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Captain Amarinder Singh is the 26th chief minister of Punjab
Captain amarinder Singh took oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh today. He is the 26th chief minister of Punjab. Along with him nine other ministers also took oath of the office. Navjot Singh Siddhu gets a berth in the cabinet. The oath of office to captain Amarinder Singh was administered b y Governor V.P Singh Badnore in presence of congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh2017-03-16 04:09:21 PM
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: IANS2015-09-18 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: IANS2015-09-18 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: IANS2015-09-18 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: IANS2015-09-16 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: IANS2015-09-01 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: IANS2015-08-25 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: IANS2015-08-18 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: IANS2015-08-18 09:54:44 AM
Nagaland factions enabled to come into mainstream: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said different factions in Nagaland have been enabled to join the national mainstream after the signing of the peace accord between the central government and the NSCN-IM. "I want to talk about Nagaland," Modi said addressing 50,000 cheering expatriate Indians at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai on the second day of his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "Less than a month ago, we moved ahead successfully with different factions of Nagaland after 60-70 years of insurgency (in that northeastern state)," Modi said referring to the peace accord signed on August 3 between the government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah).
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:52:14 AM
Congress slams Modi for remarks in UAE on previous governments
The Congress party on Monday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks during his visit to the UAE about previous governments, saying that he should maintain the dignity of his office. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said Modi should have refrained from articulating his views about previous governments while on a visit abroad. "There is no problem if he targets previous governments when he is in the country. It is not proper for him to rake up domestic politics abroad," Afzal said. The official said that it was not the first time Modi had taken jibes at the previous government during his visits abroad. Addressing a roundtable of businesspersons during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Modi took pot shots at the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime, saying he has "some problems in legacy" and that some measures were stalled due to the "indecisiveness and lethargy" of past governments".
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:48:48 AM
Delhi government to hold second job summit soon
The Delhi government will soon organise its second job summit in the national capital after holding meeting with various companies and organisations, the city's Labour and Employment Minister Gopal Rai said on Monday. He said that the government would on August 27 convene a meeting with various companies and organisations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industries and the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India to discuss various aspects of the summit. "After the success of the first job summit, we are planning to organise the second job summit. It will be an open platform where all people can come and apply for jobs," Rai said at a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:46:21 AM
People have punished Congress: Madhya Pradesh BJP
The BJP on Monday said that its performance in urban civic body elections in Madhya Pradesh showed that the people had punished the Congress and reposed their faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In a statement issued in New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh BJP chief Nand Kumar Patel and vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe said that the party now governs 16 municipal corporations, 42 municipal councils and 123 nagar panchayats in the state. 'The people have put their faith in the chief minister election after election and their faith in him continues. People have punished the Congress for its politics of defamation," the statement said. It said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory was also that of good governance and development-oriented programmes of the chief minister.
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:42:26 AM
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: IANS2015-08-17 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: IANS2015-08-17 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: IANS2015-08-17 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: IANS2015-08-17 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: IANS2015-08-17 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-14 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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 Reports2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-13 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-12 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: IANS2015-08-11 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: IANS2015-08-11 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: IANS2015-08-11 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: IANS2015-08-11 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: IANS2015-08-08 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: IANS2015-08-08 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: IANS2015-08-08 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: IANS2015-08-08 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-07 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-06 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-05 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-08-04 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-29 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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 Reports2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-28 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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: IANS2015-07-27 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 Reports2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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 Reports2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-25 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: IANS2015-07-24 02:28:54 PM
Apologise or face case, Gadkari tells Rahul
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for his allegations against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or the party will file a criminal defamation case against him. "Rahul must apologise for his allegations against Sushma. If he does not apologise, it's time for us to file criminal defamation case against him," Gadkari told reporters in New Delhi. He said that Sushma Swaraj is a prominent leader of the country and Rahul Gandhi has not only defamed here but also the country's foreign minister of the country, who represents India outside the country. Terming the allegations against Sushma Swaraj as baseless, Gadkari said: "She has done nothing wrong. She has not indulged in any form of corruption."
