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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...




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...




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 ...




One week gone, Yogi yet to touch topmost promises of poll manifesto
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, March 27: What is the issue that got topmost position in the election manifesto of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Bharatiya Janata Party? Slaughterhouses. Wrong answer. Anti-Romeo Squad. Wrong again. An ordinary person, however, could be forgiven for naming these two as the topmost poll promises of BJP because these were the only issues that got first and harsh attention of CM Yogi in the first week in office even though they were not the topmost promises made in written ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.   The 32-page Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra or election manifesto of BJP has 10 chapters. The first chapter is Agriculture Will Be Foundation of Development. Under this chapter, there are 13 sections. The first section is Financial Aid to Farmers. And here the first promise that BJP made is: Farm Loans of All Small Farmers Will Be Waived. The second promise is that All Small Farmers Will Be Provided Interest-free Loans. There are thre...




Decoding UP Assembly Elections 2017
Shafeeq Rahman, The massive victory for BJP in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by winning two-third seats, specifically its victory in Muslim-concentrated constituencies, has surprised many political pundits. BJP has even won in most of the constituencies which were earlier known as the loyal seats of SP, BSP and INC. Such win has given an impression that Muslims at large have voted to BJP this time in the state.   To check the authenticity of the claim, a classification has been worked out according to the estimated Muslim population size in an Assembly Constituency and the voting pattern therein.   Muslims constitute 18% of the total state population. The population of the community is above 50% in 7 Assembly seats, above 40% in 25 seats and above 20% in 152 constituencies.   7 seats with above 50% Muslim population: SP won all the seven seats with 43% vote share. While BJP vote share was 28% only.   25 seats with above 40% Muslim population: SP+INC all...




Is appointment of priest as CM beginning of Hindu Rashtra, Fali Nariman asks PM
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 25: India's leading jurist Fali S Nariman has said that installation of a priest (Yogi Adityanath) as Chief Minister of a state (Uttar Pradesh) seems to be beginning of a Hindu State. He expressed surprise as to why none from media and no Member of Parliament - even though the session of Parliament is on - have asked this question to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   Speaking to veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta in 'Off The Cuff' program of NDTV, eminent jurist Nariman, when asked which rights of citizens are under threat, said: "The Constitution is under threat. With the massive electoral victory in UP, the priest being installed as Chief Minister at the behest of Prime Minister is a signal. And if you can't see it then you must be spokesperson of the political party (BJP) or you must get your head and eyes examined."   "It's there for all to see. They are entitled to say what they want to. The message is very clear and w...




In 8 years in Parliament, Yogi's most recurring debate topic: Hindu affairs, cow slaughter, uniform civil code
By Alison Saldanha,"It is unfortunate that some opponents, communalists are trying to portray him as a rabble-rouser and fringe personality. They should go through his parliamentary debates. Those reveal his seasoned thinking on various issues of governance," union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on his Facebook page on March 19, 2017, referring to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Factchecker did just that, analysing hiss performance over the last eight years as a member of Parliament (MP) in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabhas, using data from PRS Legislative Research, an advocacy focussed on parliamentary affairs, and the Lok Sabha archives.Our four main findings:1. While the 44-year-old politician raised a variety of concerns -- including river pollution and rising cases of encephalitis -- his most recurring choice of debates focussed on Hindu affairs and cow slaughter, particularly over the last three years.2. In the 16th (current) Lok Sabha, 1...




SC must first give verdict on Ayodha issue, says Yechury
It is not correct for the apex court to suggest an out-of-court settlement on the vexed Ayodhya issue, as it was tried out before:Sitaram Yechury Thiruvananthapuram, March 24: The Supreme Court cannot absolve itself of its responsibilities on the Ayodhya issue and has to first come out with a verdict in the case, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Friday.It is not correct for the apex court to suggest an out-of-court settlement on the vexed Ayodhya issue, as it was tried out before, he told media persons here."The present issue is concerning the title of the land and for that the Supreme Court cannot absolve itself of its responsibilities and seek a consensus. The political consensus can take place after the apex court makes its verdict," Yechury said."What surprises us is that the Congress party is vacillating on this issue. It was during the tenure of (Prime Minister) P.V. Narashima Rao that the Babri Masjid was razed," Yechury pointed out. He h...




