACB intensifies probe into cash-for-vote scam
    Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has issued notice to two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, while party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is also likely to be summoned for questioning in the cash-for-vote scam. The ACB late on Tuesday served notice on TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and another leader, V. Narender Reddy, who was TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. They were asked to appear before ACB for questioning. While Narender Reddy on Wednesday morning left for ACB office, Veeraiah, a member of Telangana assembly, said he was yet to receive the notice. For a second consecutive day, Hyderabad witnessed hectic activity relating to the case. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 01:50:21 PM
  • Modi wishes Iceland on National Day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the people of Iceland on the occasion of their National Day. "My greetings and best wishes to the people of Iceland on the occasion of Iceland's National Day," the prime minister tweeted. Icelandic National Day commemorates the foundation of the Republic of Iceland on June 17, 1944 and its independence from Danish rule. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 01:46:41 PM
  • Lalit Modi admits closeness to Sushma, Vasundhara
    IPL's controversial former chief Lalit Modi on Tuesday admitted close relations with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and said he has been "over criticised" and "taken to task" by the former UPA government. "At the end I have done nothing wrong. I've gone by book... I have been over criticised, have been taken to task by the (UPA) government for no reason for all," he said in an interview to India Today TV. "The entire UPA government was against me," he said. Modi added that former finance minister P. Chidambaram tried to deport him to India. He challenged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to prove charges against him and said "Swarajs" have been his friends for over 20 years, and that Vasundhara Raje is a "family friend". Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 10:36:03 AM
  • Telangana ACB issues notice to TDP MLA in cash-for-vote case
    In a new twist in the cash-for-vote case, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Tuesday issued notices to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and another party leader V. Narender Reddy. In a late night development, the ACB officers served notices on the two TDP leaders, asking them to appear before the agency for the interrogation. While Veeraiah is a member of Telangana assembly from Sathupalli in Khammam district, Narender Reddy was TDP-BJP candidate in elections to state legislative council. The notices were issued after day-long hectic developments amid speculations that ACB may issue notice to TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 10:33:01 AM
  • Focus on female foeticide, PM urges girl empowerment group
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met representatives from a girl empowerment movement, that included "Slumdog Millionaire" fame actress Freida Pinto, and said that the campaign in India should focus on female foeticide. Representatives of "Girl Rising", a global action campaign to educate and empower girls, called on the prime minister on Tuesday, an official statement said. The delegation included Freida Pinto, who is the ambassador of Girl Rising India, and Samantha Wright, vice president of global programmes for Girl Rising. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 10:07:28 AM
  • 'Parrikar's comment on army losing respect insensitive'
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's comment that the army has lost respect because there has been no war in the long time drew flak on Tuesday with the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement calling it "insensitive". "We do not appreciate the comment, it is insensitive on the part of the minister," Col. Anil Kaul (retd.), media adviser of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, told media. "It needs to be understood the dynamics of war have changed in the past few decades. We are not having world war, or Indo-Pak war like wars, but the army is fighting militants day and night," Col. Kaul said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 09:46:58 AM
  • Modi speaks to Sharif, Hasina, Ghani ahead of Ramadan
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by telephone to Pakistan and Bangladesh premiers, Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina, and Afghan President Ashran Ghani and conveyed to them good wishes for the holy month of Ramadan, an official statement in New Delhi said on Tuesday. "He (the prime minister) conveyed the good wishes for the holy month of Ramadan to them and their people. He expressed hope for peace, tranquility and harmony in their countries and in the region during this month of piety and prayers," a Prime Minister's Office release said. In his conversation with Sharif, Modi reiterated his message of "peaceful, friendly and cooperative" relations between the two countries. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 09:41:22 AM
  • Vasundhara Raje's name now figures in Lalit Modi row
    Adding a new twist to the Lalit Modi controversy, the name of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje cropped up on Tuesday with allegations that she testified in favour of the former IPL chief's British immigration application in 2011. The Congress demanded Raje's resignation. The revelation apparently was made in a statement released by Lalit Modi's legal team where it is mentioned that Raje, who was then leader of opposition in the Rajasthan assembly, said that she was in favour of Lalit Modi's immigration application on the strict clause that her name will not be revealed to the Indian authorities. Source: IANS
    2015-06-17 09:37:41 AM
  • Sushma flags off yatra, offers 'no comments' on Lalit Modi
    The first batch of pilgrims for the annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the new Nathu La route was flagged off on Tuesday by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who declined comment on the Lalit Modi controversy. Attired in a pink sari, Sushma Swaraj flagged off the event at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi at 10.30 a.m. She made a brief speech and posed for photographs with the yatris. Only photographers were allowed in, not the accompanying journalists. She pointed out that the motorable Nathu La route would enable even the elderly to go on the pilgrimage. In all, 250 yatris would travel via the Nathu La route, in batches of 50 each. Eighteen batches of 60 people each would go through the old route through the Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 01:51:10 PM
  • No BJP chief ministerial candidate, vote in Modi's name: Ananth Kumar
    The BJP said on Tuesday that it will not announce its chief ministerial candidate and instead fight the coming Bihar assembly elections in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The BJP will not announce its chief ministerial candidate. The BJP has several capable leaders for the top political post in the state but it will fight the assembly elections in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," said Ananth Kumar, union minister for chemicals and fertilisers and party incharge for Bihar. "Narendra Modi is the BJP face; our party will contest the assembly polls under his leadership," he told the media in Patna. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 01:45:34 PM
  • Tomar withdraws bail plea
    Former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar on Tuesday withdrew his bail plea in an alleged fake degree case. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar Yadav allowed Tomar to withdraw his bail plea and granted him liberty to file a fresh application in the concerned court. On Monday, a magisterial court remanded Tomar to four days police custody. Delhi Police arrested Tomar on last Tuesday and slapped a case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 01:42:37 PM
  • Manjhi will never be forgiven by people: Nitish
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed his predecessor Jitan Ram Manjhi as a "betrayer" and asserted such leaders are never forgiven by the people. A day after Manjhi announced that his Hindustani Awam Morcha would join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to contest upcoming Bihar assembly polls, Nitish Kumar for the first time used strong words to attack Manjhi,who was handpicked by him as his replacement when he quit last year after the Janata Dal-United's rout in the Lok Sabha polls. "Manjhi is a betrayer... such a 'Vibhishan' will be never pardoned by the people," he told media in a response to a question how far will Manjhi's joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party impact the grand alliance of JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 10:34:06 AM
  • Babul Supriyo slams opposition over land bill
    Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo on Monday slammed the opposition for hindering the growth of the country by opposing reforms initiated by the Narendra Modi government, especially the land acquisition bill. "The opposition parties have taken the word 'opposition' a little too seriously. They have come together to oppose the land acquisition bill. They don't want the government to initiate economic reforms," Supriyo said at a MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry event in Kolkata.  The BJP MP from West Bengal's Asansol said the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill-2015, popularly called the Land Acquisition Bill, was wrongly projected as "anti-farmer" by the opposition. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 10:23:14 AM
  • Congress facing bankruptcy of ideas: BJP
    Hitting out at the Congress for dragging on the controversy even after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's clarification over travel documents given to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, the BJP on Monday said that the opposition party is facing bankruptcy of ideas and trying to convert a non-issue into an issue. "It is the bankruptcy of the Congress politics to show pictures of parts of an IPL match which was played at Ahmedabad in 2010. That time (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji was president of Gujrat Cricket Association whereas Amit Shah was vice-chairman. There was no charge against Lalit Modi that time. What does the Congress want to prove?" said union minister Prakash Javadekar at a press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 10:09:31 AM
  • Review power tariff hike: Delhi power minister tells regulator
    Delhi's Power Minister Satyendra Jain on Monday asked the state electricity regulator DERC to review its decision to hike power tariff, saying the move was at variance with rules. Last week, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) hiked power tariff -- effective from Monday -- due to the power purchase adjustment cost to discoms. Jain said that the Delhi government was also not kept in the loop about the move by the DERC. "The said order is not in accordance with Section 62(4)of the Electricity Act, 2003, which allows amendment of tariff only once in a financial year except in respect of any changes expressly permitted under the terms of any fuel surcharge formula," Jain said in his letter to the DERC. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 10:06:53 AM
  • MP to collect only 90 percent of crop loan from farmers: CM
    The Madhya Pradesh government has plans to allow farmers to return only 90 percent of their crop loans from 2015-16, it was officially announced on Monday. While addressing a national conference on crop insurance in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state government was already doling out loans at zero percent rate of interest. "We have been giving crop loans at zero percent rate of interest. Now we want to give the crop loans at 10 percent discount because there is no alternative to farming. We cannot grow our wheat, rice or chana in factories," said Chouhan. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 10:04:26 AM
  • Tomar's police custody extended by four days
    A court in New Delhi on Monday extended by four days the police custody of Delhi's former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who has been arrested in a fake degree case. The court order came after Delhi Police submitted that Tomar's custody is required to ascertain the facts related to a migration certificate obtained by Bundelkhand University. Police accused the former minister of obtaining a forged certificate. Metropolitan Magistrate Preeti Parewa allowed Delhi Police to quiz Tomar till June 19. The accused was presented before court after expiry of his two-day police remand. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 09:41:02 AM
  • Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj issue 'political jamboree': Lawyer
    Former IPL chief Lalit Modi's lawyer on Monday termed the entire issue involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj a "political jamboree" intended to "destabilise the government which is so far free of any scars or scams". Addressing the media on behalf of Lalit Modi, lawyer Mehmood M. Abdi said the "non-issue is being blown out of proportion by the media", which is calling Modi an offender and criminal. "No proceedings in any court of law has declared him an offender or a fugitive. He is staying in London with the full knowledge of and complying with British laws," Abdi said on behalf of Modi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 09:36:52 AM
  • India-China ties could be 21st century's most significant: Speaker
    India's ties with China could be one of the most significant bilateral partnerships of the 21st century, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Monday. At a meeting with a parliamentary delegation from China, Mahajan said the relations with China figure among the highest priorities in India's foreign policy, an official release said in New Delhi. She said that India attaches a lot of importance to the visit of the Chinese parliamentary delegation as it is taking place after a gap of over 14 years. The delegation is led by National People's Congress standing committee chairman Zhang Dejiang. Source: IANS
    2015-06-16 09:35:17 AM
  • China visit's outcomes will take ties to new level: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the outcomes of his "extremely productive visit" to China last month will take the relationship between the two countries a to a new level. Modi, who met Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the standing committee of China's National People's Congress, said that parliamentary exchanges are an important pillar of the bilateral relationship and stressed on the need to broaden the foundation of relations by also promoting exchanges between state-level legislatures, an official release said. "The prime minister recalled his extremely productive visit to China last month, and said that the outcomes of the visit will take the India China relationship to a new level," the release said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 06:05:36 PM
  • Congress, AAP up ante on Swaraj's Lalit Modi links
    The opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party on Monday upped the ante on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's alleged links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi, with the Congress reiterating its demand that she should resign. Continuing its attack on Sushma Swaraj for "helping" Modi - who was served an Enforcement Directorate notice for alleged financial impropriety - to procure documents to travel to Portugal, the Congress termed her excuses on the issue "totally bogus". "The way Sushma Swaraj has gone about the issue, it is not in the national interest. Her excuses are totally bogus and do not stand the scrutiny of facts. As per the Portuguese law, there is no requirement to obtain signatures of a man for surgical operations (on his spouse)," Congress leader P.L. Punia told reporters in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 06:02:29 PM
  • Protest in Delhi over journalist's death
    Journalists will on Monday protest in New Delhi seeking justice for the family of scribe Jagendra Singh who was allegedly set on fire by policemen and the henchmen of Uttar Pradesh Minister Ram Murti Verma. Officer bearers of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists told reporters that the protest at Jantar Mantar was against the Akhilesh Yadav government in the state. They accused the Samajwadi Party government of not against the minister. The state government has suspended five policemen, but the top SP leadership has been defending the minister despite the fact that there is a video recording of the slain journalist where he holds the minister responsible for the attack. Singh's family is on a hunger strike and has demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 01:49:36 PM
  • BJP ally wants Upendra Kushwaha as Bihar CM nominee
    BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) on Monday said that its party chief and union Minister Upendra Kushwaha should be declared the alliance's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Bihar polls. Arun Kumar, the state president of the RLSP, said in Patna that Kushwaha is the most capable and deserving candidate for the post. "The people of Bihar want to see Kushwaha as the next chief minister. Taking this view, the BJP-led NDA should project Kushwaha as the chief minister candidate," he said. Kumar is the MP from the Jehanabad constituency and is considered close to Kushwaha. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 01:46:53 PM
  • Refused Amit Shah's offer to merge HAM with BJP: Manjhi
    Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday said he has refused BJP chief Amit Shah's offer to merge his Hindustani Awami Morcha ahead of the assembly polls and would only join the National Democratic Alliance. Manjhi also said that he is not in the race for the chief minister's post and only a BJP leader would be the candidate. "I refused the offer of Shah to merge HAM with the BJP. We will only join hands with the NDA as an alliance partner to take on combine of (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar, (RJD chief) Lalu Prasad and Congress in upcoming polls," he told media in Patna after returning from New Delhi, where he met Shah to discuss to join a "grand alliance" against the Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress combine. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 09:50:22 AM
  • Sushma Swaraj must resign: Congress
    In the wake of allegations that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi in leaving India, the Congress demanded that she must resign on "moral" grounds. "Sushma Swaraj must resign on moral grounds," Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said. "The minister backed a person like Lalit Modi, against whom a lookout notice was there ... All this is very serious. The external affairs minister is supporting a person who is on the run," Digvijaya Singh said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-15 09:42:57 AM
  • AAP, BJP launch cleanliness drive in Delhi
    A day after protesting sanitation workers of East and North Delhi called off their strike over non-payment of salaries, which had left heaps of garbage piled up on the streets, the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP came out with brooms and launched a cleanliness drive on Saturday. Blaming each other for the garbage crisis in the city, leaders of both the parties began to clean the city. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia along with AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Alka Lamba took part in the cleanliness drive. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 05:40:08 PM
  • Mufti implementing RSS agenda in Kashmir: Ex-CM Omar
    The National Conference on Saturday accused Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed of implementing the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the state. "When I was ruling the state, it had two centres - Srinagar and Jammu. But now the state government has only one centre that is Nagpur," former chief minister Omar Abdullah said referring to the RSS headquarters. "Today all the strings are pulled from there (Nagpur)." Abdullah led a large anti-government rally from Municipal Park, which is adjacent to the headquarters of ruling Peoples Democratic Party, to the business hub of Regal chowk in Srinagar. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 05:37:13 PM
  • Bar scam a political conspiracy: Chandy
    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday dubbed the bar scam rocking the state as a "political conspiracy" and warned that those behind it "will have to pay a heavy price". "The baseless allegations in the bar scam is nothing but political conspiracy. In all, 309 people were summoned as witness in the case. Nothing was brushed under the carpet. Those behind this case will have to pay a heavy price," Chandy told the media here during campaigning for the Aruvikara legislative assembly segment, where by-election will be held later this month. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 01:53:01 PM
  • Modi condoles deaths in Andhra accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the deaths of 22 pilgrims who were killed when the van they were travelling in fell into the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. "Loss of lives due to a bus accident in East Godavari district, AP (Andhra Pradesh) is saddening and unfortunate. My deepest condolences," he tweeted. The accident took place near Rajahmundry town when the vehicle veered off the road and fell off Dowleswaram barrage in the early hours of Saturday. The victims, including nine women and six children, were from Achutapuram village of Visakhapatnam district. They were returning home after a pilgrimage to Tirupati. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 01:51:23 PM
  • People of Nagaland weary of insurgency: Jitendra Singh
    Union Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said the people of Nagaland were weary of insurgency and their resolve for peace remains unshaken. Singh, who was in Nagaland on a day-long visit, met Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang. The two later attended a joint meeting of the state cabinet and senior officers, according to an official statement. The union minister also met different social and political groups and civil society representatives including from the Naga Mothers' Association, the Naga Hoho, the Eastern Naga Peoples' Organization, the Eastern Naga Women's Organization, Nagaland GB Federation, Naga Students Federation and Eastern Naga Students Federation.
    2015-06-13 10:21:14 AM
  • PM, Sonia express grief over Rajasthan accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the death of 15 people, who were electrocuted in a bus in Rajasthan's Tonk district. "The bus incident at Tonk, Rajasthan is very heart-rending. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," Modi said in a message. Extending her condolences to the families of the deceased, Congress president Sonia Gandhi hoped immediate relief and compensation were being provided. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 10:14:32 AM
  • Congressman for four decades, Giridhar Gamang to join BJP
    Former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang met BJP president Amit Shah at his official residence in New Delhi on Friday, clearing the decks for the veteran Congress leader to join the ruling party. "After BJP leaders considered it fit that Giridhar Gamang is acceptable in the party, they welcomed me," Gamang told reporters after meeting Shah. The 72-year-old leader was accompanied by his son Sisir to the meeting where union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP's Odisha incharge Arun Singh were also present. Citing "humiliation" by the party since 1999, the nine-time MP from Koraput resigned from the primary membership of the Congress on May 30 after an association lasting more than four decades. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 10:08:40 AM
  • Ananth Kumar appointed BJP poll in-charge for Bihar
    The BJP on Friday appointed union minister Ananth Kumar as election in-charge of Bihar, where assembly elections are due later this year. "President Amit Shah has appointed Ananth Kumar as election in-charge of Bihar and Dharmendra Pradhan as co-in-charge," a party statement said. As general secretaries of the party, both the leaders have worked in Bihar in the past and are well familiar with the state politics and this is the reason they have been assigned this responsibility, said a senior leader. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 09:51:47 AM
  • Congress claims Rahul helped cause of sanitation workers
    The Congress on Friday said that it was due to the "intervention" of its vice president Rahul Gandhi that Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung was forced to release money to pay salaries of striking sanitation workers. "Rahul Gandhi has explicitly said that Delhi's safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) keep the city clean and they are like soldiers of an army," Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said at a press conference in New Delhi. It was due to Gandhi's intervention that Jung was forced to assure the release money to the MCD, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-13 09:46:47 AM
  • Delhi civic bodies to get Rs.493 crore to pay salaries: Jung
    Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday ordered the release of Rs.493 crore to the municipal corporations in the national capital to facilitate payment of salaries to sanitation workers who have not been paid for the past two months. Jung earlier met the mayors and commissioners of the three municipal corporations in Delhi and appealed to them to convince the sanitation workers to end their ongoing agitation. Employees of Delhi's municipal corporations have struck work to protest against the non-payment of salaries for April and May. As a result, non-collection of garbage has led to unhygienic conditions with garbage strewn across roads, especially in east Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 02:20:16 PM
  • HC to Delhi government: Pay sanitation workers' salaries
    The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the city government to release due salaries of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) employees by June 15. A division bench of Justice S. Murlidhar and Justice I.S. Mehta also directed Delhi Police, Delhi government and the EDMC to take "immediate action to remove garbage" from the streets. It also issued notice to Centre, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, and the EDMC while hearing a plea seeking directions for payment of salaries to the employees and removal of garbage from roads. The court sought response on the plea by June 19. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 02:14:02 PM
  • Tomar brought to Bihar for fake degree probe
    Delhi's former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was on Friday brought to Bihar's Munger district for interrogation in connection with the ongoing probe into his alleged fake law degree, police said. "A Delhi Police team brought arrested minister Tomar to Munger for interrogation into his fake law degree," said a district police official in Munger, about 170 km from Patna. Police said that Tomar was grilled at Hotel Rajhans in Munger. "Delhi Police team have collected evidences in the case." Tomar would later be taken to the neighbouring Bhagalpur district. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 02:10:24 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets protesting sanitation workers
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday met employees of Delhi municipal corporations who have struck work to protest against non-payment of salaries for the last three months. Gandhi met the protesting workers at East Delhi Municipal Corporation headquarters at Patparganj in New Delhi. Delhi Congress Committee president Ajay Maken also accompanied the party vice president during his interaction with the striking staff. A tweet from his official Twitter account said: "He was speaking to the protesting safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) about the delay in salary payments and other issues faced by them". Sanitation workers of East and North Municipal Corporations have been on strike intermittently to protest non-payment of salaries. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 01:58:45 PM
  • No mining concession given to CM's wife, says MP government
    The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday termed "baseless" the allegation by the opposition Congress that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan misused his position to allot a manganese deposit in Balaghat district to a company headed by his wife. The government said neither Chouhan nor his wife Sadhna Singh had any company. On Wednesday, Congress' state unit spokesman K.K. Mishra said that despite rules, the chief minister in 2007 allotted a 17.9 acre area near Paunia village to SS Minerals, whose proprietor is mentioned as S.S. Singh, wife of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on a 10-year-lease. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 10:19:27 AM
  • Andhra, Telangana governor meets PM
    Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital. During the 45-minute meeting, the governor is understood to have briefed Modi of the latest situation in the two states in the wake of cash-for-vote scam. Narasimhan also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He had called on President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday. Narasimhan is believed to have submitted a report on the row between the two Telugu states following the arrest of a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader in Telangana for trying to bribe a nominated member Elvis Stephenson in the legislative council elections. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 10:08:05 AM
  • Ravi Shankar meets Modi
    Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and discussed preparations for the International Yoga Day to be observed on June 21. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 10:03:05 AM
  • Delhi assembly's budget session from June 23
    The AAP government on Thursday decided to hold the Delhi assembly's budget session from June 23 to June 30. "In Thursday's cabinet meeting, we have decided to hold budget session from June 23 to June 30," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters. "Government has prepared a draft of budget and sent it to the lt governor for the approval of the central government," he added. The AAP government in March proposed an estimated budget outlay of Rs.37,750 crore for 2015-16 as it presented a vote-on-account for the first three months of the fiscal. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 09:45:12 AM
  • Delhi assembly's budget session from June 23
    The AAP government on Thursday decided to hold the Delhi assembly's budget session from June 23 to June 30. "In Thursday's cabinet meeting, we have decided to hold budget session from June 23 to June 30," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters. "Government has prepared a draft of budget and sent it to the lt governor for the approval of the central government," he added. The AAP government in March proposed an estimated budget outlay of Rs.37,750 crore for 2015-16 as it presented a vote-on-account for the first three months of the fiscal. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 09:41:37 AM
  • Ex-Bihar CM Manjhi likely to join NDA soon
    Vowing his commitment to defeat the JD-U-RJD-Congress combine in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday indicated that his newly launched Hindustani Awam Morcha would soon be a part of the NDA. "We will fight together to stop (Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad," Manjhi told reporters here after a meeting with BJP president Amit Shah. "We only discussed in the meeting how to defeat them and it is possible only we fight together. The only issue for us and the BJP is to defeat the alliance of Lalu-ji and Nitish," Manjhi said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 09:33:56 AM
  • Delhi Police provide security to Somnath Bharti's wife (Lead)
    Delhi Police on Thursday provided security to AAP leader Somnath Bharti's wife Lipika Mitra after she approached them for security after she filed a complaint of domestic violence against her husband. Delhi Police said that they had provided Mitra security after she expressed apprehensions about her safety. "She had expressed her apprehensions to us and we have provided her full security," Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said. A first information report has not been filed as of now in the case against the Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi law minister. Source: IANS
    2015-06-12 09:31:17 AM
  • Central government breaches apex court order: Jayalalithaa
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalaltihaa termed the central government's decision to entertain Kerala's request to approve the terms of reference for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a new dam as "a gross violation" of a Supreme Court order. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi made public on Thursday, Jayalaltihaa said: "The very act of entertaining Kerala's request and considering the same by the (central) government ... is a gross violation of the order of the Supreme Court of May 7, 2014. "In fact, the government of India should have desisted from entertaining and considering the proposal and ought to have remitted the proposal back to the government of Kerala," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 02:23:21 PM
  • Home ministry axes Delhi official's transfer
    The home ministry on Thursday rejected the Delhi government's order transferring Home Secretary Dharam Pal, but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal maintained that the transfer was valid. The AAP government transferred Dharam Pal for signing a notification that appointed Delhi Police Joint Commissioner M.K. Meena as the chief of the government's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), official sources said. The home ministry said that the Aam Aadmi Party government, which does not control Delhi Police, did not have the jurisdiction to remove Dharam Pal from the post. But Kejriwal has told the home ministry that the transfer of officials was in the domain of the Delhi government. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 02:19:47 PM
  • BJP protests against AAP leader Somnath Bharti
    The Delhi BJP on Thursday protested outside AAP leader Somnath Bharti's office here following allegations of domestic violence levelled against him by his wife. Holding banners and placards against Bharti, the protestors rallied outside Bharti's office in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar and demanded his resignation as a legislator. "He (Bharti) should resign. He should first settle matters in his family," said Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 02:14:08 PM
  • Chandrababu meets Modi, seeks probe into phone-tapping
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand a probe into the alleged tapping of his phone and that of his ministers, MPs and MLAs by the Telangana government. During the hour-long meeting, Naidu also demanded law and order powers for the governor in common capital Hyderabad to ensure effective implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is a partner in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and BJP president Amit Shah. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 02:07:20 PM
  • PM sends Jitendra Singh to Myanmar
    A day after the Indian Army's retaliatory strike in Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his ministerial colleague Jitendra Singh to go to that country to take stock of the situation, official sources said on Wednesday. He will interact with various people there, the sources said. Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, will also visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The army on Tuesday carried out a surgical strike inside Myanmar against the groups of insurgents believed to be responsible for the ambush on army personnel in Manipur on June 4. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 10:04:12 AM
  • Fadnavis snubs minister over Mumbai Metro car shed site
    Reacting sharply to cabinet minister Eknath Khadse's statement on allotting land inside the Aarey Milk Colony for the proposed Mumbai Metro 3 car shed, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late on Wednesday said no decision has yet been taken. "No decision yet on Aarey land to be given for Metro car shed. The report is still awaited," Fadnavis said in a tweet. The chief minister's comment came barely hours after Khadse indicated that around 30 hectares of colony land would be allotted for the car shed as there was no other plot of this size available in the city. However, the minister said that it was subject to the final decision of a committee appointed for the purpose. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 10:02:04 AM
  • Judges should not appoint judges: Gowda
    Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said on Wednesday the independence of the judiciary was not undermined because it did not have primacy in the membership of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). In an interview to India Today Television, the minister said that the independence of the judiciary begins after judges are chosen. It's not connected with how they are chosen. "Judges should not appoint judges," he said, adding that "appointment of judges is not part of the judiciary". Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 09:59:40 AM
  • AAP government gets new law minister, Tomar moves court
    A day after Jitender Singh Tomar resigned as Delhi's law minister after being arrested over his alleged fake degree, the AAP government on Wednesday decided to induct Kapil Mishra as his successor. Tomar, remanded to four-day's police custody after his dramatic arrest on Tuesday was taken to Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday to probe how he secured the law degree that police say is fake. However, the former minster challenged his arrest in a Delhi's session court. Tomar was accused of lying in his election affidavit that he had a law degree. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 09:57:40 AM
  • Affordable housing needs easy land acquisition: Naidu
    Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday that affordable housing needs land acquisition and this was one of the objectives of amendments proposed by the central government to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013. "An investment of about Rs. three lakh crore is required to meet the housing shortage in urban areas and the new 'housing for all' scheme has been formulated to create an enabling environment based on the experiences of implementation of earlier housing schemes," Naidu, the urban development minister, said in an official statement. The minister was addressing the concerns voiced by the members of a parliamentary consultative committee at its meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-06-11 09:49:11 AM
  • Modi not following cooperative federalism, say Congress CMs
    Congress chief ministers on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not living up to his avowed claim of cooperative federalism and instead centralising power. They said "denial" of special category status to northeastern and hilly states will create problems for their residents. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that northeastern states were lagging in development and suffered from poor road connectivity and communications. "If the government of India will not help in infrastructure and social security, it will lead to a lot of damage. We submitted a memoranudm to prime minister two months back about the need for central assistance," he told reporters in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:52:25 AM
  • Jagan meets Mukherjee, demands action against Chandrababu
    YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday called on President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and demanded action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scam. Jagan, as the leader is popularly known, told reporters that he submitted a memorandum seeking action against Naidu. The Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh demanded that Naidu be made the prime accused in the case, and arrested as he was the mastermind. Jagan said that by stating that his phone was tapped, Naidu confessed that he spoke to nominated Telangana MLA Elvis Stephenson to lure him to vote for the TDP-BJP candidate in the Telangana legislative council elections. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:46:10 AM
  • Congress insulting NDA's genuine efforts to empower states: BJP
    The BJP on Tuesday termed Congress's charge of discrimination by the central government against its ruled states "an insult" to the NDA regime's "genuine efforts" to empower the states. "This is not only unfortunate but also an insult to the genuine efforts of National Democratic Alliance government to truly empower the states," Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi. He further added that it is true that outlay of centrally-sponsored plans has been reduced, but this was a necessary step after devolving extra funds to the states, in order to keep the fiscal deficit in check. Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that in the guise of giving more untied funds to states, the central government has ended up imposing additional burdens on all of them. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:26:49 AM
  • BJP MPs' aides to attend workshop on model village scheme
    A three-day workshop for the personal assistants and personal secretaries to BJP parliamentarians has been organised to train them for better implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY). "We are organising a workshop for the personal assistants and personal secretaries to BJP parliamentarians from June 12 to 14, at Bhayander, Mumbai," Ravindra Sathe, executive director of the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini said in Mumbai. During the workshop, they will be taught how to select and develop a village into a model one under the SAGY, he added. Sathe said that a special session for them on better implementation of MPLADs has also been convened. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:20:31 AM
  • Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar resigns
    Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who was sent to four days custody in the fake degree case, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. "Jitender Singh Tomar put in his papers a while back. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accepted the resignation," Sisodia said. "We shall forward Tomar's resignation letter to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung tomorrow (Wednesday) morning," he added. In his resignation letter, Tomar said he did not want to affect the image of the Aam Aadmi Party or its Delhi government. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:10:45 AM
  • Healthcare initiatives for urban poor need more attention: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that more attention was required on the healthcare initiatives for the urban poor. According to a release from the Prime Minister's Office, Modi was briefed on the progress of various healthcare initiatives of the central government and India's progress towards Millennium Development Goals. The prime minister said an evaluation should be made of the contribution of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan towards improvement of health indicators. He also called for documentation and adaptation of the best practices in the healthcare sector across the country to enable their rapid scaling up for maximum benefit. Source: IANS
    2015-06-10 10:04:29 AM
  • Sonia accuses Modi of U-turns, falsehoods
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "boastful claims, exaggerations, U-turns and downright falsehoods" and alleged his BJP-led government was attempting to dismantle the welfare state and centralise power. In a speech at a meeting of Congress chief ministers here, Gandhi accused the central government of "giving huge tax cut bonanzas to the corporate sector" while drastically cutting public expenditures for social sector programmes relating to education, health, sanitation and rural roads. She said "a dangerous duplicitous game" was being played out and an atmosphere of fear has been whipped up. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 06:03:32 PM
  • Don't see yoga through caste, community prism: Rajnath
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the practice of yoga should be kept out of politics and controversies. Responding to a query on the move of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to move court if 'surya namaskar' and 'yoga' were thrust on school children, the minister said that yoga should only be seen as an activity which benefits the mind, body and the soul. "Yoga should not be categorized as belonging to some caste or community or some community...it should be seen purely as something which helps the body and it is for this reason that the practice of yoga was appreciated and followed globally," the former BJP national president said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 06:02:22 PM
  • Modi calls for focus on water conservation
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that focus on water conservation should be an integral part of all water supply initiatives. Chairing a high-level meeting on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, the prime minister also said that while planning for rural areas, a clear provision should be made for the water requirements of cattle and other related needs. "It was observed that following the increase in devolution of funds to states in accordance with the recommendations of the Finance Commission, states could spend a portion of the additional funds available, for drinking water supply projects," an official release quoted him as saying in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 06:00:47 PM
  • Emergency-like situation, says AAP government
    Delhi's AAP government on Tuesday accused Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of unleashing an "Emergency-like situation" after its Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested amid high drama over an alleged fake degree. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the media that vested interests were ganging up against the AAP government because of its anti-corruption campaign but vowed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won't be cowed down. Sisodia said that although the issue of Tomar's alleged fake degree was in the court, about 40 police personnel swooped on Tomar's office and took him away as if he was a fugitive. Delhi Police does not report to the AAP government but to the Lt. Governor and the union home ministry. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 02:00:10 PM
  • Kejriwal, Tomar should resign: Congress
    The Congress on Tuesday said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should resign while ensuring that Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, detained by Delhi Police in a fake degree case, also quits. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken, speaking to reporters in New Delhi, said that Kejriwal and others have been raising issues of high standards in public life. "What happened to them now?" "Arvind Kejriwal should own up moral responsibility (for his law minister) and should resign. He should also ensure that the law minister also resigns," he said. Though police said that Tomar was detained in a case relating to an alleged law degree, an AAP leader said that the minister was arrested. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 01:55:44 PM
  • Congress chief ministers' meeting begins
    A meeting of Congress chief ministers, the first since the party lost the Lok Sabha elections last year, began in New Delhi on Tuesday. Participants in the meeting are likely to discuss "economic mismanagement" and "anti-people" policies of the Narendra Modi-led government, as well as contentious bills pertaining to land acquisition and Goods and Services Tax. They will also deliberate on the "cuts" in budgetary allocations for the social sector by the National Democratic Alliance government. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will address the meeting. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, will also attend. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 01:49:55 PM
  • Delhi law minister arrested, says AAP leader
    Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested on Tuesday, said AAP leader Sanjay Singh. Singh said that he spoke to the minister and tweeted: "Delhi Police arrested him without any notice or prior information." The minister has been taken to the Hauz Khas police station, the tweet said. Singh did not immediately specify the reason for his arrest. Tomar had last month urged the high court to stay the proceedings that the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) initiated against him. Source: IANS  
    2015-06-09 01:41:59 PM
  • Congress slams Modi over 'despite being a woman' remark
    The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing "partisan politics" in Bangladesh and targeted him over his remarks that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has resolved to fight terrorism with zero tolerance "despite being a woman". Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Modi thought he was praising the Bangladeshi leader with his remarks but it was not the way respect is shown to a woman. Modi paid a two-day visit to Bangladesh on Saturday and Sunday. Sharma said that South Asian countries had many woman leaders including Indira Gandhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 10:00:26 AM
  • Delhi to give Rs.500 crore to clear MCD workers' pay arrears
    The Delhi government will release Rs.500 crore to the capital's civic bodies to clear salary arrears of its municipal corporations' employees, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. He said that the central government will be responsible for any delay in payment of salary of MCD workers in future and they should protest outside the houses of central ministers since the municipal corporations were controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party. "We have decided to release Rs.500 crore to the North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations," Kejrwal told a gathering of sanitation workers at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:57:35 AM
  • AAP government slams LG over appointing new ACB chief
    The appointment of the new Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief by Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday drew flak from the AAP government. "What is the conspiracy by creating a new post of joint commissioner in the ACB and appointing your favorite officers," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted. "Has the appointment been done because of the fear of CNG case being probed by the ACB?" he asked. Joint Commissioner M.K. Meena replaced S.S. Yadav as the new head of the anti-graft wing, with Jung also transferring seven inspectors to the department. The move comes days after the Aam Aadmi Party government inducted Bihar Police officials in the ACB. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:53:41 AM
  • Modi invited to inaugurate 'Resurgent Rajasthan' summit
    Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday officially invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the "Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit" to be held in Jaipur in November. Raje formally invited Modi during her meeting with the prime minister in Delhi on Monday. "The chief minister also raised various issues related to central assistance," a statement said. The Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit, to be held in Jaipur on November 19-20, will have strategic conferences, panel discussions, roundtable deliberations, presentations and one-on-one business meetings. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:49:34 AM
  • Congress seeks probe into cash-for vote controversy
    The Congress on Monday demanded a judicial inquiry into "cash-for-vote scandal" following airing of an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson. It also sought an inquiry into allegations of snooping against Telangana government. Party spokesperson Shobha Oza, who addressed the media in New Delhi, also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being silent on the controversy involving Naidu, who also heads the Telugu Desam Party which is part of National Democratic Alliance central government. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:46:05 AM
  • UPA did little to improve Delhi's air quality: Javadekar
    Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday blamed the erstwhile UPA government for not doing much to improve the national capital's air quality, which started deteriorating in 2007. "It's not that the pollution has risen suddenly as Delhi's air quality had been worsening since 2007. The previous government did little to improve things. But this was not discussed at that time," Javadekar said. The minister said it while listing achievements of the environment, forest and climate change ministry in last one year. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:42:52 AM
  • Modi played 'partisan politics' during Bangladesh visit: Congress
    The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing "partisan politics" in Bangladesh, saying that he presented the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) as his achievement though the protocol was signed during the UPA rule. "It would have been better if the prime minister had presented it in a proper way and not his achievement...the prime minister has played partisan politics," Congress leader Anand Sharma said. Taking digs at Modi, the Congress leader accused him of trying to rewrite history "by not recalling" the contribution of Indira Gandhi who was the country's prime minister during the 1971 India-Pakistan war which led to emergence of Bangladesh as an independent country. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:38:14 AM
  • Congress won't contest Tamil Nadu by-election (Lead)
    The Congress on Monday joined the DMK and PMK in keeping itself away from contesting against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in the Radhakrishnan Nagar bye-election in Chennai on June 27. Tamil Nadu Congress chief E.V.K.S. Elangovan alleged that the election would not be held in a free and fair manner. The Congress did not take part in the 2011 election from Radhakrishnan Nagar seat which was won by AIADMK's Vetrivel (83,761 votes). The runner up DMK's P.K.Sekarbabu, who got 52,426 votes. Opposition parties like the DMK, PMK and MDMK have decided to stay away from the June 27 contest. Source: IANS
    2015-06-09 09:35:06 AM
  • Modi rule worsens economic condition: CPI-M
    In the one year Narendra Modi has been the prime minister, all the three sectors of the economy - industry, agriculture and services - "are in a deep crisis", the CPI-M said on Monday. And contrary to the BJP's claims, the livelihood conditions of the vast majority of the Indian people were actually declining, the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement. It said that the massive hikes in the prices of petroleum products in the background of the fall in the international price of crude oil was leading to all-round inflation, particularly of food items. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 05:53:24 PM
  • KCR's son dares Naidu to undergo lie-detector test
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's son and a state minister K. Tarakarama Rao on Monday dared Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to face a live lie-detector test in the cash-for-vote scandal. The panchayat raj and information technology minister on Monday said that he was ready for lie-detector test live on television but asked Naidu if he was ready for the same. KTR, as the minister is popularly known, was reacting to a report in a Telugu newspaper and a television channel that there are certain tapes which prove that he lured the legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition parties to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with money. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 05:51:18 PM
  • Modi faces flak on Twitter for remark on Bangladesh PM
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced flak on social media website Twitter for his remark that his Bangladesh counter part Sheikh Hasina has resolved to fight terrorism with zero tolerance "despite being a woman." While delivering a lecture at Dhaka University in Bangladesh on Sunday, Modi said that despite being a woman the Bangladesh Prime Minister has vowed that her government will have zero tolerance against terrorism. Modi congratulated her for her approach. Micro-blogging site Twitter was abuzz with tweets calling Modi's comment 'sexist'. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 05:49:07 PM
  • Raze illegal mosques in Maharashtra, Sena tells AIMIM
    The Shiv Sena on Monday dared All India Majlis-e-Ittedahul Muslimeen (AIMIM) to "raze thousands of illegal mosques constructed on government lands in Maharashtra". "Will they make a demand to demolish unauthorised mosques? The Muslims have benefitted most from Haj pilgrimage subsidy. Even Haj concessions come from government treasury.... Isn't this also a waste of public funds," Shiv Sena said in an edit in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. Demanding that public lands and monies must not be utilised for building memorials to prominent leaders, AIMIM had recently expressed displeasure over plans to erect memorials to Chhatrapati Shivaji, Sena founder Bal Thackeray and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde in the city. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 01:43:38 PM
  • ACB questions TDP MLA, aides in cash-for-vote scam
    The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Monday continued questioning TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two others in the cash-for-vote scam. The ACB sleuths interrogated the three accused men at its headquarters for the third consecutive day. They were first taken to government-run Osmania Hospital for a medical check-up. Revanth Reddy, a Telugu Desam Party member of the Telangana state legislative assembly, was arrested by the ACB on May 31 when he was offering Rs.50 lakh to nominated member Stephenson to make him vote for the TDP-BJP candidate in the elections to the Telangana legislative council. The ACB, which had laid a trap on a complaint by Stephenson, also arrested Revanth Reddy's aides Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 01:40:54 PM
  • TDP slaps multiple FIRs against Telangana CM in Andhra
    TDP leaders lodged police complaints against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at various police stations in Andhra Pradesh on Monday for what they called a conspiracy by the Telangana government to defame Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The development came a day after an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson was aired on some TV channels. Reacting sharply to what they alleged was a conspiracy by the Telangana government to defame Naidu, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders lodged First Information Reports (FIRs) against Chandrasekhar Rao, officials of the Telanagana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and some TV channels. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 01:36:29 PM
  • Rajnath Singh in Lucknow on two-day visit
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in the state capital on Monday on a two-day visit, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson said. The minister, also a local Lok Sabha member, would be laying the foundation stone of developmental works from his MPLAD fund at the Rani Laxmibai School and will inaugurate the newly-constructed Balaji temple at Kakori, on the outkirts of the city. He is also scheduled to interact with party workers in the Cantonment area and will also partake in personal engagements, the BJP spokesperson informed. On Wedensday, the former BJP national president would take part in the Raja Suheldev anniversary celebrations. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 10:04:56 AM
  • It's not Naidu's voice: Andhra government
    The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday denied that the voice in an audio tape of a purported conversation of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with a nominated legislator of Telangana is Naidu's voice. Naidu's media advisor Prakala Prabhakar told reporters that it was not Naidu. He said that the government was taking the release of the audio tape seriously and will not keep quiet. "We will fight it legally, constitutionally and politically," he said. He said T News, a news channel run from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) office, released the audio tape. The audio tape contains a purported conversation Naidu had with nominated member Elvis Stephenson. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 10:02:42 AM
  • Cash-for-vote scam: Andhra CM's audio tape made public
    The cash-for-vote scam in Telangana took a dramatic turn on Sunday with the release of an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson. In swift developments on Sunday night, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan while Naidu called a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police J. V. Ramudu and other officials to take stock of the latest situation. Rao' meeting with the governor, the second in three days, came minutes after the release of an audio tape of Naidu's alleged conversation with Stephenson. The audio tape was played on some Telugu news channels but it was not clear who released it. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 09:52:26 AM
  • Modi returns home after two-day Bangladesh visit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived back New Delhi on Sunday night after his two-day, maiden tour to neighbouring Bangladesh. He was welcomed by Foreign Minister Sushma Sawraj who presented him a flower bouquet. Modi was given a hearty send-off while leaving from Dhaka with a wish to come back again. "Abar ashibo phire dhanshiritir tire (I’ll come back again to this country)," he recited the first line of a famous poem by Jibanananda Das in his public speech at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre from where he was driven straight to the airport. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saw him off at the VVIP area and presented a bouquet just before he boarded the plane. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 09:49:50 AM
  • CPI-M politburo commission to look into Achuthanandan's 'acts'
    The CPI-M has entrusted the job of looking into the acts of indiscipline done by the former Kerala chief minister V.S.Achuthanandan to the politburo commission which will be headed by former party general secretary Prakash Karat. This decision came at the two-day central committee meeting of the party that concluded Sunday in New Delhi. The politburo commission will look into his statements in the recent past which were made against the state and national leaders. Achuthanandan's behaviour since he staged a walkout from the state party conference held at his home district Alappuzha in February after he found that he was being targeted by his party colleagues at the delegate session, had come under the party scanner. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 09:44:10 AM
  • RJD, JD-U announce alliance for Bihar polls
    The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will contest the coming Bihar assembly elections together, it was announced on Sunday. "It has been decided that RJD and JD-U will contest the Bihar polls in alliance," Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said after a meeting between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad at the official residence of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in New Delhi. Mulayam Singh -- who has been named chief of the new party to come into existence when six former constituents of the erstwhile Janata Dal reunite -- and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav also participated in the meet. Source: IANS
    2015-06-08 09:40:47 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi questions Mamata-Modi bonhomie
    On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are in Dhaka for the inking of the Land Boundary Agreement, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday questioned their bonhomie. He also slammed the duo for making tall promises. Attacking Banerjee for pulling out of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka in 2011, Gandhi questioned the Trinamool Congress supremo's change of heart that prompted her to join Modi on his two-day trip to Bangladesh. "When Manmohan Singh went to Dhaka and asked her to accompany, Mamata ji said 'no' asserting she wanted 'ekla chalo re' (go your own way alone). But now with Modi, she is not singing 'ekla chalo re' (go alone). Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 05:54:44 PM
  • Centre committed to West Bengal's development: Prabhu
    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that his ministry will make efforts to fuel growth in West Bengal, which he said is one of the larger economies in the country and contributes "significantly" to the GDP. At a programme organised by Eastern Railway in Kolkata, he said east and southeast Asia are poised to grow "big" and eastern states in India including West Bengal will benefit from the growth wave. "East and south-east Asia is where the big growth is going to come... We must make sure that West Bengal grows at a much faster rate," he said at the event. Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said the centre and the states need to work together so that the country as a whole can grow. "I spoke to (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee in the morning and look forward to meet her once she comes back from Dhaka," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 05:51:46 PM
  • Left, Trinamool stunted Bengal's growth: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the Left Front and the ruling Trinamool Congress for stunting growth of West Bengal. Interacting with jute mill workers at the Wellington Jute Mill complex in Rishra, Gandhi said that the Congress has always ensured that along with industry the interests of the workers and farmers were protected. "We are not against development," said the Gandhi scion. "This is how we want to work in Bengal as well." Gandhi made the remarks after listening to the problems of jute mill workers. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 02:20:24 PM
  • Naidu performs 'bhoomi puja' for Andhra capital
    Amid chanting of Vedic hymns, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday performed 'bhoomi puja' or ground breaking ceremony of the new state capital Amaravathi. As the clock struck 8.49 a.m., Naidu accompanied by his wife Bhuvaneswari and son N. Lokesh performed the rituals at a colourful ceremony in Mandadam village in Guntur district, about 20 km from Vijaywada. Central and state ministers, MPs, state legislators, senior officials and leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) participated in prayers and other rituals which continued for two hours. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 02:16:55 PM
  • Visit to Bangladesh will strengthen ties: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his two-day "historic" visit to Bangladesh will "strengthen ties" between the two countries. In a tweet, Modi thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome. "Thank you PM Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome. I look forward to a very good visit that will strengthen ties between India and Bangladesh," Modi tweeted. Modi, who is on two-day visit to Bangladesh, arrived at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, Rajdoot. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 02:14:42 PM
  • PM happy over success of social security schemes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed joy on the number of enrollments under the recently-launched three social security schemes crossing the 10 crore mark, an official statement said. "Enrollment under the three social security schemes has crossed the 10 crore number in one month. This is a matter of immense joy," Modi said. "What can be more heartening than the fact that 10 crore of our sisters and brothers have been included under social security cover," he said. "Enthusiasm of people towards social security schemes and efforts of banks have been very gladdening. They made this record enrollment possible. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 10:16:25 AM
  • Delhi government cracks down on polluting hotels
    The Delhi government on Friday cracked down on 77 hotels for violating pollution norms in the national capital, sending closure notice to all of them. "The Delhi Pollution Control Committee found that 77 hotels were operating without license from municipal corporation and Delhi Police and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. They did not have pollution checking devices either," Delhi's Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan said. The hotels were located in south Delhi's Mahipalpur area near Indira Gandhi International Airport. "The government issued a closure notice to them," the minister said, adding that 27 hotels were sealed. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 10:06:16 AM
  • Will you seek forgiveness from jute mill workers: BJP asks Rahul
    Ridiculing Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's planned interaction with jute mill workers in West Bengal on Saturday, the BJP on Friday asked whether he would seek forgiveness for taking no action to alleviate their plight during the 10-year rule of the UPA government. "Is Rahul Gandhi going to ask forgiveness from the workers for taking no action during 10 years of UPA rule?" wondered Bharatiya Janata Party state unit general secretary and MLA Samik Bhattacharya. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 09:50:43 AM
  • Kejriwal attacks Modi, says he is no Rahul Gandhi
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday described Narendra Modi as "not a good prime minister", and said that he cannot be compared with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Kejriwal told NDTV in an interview that Modi was using Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to create obstacles for his Aam Aadmi Party government to avenge the Bharatiya Janata Party's rout in the February elections in Delhi. "He (Modi) is taking revenge against the people and the Aam Aadmi Party because of the loss (in Delhi)... He cannot be a good prime minister," Kejriwal said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 09:38:53 AM
  • Gogoi seeks Arunachal CM's help in defusing border tension
    Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday asked his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Nabam Tuki to take immediate steps to defuse tension along the inter-state border, triggered by the killing of a man. Some armed people from Arunachal on Wednesday killed a person named Kaloi Orang in the Behali reserve forest located along the inter-state border in Assam's Sonitpur district. Local people on Friday protested against the killing and the district administration's failure to provide security to people living along the inter-state border areas. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 09:35:05 AM
  • Modi leaves for Bangladesh
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for a two-day "historic" visit to Bangladesh where he will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and ink several agreements, especially in the field of connectivity and trade. "Leaving for Bangladesh. This visit is going to strengthen the bond between our Nations, benefitting people of our countries and our region," the prime minister tweeted. "Ready for a historic visit to Bangladesh. IAF Rajdoot awaits PM @narendramodi," Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs tweeted. Source: IANS
    2015-06-06 09:28:21 AM
  • Modi, Rutte greet each other in Hindi, Dutch
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Netherlands counterpart Mark Rutte greeted each other on Friday in a unique manner on social media. While Modi welcomed Rutte, who is currently visiting India, in Dutch, the latter responded in Hindi on twitter, a release issued in New Delhi said. Rutte also tweeted some pictures of the hockey World Cup match between the two nations in 1973, a statue of Mahatama Gandhi in Amsterdam and Holi celebrations in Hague. Rutte, who will be in India on June 5 and 6, will hold talks with Modi on various issues. He is accompanied by Foreign Trade Minister Lilianne Ploumen and Agriculture Minister Sharon Dijksma, as also a large business delegation. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 02:04:49 PM
  • Eviction orders to Ambika Soni, Selja suspended
    The Delhi High Court on Friday suspended the eviction orders issued to Congress MPs and former ministers Ambika Soni and Kumari Selja to vacate their government bungalows by June 10. Justice Mukta Gupta also issued notice to the central government and the Rajya Sabha secretariat and asked for their reply by July 2 on the ministers' plea challenging the eviction orders. Soni is staying at 22, Akbar Road and Selja in 7, Motilal Nehru Marg - Type VIII government bungalows. Their counsel, senior advocate K.T.S. Tulsi said: "The eviction orders were guided by mala fide intentions of the ruling establishment against the members of the opposition in parliament." Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 02:01:27 PM
  • Andhra deputy CM dares Telangana to book Naidu
    Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinnarajappa on Friday dared the Telangana government to book Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scam. Chinnarajappa also challenged Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy to make public the audio tapes of Naidu's alleged conversation with the nominated legislator of Telangana. He told reporters in Rajahmundry that they will complain to the central government about the phone tapping by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in Hyderabad, the common capital of the two states. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 01:58:39 PM
  • Modi plants sapling on World Environment Day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday planted a 'Kadamb' (Neolamarckia Cadamba) sapling at his official residence to mark the World Environment Day. Modi used the occasion to urge every family in the country to plant trees in the upcoming monsoon season. The families should also take pride in the number of trees planted by them, in the same way they take pride in worldly possessions, an official release quoted him as saying. "Living in harmony with nature is the only way to avoid a catastrophic situation on mother earth," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 01:56:27 PM
  • 'Deeply distressed' over Manipur attack: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that he was "deeply distressed" at the militant attack on an army convoy in Manipur, that left 18 soldiers dead. "Deeply distressed after the news of attack on Army convoy in Manipur. We will not allow the sacrifices of our soldiers to go waste," he tweeted. At least 18 soldiers were killed and 11 others injured when NSCN-K militants ambushed their convoy in Manipur's Chandel district. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 10:03:54 AM
  • Delhi to be world class city in four years: Kejriwal
    Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that Delhi would be a world class city in the next four years. "As I had said during the elections, we will make Delhi one of the best cities in the world," the chief minister said while introducing mechanical road sweepers. "If we continue to receive the love and support of the public and the workers, then not in five years, we will make Delhi a world class city in just four years," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 09:43:42 AM
  • Sonia condemns attack on army convoy in Manipur
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday expressed shock at the attack on an army convoy in Manipur in which 20 soldiers were killed. Terming the ambush by militants dastardly and cowardly, Gandhi hoped that the killers of the "vanguards of our national integrity" will be brought to book at the earliest. She expressed her condolences to the family members of the army men. "The Congress party as indeed the entire nation stood indebted once again to the brave sons of India," she said. At least 20 soldiers were killed and 11 injured when militants ambushed their convoy in Manipur's Chandel district on Thursday. Source: IANS
    2015-06-05 09:39:41 AM
  • Mamata flags off Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service
    Flagging off the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service in Kolkata on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the initiative will turn the India-Bangladesh ties into an everlasting relationship. "The launching of this service makes this day forever memorable and historically significant for both the countries," Banerjee said at the flagging off event at the state secretariat, Nabanna, in the neighbouring Howrah district. "This service will bring both India and Bangladesh closer and turn our cordial ties into an everlasting relationship," she added.
    2015-06-04 05:51:57 PM
  • Give litchis, mangoes of CM residence to Manjhi: Nitish Kumar
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday directed officials to hand over the fruits growing in the chief minister's official residence to its present occupant Jitan Ram Manjhi. This came a day after former chief minister Manjhi alleged that police were deployed at the bungalow in Patna to guard the litchi, mango and jackfruit trees so that he and his family can't eat their fruit. "I am least bothered about fruit, particularly mangoes, my concern is people," Nitish Kumar told the media in Patna. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 05:46:45 PM
  • TDP hits back at TRS, demands probe into defections
    The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has reacted strongly to Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy's claim that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is involved in the cash-for-vote scandal. A day after Narasimha Reddy claimed that there is evidence that Naidu spoke to a nominated MLA of Telangana, TDP leaders hit back at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, demanding a probe into the "buying over" of 22 MLAs of opposition parties. Senior TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh's Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu on Thursday said that the Revanth Reddy episode was a conspiracy of TRS and YSR Congress party. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 05:40:53 PM
  • Sisodia seeks students' suggestions on study loans
    Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday met students from various colleges and sought their suggestions on drafting its policy for study loans. Facilitating bank loans for students was one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party. "The government stands with those who want to pursue higher studies," said Sisodia, who is also Delhi's education minister. "The government is committed to giving the right of education to every student," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 05:32:25 PM
  • Telangana plans to nail Naidu in cash-for-vote scandal
    With Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy claiming that the government has all proof to nail Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scandal, all eyes are on the next move of the state's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). The ACB has sought the custody of Telengana's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lrgislator A. Revanth Reddy, who was arrested on Sunday. Revanth Reddy was nabbed while offering Rs.50 lakh to a nominated member of the assembly as part of the Rs.5-crore deal to make him vote for TDP-BJP candidate in election to the Telangana legislative council (Upper House). Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 01:47:54 PM
  • Accept Nitish as CM candidate for alliance, JD-U tells RJD
    Bihar's ruling JD-U on Wednesday asked Lalu Prasad's RJD to accept Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate if it wanted an alliance in the coming assembly polls. "JD-U's alliance with RJD is possible only when they will accept Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate," state Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Vashisht Narain Singh told media in Patna. "If an alliance happens, it is good, but if it did not materialise, then also it is okay," he said, throwing back the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief's Monday statement back at him. The Congress and NCP have already expressed support for Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 10:35:45 AM
  • Google apologises over Modi image search results
    Internet giant Google on Wednesday apologised "for any confusion or misunderstanding" caused after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's images started appearing in image search results for query on "Top 10 criminals in India". "These results trouble us and are not reflective of the opinions of Google. Sometimes, the way images are described on the internet can yield surprising results to specific queries. We apologise for any confusion or misunderstanding this has caused. We're continually working to improve our algorithms to prevent unexpected results like this," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 10:31:05 AM
  • Delhi government holds consultations on budget
    As part of its participatory budget exercise, the AAP government on Wednesday held consultations with various groups who gave their suggestions for the formulation of the budget to be presented later this month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met representatives of industry and trade bodies, resident welfare associations (RAWs) and other groups. The representative of the Confederation of Indian Industry, present at the meeting, suggested how Delhi can be developed as the Centre of Excellence on Knowledge Economy, said an official statement. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 10:21:12 AM
  • 'Acche din' for Amethi about to come: Uma Bharti
    Union minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday assured villagers from Amethi that for them 'acche din' (good days) were about to come as her fellow union minister Smriti Irani would now look after the place. Bharti, the union minister of state for water resources, river development and Ganga, was speaking when villagers from Pipri village of Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, visited her in New Delhi. They were accompanied by Human Resource Development minister Irani. The farmers had reportedly boycotted the last Lok Sabha polls amid complaints of neglect by Amethi politicians and administrators. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 10:05:58 AM
  • NDA committed to northeast, reiterates Rijiju
    Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to the northeast region. Rijiju said that the central government has already started recruiting people from the northeastern states in Delhi Police for the security of people from the region living in the national capital. The Centre has decided to recruit at least 20 male and 20 female police personnel from Assam in Delhi Police, he said in an interaction with the media in Guwahati. Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 09:57:03 AM
  • Need to make distribution systems profit making: Prabhu
    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday stressed the need to make electricity sub-transmission and distribution system a circle of profit generation to correct the balance sheets of the sector. "Today, there is capacity to generate mega power by public and private sector, but the need is to correct and revitalise the distribution system," Prabhu said at a book launch event in New Delhi. "Sub-transmissions and distribution systems need to be made into individual profit generation centres to give life back to the sector," he said at the launch of "The Bloom in the Desert - The Making of NTPC". Source: IANS
    2015-06-04 09:36:12 AM
  • Delhi government bans Maggi for 15 days
    The Delhi government on Wednesday banned Maggi noodles for 15 days, after samples of the noodles were found to contain more than the permissible quantity of lead. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the government has asked Maggi producer Nestle to recall all stocks of the noodle brand from the national capital. "We have asked Nestle to take back all stocks of Maggi noodles from every store in the city. We are putting a 15-day ban on sale of Maggi noodles in the national capital. The ban will be in force from today (Wednesday) itself," Jain told media persons. He said that the ban was imposed as samples of Maggi noodles were found to contain more than the permissible quantity of lead -- which is 2.5 parts per million (ppm). Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 05:53:57 PM
  • BJP attacks Akhilesh for flouting SC on advertisement
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government of violating the Supreme Court guidelines over displaying of pictures in government advertisements. BJP spokesperson Harish Chandra Srivastava told reporters that by bringing out a print advertisement in newspapers with a picture of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the state government has cocked a snook at the apex court's recent ruling. The ruling said that government advertisements could only carry pictures of the President, Prime Minister or the Chief Justice of India. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 05:51:33 PM
  • Gadkari assures support for Bengal's development
    West Bengal will get all the funds it requires for development of roads and national highways, union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. Gadkari, who holds the shipping, road transport and highways portfolio, affirmed the ministry's support to the West Bengal government. "There is no problem on this... Mamata didi will get all the funds she needs for the state. We have good relations with Mamata didi," Gadkari told the media in Kolkata in a video-conference. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 05:48:30 PM
  • US defence secretary meets Parikkar
    On a three-day visit to India, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday met Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The meeting took place at South Block after Carter, heading a high-level delegation, laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at India Gate, the World War I monument. He is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Wednesday. This is Carter's first visit to India as defence secretary. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 01:57:30 PM
  • Do not believe in divisive politics, Modi tells Muslim delegation
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told a delegation of Muslim community leaders that he does not believes in politics "which seeks to divide people on communal lines" and will never speak "communal language". Interacting with the delegation that included 30 leaders from the Muslim community led by All India Imam Organisation chief Umer Ahmed, Modi said that the "politics of majority and minority had caused a lot of damage to the country", said a PMO release. He said that employment and development were solution to all problems and he was focused on delivering them. He cited initiatives in skill development taken by the union government and the work done by him as Gujarat chief minister in fields such as education of the girl child, and revival of the kite industry. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 10:30:00 AM
  • Congress moves poll panel against Modi on poll expenses
    The Congress on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not given "true and correct account" of election expenses in Lok Sabha polls to Varanasi seat and sought his disqualification as a MP. The complaint filed by Congress legal and human rights department secretary K.C. Mittal on behalf of local party leaders Rajesh Mishra, a former MP, and Varanasi party chief Praja Nath Sharma, alleged that Modi had violated the provisions of Representation of People Act. "The complaint basically is that he has failed to submit true account of his election expenses in parliament election. He has submitted account of Rs.37,62,351 but actually amount spent is much more," Mittal contended. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 10:24:10 AM
  • Congress will fight injustice to Dalits, tribals, says Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the NDA government over "centralisation" of power and de-recognition of a student group in IIT Madras as he asserted his party will always stand against injustice whether done on Dalits, tribals and women or people from any religion. Addressing a rally at Mhow, the birthplace of Ambedkar who is regarded as architect of India's constitution, Gandhi also said that casteism was a reality and it was duty of every citizen to work for its removal. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 10:19:11 AM
  • Amit Shah takes stock of BJP's membership drive
    A month after launching a nationwide membership drive, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah held a meeting of party leaders and took stock of the party's campaign. "The meeting was convened by our national president to review the progress of 'Mahasampark Abhiyan' (membership drive) in which all the state presidents gave their feedback," said Sidharth Nath Singh, the BJP national secretary and in-charge of West Bengal. The meeting was attended by state presidents and in-charge of the states. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 10:11:31 AM
  • Delhi government to write to Centre for action against Uber
    The Delhi government will ask the Centre to act against Uber, Ola and other app-based taxi services in Delhi, the city's transport minister said on Tuesday. "Despite being banned in the capital, these cabs continue to ply as the Delhi government does not have mechanisms to crack down against them," Gopal Rai told reporters in New Delhi a day after a Delhi girl was allegedly molested by an Uber cab driver. "It is beyond our understanding why the centre despite being informed is not taking action against these taxi services. These services are taking undue advantage of being app based," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 10:01:43 AM
  • Maggi samples found unsafe: Delhi government
    Samples of Maggi noodles tested in the national capital were found unsafe, the Delhi government announced on Tuesday and said that it may take action against the company manufacturing the popular snack. Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that 10 in 13 samples of Maggi noodles sent for testing were found to have excess amount of lead. "Out of 13 samples taken last week, 10 have been found to be containing lead more than the permissible limit. Eighty percent of the samples failed. The officials (of Nestle India which manufactures Maggi noodles) will be called tomorrow (Wednesday) and further action will be taken," Jain said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 09:51:38 AM
  • Jung-AAP row escalates - over anti-corruption wing
    A simmering row between Delhi's AAP government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung escalated on Tuesday after he challenged the government decision to appoint Bihar Police officials in the city's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), saying it was he who headed the anti-graft body. Jung's assertion triggered a strong retaliation from the Aam Aadmi Party and its four-month-old government. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused Jung of making a mockery of governance in the capital. The lt.governor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's government are locked in an ugly battle over the appointment and transfer of bureaucrats. Source: IANS
    2015-06-03 09:44:53 AM
  • Shocked at ship capsize in China river: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that he was shocked on hearing that a cruise ship with at least 458 people aboard has capsized in a China river. "Shocked to learn of the sinking of a cruise ship in the Yangtze river," an official release quoted Modi as saying. "I pray for the safety and wellbeing of those on board," Modi said. Twenty people have been rescued so far off a passenger ship that was carrying 458 people. It capsized due to a storm late Monday night. The vessel -- Dongfangzhixing or The Eastern Star -- was heading to Chongqing city from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 01:59:14 PM
  • Telangana to launch recruitment for government jobs
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday announced that notification for recruitment for 25,000 government posts will be issued in July. Addressing state formation day celebrations in Hyderabad, he said that the unemployed were waiting for jobs for years. He said that though post-bifurcation problems were yet to be sorted out, the government has decided to start the recruitment process. He also announced that a two bed-room house scheme for the poor will be launched this year. Each house will be constructed at a cost of Rs.5.04 lakh. The government plans to build 50,000 houses this year at a cost of Rs.2,500 crore. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 01:56:01 PM
  • Delhi's ACB functions under me: Najeeb Jung
    In a stand that is certain to trigger another round of tussle with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday said that the city's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) functioned under his authority, control and supervision. "This refers to a news item published in a couple of dailies today about reported posting of police officials from Bihar in Delhi's ACB. The ACB, being a police station, functions under the authority, control and supervision of the Lt. Governor, a position that has also been clarified by the Ministry of Home Affairs, vide notification number 1368 (E), on May 21," a statement from the LG Office said. However, the statement said, no proposal on posting of police officials from outside has been received so far. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 01:53:03 PM
  • Modi wishes Telangana on state's anniversary
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the people of Telangana on the occasion of the first anniversary of the founding of their state. Telangana was formed as India's 29th state on June 2 last year after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. "My best wishes to the people of Telangana on the occasion of their Statehood Day. My best wishes for the state's development journey," he said in a message. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 01:49:09 PM
  • Rajnath for early work on mobile towers in Maoist-hit areas
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called for expeditious completion of work concerning installation of mobile towers in Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, an official statement said on Monday. According to a home ministry release, the minister, who paid two-day visit to the Maoist affected areas of the state and interacted with personnel of paramilitary forces and state police, "directed the installation of mobile towers by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) be expedited, particularly in Sukma district". Singh also said that new post offices will be opened in the three worst Maoist-affected districts of south Bastar - Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 09:59:50 AM
  • Sonia raises 'distressing rise' in attacks on Dalits with Modi
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday raised the issue of "distressing rise in incidence of atrocities against Dalits" with Prime Minster Narendra Modi and called upon the government to bring a bill in the monsoon session to tighten the law on atrocities against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. In a letter to Modi, Gandhi called it a "matter of disappointment" that the National Democratic Alliance government had allowed an ordinance, brought by the previous Manmohan Singh government to strengthen the implementation of SCs and STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 among other things to lapse. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 09:57:50 AM
  • Rahul to visit Ambedkar's birthplace on Tuesday
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will on Tuesday visit Mhow, the birthplace of B.R. Ambedkar, to inaugurate the year-long celebrations of the leader's 125th birth anniversary by the party. Gandhi is expected to reach Indore at noon and garland the statue of Ambedkar, regarded as the architect of the Indian Constitution. He will later address a public meeting in the afternoon and interact with Dalit leaders and activists in the evening. Born at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, Ambedkar (1891-1956) was a jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination against dalits and women. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 09:53:31 AM
  • PM's comments against communalism a camouflage: Congress
    The Congress on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments against communalism were intended to "camouflage" the real face of his government. "The prime minister has said earlier in parliament also that Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's comments were not right. He had said that he would not tolerate this and in the next week itself many such statements were made," Congress spokesperson Rajeev Gowda told the media in New Delhi. "His statement is intended to camouflage what goes on as a routine business by his government and Sangh Parivar acolytes," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-06-02 09:38:16 AM
  • Punjab Congress demands probe into snooping on leaders
    The opposition Congress in Punjab on Monday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged snooping on political leaders and others by the state government and its agencies, especially Punjab Police. In a letter to the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said a high-level probe should be ordered into the snooping on political adversaries, members of the media and other sections of the society by the Akali Dal government in the state. Source:IANS
    2015-06-01 05:33:05 PM
  • Won't campaign in Aruvikara by-poll, says Achuthanandan
    Former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan said on Monday that he will not campaign for the June 27 Aruvikara by-election to the state assembly, unless asked by the central leadership of the party. CPI-M candidate M. Vijayakumar has denied any rift within the party over the poll. Achuthanandan is apparently miffed at the invitation for the first LDF election convention not carrying his name. The invitation for convention, beginning on Wednesday at Aruvikara, was issued on Sunday. The convention is being inaugurated by CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. Incidentally, Achuthanandan presided over the meeting of the LDF on Sunday called to discuss the preparation for the campaign for the by-poll. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 01:48:58 PM
  • Court to consider complaint against Smriti Irani
    A court in New Delhi on Monday set June 24 for considering a private complaint against Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly misrepresenting facts in her election affidavits. The matter was listed for Monday for Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain to decide on the maintainability of the complaint filed by Ahmer Khan. Khan filed a complaint in April seeking action against the minister for allegedly lying on oath about her educational qualification. Khan's lawyer K.K. Manan told the court that Irani declared herself to be a 1996 batch B.A. graduate from Delhi University in her affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election. But in her 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, she stated she had done B.Com Part 1 in 1994 from Delhi University. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 01:46:41 PM
  • No talks with Pakistan; welcome a proactive PM: Sushma Swaraj
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday denied any "flip-flop" in India's policy towards Pakistan and said that no talks can be held as long as Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was walking free. In a major press conference, on completion of the government's one year in office, Sushma Swaraj also discounted any speculation of being overshadowed by a "proactive PM" or of any change in India's Palestine policy. She answered a range of questions, ranging from why she kept a low profile, to the opposition criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's frequent foreign travels, to the testy India-Sri Lanka fishermen issue. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 10:14:31 AM
  • Modi government following UPA's worst policies: Activists
    Activists and academics on Sunday came out strongly against the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of following the worst policies of the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government. "The media has been giving a view that everything is fine and the economy is looking up which is not true," Jayati Ghosh, academic and professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said at an event in New Delhi. "There has been significant improvement in inflation, but it is the decline in prices of global crude prices which has done it and not the government," Ghosh said. "This government is following the worst policies of the previous government." Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 10:11:17 AM
  • Confident Mamata will come along to Bangladesh, says Sushma
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday that she is "confident" West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will travel to Bangladesh along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week and not do a redux of the 2011 trip with then prime minister Manmohan Singh. To a query asking if the government was certain Banerjee would not at the last moment decide to drop out of the team, which had caused immense embarrassment to the then government, she said: "She will certainly go, I can say with confidence." Sushma Swaraja said that Banerjee would be going to Dhaka to be present during the inking of the Land Boundary Agreement between the two countries. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 10:07:42 AM
  • Gamlin alleges Delhi minister Satyendar Jain pressurising her
    Sparking a new controversy between the bureaucracy and the Delhi government, Shakuntala Gamlin, the national capital's principal secretary for power and industries, has alleged that Industries Minister Satyendar Jain was mounting pressure on her over conversion of industrial plots from leasehold to freehold. In a letter written to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung which came to light on Sunday, Gamlin said: "The industries minister had been continuously pressing me to submit a note for the council of ministers proposing therein conversion of industrial plots in the city from leasehold to freehold." "Full facts pertaining to the legal ramifications of the case that the matter was not within the competence of Delhi government had been brought to his notice," she wrote. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 10:05:02 AM
  • Very provocative statements from Colombo on fishermen issue: Sushma
    India plans to convey to Sri Lanka its concern about the "very provocative" statements emanating from Colombo on the fishermen's issue, which can "vitiate" the atmosphere for talks on the subject, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the NDA government's completion of one year in power, she also dismissed allegations of lack of transparency in the ties with Sri Lanka. She said that India's proposal for resolving the fishermen's issue has been rejected by Sri Lanka. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 10:02:01 AM
  • 'One Rank, One Pension' matter of faith for me: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured ex-servicemen that his government will soon resolve the tangles related to the "One Rank, One Pension" (OROP) issue and that interests of retired defence personnel was a "matter of faith and expression of patriotism" for him. The Congress, however, alleged that the government was "deliberately delaying" the decision, and the criticism of the previous UPA government on the issue was "not valid". Modi, in his radio address "Mann Ki Baat", urged ex-servicemen not to believe those who were politicising the issue. Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 09:57:04 AM
  • Congress, BJP again flay AAP government on snooping issue
    The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday again took strong exception to the AAP government's alleged plans to buy high-end snooping equipment. "Snooping is bad. Snooping on private individuals is bad. Be it AAP or BJP, we are against any such snooping. Private lives of individuals should be respected and not be allowed to be encroached on by any person or any authority," Congress spokesman Ajay Maken told Times Now. Speaking on the alleged plans to procure the snooping equipment by the Kejriwal government, Maken said: "We have always stressed that there should be definite protocols before such high-end equipment are handed over to any section of the government." Source: IANS
    2015-06-01 09:50:50 AM
  • Former Odisha CM Gamang quits Congress
    Veteran tribal leader and former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang on Saturday resigned from the primary membership of the Congress. He took the decision as he was "humiliated" in the party since 1999, the former union minister and nine-time Congress MP from Koraput Lok Sabha constituency said in his resignation faxed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Though he maintained that he would not join any other party, his son hinted that both would join a national political party soon. "I announce my resignation from the primary membership of the Congress with immediate effect. I have taken the decision as I have been thoroughly humiliated by the party leadership who have insulted me," he told media persons in Bhubaneshwar. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 01:54:24 PM