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:23:44 PM
Rajya Sabha disrupted, adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. on Friday after repeated disruptions by the opposition parties, demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. As the house met, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said a notice had been submitted. "Who asked for Lalit Modi to be helped? Is the government going to sack Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje or not?" Tiwari asked in reference to the controversy over the two BJP leaders' closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The Congress members then shouted slogans and demanded the resignation of the BJP leaders, while the ruling party members insisted that a debate be taken up immediately. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the ruling party members were disrupting the house.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:20:59 PM
Let parliament function, NDA exhorts opposition
Members of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Friday staged a protest at the parliament complex in New Delhi, urging the Congress to let the ongoing monsoon session of parliament function smoothly. They taunted the Congress for targeting Bharatiya Janata Party leaders over the Vyapam scam and a controversy about the links of some BJP leaders with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. "A party (Congress) which is embroiled in corruption talks of clean politics. Very strange situation," Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral told reporters. The protesting MPs held placards that read: "Save democracy, let parliament function." Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asked: "Why is the Congress running away from a debate, something which they had asked for?"
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:14:07 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
The Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the the day within minutes of assembling as the opposition created a ruckus over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam. As soon as the house assembled in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she had received adjournment motions from the opposition on the controversy about BJP leaders' closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. However, the speaker dismissed the adjournment motions and tried to proceed with the question hour. At this point the opposition members led by the Congress trooped near the speaker's podium and shouted slogans.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 02:05:43 PM
Modi to be BJP's face all the way ahead of Bihar polls
The first set of hoardings raised in Bihar for BJP's campaign ahead of assembly polls clarified that there is going to be no face projected for CM by the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will again be the torch bearer for the NDA during the assembly elections in the state. The first hoardings put up in the state capital Patna featured PM Modi and his close associate BJP's national president Amit Shah only. "There will be no NDA CM face. BJP's central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Modi, who will set the campaign pitch, with his July 25 trip", said senior party leader Nand Kishore Yadav.
Source: News ReportsThere will be no NDA CM face. BJP’s central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, who will set the campaign pitch with his July 25 trip. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/bihar-pollsno-cm-candidate-modi-is-ndas-campaign-face/#sthash.Ta8Lnvz2.dpufThere will be no NDA CM face. BJP’s central leadership has clearly hinted at this. We have decided to go to polls under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, who will set the campaign pitch with his July 25 trip. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/bihar-pollsno-cm-candidate-modi-is-ndas-campaign-face/#sthash.Ta8Lnvz2.dpuf2015-07-24 10:31:00 AM
Laws need to be made for common man: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that laws need to be made for the betterment of the common man and in tune with times. "Howsoever big an issue may be, usually we put our views on the basis of party-wise thinking and regional considerations. That is also important. But India has now attained a stature that the entire world closely observes our decisions," Modi said at a function to inaugurate the Speakers Research Initiative in the parliament. He said that India has attained such a stature that decisions taken here can have impact globally. The prime minister's comments come against the backdrop of the opposition stalling parliamentary business even as some key legislations are stuck. Modi said: "If we go with an open mind and make an effort to understand an issue without any pre-conceived notion, then we can start to see issues from a new perspective."
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:10:45 AM
Virbhadra accused of corruption; he cries vendetta
Senior BJP leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of receiving bribe from a private company in the garb of an unsecured loan. However, Virbhadra Singh described the allegations as "political vendetta". Addressing a press conference in Delhi, the union minister for communications and information technology said that Virbhadra Singh snipped off crores of rupees as unsecured loan. "Venture Energy Technology Private Limited, whose project was revived by Virbhadra Singh...and after a while, the owner of the company gave Rs.1.5 crore as unsecured loan to the chief minister's wife and Rs.2.4 crore to the chief minister," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:05:51 AM
Delhi ACB chief releases new helplines, government threatens action
Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M.K. Meena, who was appointed by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, on Thursday released two new helpline numbers to battle corruption, and requested people not to call 1031 issued by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as no action is being taken over calls made to that number. Reacting sharply to Meena's unprecedented move, the Delhi government once again put on record that Meena was not the ACB chief and that action will be taken against him in this connection. Meena appealed to the people of Delhi to call 011-23812905 and 011-23812906 to make complaints of corruption. "We have observed that from the past one month, no calls are being received on the Anti-Corruption helpline No. 1031 issued by the Delhi government," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 10:03:21 AM
BJP MPs move privilege motion against Vadra
