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India poised to be more open, less protectionist: Jaitley
London/New Delhi, Feb 25: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India aspires to be a more open economy and stay away from protectionism."An aspirational India poised to be more open and less protectionist," Jaitley said in his lecture on ‘Transforming India: Vision for the Next Decade' at the London School of Economics, adding that country's "emphasis is on infrastructure and rural sectors."The Finance Minister is on a five-day visit to Britain, during which he will meet his British counterpart, the Chancellor of Exchequer, interaction with over 100 business leaders from the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC) and roundtable with prospective issuers, leading investors and fintech leaders, among others.On Sunday, Jaitley will attend a reception being organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), the British Council and Indian High Commission.On February 27, he will perform market opening ceremony at London Stock...




Kejriwal calls Delhi Police 'agent' of BJP over Ramjas violence
New Delhi, Feb 25: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday slammed Delhi Police for showing alleged laxity in handling the clashes at Delhi University's Ramjas College and alleged that the police force has turned into an "agent" of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)."We strongly criticise the manner in which the Delhi Police has become an agent of the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and the BJP," Kejriwal told reporters here.He said that police's duty is to protect the citizens and not allow ABVP "goons" to indulge in violence."We strongly condemn violence in Delhi University and hope that Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), whose responsibility is to maintain law and order in Delhi as police reports to him, will punish the culprits," Kejriwal said.He also appealed to Modi to not act as a "BJP worker" and perform his duty in an impartial way."The Delhi Police reports to the Prime Minister. He is not the Prime Minister ...




Mamata saddened, shocked over Indian engineer's killing
Kolkata, Feb 25: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed grief over the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime in the US.The Trinamool Congress supremo said she does not support the "politics of hate.""Saddened and shocked at the incident of Indian engineer in Kansas USA, who was an unfortunate victim. We don't support the politics of hate," she said on Twitter.She said: "The world is one big family. People from different countries live in different nations. We must all understand this."Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton, a white who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on Wednesday night.Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the victims and hurled racial slurs. He yelled "get out of my country", "terrorist" before shooting them. (IANS)




Press US for action in Indian engineer's killing: Yechury
New Delhi, Feb 25: Deploring the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the US, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday called for pressurising the Donald Trump administration for quick action."We urge our government to put the strongest pressure on the authorities in the US to act upon this at the earliest, to ensure this is never repeated," said Yechury.Kuchibhotla, and two others were shot at by US Navy veteran Adam W. Purinton in a bar in Olathe in Kansas on Wednesday night.While the 32-year-old engineer was killed, his friend Alok Madasani, also 32, and an American Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to save them, were injured.Purinton mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them.Referring to the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri over rumours of beef eating, Yechury warned about jingoistic politics causing the tragedy.He also referred to the hanging of two cattle tr...




We do not discriminate between Ramadan and Diwali: Akhilesh Yadav
Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 24: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation that his government discriminated against a religion and favoured another.Addressing an election rally here, in favour of close aide and Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Pawan Pandey, the SP President said his government had ensured better and adequate power supply to all areas and regions, on Ramadan and Diwali alike."While we are talking of development, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leaders are engaged in graveyards and crematoriums," the 43-year-old Chief Minister taunted.He dared Prime Minister Modi to swear by the Ganga and Saryu rivers that Varanasi was not getting 24x7 power supply, as Modi had alleged.During a rally in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur on Sunday, Modi accused the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government of playing the politics of discrimination. "If a village receives funds for a graveyard, then it ...




Bihar SSC chairman arrested in test paper leak case
Patna, Feb 24: The Bihar Police on Friday arrested the state's Staff Selection Commission Chairman from neighbouring Jharkhand in connection with a leakage of question papers, an official here said.Sudhir Kumar, a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who heads the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC), was arrested along with four of his close relatives from Hazaribagh, the official added.A Special Investigation Team of the state police was interrogating Kumar and he would be brought to the Bihar capital later on Friday, an official at the state police headquarters said.Kumar was absconding since February 10, after the leak surfaced. Following this, the exam which was conducted in two parts on February 5 and 8 was cancelled.The examination is conducted for appointment of clerks in the state government.The questions were leaked on the social media sites WhatsApp and Facebook on both examinations dates and they went viral.According to police officials associated with the ...




61% voting in UP fourth phase polls
New Delhi, Feb 23: The fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls saw 61 per cent voting till 5 p.m., the Election Commission announced here on Thursday.Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told mediapersons that the polling percentage is expected to go up to 63 per cent."The voting percentage was 61 per cent till 5 p.m. We hope it will go up to 63 per cent," he said.The 53 seats that went to the polls on Thursday had seen 59.9 per cent polling in the 2012 assembly polls, while it was 57.1 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Over 1.84 crore voters were eligible to cast their votes in the fourth phase. The state is seeing seven phased election and the results will be declared on March 11. (IANS)




Our judicial system requires major changes: President
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 23: President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday stressed reform in the country's judicial system saying "It is high time for everyone to not just think but also act on judicial reforms." He was releasing the book ‘Judicial Reforms - Recent Global Trends' here at Rashtrapati Bhavan.   Speaking on the occasion, the President said: "our judicial system established decades ago require major changes.  Reform is a continuous process.  It cannot be stop and go. Every system develops clogs. There is need for constant change. Justice Dalbir Bhandari has done useful work to ignite the thinking process of the nation on the subject of judicial reforms. It is high time for everyone to not just think but also act on judicial reforms."   Justice Dalveer Bhandari is President of India International Law Foundation which has brought out the book.   The President pointed out that no reform is possible withou...




