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Shiv Sena launches mass agitations against fuel price hike, inflation
Mumbai, Sep 23: The Shiv Sena, which is an alliance partner in both the BJP-led Central and Maharashtra governments, on Saturday launched agitations against the runway fuel price hike and inflation by carrying empty gas cylinders and organising mock funerals of the BJP.  Thousands of Shiv Sena activists led by ministers, MPs, MLAs, and local unit leaders led the agitations carried out at 12 places all over Mumbai and its suburbs.Scores of Shiv Sainiks including MPs Arvind Sawant and Anil Desai, several sitting and former legislators and municipal corporators, shakha and gat pramukhs were detained across the city by police.The Sainiks, many carrying empty gas cylinders or fuel cans, posters and placards, raised deafening slogans attacking the central and state governments headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis respectively.Thousands of activists including women and youth, chanted slogans of "Narendra Sarkar, Hai Hai, Devendra Sarkar Ha...




Businessman close to BJP going to acquire NDTV?
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 22: Many consider NDTV as the only or one of very few ‘speaking' TV channels these days for its bold coverage of public issues and strong criticism of the establishment. But it appears this voice too is going to be ‘silenced' forever. As per The Indian Express, Ajay Singh, co-founder and owner of SpiceJet airline who was part of the BJP's 2014 poll campaign, is set to buy majority stake in NDTV.   According to the report, Ajay Singh will get 40 per cent share along with editorial rights while promoters of the channel Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy will have 20 per cent stake. Public shareholding in the company stands at around 40 per cent. The deal is said to be valued at around Rs 600 crore.   Once OSD of former BJP leader and Cabinet minister Pramod Mahajan, Singh had coined the most famous slogan of Modi's 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign - Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar.   While SpiceJet has rubbished the report ...




Agriculture Is In Crisis and Farmers Will Not Remain Silent: Ex ICAR chief
There is an urgent need of investment to create the necessary infrastructure for agriculture and to provide farmers the right price for their produce: Former ICAR Director General Mangala RaiImran Khan,Patna, Sep 20: The central and state governments should pump in about Rs 50,000 crore ($7.5 billion) to transform half a million or one million hectares of fallow land into farmland and create the right atmosphere for private investment to rid the country of the ongoing agrarian crisis, says an eminent agricultural scientist."India is facing an agrarian crisis. There shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind that farmers have been protesting for any other agenda," former Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Director General Mangala Rai told IANS.And private investment is one of the solutions he sees to resolve the crisis."There is an urgent need of investment to create the necessary infrastructure for agriculture and to provide farmers the right price for their p...




NDA Has Become NPA -- Non-Performing Asset: Congress
New Delhi, Sep 19: The Congress on Monday accused the Narendra Modi government of turning India's economy from the "fastest growing" into a "sluggish and stagnating" one, and said growth and investment rates have seen a decline.Talking to reporters here, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi also hit out at BJP National President Amit Shah.He said Shah's efforts to place Prime Minister "Modi's economic integration" at the same pedestal as "Sardar Patel's political integration and Babasaheb Ambedkar's social integration was a contemptuous insult to our founding fathers and a pathetic attempt to paint black into white".Singhvi said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has derailed the economy by its "disastrous decision making".Demonetisation had hit the economy adversely and the Goods and Services Tax was rolled out in a "bad and hurried" manner, affecting many industries as also the manufacturing sector, he said.Sin...