In an apparent bid to counter the Opposition's demand for resignations of BJP ministers, two party parliamentarians on Thursday moved a privilege motion against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. The Congress reacted, saying it never indulged in revenge politics when it was in power. Vadra had allegedly criticised the functioning of parliament in a Facebook post earlier this week. The motion was moved by BJP chief whip in the Lok Sabha Arjun Ram Meghwal and Prahlad Joshi, Lok Sabha member from Dharwad, Karnataka. "In his (Vadra's) Facebook post, he belittled the image of parliament. That's why I moved the privilege motion," Joshi said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:58:08 AM
Varun Gandhi calls for involvement in societal affairs
An elected representative may or may not be capable enough to take care of all the people in a constituency, so people should come forward and get involved in societal affairs, BJP's Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi said on Thursday. "India is straddling between two times zones -- 17th century and 21st century. And there is no socio-economic bridge between the two, which is leading to chaos and confusion," Gandhi said in his address to students at a university in Noida. "India needs to have a vibrant citizenry where a normal citizen has the power to question the state and challenge its decisions. He should have a stake in the state," he said.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:48:21 AM
CPI-M workers throw slipper at Chandy
CPI-M protesters on Thursday evening threw a slipper at Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and waved black flags at a public function near the state capital. The slipper, however, did not hit him. The incident occurred when Chandy, assembly Speaker N. Sakthan and Social Justice Minister M.K. Muneer arrived in an open jeep to inaugurate a swimming pool near Balaramapuram. Police officials said the slipper missed Chandy, and instead hit one of his security officials. Muneer said the people of the village will isolate those involved in "such a shameful act". The Communist Party of India-Marxist was yet to comment on the incident.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:43:13 AM
Nearly 70,000 children living on Delhi streets: Maneka
Delhi has nearly 70,000 children living on its streets, the government on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha. Replying to a written question in the upper house, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the government has itself not made any estimate about the number of street children in the country. However, a rapid assessment survey of street-involved children carried out by Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk (YaR), New Delhi, and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai, has shown that the number of street-involved children in New Delhi is 69,976.
Source: IANS2015-07-24 09:40:35 AM
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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-23 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: IANS2015-07-22 06:31:46 PM
After brief mystery, Sushma back on Twitter as 'foreign minister'
Is she quitting? Social media was agog with speculation that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may be thinking of quitting over the Lalit Modi episode after she deleted 'Foreign Minister, Government of India' from her Twitter bio. The bio was back on Wednesday afternoon. Sushma Swaraj, who tweets from the handle @SushmaSwaraj, had apparently deleted the words 'Foreign Minister, Government of India', from her handle some time after her name was linked with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is accused of financial impropriety. Sushma Swaraj has admitted to helping Modi with travel documents to go from Britain, where he is now staying, to Portugal for treatment of his cancer-stricken wife. Modi has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate with alleged corruption and is wanted for questioning in India. He has been staying in Britain since 2010.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:24:38 PM
AAP questions Parrikar in Louis Berger case
The AAP on Wednesday alleged that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, when he was Goa's chief minister, awarded a consultancy contract to the now tainted Louis Berger firm, despite having "specific information" about the corruption the US-based company was involved in. The Aam Aadmi Party also questioned Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar's "clean chit" last week to Louis Berger, which has been accused of paying bribes to a minister from Goa and officials in 2010. "If Parrikar knew about specific information about the Louis Berger corruption case as the opposition leader then as the chief minister, why did he not do anything about it? Does not the act of withholding information about a multi-crore corruption case amount to an act of corruption itself?" AAP leader Valmiki Naik told the media.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:22:13 PM
'Congress needs to introspect after Thungon's conviction'
A day after a special court in New Delhi convicted former union minister P.K. Thungon in a 1998 corruption case, a union minister on Wednesday said that the Congress should introspect and own up responsibility in the matter. The BJP also took a dig at the Congress on the issue. "A senior leader of the Congress, Thungon, has been convicted in a corruption case after 17 years. There is a need for the Congress to take responsibility and introspect," Kiren Rijiju, union Minister of State for Home, told reporters. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Jain convicted Thungon, also a former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister, and three others in the corruption case of 1998. The court remanded them in judicial custody. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "The skeletons of corruption of yesteryear have been tumbling out of the closet of the Congress."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:18:32 PM
BJP demands Uttarakhand CM's resignation
The BJP on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, alleging he was involved in a liquor scam and "loot" during the 2013 floods. "The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods," union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference. She also released a sting operation video and said: "We have video proof which shows involvement of the Uttarakhand CM and his powerful close confidante in the scam."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:14:24 PM
No resignations over Lalit Modi, Vyapam scam: Government
The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday reasserted that union minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers will not resign over the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam scam and termed opposition allegations on the issues as "baseless". "We have decided to give a befitting reply to the misinformation campaign on these issues and BJP parliamentarians have been asked to strongly counter the opposition," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters after a meeting of the BJP parliamentary party. Naqvi said the opposition was attacking the NDA government "out of desperation as it had no issues to raise against the Centre".