Demonetisation Impact? India's financial capital doesn't vote BJP to power in BMC polls
IndiaTomorrow.net,Mumbai, Feb 23: In the first major election in India's financial capital Mumbai after the demonetisation, the BJP seems to be losing the battle as the party is leading just on 62 seats in the 227-member Bombay Municipal Corporation while Shiv Sena is leading on 94 seats. With lead on 22 seats, Congress is at distant No. 3.  Though BJP has improved its tally from 31 seats in 2012 polls to around 60 seats this time, the results show the voters in India's financial capital have preferred Shiv Sena over BJP to run the richest municipal corporation in the country. Shiv Sena had won 75 seats in the last polls but now leading on 94 seats. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis of BJP had not alligned with Shiv Sena, alliance partner in the state and central governments of BJP, but decided to contest the whole BMC seats alone. On 8th Nov last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had demonetised old notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500. BMC poll was the first maj...




'If Modi is UP's son, he should find out his missing brother Najeeb'
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 22: Mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prove his relationship (‘adopted son') with Uttar Pradesh by finding out his ‘brother' Najeeb. PM Modi, in an election rally last week, had said UP has adopted him as son. Najeeb hails from Badaun district in the state.   "Modi says he is son of UP. If he is son of UP, why isn't he noticing that his brother is missing? If he is son of UP, why hasn't he found out Najeeb yet? He must look into the case and issue strong instructions to find out Najeeb. Only then will Najeeb be found out, I am sure," said Fatima Nafees while addressing over hundred youths and students outside the HRD Ministry here today. They were protesting over disappearance of Najeeb. First-year post-graduate student Najeeb mysteriously disappeared from his hostel room at JNU in Delhi in Oct 2016, just a day after his scuffle with some members ...




Why PM silent on BJP leaders' 'links' with ISI agents, asks Lalu
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 21: Already facing strong criticism from opposition for his Qabristan-Shamshan remarks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday was targeted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad over alleged involvement of some BJP members in an espionage case. Former Bihar chief minister Lalu asked why PM Modi is silent on "links of BJP leaders with ISI agents".   Earlier this month, the Madhya Pradesh ATS nabbed 11 people from different districts of the state for allegedly selling state secrets and sensitive details about Indian Army deployments to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. The arrested persons included. Jitendra, one of the accused, is said to be brother-in-law of Gwalior based BJP corporator while Dhruv Saxena, another accused is member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP youth wing, and its district IT cell coordinator based in Bhopal.   "Country must ask why PM is Zipped, Shy, Mum, Mousy, Mute & Buttoned up on links...




17% contestants in fourth phase UP polls have criminal past
New Delhi, Feb 20: At least 17 per cent of the candidates in fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections -- where 53 seats will see polling on February 23 -- have criminal cases filed against them, with BJP topping the list, as 19 of its candidates have criminal record, said a report on Saturday.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 19 of its candidates (40 per cent) with criminal background and is followed by Samajwadi Party (SP) -- 39 per cent, Congress -- 32 per cent, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) -- 23 per cent each, a report by non-profit election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.It shows that at least 116 candidates have declared criminal cases in their affidavits submitted to the Election Commission, with 95 of them facing serious criminal charges, like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and crime against women, among others.The ADR has analysed affidavits of all 680 candidates from 98 political parties, including six ...




Congress to approach EC over Modi's controversial remarks
New Delhi, Feb 20: The Congress on Monday said it will approach the Election Commission (EC) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "controversial" remarks of "graveyard and cremation ground" during a recent rally.K.C. Mittal, head of the Congress's legal cell, told IANS: "We will approach the Election Commission today (Monday) over his controversial remarks."Modi on Sunday said the Uttar Pradesh government was playing politics of discrimination, while his flagship schemes benefit everyone irrespective of their caste and religion."If a village receives funds for a graveyard, then it should also get for cremation ground... If you provide uninterrupted power supply for Eid, then you should also do it for Holi," Modi said while addressing an election rally in Fatehpur.(IANS)




Over 60% voting in UP third phase
Lucknow, Feb 19: Over 60 per cent balloting was recorded as polling closed for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday, Election Commission (EC) officials said.The maximum balloting was reported from Barabanki, followed closely by Sitapur and Kannauj.A total of 69 seats went to polls in 12 districts in the third phase of voting.Stray incidents of violence - firing, preventing some from voting and stone pelting - were reported from some places though voting was by and large peaceful in most constituencies(IANS)




