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Earlier People Fear Lion, Now people fear cow, thanks to Modi: Lalu
Patna, Nov 19: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday taunted Prime Minister Narender Modi by saying that earlier people used to fear the lion but now they fear the cow thanks to cow vigilantism across the country. "'Pahle log sher se darte the, ab gai se darte hain. Yeh sab Modi sarkar ki den hai," Lalu Prasad said at a meeting of his Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) here.He said that due to growing fear for being seen with cows and cattle, the Sonepur cattle fair in Bihar's Saran district, considered Asia largest cattle fair, had turned into a fair without cattle. He said people were angry with the Modi government in view of its "total failure" in the last three-and-half-a-years to meet any of promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. People were also upset by demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, he added. "Modi may go for Lok Sabha polls in 2018, ahead of its scheduled time in 2019," Lalu Prasad said, and asked his party activists to b...




Indira Gandhi opposed those dividing India over religion: Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, Nov 19: Indira Gandhi "fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people into lines of religion and caste", Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday. On the centenary of the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi spoke at the inauguration here of a photo exhibition, �A Life of Courage', on the life and achievements of Indira Gandhi. "I have heard Indiraji being referred to as the Iron Lady. But iron was only one of the elements in her character; generosity and humanity were just as prominent traits," she said. Indira Gandhi, daughter of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 19, 1917. She was Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination on October 31, 1984. On Sunday, Sonia Gandhi also recalled her relationship with the former Prime Minister, who was also her mother-in-law.&n...




Gujarat regressed in last 22 years: P. Chidambaram
New Delhi, Nov 19: Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Sunday attacked the BJP on Gujarat's development model, saying that as a result of a distorted concept of development, many sections of the people were left behind and the state has regressed in the last 22 years. Sustaining his argument, the Congress leader, in his tweet, posted a data comparing the development figures of Gujarat against four other states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra.  "The table tells the story of Gujarat and how, despite the boasts, Gujarat is not ahead of four comparable states. While Gujarat has progressed industrially, in many critical areas of human development, Gujarat may have actually regressed in the last 22 years," Chidambaram said adding that the much-touted ‘Gujarat Model' was being dissected and examined.  In his series of tweets, the leader questioning the government, said: "As a result of a distorted concept of development or vika...




Gujarat children getting expired polio vaccine: Congress
New Delhi, Nov 18: The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of administering expired and unusable polio vaccine to the children in state and said it is a criminal act of negligence and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiate an "inquiry" into it. "A very shocking and worrisome report has come from Gujarat regarding child healthcare which depicts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their government has not learned any lessons from the infant deaths in Gujarat and in Uttar Pradesh. "The BJP government is playing with public healthcare in India," said Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. "The report says that BJP government in Gujarat is administering an expired unusable polio vaccine to the children of Gujarat. "This is an act of criminal negligence... When you administer an expired medicine, it is like administering poison. So, BJP government in the garb of polio vaccination is administerin...




Kovind, Modi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on birth centenary
New Delhi, Nov 19: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. "Nation remembers former Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary," Kovind tweeted.  Modi tweeted" "Tributes to former PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary." Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to Indira and said: I remember you Dadi (grandmother) with so much love and happiness. You are my mentor and guide. You give me strength. #Indira100."  Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi went to Shakti Sthal to pay tributes. (IANS)  "Remembering Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. Her steely determination, clarity of thought and decisive actions made her a towering personality. Undoubtedly and rightfully India's Iron Lady," Mukherjee tweeted. ...




Gujarat wants to see outcome of 23-year rule, not 23-year-old's CD: Hardik
Gandhinagar, Nov 19: Hardik Patel, the leader of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), on Saturday said the people of Gujarat want to see what the BJP has done in 23 years rather than the video of a 23-year-old youth. Hardik, who had earlier threatened to drop a "bomb" against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at "prestige rally" at Mansa, the hometown of party's President Amit Shah, however, stuck to the script of hitting out at BJP.  The PAAS, which has been agitating against the government for more than two years over the issue of reservation for the Patidar community, has pledged to oppose the ruling BJP in the coming state assembly elections in December. Earlier, they had sought the administration's permission to hold the rally in Mansa, but the same was denied by the Gandhinagar Superintendent of Police.Touted as a prestige rally for the young Patidar, who has been facing heat after a couple of his video clips allegedly showing his sexual escapa...




Sharad questions EC decision on JD-U symbol, vows to fight on
New Delhi, Nov 18: Senior socialist leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav on Saturday questioned the Election Commission's decision to grant the "Arrow" symbol to the Nitish Kumar-led faction of Janata Dal-United and vowed to fight it both legally and democratically. "The decision has not meted out justice. The EC's decision is just asking the person who built the building to vacate it. My lawyers are looking into the matter and will soon take a call. Our fight will continue," Yadav told reporters here at a press conference. He was responding to the Commission's decision in which it granted the "Arrow" symbol to the Nitish Kumar-faction after a three-month battle between the two warring factions of the JD-U. Yadav, a former President of the JD-U, said the EC's decision would not deter his fight to "save democracy". "We are not dismayed with this decision. We knew the fate but it does not mean that we should end our fight...