Source: IANS2015-07-22 06:09:59 PM
Rajya Sabha disrupted over Lalit Modi, Vyapam
The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an uproar over the controversy about BJP leaders' links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam recruitment scam as the opposition demanded the resignation of the leaders involved. The government said there will be no resignations, even as the opposition remained adamant that there would no discussion in the house until the concerned individuals resigned. The opposition parties are seeking the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their association with Modi, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's removal over Vyapam. On the second day of parliament's monsoon session, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) sought permission to speak on the Modi and Vyapam issues.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 02:02:32 PM
Shanta Kumar's concern on Vyapam scam unnecessary: Shivraj
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the concern expressed by senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar on the opposition's Vyapam scam allegations without knowing the reality was unnecessary. In a letter written to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Kumar said the Vyapam scam has maligned BJP's image. He also suggested setting up of an ethics committee. Replying to Kumar's letter, Chouhan wrote a letter to him on Tuesday night. He said: "It is unnecessary and unexpected to express concern over allegations levelled by the opposition on BJP leaders without acquiring exact information."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:59:47 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon on Lalit Modi issue
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday was adjourned till noon after the Congress-led opposition created a ruckus in the house on BJP leaders' links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. As soon as the house assembled for the day, the opposition shouted slogans against the NDA government on the Modi issue and the Vyapam recruitment scam in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Madhya Pradesh. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily moved an adjournment motion in the house on the Lalit Modi issue. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:57:04 PM
Congress leader wanted me to help scam accused: Sushma
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said a senior Congress leader had pressed her hard to give diplomatic passport to a scam accused Congress leader. "A senior congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to the coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia," Swaraj Swaraj tweeted, hours before the second day of monsoon session in parliament. The development comes a day after she had offered to give a statement in parliament about Congress' allegations over her links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. She also said she will disclose the name of the Congress leader in parliament. "I will disclose the name of the leader on the floor of the house," she said in another tweet. Congress had demanded her resignation, even after she had offered to give a statement in the house.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 01:52:48 PM
Trinamool to fight the 2016 assembly polls alone: Mamata
Virtually kicking off the poll campaign, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday declared that her Trinamool Congress would fight next year's assembly elections alone and take on the "unethical alliance" of the BJP, Congress and CPI-M. "I tell the Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M that they do not have any relevance in Bengal. They do not have any principles. BJP-Congress-CPI-M.. they are in an unethical alliance. We will fight you alone, with dignity and with our heads held high," Banerjee, the Trinamool supremo told thousands of her supporters in Kolkata. Attacking the Narendra Modi-led central government, she said the Trinamool will fight it over the "injustice with and neglect of the state".
Source: IANS2015-07-22 10:03:33 AM
No mercy for Rajiv Gandhi killers, SC told
The central government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that no mercy could be shown to the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi as it opposed the Tamil Nadu government's move to set free seven convicts by granting them remission of sentence. Opposing Tamil Nadu government's plea to release the seven convicts, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the constitution bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit that "our former prime minister was killed by these people. There was a conspiracy to kill him in which foreign nationals were also involved. What mercy could be shown to them."
Source: IANS2015-07-22 10:00:39 AM
Nothing against Nestle, but awareness created: Paswan
Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said while the government had nothing against Nestle over the Maggi noodle controversy, which was probed by an independent watchdog on safety standards, the episode had created awareness among the public. "Our priority is consumer health. From president to peon, everyone is a consumer. We don't want our people visit doctors after eating sub-standard food. The Maggi episode has created awareness on food safety," said Paswan who also holds food and public distribution portfolios. "We want consumers to get safe food products. We also don't want to create panic in the market," said the minister, speaking to reporters at the launch of a national campaign to strengthen countrywide awareness and capacity building on safe and hygienic food for all.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 09:49:35 AM
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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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 Reports2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-21 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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:IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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 Reports2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-20 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-16 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-15 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-14 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-13 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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: IANS2015-07-11 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 Reports2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-10 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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 Reports2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-09 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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 Reports2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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 Reports2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-08 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-07 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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 Reports2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-06 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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 Reports2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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: IANS2015-07-04 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 Reports2015-07-03 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 Reports2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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: IANS2015-07-03 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 Reports2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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 Reports2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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 Reports2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-02 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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 Reports2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-07-01 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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 Reports2015-06-30 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 Reports2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-30 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: IANS2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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 Reports2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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: IANS2015-06-29 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 Reports2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-27 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-19 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-18 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-17 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-16 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-15 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-13 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-12 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-11 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-10 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-09 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-08 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-06 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-05 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 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: IANS2015-06-04 10:21:12 AM