SC suggestion for Ayodhya talks unwise: CPI-M
Instead of doing so, the Chief Justice has asked the parties to go for an out of court settlement: CPI-M New Delhi, March 24: Chief Justice J.S. Khehar's suggestion that all parties in the Ayodhya dispute should settle the matter through talks "is superfluous and unwise", the CPI-M said on Friday.The Supreme Court was to hear the appeals against the Allahabad High Court ruling on the Ayodhya matter."Instead of doing so, the Chief Justice has asked the parties to go for an out of court settlement," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement."There is a long history of negotiations and talks in the matter. All these have proved infructuous."The situation changed after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and there was no scope for further talks as one side had unilaterally taken steps to demolish the mosque."For the higher judiciary to now suggest talks is to ignore how the law was broken and the Constitution trampled upon."It is also ...




Air India 'blacklists' Shiv Sena MP for assaulting staffer
Mumbai, March 24: Air India on Friday blacklisted "unruly" Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who admitted to assaulting an airline staffer "25 times" with his shoes and attempted to throw him out of the aircraft on Thursday.An Air India official confirmed to IANS that the order "blacklisting him with immediate effect" has been issued, but the period and other details are not yet available.A common practice among many international and some Indian private airlines for safety and security reasons, this is the first time that the national carrier has introduced such a 'blacklist' of rowdy passengers.Ironically, the first law-breaker who figures on the Air India 'blacklist' happens to be a law-maker from Maharashtra, a former teacher with two terms as legislator and now a first-time MP from Osmanabad district.Late Thursday, the Air India said it was "examining the possibility of creating a 'no fly' list of unruly passengers on the lines of other airlines,&quo...




Shiv Sena MP assaults Air India official with slipper, FIR filed
New Delhi, March 23: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday repeatedly assaulted an Air India official with a sandal here after he was forced to travel economy class though he had a business class ticket.The criminal act triggered widespread condemnation, including from the political class, as well as two First Information Reports (FIR) against the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra.A defiant Gaikwad admitted to beating the airline staffer "25 times" with his sandal -- "not slipper" as he clarified -- after accusing the latter of misbehaving with him when the flight landed in Delhi.The incident happened when flight AI852 from Pune reached Delhi around 10.30 a.m.Apparently nursing a grouse, Gaikwad refused to deboard.Air India sent some officials to enquire what the matter was and learnt that the Shiv Sena leader was upset he had to travel economy class though he held an open executive class ticket.Airline sources said the flight was operated by an old ATR aircraft ...




Jharkhand BJP MLA booked for murder of ex-Deputy Mayor, three others
FIR was lodged by Abhishek Singh, brother of the late ex-Deputy Mayor of Dhanbad Neeraj Singh, against five persons, including BJP lawmaker Sanjiv Singh  Ranchi, March 23: Jharkhand BJP legislator Sanjiv Singh has been named in the murder of former Deputy Mayor of Dhanbad Neeraj Singh and an FIR filed against him, the state police said.The First Information Report (FIR) was lodged by Abhishek Singh, brother of the late Neeraj Singh, against five persons, including BJP lawmaker Sanjiv Singh, according to a police officer here.The Jharkhand government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing.Dhamnad's former Deputy Mayor Neeraj Singh and three other people travelling with him in a vehicle were gunned down on TUesday.According to the post-mortem examination report, more than 20 bullets were pumped into Neeraj Singh.He was cremated on Wednesday.The supporters of Neeraj Singh have called for a shutdown on Thursday in Dhanbad. Shops and schools were clos...




Supreme Court again adjourns Babri Masjid demolition case - now for 2 weeks
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 23: The Supreme Court of India on Thursday adjourned the hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case against several BJP and Hindu right wing leaders including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for two weeks. On Wednesday, the apex court had adjourned the hearing for one day.   According to LiveLaw.in, today's adjournment has come after "senior lawyer K K Venugopal appearing for BJP leaders sought an adjournment saying he will not have time for lengthy arguments as he is stuck in some other matter in another court."   The case will now be taken up on April 6.   The court has also asked all parties to file written submissions in the matter.   On March 6, the apex court had asked CBI why conspiracy charges cannot be restored against the accused.   In 2010, a Bareilly court had dropped charges against the BJP leaders on technical grounds.   The Supreme Court on Wednesday had deferred for Thursday the ...




Centre not providing funds to buy VVPAT machines: Congress
New Delhi, March 22: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that the Narendra Modi government was not providing funds to the Election Commission (EC) to buy VVPAT machines despite the apex court's orders, raising doubts about its intentions.Participating in a short discussion in the Rajya Sabha on electoral reforms, Azad said the EC had sent repeated reminders in three years to the government to provide funds to buy voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines, but the government did not pay heed."In October 2013, the Supreme Court ordered there should be VVPAT machines along with Electronic Voting Machines. The EC wrote to the Law Ministry to provide Rs 3,100 crore for buying 16 lakh VVPATs. Since 2014, it has sent 10 reminders to the Law Ministry and a few months back sent an SOS to the Prime Minister," the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said."But government is not acting despite 12 letters from the EC and Supreme Court's order, raisi...