  • Committed to one rank one pension: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his government is "committed" to the long-awaited One Rank One Pension (OROP) for ex-servicemen. "On OROP- the government is committed to OROP and there's no doubt about it," Modi said in a tweet. OROP relates to payment of uniform pension to defence forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 01:49:43 PM
  • No intention to run Delhi through anyone: Rajnath Singh
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the central government has no intention to run the Delhi government through anyone and was committed to upholding its constitutional duty as he outlined the Narendra Modi government's achievements in the past one year. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the government completing one year in office, Rajnath Singh did not make any direct reference to the tussle with the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi on powers of Lt. Governor. "We have no intentions to run the Delhi government through anyone. Let them (the AAP) run the government," he said that answering a query whether the central government wants to run the Delhi government through the lt. governor. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 10:07:22 AM
  • Cabinet becoming toothless wonder under Modi: Congress
    The Congress on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making the union cabinet "a toothless wonder" and ministers only speak at its meetings if allowed to do so. Launching an attack on Modi, Congress leader Ambika Soni also accused Modi of trying to overawe the judiciary and "denigrating parliament". "The cabinet is becoming a toothless wonder. There was a whisper campaign against several ministers when Modi government came to power. The campaign was done as part of strategy to demoralise colleagues. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 10:01:56 AM
  • Jaitley to inaugurate new bank note paper plant in MP
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday will inaugurate the 6,000 ton new bank note paper line at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh, a statement said. In a statement issued in New Delhi on Friday, the finance ministry said that Jaitely will inaugurate the new line set up at an investment of Rs.495 crore and also flag off the first consignment of Rs.1,000 bank note paper. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other dignataries would also be present during the occasion. The new paper line is part of the indigenisation, of the bank note paper, under taken by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL). Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 09:55:35 AM
  • Delhi government proposes life term for food adulteration
    Food adulterators will face life imprisonment under a new provision envisaged by the Delhi government aimed at combatting adulteration, it was announced on Friday. "In extreme cases where adulteration could lead to severe health loss, the Delhi government proposes maximum of life imprisonment," an official statement in New Delhi said. Taking a strong view on adulteration, misleading advertisements and unhygienic manufacturing of food, the Delhi government plans to make the provisions of punishment more stringent. For this, the Delhi government will amend the existing Food Safety & Standards Act, 2005, in the next session of the Delhi assembly, said the statement. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 09:46:38 AM
  • Cautiously optimistic of Teesta being inked during Modi visit: Envoy
    Bangladesh envoy Syed Moazzem Ali on Friday voiced "cautious optimism" on the Teesta water sharing agreement being inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Bangladesh on June 6-7. Ali, addressing media persons at the Foreign Correspondents Club in New Delhi, said that the Teesta issue would be discussed during talks between Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. "I am cautiously optimistic," of the Teesta agreement being inked, he said. Ali said that both sides would discuss the issue "threadbare". "I hope we can reach an agreement during the visit, and even if they can't, they will hold substantive discussions and both sides can make further progress," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 09:40:39 AM
  • Smriti dares Rahul to debate in a war of words
    A war of words broke out on Friday between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Twitter over IIT-Madras's censure of a students' group for criticising the Narendra Modi government. Within minutes of Rahul Gandhi condemning the move to censure the IIT students' group on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Irani threw an open challenge to him. "Next time fight ur battles ur self don't hide behind NSUI. N by d way I'm returning to Amethi soon. See you there," Irani tweeted. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi's office tweeted: "Free speech is our right. We will fight any attempt to crush dissent and debate." Source: IANS
    2015-05-30 09:36:55 AM
  • Akhilesh's policies creating waves overseas: SP
    The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh has claimed that the state government's policies were finding an echo on foreign shores and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was being lauded for his visionary decisions. Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary said on Friday that during his recent visit to France and Netherlands, policies and schemes like the Samajwadi Pension scheme and Lohia housing scheme drew applause from foreign dignitaries. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 10:00:35 AM
  • Manjhi meets Modi, fuels speculation of tie-up with BJP
    Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fuelling speculation of a tie-up between his party and the BJP for the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar. The meeting came days after Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah hinted that options were open for a tie-up with Manji, who heads the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). BJP sources said that the HAM has demanded 50 seats in an alliance and the party has not agreed to the demand. "Manjhi has demanded 50 seats which the BJP refused politely," a party leader, who did not want to be named, said. Manjhi, a critic of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has launched the HAM after being expelled from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U). Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:50:47 AM
  • Shah attacks Manmohan, Gandhis over scams, misgovernance
    BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi over misgovernance and fostering corruption. Addressing a public meeting in Panaji, the BJP chief also accused Manmohan Singh of derailing India's economy despite his economist credentials. Shah, who was in Goa as part of the one-year anniversary celebrations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, also said that one of the biggest achievements of this central government was to offer India a prime minister who can actually speak, as against the typically muted Manmohan Singh, who was prime minister for 10 years. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:47:34 AM
  • TDP demands Bharat Ratna for NTR
    Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday urged the central government to confer Bharat Ratna on its founder and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. T. Rama Rao. TDP, a partner in National Democratic Alliance central government, passed a resolution on the second day of its 'Mahanadu' or the annual conclave at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad to demand the highest civilian award for the actor-turned-politician. Addressing the 'Mahanadu', party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that NTR, as the late TDP founder was popularly known, deserved the award for his contribution to politics and cinema. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:43:01 AM
  • Nitish has derailed Bihar, say two union ministers
    Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying that he has derailed the development process in the state. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that Bihar was developing with a high growth rate when the Bharatiya Janata Party was a partner in the government in alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United. "After Nitish Kumar betrayed the BJP and ended the alliance, in the last two years without the BJP, development has been derailed in Bihar by Nitish Kumar," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:39:30 AM
  • Modi has laid foundation for decade of development: Gadkari
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first year in office, has laid the foundation for a decade of development, union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. Speaking to the media on the achievements of the government in its first year, the minister for road transport, highways and shipping said that the previous decade of the Congress-led government was riddled with scams and corruption and the new government has worked hard to undo the damage. "Ten years of constant corruption belittled whatever little development that took place. The present government has worked hard and this one year of the Modi government should be seen as a dedicated foundation for a decade of development," Gadkari said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:36:26 AM
  • Rahul to visit Bengal on June 6
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit West Bengal on June 6 to address party workers, a party leader said. Besides holding a meet with party workers in the city, Gandhi would visit a jute mill in Hooghly district. "Gandhi would hold a meeting with party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium and also visit the Victoria Jute Mill," a Congress leader said. The visit to the mill comes against the backdrop of a number of jute factories in the state closing down. Incidentally, Gandhi's trip comes on a day when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would join Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his two-day visit to Bangladesh. Source: IANS
    2015-05-29 09:33:26 AM
  • Delhi Lt.Governor meets union home secretary
    Delhi's Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung met union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal at his office at bthe Central Secretariat in New Delhi on Thursday morning, sources said. Sources said that the Lt. Governor apprised the home secretary of the ongoing tussle between his office and the Delhi government, led by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal. "The LG also raised his concerns with the Centre over the transfer of officers despite home ministry orders," an official source claimed. The tussle between Jung and the Kejriwal government started over the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary on May 15. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 01:55:14 PM
  • Delhi government challenges MHA notification
    The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the union home ministry on May 21 notification that said that Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has discretionary power over appointments and transfers of key bureaucratic posts in the capital. The Delhi government mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, which posted the matter for Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 01:52:13 PM
  • Manmohan Singh meets Modi
    Hours after rebutting BJP's allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against the erstwhile UPA government, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Manmohan Singh's office said that the meeting took place on an invitation from Modi. It said that the two leaders discussed the country's economic situation and foreign policy issues. Modi also tweeted about the meeting that took place at his official residence. "Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7 RCR (Race Course Road). We had a great meeting," Modi said. Modi also shared a photo of him welcoming Singh at his official residence. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 10:15:59 AM
  • Modi expresses satisfaction over PRAGATI
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed satisfaction that multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) was speeding up decision-making processes in vital projects and important areas of governance. Interacting with officials of PRAGATI, he said that the spirit of problem-solving and swift implementation, which was being generated through the PRAGATI interactions, was gradually spreading to all areas of governance. Modi also reviewed the implementation of key issues pertaining to ex-servicemen. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 10:03:42 AM
  • Delhi assembly resolution outlandish, but not binding: Expert
    The resolution adopted by the Delhi assembly against the union home ministry notification was "outlandish" but not legally or constitutional binding on anyone, constitutional expert Subhash C. Kashyap said on Wednesday. A private member's resolution, brought by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Somnath Bharti in the Delhi assembly, termed the May 21 notification "illegal". Kashyap, a former Lok Sabha secretary general and a leading constitutional expert, told reporters that it was nothing more than an opinion expressed by the assembly members. "A resolution is an opinion, it has no legal or constitutional binding," Kashyap said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 09:58:40 AM
  • Modi meets PMO officials, families over high tea
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday invited all officials and staff of the Prime Minister's Office for high tea on the occasion of his completion of one year in office. According to an official statement, the prime minister said that the entire PMO family shares the credit for the success achieved in serving the people over the past year. Modi said a sensitive and humane approach was needed in fulfilling the responsibilities of the PMO. The prime minister met the officials, and posed for photographs with them. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 09:52:31 AM
  • Congress fumes at no mention of Sonia in Telangana text book
    The Congress in Telangana has condemned the non-inclusion in school text books of the role of party president Sonia Gandhi in the formation of the new state. A chapter titled "The movement for the formation of Telangana state" has been included in this year's social studies text book for Class 10. However, the 14-page chapter showers praise only on Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said that Uttam Kumar Reddy, president of Congress party's Telangana unit. "This is a fascist tendency and demonstrates autocratic and dictatorial attitude of KCR. The Congress party will not tolerate this behaviour," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 09:49:55 AM
  • Decision on Ram temple will be taken at right time: Shah
    BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday asserted that his party was not on the backfoot on the Ram temple issue and a decision in this regard would be taken at the right time. Shah's statement came a day after he said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lacked the numbers in the Lok Sabha to address core issues such as the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, Uniform Civil Code and abolition of the Constitution's Article 370 giving Jammu and Kashmir a special status. "We are not at all on the backfoot on the Ram temple issue. The party will take a decision at the right time," Shah told reporters in Surat. Source: IANS
    2015-05-28 09:44:27 AM
  • Open for dialogue with anyone, within constitutional framework: Rajnath
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that the government was open to a dialogue with anyone on different contentious issues, provided the talks were within the framework of the Constitution. "We are (open) for a dialogue with everybody. There is an elected PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir and everybody is welcome to start a dialogue with it. "If need arises, we will join the dialogue; but the same has to be within the framework of the country's Constitution," he said while addressing media persons in the state's winter capital. Rajnath Singh asserted that India believed in good relations with her neighbours, adding that these nations must also reciprocate the gesture. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 05:33:56 PM
  • Don't fall prey to Congress tactics, Naidu tells parties
    Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday urged political parties not to fall prey to the Congress's tactics of obstructing parliament functioning. "I can't force you to support me or the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). But the non-Congress parties, including the BJD in Odisha, should understand their (Congress party) game plan and should not fall prey to the tactics of the Congress," Naidu told the media in Bhubaneshwar. He said that the parties should play a constructive role by supporting the government's efforts of developing India and that they should cooperate in implementing the needed reforms, including passing of the amended land acquisition bill. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 05:31:26 PM
  • Government took away farmers' land for corporates: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again lashed out at the Narendra Modi government on the sensitive land issue, saying that it had "taken away the land of the farmers, which is like a mother to them, and given the same to its friends and corporates". "Likewise, they (government) have taken away the sea from the fishermen now and is in the process of handing it over to the corporates who own big trawlers," Gandhi said while addressing a well-attended rally of fisherfolks living near the Chavakkad beach. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 05:26:58 PM
  • DMK not to contest assembly by-election: Karunanidhi
    DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday said that the party would not contest the June 27 by-election to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. The assembly elections were only a year away and democratic norms would not be followed during this bypoll and hence the party would not contest the seat, Karunanidhi said in a statement issued in Chennai. The seat fell vacant with the resignation of AIADMK lawmaker P.Vetrival. AIADMK general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is likely to contest the seat to get re-elected in the wake of the Karnataka High Court order setting aside her conviction by a lower court in a disproportionate assets case. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 05:24:48 PM
  • Never misused public office: Manmohan Singh
    Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, saying that he never used public office to "enrich" himself or his family and friends. "I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Manmohan Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) iin New Delhi. He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" being made against the UPA government were "untrue". "When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said. The former prime minister said that "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues". Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 05:21:04 PM
  • Government pushing aside weaker sections: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Narendra Modi government of pushing aside "weaker sections like farmers and fishermen from the country's development story". "The best way to take the country forward is to empower its people. The NDA government has a completely different viewpoint. For some reason, they are convinced that you can develop the country by depriving a vast majority of people," Gandhi said while addressing fishermen in Thrissur, Kerala. "Farmers are weak; fishermen are weak; and they are being pushed aside by the government," the Congress leader said. Gandhi said that during his visits to Punjab, Maharashtra and other states, farmers asked him as to why the NDA government was "trying to destroy" them. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 02:00:08 PM
  • Where are the good days, AAP questions Modi
    Around 100 supporters of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held a noisy protest in New Delhi on Wednesday, questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government's claim of 'acche din' (good days). Led by Dilip Pandey, leader of the party's Delhi unit, the protesters at Jantar Mantar raised slogans against the central government a day after it completed one year in power. Pandey asked: "I do not see any so-called 'acche din'. What happened to the promises made by the Modi government for public welfare? Public wants an answer now." The protesters also held banners with slogans that read: "Anti Middle Class, Anti Trader, Anti Farmer; Modi Sarkar". Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 01:56:09 PM
  • Much at stake for Kerala parties in Aruvikara bypoll
    With their prestige at stake, the ruling Congress, the CPI-M and the BJP in Kerala are gearing themselves up for the June 27 by-election to the state assembly from the Aruvikara constituency. The bypoll in the Thiruvananthapuram district was necessitated by the death of senior Congress leader and speaker G. Karthikeyan in March 2015. It is seen as a dress rehearsal for the state's local bodies elections later in the year and the assembly elections in 2016. A victory would be a welcome respite for the Oommen Chandy government, weighed down as it is by the infamous bar owners bribery case in which Finance Minister K. Mani and Excise Minister K. Babu are under the scanner for allegedly receiving money from cash-rich bar owners in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 01:52:07 PM
  • TDP's three-day conclave kicks off in Hyderabad
    The Telugu Desam Party's three-day conclave kicked off at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday. TDP's president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the 34th conclave by lighting the lamp, unfurling the party flag and paying tributes to party founder N. T. Rama Rao. He also inaugurated a photo exhibition and a blood donation camp on the occasion. Party's top leaders including its ministers in the central government, state ministers from Andhra Pradesh and MPs and legislators from both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are attending the conclave. The 'Mahanadu', the first after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is set to pass an important political resolution elevating the regional party to a national party. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 01:49:21 PM
  • Modi pays tribute to Nehru
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his tributes to country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary. "Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his Punya Tithi. We remember his contribution as a freedom fighter and as our first prime minister," Modi said in a statement. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 01:46:09 PM
  • Why didn't Congress set up TV channel for farmers, asks minister
    Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday hit out at the Congress for not ensuring a dedicated TV channel for farmers despite running the country for nearly six decades. Speaking at the launch of the DD Kisan channel, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first anniversary of the NDA government, Singh said that it was ultimately the BJP-led government that had taken this step. In apparent reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, he said that this country was not Italy. As long as each farm does not get water, every hand will not get employment, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:54:24 AM
  • Rajnath takes jibe at Rahul for questioning Modi's foreign travel
    Taking a veiled dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who recently asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit farm markets and the families of dead farmers rather than embarking on frequent trips abroad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that Modi's foreign tours have strengthened India's position. "Regarding questions being raised on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's frequent foreign visits, such trips have strengthened India's position," Rajnath Singh said at a public meeting in New Delhi. He said that when Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh went visiting nations, no one talked about it. "Now when Narendra Modi is doing the same, people are raising questions," said the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:51:24 AM
  • BJP, government enlist achievements, Congress hits back
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a channel dedicated to farmers to mark his government's first anniversary while union ministers and BJP leaders held press conferences and public meetings in different parts of the country. The Congress however slammed the government as one of "self, selfies and selfishness". In a letter to the people on Tuesday Modi said that he had devoted every moment of each day and every element of his body and spirit in fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to him by people last year - when he had led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a historic win in the Lok Sabha polls and its first full majority in parliament. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government had assumed office on May 26 last year. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:46:19 AM
  • Centre won't create hurdles in AAP government's work: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the Centre will not create any hurdles in the functioning of the AAP government in Delhi, but added that everybody should work within constitutional limits. "Everybody should work within the constitutional provisions," Rajnath Singh said during a media conference at the Press Club in New Delhi. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party won a mandate from the people of Delhi and the centre would extend its full cooperation. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:44:14 AM
  • AAP tears into Centre's notification, right to impeach Jung sought
    The Delhi assembly on Tuesday slammed the Centre for seeking to curb the powers of the Arvind Kejriwal government through a notification while an AAP lawmaker demanded that the state legislatures should have the powers to impeach governors. Buoyed by the Delhi High Court's observation that the lt. governor must act on the aid and advice of the council of ministers, the AAP legislators took turns to criticise the Narendra Modi-led government's order giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in matters pertaining to services, police, law and order. The May 21 notification had also stripped Delhi's Anti Corruption Branch of its power to act against the central government employees. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:41:17 AM
  • India's eyes not shut on Dawood, says Rajnath
    India's eyes were not shut on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, but "some international compulsions" were hindering his extradition from Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. Addressing a media conference at the Press Club in New Delhi, Rajnath Singh asserted that the government will not tolerate anyone raising pro-Pakistan slogans, and said that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not wavered from its long-held stance favouring abrogation of Article 370 that guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir. "On Dawood, I will only say we have not kept our eyes closed," Rajnath Singh said at the media conference called on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:38:48 AM
  • Mamata flays CBI for serving political interests
    Admitting she once had a "penchant" for seeking CBI probes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the central agency of taking up cases which suits it politically. Speaking at the state assembly, Banerjee also blamed the central government's interference for the the killing of a Railway Protection Force (RPF) constable during an anti-hawker drive in Malda. Questioning the CBI's efficiency in several cases including the theft of Nobel medallion of poet Rabindranath Tagore, Banerjee said: "They (CBI) do what suits them politically." Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:36:17 AM
  • Modi visits BJP headquarters
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road in central Delhi and interacted with party officials and staff on completing a year in office. "Prime minister had one-on-one interaction with the staff and he enquired about their well-being," an official told the media. The prime minister shook hands and later posed for photograph with the staff. Modi arrived at the party headquarters after launching DD Kisan, India's first television channel dedicated to farmers. Earlier in the day, Modi interacted with all officers of the Prime Minister's Office at the South Block, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the his government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-27 09:33:36 AM
  • Modi first PM to strongly raise border issue with China: Rajnath
    Asserting the government's commitment to cordial relations with neighbours, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that India has taken strong stand on border issues with Pakistan and China, with Narendra Modi being first prime minister who "strongly raised the border issues with China". "Our government's constant effort has been to maintain cordial relations with our neighbouring countries. But as regards border security, we have always taken a strong stand," Singh said at a press conference in New Delhi on the Modi government completing one year in office. "During his visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi categorically stated India's stand on all the outstanding issues concerning China. This is first time that an Indian prime minister has strongly raised the border issues with China," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 05:50:06 PM
  • After stand-off, Kejriwal meets Jung
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday for the first time after a stand-off began between the two over postings and transfers of bureaucrats. The meeting took place a few hours before the start of Delhi assembly's emergency session called to discuss the home ministry's notification that said the Lt. Governor will have the last word in bureaucratic postings and transfers. Sources said that Kejriwal showed Jung the high court order allowing Delhi government's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to investigate Delhi Police officials caught on corruption charges. He also apprised Jung about his views on the issue, sources added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 05:45:54 PM
  • Won't tolerate raising of pro-Pakistan slogans: Rajnath
    Affirming the BJP's stand on abrogating Article 370 of the constitution, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted the government will not tolerate anyone raising pro-Pakistan slogans. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which heads the ruling National Democratic Alliance government, has steadfastly demanded over the years that Article 370 which guarantees a special status to Jammu and Kashmir be repealed. "There are no two ways about our stand on Article 370," Singh told mediapersons in Kolkata. "But a new government has come to power in Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP, for the first time, has got the opportunity to be part of the state government. So let development take place first," he said. "But whatever we want to do we will do it taking in confidence the common masses," the home minister added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 05:32:50 PM
  • No row with AAP, only matter of interpreting constitution: Shah
    The BJP on Tuesday denied any row or tussle for power between the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and BJP-led central government over the home ministry's notification granting supremacy to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung in matters pertaining to pubic order, police, land and services. "The so-called row with the Delhi government is not a row. It is a matter of interpretation of the Constitution," BJP president Amit Shah said during a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi. "The matter will go to court and will be settled," he added. Delhi's AAP government has convened a two-day special assembly session to discuss the central government's notification that it termed "unconstitutional". Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 05:30:14 PM
  • NDA government excellent, always on action mode: Rajnath
    Terming the one-year progress report of the NDA government as "excellent", union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the country has moved out of the crisis of policy paralysis and India's rating has turned positive globally. "Anybody reviewing the one-year performance of the NDA government will naturally arrive at the conclusion that under the leadership of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi this government's performance has been very excellent" the home minister said. "If anybody does not want to use the word excellent, then he will admit the reality that for the past one year this government has always been in action mode," Singh said. He was addressing a media conference at the Press Club in New Delhi on the first anniversary of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 05:26:18 PM
  • Congress failed the people of Amethi: Smriti Irani
    Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said that Congress had failed the people of Amethi. She was addressing a rally in Amethi, the constituency of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, to highlight the NDA government's achievements on completion of its one year. Lambasting the previous Congress government for its failures, Irani said that her government had started the Amethi-Unchahar railway line project. "We have given the people of Amethi a railway line between Amethi-Unchachar on May 25. What could not be done in the last 10 years was done by the NDA government in the past one year," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 02:16:37 PM
  • Kejriwal withdraws plea against order sending him to jail
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday withdrew his plea from the Delhi High Court challenging a trial court order that sent him to jail in a defamation case filed by union Minister Nitin Gadkari. "I want to withdraw the case," said that counsel appearing for Kejriwal to a division bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Ashutosh Kumar, which allowed him to do so. Gadkari filed a criminal defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Kejriwal after his party named Gadkari in a list of allegedly "India's most corrupt" politicians in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. A trial court in May last year sent Kejriwal to judicial custody for not furnishing a bail bond. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 02:09:34 PM
  • PM meets President on completing a year in office
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on President Pranab Mukherjee to mark the first anniversary of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The picture of Modi meeting the President was tweeted by the official twitter account of the Prime Minister's Office. Modi and his cabinet were sworn-in at a glittering ceremony May 26 last year, attended by heads of state or governments or representatives of all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 02:03:42 PM
  • Rahul's visit has enthused Kerala Congressmen: Sudheeran
    Kerala Congress president V.M. Sudheeran on Tuesday said that the party rank and file were quite gung-ho over the two-day visit of party vice president Rahul Gandhi to the southern state starting on Tuesday. "All top leaders have arrived here to be with Rahul Gandhi during his meetings with a cross-section of people, including representatives of farmers and fishermen," Sudheeran said. Sudheeran said that the 'Rahul effect' seen at the Kissan rally in Delhi last month has certainly given the Congress the much-needed impetus, after its poor performance in the last Lok Sabha elections. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 01:50:55 PM
  • NDA pumped up economy, says Amit Shah
    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has given a boost to the Indian economy, BJP president Amit Shah said in New Delhi on Tuesday. He addressed the media on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government's completion of one year in office. Shah said that the government has initiated various infrastructure projects in the country. "We are a pro-active government," Shah said, adding the government has come out of policy paralysis. He said that trade in the country has grown and foreign investments are at their highest in 10 years. He also claimed that prices have been brought under control. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 01:48:44 PM
  • Modi government will tackle black money issue: Amit Shah
    The Narendra Modi-led central government is determined to tackle the black money issue, BJP president Amit Shah said in New Delhi on Tuesday. "The Modi government is determined to tackle the black money issue," said Amit Shah while addressing the media on the completion of one year of NDA government. Shah also said that the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government failed to tackle the issue of black money. He said that the NDA government has performed well and added that there has been no corruption under the Modi government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 01:46:21 PM
  • AAP lists 100 days' achievements, Kejriwal slams Modi
    On completion of 100 days in power, Delhi's AAP government on Monday listed its achievements and outlined its policies for the capital, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for running a "dictatorial" government. Emboldened by the Delhi High Court's observation saying that the Lt. Governor cannot rule Delhi on legislative matters, Kejriwal said that the BJP-led central government was trying to impose dictatorship in the city by issuing diktats. "We are not fighting with the Centre, we want to work with them. But the BJP-led central government is imposing dictatorship in Delhi as they can not digest the absolute majority of the AAP in elections," Kejriwal said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 09:55:10 AM
  • My government pro-poor, means 'bure din' for corrupt: Modi
    In a speech marking the first anniversary of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched his government as "pro-poor" and said that it had brought "achche din (good days)" to people but "bure din (bad days)" to those who had "looted" the nation. Addressing a rally at Nagla Chandra Bhan village -- associated with Bharatiya Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, he made veiled attacks at the Congress over its repeated criticism of his government as "pro-corporate" and "anti-poor". "Some people are troubled these days. Their trouble is that 'achche din' have come for many, but for some, 'bure din' have come... I did not guarantee 'achche din' for those who looted the nation for years," Modi said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 09:49:44 AM
  • Adopt advance management tools to be good professionals: President
    Terming the Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) a "crucial institution", President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday asked a group of visiting probationers to learn and adopt advanced tools of management to be good professionals. Addressing a group of nine probationers of the IDES 2014 batch who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president said that the IDES was a crucial institution mandated to deal with municipal administration of 62 cantonments. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 09:47:17 AM
  • Modi government lacks economic vision: Chidambaram
    In his strongest criticism of the economic policies of the NDA government timed to coincide with the completion of its first year in office, former finance minister P. Chidambaram has accused the Narendra Modi government of lacking an economic vision. In an interview to India Today channel's "To The Point" programme broadcast on Monday night, Chidambaram said that the first year of the Modi government in office is a story of missed opportunities. While complimenting the government for continuing the direct benefit subsidy transfer policy and the other policies of the previous UPA government, he said that the biggest minus was the government's handling of agriculture. Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 09:43:56 AM
  • Congress against Centre's notification on LG' powers
    The Congress party on Monday said that it did not support the notification of the union home ministry regarding powers of the Lt. Governor of Delhi but at the same time the party distanced itself from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's "antics". At a press conference in New Delhi, senior Congress leader and former home minister P. Chidambaram said that Article 239 of the constitution accords a special status to Delhi. Chidambaram said that though he had not studied the matter from the point of view of "Kejriwal and his antics, but I still believe that the elected chief minister of a union territory must have a significant say in the selection of his officers... Source: IANS
    2015-05-26 09:36:28 AM
  • Modi government failed to revive economic growth: Congress leader
    Former union minister and AICC spokesperson Jitin Prasada on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for failing to revive economic growth and reduce inflation, as promised by him during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Addressing a press conference in Shimla, Prasada pointed out that Modi stormed to power riding on the promises of good governance, creation of 10 crore jobs in five years and a digital India but failed to deliver. "Modi spoke to economists and industry experts about a new economic blueprint for India, but a year has passed and this blueprint seems to have turned into a headline-grabbing exercise," the former minister of state for human resource development said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 05:51:20 PM
  • Modi congratulates CBSE class 12 performers
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated those who passed the CBSE class 12 examination. The results were announced in New Delhi on Monday. "Congratulations to all my young friends who have successfully passed the CBSE Class XII Board Exam," the prime minister tweeted. "Best wishes for a bright future," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:54:19 PM
  • Modi satisfied at progress in India-Vietnam ties
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed satisfaction at the progress made in defence and security cooperation between India and Vietnam. During a meeting with Vietnam's Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh, Modi recalled the successful visit of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to India in October 2014, an official release said in New Delhi. Thanh briefed the prime minister about defence and security related developments in the India-Vietnam bilateral relationship. Modi expressed satisfaction at the progress made in bilateral defence and security cooperation, the release said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:51:58 PM
  • Kejriwal to meet Delhi's civic bodies' employees
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet commissioners and representatives of employees' unions of the civic bodies of Delhi on June 1 to resolve the issue of non-payment of salaries, a statement said on Monday. "The chief minister said that he will be calling a meeting on Monday (June 1) to look into the issue. All the three commissioners and all unions would be called for the meeting to look into the matter and try to find a solution on the ongoing problem of salaries," the statement said. The announcement was made following a meeting between Kejriwal and representatives of employees' unions of the North, East and South Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) -- under the banner of Joint Front of MCD Unions -- in New Delhi Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present in the meeting. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 01:49:58 PM
  • AAP public meeting today on government's 100 days, to attack Centre
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers will hold a public meeting in New Delhi today to mark 100 days of the AAP government amid a row with the central government over a notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung all powers over transfers and posting of officials. At a meeting of its legislators on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party described the home ministry notification of Thursday as "unconstitutional", and the government has decided to call a special assembly session May 26-27 to discuss the central order. AAP leader and former minister Saurabh Bhardwaj told media persons after the meeting that the central government was "shadow-boxing". "The notification that the central government has brought is not only unconstitutional, but it is against the basic principles of democracy," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:58:37 AM
  • Modi may announce OROP implementation at Mathura rally
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to announce implementation of the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme concerning ex-servicemen at his rally in Mathura on Monday to mark one year of his government. Defence ministry sources on Sunday said that modalities relating to the long-pending demand of ex-servicemen have been thrashed out. They said that the prime minister could make an announcement about OROP at the rally in Mathura to mark one year of the National Democratic Alliance government. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said on Friday that the OROP concept was "an unambiguous commitment" of the government and it will be implemented. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:54:57 AM
  • Smriti Irani implementing RSS agenda: Congress
    The Congress on Sunday accused Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani of playing with the country's future by implementing the agenda of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "Intentionally-induced institutional paralysis and diffusion of education have been the hallmarks of the Narendra Modi government's one-year in power," Congress national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi told reporters in Chandigarh. She said that the situation had come to such a pass that the future of even the University Grants Commission was shrouded in uncertainty. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:50:08 AM
  • Gujjars intensify stir, block Jaipur-Agra highway
    A day after talks between Gujjars and the Rajasthan government over reservation failed to make any headway, protesting Gujjars on Sunday intensified their stir by blocking the Jaipur-Agra highway, an important tourist route in India. Members of the Gujjar community did not allow any vehicle to pass through the highway from Sikandara - in Dausa district, about 85 km from state capital Jaipur - forcing the district administration to divert vehicular traffic to other routes. Gujjars are demanding five percent reservation under the SBC (special backward class) category. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:47:09 AM
  • Jayalalithaa launches 201 Amma Canteens, populist schemes
    A day after she was sworn in as chief minister, J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday inaugurated 201 Amma Canteens and various populist schemes across the state via video conferencing. She launched a scheme to sell 500 gm packets of "A" grade lentils (pigeon pea) and black gram at subsidised rates of Rs.53.50 and Rs.56, respectively. According to a statement issued by the state government, "B" grade black gram would be sold at Rs.49.50 per 500 gm packet. The pulses would be sold through state government cooperative stores. The Amma Canteen scheme is a hugely popular one. At these canteens, good quality food is sold at very cheap rates three times a day -- morning, afternoon and night. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:43:49 AM
  • Khap Panchayats part of old traditions: Haryana CM
    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said that Khap Panchayats have been part of old traditions and playing a crucial role in 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' government programme for the girl child. "The Khap Panchayats (caste councils) are part of our old traditions and they have always been a significant contributor in resolving social issues," he said. Addressing a felicitation function organised by the Sarvjatiya Kandela Khap at Kandela village in Jind district, Khattar said that even today the 'khaps' are playing an important role in redressing public grievances as well as strengthening the feeling of brotherhood. Source: IANS
    2015-05-25 09:39:00 AM
  • Indian politics to revolve around BJP, says Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has become the central pole of Indian politics and, in future, Indian politics will be guided along pro or anti BJP lines. Speaking during a press conference in New Delhi, Jaitley also said that the BJP is hopeful of winning the Bihar assembly election later this year as he termed the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United coalition as "impractical". "BJP hopes to win the polls that are to happen in Bihar soon. An impractical coalition is set to try and stop us. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," Jaitley said. Stating that the BJP had become the central pole of Indian politics in the last two decades, he said: "From now onwards the country's polity will be guided either on pro BJP or on anti BJP line." Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:33:47 PM
  • LG-AAP row: Notification illegal, says Subramanium
    The central government's notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung the final say in posting and transfer of Delhi government bureaucrats is "illegal and unconstitutional", former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium has said. In his opinion that was sought by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the Narendra Modi government's decree, the senior counsel said: "It singularly lacks propriety when the president is still seized with the question." "It is illegal and unconstitutional; and presumably, it has been issued without the requisite presidential approval," he added. The nine-page opinion addressed to the chief minister was sent on Friday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:29:04 PM
  • Parrikar visits forward positions on LoC
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday visited forward positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. Defence spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami of the army's Udhampur-based Northern Command said: "On the second day of his official visit to the state the Raksha Mantri (defence minister) Manohar Parrikar visited the forward areas in the Rajouri Sector. "The minister was accompanied by the Army chief General Dalbir Singh and Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, the Northern Army Commander. "During his visit to the forward posts, the minister was briefed by Lieutenant General K.H. Singh, Corps Commander of the White Knight Corps on the overall security situation and other important issues pertaining to strategy for the coming months. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:21:34 PM
  • Rahul meets ex-servicemen on OROP
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a delegation of ex-servicemen and discussed the issue of one rank one pension (OROP) with them. The meeting took place at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, according to a tweet from the Congress vice president's office. The OROP has been a long-standing demand of the armed forces. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had on Friday said that the defence ministry was in dialogue with various stakeholders on the methodology to calculate pension of ex-servicemen. Last week, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that the one rank one pension scheme for the armed forces was likely to be cleared in a few days. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 05:19:22 PM
  • We'll come to power in Bihar: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hopeful of winning the Bihar assembly election later this year and termed as "impractical" the Rashtriya Janata Dal-Janata Dal-United coalition. "Our party hopes to win the polls that are to happen in Bihar soon. An impractical coalition is set to try and stop us. I am sure we, along with our allies, will come to power in Bihar," Jaitley said in a press conference in New Delhi. Stating that the BJP had become the central core of Indian politics, Jaitely said: "we are on the centre stage". "Our party and our cadre are proud of our performance," the senior BJP leader said on the occasion of one-year of Modi government, adding: "The last one year has been historic for BJP." Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:42:35 PM
