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Rajya Sabha members should resign if they have any pride left: Moily
New Delhi, March 29: All members of the Rajya Sabha should resign if they have any pride left, Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, slamming the government for undermining the house of elders by bringing in legislation to the lower house as money bills to ensure their passage.The Congress leader was participating in a debate on four GST bills in the Lok Sabha."It is the biggest step in federal law, federal finances. You are a representative of the council of states. Finance Minister, you are denying rights to yourself," Moily said, referring to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a Rajya Sabha member."I think history will definitely reveal what kind of deprivation we are doing to the federal concept of this great nation.""Today we are happy that there is a big, I won't say brute, majority here. I won't say bulldozing because Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said don't use that word. (There is) Nothing wrong, you have the right, you feel personally...




Why different house tax rules for people, politicians: Delhi Deputy CM Sisodia
New Delhi, March 29: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday asked if the house tax of BJP leader Vijay Goel's mansion could be waived off, then why not for Delhi's commoners.Sisodia said the municipal corporations in August last year decided to exempt tax on Goel's 'haveli' (mansion)."If the House (Muncipal Corporation of Delhi) can waive off tax of a BJP leader's haveli, then why one needs to go to Parliament to do the same for common people?" Sisodia asked."Why the rules are different for the common people and the politicians?"He added that if voted to power in the civic elections, the Aam Aadmi Party will use the same rules and powers to exempt house tax for common citizens, which the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled corporation used for its leader. (IANS)




SC bans sale, registration of BS-IV non-compliant vehicles
New Delhi, March 29: In a major decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said no vehicles which are BS-IV emission non-compliant will be sold in the country after April 1, 2017.Restraining the automobile manufacturers from selling BS-IV non-compliant vehicles from April 1, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said all the vehicle-registering authorities are prohibited from registering BS-IV non-compliant vehicles from April 1.Banning the sale, the court said the health of the people was "far far more important than the commercial interests of the manufacturers".However, the court said that if proof is furnished that the vehicle was purchased before April 1, then it will be allowed to be registered. (IANS)




Closure of slaughterhouses can leave over 2 million people jobless in UP
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 29: In first 10 days in office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has conducted massive ‘surgical strikes' at slaughterhouses in the state. A research report of IndiaSpend.com suggests that the closure of slaughterhouses in the country's most populous state could leave over two million people jobless besides collateral losses to various other related industries.   "The drive against slaughterhouses could impact three critical industries in UP: Meat packaging, livestock and leather. With some of India's worst development indicators, stagnant agriculture and industry... India's most populous state is also one of its poorest with the second-highest unemployment rate-after Jharkhand-among India's eighth most socioeconomically backward states," says the report.   "In 2015-16, more people per 1,000 were unemployed in UP (58), compared to the Indian average (37), and youth unemployment was especially high, wit...




People are afraid, scared in Uttar Pradesh; Govt. should work for all, says Mamata
IndiaTomorrow.net, Kolkata, March 29: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed concern over the recent developments in Uttar Pradesh since Yogi Adityanath became chief minister of the state and said the promise of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas should be implemented on the ground.   "We are concerned about recent happenings in UP. People are afraid & many are scared about differences over caste, creed & religion," said Mamata in a tweet on Tuesday.  We are concerned about recent happenings in UP. People are afraid & many are scared about differences over caste, creed & religion 1/3— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 28, 2017  We are all one. 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' sirf bolna nahi hain, karna hain. We have to do it, to make it meaningful 2/3— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 28, 2017 "We are all one. 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' sirf bolna nahi hain, karna hain. We have to do it, to make it m...




India condemns deplorable attack on Nigerians, five arrested
Noida, March 28: India on Tuesday condemned an alleged racial attack on Nigerian students who were brutally beaten up in Greater Noida by mobs targeting African nationals blaming them for drug running following the death of a teen due to suspected drug overdose.Apprehending a diplomatic row over the attack near the national capital, the External Affairs Ministry assured of an impartial probe and said India was committed to the safety of foreigners in the country.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, and he had assured her of a "fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident".According to police in Greater Noida, some 40 km from Delhi, late on Monday night four Nigerian students were attacked by crowds near Pari Chowk while two more were beaten by a mob inside a shopping mall.The attacks took place after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG So...




Modi government showing double standards over Lokpal: Congress
New Delhi, March 28: The Congress on Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi government of double standards on the Lokpal issue by saying that the ombudsman can't be appointed in the absence of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.The Congress said it seems the Modi government does not want to be held accountable to, and stand scrutiny by, an independent institution such as Lokpal."The BJP government is systematically dismantling the checks and balances in our democracy and dismantling the pillars of transparency and accountability," Congress spokesman and Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi told the media here.The government, through Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, on Tuesday told the apex court that the Lokpal cannot be appointed in the present situation as amendment regarding the definition of Leader of Opposition in the Lokpal Act was pending in Parliament.As per the Lokpal Act of 2013, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha has to be part of the Lokpal selection panel.At present, there ...




100 Most Powerful Indians: Modi, Shah, Bhagwat get top 3 Ranks; Owaisi more powerful than Shiv Sena chief, four chief ministers
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat have retained their top three positions respectively in the 2017 List of Most Powerful Indians, prepared by The Indian Express. The trio had got the same position in the 2016 list.   Sonia, Rahul lose power However, both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party's vice president Rahul Gandhi have slipped behind as the party has continued failing in elections. Sonia has slipped from Rank 5 in 2016 to Rank 9 in the current list while Rahul has slipped from Rank 9 to Rank 10. However, Rahul is followed by Rajnath Singh (11), Nitish Kumar (13) and Mamata Banerjee (14) among others.   The top 10 in the IE100 list are: Narendra Modi Amit Shah Mohan Bhagwat JS Khehar Ajit Doval Arun Jaitley Mukhesh Ambani Yogi Adityanath Sonia Gandhi Rahul Gandhi   Owaisi more powerful than Thackeray, 4 chief ministers Three-time Member of Lok...




African students attacked in Uttar Pradesh; CM assures impartial probe
Noida, March 28: A day after an attack on African students in Greater Noida, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi had promised a "fair and impartial" probe."I have spoken to Adityanathji about (the) attack on African students in Greater Noida. He has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.Sushma Swaraj spoke to Adityanath on Tuesday morning after an African student, Sadiq Bello, tweeted her to "act fast" as living in Noida, he said, was becoming a "life threatening issue" for Africans.According to police, three African students were attacked by a group of residents in Greater Noida's Pari Chowk area in Uttar Pradesh on Monday."The attack took place in Ansal Plaza Mall in Greater Noida. The African students were attacked after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida...




Rajya Sabha adjourned four times over vacancies in statutory commissions
New Delhi, March 28: The Rajya Sabha was on Tuesday adjourned four times amid protests from the opposition over delay in filling up of vacancies in the statutory commission for minorities, SCs, STs and OBCs.Soon after the House assembled for the day, the proceedings were adjourned first for 10 minutes till 11.25 a.m.When the House reconvened, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the process for filling vacancies was on. However, opposition members continued their protest so the House was adjourned for the second time till 12 noon.Later, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third time till 12.30 p.m, and again for the fourth time till 2 p.m. (IANS)