Note Ban, GST a Double Whammy on GDP: Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Sep 18: Both demonetisation and GST have affected India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth adversely, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday."Both demonetisation and GST have had some impact on GDP," Manmohan Singh, who has earlier said the Indian economy has been running on only "one engine" of public spending, told CNBC-TV18 channel."Both would affect the informal sector, the small scale sector that are responsible for 40 per cent of of GDP... 90 per cent of employment is in the informal sector."So when 86 per cent of currency is withdrawn from circulation, plus GST, which was put in practice in haste.. lot of glitches are now coming up, it was bound to affect GDP growth adversely," he said.Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan estimated earlier this month that the country's GDP had taken a hit of between 1 to 2 per cent due to demonetisation, which translated to a sum of around Rs 2 lakh crore. (IANS)




Fuel Price Hike: BJD Observes Strike Across Odisha
Bhubaneswar, Sep 18: Normal life was affected across Odisha on Monday as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) observed a five-hour strike to protest the hike in petrol and diesel prices.The strike was in effect from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.Bus and other vehicles remained off the road at several places while railway services were also affected as BJD activists staged protests at several railway stations.Commercial establishments also remained closed as the ruling party protested the rising prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas across block and district headquarters on Monday.School children and office-goers bore the brunt of the strike as protesters blocked roads in Bhubaneswar and other parts of the state.The state government issued an advisory to close all schools and colleges in view of the strike. The schools conducting examinations have been asked to conduct the same on some other day.Holding BJD placards, the party workers also burnt tyres in most traffic intersections in the capital, br...




Congress Begins Signature Campaign Against Fuel Price Rise
New Delhi, Sep 17: Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Sunday began a campaign in the national capital to collect 10 lakh signatures against the rise in the price of petrol and diesel.He said the party will stage a protest on September 20 at Jantar Mantar to demand rollback of the excise and VAT (value added taxes) on petrol and diesel.Maken arrived at a petrol pump near Zakir Hussain College, in central Delhi, along with scores of party workers to collect signatures -- the party proposes to collect signatures of 10 lakh people from the city.Speaking to reporters, the former Union Minister said: "The 10 lakh signatures thus collected will be presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to express the people's anguish at the unchecked rise in the prices of petrol and diesel."He said that if excise and VAT duties are reduced, petrol could be sold in Delhi at Rs 34 per litre while diesel price would come down to Rs 32 per litre.Explaining his...




MNREGA Workers Continue Their Agitation
New Delhi, Sep 15: MNREGA daily wagers continued their agitation for the fourth consecutive day here on Thursday in protest against delayed wages and in support of their demand for an increase in wages.The protesters, rallying under the banner of NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, spent the day planning strategies to take forward the struggle of MGNREGA workers across the country.Leaders from various platforms joined in to express solidarity with the struggle.In the evening, a delegation from the Morcha met the Rural Development Secretary to press for its demands.The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha agitation is scheduled to last till Friday.(IANS)




Frank Islam Foundation, IANS Join Hands to Highlight Inclusive India Stories
Washington/New Delhi, Sep 14: The Frank Islam Foundation in Washington has joined hands with IANS, India's largest independent newswire, for a media project that aims to tell some remarkable stories from across India, it was announced on Thursday.Supported by the non-profit foundation started by prominent IT entrepreneur Frank Islam, these stories would challenge the public perception, question stereotypes and try to uncover the diverse, plural and inclusive India, both socially and economically, hidden behind the veil of the popular, sometimes unidimensional narrative about the country and its people."The project would focus on stories of social collaboration and communal harmony, of women's empowerment and minority achievement, stories of those who fought against odds not only to improve their lives, but the lives of many others," the US-based organisation said in a statement."Our collaboration will allow IANS to strengthen its coverage of such stories that focus on is...




22 die in UP boat tragedy
Lucknow, Sep 14: An overcrowded boat filled with labourers capsized in the Yamuna river in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh early on Thursday, killing at least 22 people, officials said.Locals blamed overcrowding for the tragedy.Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) divers began taking out the bodies and rescuing the survivors, an official told IANS. A few who were rescued were admitted to a nearby medical facility.Angry that an overcrowded boat was allowed to ply, villagers jammed a highway and set a few vehicles on fire, witnesses said.District Magistrate Bhawani Singh and his officials tried to pacify the mob which refused to allow the bodies to be taken for autopsy.They allowed five bodies to be taken by the police. But when more bodies were taken out, they started dumping them on the river bank.Local officials say more than 60 people were in the boat when it capsized. The labourers were reportedly headed for Haryana.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his c...