  • Panneerselvam again reverts to No.2 position
    For the second time in his political career, AIADMK leader O. Panneerselvam was Tamil Nadu's stop gap chief minister till party's general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was acquitted in a corruption case. He now reverts to the No.2 slot in the Tamil Nadu government. Last September Panneerselvam, 64, a staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa took over as the chief minister after she was sentenced by a court in Bangalore to a four-year jail term and a Rs.100 crore fine in a disproportionate assets case. Panneerselvam operated from his office in the finance ministry to show his "reverence" to his Jayalalithaa. He also said that his government was functioning under Jayalalithaa's guidance. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:38:17 PM
  • Jayalalithaa sworn-in as TN chief minister
    AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday. Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K. Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centinary Auditorium. The governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers. Jayalalithaa would head a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly. A large number of people lined on both the sides of the roads starting from Jayalalithaa's residence till the swearing-in venue. The AIADMK party won the elections in 2011 and Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the chief minister then. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 01:35:27 PM
  • Congress not in favour of appealing against Jayalalithaa
    Karnataka's ruling Congress on Friday advised its government not to appeal against the state high court verdict, acquitting AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. "The role of Karnataka is administrative and not judicial. Our state is not a party in any way of the proceeding trial before the special judge or in appeal," party state unit's legal and human rights cell department chairman C.M. Dhananjaya said. The legal opinion came ahead of 67-year-old Jayalalithaa's swearing-in as the Tamil Nadu chief minister for a record fifth time on Saturday in Chennai following her unanimous election as the AIADMK's legislative party leader earlier in the day. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:46:53 AM
  • Lalu pops Manjhi's name, Nitish skips meeting
    Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in New Delhi on Friday proposed roping in former Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United rebel Jitan Ram Manjhi for upcoming Bihar assembly polls, according to sources. Sources said that Lalu Prasad mooted the idea at a meeting of leaders of Janata Parivar, which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped despite being in Delhi. JD-U chief Sharad Yadav was, however, present, sources said. The JD-U leaders played down Nitish Kumar's absence from the meeting, saying he underwent a small eye surgery. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:44:46 AM
  • Civic bodies not serious about curbing air pollution: Sisodia
    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday accused the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations in the national capital of not making "serious efforts" to curb air pollution. "The three municipal corporations (north, south, east) which cover majority of the areas of Delhi have still not made serious efforts in preventing burning and recovery of compensation since majority of parks fall in their jurisdiction," Sisodia said. The National Green Tribunal on April 28 imposed a blanket ban on burning of waste, including garbage, leaves, plastic etc., in the open to keep a check on air pollution levels. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:41:30 AM
  • No political clash in Birbhum: Mamata
    Accusing a section of the media of distorting facts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that there were no political clashes in Birbhum district as  being claimed by the opposition. Terming "old" the footage of the alleged clashes between activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party aired by news channels, Banerjee asserted that there was no violence in Sattore area in the district. "The man shown in the footage firing from his rifle is wearing a sweater and a shawl. It is evident that the footage are old and a section of the media, in connivance with the opposition, is fabricating things," Banerjee said at the state assembly while presenting the budget of the home department. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:39:34 AM
  • Hashimpura massacre: UP appeals against 16 policemen's acquittal
    The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday moved the Delhi High Court, challenging a court's verdict in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case acquitting 16 police personnel accused of killing 42 Muslim men in Meerut. The Uttar Pradesh government filed the appeal against the March 21 trial court order which acquitted 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel of the charges dealing with murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy. The government alleged that there are "lapses" in the judgment of trial court, which also "overlooked" the statements of survivors. Suresh Chand Sharma, Niranjan Lal, Kamal Singh, Rambir Singh, Sami Ullah, Mahesh Prasad, Jaipal Singh, Ram Dhayam, Sarwan Kumar, Leela Dhar, Hambir Singh, Kunwar Pazal Singh, Budha Singh, Budhi Singh, Mokham Singh and Basant Vallabh who were facing the trial in 27-year-old massacre were acquitted in the case. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:37:37 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi to visit Kerala
    Taking forward his proactive role, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi would undertake a two-day trip to Kerala next week, during which he is scheduled to meet fishermen and rubber growers. Gandhi, who would visit the state on May 26-27, would begin the Kerala visit by addressing a youth Congress rally on May 26 evening in Calicut city. "On May 27 morning, he will interact with fishermen in the coastal town of Chavakkad at Thrissur district," senior Congress leader P.C. Chacko said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:34:24 AM
  • Centre committed to one rank, one pension
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the one-rank one-pension (OROP) concept was "an unambiguous commitment" of the central government and will be implemented. Addressing a press conference held to mark one year of the Narendra Modi government, Jaitley said that the defence ministry was talking to various stakeholders on the methodology of calculation of pension concerning ex-servicemen. Last week, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that OROP was in its final stages and expected to be cleared by the finance ministry in a few days. Source: IANS
    2015-05-23 09:31:23 AM
  • UPA's land Act was against rural areas: Jaitley
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday that the land Act enacted by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was against rural areas whereas the bill introduced by the NDA government had sought to make necessary corrections in the law. "The law brought in 2013 stops (creation of) rural infrastructure, irrigation, rural roads, rural industrialisation, rural housing. The 2013 law is against the rural areas. The 2015 bill has made the corrections," Jaitley said at a press conference held in New Delhi to mark the completion of one year of the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 05:51:11 PM
  • Modi reaches out to Bihar ahead of assembly polls
    Ahead of Bihar assembly elections later this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that for the nation to progress, it was essential that eastern India, including the state, caught up with the western parts of the country. He called for an end to caste-based politics. At a function in New Delhi to mark the golden jubilee of poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's great works - 'Sanskriti ke chaar adhyaay' and 'Parshuram ki pratiksha' - Modi invoked Dinkar to call for an end to caste-based politics and work towards development of the eastern parts of the country. He recalled a letter written by Dinkar in 1961 in which the poet had emphasized that his native state of Bihar must forget caste-based divisions and work towards a merit-based society, an official release said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 05:48:27 PM
  • For overall progress, eastern India must grow: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that for the nation to progress, it was essential for eastern India, including Bihar, to progress and catch up with the western part of the country. At a function in New Delhi to mark the golden jubilee of poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's great works - 'Sanskriti ke chaar adhyaay' and 'Parshuram ki pratiksha' - Modi invoked Dinkar to call for an end to caste-based politics and work towards development of the eastern parts of the country. He recalled a letter written by Dinkar in 1961 in which the poet had emphasized that his native state of Bihar must forget caste-based divisions and work towards a merit-based society, an official release said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 01:41:21 PM
  • Home ministry notification shows BJP is nervous: Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday the home affairs ministry's notification asserting the Lt. Governor's power in public order and services issues showed BJP's nervousness against its anti-corruption effort. "The BJP first lost Delhi elections. Today's notification shows BJP's nervousness about our anti-corruption efforts. The BJP again lost today," Kejriwal tweeted. The notification was issued on Thursday, but it came to light on Friday. It said: "Article 239AA inserted by the constitution (sixty ninth amendment act 1991) provides that the UT of Delhi shall be called NCT of Delhi and the administrator thereof shall be designated as Lt. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 01:38:53 PM
  • LG has powers on public order and services issues: Home ministry
    A week after a very public power tussle erupted between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the AAP government in Delhi over posting and transfer of senior officers, the home ministry clarified that the former could exercise powers on issues of public order and services. “The state legislative assembly shall have power to make laws for the whole or a part of National Capital Territory of Delhi with respect to any of the matters enumerated in the State list or Concurrent list so far as any such matter is applicable to union territories, except matters with respect to Public Order, Police and Land,” clarified a home ministry notification issued on Thursday but made public only on Friday. The notification clarified that the Lt. Governor remained the administrator of the union territory. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 01:36:34 PM
  • Jayalalithaa invited to form government
    Accepting the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and his council of ministers on Friday Governor K. Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalaltihaa to form the ministry at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said. In two different statements issued, Raj Bhavan said that Rosaiah accepted the resignation of O.Panneerselvam and his council of ministers. "The Governor has requested the Chief Minister and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made," the statement said. Rosaiah has also invited AIADMK general secretary and the leader of legislature party Jayalalithaa to form the ministry at the earliest. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 10:11:09 AM
  • Jayalalithaa elected as AIADMK legislature party leader, Panneerselvam to resign
    The lawmakers of AIADMK party on Friday elected their general secretary J. Jayalalithaa as the leader of the legislature party, a party leader said. In a meeting held at the party headquarters in Chennai in the morning, AIADMK legislators unanimously elected Jayalalithaa as the leader of the legislature party, said the leader who did not want to be named. "It was a short meeting mainly to elect Amma (Jayalalithaa) as the AIADMK's legislature party leader," he said. Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam proposing Jayalalithaa's name as the leader of the legislature party, much to the clapping of all the law makers also said that he would resign as chief minister and leader of legislature party. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 10:05:51 AM
  • Land acquired by government not for corporates: Amit Shah
    Not an inch of land acquired under the new land acquisition act will be given to corporates, BJP president Amit Shah said on Thursday. Speaking at the 'Manthan' conclave of Aaj Tak, he said: "Not an inch of land will be given to corporate or private sector, only projects under state or central government will get land for development." "No one is stopping corporate from getting land.. (but) government will not acquire it for them. If they want land, they must buy it from farmer and give the price farmers want," he said. Shah said that the land bill is not against farmers. "We believe the bill is not anti-farmer," he said. "If it is not right, people will decide (during elections)," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 10:03:07 AM
  • Odisha CM asks ministers to implement poll manifesto
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked all his ministers to create a yearly work plan to implement the Biju Janata Dal's poll manifesto in next four years. With the completion of one year in his fourth term as the chief minister on Thursday, he asked the departments to put in place a structure to monitor implementation of the manifesto including independent, third party evaluations. "During implementation, our focus must always be on the last mile delivery. The benefit must reach the intended person, in a timely and satisfactory manner. Do not always go by the feedback of the bureaucracy alone," he said, addressing his council of ministers. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 10:00:39 AM
  • Bureaucratic transfers an industry in Delhi, says Sisodia
    There was no exchange of barbs between the AAP government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday but Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia observed transfer and posting of bureaucrats had become an “industry” in Delhi. Sisodia also said that the morale of only those officers who misused their positions was down and the AAP government was being opposed for transferring officers on the basis of "eligibility." There was no exchange of letters between the warring sides on Thursday. "Lets see what LG says in response. We will reply accordingly," a government official said. Meanwhile, Sisodia,, interacting with reporters, said: "It is very interesting. In Delhi, 'transfer-posting' is a big industry and we have stopped it in last three months.” Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:58:43 AM
  • Charge sheet filed against BJP MP in murder case
    A charge sheet was filed against BJP's MP from Bihar Satish Chandra Dubey and five others in a 15-year-old murder case, police said on Thursday. The charge sheet was filed before the court of upper district and session judge in Bettiah, the district headquarters of West Champaran. In July 1999 in Chanpatia, businessman Gaurishankar Arya died after some criminals attacked him with crude bombs. Arya's son Vinod, who filed an FIR in connection with the case, told police that two months before the murder, his father got an extortion call. Extortionists had also threatened to kill him if he did not pay the money. Police have found involvement of Dubey - MP from the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha constituency - and five others in the killing. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:56:33 AM
  • Details of Modi's visit to Bangladesh being worked out: envoy
    Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh likely in the first week of June, the country's envoy Syed Moazzem Ali on Thursday expressed happiness over the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) with Bangladesh being "finally settled". On the other long-pending issue of Teesta water sharing accord, the envoy said that there was need for greater collaboration between the two countries to "conclude Teesta as soon as possible". Ali expressed his "deep appreciation" to Modi and the NDA government "for the farsightedness and wisdom shown in early conclusion of LBA". According to the high commissioner, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina "actively pursued the negotiations" on the land swap deal with Modi during their meetings, both in New York in September last year and in Kathmandu, where the two leaders met on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in November last year. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:53:01 AM
  • Rahul leading from the front, says Scindia
    Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday that party vice president Rahul Gandhi was leading the party from the front and raising issues concerning people inside and outside the parliament. "Rahul Gandhi has come with new ideas, new thoughts. He is ready to lead which is a welcome step for the party and the nation. Mr. Gandhi has entered politics not for any post but for service of people," Scindia said at news channel Aaj Tak's `Manthan' conclave in New Delhi. He said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has led the party from the front along with former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi was now leading it from the front. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:41:39 AM
  • Modi government restored dignity of PMO: Amit Shah
    The Narendra Modi government has restored the dignity of prime minister's office and has given a government that is visible, BJP president Amit Shah said on Thursday. "We have changed the atmosphere since this government has come to power. We have made new beginnings in every sector," Shah said at 'Manthan' conclave organised by news channel Aaj Tak. "This is a visible and decisive government. Whether it is flood in Kashmir, earthquake in Nepal, of some fishermen are sentenced to death in Sri Lanka, this govrnment is visible... Modi has given a government that is visible," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:35:48 AM
  • Committed to getting back black money: Amit Shah
    BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said that his government is committed to getting back black money stashed abroad. "It was our election promise, we will make all efforts to get back black money," Shah said at 'manthan' conclave organised by TV news channel Aaj Tak. "Making a SIT on black money was the first decision of the union cabinet. We also got a bill in the budget session," he said. Clarifying his controversial comment that getting back black money was a political idiom, Shah said: "I meant the money will be used for national development, not that people will be given cheques". Source: IANS
    2015-05-22 09:33:53 AM
  • 'Achche din' promise turning into nightmare: CPI-M
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promised "better days" (achche din) are "turning from illusions into a nightmare", the CPI-M said in an editorial released on Thursday. The one year of Modi's rule has also witnessed a sharp widening of the hiatus between the two Indias, the editorial in "People's Democracy", the party's mouthpiece, said. It also mocked at claims that no corruption scam had emerged during Modi's one year in office. "Does anyone recollect any such scam during the first four years of the UPA government? Time will show this government's record on this score as a result of aggressively pursuing crony capitalism." In the editorial titled "Triple Dangers", the journal said that there was a concerted attempt to portray the Modi government "as the only one capable of delivering a resurgent India". Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 05:53:35 PM
  • Rahul salutes 'father, friend, leader' Rajiv
    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated on this day in 1991, as a "father, friend, leader" who wanted to build "a new India". In a tribute after visiting his father's memorial Vir Bhumi here, Rahul Gandhi said: "Today we remember Rajivji. His vision for a new India - a modern and progressive India confident of its place in the world. "I remember him as a father, a friend and a leader -- a man of many parts who taught by example the meaning of commitment and compassion." Earlier, Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi as well as his sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra who visited the memorial to pay floral tributes. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 05:47:49 PM
  • Rajya Sabha not obstructing legislations: Azad
    The Rajya Sabha is not obstructing legislative business but performing its mandate under the constitution to ascertain whether laws are beneficial for the people, said Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Speaking at 'Manthan', a conclave organised by private TV channel Aaj Tak, Azad said: "We are doing in Rajya Sabha what the upper house is supposed to do." "The government does not want to listen to the opposition... In democracy that is the right of the opposition. If that is not happening in the Lok Sabha, if the government is misusing its power, we have to check it," Azad said. "The Rajya Sabha must remove the shortcomings in the legislations," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 05:30:59 PM
  • Delhi government denies its officers' morale down
    The Delhi government on Thursday denied published reports that the morale of its officers had been hit by a public row between the chief minister and the Lt. Governor. "Every government official is working with the chief minister and different ministers with full energy," Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet. "The morale has gone down for those who misuse their positions, not for the hardworking officers," he added. According to Sisodia, retired IAS officers who in earlier governments thrived by transferring and posting bureaucrats in select posts were "now talking about boosting IAS officers' morale". Although he is the deputy chief minister, Sisodia, a long-time confidant of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, holds several key portfolios and is seen as the most senior person in the government after Kejriwal. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 04:38:15 PM
  • Modi failed to help farmers, says Lalu
    RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday gave zero marks to the Narendra Modi government which completes one year on May 26, arguing that it failed to help farmers in distress or provide jobs to the youth. "I would give minus zero marks to the one-year-old Modi government," Lalu told the media minutes before leaving for Delhi to meet Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD-U president Sharad Yadav over the merger of the six parties of the Janata Parivar. He said that Modi's government has failed to help farmers suffering because of crop loss, and has not been able to bring back black money stashed abroad. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 02:02:42 PM
  • Modi pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on death anniversary
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 24th death anniversary. "Paying tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary," Modi tweeted. Gandhi was assassinated in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in May 1991 during an election meeting by a woman suicide bomber of the now vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He served as the prime minister from October 31, 1984 to December 2, 1989. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 01:58:41 PM
  • The tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung over appointments of officials has reached President Pranab Mukherjee's court, but legal luminaries are sharply divided on the stand taken by the two sides. While a section of lawyers contends that there were limited executive powers available with Kejriwal under the law, others feel that no power is vested in the lt. Governor that can obliterate the democratic mandate of the elected government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 10:13:03 AM
  • India can learn from Singapore in urban management: PM
    India can benefit from Singapore's expertise in the fields of urban management, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday. Modi, who met members of the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue, also sought Singapore's support in capacity-building in human resources for urban management. A PMO release said that the members, led by co-chairman Tommy Koh, appreciated the union government's smart cities initiative. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 10:01:09 AM
  • Congress urges President to dismiss Punjab government
    The Congress on Wednesday demanded dismissal of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in Punjab and imposition of President's rule on account of "total administrative and constitutional failure" in the state. Congress leaders Shakeel Ahmad, Harish Chaudhary, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ambika Soni and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal joined a party delegation that submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi. In the memorandum, the Congress said that the "father-son duo -- Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal - has turned Punjab into darkness of gloom and despair due to their ruthless, insensitive, undemocratic, anti-people and oppressive methods". Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 09:58:04 AM
  • Want Bengal to make mark globally in culture: Mamata
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday presented the 'Banga Samman' awards to 20 stalwarts in various disciplines and organisations and expressed hope the state would makes a mark globally. "We want our cultural world, our films, our literature to make a mark in the international arena. Those who are present in Kolkata are stalwarts in their own fields. We are proud that we could felicitate them," Banerjee said at the award ceremony in Kolkata. The second highest category 'Banga Bivushan Sammana' was given to Indian classical singer Girija Devi, Bangladeshi Nazrul Geet singer Feroza Begum (posthumously) and the Ramakrishna Mission. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 09:48:38 AM
  • Allow action against tobacco manufacturers: Delhi government to HC
    The Delhi government on Wednesday moved the high court in New Delhi urging vacation of its order where the government was directed not to take "coercive action" against tobacco sellers and manufacturers. Appearing for the Aam Aadmi Party government, advocate Indira Jaising argued that the Delhi government had banned manufacturing, sale of chewable tobacco "in the interest of public health". Justice Rajiv Shakdher, who earlier on pleas by tobacco manufacturers and sellers granted them protection against prosecution and asked the government not to take coercive action against them, on Wednesday refused immediate relief to the government. The court, however, issued notice to manufacturers on whose pleas it has issued direction and posted the matter for July 1. Source: IANS
    2015-05-21 09:41:37 AM
  • LG alone competent to approve transfer, posting, says office
    Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung's office on Wednesday issued a statement saying the Lt. governor alone was competent to approve transfer and posting of principal secretary or secretary-level officers. The statement was issued hours after the Jung wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cancelling all transfers and postings by the city government in the past four days. The statement said that the orders and communication sent by the Delhi government to the Lt. governor's office have tended to "obfuscate the special position that Delhi has, as the national capital, which is significantly different from other states". "Delhi is a union territory with a legislative assembly and not a state and therefore has important points of distinction," the statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:46:32 PM
  • A year in office: Modi meets senior ministers
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his senior cabinet colleagues on Wednesday to discuss programmes to mark the first anniversary of his government, sources said. Modi returned from a three-nation tour of China, Mongolia and South Korea on Tuesday night. The sources said that the meeting was attended by union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government assumed office on May 26 last year. The government aims to reach out to people with its "pro-poor" and "pro-farmer" initiatives. It will also highlight its other achievements. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:44:09 PM
  • Sunanda murder case: Tharoor's aides to undergo polygraph test
    A court in New Delhi on Wednesday allowed Delhi Police to conduct polygraph tests in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case on three suspects, closely associated with her husband and former union minister Shashi Tharoor. Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, during an in-camera proceeding, allowed police to conduct the polygraph test on three suspects after the trio give their consent. Police had last week moved an application seeking a lie detection test for the three suspects -- Tharoor's domestic help Narayan Singh, his driver Bajrangi and his friend Sanjay Dewan -- in the murder case. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:40:54 PM
  • Pilot slams Modi's 'ashamed to be born in India' remark
    Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday slammed Narendra Modi's comments in China and South Korea about "people being ashamed of being born in India", saying it was unbecoming of the prime minister to criticise the previous government on foreign soil. "The statements Modi made on foreign soil have aggrieved the people at large. He said that people were ashamed of being born in India. A prime minister, no matter from which party he belongs, is the prime minister of the entire population and making such statements on foreign soil is unbecoming of a prime minister," Pilot told media persons in Kolkata. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:38:25 PM
  • Grateful to Bengal for letting us serve them: Mamata
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who completed four years in office on Wednesday, claimed that her government has fulfilled its commitment to the people despite the huge debt burden left by the preceding Left Front regime. "Today (Wednesday) our government completes four years in office. In spite of the legacy of the huge debt burden left by the previous government, so many hurdles, financial constraints... we have delivered our best and fulfilled our commitments to the people of Bengal," Banerjee posted on Facebook. The Trinamool Congress supremo said that several projects initiated by her government have been lauded globally. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:34:18 PM
  • Rajnath Singh calls on Pranab
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday in the wake of differences between Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the appointment of officials. The details of the meeting were not immediately known. Both Jung and Kejriwal had met the president on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:32:16 PM
  • AAP government's response sought on appointment of secretaries
    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response from the Arvind Kejriwal government on a plea against its move to appoint 21 AAP legislators as parliamentary secretaries. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, however, refused to stay the government order saying it requires further consideration. The bench asked the Delhi government counsel to take instructions and clear its stand on the issue. The court sought a response by July 1. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, against the Delhi government's move to appoint 21 Aam Aadmi Party legislators as parliamentary secretaries. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 05:30:07 PM
  • Kejriwal writes to Modi over tussle with LG
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi apprising him of the tussle between the AAP government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the posting of bureaucrats. "He (Kejriwal) has written a letter to Narendra Modi," a government source said. The development comes a day after Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia complained to President Pranab Mukherjee that Jung was interfering in the work of the Delhi government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 01:42:16 PM
  • HC irked at no-show of Delhi government in hearings
    The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the city government for panelled lawyers not appearing in court during numerous hearings and also took a dig at the locking of the office of an IAS officer at the Delhi Secretariat. Amid the tussle over appointment of bureaucrats between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Monday locked the office of an IAS officer at the Delhi Secretariat. "We (people) wanted a better government. Look what's happening. Instead of doing work and answering the questions, you locked up the office," a division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw remarked. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 01:37:44 PM
  • Modi returns from three-nation tour
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived back in New Delhi on Tuesday night after his six-day, three-nation tour that took him to China, Mongolia and South Korea. Modi, who left on May 14, spent three days in China. He visited Xi'an, Beijing and Shanghai, and held talks with the Chinese leadership. He went to Mongolia on May 17, becoming the first Indian prime minister ever to visit the northeast Asian country. He was in South Korea on May 18-19, during which he held talks with President Park Gyeun-hye and a number of agreements were inked. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 10:02:00 AM
  • Sushma invites South Africa's Zuma to attend India-Africa summit
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday invited South African President Jacob Zuma to attend the third India-Africa Forum Summit which is to be held in India in October this year. Sushma Swaraj, who is in Durban, called on Zuma and extended an invite from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the IAFS-III in October 2015 in New Delhi, said an external affairs ministry statement. She also extended an invite to her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to attend the mega event to which India for the first time will invite all the 54 countries of the African Union. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 09:50:55 AM
  • DMK to discuss appealing against Jayalalithaa's acquittal
    DMK president M.Karunanidhi on Tuesday said that party would deliberate at its district secretaries meeting on May 25 on whether to appeal against the acquittal of AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalalithaa by the Karnataka High Court. Speaking to reporters in Chennai, he said that a decision would be taken after deliberation and deep thinking on the issue. DMK general secretary K.Anbazhagan is one of the petitioners in the Rs.66 crore disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa. Last year, a trial court convicted Jayalalithaa with four years jail term and Rs.100 crore fine, but the Karnataka High Court accepted Jayalalithaa's appeal and acquitted her of all charges. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 09:48:02 AM
  • AAP-Jung war reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan; AAP, BJP spar
    The war of words between Delhi's AAP government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Jung of interfereing in the working of his elected government and even threatening officials. And in another act of defiance, the AAP government earlier named Arvind Ray, an IAS officer removed by the Lt. governor from the post of secretary (home), as the secretary (general administrative deparment). The post of secretary (GAD) was earlier held by Anindo Majumdar, who was on Monday locked out of his office at the Delhi Secretariat on Kejriwal's orders for following Jung's fiat to appoint Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary on May 15. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 09:45:18 AM
  • This is no Kejriwal-Jung battle: Sisodia
    The tussle between Delhi's lt. governor and chief minister "is not a personal battle" between Najeeb Jung and Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday. "This is not a personal battle between the chief minister and the LG," Sisodia said. "It is a matter of governance. "The people of Delhi have given us the mandate, and we are here to serve them," he said in brief comments late at night. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 09:39:49 AM
  • NDA's first year saw move away from crony capitalism: Jaitley
    The NDA government's first year has seen a move from scams, scandals and corruption to a non-discretionary and "rule-based" governance not witnessed in a decade, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. "In one year we have moved from 'scam, scandal, corruption & retribution Raj' to Jan-Dhan Vikas & Suraj," Jaitley tweeted. "In last one year NDA government has promoted nondiscretionary & rule based governance not felt in the last one decade," he said in another tweet. In a lengthy Facebook posting titled "The fall of UPA's crony capitalism", Jaitley said the word "corruption" is being removed from India's political dictionary. Source: IANS
    2015-05-20 09:37:08 AM
  • Delhi LG meets President
    Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and is learnt to have apprised him about the issues related to posting of senior bureaucrats in the city government, sources said. The turf war between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Lt. Governor over postings and transfers of bureaucrats intensified on Monday. Jung in a letter on Monday rejected the handing over of the additional charge of principal secretary (services) Anindo Majumdar to Rajendra Kumar, who is secretary to the chief minster. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 06:04:41 PM
  • Delhi government seeks legal opinion on tussle with LG
    The Delhi government on Tuesday sought legal opinion from two senior lawyers - Indira Jaising and Rajeev Dhawan - on the transfer and posting of bureaucrats. The issue has snow-balled into a full-blown war between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The tussle between Kejriwal and Jung, which started over the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary, escalated into a situation where another bureaucrat, principal secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdar, was locked out of his office at the Delhi Secretariat on Monday. This was reportedly done on the orders of Kejriwal as Majumder had followed the LG's orders to appoint Gamlin as the acting chief secretary. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 01:51:39 PM
  • The Kerala UDF is 'united' again
    If there appeared to be "dark clouds" on the horizon on the eve of the four-year-old Oommen Chandy government in Kerasla, better sense appeared to have prevailed as all differences of opinion within the Congress party and amongst allies have been settled. The Congress-led ruling United Democratic Front, on Tuesday morning hit the road 'united' to take its achievements to the people with four rallies which will wind through the streets of the state. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy flagged off the rally in the capital city. The second biggest ally of the UDF, the Indian Union Muslim League is overseeing the rally that will be launched in their stronghold area of Malappuram by its supreme leader Panakad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 01:47:40 PM
  • Major administrative reshuffle in Kashmir
    The Jammu and Kashmir government Monday ordered a major administrative reshuffle in state administration, transferring several senior IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and KAS (Kashmir Administrative Service) officers. The decision was taken by the cabinet which met in Srinagar under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Raj Kumar Goyal, returning from central deputation, has been posted as principal secretary, home, while Dheeraj Gupta, also returning from the centre, has been posted as commissioner, relief and rehabilitation. He shall also be CEO, Project Monitoring Unit of the World Bank Project. Asgar Hassan Samoon, commissioner, agriculture production, has been transferred and posted as divisional commissioner, Kashmir, replacing Gazzanfar Hussain, who will take over as secretary of the general administration department. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 10:07:07 AM
  • Open tussle between LG, CM demoralises officers: Dikshit
    The open tussle between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary will demoralise the bureaucracy, three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said on Monday. Any differences between the various arms of the government were "not for public consumption and should be settled internally", Dikshit said. Asked about the issue of demarcation of powers between the Lt. Governor and the chief minister, Dikshit said: "The article under which Delhi was given its state status clearly demarcates the areas under the LG and the CM. It says LG will have land and police. All IAS officers report to the home ministry." "However, the public at large expects results from the CM, not from the LG or the home ministry even if it is an area that the former does not wield any power over." Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 09:57:33 AM
  • AAP-LG tussle continues, Kejriwal to meet president
    The turf war between the Arvind Kejriwal government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung over postings and transfers of bureaucrats intensified on Monday as the Delhi chief minister decided to take up the matter with the president and the prime minister. While Jung in a letter on Monday rejected the handing over of the additional charge of principal secretary (services) Anindo Majumdar to Rajendra Kumar, who is secretary to the chief minster, the Aam Aadmi Party government said that it would not pay heed to it and would seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention. "We received your letter today (Monday). What you have written is against the Constitution and that's why we cannot pay heed to it. In this matter, our chief minister (Kejriwal) will write to the prime minister," a government source quoted from the letter written to Jung. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 09:52:27 AM
  • Rahul to launch Ambedkar anniversary celebrations
    Congress vice resident Rahul Gandhi will inaugurate the year-long celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary on June 2 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. A party release said on June 2 marks the centenary of B.R. Ambedkar's graduation from Columbia University in the US. Gandhi is also the co-chairperson of a party committee set up for the birth anniversary celebrations. Born in Mhow, Ambedkar (1891-1956) was a jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination against Dalits, women and labourers. He is regarded as the architect of India's Constitution. Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 09:45:16 AM
  • Rahul slams Modi, gives government zero marks
    In a scathing attack on Narendra Modi-led government, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused him of being anti-farmer and gave his government "zero" marks. On a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi, Gandhi told party supporters that he was asked by a journalist to rate the Modi government on a scale of 1 to 10. Gandhi said that he could tell how much people would give marks. "On one hand, the farmers, the poor, the labourers, youth in want of jobs, the Dalits, they will give zero marks. On the other, Modi-ji's industrialist friends will give him full marks. This is the difference." Source: IANS
    2015-05-19 09:40:05 AM
  • Tussle between Kejriwal and Jung escalates
    The tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung escalated on Monday when bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar was made principal secretary (services), replacing Anindo Majumdar. Earlier, Majumdar, who issued the order posting Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary, was barred from entering his office at the Delhi Secretariat. "Kumar has been given charge of the Principal Secretary (Services) of the government of Delhi," said an official of the Delhi government. Reacting to this move of the Delhi government Lt. Governor Jung wrote to the chief minister. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that he had received the letter. "Letter received from Hon. LG at 14.35," Sisodia tweeted. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 05:54:06 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, slams Centre's 'anti-farmer' policies
    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government, accusing it of being "anti-farmer". On a two-day visit to his Amethi parliamentary constituency, the Gandhi scion accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of pursuing anti-farmer policies and assured farmers that Congress was firmly with them to oppose all such measures. He was accorded a grand welcome at the Amausi airport near Lucknow, from where he drove down to Amethi. Gandhi later led a 'padyatra' (walkathon) with farmers to the site where a mega food park was to come up but has been axed by the National Democratic Alliance government. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 01:58:57 PM
  • Delhi shootout: Victim's kin meets Rajnath
    The family of the man killed in a shootout by Delhi Police on Saturday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday and demanded a fair probe into the case. The kin of Manoj Vashishth, who was killed by a team of Delhi Police Special Cell officers in central Delhi's Rajendra Place area, termed it a fake shootout. The family, including Vashishth's wife Priyanka, met Rajnath Singh at his residence in Delhi, demanding an inquiry into the incident. According to police, Vashishth had more than 50 cases of attempt to murder and cheating registered against him in Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 01:54:01 PM
  • Rijiju slams Delhi government in IAS officer issue
    Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Sunday condemned the Delhi government's move to oppose the appointment of Shankuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary, adding that the people of the northeast were upset with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's 'character assassination' of a capable officer. "The way they are running the government is giving a wrong message. Everyone knows the track record of Gamlin. The people of the northeast are upset with unnecessary character assassination of one of the senior officers by Arvind Kejriwal. He is trying to create anarchy and I condemn this act by the Kejriwal government," said Rijiju. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 10:17:28 AM
  • Babul Supriyo faces attack from within party over Mamata bonhomie
    A day after actress-turned-politician Roopa Ganguly expressed her displeasure over BJP MP Babul Supriyo's apparent bonhomie with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the union minister on Sunday drew flak from within his party. Another actor-turned-politician, Joy Banerjee, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha polls on a Bharatiya Janata Party ticket, cautioned Supriyo -- also a Bollywood crooner and Tollywood actor -- to take a balanced approach as a minister and a party leader. "The BJP workers are feeling aggrieved over the bonhomie because they are under attack. All these meetings should be done in a way that the party workers don't feel aggrieved and the government's work is also not affected," Joy Banerjee said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 10:15:44 AM
  • Sonia, Priyanka on private visit to Shimla
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Vadra and her grandchildren on Sunday reached the Himachal Pradesh capital on a three-day private visit, officials said. Sonia Gandhi and her family visited Charabra where Priyanka Vadra's cottage is being constructed amid forests of pine and cedar, a government official said. After inspecting the construction work for about an hour, the family left for Wildflower Hall, a luxury resort on the outskirts of Shimla. "They spent the entire day at the resort," the official said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 10:08:28 AM
  • Mukul Roy expresses desire to join Congress: PCC
    Sidelined Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy has expressed his desire to join the Congress and the party high command was actively considering the matter, West Bengal Pradesh Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Sunday. "Mukul Roy has expressed his desire to join Congress. The AICC is actively considering the issue and they will soon take a decision on that," Chowdhury said. Chowdhury also asserted that the party would not be adversely affected by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against Roy in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit find scam, if the Congress eventually decided to take him in. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 09:48:35 AM
  • BJP's communal agenda has come true in one year: CPI-M
    The CPI-M said on Sunday that all the fears about the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) communal agenda has come true within one year of it taking power in the country. It said in a statement that ever since Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May 2014, there had been growing communal polarisation as well as growing economic burdens on the people. "All the apprehensions about the BJP, an avowedly rightwing communal party coming to power at the centre as the political arm of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh), have come true in the past one year. "The BJP government has sought to systematically implement the RSS agenda. "It has infiltrated known RSS men into higher educational institutions, commuanlise curriculum. The latest incident is the so-called overhauling of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) where internationally reputed Indian historians have been forced to quit. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 09:46:02 AM
  • AIADMK legislator resigns from Tamil Nadu assembly
    AIADMK legislator P. Vetrivel on Sunday resigned and his resignation has been accepted, the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly secretary said. A statement issued by assembly secretary A.M.P. Jamaludeen said Vetrivel - who represented the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency - resigned from the membership of the assembly and it has been accepted. No reason for his resignation was given in the statement and Vetrivel was not available for comments. The development led to speculation that AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa may contest from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in north Chennai in her bid to get re-elected to the assembly. Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 09:43:10 AM
  • CPI-M cites AAP-LG row to attack Modi
    The CPI-M on Sunday attacked the Narendra Modi government over deteriorating centre-state relations, citing the conflict between the Lt. Governor and the AAP government in Delhi. The CPI-M said in a statement that contrary to the declared statements by Modi that his government promoted "cooperative federalism", the rights of the states were being continuously eroded. "Clearly, this Modi government is moving towards a unitary form of government that is completely violative of the federal structure in our constitutional scheme of things." Source: IANS
    2015-05-18 09:40:23 AM
  • Agreements worth $22bn inked in India-China biz forum
    India is ready to do business and is constantly improving the ease of doing business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday at the India-China Business Forum in Shanghai that saw 21 business agreements worth $22 billion being signed. In his address to the India-China Business Forum, Modi said that India offers historic opportunity for Chinese industry. "You are the factory of the world. We are the back office of the world. Together we can bring about progress and prosperity for both our peoples," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 02:08:22 PM
  • MPLADS funds of 25 Lok Sabha MPs in Bihar untouched
    Twenty five of the 40 Lok Sabha MPs in Bihar failed to spend even a single paisa from their Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund in the past one year, an official said on Saturday. "Of the 25 MPs, who did not utilize a single penny from their MPLADS fund in last one year, 16 are from the BJP and six are from its allies LJP and RLSP. Two RJD and one JD-U MP also failed to spend a single penny during this period," the official said. Lok Jantantrik Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who is the MP from Hajipur, and expelled RJD MP Rajiv Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is the MP from Madhepura, topped the list of MPs who had utilised their MPLADS fund for development work. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 02:00:36 PM