Moodys rating goes against people's mood: Kapil Sibal
New Delhi, Nov 18: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday said the upgradation of India's rating by the US credit rating agency Moody's was not in sync with the "mood of the people". "Contrast the mood at Moody's with the mood of the people. While you bask under their upgrade worry about livelihood millions have lost," Sibal said in a tweet. "Moody talks about sunshine tomorrow. We are worried about the dark clouds today," he said. US credit rating agency Moody's on Friday upgraded India's sovereign rating to Baa2 from its lowest investment grade of Baa3 after 13 years.Maintaining that the upgrading was based on New Delhi's "wide-ranging programme of economic and institutional reforms", Moody's simultaneously changed the outlook for the country's rating to stable from positive and upgraded India's local and foreign currency issuer rating to Baa2 from Baa3.




Congress urges President to prod government for winter session
New Delhi, Nov 18: The Congress on Friday said the Narendra Modi government is scared of convening the winter session of Parliament because of Gujarat polls and appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to take notice of this and ask the government to convene the session. Asked if the party would approach the President on this, Congress Spokesperson Rajeev Shukla said: "The opposition parties will have to decide it. Ghulam Nabi Azadji will meet the opposition leaders and decide. "But we can appeal to the President that he should convene the Parliament session. Why are the dates of the winter session not being announced? The government is silent on this." "Today is November 17 ... and they have not called even a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA). They are waiting for Gujarat polls to get over," he added.  Shukla asked: "Why are they so scared of Gujarat polls? What do they think will be raised in Parliamen...




Both Modi and Moodys have "failed to gauge the mood of the nation" : Congress
New Delhi, Nov 17: After Moody's upgraded India's sovereign rating and a survey claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still a "popular leader", the Congress on Friday said both Modi and Moody's have "failed to gauge the mood of the nation". The party said: "After destroying India's economy, the Modi government was clutching at straws to claim lost credibility. "Modiji and Moody's ‘Jodi' has failed," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted. "Hunger deaths, farmers shootings, agri distress, job losses, lowest credit ratings, rising prices, plunging exports, flawed GST, demonetisation disaster, stagnant growth are the real indices to measure it," he added.  "They rely upon a World Bank report of Delhi/Mumbai to claim all is well and quote a PEW survey of 2,464 people to claim victory. "At this pace, Modiji should be fighting the next election abroad," Surjewala added. US c...




Delhiites can soon access 40 government services at doorstep
New Delhi, Nov 16: The Delhi government has decided to offer over 40 government services ranging from grant of water connection to marriage certificate at people's doorstep, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday. Sisodia said citizens would save time and countless trips to government offices in the process and termed the decision as one amounting to bringing "government at your doorsteps" and "home delivery of governance". The minister said citizens would be able to access these services outside of the normal working hours too. Sisodia said a nominal fee would be charged from people and added that a private agency would be hired to carry out the service. Under the new project, if a person wanted a certificate from the government, he would have to telephone a call centre. Then a 'Mobile Sahayak' would go to the residence or office of the applicant and collect the necessary documents, take photo and biometric details and then p...




Raise questions about Rafale, Jay Shah from PM: Rahul
New Delhi, Nov 16: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asked the media to raise questions about the Rafale deal and on BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay's income from Prime Minister Narendra Modi."You ask lots of questions from me. And I always answer. But why don't you ask questions about the Rafale deal and Amit Shah's son Jay from the Prime Minister," Gandhi told reporters at the party headquarters.




Committed to upholding freedom of press: PM Modi
New Delhi, Nov 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished journalists on "National Press Day" and said his government is "fully committed to upholding freedom of press and expression in all forms". In a series of tweets on Thursday morning, Modi termed free press as the "cornerstone of a vibrant democracy" and said that "the role of the media in giving voice to the voiceless is commendable". "My greetings to all friends in the media on National Press Day. I appreciate the hard work of our media, especially the reporters and camerapersons, who tirelessly work on the ground and bring forth various news that shapes national as well as global discourse," he tweeted. "The role of the media in giving voice to the voiceless is commendable. Over the last three years, the media has added great strength to 'Swachh Bharat Mission' and effectively furthered the message of cleanliness," Modi said.  The Pri...




PM has no time for Delhi's air pollution: Congress
New Delhi, Nov 15: The Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not paying adequate attention to pollution in Delhi and said he should have called a meeting of Chief Ministers concerned and placed an action plan before them. "Delhi has been coping with the problem of severe pollution for two-three years but the Prime Minister has no time," Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh told media persons here. "Modi should have called a meeting of Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab and placed an action plan before them," Singh said, adding that Chief Ministers of three states adjoining Delhi belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said the central government has crores of rupees to tackle pollution but there was lack of a concerted action plan.  Singh alleged that the government was putting the responsibility of tackling pollution on farmers, who have no alternative at present to stubble-burning. ...