Modi's Bullet Train Venture a Cruel Joke on the Poor of India: Sachar
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 13: Former chief justice of Delhi High Court Justice Rajindar Sachar has strongly condemned the idea of bullet train at a time when over 200 million people are living below poverty line in the country.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe are scheduled to lay foundations stone for bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai at a cost of Rs. 1.10 lakh crores on September 15. As per media reports, the fare could be around two times the existing A/C first class fare or almost the same as airfare of over Rs. 3000 - 3500/-.   "According to World Bank report, India has 224 million living below the international poverty line of around Rs. 120 a day. Modi's bullet train venture is a cruel joke and ridicules on the poor of India," said Justice Sachar, who is also former president of People's Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL), in a stamen on Wednesday.   "I feel that this calls for political parties...




Forced To Shut Business, Meat Sellers Struggling For Livelihood
New Delhi/Noida, Sep 13: Small-scale meat businesses, including fish sellers, tempo drivers who transport meat, small dairies, farmers and dhaba owners, on Tuesday came together at a public hearing and expressed their deep sorrow about the attacks on their livelihood with constant botheration by the police.The hearing was organised in the national capital by Save Environment and Human Rights (SEHR), a voluntary group of university teachers, lawyers, students and activists.The purpose of the hearing was to highlight the pressing problems faced by these people due to the arbitrary closing down of slaughter houses, attacks by the 'gau rakshaks' and the unannounced ban on the sale of raw meat or cooked meat dishes in dhabas and hotels in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.It was presided over by a jury which consisted of retired judge of Delhi High Court A.P. Shah, CPI(M) Politburo member Subhashini Ali and eminent journalist Saba Naqvi while lawyer Suroor Mander moderated ...




Plan Panel's Abolition: Tripura Losing Rs 2,000cr Annually, Says CM
Agartala, Sep 12: Following the abolition of the Planning Commission and the adoption of a new policy at the Centre, Tripura has been losing around Rs 2000 crore per year, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said."With the abolition of the Planning Commission, the central government led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has stopped various central aid and changed the sharing pattern for the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS), which caused Tripura a net loss of about Rs 2000 crore per year," Sarkar said while addressing a meeting here on Monday night.He said the Centre has stopped funding under normal central assistance, special plan assistance and special central assistance. Besides, the fund flow under some major schemes has been reduced by Rs 350 to Rs 400 crore."Infrastructure bottlenecks are the primary barriers in the development of the eight northeastern states. No additional funds have been provided in the central budget for the development of the infrastructure of t...




Demonetisation, Hastily Implemented GST Damaged Economy: Rahul
San Francisco, Sep 12: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetisation and the hastily implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Both he said caused "tremendous damage to the Indian economy". Gandhi, who is on a two-week visit to the US to interact with political leaders, global thinkers and overseas Indians, spoke on the political environment in the country, the Congress party, the effects of demonetisation among other issues."Government's economic policy of demonetisation and the hastily implemented GST has caused tremendous pressure on the economy," Gandhi said while addressing the students of the University of California in Berkeley on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward'.India's first Prime Minister and Gandhi's great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru had once delivered a historic speech at the same university in 1949.Gandhi also said that the government's decision to scrap Rs 500 and R...




Tripura CPI-M to protest against cut in Centre's share in MGNREGA
Agartala, Sep 9: The ruling CPI-M in Tripura will launch an agitation to protest against the "sharp reduction" in the allocation of funds by the Centre for the flagship rural jobs scheme -- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), party leaders said on Saturday."We will launch a massive agitation against sharp reduction in allocation of central government's share of funds in MGNREGA. To start with, sit-in demonstrations will be held in all 58 blocks across the state on September 14," Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tripura state Secretary Bijan Dhar told reporters.He said: "In the last many years, Tripura stood first in providing work under the flagship rural jobs scheme by providing work for 85 to 90 days a year."In the current fiscal year (2017-18), the government of India has sharply reduced its share of allocation of funds, due to which the state can provide work for maximum 42 days this year."Accompanied by CPI-M...