  • Congress slams fuel price hike, demands rollback
    The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress on Saturday reacted sharply to the hike in petrol and diesel prices and slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government for "adding more burden" on the common man. Transport fuel prices were hiked effective Friday midnight by Rs.3.13 per litre for petrol and by Rs.2.71 a litre for diesel, including state levies, state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) said. Uttar Pradesh Congress president Nirmal Khatri said that the farmers are already reeling under the impact of unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms and will now face more problems with the hike in diesel prices. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 01:56:08 PM
  • Modi expresses grief over chopper crash in Nepal
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the US helicopter crash in Nepal was "saddening", adding that India was ready to provide all possible assistance. "The chopper crash in Nepal is unfortunate and saddening. India is ready to provide all possible assistance," the prime minister said in a tweet from Shanghai, where he is on the last leg of his China visit. More than 60 hours after it was reported missing, the debris of a US helicopter that crashed in the mountainous terrain of Nepal were recovered on Friday by a search and rescue mission, which also found the bodies of three of the eight people on board. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 01:52:58 PM
  • 'Local governments should focus on good governance'
    Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Friday said that the local government should focus on monitoring the efficiency of service delivery mechanism and also ensure good governance. He was inaugurating the second edition of the International Conference on Deepening Democracy (ICODD) organised by the Kerala government in Thiruvananthapuram. "Local governments in the states should address second generation issues related to decentralisation of powers to the grassroot level and it should improve their own revenue and develop viable programmes for solid and liquid waste management," he said. The Centre is transferring Rs.200,292 crore to the panchayats in acceptance of the 14th Finance Commission award, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 09:47:45 AM
  • AAP slams LG's choice of acting chief secretary
    The AAP government on Friday lashed out at Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung for appointing a bureaucrat, who allegedly lobbied for power distribution companies, as the chief secretary-in-charge. Jung on Friday gave Secretary (Services), Shakuntala Gamlin the additional charge of chief secretary of Delhi since the incumbent Chief Secretary K. K. Sharma is in the US for personal work. The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in a statement accused Jung of bypassing the elected government and called the appointment as "completely unconstitutional". "The lieutenant governor by-passed the elected government, the chief minister and deputy chief minister (who also acts as the minister in-charge of services department)," the statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 09:41:16 AM
  • Shared stage with Modi for state's development: Mamata
    Refuting the opposition's charges of a bonhomie with the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asserted that she had shared stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the sake of the state's development. Hitting back at a section of the media and the opposition for drawing inferences of her interaction with Modi, the Trinamool Congress chief called for using social networking sites for countering "smear campaign" against her party. "If I don't go, some people will say I lack courtesy. If I go, you will do Hindu-Muslim politics. There is a limit to everything and all kind of canards," Banerjee said while addressing an event of students' wing of her party. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 09:30:12 AM
  • 'Acche din' for Modi, not for people: Rahul
    Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said "acche din" have come for Modi and few businessmen close to him and not for people. He also trained guns on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, terming him a "mini Modi". Addressing a public meeting at Wadial village near Nirmal, he came down heavily on both the leaders for neglecting farmers and for failing to deliver on their poll promises. Gandhi said that Modi has five to six businessmen friends and the entire country was being run for them. "It is a government of selected people. It is a government of suit-boot and selected industrialists," he said that after winding up 15-km long padyatra in Adilabad district to console families of farmers who committed suicide due to financial distress. Source: IANS
    2015-05-16 09:24:17 AM
  • Rahul consoles farmers' families in Telangana
    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday undertook 'padyatra' in Adilabad district of Telangana to console families of farmers who committed suicide due to financial distress. The Congress leader launched his walkathon 'kisan sandesh yatra' on Friday morning from Koratikal village, about four km from here.He also visited the house of Bandla Linganna and consoled his widow and children. Sitting on the floor with the family members of the farmer, he enquired about their problems. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 02:07:20 PM
  • Technical problems in Janata Parivar merger: Lalu
    Some "technical problems" have come in the way of the merger of the Janata Parivar parties, but the RJD and the JD-U will contest the Bihar assembly polls this year in alliance to defeat the BJP, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Thursday. "I am a strong supporter of the merger of the six parties of the Janata Parivar, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal-United, but some technical problems have come in the way of their merger. It may get delayed, so the RJD and the JD-U would contest the Bihar assembly polls together in alliance," Lalu Prasad told the media after a meeting with his legislators. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 09:58:17 AM
  • Congress extends date of enrolment
    The Congress on Thursday extended the date of enrolment of party members by a month from May 15 to June 15. "The election authority of the party has extended the date of enrolment of party members by one more month i.e. from May 15 to June 15. The revised organisational election schedule will be announced shortly," said a release issued by party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi. Speculation is rife that party vice president Rahul Gandhi could take over as president from his mother Sonia Gandhi as part of organisational elections. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 09:51:26 AM
  • BJP to hold rally in Mathura on May 25
    The BJP on Thursday decided to hold a rally in Mathura on May 25 on the eve of the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi government, sources said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the rally in Mathura, the birthplace of Deendayal Upadhyay, one of the founders of Bharatiya Janata Party parent, the Jana Sangh. The decision in this regard was taken in New Delhi during a day-long training session of BJP spokespersons. It was especially organised to arm them to counter the opposition onslaught against the government. The session was chaired by party president Amit Shah. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Thawar Chand Gehlot addressed the spokespersons and briefed them thoroughly about the achievements of their concerned departments. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 09:45:44 AM
  • Haryana sets up commission to probe licences to Vadra, others
    The Haryana government on Thursday announced retired Delhi High Court judge, Justice S.N. Dhingra, would head a one-man commission to probe the grant of licences to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company and other firms for developing commercial properties in Gurgaon's Sector 83. An official spokesman said in Chandigarh that the commission would also probe their subsequent transfer or disposal, allegations of private enrichment, ineligibility of beneficiaries under the rules, and other connected matters. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 09:39:05 AM
  • Budget session legislation anti-people: Congress
    A day after the budget session concluded with passage of some vital bills, the Congress on Thursday slammed the Narendra Modi government for pursuing "anti-farmer, anti-poor and anti-middle class policies as well as legislation". Hitting out at the government, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "The last parliament session will go down in parliamentary history as evidence of the government's prolific pursuit of anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-middle class policies." "This government is anti-farmer, anti-labour and even anti-children," Azad, who is the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told the media in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-15 09:34:46 AM
  • Border, trade deficit figure in Modi-Xi summit talks
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held "substantive" summit level talks in Xi'an, China on Thursday during which the border issue, trade deficit and connectivity issues were discussed. The two leaders, who held talks at the Shaanxi Guest House for about 90 minutes, later visited the Wild Goose Pagoda together. Modi, who arrived in China in the morning, was warmly welcomed by Xi at the guest house and the two leaders shook hands for photographs. The prime minister said he was humbled by the welcome he received at Xi'an and termed it an honour for 1.25 crore Indians he was representing. Modi, attired in a black bandhgala suit, spoke in Hindi, while Xi spoke in Chinese. The Chinese president recalled his visit to Ahmedabad in September last year, during which Modi received him and also presented a colourful event for Xi and his wife at the Sabarmati river front, in a break from usual practice. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 06:00:34 PM
  • Complaint against Smriti Irani to be heard on June 1
    A court here on Thursday fixed June 1 to hear a complaint against Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly misrepresenting facts in her election affidavit while imposing a cost of Rs.1,000 on the complainant for his non-appearance. Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain asked complainant Ahmer Khan to pay Rs.1,000 to Delhi Legal Service Authority after he failed to appear in the court. Khan, who could not appear as he was out of Delhi, had sought exemption from personal appearance. The court allowed his exemption application but still slapped the cost. Khan has filed a complaint last month seeking action against the minister for lying on oath about her educational qualification. According to the complaint, Irani, in an affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election, declared herself to be a 1996 batch B.A. graduate from Delhi University but in her 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, stated she had done B.Com Part 1 in 1994 from Delhi University. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:56:02 PM
  • Political parties welcome SC's stay on Delhi government's circular
    Political parties on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court order putting on hold the Delhi government's circular that called for criminal defamation cases against the media. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress quickly reacted to the apex court's observation that accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of following double standards. It said that seeking suspension of criminal defamation proceedings against himself but issuing a circular permitting action against media groups for allegedly defamatory reporting reflected "dichotomy". "They not only wanted to gag the media but gag common citizens, political parties and their leaders. It was undemocratic and not in the interest of the democracy as a whole," Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said of Delhi's ruling party. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:51:11 PM
  • We are one in fighting terror, Modi to Ghani
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that both their nations were "one" in fighting terror, after a Taliban attack in Kabul killed 14 people, including four Indians. "Spoke to President @ashrafghani & offered condolences on loss of lives due to the Kabul attack. We are one when it comes to fighting terror," the prime minister, who is visiting Xi'an in China, tweeted. "President @ashrafghani expressed sadness on the unfortunate demise of Indian citizens in the attack in Kabul," Modi said. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Park Palace guesthouse in Kabul's Kolola Pushta that killed 14 people, including four Indians and an American, on Wednesday night. Among the four Indians was a woman. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:44:31 PM
  • SC stays AAP government's circular threatening defamation
    The Supreme Court on Thursday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of double standards by seeking stay of criminal defamation proceedings against him but issuing a circular permitting action against media groups for defamatory reporting. "Don't you feel that there is dichotomy between you challenging section 499 and section 500 of the Indian Penal Code relating to defamation and the circular issued by you?" asked the apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant. The observations came while hearing an application by Amit Sibal, seeking vacation of the stay of the defamation proceedings against Kejriwal initiated by him. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:39:55 PM
  • SC order on photos takes away the powers of states: DMK chief
    The Supreme Court order prohibiting the use of chief minister's photographs in government advertisements is an act to take away the powers of state governments, said DMK president M. Karunanidhi. In a statement issued in Chennai, Karunanidhi referring to the apex court's order on the subject said that the order in effect takes away the powers of state governments. The Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs of political leaders, including ministers, in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies, saying that it leads to promotion of a personality cult. Karunanidhi said that as per the principle of cooperative federalism under the Indian Constitution, both prime minister and chief minister enjoy equal status. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:36:19 PM
  • Modi in Xi'an: Visits museum, Buddhist temple
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his official visit to China from the historic city of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, going round the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the ancient Da Xingshan Buddhist temple where he offered prayers. Modi, who landed in Xi'an early on Thursday on the first leg of his three-day China visit, went to the Terracotta Warriors Museum that houses neat rows of terracotta sculptures, depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The museum has a collection of over 8,000 life-size clay warriors. Attired in a white kurta-churidar with a brown shawl draped around his shoulder, Modi went around the museum and listened attentively to the guide.  Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 05:30:42 PM
  • Modi visits Terracotta Warriors Museum and ancient Buddhist temple in Xi'an
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his tour of China by visiting the Terracota Warriors Museum at Xi'an. Modi went around the museum that houses neat rows of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The museum has a collection of over 8,000 life-size clay warriors. Modi, attired in a white kurta-churidar with a colourful shawl draped around his shoulder, went around the museum and listened attentively to the guide. After a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum at Xi'an, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid a visit to the Da Xingshan temple and offered prayers. Modi stood with his hands folded in front of massive golden statues of the Buddha as orange-robed monks chanted prayers. "Sutra recitation at Grand Hall of Daxingshan Temple in presence of PM," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 12:11:44 PM
  • Modi arrives in China
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached the Chinese city of Xi'an on the first leg of his three-nation tour that will see him visiting China, Mongolia and South Korea. The Prime Minister was accorded with traditional welcome upon his arrival. "Not an ordinary city. Not an ordinary welcome. Prime minister being greeted at Xi’an airport," Vikas Swarup, spokerperson of the ministry of external affairs tweeted along with a picture of Modi. Xi'an is the hometown of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 10:16:37 AM
  • Don't impose Jaitapur, warns Shiv Sena
    Hours after a delegation of Shiv Sena MPs met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to register their opposition to the upcoming 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP), Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray on Wednesday vowed that the party would not deviate from its stance and continue opposing the project. "Nuclear energy is neither clean, nor green and its waste has no proper form of disposal after decades of its use world over," Thackeray said in a series of tweets on the JNPP coming up in Ratnagiri in coastal Maharashtra. "The voice of the locals in Jaitapur must be heard. Risk be seen. Development cannot risk life. Sustainable development is the need today. The locals do not want 100 percent risk in Jaitapur, Maharashtra. It cannot be forced and put there. We've constantly voiced this issue, will do so," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 10:11:27 AM
  • Plea seeks quashing of AAP government circular against media
    A petition seeking quashing of the Delhi government's decision to file defamation cases against media organisations for publishing or broadcasting defamatory news about Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. The public interest litigation, filed by advocate M.L. Sharma, said that the circular was "issued in the interest of the chief minister and his council of ministers, to protect their interest against the print/electronic media". It said that the circular was "a clear case of misuse of public office for his (Kejriwal's) personal interest and had nothing to do with the general public for which he holds the office". Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 10:08:13 AM
  • Modi, Putin discuss issues of mutual concern
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he spoke on phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and "discussed various issues of mutual concern". "President Putin called me a short while ago. We discussed various issues of mutual concern," tweeted, but gave no further details. Source: IANS
    2015-05-14 10:06:02 AM
  • 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 09:44:25 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 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: IANS
    2015-05-13 09:35:15 AM
  • NDA government has killed UPA's land Act: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the NDA government of "killing" the land bill passed by the previous UPA government. He said that the government has removed the essential clauses on consent and social impact in its new bill. Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the land bill brought by the Narendra Modi government, Rahul Gandhi took repeated digs at the government, terming it "suit boot ki sarkar" and pro-corporate. "We took two years to bring land bill. NDA government killed it within a few days," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 05:51:52 PM
  • Govindacharya slams Modi government policies
    Former BJP ideologue K.N. Govindacharya on Tuesday described the Modi government's land acquisition policy as worse than its predecessor United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's. "There is no doubt about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intention. However, his policies are questionable. There is a gap in the understanding about the implementation mechanism of projects," Govindacharya said at a press conference. "The land acquisition policy was formulated only on the basis of compensation. The consent of gram sabhas and public interest, which was part of UPA's policy, has been sidestepped," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 05:48:07 PM
  • Congress walks out in LS over Purti Group loan
    The Congress members staged a walk-out from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, demanding the government's response over the CAG report highlighting irregularities in granting loan to a company of union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. The CAG report said that Gadkari was one of the "promoters" of Purti Group that was sanctioned a loan of Rs.84.12 crore by IREDA in violation of guidelines. Raising the issue in the house, Congress member Deepender Hooda said that Purti Group had taken a loan of Rs.84.12 crore from the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and used interest subsidy for a coal plant instead of using it for renewable energy, causing a loss of Rs.12.7 crore to public exchequer. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 05:45:59 PM
  • Smriti Irani to hold 'Kisan Panchayats' in Amethi
    Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani is on a day-long visit to Amethi on Tuesday, the parliamentary constituency of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, party leaders said. Irani unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amethi but gave the Gandhi scion a run for his money. Having promised to "stay in touch", Irani has been meeting people from Amethi in New Delhi on a regular basis, a senior BJP leader said while saying that during her Tuesday visit, the minister would be addressing 'Kisan Panchayat' at all blocks in the district. She will be accompanied by union Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Baliyan. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 01:49:53 PM
  • Lok Sabha adjourned twice over Amethi food park
    The Lok Sabha on Tuesday faced two adjournments following protests by the Congress members over Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's statement about the food park in Amethi. The Congress members alleged that the minister has been allowed to make repeated statements on the same issue. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that the minister was not able to make her full statement earlier, so the chance was given to her to speak on the issue again. The issue was raised by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is the member of the Lok Sabha from Amethi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 01:47:24 PM
  • Demand for Gadkari resignation rocks Rajya Sabha again
    Protests against union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and demands for his resignation continued in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, disrupting the house. Leader of House Arun Jaitley said that the Congress is disrupting the house because it does not want some bills to be passed. Gadkari has already denied any wrongdoing by the Purti Group or by him in financial dealings. As soon as the house met for the day, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the opposition is not satisfied with the reply given by Gadkari in the upper house on Monday. Azad added that a notice has been submitted by Pramod Tiwari of the Congress to adjourn the business of the house and take up discussion on the issue on which the house was disrupted and adjourned eight times on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 01:40:51 PM
  • 109 mn job seekers need to upgrade skills: Badal
    Around 109 million new job seekers have to upgrade their skills, while another 460 million people have to be re-skilled and up-skilled by 2020, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said in Shillong on Monday. "India remains an unskilled nation, lagging far behind other countries in skill development because much care has not been taken about the issue after independence," Badal said while chairing the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development. "Therefore, about 109 million new job seekers have to upscale their skills while another 460 million people have to be re-skilled and up-skilled by 2020," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 10:28:44 AM
  • Delhi government appeals to DTC employees to end strike
    Announcing it would bear the educational and medical expenses of the daughter and wife of a DTC bus driver who was killed in a road rage incident, the Delhi government on Monday appealed to the protesting DTC employees to call off their strike. Ashok Singh, the DTC bus driver, was killed when his bus accidently hit a biker from behind and a quarrel ensued with a heated exchange of words between them. The government urged the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employees to call off their strike, saying the government would not tolerate the inconvenience caused to the public because of the strike. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 10:06:47 AM
  • Maharashtra ministers inaugurate liqour bar!
    In a major embarrassment to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his junior cabinet colleagues inaugurated a liquor bar in Ahmednagar, sparking off a controversy in the state's political circles. Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde of the Bharatiya Janata Party cut the ceremonial ribbon of the liquor bar, while Shiv Sena's Minister of State for Finance Deepak Kesarkar was present at the event, besides leaders from other political parties. Incidentally, Fadnavis holds the home portfolio and his government has in the past expressed the goal of total prohibition in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-05-12 09:55:09 AM
  • Prohibitory order violation: Court asks Kejriwal to appear May 15
    A court in New Delhi on Monday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders to positively appear before it on May 15 in a case of violating prohibitory orders during their protest in January last year. Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain asked Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Aam Padmi Party legislators Rakhi Birla and Somnath Bharti and party leader Ashutosh to positively appear before court at the next date of hearing. The magistrate's warning came after observing that the accused had also not appeared before court on the last date of hearing. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 02:14:24 PM
  • Celebrations outside Jayalalithaa's residence
    Celebrations broke out at AIADMK general secretary and former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's residence in Chennai in Poes Garden on Monday after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her in a disproportionate assets case. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, ministers and several district secretaries reached Jayalalithaa's residence to chalk out next course of action. Party cadres jumped in joy, burst crackers and danced to the drum beats. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 02:11:11 PM
  • Tamil Nadu chief minister may resign soon
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam is expected to resign soon and Jayalalithaa may be sworn-in before May 20, a source in the AIADMK said on Monday. Once Jayalalithaa is sworn-in, she has to get elected to the assembly within six months in a by-poll. Instead of a by-poll, she may opt for a snap elections to the assembly to beat the opposition. A special bench of the Karnataka High Court on Monday acquitted Jayalalithaa in the Rs.66.65-crore disproportionate assets' case. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 02:08:27 PM
  • India will bring Dawood Ibrahim back: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that "India would do everything possible" to bring back from Pakistan Dawood Ibrahim, the underworld don who is believed to be involved in various crimes, including terrorism. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the home minister said that Pakistan was under international obligation to find him out as Interpol has already issued a Red Corner notice against him. Pakistan has been asked time and again by India to look out for him but it has failed to do so. "We will bring him back," the minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 02:04:45 PM
  • Modi lauds scientists for 1998 Pokhran n-tests
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded the efforts of Indian scientists and political leadership for the success of Pokhran nuclear tests on May 11, 1998, a day that is also observed as Technology Day. In a message on Twitter, Modi said: "We salute efforts of our scientists and political leadership behind the success of Pokhran Tests on this day in 1998." Adding that May 11 was a "very special day in India's history", the prime minister said: "On this day in 1998 India conducted nuclear tests in Pokhran, Rajasthan. When Atal ji announced the success of the tests the entire nation rejoiced. India once again tested on May 13." He said that the tests were possible due to the "stellar work of our scientists. They were a victory of technology". Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 02:00:12 PM
  • Delhi government willing to support new media venture: Kejriwal
    Under fire over his "anti-media" circular, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday suggested that some senior journalists could come together to float their own "honest and independent" news channel or newspaper and his government will support any such move. Interacting with party volunteers on Google Hangouts, he also asked people to compare performance of his government to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while claiming his Aam Aadmi Party's popularity had further gone up. Kejriwal, who has complained about sections of media in the past, said on Sunday that media shows "us (as being) very aggressive". Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 10:06:02 AM
  • Modi bats for 'Team India' of centre and states
    Pitching for a "Team India" of the centre and states for the country's development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday credited his government's economic policies for making India the world's fastest growing Anation. Concluding his two-day visit to West Bengal - the first after becoming prime minister - Modi assured his government's support in ensuring economic progress of eastern India, and exuded confidence that region will be the stage for the country'ss ecoind green revolution. The prime minister, who started the Sunday morning on a spiritual note, praying and meditating at the Dakshineswar temple and the Belur Math, later inaugurated the country's largest blast furnace plant in Burdwan district. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 10:03:06 AM
  • Odisha BJP to launch agitation against BJD
    The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday decided to take on the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government by highlighting its shortcomings through the agitation path. BJP constituted several committees to strengthen the party at the grassroots level and take on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) goverment in the state. The party adopted several political resolutions in the two-day executive meet which concluded on Sunday. "We have decided to take up agitational programmes against the BJD government for failing to provide good governance to the people," BJP's Odisha in-charge Arun Singh told mediapersons in Bhubaneshwar. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 10:00:23 AM
  • CPI-M, Congress slam Mamata-Modi bonhomie
    Seeing red over the apparent bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Congress and the CPI-M on Sunday charged the BJP and the Trinamool Congress of cosying up each other to suit mutual political interests. Referring to Modi's address at an event in Burdwan district where the prime minister made a veiled attack on the Congress over scams, the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist charged him of going soft on the Trinamool, several of whose leaders are being investigated for the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam. Source: IANS
    2015-05-11 09:33:04 AM
  • 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 09:51:07 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: IANS
    2015-05-09 09:40:02 AM
  • Rahul misled country about food park in Amethi: Minister
    Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of misleading the country and people of his constituency about a proposed food park in Amethi. Responding to Gandhi's allegations in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the Narendra Modi-led government scrapped the project, she said that the Congress leader laid the foundation stone of the food park in Amethi a few months before the Lok Sabha elections even though the Congress-led UPA government had refused to supply subsidised gas for it. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 05:59:37 PM
  • NDA's reply on Dawood same as UPA's: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the UPA government had given the same answer in May 2013 in response to a question on the location of Dawood Ibrahim as had the NDA government earlier this week. Responding to concerns raised by Congress MP Jyotiradtiya Scindia in the Lok Sabha about the written reply of Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary that Dawood's location was not known, Rajnath Singh said that the opposition members did not properly understand the answer. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 05:57:46 PM
  • Manjhi floats new party in Bihar
    Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday formally launched a new party, Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM), which will contest all the 243 seats in the coming assembly polls. HAM leader Shakuni Choudhary has been named its state president. "The new party was to be announced on May 10. But I have decided to formally launch it now as I will be out of Patna for the next two days," Manjhi told the media in Patna. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 05:55:49 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi appears before Thane court
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi appeared before a Thane court in connection with a criminal defamation suit in Thane on Friday. The case was filed against him following his speech about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Mahatma Gandhi's assassination during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign. Gandhi appeared before Bhiwandi Judicial Magistrate D.P. Kale, a day after the Supreme Court suspended the suit filed by RSS activist Rajesh Kunte. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 05:54:14 PM
  • Demands for Gadkari's resignation disrupt Rajya Sabha
    The Rajya Sabha witnessed a ruckus on Friday as opposition parties led by Congress demanded resignation of Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for alleged irregularities in a company owned by him. A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has named Gadkari as one of the "promoters and/or directors" of Purti Sakhar Karkhana Ltd. that was sanctioned a loan of Rs. 84.12 crore by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) in violation of guidelines. The issue was raised during zero hour by Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who said that the minister must resign. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 02:02:54 PM
  • Ruckus in Lok Sabha over extension of session
    The Lok Sabha witnessed a ruckus on Friday over extension of the current budget session till May 13, leading to two adjournments of the house during question hour. Soon after the house assembled, leader of Congress party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded suspension of question hour, alleging that the government was extending the session till May 13 without taking the house into confidence. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the request, following which Congress members started raising slogans against the government, leading to adjournment of the house till 11.30 a.m. and then till 12.00 noon. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 02:00:15 PM
  • PM releases Swami Chinmayananda centenary coin
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday recalled the pioneering work of Swami Chinmayananda in the field of education and social reform, as he released a coin commemorating his birth centenary. Speaking on the occasion, Modi described Swami Chinmayananda, a Hindu spiritual leader who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission, as a "visionary, who saw the need to inculcate India's great culture and spiritual traditions through the English medium, among an 'elite' class of people, who had moved away from this heritage". "When Swamiji talked about the Geeta, he was a gyan-margi (one who follows the path of knowledge), and when he worked in his schools and hospitals, he was a karm-margi (one who follows the path of work)," Modi said. He said in that sense "Swami Chinmayananda's life is an inspiration for others". Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 01:57:32 PM
  • Modi preaching without practising, says Congress
    The Congress on Thursday disagreed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in an interview that his government views all religions at par and won't tolerate any discrimination, saying he was "simply preaching without practising it". Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said that such remarks were aimed at diverting attention from the "failures" of his government in the past one year. Modi had said in an interview to Time magazine that his government will not tolerate or accept any discrimination based on caste, creed and religion. He also said its philosophy was "Sabka saath, sabka vikas - Together with all, progress for all". Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 10:05:42 AM
  • One smart city in every state, says Naidu
    Every state across the country would have at least one smart city with clean environment to facilitate quality life, parliament was told on Thursday. "Every state will have at least one smart city under the central government's initiative to develop 100 smart cities across the country," Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question by lawmaker K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao. He said that guidelines for implementing the smart cities mission were being finalised. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 10:03:11 AM
  • Sushma presses wrong button, corrects her vote
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who on Thursday called for unanimous passage of the bill on land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, herself inadvertently pressed the wrong button in the Lok Sabha while voting on the legislation, sources said. The display board showed 320 members in favour and one against after voting on motion for consideration of the constitutional amendment bill which was taken up in the house in the afternoon. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 10:01:04 AM
  • Centre empowering women: Heptulla
    Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla on Thursday said that efforts were on to empower women from every section of society and economic empowerment was the first stage of strengthening their position in society. Heptulla, speaking at the 5th International Women Entrepreneurs Summit and Exhibition in New Delhi, said that her ministry has evolved several programmes to achieve this objective. "The schemes like 'Nai Roshni', a leadership development programme for minority women, are specific initiatives in this direction," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 09:59:02 AM
  • Kumar Vishwas moves HC against DCW notice
    AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking stay on the summons issued to him by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on a volunteer's complaint that her life was ruined because he was refusing to publicly deny "rumours" of their alleged affair. The plea also sought direction that the woman, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteer, be restrained from giving public statements on the issue. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 09:56:53 AM
  • Rajnath praises NDRF's post-quake work in Nepal
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday congratulated the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for its "exemplary work" in Nepal after the April 25 earthquake devastated the Himalayan country. At a function in New Delhi, the home minister said that the governments of both the nations worked closely during the rescue and relief operation. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi monitored the situation along with Nepal's Ambassador in India Deep Kumar Upadhyay. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 09:54:57 AM
  • Parliament passes Bangladesh land accord bill
    The Indian parliament on Thursday unanimously passed the bill for operationalising the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, 41 years after the accord was signed. Moving the Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013, for passage, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj urged the members to pass it unanimously in the Lok Sabha as it will send a good message to Bangladesh. She said that the bill had been unanimously passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. "There was no vote against it and there was no abstention (in the Rajya Sabha). It sent a message to Bangladesh that all political parties are one on the issue. I will request that it is passed with the same spirit in the Lok Sabha as it will send a good message," she said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-08 09:51:23 AM
  • Scrapping of Amethi food park: Rahul raises issue in LS
    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha the scrapping of a proposed food park in his Amethi constituency. "During campaigning for elections, the prime minister had come to Amethi and had given a 52-minute speech during which he had said that he was not a practitioner of politics of revenge but one of change," Gandhi said that during zero hour. "In this country, promises are important for politicians and specially those made by the prime minister," Gandhi said that adding the prime minister should remember his promise now that the food park project was being cancelled. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 01:47:56 PM
  • RS privilege panel urged to review report on Jaitley
    Rajya Sabha members on Thursday said that the privileges committee of the house should re-examine its report that the tapping of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's telephone, when he was leader of opposition, was not a "breach of privilege". Members also said that the scope of study should be expanded to overall phone-tapping, while Congress leader Anand Sharma sought an independent probe into the incidents of phone-tapping overall. The issue was raised by Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal. "The committee said tapping of Arun Jaitley's phone is not a breach of privilege. If it is so, any government can tap our phones," Agarwal said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 01:39:19 PM
  • SC suspends defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi
    The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended criminal defamation suit against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his speech about the RSS and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi during elections last year. While putting on hold the trial court proceedings in Maharashtra, the apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant also issued notice for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Rajesh Kunte. Kunte initiated the criminal defamation proceedings against the Congress vice president. Besides Kunte, the notice has also been issued to the central and Maharashtra governments. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 01:36:15 PM
  • Modi pays homage to Tagore on his birth anniversary
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid homage to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary, describing the bard as "one of India's greatest thinkers". In a message, Modi said: "His prose and poetry have influenced generations. He represents the best of modern and ancient Indian intellectual thought." He said: "Gurudev Tagore blended the wisdom of India's past with the promise of its future through his literature, art and music." Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 01:34:12 PM
  • Left not to raise Bengal civic poll violence with Modi
    Even as it is planning to stage a demonstration in the national capital against the "terror tactics" of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress during the recently concluded civic polls, the Left Front said that it would not raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the state. Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said that the front will not go for an "unholy nexus" with the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool to form the boards in the hung civic bodies. "The municipal polls being a state subject, it is no point raising the issue with the prime minister. We will not raise the issue with him, but we are planning to stage a demonstration in the national capital to make the whole country aware about the Trinamool's terror tactics," Bose told mediapersons in Kolkata. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 10:18:58 AM
  • Pranab Mukherjee to visit Russia
    President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a five-day state visit to Russia on May 7, the external affairs ministry said on Wednesday. On his first official visit as president, Mukherjee will participate in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day (May 9) to commemorate Russia's victory in the Second World War, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told media persons New Delhi. On the occasion, a 75-member Indian Army contingent from the Grenadiers, an infantry regiment, will take part in a military parade in Moscow. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 10:14:48 AM
  • Cabinet okays new communication satellite
    The union cabinet on Wednesday approved building of a new communication satellite - GSAT-18. The structure of the satellite, weighing about 3425 Kg, will be similar to the GSAT-10 satellite, a statement issued in New Delhi said. "The GSAT-18 spacecraft will provide replacement capacity supporting the existing television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and VSAT services in the country," it said. It will also augment and support the existing telecommunication, television, DSNG and VSAT services in the country, hence benefiting all sections of society. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 10:09:26 AM
  • Jaitley's phone tapping not breach of privilege: RS committee
    Accessing phone details of then leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley by the Delhi Police is not a breach of privilege, a house committee observed on Wednesday. The privileges committee of the Rajya Sabha, however, said it was a "breach of privacy" and slammed Delhi Police officers for being "irresponsible" by sharing the e-mail ids and passwords with their subordinates. The case came to light in 2013, when Delhi Police constable Arvind Dabas, who allegedly tried to get access Jaitley's Call Details Records (CDRs) was arrested. The matter was then referred to the privileges committee. Source: IANS
    2015-05-07 10:02:15 AM
  • RS passes Bangladesh land boundary bill
    The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to operationalise the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, and the exchange of certain enclaves of land between the two countries. The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013 was unanimously passed by the upper house, with 180 votes in favour and zero against it. The bill to operationalise the agreement with Bangladesh includes exchange of territories in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and was cleared by the union cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 05:36:35 PM
  • Sonia terms Modi government anti-farmer, arrogant
    Terming the government as "anti-farmer" and "arrogant", Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused it of bringing "achche din (good days) only for crony capitalists" and promised to take the party's fight to the people. Addressing a Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Sonia Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Modi government and said that it had very little to showcase after one year in office. She said that Modi and his government remain in poll campaign mode as if the elections were not over. Accusing Modi of playing domestic politics on foreign soil, Gandhi alleged that the prime minister attacked the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during his visit to France. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 05:34:07 PM
  • Sonia Gandhi raises vacant CIC posts issue in Lok Sabha
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the government for failing to fill the post of the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) and alleged that it was trying to "shield" itself from scrutiny. "I bring to attention the deplorable lapse of the government in appointing a chief information commissioner," Gandhi said, raising the issue in the Lok Sabha. "This post has been lying vacant for the last eight months. The posts of the three information commissioners of the Central Information Commission have also been lying vacant," she said. A combative Congress president, who had moved an adjournment motion over the issue on in the morning, said: "The UPA had ensured that the position of the CIC had never lied vacant." Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 01:40:41 PM
  • Congress demands Telangana CM declare assets
    The Congress party in Telangana on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to declare his assets and seek fresh mandate in 12 assembly constituencies where the legislators of opposition parties defected to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Congress state vice president Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that Chandrasekhar Rao should disclose all his assets which he accumulated since floating the TRS in 2001. "In his affidavit filed before the Election Commission, KCR disclosed the assets of Rs 85.98 lakh while contesting from Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat in 2004 elections. His assets grew to Rs 15.15 crore by 2014 elections," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:49:15 AM
  • Delhi farmers to get compensation cheques from Friday
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Friday start distributing compensation cheques under Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana to Delhi farmers whose crops were destroyed by recent unseasonal rains. The distribution process will begin from Bawana in Delhi, a statement said on Tuesday. The Delhi cabinet had on May 1 approved the scheme and the formula for payment of compensation to the farmers. It was decided that farmers whose entire crop had been destroyed would be paid Rs.20,000 per acre and farmers whose crop loss was assessed to be below 70 percent would get a minimum compensation of Rs.14,000 per acre. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:46:34 AM
  • Rahul to visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet farmers
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet the farmers of the state. He will arrive in Hyderabad on May 11 and after a night halt, will leave for Adilabad district for a padyatra covering various villages in Nirmal constituency. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, vice president of the party's Telangana unit told reporters on Tuesday that Rahul Gandhi will meet the families of farmers who committed suicide due to distress. He will also interact with farmers in at least five villages to know their problems. Party leaders expect 10,000 to 15,000 people will join Gandhi in the walkathon. After day-long visit, Gandhi will return to Hyderabad and after stopping the night, will fly back to Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:40:34 AM
  • Delhi government warns traders against hoarding pulses
    The Delhi government on Tuesday warned the city's traders against hoarding pulses and asked them to furnish details of their warehouses along with stock position of pulses, a statement said. The advisory was issued following a meeting between the trade representatives and Food and Supplies Minister Asim Ahmed Khan. "All trade associations were advised to cooperate with the state government in ensuring that pulses, which are essential sources of protein for the poor people are available across Delhi at reasonable prices. All concerned were warned against indulging in hoarding or speculative activities," the statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:34:12 AM