15 illegal slaughter houses, meat outlets shut in Ghaziabad
The team sealed the slaughter houses and the retail outlets after ascertaining that those were being run without any licence and in violation of the municipal laws. Ghaziabad, March 21: The Ghaziabad administration sealed on Tuesday 15 slaughter houses operating illegally in the city.Launching a massive drive, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Atul Kumar, accompanied by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Police Inspectors and constables, raided and razed 15 slaughter houses and retail meat outlets in Islam Nagar and Kaila Bhatta, among other areas, of the city.The team sealed the slaughter houses and the retail outlets after ascertaining that those were being run without any licence and in violation of the municipal laws.The officials collected samples of meat sold at those places and the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) sent the samples for lab test.One Aslam produced his licence to the raiding team, which was found fake during verification from the signing officer. Four retail...




SC questions government over demonetised currency, asks to file an affidavit in two weeks
New Delhi, March 21: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government why it did not exercise the legal option of letting people deposit the demonetised currency beyond December 31.Asking the government to explain why such a window was not given to those who could not adhere to the December 31 deadline, Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave it two weeks time to file an affidavit."Why did you not exercise the option of opening another window (provided under law). You may have 20 reasons."SC questions government over demonetised currencyThe court said this as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the bench that Parliament did give the option to the government but it chose not to exercise it."I (government) didn't think it appropriate to exercise the option," the Attorney General told the court.(IANS)




BJP hails SC advice for amicable settlement of Ayodhya dispute
New Delhi, March 21: The BJP on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court's advice for an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that a solution through friendly negotiations was the best way to solve the long-pending dispute."This is a very good step by the apex court. Even the BJP has been encouraging solving the issue through negotiations," said P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Law and Justice and a senior BJP leader.The apex court on Tuesday said that amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute was a better course than insistence on judicial pronouncement.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: "Aggrieved parties should amicably settle this issues talking to each other. They should talk outside the court as well." (IANS)




Indian diaspora in US disappointed over Yogi becoming UP CM
IndiaTomorrow.net, Washington, March 21: The appointment of BJP parliamentarian Adityanath Yogi, who is known for his provocative anti-Muslim speeches, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is not being appreciated, not only by people in the country but also by the Indians living abroad. A section of Indian diaspora in the United States has expressed deep disappointment over Yogi's ascent to the post of UP CM.   "It is a recipe for disaster for the state of Uttar Pradesh however; it is part of a carefully calibrated plan by the BJP to further sow the seeds of polarization and conflict to profit from especially looking at the upcoming Parliamentary election. The real face of the RSS will be on full display soon," said George Abraham, Chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA.   Yogi took oath of chief minister on 19 March, about a week after the BJP got massive victory in the state assembly polls - the party won 312 seats alone in the 403-Member ...




Two slaughter houses sealed in Allahabad
Allahabad, March 20: The Allahabad Nagar Nigam (ANN) authorities on Sunday night sealed two slaughter houses, which were operating despite a ban order.Veterinary Officer of Allahabad Nagar Nigam Dheeraj Goel told IANS on Monday that two slaughter houses -- one in Eidbagh and the other in Atala area of the city -- were closed on May 17, 2016 following an order from the pollution department."On Sunday, we got information that some activities were being carried out illegally at these slaughter houses despite the ban. So, we immediately reached the spots along with the force and sealed both slaughter houses again," Goel said.He said there were three slaughter houses in the city and "all are closed now".The action came on the day Yogi Adityanath took oath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.In its assembly election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party had promised to close all slaughter houses across the state.(IANS)




BJP-led coalition in Goa will crumble soon: Shiv Sena
Panaji, March 20: The BJP-led government in Goa will crumble soon, Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said on Monday, while calling the ruling alliance of the BJP, two regional parties and two Independents a "corrupt nexus"."Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows he is not on firm footing and his feet will crumble soon. This is a corrupt alliance," Raut told the media.He said the BJP had "stolen" a mandate which was against the party and that regional parties like the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Goa Forward, which had contested the elections on an anti-BJP plant but later joined the saffron party, were traitors to the Goan electorate."Both these parties contested the elections against the BJP but did not lose time to join the BJP after the votes were polled. This is a betrayal of the Goan people and they will never be pardoned."Raut also said that despite the rout the...




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