Nullify TN assembly proceedings on Saturday: Stalin to Governor
Chennai, Feb 19: DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Sunday urged the Tamil Nadu Governor to nullify the proceedings in the assembly on Saturday in which Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami won the confidence vote.Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, in his representation to Governor C. Vidayasagar Rao said the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Palaniswami was adopted in the absence of the entire opposition on Saturday.Stalin requested Rao to invoke his Constitutional powers "to nullify the entire proceedings with a view to protect the spirit of democracy and the Constitution".Stalin said extraordinary police presence was mobilised, giving an impression of a "war-like situation" around the assembly complex and a "thick atmosphere of terror" was prevailing.According to Stalin, the AIADMK legislators belonging to the V.K. Sasikala camp who were kept as hostages for some days in a beach resort were brought to the as...




Manish Sisodia orders mid-day meal inspections by senior officers
New Delhi, Feb 19: Two days after a dead rodent was found in the lunch at a government-run school here, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday ordered that all 33 mid-day meal kitchens should be inspected by senior officers.An official statement issued by the Deputy Chief Minister said that the government was very serious about the incident of a rat being found in a mid-day meal at a government school in Deoli, in south Delhi and that is why Delhi Chief Secretary has been asked to schedule mid-day meal inspections by senior officers of the government. "There are 33 mid-day meal kitchens in Delhi and these shall be inspected by senior officers of the rank of Principal Secretary, Secretary and HoD," Sisodia said in the statement.Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the inspections would be completed by February 24."The health and safety of students is of paramount importance for us. This is why we are getting the senior-most officers of our...




UP Election 2017: Eyes on traders vote in urban centres post-currency ban
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net,Lucknow/Kanpur Feb 19: Today, UP is voting for the third phase of assembly elections. A total 575 candidates are in fray on 69 seats including urban centres like industrial hub Kanpur and state capital Lucknow. This phase also includes Samajwadi Party home constituencies like Kannauj, Mainpuri and Etawah where the fate of Yadav clan will be sealed in EVM machines until March 11. In 2012, Samajwadi Party has secured a whopping 54 seats in the third phase, while BJP and BSP respectively won 6 seats each. This time, however, both BJP under Narendra Modi government and an upbeat BSP are being seen as equally strong contenders in polls. The main highlight of the third phase will be the vote of the traders community in urban centres where many are hit by demonetization.    On the eve of polling, Indiatomorrow.net met many traders in the markets of Aryanagar assembly seat, which is the centre of Kanpur, it is easy to gauge the effects of note...




DMK to complain to Governor on assembly happenings: Stalin
Chennai, Feb 18: DMK Working President M.K. Stalin on Saturday said he would meet Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and complain about the happenings in the state assembly.Speaking to reporters here after he and his party legislators were evicted from the assembly, Stalin said the party had demanded secret ballot to decide on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.He said the party demanded adjournment of the house for a week so that legislators can go back to their constituencies and seek the people's views before they come back to vote on the confidence motion.The DMK leader said he sat in protest inside the assembly to press his demand.Stalin alleged he was forcibly evicted by the marshals and his shirt was damaged. (IANS)




Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami wins trust vote
Chennai, Feb 18: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Saturday won the vote of confidence in the state assembly.Palaniswami, who was sworn in on Thursday as Chief Minister, won with 122 votes for the motion, while 11 votes were cast against the confidence vote by the rival AIADMK camp led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.Palaniswami belongs to the AIADMK faction led by party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala.The end came tamely after DMK's 88 members, who were present were ordered to be evicted by Speaker P. Dhanapal after they indulged in ruckus.After that Congress legislators walked out in protest, dashing the hopes of Panneerselvam.The AIADMK camp led by Sasikala were obviously happy and distributed sweets."The traitors were defeated," A. Navaneethakrishnan, part of Sasikala camp told reporters here.In the morning, soon after the assembly began, Palaniswami moved the confidence motion, which was followed by heated arguments started by DMK supremo and...




Pandemonium in Tamil Nadu assembly as CM seeks confidence vote
Chennai, Feb 18: Pandemonium reigned in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Saturday with opposition parties demanding secret ballot to decide the fate of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami who proposed a confidence motion.Soon after the assembly began, Palaniswami moved the motion, which was followed by heated arguments started by Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin urging Speaker P. Dhanapal to allow secret ballot.The Speaker said that legislators could not interfere with his powers.He also questioned the need for urgency in seeking a confidence vote when Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao gave 15 days time.As the lawmakers supporting Chief Minister Palaniswami remained silent, the DMK legislators surrounded Dhanapal shouting slogans.They also tore the assembly agenda papers and threw some chairs around.As the ruckus continued, Dhanapal went to his room, adjourning the house till 1 p.m.Former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also demanded secret ballot.(IANS)




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