  • Border violations with China taken up in existing mechanisms: Parikkar
    India regularly takes up any violation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China through established mechanisms, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar told parliament on Tuesday. The established mechanisms include border personnel meetings, flag meetings and the Working Mechanism on Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs, wherein they are guided by various agreements between India and China, he said. Parikkar said that there was no commonly delineated LAC between India and China. There are areas along the border where India and China have differing perception of the LAC. Transgressions occur on account of both sides undertaking patrolling up to their perception of the LAC, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-06 09:31:50 AM
  • Reports about Kumar Vishwas despicable, says Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday described as "despicable" personal attacks mounted on his party colleague Kumar Vishwas, saying the AAP will no more respond on the issue. He told the media that the Aam Aadmi Party would prefer to be silent as families of party leaders were being targeted in the name of politics. "You may have a fight against us, against our political stand. Do not drag our families and children into this. I am extremely disappointed over all this," he said. "Some media houses are trying to malign us. We have decided to keep quiet now and will not respond any more. We will answer your questions if you ask about our governance or our work. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:54:33 PM
  • Uproar in parliament over Moga incident
    The incident of a 13-year-old girl in Moga in Punjab being molested and pushed out of a private bus leading to her death led to an uproar in parliament on Tuesday, with both houses witnessing adjournments over the issue. In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Amrinder Singh and Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Maan moved adjournment motions to discuss the Moga case demanding suspension of the question hour but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected the plea. Singh said that the Punjab government should be dismissed and President's rule imposed in the state. Opposition MPs created ruckus, displaying placards and raising slogans against the Parkash Singh Badal government in the state, forcing two adjournments during the question hour. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:51:41 PM
  • BJP's women activists protest against Kumar Vishwas
    About 100 women activists of the BJP on Tuesday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's house to raise the issue of an AAP volunteer asking party leader Kumar Vishwas to clarify their relation. The protesters demanded Vishwas to appear before the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which has issued a summons against him after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) woman volunteer approached it over the issue. "We demand that Kumar Vishwas should appear before DCW and give his clarification on the issue. His silence over the matter is affecting life of the volunteer of his own party," one of the protesters said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:48:11 PM
  • Government to consult all parties on real estate bill
    The government on Tuesday said that it is consulting all parties on the real estate bill, and would consider a demand by some Rajya Sabha members to send it to a select committee. This came as Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal questioned why the bill was listed on Tuesday even as it was deferred last week. "Why is the bill in the list of business, what is government's thought," Agarwal asked. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) then said that he and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav have given a notice for constituting a select committee on the bill. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 05:45:21 PM
  • Things take time to improve: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said on Tuesday that people must have patience to allow the government to rise to their expectations. "It will take time to put the system back on track," Sayeed told a media conference in Srinagar on Tuesday as he attended the office on the opening of the civil secretariat in Srinagar after six months of winter. He appealed to the people to have patience and allow the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party (PDP-BJP) coalition government to fulfill the promises made to them. "The coalition government has just completed two months. Some people talk as if we have been in power for years. Things cannot happen overnight, it takes time," the chief minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:43:52 PM
  • Uproar in Lok Sabha over demand for separate Telangana HC
    The Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar on Tuesday following a Telangana member's demand for a separate high court in the state. As soon as the house assembled, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan mourned the death of 20 passengers in a bus accident in Madhya Pradesh. Soon after the house observed a minute's silence, members from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) raised the issue of a separate high court for Telangana but the speaker asked them to maintain silence. She asked the members to raise the issue during zero hour, but the TRS members continued with their demand, leading to the adjournment of the house for 10 minutes. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:41:39 PM
  • Modi to visit China, Mongolia, South Korea
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a three-nation official visit to China, Mongolia and South Korea from May 14-19. In China, Modi will visit Xian, Beijing and Shanghai from May 14-16. He will hold bilateral meetings with the country's leadership and participate in cultural and business events. The prime minister will also attend an event organised by the Indian community in China. In Mongolia, his engagement will be on May 17. This is the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Mongolia. He will then visit to Republic of Korea on May 18-19. Modi will hold bilateral discussions with President Park Geun-hye and meet with important business leaders in Seoul, an official statement said on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 01:39:32 PM
  • Bengal BJP leaders to brief Modi on state situation during his visit
    A team of West Bengal BJP leaders will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in the state during his visit here this weekend, state party chief Rahul Sinha said on Monday. "A team of the state BJP will be meeting him. I will brief him about the situation in Bengal while he is here," he said at a media meet in Kolkata. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that he has already received a call from the prime minister's office regarding Modi's trip. Modi will launch three flagship social security schemes - Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana - in the city on May 9, hours after arriving. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:42:28 AM
  • 350 Maharashtra AAP activists join Swaraj Abhiyan
    Accusing Arvind Kejriwal of 'murdering democracy' in the Aam Aadmi Party, around 350 party activists and leaders joined the Swaraj Abhiyan, floated by expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, on Monday. "Around 350 activists and leaders have decided to quit the AAP. More will follow suit when we start making people aware of the manner in which democracy is being murdered in AAP," Maruti Bhapkar, a former AAP state executive member in Maharashtra, told media-persons in Pune. He said that these activists have thrown their lot behind Yadav and Bhushan and would strengthen their resolve to popularise the concept of 'Swaraj' (self-rule) in the true sense across the country. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:40:12 AM
  • Modi expresses grief over Madhya Pradesh accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief over the bus accident in Madhya Pradesh's Panna district in which at least 21 people were killed. "News of bus accident in Panna, MP is extremely saddening. Condolences to families of the deceased. I wish the injured a speedy recovery," Modi said in a statement in New Delhi. The private bus, plying from Chhattarpur to Panna, fell into a gorge in Bhairav Ghat region of Panna district and caught fire. Source: IANS  
    2015-05-05 09:37:00 AM
  • Bengal sends 30 trucks with aid to Nepal
    West Bengal on Monday despatched 30 trucks carrying relief material to quake-hit Nepal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself flagged off the vehicles at Panitanki on the India-Nepal border. "The West Bengal government has sent 30 trucks to Nepal with food, water, tarpaulins and other relief material," Banerjee said in Siliguri in north Bengal after flagging off the trucks. Shortly after the quake hit Nepal and the northern regions of West Bengal on April 25, Banerjee visited the area to review the damage the quake had caused in Mirik (near Darjeeling) and Siliguri. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:34:50 AM
  • India should share Nepal's pain: Modi
    Observing that the situation in earthquake-hit Nepal was "beyond our imagination", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India should share the pain of the people of the neighbouring country. Modi said that he was sad that the land where Lord Buddha was born was in serious trouble following the April 25 earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives and left thousands of others injured. Source: IANS
    2015-05-05 09:30:13 AM
  • Assam CM concerned over militant activities in northeast
    Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday expressed concern over the attacks on security forces by militant groups in the northeast region and asked the central government to take serious note of the menace. His comment came a day after eight security personnel were killed when NSCN-Khaplang militants triggered a powerful blast and ambushed a convoy of the Assam Rifles in Nagaland along the border with Myanmar. "It's a matter of concern and the central government must take it seriously. The development assumes significance as the militant groups have come together despite the differences they have," Gogoi said at a press conference. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 05:35:59 PM
  • Put on hold new rule on nurses jobs abroad, Kerala tells Centre
    The Kerala government has written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to put on hold the new order that requires all Indian nurses going to 18 countries for employment to take emigration clearance from the Protector of Emigrants (POE). "All those nurses who got a job after reaching various airports were not allowed to go because they did not have the clearance from the POE. So, we have written to the central minister to ensure that status quo is maintained till the formalities for the new order are taken care of," state Minister for Rural Development K.C. Joseph said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 05:30:24 PM
  • Allegations against Kumar Vishwas baseless: AAP
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday dismissed as "baseless" allegations that party leader Kumar Vishwas was having an affair with a party volunteer. The complainant has reportedly approached the Delhi Commission for Women against Kumar Vishwas. The AAP, which rules Delhi, contested the charges. "The issue has been played up as if Kumar Vishwas has illicit relations with the woman. The woman herself has named four people for maligning her image on social media," AAP leader Sanjay Singh told the media. "Spare our families... They get hurt by such baseless reports," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:57:05 PM
  • Parrikar condones police failure to nab convicted minister
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday tried to condone Goa Police for their inability to nab a convicted former minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been on the run for nearly a month now, and said if needed they could take help of other police forces. When asked if it was a complete failure of the police machinery to nab Pacheco, Parrikar, a former Goa chief minister said: "That is for the police to work on. This is not the first time it is happening...I don't want to comment on it any further because it is for the police to work on it. If they want, they can take help of other police force." Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:54:05 PM
  • Nepal situation 'beyond our imagination': Modi
    The situation in earthquake-hit Nepal is "beyond our imagination", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. Modi said that he was sad that the land where Lord Buddha was born was in serious trouble following the April 25 temblor that has claimed thousands of lives and left thousands injured. Speaking on the occasion of Buddha Poornima at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, the prime minister said: "I pray to Buddha that the earthquake victims should not suffer any more." Led by Modi, participants at the venue offered a special prayer for the quake victims. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:51:54 PM
  • Modi joins Chinese social media site Weibo
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Twitter on Monday that he has joined Chinese micro blogging website Weibo. The prime minister uploaded an image of his comment on Weibo. "Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo," he said in a message written in Mandarin and English. Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging website, one of the most popular sites in China, in use by well over 30 percent of internet users. The announcement came ahead of Modi's visit to China, scheduled from May 14 to 16. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:50:09 PM
  • President condoles passing away of Baleshwar Ram
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday condoled the passing away of former union minister and veteran Congress leader from Bihar, Baleshwar Ram. In a condolence message to Ram's wife Chinta Devi, Mukherjee said: "I am sad to learn about the passing away of Baleshwar Ram, a friend and colleague of long years." "Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the rest of your family members. I pray to the almighty to give you and other members of your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:47:39 PM
  • Women's commission summons AAP leader Kumar Vishwas
    The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on the basis of a complaint filed by a party volunteer alleging molestation, an official of the DCW said New Delhi on Monday. "Kumar Vishwas has been summoned to state his stand on the allegations made by his party volunteer. We have asked him to appear before us tomorrow," said an official of the DCW. "The volunteer had worked for a year in Amethi for the party and now it is a matter of her respect, and so Kumar Vishwas should turn up and give his clarification," the official said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:45:54 PM
  • Sukhbir Badal's company to pay Rs.24 lakh to Moga victim
    Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's Orbit Aviation transport company will pay the Rs.24 lakh compensation announced by the state government for the family of the 13-year-old girl who was molested and thrown out of a moving bus near Moga town. Harcharan Bains, advisor to the chief minister on national affairs and media, said on Sunday that the entire of amount of ex-gratia relief and compensation of Rs.24 lakh would be borne by the bus company. Bains said that the bus company would deposit the amount in the account of the Moga district Red Cross, which would in turn issue a cheque to the aggrieved family on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 01:36:56 PM
  • Yadav attacks AAP, says people feel cheated
    Expelled Aam Admi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday attacked his former party, alleging it has become centralised despite enjoying plenty of goodwill. "The AAP enjoys lot of goodwill, but has become centralised. When AAP was formed, a huge national asset was created, but it is getting depleted," Yadav told media persons in Kolkata. Yadav, along with other dissident leaders Prashant Bhushan, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were removed from AAP last month for anti-party activities. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 10:05:48 AM
  • Modi to call on Atmasthananda, visit Belur Math on May 9
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Ramakrishna Math and call on Ramakrishna Mission's president Swami Atmasthananda during his trip to West Bengal on May 9, a spokesman at the order's global headquarters in Belur Math said. The 97-year-old Swami Atmasthananda is undergoing treatment for age-related health complications at the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Prathishthan in Kolkata since February 21. In his youth, Modi had wanted to be a monk of the order founded by Ramakrishna Paramhamsa but was turned away thrice. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 10:03:49 AM
  • Moga molestation: Punjab CM meets victim's family
    Four days after a teenaged girl was molested and pushed out of a moving bus resulting in her death, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal finally arrived in Moga on Sunday and met the victim's family. Badal said that the incident was "very unfortunate" and directed the director general of police to ensure proper security for women in public transport. "I came here as the father of Arshdeep Kaur. As the chief minister of the state and a father figure, I am personally responsible for safeguarding the honour of every daughter of Punjab. Wherever someone tries to outrage the honour of Punjab's daughter, he will be given exemplary punishment under the strictest provisions of the law," Badal told the media after spending about 30 minutes with the victim's family. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 10:01:21 AM
  • NGOs should take part in Nepal's rehabilitation: Arun Jaitley
    Non-government organisations (NGO) should participate in the rehabilitation of earthquake-hit Nepal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday. "After relief, the rehabilitation process in Nepal should start and NGOs should participate in the process," Jaitley said, flagging off a relief consignment to Nepal New Delhi. "There is a principle of rehabilitation. Quality of life of those who have survived must improve as compared to what it was earlier," he added. "India's disaster management capacity has improved. We rescued people from Iraq, Yemen and Nepal. Earlier, only the US had expertise in disaster management," the finance minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 09:55:08 AM
  • Kejriwal defends Tomar, seeks trial of media
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday defended his Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, accused of faking his law degree, and called for a "public trial" of the media. If Tomar had done any wrong, Kejriwal said that he would have surely asked him to step down. "I am not Tomar's relative or friend. I had sought an explanation from Tomar on the controversy. He gave a satisfactory answer and said that he wasn't at fault as his degree is genuine," Kejriwal said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-04 09:42:01 AM
  • Badals lack courage to meet Moga victim's family: Congress
    As protests increased over the death of a Dalit girl after being pushed out of a moving bus owned by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's transport company, state Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa on Saturday said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members lacked the moral courage to even go and meet the victim's family. Appealing to all political parties and social organisations to ensure justice to the 13-year-old victim, Arshdeep Kaur, Bajwa demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Badal "for lacking courage to go personally to express condolence to the poor and hapless family who belong to the area that once used to be the Badal family's home turf". Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 05:38:00 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets home buyers from Delhi/NCR
    Days after connecting with farmers in Punjab and Maharashtra, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a delegation of home-buyers in Delhi/NCR to hear out their woes, including untimely delivery of projects. Gandhi, who met over 100 representatives of home-buyers for an hour at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi, heard their grievances about delayed possession of flats and fake promises made by builders. "I learned something new today. I thought only farmers and tribal people are suffering due to land issues. But the same issue extends to the middle-class as well, which is equally being exploited by removing transparency (clause from the real estate bill)," Gandhi told the media in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 05:19:44 PM
  • SC stays defamation proceedings against Kejriwal
    The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal before a trial court in a defamation case, initiated against by senior counsel Amit Sibal in an alleged conflict of interest matter. The defamation suit is rooted in a May 15, 2013 press conference in which Kejriwal had alleged conflict of interest as Amit Sibal had appeared in the Supreme Court for telecom major Vodafone while his father Kapil Sibal was the communications minister. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 01:41:22 PM
  • Parrikar reviews Assam security, to visit forward areas on Saturday
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday reviewed the security at the army's 4 Corps headquarters near Tezpur town. He is likely to visit the troops deployed in the forward areas on Saturday, said a statement issued by the defence ministry's public relation officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton. The top brass of the forces, including Corps commander Lt. Gen Sarath Chand, briefed the minister about the dynamic counter-insurgency grid and the synergy achieved with the civil administration, state police and other para military forces in restoring normalcy in the state, it added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 01:38:55 PM
  • Modi government's Pakistan policy lacks clarity: Shourie
    Former union minister Arun Shourie on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policy on Pakistan lacked clarity and he is under the illusion of an out-of-box solution to the vexed issue. In an interview with Karan Thapar for Headlines Today, Shourie, who was a minister in the first National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said: "Like all previous prime ministers Modi was prone to the belief he could change the relationship. The PM must free himself of the illusion of out of box thinking." Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 10:28:01 AM
  • Congress seeks Gadkari's resignation
    The Congress on Friday called upon the government to order an inquiry on the basis of CAG report concerning alleged "financial wrongdoing" by the Purti Sakhar Karkhana, promoted by union minister Nitin Gadkari, and demanded he step down. In a statement, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Gadkari was promoter of the Purti Sakhar Karkhana and had been "indicted" by the CAG in its report tabled in Parliament on Thursday. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 10:24:52 AM
  • Rahul to visit quake-hit Bihar Saturday
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit earthquake-hit areas of Bihar on Saturday to meet victims and to take stock of the on.going rescue and relief operations, party leaders said. "Rahul Gandhi will visit Raxaul, Darbhanga, and Sitamarhi on Saturday to meet victims and to take stock of the situation of ongoing rescue and relief operations in Bihar," said a party leader. According to Congress leaders, Gandhi will visit relief camps housing hundreds of people, who returned from earthquake-ravaged Nepal in Raxaul of border East Champaran district. It will be first visit of Gandhi to the state after last Lok Sabha polls when he visited Bihar for campaigning. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 10:22:18 AM
  • Kejriwal launches 'Shramik Vikas Mission' for labourers
    Assuring easy access to healthcare and education for labourers in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the 'Shramik Vikas Mission' at an event New Delhi on the occasion of Labour Day. Stressing on the need to give priority to the working class, Kejriwal on Friday said that under the new project, action would be taken against employers who do not pay minimum wages to workers, while financial entitlements for construction workers will be enhanced. In addition, those employed in the unorganised sector will get pension under the 'Dilli Swavlamban Yojna'. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 10:17:27 AM
  • Sink differences, Shah tells Himachal BJP leaders
    BJP national president Amit Shah on Friday asked the party leaders of Himachal Pradesh to sink their differences and work as a team in Himachal Pradesh. "The party could never be individual centric. The only face in your mind should be that of 'Mother India'. Bury the hatchet and work as a team to regain power in the next assembly elections," Shah said while addressing the concluding function of a two-day state BJP executive meeting in Dharamsala. Shah asked the BJP cadre to strengthen the party to such an extent that next time when the BJP formed government in the state it stayed for long time in power like in some other states. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 10:02:03 AM
  • Rahul visits Nepal embassy; condoles quake deaths
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the Nepal embassy in New Delhi nearly a week after the devastating earthquake struck the Himalayan nation and condoled the deaths. "Over the last week the world has watched in horror as the true scale of the tragedy in Nepal unfolded before us. Some wounds will never heal, but as Nepal faces the hard task of rebuilding each broken life and broken buildings, the people of India stand with you in strength and solidarity. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 09:50:13 AM
  • Baba Ramdev's infertility medicine ad not misleading: Paswan
    Even as the controversy over Baba Ramdev's infertility medicine rages on, union Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Protection Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday that its advertisement cannot be classified as "misleading" and assured that the matter was being probed. "When people don't get the promised results as claimed by a product, then only it can be termed as misleading... This product cannot be classified under misleading advertisement," he told media persons in New Delhi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 09:48:24 AM
  • Delhi cabinet clears compensation cheques for farmers
    The Delhi cabinet on Friday approved the distribution of cheques under Gajendra Singh Kisan Sahayata Yojana to farmers of Delhi from May 8 onwards, an official statement said. These cheques will be given to farmers whose crops have been destroyed by recent unseasonal rains. The cabinet meet, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided that based on official assessment, farmers whose entire crop has been destroyed would be paid Rs.20,000 per acre," the government said in a statement. "In cases where the crop loss will be assessed below 70 percent, the farmers will get a minimum compensation of Rs.14,000 per acre," it added. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 09:44:22 AM
  • Domestic workers stage protest at Delhi CM's residence
    Hundreds of domestic workers staged a demonstration at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence in Delhi on Friday. The workers were members of National Union of Informal Workers (NUIW). Organising secretary of NUIW, Mohammad Tasnim Arif, said that the workers wanted to hand over a memorandum of their demands to the chief minister but due to reasons unknown he refused to meet them. He (Kejriwal) did not attend to their plight, Arif said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-02 09:41:57 AM
  • Harsh Vardhan praises Mamata but bats for BJP rule in Bengal
    Heaping praise on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday asserted he is a "strong BJP man" and wished his party would be in power in the state in the future. "I am a strong BJP man and I would always... 1000 times... say that BJP should grow here... that BJP should be in power here one day and I am sure that will happen one day. When that will happen I don't know, but we are striving to have it as early as possible," he told the media in Kolkata. He was visiting the Indian Association For the Cultivation of Science. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 05:57:10 PM
  • Food grain distribution is states' duty: Paswan
    While the Centre ensures that quality foodstuff reaches the states for various schemes like mid-day meal, it was the responsibility of the state governments to ensure its effective distribution, a union minister said on Friday. "The Centre ensures that the quality of foodstuff meant for public distribution and various schemes is at par with the ones available in the market and we are ensuring that. Once it is delivered to the 700-odd warehouses of FCI (Food Corporation of India) and the state begins the evacuation of the delivery, our jurisdiction ends there," union Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan told media persons in Kolkata. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 05:55:29 PM
  • 'Putrajeevak' Ayurvedic drug; Modi hit unnecessarily: Ramdev
    Stressing that 'Putrajeevak' is an Ayurvedic medicine aimed to help childless couples and not to chose or determine sex of a child, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Friday said that "there are politicians who cannot take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly and rake up non-issues like this to hit him". Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Baba Ramdev said that there is nothing illegal about the drug in question and it does not help select sex of a child as has been alleged. Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader K.C. Tyagi raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, saying "PM gave a call for 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao'...and there is this medicine to determine sex". "This is being done to target prime minister," Ramdev said, adding that "K.C. Tyagi should apologise". Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 05:53:11 PM
  • Why dearth of Nobel laureates in India, asks Harsh Vardhan
    Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that there is a need to "brainstorm" on the issue of the dearth of Nobel laureates from India. He lamented about how scientists have not received the coveted prize after Sir C.V. Raman, who bagged the honour in 1930. "We had one Nobel prize. We should also brainstorm over why no other Nobel prize after so many years," Harsh Vardhan said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 05:50:45 PM
  • BJP demands AAP legislator Jarnail Singh's arrest, stages protest
    Hundreds of BJP supporters led by its Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay staged a protest New Delhi on Friday demanding the arrest of AAP legislator Jarnail Singh for allegedly assaulting a civic engineer. During the protest in the heart of the capital, the BJP workers also demanded the resignation of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not taking any concrete action against Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar for having a fake law degree. "The case of Jarnail Singh is completely being ignored by the Delhi Police. What are they trying to prove even after filing FIR but not arresting him. We will keep raising our voice until Singh is arrested," Upadhyay told reporters during the protest. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 01:45:47 PM
  • Bihar quake: Nitish's colleagues to donate their salary
    A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar donated one month's salary for the earthquake victims in the state, his cabinet colleagues, JD-U legislators and MPs will follow the suit in a day or two, officials said on Friday. Nitish Kumar donated his one month's salary of Rs.1 lakh on Thursday. "In view of chief minister's appeal to his cabinet colleagues, party legislators and MPs to come forward and extend their helping hand and donate for earthquake victims, his ministerial colleagues and others are likely to donate their one month's salary for the cause soon," an official in chief minister's office in Patna said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 01:42:46 PM
  • Shiv Sena vows to keep Maharashtra united
    On the 65th foundation day of Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Friday pledged to the people that it would "always protect the 'unity and integrity' of the state". In veiled note of caution to its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena said that its youthful chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was born much after the state was founded, is in favour of smaller states, including Vidarbha. "It's an honour to be the CM of Maharashtra, whether the incumbent hails from Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan... And Maharashtra will remain united under any circumstances... This is our solemn pledge to the people of the state, on Maharashtra Day," the Shiv Sena in an edit in the party mouthpiece Saamana. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 01:39:12 PM
  • Modi greets Maharashtra, Gujarat on statehood day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat on their statehood day and wished that both states scale new heights of progress. In a message to the people of Maharashtra, he said: "My dear sisters and brothers of Maharashtra, my greetings to you on the occasion of Maharashtra Day." He said that Maharashtra was a land that has contributed immensely to the nation's development. "It is a land of thinkers, saints and it is the land of the brave and the courageous. The hardworking nature of the people of Maharashtra has always been well-known," said Modi. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 01:32:45 PM
  • Debt-ridden Maharashtra farmer feels abandoned: Rahul
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described his interaction with the debt-ridden farmers of Maharashtra as "disturbing" and said that there was a strong sense of abandonment among them because the government was ignoring their woes. "My interaction with the farmers was very disturbing," Gandhi said at the end of his 15-km 'padyatra' (foot march) in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, where he met families of farmers who committed suicide after their crops failed. "I have come to Vidarbha earlier too, but not seen a situation like this... There is a feeling of abandonment. That is the problem," he told the media in Nagpur. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 09:58:15 AM
  • Netanyahu calls Modi, appreciates quake relief
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condole the deaths in the earthquake-hit areas of India and also appreciated India's relief and rescue efforts in Nepal. Modi tweeted: "I spoke to PM @netanyahu, who had called to extend condolences on the loss of lives due to the Earthquake. "My gratitude to PM @netanyahu for his kind words on India's relief & rescue efforts in Nepal including help extended to Israeli nationals." Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 09:53:36 AM
  • BJP world's largest party with over 10 crore members: Shah
    Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Thursday said that the BJP was now the world's largest political party with 10 crore new members. "I take both pride and pleasure in informing that BJP has become the world's largest political party. We had kept a target of crossing the 10-crore mark and we achieved it," Shah told the media in New Delhi. "From Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat and from Kargil to Kanyakumari, our party workers put in hard work to make our membership drive successful," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 09:51:22 AM
  • Modi congratulates Islamic scholar on peace award
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated noted Islamic scholar and peace activist Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on being conferred the Sayyidina Imam Al Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award at a function in Abu Dhabi. "Maulana Wahiduddin Khan's knowledge and efforts towards peace make him one of the most respected scholars, admired all over," Modi said, according to an official statement. Source: IANS
    2015-05-01 09:49:08 AM
  • Congress protests against Delhi law minister
    Congress supporters on Thursday staged a protest against Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, whose law degree is alleged to be fake, outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence in Delhi. The protesters held up placards and shouted slogans against Tomar and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Police resorted to water cannon to control the mob. They demanded immediate removal of the minister. They also targeted Kejriwal for not taking action against Tomar. "Why Kejriwal is not speaking on the issue? He has not taken any action against Tomar, who is having a fake law degree. We want Tomar to be sacked immediately," protesters said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-30 01:20:20 PM
  • Sharif condoles India's quake deaths, lauds rescue efforts
    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express condolence over the deaths in India due to the quake and appreciated India's rescue operations in Nepal. "Got a call from PM Nawaz Sharif. He expressed condolences on the loss of lives in various parts of India due to the earthquake," Modi said in a tweet. Modi added that Sharif appreciated India's efforts in the rescue operations in Nepal. "I thank him for his kind words," Modi said. Modi said that he suggested to Sharif that "SAARC nations should conduct regular joint exercises on disaster relief and rescue". Source: IANS
    2015-04-30 01:17:27 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi begins his 'padyatra' in Vidarbha
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday began a 15-km 'padyatra' in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra where he will meet the families of farmers who committed suicide after their crops failed. Gandhi reached Nagpur on Wednesday night and left eaarly Thursday morning for Gunj village, approximately 50 km from Amravati town, to begin the foot march. He was greeted by people who had lined either side of the road on his way to Gunj village. He spoke to some of them and tried to get an insight on their problems and the issues affecting them. Source: IANS
    2015-04-30 01:15:04 PM
  • Government approves 10 sites for new nuclear power projects
    The government has "in principle" approved 10 sites for setting up new nuclear power projects, parliament was told on Wednesday. Listing out the 10 sites located in nine states, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that "the government had accorded "in principle" approval of the sites for locating nuclear power projects in future, based on both indigenous technologies and with foreign co-operation". He said that the indigenous reactors would be set up at Gorakhpur in Haryana's Fatehabad, Chutka and Bhimpur in Madhya Pradesh, Kaiga at Karnataka and Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan. Source: IANS
    2015-04-30 10:52:01 AM
  • Transporters' group suggests ways to reduce Delhi pollution
    A delegation of the Delhi Transporters Association on Wednesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suggested ways to reduce air pollution in the national capital. Kejriwal later directed the transport department to examine the proposals given by the Delhi Transporters Association. He also asked the department to submit a preliminary report by next week. In the meeting with Kejriwal and Transport Minister Gopal Rai, the association said that it was willing to contribute towards making Delhi free of congestion and traffic jams as well as reduce air pollution levels. Source: IANS
    2015-04-30 10:33:45 AM
  • Rahul to embark on 'padyatra' in Vidarbha
    In his bid to highlight the agrarian crisis in the country, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will undertake a 'padyatra' (march) in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region to meet farmers on Thursday. Scheduled to start at 7.45 a.m. from Gunj village, approximately 50 km from Amravati district town, Gandhi will embark on a 15-km march to meet farmers and their families, party spokesperson Vijay Inder Singla said. Another party official said that the purpose of the padyatra is to visit farmers in the region where many have committed suicide due to mounting debts. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 06:00:14 PM
  • BJP protesters demand Delhi law minister's sack
    Demanding the dismissal of Delhi's Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who is alleged to have furnished a "fake" provisional certificate of his law degree, scores of BJP supporters staged a demonstration outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's house in New Delhi on Wednesday. The protesters held up placards and shouted slogans against Tomar and the Aam Aadmi Party government Delhi. They were led by Bharatiya Janata party's state unit chief Satish Upadhyay. "The Delhi government has fooled the people. A minister is holding office with a fake degree, so we have no option but to come out on the road in this heat," Upadhyay said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:57:33 PM
  • RS members moot privilege motion against report on RSTV
    Around 60 members of the Rajya Sabha have submitted a notice to admit a privilege motion against report in a section of media that Rs.1,700 crore was spent on the Rajya Sabha TV in four years. "On April 6 and April 8 this year, DNA and Tehelka published that Rajya Sabha TV between 2010 and 2014 spent Rs.1700 crore while reality is that only Rs.146 crore was spent," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is one of the signatories to the notice, said raising the issue. "In the papers, it was also written that CAG criticised it, but there is no CAG report on it. It also said that the finance ministry had sent a note to Rajya Sabha TV, there is no such note," said Azad. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:55:16 PM
  • PM urges journalists to keep country's interests in mind
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged media persons "to keep the interests of the country in mind" while performing their duties. Interacting with a group of media persons from Madhya Pradesh, currently on an assignment with the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Modi said that they should also promote and highlight activities related to 'Swachh Bharat', a release issued in New Delhi said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:51:25 PM
  • India-Afghan ties have no expiry date: Mukherjee to Ghani
    The enduring trust and mutual understanding between India and Afghanistan go beyond political and strategic considerations and their bilateral ties have "neither an expiry date nor a timeline", President Pranab Mukherjee has said. President Mukherjee conveyed these sentiments on Tuesday during a ceremonial reception accorded to visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Rashtrapati Bhavan and later at the presidential banquet in his honour. Mukherjee also conveyed his condolences over the death of 52 people in a landslide in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:49:44 PM
  • Why bills not being sent to standing committees: Congress
    Accusing the government of bypassing scrutiny, the Congress on Wednesday questioned why bills are not being sent to standing committees of parliament. "Standing committees have been made virtually irrelevant. Legislative scrutiny is being bypassed... 51 bills have been brought in. Forty-three of them, including many ordinances, have not been sent to standing committees," Congress leader Anand Sharma said in the Rajya Sabha. "My question is standing committees are elected committees. If the government does not want the bills to go through standing committees, then what is it planning to do with these committees," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:47:02 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi takes dig at Modi, Lok Sabha disrupted
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha, saying that he should visit farmers in Punjab. "I was in Punjab yesterday (on Tuesday) and met farmers at the mandis (markets)... Farmers are crying and Haryana agriculture minister says those who commit suicide are cowards," Rahul Gandhi said, raising the issue in the Lok sabha during zero hour. "Government says there should be 'Make in India'... It is our government, your government but not farmers' government," he wondered. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 05:45:07 PM
  • Need for youth to imbibe Nehru's scientific temper: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society should reflect thought of great leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru on good governance and there was need for youth to imbibe the "scientific temper" of India's first prime minister. A PMO release said that Modi, who chaired the 41st annual general meeting of NMML, suggested that it should attempt to maximize the use of technology to achieve a global presence. He said that the work of NMML should also be expanded to various Indian languages to better reflect the country's diversity. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:57:26 AM
  • Prosecutor seeks dismissal of Jayalalithaa's plea
    Newly-appointed special public prosecutor B.V. Acharya on Tuesday sought dismissal of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's appeal against her conviction and four-year jail sentence by a trial court in a corruption case that dragged for nearly two decades. "The trial court was right in judging that Jayalalithaa and three co-convicts did not have any other source of income and their bank transactions point to illegally gained wealth after she became chief minister for the first time in 1991," Acharya told the special court of Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:54:49 AM
  • Congress seeks probe into TRAI releasing 1 mn e-mail IDs
    The Congress on Tuesday asked the government to investigate as to why the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) put up on its website the names of over one million people who had written to it on the issue of net neutrality. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, responded saying that it was not such a big issue and the government was committed to net neutrality. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said: "TRAI putting up the list of names and e-mail addresses of net activists on its website is akin to a bank making the account details of its customers public." "This will expose these net activists to hackers," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:46:00 AM
  • Israel's 'more drop per crop' floors Maharashtra CM
    Israel's unique agriculture techniques which afford "more crop per drop" has impressed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is currently on a visit to that West Asian country. "We invite Israel for technologies for drip irrigation, agri-equipment, post-harvest technologies etc. as Maharashtra needs them," Fadnavis said, according to a statement released in Mumbai on Tuesday. "We not only want to import technologies but also want to manufacture it in Maharashtra. That is what 'Make in India' and 'Make in Maharashtra' stand for. We appreciate Israel's policy of 'more crop per drop' and look forward for technological collaborations for such initiatives," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:36:59 AM
  • Development, environment protection can go together: Javadekar
    Development and environment protection can go hand-in-hand and there was no need to create a conflict between the two, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. "Environment protection is a way of life for Indians. Don't create a fight between development and environment protection. Both can be done together," Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha. "The world is appreciating India's efforts towards climate change and protecting the future generation from its effects," he said in New Delhi, discussing demands for grants of his ministry which were passed later. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:34:35 AM
  • BJP shortens April 30 strike duration for IPL fans
    In a reprieve to fans of the Indian Premier League, the BJP on Tuesday called for reducing its 12 hour-shutdown by two hours on April 30, the day when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Chennai Super Kings. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Front have called strikes against "destruction of democracy" by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the recent civic polls. This prompted the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to write to the parties urging them to reconsider their decision. "The CAB has requested to shorten the duration of the strike. In view of the scheduled IPL match, I ask you to reduce the duration of the shutdown to 10 hours," West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-29 09:31:17 AM
  • PM deputes four ministers for quake relief in India
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deputed four union ministers to coordinate relief work in quake-affected areas in India, a minister said on Tuesday. The four coordinators are Health Minister J.P. Nadda, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. While Pradhan visited quake-hit Raxaul in Bihar, which is along the Nepal border, Nadda and Ananth Kumar will go to the affected areas on Wednesday. "These four have been nominated for coordinating quake relief," Naqvi said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 06:06:57 PM
  • Civic polls victory answer to opposition's slander: Mamata
    With West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress sweeping the civic polls in the city and the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that the victory was an answer to the opposition's slanderous campaign against her. Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist for their strike call for April 30, Banerjee warned of administrative action against those participating in the shutdown. "This victory is an answer to all the slander and canard that was spread against us. Even with so many TV channels you could not do anything," she said as her party surged far ahead of its rivals in the counting of votes cast in recent polls to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and 91 other civic bodies in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:59:11 PM
  • Omar denies fake certificate charge
    Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar on Tuesday denied charges that his provisional law certificate was "fabricated" and said that he would soon get all the records and make everything clear. "All the allegations made against me are baseless. If I would have committed anything wrong then I would not have been constantly coming to my office. Very soon I will get all my records from the university and make everything clear," Tomar told reporters in the Delhi secretariat. Tomar also holds the portfolios of tourism, art and culture, as well as home. Earlier on Tuesday, Congress leader Ajay Maken said on Twitter: "AAP Delhi law minister's law degree found fake. Should be sacked immediately and vacate assembly seat for fresh election!" Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:56:11 PM
  • Delhi law minister should be sacked: Congress
    The Congress demanded on Tuesday that Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar be sacked immediately. Congress leader Ajay Maken said on Twitter: "AAP Delhi law minister's law degree found fake. Should be sacked immediately and vacate assembly seat for fresh election!" The comments came after a Bihar-based university from where Tomar claimed to have obtained his degree, on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the provisional certificate was not "genuine" and "does not exist in the university's record". The serial number of the certificate in the record showed the name of some other person and not of Tomar, according to the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bihar. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:51:58 PM
  • Congress seeks Modi's apology over his 'anti-India' comments
    The Congress on Tuesday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "anti-India" comments made in Germany and Canada when he was on a three-nation tour earlier this month. "He must apologise for whatever he had said," senior Congress leader Anand Sharma told reporters. Sharma, who raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha earlier in the day, said that it was the prime minister who made comments like "cleaning dirt" and "scam India to skill India" on foreign soil, thereby "insulting the country" and only he can explain what he meant. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:49:08 PM