Demonetisation Was a Catastrophe: Marc Faber
New Delhi, Sep 8: Demonetisation was a catastrophe which couldn't achieve the objectives it aimed for, Marc  Faber, editor and publisher of economic and financial publication 'The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report', said on Friday."We all know demonetisation has been a catastrophe. It didn't achieve its objectives. It could have been done in a benign way, giving a period of six months wherein old notes could be exchanged so that nobody suffered," Faber told BTVi in an interview.He said that the move was based on academics wherein the people in the government had no clue of how the market functioned.Faber said the note ban did aim at targeting organised crime, which gets a boost from abundance of cash. But they too have other means to lend out money these days, he added.Touching upon the Goods and Services Tax (GST), he said that the rates are quite high under the new indirect tax regime, which would encourage black marketing.Demonetisation and GST roll-out also affected India'...




3 Accidents Rock Railways, Goyal Orders Immediate Review of Safety Standards
New Delhi, Sep 8: Three train derailments rocked the Railways within a span of 12 hours on Thursday -- three days after new Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took charge, leading him to order an immediate review of safety standards.On top of the derailments, a major accident was averted in Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad by alert locals. But there were no casualties or injuries to any passengers in all the incidents.The day started on a bad note for the Railways when seven coaches of Shaktipunj Express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh at 6.20 a.m.. The train was coming from Howrah in West Bengal and was headed to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.In the second incident which took place in the national capital around 11.45 a.m., the engine and power coach of the Rajdhani Express derailed near Shivaji Bridge Railway Station (formerly Minto Bridge).The train was coming from Ranchi to Delhi and it derailed while approaching the New Delhi Railway Station.Following the derailment, the Northern Rail...




Two Coaches of Rajdhani Express Derail in Delhi
New Delhi, Sep 7: At least two coaches of the Rajdhani Express from Ranchi derailed near Minto Bridge station here on Thursday, officials said. There were no injuries.Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma told IANS that the engine and a power coach of train derailed while approaching New Delhi Railway Station from Ranchi in Jharkhand around 11.45 a.m.Earlier in the day, seven coaches of the Shaktipunj Express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh. (IANS)




SC Seeks Details of Verification into Manifold Increase in some Lawmakers' Assets
New Delhi, Sep 6: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central government to place before it details of the steps it had taken to verify the sources of income of lawmakers whose assets increased many fold in just one term as elected representatives.The bench of Justice J.Chelameswar and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer sought the details of the steps taken by the tax authorities to examine these cases, as senior counsel K. Radhakrishnan told the court that the cases where there was manifold increase in assets were being looked into."If you say that you have taken up 1,2,3 cases, that will establish your bona fides that you are in principle in favour of reforms", the bench told the senior counsel as he asserted: "We believe in action."Noting that they were just asking for basic information, the bench said that "if government was not averse to reforms, then necessary information must be available".The court query came as the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR...




Demonetisation Biggest Scam, Says AAP's Sanjay Singh
Lucknow, Sep 4: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation decision and said the decrease of 3 per cent in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rate has cost the country more than Rs 4.5 lakh crore.Addressing the media in the state capital, AAP's national spokesman and in-charge of the state unit, Sanjay Singh said demonetisation was now turning out to be the "biggest scam ever" in the country."Party Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier also warned the people against the scam and now the RBI has proved his apprehensions correct," Singh said.All clarifications given for the sudden demonetisation move had turned out to be fake now, the senior AAP leader said, claiming that the move had neither led to a reduction in terror activities nor put an end to naxalism.Singh said the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was also an attempt by Prime Minister Modi to benefit some of his "fa...




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