'Of Rs 787cr green cess collected in 2017, Delhi has spent nil'
New Delhi, Nov 15: Amidst the city's fight against pollution, an RTI revelation on Wednesday put the Delhi government "in a spot" after it failed to specify its utilisation of the Rs 787 crore green cess collected during 2017. The Delhi government -- in the RTI reply to Sanjeev Jain, a Right To Information activist -- said it received Rs 50 crore in 2015, Rs 387 crore in 2016 and Rs 787 crore as environment cess from January 1 to September 30 in 2017. The Arvind Kejriwal government said it has spent Rs 93 lakh of the environment cess in 2016, but there was "no mention of any expenditure" in 2017. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government came under attack from the opposition parties following this RTI response.  The Congress said the city government was not utilising funds for strengthening the public transport system, and instead was involved in "blame game".  "It is complete negligence on the part of (Chief Minister) Ke...




Padmavati row: Karni Sena calls for Bharat Bandh on December 1
Jaipur, Nov 15: Dubbing Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone's statement regarding the movie 'Padmavati' provocative, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Wednesday called for a 'Bharat Bandh' (shutdown) on December 1 if Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie was released on that date. "We will hold rallies across the country, including Gurugram, Patna, Lucknow and Bhopal before the release date," Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder-patron of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organization of the Rajput community, told the media here. He said that all communities, including Muslims, supported the Sena on the issue.  "We demand a complete ban on the film. Now, we don't want any pre-screening of the movie. All we want is a ban," he said. He claimed that as per the Cinematography Act, the government can withhold the release of a movie for three months even after a go-ahead by the Central Board of Film Certification and it can be extended further.  "We request...




Kejriwal-Lieutenant Governor fight intensifies
 New Delhi, Nov 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of "disrupting an elected government". "Isn't LG disrupting an elected government by encouraging officers not to show files to Ministers?  "Why are files related to teachers being hidden from Education Minister? How does an Education Minister run schools like this?" the Chief Minister tweeted on Wednesday. Earlier Kejriwal's deputy and Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia had alleged that a file related to a proposal for sending teachers and principals to Finland for training was not shown to him. On Tuesday, Baijal said it was not clear who has given the impression to the Deputy Chief Minister that the Lieutenant Governor's office has given instructions not to show any file concerning 'teachers' to the Minister-in-charge.  Baijal added that he had referred the file for the training of teachers in Finland to Si...




Centre fails to control cow vigilantes: Sharad Yadav
New Delhi, Nov 14: Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said lynching of a dairy farmer by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan was "unfortunate" and criticised the Centre for failing to control the menace."Government is unable to control cow vigilantes as again one Ummar (Khan) has been killed in Alwar while transporting cows and calves," Sharad Yadav said in his tweet.He said it is "unfortunate that such incidents are increasing" and added that the "farming community is also being affected badly" by this "inhuman" act.Khan, 35, was allegedly shot dead by cow vigilantes in Govindgarh on suspicion of smuggling the animals while another person was injured.Khan's dismembered body was found on the railway tracks in Govindgarh on Friday.On April 1, 55-year-old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan from Haryana was assaulted by cow vigilantes on National Highway-8. Two days later he succumbed to his injuries.(IANS)




Alleged Hardik sex video surfaces, he terms it dirty politics of BJP
Ahmedabad, Nov 14: An alleged sex video of 24-year-old pro-reservation Patidar leader Hardik Patel was telecast on local Gujarati TV channels here on Monday, with the firebrand youngster laughing it away as an expected ploy to defame him though it heated up the political climate in poll-bound Gujarat.The video shows a Hardik Patel-lookalike with an unidentified woman, fully clothed and with her back to the camera, and then the room turns dark.Reacting, Patel said, "I had been saying for some time that all such dirty things, including such a video, would be flung at me, but I don't care and I will continue my fight against the BJP."His supporters claimed the video was morphed.Patel said it was a conspiracy against him by the ruling BJP, which was "known to be adept at this".He pointed out that sometime ago, BJP insiders floated such a video of one of their own leaders Sanjay Joshi.(IANS)




CPI-M condemns dairy farmer's lynching, wants action against cow vigilantes
New Delhi, Nov 13: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday condemned the lynching of a farmer, Umar Khan, by cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan and demanded strict action against the culprits."The CPI-M condemns the gruesome killing of Umar Khan, who was attacked along with his two companions with whom he had purchased cows in Alwar," the party said in a statement."All three of them were beaten and also shot at by the so-called gau rakshaks. It is more shocking that the Rajasthan Police registered a case against the victims and has allowed the vigilantes to go scot-free," it added.The CPI-M underlined that such incidents were happening despite the Supreme Court's instructions to the central and state governments to prevent such attacks and take strict action in incidents of vigilantism.The Supreme Court had said that in every district a senior police officer should be designated to look into such cases and that proper compensation should be...




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