  • Political parties should unite to tackle Maoist problem: Rajnath
    All political parties should come together and deal with the Maoist problem in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. Replying to a Lok Sabha debate on the demand for grants related to his ministry, he said that there has been a decline in Maoist killings by 22 percent in the affected areas. "In 2013, 397 people were killed and in 2014, 309 people lost their lives. This is 22 percent less," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:47:20 PM
  • Jaitley defends Modi comment on 'scam to skill India'
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark "scam to skill India", saying there was nothing wrong in discussing corruption anywhere in the world. The Congress on Tuesday raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha asking why Modi, while on his three-nation tour recently, made such comments which "defame the country". In this age of internet and other technological advancement, it's not possible to keep debates or discussions limited, Jaitley said responding to the Congress' question as to why did Modi say these things on the foreign soil. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 05:45:46 PM
  • Congress seeks probe into TRAI releasing 1 mn e-mail IDs
    The Congress on Tuesday asked the government to investigate as to why the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) put up on its website the names of over one million people who had written to it on net neutrality. Raising the issue during zero hour in the Lok Sabha, Congress member Gaurav Gogoi said: "TRAI putting up the list of names and e-mail addresses of net activists on its website is akin to a bank making the account details of its customers public." "This will expose these net activists to hackers," he said. Gogoi asked the government to probe as to why and who in the TRAI had leaked the names. TRAI on Tuesday released the names and email IDs of over one million people who gave their comments on the consultation paper on net neutrality. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 01:56:20 PM
  • Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over PM's remark during foreign tour
    The Rajya Sabha witnessed a ruckus on Tuesday over comments by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent three-nation tour. The house saw both treasury and opposition benches raise the pitch, necessitating three adjournments in the pre-lunch session. Raising the issue soon after the house met, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the comments made by the prime minister were an insult to the nation. He was supported by the entire opposition. "PM said some things which need clarification... All prime ministers maintained a tradition... when they go out they go as the prime minister of the nation. Opposition also follows a tradition, when prime minister is out of nation opposition does not criticise him," Sharma said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 01:53:02 PM
  • Ghani, Modi hold delegation level talks
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met in New Delhi on Tuesday for delegation level talks. The talks are being held at Hyderabad House. President Ghani earlier met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who called on him at the Dwarka Suite of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier, Ghani was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Several union ministers, including of Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Health Minister J.P. Nadda, will later call on him. Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will also call on him. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 01:50:23 PM
  • Nadda, Ananth Kumar to visit Bihar following quake
    Union Ministers J.P. Nadda, Radha Mohan Singh and Ananth Kumar will visit Bihar to take stock of the situation and coordinate relief efforts after a massive 7.9 magnitude Nepal earthquake hit the state too, it was announced on Tuesday. "Ministers @AnanthKumar_BJP, Radha Mohan Singh ji and @JPNadda_bjp will go to Bihar to take stock of the situation and coordinate relief effort," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet. A devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale rocked Nepal on Saturday, sending tremors across neighbouring states of India. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 01:46:40 PM
  • Ghani meets Sushma Swaraj, to hold talks with Modi
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi, ahead of delegation level talks between Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ghani arrived in India on Monday night on a three-day state visit, his first after becoming president seven months ago. He was received at Palam airport by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha. Sushma Swaraj called on him at the Dwarka Suite of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier, Ghani was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Ghani is to later proceed for Hyderabad House for talks with Modi. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 01:42:50 PM
  • Modi chairs review meeting on Nepal evacuation, relief work
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on late Monday evening held a high level meeting to take stock of the evacuation efforts in earthquake-hit Nepal and also took stock of relief supplies and material sent to the affected areas. Modi tweeted: “In today's follow up meeting on the situation due to the Earthquake, reviewed progress of relief and rescue work in India and Nepal.” “Took stock of the evacuation of those stranded in Nepal. Also took stock of provision of relief supplies & material to affected areas.” Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 10:08:05 AM
  • Delhi law minister's certificate not genuine, varsity tells HC
    A Bihar-based university from where Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar claimed to be enrolled as an advocate and obtained his law degree on Monday told the Delhi High Court that provisional certificate is not "genuine" and the document "does not exist in the university's record". The serial number of the provisional certificate in the record showed the name of some other person and not that of Tomar, said the Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bihar. Placing the enquiry report before Justice Rajiv Shakdher, the university said that the provisional certificate is "not genuine" and he got enrolled as an advocate on fabricated document, which was not issued by the university. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 10:03:08 AM
  • Still interested in pursuing defamation case? HC asks Kejriwal
    The Delhi High Court on Monday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whether he was still interested in pursuing the case filed by him against a trial court decision sending him to jail in a defamation case filed by union minister Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari had filed a criminal defamation against Kejriwal after AAP named him on a list of allegedly "India's most corrupt" politicians in the run-up to the 2014 general election, following which a trial court in May had sent the AAP chief in judicial custody for not furnishing a bail bond. Kejriwal had refused to furnish a bail bond saying that it was not mandatory and he should have been allowed to give a written undertaking instead, and approached the high court. However, on the high court's suggestion, he had sought bail from the lower court. Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 10:00:13 AM
  • Sonia writes to Nepal PM, expresses condolences
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday wrote to Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala expressing grief and shock at the devastation caused by Saturday's massive earthquake. "The tragic loss of thousands of lives and the enormity of the destruction has saddened us," she wrote. "I myself and on behalf of the members of the Indian National Congress convey our heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal." She said that the Congress "wholeheartedly supports the rescue and relief operations being undertaken by the Indian Air Force and Army". Source: IANS
    2015-04-28 09:58:06 AM
  • TMC set to win in West Bengal civic body polls, early trends suggest
    The Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress is set to get a clear majority mark in the West Bengal civic body elections. The counting of votes began at 8 am on Tuesday and within the first two hours of counting it became quite clear that the TMC was again going to win. By 10 am the TMC has won in 64 of the 144 wards of the Kolkata municipality, while the BJP, CPI-M and Congress are at 8,12 and 8 respectively. On the other hand, the TMC is way ahead of the others in the 91 municipalities of the rest of the state where it has emerged victorious in 67 municipalities. The BJP could not open its account, while the CPI-M is at 7 and Congress has won 5 of the municipalities. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-28 09:55:57 AM
  • New education policy to be formed with states: Irani
    Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said that the new education policy will be formulated in consultation with the states. Replying to a debate on the demands of grants of her ministry in the Lok Sabha, Irani said that the education policy was earlier formulated on the basis of advice of a select few people. "We should go the blocks, to the districts, talk to states, make the new education policy through mutual consultations," she said. Stating that Congress members had expressed apprehension about saffornisation of education, Irani said: "Education will be given within the parameters of the constitution." Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 06:03:39 PM
  • Government warns against rumours; Rajya Sabha condoles deaths
    People should not believe rumours about earthquake that are being spread through social media and messages, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday as the Rajya Sabha condoled the deaths in Nepal. "There are messages coming on social media that at 9 p.m. earthquake would come, or at 8 p.m. earthquake would come," Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha. "Such rumours should be ignored. There is no basis to it, and if there is some authentic information, government will act on it," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 06:01:42 PM
  • No intent to tax retrospectively, says Jaitley
    Clarifying that the central government does not intend to tax retrospectively, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday reiterated that the taxation policy has to be "non-adversarial" so as to encourage foreign investments. "Our taxation process has to be simpler to increase tax buoyancy. Our taxation policy has to be non-adversarial. The government does not intend to tax people retrospectively," Jaitley said while delivering the D.P. Kohli Memorial Lecture instituted in memory of the Central Bureau of Investigation's first director. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 06:00:04 PM
  • India is with Nepal in hour of crisis: Rajnath
    Condoling the loss of lives in the devastating Nepal earthquake that has also affected parts of India, the central government on Monday said that it is standing by its own people as well as the neighbouring Nepal in their hour of crisis. Addressing the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave the details of "Operation Mairti", the relief and rescue efforts that are currently underway, and assured the quake victims of "every possible help". Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 05:58:08 PM
  • SC ruling in Jayalalithaa case a big victory: Karunanidhi
    DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday termed the Supreme Court ruling in corruption case against AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa as a very big victory and justice in full. PMK founder S. Ramadoss demanded the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam over the issue. Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Karunanidhi said: "This is not only the first victory but also a very big victory. It is natural for us to feel happy when a long expected justice is obtained in full." Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 05:56:29 PM
  • 1991 was 'defining moment' for Indian economy: Jaitley
    Terming the year 1991 in the Indian economy as a "defining moment", Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that the country's economy should have been opened up much earlier to have good results. Delivering a lecture in the memory of D.P. Kohli, the first director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi, the minister said that the year of 1991 marked a process where the country decided to unleash energies of its citizens. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 05:53:01 PM
  • Jayalalitha case: DMK leader makes submission in Karnataka HC
    In line with the Supreme Court judgment on Monday in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa, DMK leader K. Anbazhagan filed his written submission with the Karnataka High Court. "We have filed the written submissions before the Bangalore (Karnataka) High Court as per the directions of the Supreme Court today (on Monday). The written submission is around 80 pages," a DMK leader who is also a lawyer said, preferring anonymity. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled as bad in law Tamil Nadu's appointment of a special public prosecutor (SPP) Bhavani Singh in the hearing of Jayalalithaa's plea by the Karnataka High Court against her conviction in disproportionate assets case. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 02:09:42 PM
  • Modi thanks doctors, military for helping Nepal
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked Indian doctors, military personnel and rescue teams for going to the aid of earthquake-battered Nepal. In a series of tweets, Modi said that while he appreciated those saying "Thank You PM", "real thanks should be to our great culture which teaches us 'Seva Parmo Dharma'. "We must thank our armed forces, NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams, doctors and all those volunteers who are overcoming every obstacle to restore normalcy in Nepal," he said. "Mention must be made of the media. They are bravely covering the disaster from the ground. Thanks! Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 02:05:51 PM
  • Modi wishes Togo on its National Day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conveyed his best wishes to the people of western African nation Togo on their National Day. "I convey my best wishes to the people of Togo on the occasion of their National Day," Modi said in a message. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 02:00:56 PM
  • Modi greets people of South Africa on Freedom Day
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted the people of South Africa on their Freedom Day, and remembered anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela who he said "strived to bring a better tomorrow for his people". "Greetings to my sisters and brothers of South Africa on Freedom Day. This is a day that celebrates hope and optimism," he said in a statement. "On Freedom Day we remember the beloved Madiba, an inspiration and a harbinger of change who strived to bring a better tomorrow for his people," Modi said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 01:58:49 PM
  • Secret understanding between Trinamool, BJP, says CPI-M
    Alleging a "secret understanding" between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP, CPI-M chief Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said that the delayed and inadequate sanctioning of central forces for the recent municipal polls was an indicator of the covert links. "Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress have a secret understanding. These two parties had been in an alliance in the past. Now, though the Narendra Modi government has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha, it is in a minority in the Rajay Sabha. So it needs parties like the Trinamool to pass bills," Yechury told media persons in Delhi. Lashing out at the Modi governemnt, he said that bills are being placed straightway for being ratified in parliament, and the system of bills being scrutinised by the standing committees is being done away with. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 09:56:47 AM
  • Vijayakanth to raise Tamil Nadu-related issues with Modi
    In a sudden development, DMDK founder A. Vijayakanth on Sunday said that he would lead a team of opposition parties to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss various issues related to Tamil Nadu. Vijayakanth, who is leader of opposition in the state assembly, said that he would raise several issues pertaining to the state, including Karnataka's move to build a dam at Mekedatu, during his meeting with Modi on Monday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 09:42:32 AM
  • Help make Kashmir prime tourist destination, Sayeed urges stakeholders
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday asked local traders and tourism players to help make Kashmir a prime tourist destination. In a bid to promote business and tourism-related activities, Sayeed held detailed deliberations with all stakeholders to strategise a plan for maximising the gains in the coming tourist season, asking them to become partners in improving development indices so that a sound edifice is laid for a better and smarter state. Source: IANS
    2015-04-27 09:35:07 AM
  • Modi directs immediate dispatch of relief to quake-hit areas
    In the wake of a major earthquake that has devastated Nepal and affected many parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed immediate dispatch of relief and rescue teams, including medical help to Kathmandu, as well as to the affected areas in India. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the situation following the massive earthquake whose epicentre was Nepal, Modi also directed that proper arrangements be made for rendering assistance in evacuation of stranded tourists. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 05:41:04 PM
  • Delhi government to name scheme after Gajendra Singh
    The Delhi government on Saturday said that it has decided to name its scheme of providing compensation to farmers whose crop has been destroyed after farmer Gajendra Singh who committed suicide at an AAP rally in New Delhi recently. Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan's Dausa district, would also be treated as a "farmer martyr", a government statement added. The decision came as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke to Singh's brother and "accepted both the demands of the family". "Delhi government will provide a job to one family member of Gajendra's family, whenever any child will attain the age of 18 years," the statement added. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 05:39:09 PM
  • PM appoints Rudy to assess situation, calls meet on quake
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appointed union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy to assess the situation in the states bordering Nepal after a massive earthquake hit the Himalayan country. The prime minister also called a meeting with ministers and top government officials to discuss the situation. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the quake, measuring 6 on the Richter scale in Delhi, had a depth of 10 km and its impact lasted up to one minute. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 05:36:26 PM
  • Services push must to create jobs: Jaitley
    India has the means and the potential to become a global hub for services with competitive pricing, and become a major source of job creation for millions of youth in the country, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in New  Delhi on Saturday. "This is our area of core strength. We have the abilities to provide services cheaper," the finance minister said at a two-day exposition on services at a sprawling Pragati Maidan fair ground in the capital. He said that from education to healthcare and IT had the potential to generate huge number of jobs. "These are the areas to address," he added, calling upon measures by both centre and the state governments. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 05:29:44 PM
  • Kejriwal appeals for calm after earthquake
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed for maintaining calm following an earthquake that was felt across India and Nepal, adding that the situation was being assessed. "Earthquake tremors in Delhi. I appeal to people to maintain calm. Officials out in the field to assess the situation," Kejriwal tweeted. An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale hit Nepal on Saturday. The tremors were felt around 11.40 a.m. and lasted a few seconds. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 05:24:25 PM
  • Monitoring situation after earthquake: Mamata
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that she was monitoring the situation after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake was felt across India and Nepal. "We are monitoring the situation closely in Bengal especially in Darjeeling and Siliguri. Spoke to senior disaster management team and others," Mamata tweeted. An earthquake of 7.5 on Richter scale struck various cities of India, including Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Guwahati at 11.41 a.m. The epicentre of the earthqauke was in Lamjung, Nepal. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 02:12:26 PM
  • Reaching out to those affected in earthquake: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he was working to reach out to those affected in the earthquake that was felt across India and Nepal. "We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal," Modi tweeted. "News has come in about an earthquake in Nepal. Several parts of India also experienced tremors." he said. An earthquake of 7.5 on Richter scale struck various cities of India, including Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Guwahati at 11.41 a.m. The epicentre of the earthqauke was in Lamjung, Nepal. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 02:10:33 PM
  • BJP trashes Akhilesh's pro-farmer claims
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh for trying to fool the state's people through a "false propaganda machinery". Referring to an advertisement in local dailies, in which the state government claims to be "working expeditiously" for the welfare of farmers, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak billed these as "white lies". "At a time when more than thousand farmers have died in the state owing to the unseasonal rainfall, and are suffering due to the apathy of the government machinery, how can Akhilesh Yadav so blatantly lie," Pathak asked. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 02:08:18 PM
  • Modi travels in Delhi metro
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday travelled in the Delhi metro. Modi travelled from Dhaula Kuan to Dwarka and shared a picture on social networking site Twitter. "Really enjoyed the ride. Thanks Delhi Metro. Thanks Sreedharan ji!," tweeted the prime minister. In another tweet, Modi said: "Sreedharan ji would always tell me to experience the Delhi Metro. Today I had the opportunity to do so on the way to Dwarka." Former Delhi metro chief E. Sreedharan is popularly known as the "Metro Man". Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 02:05:14 PM
  • UP CM announces 'One City, One Ticket' for Noida, Lucknow
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced a 'One City, One Ticket' facility for Lucknow and Noida cities. Under this scheme, a passenger can avail of Metro rail, city bus and other transport facilities with just a single ticket. The chief minister made an announcement to this effect at his official residence. Senior officials of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation and transport and urban development departments were asked to ensure necessary action with regard to it, an official said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 10:09:26 AM
  • Section of media maligning my government: Mamata
    Accusing a section of the media of spreading canards to malign her government and create unrest, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday reiterated her claim that the April 18 Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls were as "peaceful" as ever. "One influential media house is trying to spread canards to malign our government. They want to create unrest. Our government is doing good work. So a section of the media is hatching conspiracy against us," Banerjee told media persons in Kolkata. On allegations that the ruling Trinamool Congress was bringing toughs from Jaharkhand to foment terror during Saturday's civic polls across the state, she said: "Jharkhand is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party. How can Trinamool bring people from there?" Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 10:02:11 AM
  • 32-33 companies of central forces for civic polls: Mamata
    A total of 32-33 companies of the central forces are arriving in the state for Saturday's elections to 91 civic bodies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata on Friday. "Our government has been informed that 32-33 companies of central force are arriving in the state. Though it's late, I thank them. We have very little time. But they have said the central forces cannot be positioned at the booths. They will only be engaged in patrolling." "We will provide logistic support," she said. However, she also referred to the problems her debt-burdened state would face in paying the expenses for the central forces. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 09:57:00 AM
  • We are against forcible land acquisition: Mamata
    Expressing firm opposition to the land acquisition ordinance, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that her party was steadfast in its protest against forcible acquisition of land. "We are against forcible acquisition of land. We have made clear our stand in parliament. We are opposed to the land bill," Banerjee told media persons in Kolkata. She said, however, if anyone wanted to give his land on his own sweet will, he could negotiate. Describing the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh in Delhi as "unfortunate", Banerjee said, "I don't want anybody to die." Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 09:53:30 AM
  • Jaitley holds meet to recast new tax return forms
    Finance Minister on Friday met key industry representatives for their inputs on modifying the norms and the forms for filing returns but gave no assurances on when the exercise will be completed. During his visit to the US last week, the tax administration had notified some new forms on filing returns that required details of all bank accounts and foreign travel, among other issues, which had raised a storm. While in the US, Jaitley spoke to his officials and asked them to review the forms. He has also upon his return decided to meet industry representatives for their views before a final decision. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 09:47:58 AM
  • Delhi CM speaks to dead farmer's kin, assures help
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday assured "best possible help" to the family of Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself at an AAP rally in the national capital. "The chief minister spoke to his (the farmer's) family over the phone. He assured the family of best possible help," said a Delhi government official. Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, a confidant of Kejriwal, visited Gajendra Singh's distraught family at its village in Rajasthan's Dausa district. Source: IANS
    2015-04-25 09:39:28 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi prays at Kedarnath shrine
    After a trek of 16 km to Kedarnath, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi offered prayers at the shrine of Lord Shiva at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Friday. The Gandhi scion said that he was there to also pay respects to the victims of the 2013 flashfloods in the state. Thousands of people lost their lives following a cloudburst which led to flashfloods and landslides when the Char Dham yatra was underway. He spent the night at a hut at Linchauli on Thursday and trekked to the shrine, covering about 16 km in the forenoon. Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel and others accompanied Gandhi to the shrine, where he mingled with the devotees. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 05:46:56 PM
  • Kejriwal's apology not enough: Political parties
    The Congress and the BJP on Friday dismissed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's apology for carrying on with his anti-land bill rally despite a farmer's suicide at the venue, and said it wasn't "enough".  Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said: "An apology isn't enough. Can't make the farmer a spectacle, showpiece of your office... can't dramatize a suicide scene." He said that a suicide in a rally has never happened before. "Now the chief minister is apologizing, but it is not enough." BJP MP from Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi said: "Rhetoric should be finished and those who are opposing the land bill should tell which amendment is anti-farmer." Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 01:59:36 PM
  • KCR re-elected unopposed as TRS chief
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was re-elected unopposed as the president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). His unanimous election was declared at TRS plenary in Hyderabad on Friday amid cheers by thousands of party workers. Returning officer N. Narasimha Reddy, the home minister, announced that only one nomination was received for the post. TRS leaders had filed six sets of nomination papers on behalf of KCR, as Rao is popularly known. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 01:57:17 PM
  • Need impartial probe into farmer's suicide: BJP MP
    BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav said on Friday that an "impartial probe" is needed into the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself from a tree during a rally of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). "A farmer committed suicide and the rally kept going on," Yadav said participating in a debate on the issue on Friday in the Rajya Sabha. "The family said he was not in a mental condition to commit suicide, they also said the handwriting on the suicide note was not his. "There should be an impartial probe so that people get to know who is responsible for the farmer's death," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 01:54:45 PM
  • We need to think on how to develop villages: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that there was need to think on how to develop villages. "Mahatma Gandhi said that India lives in the villages. We need to think of how to develop our villages," Modi said at a conference on National Panchayati Raj Day in New Delhi. "There must be a mindset of 'gaurav' and 'samman' towards our villages. We must be proud of our villages," he said. Saying that in any village, the dreams of the people are big, Modi added: "In every village, think about what you can achieve in the next five years for your village". Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 01:49:29 PM
  • Delhi Police accuse AAP of obstructing efforts to save farmer
    Delhi Police have accused the Aam Aadmi Party and its leaders of obstructing their effort to save farmer Gajendra Singh from committing suicide at an AAP rally and have refused to join the magisterial probe ordered by the Delhi government. Police, whom the AAP leadership accused of not doing anything to save the life of the farmer, have in their FIR countered that workers and leaders of the AAP did not cooperate in their efforts to save the farmer from Rajasthan. Gajendra Singh committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at the AAP rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. According to the FIR, AAP workers and leaders did not pay heed to requests made by police to allow emergency vehicles and the fire brigade to move in. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 09:59:00 AM
  • Odisha to give free medicine for all diseases: CM
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said that his government would distribute free medicines for all diseases, including cancer, at state-run health facilities soon. The state government would distribute quality essential medicines through its procurement agency Odisha State Medical Corporation. Taking a review meeting with district collectors through video conferencing, Patnaik said that the government would provide generic medicine at three medical colleges and all the government hospitals in the state. Tertiary-level medicines for cancer and heart diseases will be part of the free drugs in government hospitals. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 09:56:36 AM
  • Will end child labour, Kejriwal assures Nobel laureate
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and assured him of his government's best efforts to remove child labour from the national capital. Satyarthi, who called on Kejriwal at the secretariat in New Delhi, raised the issues of child rights and child protection. He told Kejriwal that a huge number of children were being trafficked and used by job placement agencies. He said that such agencies need to be regulated. Source: IANS
    2015-04-24 09:50:43 AM
  • Congress, Trinamool demand judicial probe into farmer's suicide
    The Congress and the Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the suicide of a farmer in the capital during an Aam Aadmi Party rally. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge hoped that the government will institute a judicial probe into the incident. "An inquiry by police will be one-sided," Kharge said. He urged the government to spell out relief steps for farmers in terms of loan waiver, compensation and minimum support price. Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy also demanded a judicial inquiry. "The home minister should order a judicial inquiry as to why nobody reacted and the drama was played out in full view," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 05:38:07 PM
  • Can't abandon farmers, need collective response to crisis: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sought a collective response from political leaders to the agrarian crisis caused by unseasonal rains and resolved not to "abandon" the farmers. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Modi said: "It should be our determination to find a solution to this problem. The issue has been there for long... we will have to think together where we went wrong and what were the deficiencies in the system that resulted in the crisis." Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 05:35:32 PM
  • Mayawati seeks CBI probe into farmer's suicide
    BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday demanded a CBI inquiry into the suicide by a farmer at an AAP rally in the national capital. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, which reconvened on Thursday for the second part of the budget session after it was prorogued on March 28, Mayawati stressed the need to ascertain that the incident was not prompted by a motive for "political gains". "The central government should take this matter seriously. CBI should investigate and find out if the farmer was provoked into committing suicide," she demanded. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 05:32:05 PM
  • Farmer's suicide being probed: Rajnath
    Investigation into the suicide of a farmer from Rajasthan at an AAP rally has been handed over to the crime branch and the Delhi Police has been asked to give a report in the matter in a time-bound manner, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. "I condole the death of the farmer on behalf of the entire government," Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha after a short discussion on the issue. Singh said while he appreciated leaders who have said that the issue should not be politicized, it should be introspected as to why the situation of farmers has deteriorated over the years. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:11:39 PM
  • AAP to pay Rs.10 lakh to farmer's family
    Delhi's ruling AAP announced on Thursday a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the family of a Rajasthan farmer who killed himself at a party rally in New Delhi a day earlier. Making the announcement, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said that his party activists tried but failed to save Gajendra Singh after he hanged himself from a tree at the site. He added that Delhi Police were very much to blame for the death on Wednesday because they failed to intervene despite repeated appeals from AAP leaders. "The truth of what happened (yesterday) is captured on your cameras," Sanjay Singh told the media. "The way the police acted was insensitive and incompetent." Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:09:49 PM
  • PM meets top ministers over farmer suicide
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met senior ministers over the suicide by a farmer in the national capital at a rally of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). According to sources, Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the prime minister on the incident. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari were also present at the meeting. Gajendra had committed suicide on Wednesday by hanging himself from a tree during an Aam Aadmi Party rally against the Land Acquisition Bill in the national capital. Both houses of parliament also witnessed massive uproar over the issue and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to make a statement on this. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:07:27 PM
  • Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over farmer's suicide
    The suicide by a farmer in New Delhi during an AAP rally caused an uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, with opposition leaders demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement. An uproar was caused soon after the zero hour with some opposition members trooping to the chairman's podium. Opposition members demanded a statement from Prime Minister Modi over the issue. After a brief adjournment, as the house reassembled, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the central government of NDA and AAP government in Delhi for the suicide. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:04:53 PM
  • Farmer's suicide: Congress protests at Kejriwal's home
    Congress workers on Thursday protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi over the suicide by a farmer from Rajasthan during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally on Wednesday, officials said. Nearly 100 workers protested outside Kejriwal's Civil Lines home, shouting slogans and waving banners that said that AAP was responsible for farmer Gajendra's death. "They kept continuing with their speeches even after the suicide," the workers said. The protesters also burnt posters. Deputy Commissioner of Police Madhur Verma told reporters that there were nearly 100 protesters. "They are claiming that it was a conspiracy and are saying that the AAP leaders continued with their 'bhashan' even while the farmer was dying," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:02:57 PM
  • Lok Sabha adjourned over farmer's suicide
    The suicide of a farmer at an AAP rally reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Thursday with opposition parties demanding an immediate discussion and a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, forcing the house to be adjourned till noon. A host of MPs from various parties had moved motion for suspension of question hour and an immediate discussion in the matter. Congress leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge said that a farmer committed suicide in full pubic view due to the policies of the government and the prime minister should make a statement on the issue. However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed suspension of question hour and said that she will allow a discussion during zero hour. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 02:00:08 PM
  • District Court stays search warrant for Parrikar's official residence
    In a late development, South Goa additional District and Sessions judge P Sawaikar on Wednesday stayed the warrant issued by a trial court to search the official residence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at 10 Akbar Road in New Delhi for a former Goa minister, who has been reported missing for over a fortnight. The order staying the search warrant was issued late on Wednesday night according to chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar. "It has been stayed. The police had gone in appeal against the (lower) court's direction to issue search warrant," Parsekar confirmed over telephone. Following the stay granted late on Wednesday, the Additional District Sessions court is expected to hear arguments over issue of the search warrant on Thursday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 09:50:34 AM
  • Cabinet approves amendment to juvenile justice bill
    The union cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Juvenile Justice Bill to provide that if a heinous crime is committed by a person in the 16-18 age group, it will be examined by the Juvenile Justice Board to assess if the crime was committed as a 'child' or as an 'adult'. "The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved introduction of Amendment to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill 2014. The amendments to the draft bill strike a fine balance between the demands of the stakeholders asking for continued protection of rights of juveniles and the popular demand of citizens in the light of increasing incidence of heinous crimes by young boys," an official release said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 09:44:55 AM
  • Farmer's suicide at AAP rally triggers blame game
    The suicide by a Rajasthani farmer during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally in New Delhi on Wednesday triggered a blame-game among political parties. The AAP blamed Delhi Police for not acting in time to save the farner's life, and along with the Congress took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over farmers' plight. The BJP questioned the AAP's logic of continuing the rally despite a tragedy at the event. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that Delhi Police did not react in time to save the farmer, Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself from a tree at AAP's farmers' rally on Wednesday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 09:42:19 AM
  • Who said what on farmer's suicide in Delhi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders of the country on Wednesday expressed grief over the suicide by a distraught farmer from Rajasthan in New Delhi. Following were the reactions from various leaders on the suicide of Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan's Dausa district, who hanged himself from a tree at the Aam Aadmi Party's rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi: "Gajendra's death has saddened the nation. At no point must the hardworking farmer think he is alone. We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India." Union Home Minister Rajantah Singh: "Deeply pained to hear the news of a farmer committing suicide at Jantar Mantar. Instructed Delhi CP (commissioner of police) to institute an inquiry into the incident." Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 09:36:45 AM
  • AAP's Haryana unit condemns dissidents' expulsion
    Terming expulsion of the AAP's four dissident leaders, including founding members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, as biased and against the principles of Swaraj, the party's Haryana unit on Wednesday condemned the step. The other two Aam Aadmi Party leaders, expelled for gross indiscipline and anti-party activities late Monday, were Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar. Haryana AAP's secretary Paramjeet Singh and chief spokesperson Rajiv Godara in a statement asked the party to show evidence in support of the charges levelled agvainst the expelled leaders. Source: IANS
    2015-04-23 09:32:09 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi visits mortuary after farmer's suicide
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the Lady Hardinge hospital on Wednesday where the body of a farmer, who committed suicide at the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) rally, was brought for autopsy. Speaking to the media at the mortuary, Gandhi refrained from commenting too much about an incident that he described as "unfortunate". He, however, sought to assure farmers and labourers that "they need not worry. We (the Congress) is with you and will help you in every possible way". Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 05:54:30 PM
  • Search warrant for defence minister's house in Delhi
    A Goa trial court on Wednesday issued a search warrant for Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's official residence in Delhi for former archives and archaeology minister Francisco Pacheco, who has been reported missing for a fortnight. The search warrant directs the police to search Parrikar's official residence in Delhi, to trace Pacheco, after the petitioner, a lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues, told the trial court that Pacheco was seen in the vicinity of 10, Akbar Road in New Delhi. The search warrant for 10, Akbar Road, New Delhi, along with a fresh arrest warrant to be served on Pacheco, was issued by Judicial Magistrate First Class Bosco Roberts in Margao, located 35 km from here. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 05:15:28 PM
  • Gadkari clarifies, but Rahul says he praised him
    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday clarified his remarks made at a rally in Maharashtra, after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi praised him during a speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Stating in the Lok Sabhha that Rahul had "wrongly quoted me", Gadkari said: "I had said in Amravati that though farmers have a lot of trouble, they should not be depressed and commit suicide. They should instead use new technology to increase produce and should just not depend on God or government." Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 04:28:44 PM
  • Probe farmer's suicide, Rajnath tells police
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asked Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to probe a farmer's suicide at an AAP rally in Delhi. In a tweet, the home minister's office said: "The home minister spoke to Delhi Police commissioner and instructed him to institute an inquiry into the incident of farmer suicide in Delhi." Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 04:26:58 PM
  • Parrikar condoles defence PRO's death in Chennai
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday condoled the death of his ministry's public relation officer (PRO) from Chennai, Natesan Andavan, who passed away on Wednesday morning. Andavan, 52, died from a grievous injury that he suffered in a road accident on Monday. Expressing shock and grief at the untimely demise of Andavan, Parrikar described him as a professional communicator who excelled in every aspect of journalism and public relations. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 04:09:21 PM
  • Modi condoles deaths in Nepal accident
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of 17 Indian pilgrims in Nepal. "Very sad news from Nepal. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the bus accident," Modi said in a statement here. He said a team from the Indian embassy in Kathmandu reached the spot within an hour of the accident to oversee rescue and relief work. He added that the embassy was taking care of their treatment. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 03:49:12 PM
  • A first time, says Rahul on Obama's praise for Modi
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday mentioned US President Barack Obama's praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the latest issue of Time magazine and called it a "first time". The Congress vice president, speaking as soon as zero hour began in the lower house, said: "I was at the Congress president's (Sonia Gandhi) house and I saw Time magazine... Obama ji has written a long article praising Modi." "It is perhaps first time in 60 years the US president has praised someone like this," he said. "Obama is not a small man... World's biggest industrialists are in the US...Earlier, the US presidents used to praise (former USSR leader Mikhail) Gorbachev," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 03:47:54 PM
  • Modi government eyes land for 'super rich': Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of trying to snatch land from farmers to hand it over to the "super rich". Addressing a rally of thousands in the heart of the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party leader also said that his party would organise farmers all over the country on the issue. Modi had betrayed the trust of the farmers after taking their vote and forming a government, Kejriwal told the protesters. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 03:44:44 PM
  • PM offers 'chadar' at Ajmer dargah
    A 'chadar' was ceremonially offered at the dargah of revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti here on Wednesday on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 'chadar' was presented by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to mark Chishti's 803rd annual Urs celebrations. "Khadim Bari Chishti and Afsan Chishti helped Naqvi to offer prayers at the dargah and tied a turban," said a statement issued by the Rajasthan government.  Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 02:25:23 PM
  • Government working to protect minorities: Rajnath
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said government is working for the protection of the minorities. The home minister, speaking in the Lok Sabha also offered to come out with a detailed statement on the number of communal incidents and attacks on places of worship under all regimes. "I can come out with a full-fledged statement on communal incidents... so that the country knows under which government maximum attacks have taken place," the minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 02:10:26 PM
  • Police refuse to keep media away from Kejriwal
    Delhi Police said on Wednesday that it has rejected a request from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office to keep away the media from him. Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told the media that they got a request to restrict the media's movements, but added that police won't do that. Delhi government sources said a verbal message was sent to the police in view of what happened at an event on Tuesday at Bawana where Kejriwal was present. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 02:03:47 PM
  • Rajya Sabha TV appointments: HC seeks RS, Centre response
    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought responses from Rajya Sabha secretary and the Centre on a PIL on alleged irregularities in the appointment of senior officers in the Rajya Sabha secretariat. The plea had alleged irregularities in appointment of senior officers of the rank of joint secretary and above as well as the officer on special duty to Vice President Hamid Ansari and Rajya Sabha Television chief executive officer and the present secretary general Gurdeep Singh Sappal. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 01:56:56 PM
  • 'India can show way in mitigating climate change'
     Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India can show the way to the world in mitigating climate change. On the occasion of Earth Day, the prime minister in a series of tweets, said: "Caring for the environment is an integral part of our ethos. India can truly show the way to the world in mitigating climate change." "Earth Day is the perfect occasion to reaffirm our commitment to keep our planet clean, green and focus on sustainable development," Modi said. Earth Day is an annual event which is celebrated on April 22. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 12:36:42 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi wants net neutrality discussed in LS
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday moved a motion for suspension of question hour to discuss net neutrality. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, refused to admit the notice. Gandhi is expected to speak on the issue in parliament. "I am going to mention a few words about net neutrality in the parliament...you will hear it," he told reporters outside parliament. Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 12:25:14 PM
  • AAP appoints Bhagwant Mann as leader in Lok Sabha
    Removing its Patiala MP Dharam Vira Gandhi from the post of leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday appointed Bhagwant Mann, an MP from Sangrur, in his place, party sources said on Tuesday. The decision comes after party on Monday expelled its founding leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for "anti-party activities".
    2015-04-22 11:32:13 AM
  • Climate change not a business opportunity: Javadekar
    Climate change was a challenge and not a business opportunity and the developed world should not profit from disaster, according to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. Speaking at the major Economies Forum meeting that took place in Washington on April 19-20, he said India will not allow "bullying tactics" and "days of bulldozing were over". Source: IANS
    2015-04-22 11:28:21 AM
  • Government does not endorse discriminatory statements: Rajnath
    The government on Tuesday said that it does not "endorse" any kind of statement which seeks to discriminate between the people of the country. Intervening during zero hour in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "We do not endorse any statement inside and outside the house which talks about discrimination on the basis on caste, creed and religion". The matter was raised by Congress MP from Kerala M.I Shanavaz, who sought to bring to the attention of the house comments by a Shiv Sena MP who had reportedly talked about taking away the voting rights of a particular community to stop vote bank politics. BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had also backed his comments by demanding that a strict law on family planning be brought in for all to check the population growth. He said that those who do not follow it should be stripped of their voting rights. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 01:57:37 PM
  • Modi condoles J.B. Patnaik's death
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the death of three-time Odisha chief minister and former Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, saying that he would be remembered as a "pillar of Odisha politics". Patnaik, 89, passed away at a private hospital in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday at 3 a.m. "Shri J.B. Patnaik's contribution to Odisha's development will always be remembered. Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family," Modi said in a statement. "Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 01:54:09 PM
  • Modi greets nation on Akshaya Tritiya
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya "My best wishes to everyone on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. I wish it brings success and prosperity in everyone's life," Modi said in a statement. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 01:51:18 PM
  • Dissident AAP leaders Bhushan, Yadav expelled from party
    It was the end of the road for Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) founder-leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, with the party expelling them for “anti-party activities”. Besides, Ajit Jha and Anand Kumar were also removed from the party. The development came late on Monday night following separate replies of Bhushan and Yadav, to the show-cause notice for organising an anti-party meet in Gurgaon last week. The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Yadav, Bhushan, Kumar and Jha. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:51:38 AM
  • Capacity building must continue unabated: Parrikar
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said capacity building must continue unabated, as he met top commanders in the national capital. The minister presided over two separate meetings of the army commandos and the Air Force commandos. Addressing a meet of commanders of the Air Force, Parrikar asked them to focus on safety and conservation of available resources. While addressing the bi-annual meet of Army commanders, the minister congratulated the Indian Army, stating that it was one of the most professional institutions of the country, an official statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:49:56 AM
  • Ambedkar faced political untouchability after death: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India has a constitution in which there is no place for disharmony and bitterness, but its chief architect B.R. Ambedkar faced social untouchability in his lifetime and political untouchability after his death. In his remarks at the foundation stone ceremony of Dr Ambedkar International Centre New Delhi, Modi said that Ambedkar stood for all of humanity and was a ray of hope for the marginalised and downtrodden sections of society. He said that Ambedkar faced intense social abuse in his life but did not allow his suffering to convert into any sense of revenge in the task of drafting the constitution. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:47:11 AM
  • Melinda Gates meets Modi
    Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appreciated his pro-poor initiatives such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, an official said. Melinda Gates, who made a courtesy call, "appreciated the prime minister's pro-poor initiatives, especially with regard to 'Swachh Bharat' and 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana'," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:41:08 AM
  • Bhushan, Yadav slam AAP leaders, question disciplinary action
    Dissident AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Monday replied to the party's show-cause notice for holding an "anti-party" meet, describing it as a "pre-scripted drama where the outcome is already decided and well-known". Bhushan and Yadav replied separately to the notice on Monday. Bhushan accused Aam Aadmi Party's general secretary Pankaj Gupta of accepting Rs.2 crore donation from shell companies and Ashish Khetan of writing a planted story in a national magazine defending a telecom company, allegedly involved in 2G spectrum scam. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:39:12 AM
  • Rahul attacks Modi on land ordinance, farmers' problems
    A combative Rahul Gandhi New Delhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "weakening farmers" to the benefit of industrialists with the land bill ordinance, mounting his second successive attack since returning from 56-day leave of absence. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, however, rubbished the Congress vice-president's allegations, reminding him that it was due to the difference in its "words and deeds" in the past that his party was today sitting in the opposition. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:34:01 AM
  • Uttarakhand CM reviews 'Char Dham Yatra' preparations
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat paid a visit to the Badrinath shrine on Monday and took stock of the "Char Dham Yatra" preparations, an official said. The yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the four Hindu religious shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. He said that the snow having been cleared, the yatra pathway has been opened and assured locals that a permanent solution for landslide-prone areas would be ensured within two years by constructing a tunnel in Lambagar. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:31:35 AM
  • Modi government is for rich, ignores farmers: Rahul Gandhi
    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the BJP-led NDA government of being the "government of corporates" and the one that has completely "neglected farmers and labourers of the country". He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committing a "mistake by thinking that industrialists and corporates were the real power" in India. Participating in a debate over the government's land bill ordinance in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi said that he wondered how a person like Modi could make that political mistake of "ignoring 60 percent farmers and labourers" of the country. "He knows the calculation well, I wonder how can he make a mistake of annoying them," Gandhi said amid cheers from his party men. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 06:03:48 PM
  • Land ordinance pro-farmer, pro-poor: BJP
    Terming the land ordinance as "pro-poor and pro-farmer", the BJP on Monday attacked the Congress for its rally in the national capital that "only criticised" the prime minster and raised anything but the real issues of farmers. "The land ordinance is pro-people, pro-poor and pro-farmer. The farmer is happy... there is no kisan andolan (farmer agitation)," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said. Speaking to media persons in New Delhi, Naidu dismissed the opposition's contention that the farmers were "unhappy" with the land ordinance that was re-promulgated on April 3, a day before it was to lapse. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 06:01:52 PM
  • Withdraw land ordinance: Congress tells government
    Charging that the land acquisition ordinance was being brought through the "backdoor", the Congress on Monday asked the government to withdraw the temporary legislation that was brought "against" the will of the people. "You (the government) brought the ordinance in the form of the land acquisition bill (in Lok Sabha). Despite the strong opposition, the bill was passed and was later sent to Rajya Sabha, where it was dropped," Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said. "But it was later brought back as ordinance against the will of the people. You brought it through backdoor," he charged. He said that the government was trying to "impose" the land ordinance on the people. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 05:59:46 PM
  • Modi's jibe at UPA in Canada regrettable, disgraceful: Tharoor
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe at the previous UPA government during his Canada trip, saying he would "clean up the dirt" left behind by them, was "regrettable" and "nothing less than disgraceful", Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said in New Delhi on Sunday. "Saying that abroad was not healthy. Political speechifying is normal in any democracy, but you do it at home. We have always held the view that our political differences should stop at the waters' edge. And that's why it was rather regrettable that the prime minister spoke in that way about his predecessors," Tharoor said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 10:15:15 AM
  • Congress will oppose land bill tooth and nail: Shashi Tharoor
    As parliament reconvenes this week after the intra-session break, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday that the party will oppose the land acquisition bill "tooth and nail" as well as any "divisive and confrontational" policies of the Narendra Modi government. Tharoor also termed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's address at a farmer's rally in New Delhi as a "new boost" to the party's momentum. Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said that the party had been "very constructive in parliament" and had supported the BJP-led NDA on the insurance bill. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 10:10:12 AM
  • Janata Parivar merger not to affect NDA: Paswan
    Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said that the merger of erstwhile Janata Parivar's six parties last week will neither have any impact on the National Democratic Alliance-led central government nor on the upcoming Bihar polls. "There would be no impact of the merger of six parties of Janata Parivar including JD-U and RJD in Bihar on the NDA-led government at the Centre and upcoming Bihar elections," said Paswan, chief of Lok Janshakti Party, an ally of the BJP. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 10:06:51 AM
  • Rahul ready for leadership in strategic action: Sandeep Dixit
    Maintaining that Sonia Gandhi was still his preferred choice for leading the Congress, party leader Sandeep Dixit on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi was ready to take over the leadership mantel in "strategic action". Dixit, among the number of voices within the party maintaining that Sonia Gandhi should continue as party chief, said: "Rahul Gandhi is taking the leadership of our strategic action... So that's good." On the question of the much-talked-about change of guard in the party, Dixit, however, noted: "It's not a matter of leadership mantle in terms of executive office. I think what's important is that he take over the leadership mantle in strategic action, on field. Something like he showed in Bhatta Parsaul and in Niyamgiri." Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 10:00:48 AM
  • Centre focused on serving poor: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told BJP MPs that his government was focused on serving the poor and asked them to believe in the people and nobody else. Addressing a workshop of BJP MPs on welfare of the poor, Modi took a jibe at his critics and said that there were some with a "congenital habit" of criticising the BJP and those "with perverted mindset" were spreading "lies" about the initiatives of the government, including the land acquisition bill. Modi said that his government's decisions were guided by "rashtra neeti" (national interest) and not "rajneeti" (politics) and called upon the MPs to directly connect with the poor. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 09:55:12 AM
  • Brief moment of embarrassment for Congress
    In what is being widely termed as an embarrassing moment for the Congress, a large group of farmers was seen leaving the venue as soon as party president Sonia Gandhi began to address the "Kisan-Khet Mazdoor" rally in New Delhi. A group of farmers wearing pink turbans, believed to be former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's supporters who were issued a pink turban code for the rally, left Ramlila Maidan just as party vice-president Rahul Gandhi finished speaking and Sonia Gandhi took over the microphone. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 09:53:07 AM
  • Land bill: Union minister attacks Rahul Gandhi with Vadra barb
    Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday attacked the Congress party, saying it has no right to raise the land bill issue since its leadership had remained mute spectator to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra acquiring land in various states at throwaway prices. She reacted within hours of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, at a rally in New Delhi, criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over the new land acquisition bill. Source: IANS
    2015-04-20 09:30:01 AM
  • 60 percent voting amid violence in Kolkata civic polls
    Amid claims of widespread violence by the opposition and rebuttal by West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, polling for the 144-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Saturday witnessed around 60 percent turnout at the close of voting. Calling the polls a "farce", the Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress all charged the Trinamool with unleashing violence and adopting unfair means. But the Mamata Banerjee led party asserted the elections were peaceful, free and fair. Source: IANS
    2015-04-18 06:00:09 PM
  • LJP leader faces case for vulgar pictures of Irani
    A case was lodged against a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader in Bihar's Samastipur district on Saturday for allegedly circulating vulgar pictures of union Minister Smriti Irani on WhatsApp messenger. "An FIR was lodged with us (over vulgar pictures of Irani) and it made LJP leader Umashankar Mishra as the main accused," said Samastipur's Superintendent of Police S.P. Chaudhary. Mishra is Samastpur town president of the LJP, which is an ally of Irani's Bharatiya Janata Party. Source: IANS
    2015-04-18 05:43:04 PM
  • President inaugurates Patna HC centenary celebrations
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated the year-long celebrations of the Patna High Court centenary here, officials said. "Mukherjee has formally inaugurated the year-long centenary celebrations of the Patna High Court in the court premises," a senior official said. Mukherjee was the chief guest at the function. Bihar Governor K.N. Tripathi was in the chair and Supreme Court Chief Justice H.L. Dattu was guest of the honour at the function. Source: IANS
    2015-04-18 02:43:15 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi meets farmers
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who returned home two days back after a 56-day leave of absence, on Saturday met farmers here. Rahul Gandhi held discussions with farmers on the land bill. This was his first public interaction after his nearly two months long sabbatical. Source: IANS
    2015-04-18 02:40:14 PM
  • Modi reaches Delhi after three-nation tour
    rime Minister Narendra Modi returned to Delhi on Saturday after a three-nation tour of France, Germany, and Canada. Modi began his nine-day official tour on April 9 from France. He then travelled to Germany, from where he flew to Canada. He visited Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. Modi's aircraft made a brief stopover in Frankfurt for refuelling before heading to New Delhi from Vancouver. Source: IANS
    2015-04-18 02:37:43 PM
  • Characteristic of Modi to malign previous governments: Congress
    The Congress on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks in Canada that earlier India's identity was "scam India" and he now has to change it around the world to "skill India". "We are helpless... but to say that the prime minister has hurt the prestige of his position," Congress leader Anand Sharma told the media in New Delhi. He said: "It has become characteristic of Modi to malign previous governments." In his speech in Canada on Wednesday, Modi said: "Earlier, India was known as 'scam India', we want it should be known for 'skill India'." Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 05:50:38 PM
  • Canadian Cancer Society asks Modi to implement tobacco warnings
    The Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to implement India's planned pictorial health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and back of tobacco packages. IANS was able to access the copy of the letter written on April 14, which coincided with Modi's visit to Canada, by Pamela C. Fralick, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, and David Sculthorpe, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation. "We are writing to you on the occasion of your visit to Canada to urge you to implement India's planned pictorial tobacco health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and back of tobacco packages." Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 05:45:07 PM
  • BJP afraid of Janata Parivar merger: Nitish Kumar
    Upbeat over the merger of six parties of the Janata Parivar, including Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday that the BJP was afraid and worried of the merger. "The BJP was afraid and worried at the merger of six parties," Nitish Kumar told reporters in Patna after he returned from Delhi. Nitish Kumar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in trouble, following the announcement of the merger on Wednesday. "BJP leaders may be making fun or joke of the merger but all of them know it better... that it will prove to be a disaster for the party. BJP leaders are fearful and tense inside," the chief minister said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 05:42:01 PM
  • Modi condoles former Nepal PM's death
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief on the death of former Nepalese prime minister Surya Bahadur Thapa. "The prime minister has expressed grief on the passing away of former Prime Minister of Nepal, Shri Surya Bahadur Thapa, and extended condolences to Shri Thapa's family," an official statement said. Thapa, 87, died at Medanta-The Medicity hospital in Gurgaon on Thursday. The five-time prime minister was suffering from cancer and was admitted to Medanta in Gurgaon on March 29.   Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 02:01:26 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi is back
    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has returned to the national capital after nearly two months' absence, officials said on Thursday. "He (Rahul Gandhi) is back," an official at his office told reporters. He added that an official confirmation would soon be released. The Congress vice president has been on a leave of absence since parliament's budget session began on February 23. He is scheduled to address a 'kisan-mazdoor' (farmer-worker) rally in New Delhi on Sunday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 01:49:27 PM
  • Lead India to high table of international community: President
    President Pranab Mukherjee called on the youth of the country to lead India to the high table of the international community, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. Addressing the first batch of NIT scholars' "In-Residence" programme, the president said that he was impressed by their willingness to take on challenges with courage and find solutions. "If the youth of our country maintain this spirit, India will be able to overcome all the challenges that confront it," said Mukherjee. The people of India have waited for long and the youth are impatient. There is a need to make haste and move forward towards our goals with confidence, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 10:13:53 AM
  • No 'open' comments: Congress to its leaders
    Amid simmering noises within the Congress over Rahul Gandhi's leadership, the party on Wednesday asked its senior leaders to refrain from making "open" comments that could potentially rake up "unnecessary controversy". "Senior leaders should refrain from making open comments. They should not create unnecessary controversy as interested sections want to create confusion," party spokesperson P.C. Chacko told reporters in response to questions regarding former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's comment on party vice president Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, Shiela Dikshit was quoted as saying, "...(in case of) Rahul, of course, there is a question mark, there is skepticism because you have not seen him perform as yet." Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 10:11:29 AM
  • Gopal Rai writes to Gadkari, seeks amendment to Motor Vehicles Act
    Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday urged Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to implement the National Green Tribunal order to impound over 10-year-old diesel vehicles plying in New Delhi. In a letter to Gadkari, Rai said that the provision to ban the entry of diesel vehicles over 10 years old are subject matter of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 which falls under the purview of the central government. "I request you to consider the matter as urgent for appropriate decision so as to facilitate the implementation of the orders of NGT," Rai said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 10:06:01 AM
  • AAP government to soon table Jan Lokpal Bill
    The Aam Aadmi Party government is likely to soon table the Jan Lokpal Bill, which led Arvind Kejriwal to resign as Delhi's chief minister in 2014 when the assembly could not pass the proposal. Kejriwal on Wednesday gave an indication through his twitter account that the government has started working on the Jan Lokpal Bill but he did not mention the exact date. "Started working on Janlokpal Bill," Kejriwal tweeted. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 10:03:58 AM
  • Rahul Gandhi to address April 19 rally: Congress
    Amid consistent speculation on the date of Rahul Gandhi's return from "leave of absence", the Congress party on Wednesday said that he will address a 'kisan-mazdoor' (farmer-worker) rally in New Delhi on Sunday and that his right to privacy should also be respected. "Our vice president went on a sabbatical after a statement from his office that he will not be available for a few weeks," Congress leader P.C.Chacko said that during a press briefing when repeatedly pressed about the exact date of Rahul Gandhi's return. Without giving the exact date, Chacko said that Rahul Gandhi will be addressing the rally to be held on April 19. "Every individual has a right to privacy and we must respect that. Our vice president did not escape or disappear," Chacko added. Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 09:56:38 AM
  • Bhushan, Yadav hint at forming own political party
    A day after launching "Swaraj Abhiyan" - a non-political movement - to establish "swaraj" (self-rule) in the country's cultural, political, economic and social fields, dissident AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday hinted at forming their own political party subject to the success of their movement. Addressing the media in New Delhi, Bhushan said: "At present we are fighting against the fact that the AAP has deviated from its founding principles. But there is a possibility that this movement is transformed into a political party." However, Bhushan said that it was possible only if their movement continued to follow the principle of swaraj "one or two years' down the line". Source: IANS
    2015-04-16 09:48:19 AM
  • Six parties form new party, Mulayam to be chief
    Six parties of Janata Parivar on Wednesday decided to merge and form a new party with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh as its president. The decision was announced New Delhi by Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav after a meeting of six parties that included Janata Dal-Secular, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party. Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 06:03:06 PM
  • Delhi government suspends school principal over irregularities
    The Delhi government on Wednesday suspended the principal of a government school in New Delhi over the irregularities found in the purchase of products for the school. The incident came into light after Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, went on surprise inspection to the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at the President Estate. According to the Delhi government, several fake receipts for thousands of rupees every month were found, even if nothing was purchased. "I have come for surprise inspection at the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidayalaya. A lot of irregularities are visible here," Sisodia tweeted. Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 05:57:54 PM
  • AAP to decide on Bhushan, Yadav at party meet
    The political affairs committee of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to hold a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday evening, said party volunteers. "Future of the dissident leaders of the party, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, will be decided in the meeting," said some volunteers of the party. Dissident AAP leaders Yadav and Bhushan will also address the media persons at 4 p.m. A source in the AAP said, "Both the rebel leaders, Yadav and Bhushan, may be expelled from the party after any such decision in the meeting." Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 05:54:18 PM
  • President greets Queen of Denmark
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday extended greetings and felicitations to Queen Margrethe II on her birthday, which is on April 16. In his message to the Queen of the Kingdom of Denmark, Mukherjee said, "It gives me great pleasure to convey to you the warm greetings and felicitations of the people of India on the occasion of Your Majesty's birthday." "I take this opportunity to convey to Your Majesty my best wishes for your continued good health and well-being and for the progress and prosperity of the people of Denmark," he added. The president hailed the Queen's personal contribution in strengthening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and said he was confident that the bilateral ties would be "further enhanced in the coming days for the mutual benefit of the two countries and people". Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 01:52:26 PM
  • Goa NCP chief's appointment put on hold
    NCP's new Goa unit chief Suhas Valavaikar on Tuesday said that his appointment has been put on hold by the party's top brass due to opposition from the state executive committee. Addressing a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Panaji, Valavaikar also said that the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) senior national vice president Praful Patel would arrive in Goa over the weekend and resolve the deadlock between the two groups. "I was appointed as state president on April 8. But I was informed by Patelji late on Monday night that my appointment had been kept on hold because of opposition from some of the local leaders," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 10:07:45 AM
  • All vacant posts for SC/ST will soon be filled: Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that all vacant posts meant for SC/STs would soon be filled. "We will ensure that all the reserved posts of SC/ST lying vacant in various categories in all the departments will be filled soon," Kejriwal said while paying floral tribute to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 124th birth anniversary in Delhi Assembly. He said that the rights of people belonging to SC/ST community would be given to them in true spirit. "The process of making SC/ST certificates in Delhi will be made easier as the people belonging to these communities are facing lots of difficulties in availing the certificates," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 10:05:34 AM
  • ANI files complaint over 'photoshopped tweet' concerning PM
    Multi-media news agency Asian News International on Tuesday filed a complaint with Delhi Police against an unknown person for posting a “photoshopped” tweet concerning Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attributing it to the agency. “We have received a complaint from ANI. An FIR will be registered on Wednesday after we will receive detailed information,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajneesh Garg told reports. He said that someone had posted “a photoshopped tweet impersonating ANI.” The complaint was made both to the Economic Offences Wing and the cyber wing of Delhi Police. Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 10:00:36 AM
  • Every hospital should give effective treatment to poor: Nadda
    Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday urged all healthcare providers in the country to adopt a model in which people from the economically weaker sections (EWS) receive the best treatment at a reasonable cost. He said that though a lot of hospitals in the country were established with the avowed aim of providing equal treatment for the rich and the poor, the quality of treatment for the latter has diminished over time. Addressing the 60th founder's day celebration of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), Nadda said, "Most of the Trust-run hospitals are in the names of good people and strong legacy. Some of them have lost sight of their goal and changed into profit-making organisations." Source: IANS
    2015-04-15 09:55:33 AM
  • Delhi an unplanned city: Sisodia
    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that the national capital was a "very unplanned city" and that the AAP government has received the mandate to change things. Speaking at the inauguration of a conference on 'Innovation to make cities financially sustainable', organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), Sisodia said: "We are living in a very unplanned city and we (AAP) have received a huge mandate (to change that)." "Our city has been partially developed and partially encroached upon and the root cause for it is that town planners about 20 years ago did not imagine that people from rural areas would throng our city in search of livelihood," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:56:41 PM
  • Congress supports net neutrality: Maken
    The Congress on Tuesday said that it fully supported net neutrality and asked the government to direct the telecom regulator TRAI to scrap an ongoing public consultation on whether telecom operators should impose differential charges for services like Skype and WhatsApp. Party leader Ajay Maken noted that any telecom framework that empowers telecom and internet service providers like Airtel and Vodafone to charge users for OTT services in addition to the charges for their data usage, would have far-reaching consequences and compromise net neutrality. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:55:01 PM
  • Delhi's education system needs to be overhauled: Sisodia
    Laying more emphasis on teacher training, the education system in the national capital is all set to be overhauled, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Speaking at the inauguration of a conference on 'Innovation to make cities financially sustainable', organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), Sisodia said that the "entire concept" of education system in Delhi needs to be changed as it gives least importance to teachers. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:53:07 PM
  • BJP will form next government in Bihar: Amit Shah
    The BJP will form the next government in Bihar, said party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday while launching his party's campaign for the assembly polls scheduled for later this year. "BJP is going to form the next government in Bihar. It is clear from the upbeat large gatherings of party booth level workers here," Shah said in his short speech in Hindi after formally sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party's poll bugle in the state. Shah also targeted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, saying that even if they go for a grand alliance of their parties, the BJP will still triumph. "Zero plus zero hardly makes anything. Nitish and Lalu by joining hands would have no impact on BJP's goal to form the next government in Bihar," Shah said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:49:27 PM
  • BJP president to make maiden visit to northeast
    BJP president Amit Shah will on Thursday begin his maiden visit to the eight northeastern states to strengthen the party organisation in the region, party leaders said on Tuesday. "Between April 16 and April 28, Shah would visit the eight northeastern states in three phases and hold a series of meetings with party leaders and address public meetings," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive member Sudhindra Dasgupta said. He said: "This would be the first extensive visit of any national BJP president to all the eight northeastern states." Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:46:37 PM
  • 'Centre to set up 44 BPOs in Bihar'
    Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday that the central government will set up 44 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centres in Bihar. "We have decided to open 44 BPOs in Bihar soon," Prasad said during his address at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Patna. He said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Narendra Modi was committed to opening BPO centres in small towns across the country to boost their economic development. "Bihar is one of our focus areas to set up BPOs," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:44:46 PM
  • CPI-M pays tributes to cadres killed in West Bengal
    The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Tuesday paid homage to its leaders and workers killed in political violence in West Bengal, its former bastion. The 21st Congress of the CPI-M, which began in this coastal city, hailed the sacrifices made by its cadres. "We have paid homage to 99 martyrs who laid down their lives in West Bengal since our last party Congress. Their sacrifices will not go in vain. We shall overcome and prevail with the support of the people," party general secretary Prakash Karat said at the inaugural session. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:42:49 PM
  • Congress, BJP treat Dalits as vote bank: Mayawati
    Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP chief Mayawati lashed out at the Congress and the BJP on Tuesday, accusing the two parties of insulting Bharat Ratna Bhim Rao Ambedkar. Addressing party workers in Lucknow on the occasion of his 124th birth anniversary, Mayawati said that the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties never gave to Ambedkar the respect which he deserved and only used him as an election mascot. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 05:41:08 PM
  • Kejriwal pays tribute to B.R. Ambedkar
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday paid floral tributes to Bharat Ratna Bhimrao Ambedkar on the occasion of his 124th birth anniversary. Speaking on the occasion in the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal said that Ambedkar was a great man and played a vital role in drafting India's Constitution. "Dr. Ambedkar gave us the best constitution of the world but was it properly implemented?" he asked. "AAP government is dedicated towards the welfare of the people. It is duty of the AAP government and all of its MLAs to fulfill the dream of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar," he added. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:59:11 PM
  • Karat calls for strengthening CPI-M, forging left unity
    The Communist Party of India-Marxist began its conclave on Tuesday with a call by its outgoing General Secretary Prakash Karat to build and strengthen the party by overcoming the reverses suffered by it in recent years. Addressing the 21st Congress of the CPI-M, he also called for widening and strengthening the left unity to counter the right-wing offensive. "At the present juncture it is absolutely vital to build and expand independent strength of CPI-M and the left. We have to overcome the reverses suffered by CPI-M and the left in recent period particularly in West Bengal," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:57:11 PM
  • AAP rebels hold Swaraj Samwad - dialogue on alternative politics
    Seeking support of people, dissident AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday held a meeting - Swaraj Samwad, a dialogue on present and future of alternative politics. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers reached the venue in Gurgaon from across the country to attend the meet. Ahead of the meeting, Yadav said that it was a "day for new beginning" and the meeting was a "dialogue on alternative politics". "This meeting is a dialogue on alternative politics and I am sure we will witness something new here (meeting)," Yadav said, adding "the AAP constitution gives an ordinary party member freedom of speech and expression which no other party gives". Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:53:17 PM
  • Let's make India Ambedkar dreamt of: Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to to B.R. Ambedkar on his 124th birth anniversary, and said, "Let us pledge to dedicate ourselves to creating India that Ambedkar dreamt of...an India that will make him proud". "I bow to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary - Jai Bhim," the prime minister said in a message. "Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is a yug purush (man of the era) who lives in the hearts and minds of crores of Indians. His life is characterised by unmatched determination and a firm commitment towards social justice. He made a mark as a bright lawyer, scholar, writer and intellectual who always spoke his mind," Modi said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:50:40 PM
  • Modi wishes nation on Baisakhi, Bohag Bihu
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Baisakhi, Bohag Bihu, Vishu, Poila Boishakh, Maha Vishuba Sankranti and Puthandu being celebrated across the country. "Good wishes to my fellow Indians on the various festivals being celebrated across India. May these festivals bring joy in everyone's lives," Modi, who is on a three-nation sojourn, said in a tweet. "Baisakhi greetings to everyone! May this festival enrich the spirit of harmony and happiness in society," he said. Wishing the people of Assam, Modi said: "On Bohag Bihu, heartfelt greetings to my sisters and brothers of Assam." On Poila Boishakh, Modi extended his greetings to "all Bengali friends", saying "have a great year ahead, Shubho Nabo Barsho". Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:46:46 PM
  • Shiv Sena demands 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri Pandits
    The Shiv Sena has demanded proper and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits of Jammu and Kashmir who were forced to flee their home-state over 25 years ago. "Jammu and Kashmir now has a stable government of the BJP and the PDP, and a strong administration led by Narendra Modi at the centre. Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's government has been formed with the BJP support, he must take a decision on 'ghar wapsi' of displaced Kashmiri Pandits," it urged in an edit in Saamana on Tuesday. The Shiv Sena said that the decisions by Sayeed to release extremists and speak about their rehabilitation have raised doubts about what exactly he proposes to do to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 01:43:51 PM
  • Third round of national deworming in Delhi on April 16
    The third round of national deworming in New Delhi is scheduled on April 16, a Delhi government statement said on Monday. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoddia will flag off the programme on April 15 at Government Co-education Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in New Multan Nagar. Directorate of health services will administer deworming for 3.7 million children at 3,032 schools in Delhi in this round, it said. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda has declared February 10 as the National Deworming Day. National Deworming Day is an initiative aimed at reducing threat of parasitic worm infections. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 10:16:06 AM
  • Bengal BJP to go to court over Mamata's paintings
    The BJP's West Bengal unit on Monday announced it will move court over the "contradicting statements" given by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee regarding the valuation of her paintings. "The people of West Bengal are getting confused by the varied figures quoted by Mamata Banerjee... Yesterday (on Sunday) she claimed a single brush stroke by her could fetch Rs.10 lakh. I wonder if any such artist was ever born," state unit president Rahul Sinha told media persons. He alleged Banerjee is making "contradictory statements" regarding the sale of her paintings to raise funds for her Trinamool Congress and said that his party will "go to the court to seek justice". Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 10:11:58 AM
  • Rafale can't replace ageing MiG-21: Parrikar
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that the Rafale fighter jets cannot replace the ageing MiG-21 which will be phased out in the next 6-10 years. In an interview to TV news channel CNN IBN, Parrikar said that the indigenous Tejas aircraft can replace the MiG-21. "We have 42 squadrons, we need 36-38 active squadrons. We are phasing out MiG-21. Rafale is not a replacement for MiG. It satisfies the upper end. IAF needs aircraft with capacity of 1,000 km radius. It is a strategic purchase. The earlier government should have taken decisions on government-to-government deals," Parrikar said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 10:08:09 AM
  • Likened to missing Rahul, Goa Congress leader says media boycotting him
    Likened to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his long spells of absence, Goa Congress president Luizinho Faleiro on Monday blamed the media for boycotting him and the party for coverage. Faleiro, who was addressing a press conference at the party's state headquarters in Panaji, was responding to his comparison with the Gandhi scion, who has been missing from public life for several weeks now. "Luizinho Faleiro might have become a little old. But don't you think this movement of mine is much more than many of you (media). I think we don't get enough publicity on your newspapers. I'll be very, very grateful if you could give us some publicity," said Faleiro, who was until last year a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 10:05:44 AM
  • Telangana sets up SIT to probe killing of prisoners
    The Telangana government on Monday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe April 7 killing of five undertrial prisoners by police. The six-member team will be headed by Inspector General of Police Sandeep Shandilya. A day after Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced probe by SIT, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma issued orders constituting the panel. Khammam's Superintendent of Police Shanawaz Qasim, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Intelligence, M.Dayanand Reddy, Assistanct Commissioner of Police M.Ramana Kumar, and Inspectors Raja Venkat Reddy and S.Ravinder are the members of SIT. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 10:02:20 AM
  • Congress to celebrate Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary
    The Congress will start year-long celebration of B.R. Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary from his birth place Mhow in what is now Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. The decision was taken by a "celebration committee" of the party chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi that met in New Delhi on Monday. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leaders A.K. Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and Sushil Kumar Shinde also attended the meeting at met at Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence of Gandhi. The celebrations will conclude on April 14, 2016 in Nagpur. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 09:55:59 AM
  • BJP hoardings in Patna name Rajnath the party chief!
    A day ahead of BJP president Amit Shah's rally in Patna, big hoardings put up by the BJP named union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the party chief, embarrassing local leaders. Local BJP leaders and workers have put up big hoardings at the busy Income Tax office crossing naming Rajnath Singh as BJP president instead of Amit Shah, who is totally missing. "In the big hoardings, Amit Shah is missing. There is neither his name nor his picture is displayed. But pictures and names of Rajnath Singh along with BJP state president Mangal Pandey, Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi are in bold letters" admitted a party leader, who did not want to be named. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 09:44:54 AM
  • Modi invites Merkel to Maharashtra
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Maharashtra, which has a large number of German businesses flourishing. Modi extended the invitation when the two dignitaries visited the 'Magnetic Maharashtra' stall inside the magnificent India Pavilion at the Hannover Messe 2015 global trade fair underway in Hannovar. Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai welcomed them in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and explained the investment opportunities offered by the state. Source: IANS
    2015-04-14 09:41:18 AM
  • Nitish, Lalu criticise Sena leader's anti-Muslim call
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday criticised Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for demanding in an article that voting rights of Muslims should be revoked to stop vote-bank politics. Nitish Kumar criticised Sanjay Raut for his article in Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamna. "What was said in the article was very objectionable and wrong," he told media in Patna. Nitish Kumar said that the country was run by the Constitution, and it could not be run by a view or a remark of anyone. Lalu Prasad was also displeased with Raut's article. "It is highly condemnable and dangerous stand," he said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 05:58:20 PM
  • 'Swaraj Samvad' an attempt to break AAP
    The 'Swaraj Samvad' (open dialogue) being organised by dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday is an attempt to break the Aam Aadmi Party, AAP leaders said in New Delhi on Monday.  Interacting with the media, party leader Sanjay Singh said: "The Swaraj Samvad is just an attempt to break the party. They want people to think that AAP has diverted from its principles." "This is a parallel activity and we are in no way connected to them (Yadav and Bhushan)." Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 05:56:16 PM
  • PM pays tributes to martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to the martyrs on the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. "My tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh," the prime minister tweeted. On April 13, 1919, hundreds of innocent people were massacred by British troops at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. The prime minister visited the Jallianwala Bagh last month. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 05:53:41 PM
  • President greets people on eve of Baisakhi, Rongali Bihu
    President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted people on the eve of Baisakhi and Rangoli Bihu. His message read: "On the joyous occasion of Vaisakhi, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to those who are engaged in cultivation and farming." "May this celebration of nature's bounty inspire us to strengthen our contribution to the nation's prosperity and remind us of the invaluable service rendered to the nation by our farmers and agricultural labourers," he added. He also wished people on the eve of Rongali Bihu, Vishu, Puthandu Pirappu and Naba Barsha festivals which are to be celebrated on April 14-15. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 01:49:05 PM
  • See Germany as partner in developing Indians' skills: Modi
    India considers Germany as its preferred partner in developing skills of young Indians, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, adding his visit and India's participation at the Hannover Messe was aimed at "realising the immense possibilities that exist between us". In an Op-Ed piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Modi said on Monday: "My visit to Germany and India's participation at the Hannover Messe as a partner country is aimed at realising the immense possibilities that exist between us (India and Germany)." Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 01:43:50 PM
  • Modi gifts Madhubani painting to Hannover mayor
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a Madhubani painting to Hannover mayor Steven Schostok. Modi, who is on a visit to Germany, was welcomed to Hannover by the mayor at a brief ceremony. A prime minister's office release said that the painting has been painted on canvas by a 70-year-old national award winning artist, Baua Devi, and depicts various stages of life, association with nature, as also the interconnected nature of life on earth. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 10:04:10 AM
  • Congress dares Modi to declassify documents on Netaji
    The Congress on Sunday termed the news reports suggesting snooping of family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose "motivated news plants based on selected and mischievous leaks" and dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declassify all documents relating to the freedom fighter. In a statement, party leader Anand Sharma accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government of running "a sinister campaign" aimed at maligning national icons. "News reports suggesting snooping of family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are motivated news plants based on selective and mischievous leaks. BJP and government are running a sinister campaign of innuendoes, insinuations and selective leaks aimed at maligning national icons and our founding fathers including Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Govind Ballabh Pant and others," Sharma said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 10:02:12 AM
  • Mamata slams opposition for attacking her on paintings
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday lashed out at the opposition including the BJP for targeting her over the sale of her paintings and challenged them to fight her politically. Addressing a public rally in the city, the Trinamool Congress supremo also took a dig on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "penchant for style". "They (opposition) are jealous. Those born with silver spoon say how a woman from a humble background can run a state. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:54:57 AM
  • Senior ministers discuss Sukma attack, famers' issues
    Senior central ministers met at the residence of union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday for an "informal" meeting which discussed the Maoist attack at Sukma in Chhattisgarh and the issues concerning farmers, informed sources in New Delhi said. The meeting was held in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-nation visit. The sources said that Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting which looked into the security measures taken in view of the Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in which seven Special Task Force (STF) personnel were gunned down on Saturday. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:53:02 AM
  • Unauthorised colonies to be regularised, says Kejriwal
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that his government will regularise unauthorized colonies and provide permanent houses to slum dwellers, and will seek more funds from the central government for the purpose. "We will regularise all the unauthorised colonies in Delhi. We will provide permanent houses to slum dwellers," he said while addressing a public rally at Karawal Nagar in east Delhi. He said that the work to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi had already begun. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:51:06 AM
  • Revoke Muslims' voting right: Shiv Sena
    Voting rights of Muslims should be revoked to stop vote-bank politics, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said in an article slamming AIMIM leaders Asaduddin and Akbaruddin Owaisi for polarising the community. Reacting sharply, Congress slammed the ruling alliance for spreading hatred. In the article published in the latest issue of the Shiv Sena's mouth-piece Saamna, Raut, also a Rajya Sabha member, addressed All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Owaisi as "Owaisi bhai from Hyderabad" and said: "As long as Muslim votes are for sale, the community will remain backward and its leaders will become rich." Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:48:49 AM
  • Telangana CM orders probe into killing of undertrials
    Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday ordered a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the killing of five undertrial prisoners by police in a gunfight. Rao instructed Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma to issue orders on Monday appointing the SIT. The chief minister has taken the decision keeping in view the doubts expressed by certain organizations and some individuals on the matter, said a statement from the chief minister's office. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:41:48 AM
  • President condoles IAF ex-chief Moolgavkar's death
    President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the death of former Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar in a message sent to his daughter and son, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Sunday. "I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar, former Chief of the Air Staff," said President Mukherjee in his message to Moolgavkar's daughter Jyoti Rai and son Prakash Moolgavkar. "Please convey my heartfelt condolences to all members of your family. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss," it added. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 09:39:09 AM
  • UP CM opens 'Lucknow Haat', unveils mega projects for Noida
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday inaugurated 'Lucknow Haat', a single stop for lovers of art and craft. In 'Lucknow Haat' (market), artisans from the state and other parts of India would be able to showcase and sell their handicrafts. Addressing a gathering, the chief minister said that whenever the 'Make in India' campaign would be discussed, his state would be at the pivot of the drive. He also announced that on the lines of 'Lucknow Haat', similar business hubs would be established in other places in the state too. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 05:45:51 PM
  • Modi pays tribute to activist Phule
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to activist Mahatma Jyotirao Phule on his birth anniversary, a statement released in New Delhi said. "Mahatma Phule devoted his life to empowering the downtrodden through education and social reform. Tributes to him on his birth anniversary," the prime minister said. Phule was an activist, thinker, social reformer, writer and theologist from what was then the Bombay Presidency, which, after Independence in 1947, was split into Maharashtra and Gujarat. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 05:40:28 PM
  • Rafale deal an 'extremely positive decision' by Modi: Parrikar
    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "extremely positive decision" to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets during his trip to France, saying that a deal of such magnitude had not been signed for the last 17 years. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a book release function in Panaji. "I welcome Modi's decision. It was necessary and was the most urgent requirement," Parrikar said, as Modi and French President Francois Hollande signed a deal at their summit in Paris for purchasing the 36 Rafale jets. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 05:37:39 PM
  • Modi leaves for Toulouse
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for Toulouse, where he would be visiting the Airbus facility. "Leaving for Toulouse, where I will visit the @Airbus Facility," he said in a tweet. Modi will discuss ways of further cooperation, including transfer of technology and investments. Modi arrived in France late on Thursday night on the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to Germany and Canada. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 01:44:56 PM
  • Modi, Hollande presented cricket jerseys
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande have been presented with cricket jerseys with their names emblazoned on it. "Q: T20 Cricket in France? A: Oui. Surprise for PM @narendramodi & Prez @fhollande at Elysee Palace banquet," External Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet on Saturday. Akbaruddin also shared images of the two leaders posing with their respective jerseys, both of which said number 1. Modi's jersey read: "France Cricket N. Modi 1", while Hollande's said: "France Cricket F. Hollande 1". Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 01:42:55 PM
  • Bose family snooping: Congress, BJP trade barbs
    De-classified intelligence documents indicating Congress governments ordered intensive surveillance on Subhas Chandra Bose's family triggered a political slugfest on Friday with Congress terming it "selective leaks" by the NDA government to "distort history" and the BJP hit back at its penchant for "snooping". The kin of the freedom fighter, meanwhile, sought a judicial probe into the spying and demanded that the Narendra Modi government declassify the secret files related to Netaji, and the clan. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 10:21:52 AM
  • Two hostels for northeast students coming up in Delhi: Minister
    Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Friday said that hostels for youth and students of northeast were being constructed in different cities and work had started on two such hostels in Delhi. Speaking on the second day of the 64th plenary meeting of the North-Eastern Council New Delhi, Singh said that the exodus of youth because of poor opportunities for higher education and employment was a major problem in the northeast region. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 10:17:25 AM
  • Modi government distorting history by selective leaks: Congress
    In the wake of de-classified intelligence documents indicating that the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru ordered intensive surveillance on the family of Subhas Chandra Bose, the Congress on Friday attacked the Narendra Modi government for "distorting" history through a "sinister propaganda of selective leaks". Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that "the anti-Nehruvism of the ruling BJP government...seems to have extended to all national icons. Every attempt is being made to distort history". Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 10:10:54 AM
  • Delhi government wants CCTVs in police stations
    The Delhi government on Friday asked Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras inside police stations and sought a list of "dark spots" considered dangerous for women. In a letter from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office to Delhi Police Commissioner B. S. Bassi, complaints regarding non-accessibility of beat constables and non-registration of first information reports (FIRs) were also mentioned, a Delhi government statement said. The letter asked the Delhi Police to prominently display the names of the beat constables and their contact numbers. The letter also stated that the Delhi government was committed to install CCTV cameras across the national capital. "Delhi Police is requested to send a list of dark spots, which could be potential places of crime against women, to ensure immediate illumination," the statement said. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 10:08:18 AM
  • Don't take a rupee from paintings sale: Mamata
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday countered allegations about her Trinamool Congress' funding patterns, including proceeds from sale of her paintings, asserting she doesn't take a penny from the earnings and her party files tax returns. Her comments come a day after Bengal's ruling party furnished documents in response to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notice seeking its account details. The agency is probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha Ponzi scheme scam. Source: IANS
    2015-04-11 10:04:12 AM
  • Sonia seeks release of funds for Rae Bareli AIIMS
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to Health Minister J.P. Nadda seeking an early release of budgetary allocations for AIIMS in her parliamentary constituency of Rae Bareli, party leaders said on Friday. In her letter, Gandhi has detailed how the revised expenditure finance committee did not release the budget for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 2014-15, leading to the construction and other works at the campus not being started. Source: IANS
    2015-04-10 01:52:36 PM
  • Not a single farmer suicide due to new land law: Gadkari
    Not a single farmer has committed suicide because of the amended Land Acquisition law, union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, alleging that only those whose land was not being acquired by the govenrment were crying foul. He was speaking to reporters in Panaji, after inaugurating a series of infrastructure projects being undertaken under the aegis of his ministry in several parts of the state. Source: IANS
    2015-04-10 09:59:17 AM
  • Why no SIA, consent in land acquired for Vadra: Gadkari
    Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday accused the Congress of double standards on the land bill, asking why it did not think about social impact assessment (SIA) and consent clauses while acquiring large tracts in Haryana for party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. "Then, the Congress did not think of SIA and consent when Vadra was given land in Haryana? But when it comes to amendments made for farmers, the Congress opposes with an eye on the national votebank. This is double standards," he told reporters in Panaji, after inaugurating a series of infrastructure projects across the state being undertaken under the aegis of his ministry. Source: IANS
    2015-04-10 09:55:14 AM
  • Innovation, technology can wipe out poverty in India: Gadkari
    Pointing to suicides by farmers as instances of how the root cause of all issues in India was poverty, union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the country could wipe out poverty by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. "In the area of Vidarbha in Maharashtra, over 10,000 farmers have committed suicide. I am working in rural areas and really understand it. Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology can eradicate poverty," he said at the Global Sankalp Summit in New Delhi, organised by industry chamber FICCI. Source: IANS
    2015-04-10 09:52:33 AM
  • Turkmenistan looking forward to Modi visit, says president
    Turkmenistan is looking forward to receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the Central Asian country later this year, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov told visiting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Sushma Swaraj called on the president during her visit to Ashgabat. She was in Turkmenistan