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Clear the air about Chinese build-up in Doklam region, demands Congress
New Delhi, Jan 19: The Congress on Thursday asked the government to come clear on alleged about fresh Chinese troops build-up in the Doklam region and asked it should specifically state whether some helipads or bunkers have been established or not. "MEA statement does not say a word about the alleged construction by Chinese Army as depicted in satellite imagery. Please be specific if Chinese have constructed concrete posts, seven helipads, new trenches and placed several dozen armoured vehicles in Doklam," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet. His remarks came after the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry reports in a section of the media about fresh Chinese troops build-up in the Doklam region on the India-China-Bhutan trijunction as "inaccurate and mischievous" and that the status quo at the face-off site has not been altered.  Reports in a section of the media, citing satellite images, suggested there has been a fresh buil...




PM Modi, Sushma mislead nation on Doklam: Congress
New Delhi, Jan 18: The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of misleading the nation over Chinese troops occupying Doklam plateau, saying Indian security and strategic interests have been compromised. "The satellite imagery and media reports suggest that China has established military establishments in Doklam near Indian borders which indicates that India's security and strategic interests have been compromised," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surhewala told the media here. Surjewala said: "It seems that the government was snoozing while the Chinese troops occupied the Doklam plateau as suggested by satellite images. And it seems China is planning Doklam 2.0 like retreat near the Indian borders." Accusing Modi of mastering the art of rhetoric, the Congress spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister has mastered the art of electoral rhetoric as he has failed miserably to ensure the ...




Register case against CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan for slapping securityman: Congress
Bhopal, Jan 16: After a video clipping of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan allegedly slapping a security personnel went viral on social media, the Congress state unit on Tuesday demanded registration of a case against Chouhan. It was due to power going to their head, depleting public support to Bharatiya Janata Party and annoyance over failure of state government's policies that the Chief Minister and others were publicly giving vent to their annoyance, the opposition party said in a statement here. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said the Chief Minister's action of slapping one of his security personnel and stopping him in Sardarpur in Dhar district during poll campaigning on Sunday was tantamount to putting hinderances in official duties and hence a case under relevant sections of law should be registered against him.Congress Madhya Pradesh unit Spokesperson K.K. Mishra too demanded action against Chouhan and said there could not be ...




"Sad and deplorable" BJP attacks judiciary through RSS functionaries
New Delhi, Jan 16: Taking exception to an RSS leader's criticism of Supreme Court judges' move against the Chief Justice, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of attacking judiciary through "RSS functionaries" and told it not to "muddle and polarise" the issue. "Sad and deplorable! BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) attacks judiciary through RSS functionaries. All the 'Nation' wants is the issues raised by the senior-most judges to be resolved, but for which 'democracy' is in peril. BJP government should help resolution than muddle and polarise," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet.  J. Nandakumar, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Boudhik Pramukh of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was reported to have accused the four judges of hatching a "perfect political conspiracy" in a Facebook comment he posted on January 13.  According to news reports, in his post written in Malayalam, Nandakumar questioned the "cri...




Orange passport will be discriminatory: Oommen Chandy
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15: Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday strongly condemned the proposed move by the Centre to come out with an orange colour passports for those who have not passed their Class 10 examination, calling it discriminatory. "No way this proposal should go forward. This is creating two different types of citizens, one with education and one without, discriminating Indians based on educational qualifications," said Chandy. "If this becomes a reality, the moment an orange colour passport holder lands in a foreign country, he will be treated with disdain and it will have a telling impact on such people's character and individuality. This should not happen at all." He said many of our countrymen toil hard in extreme conditions in various Middle East countries and it's through their hard work and their remittances that help the state and the country to progress. S. Irudayarajan, head of the migration department at t...




Modi welcomes Israeli PM at start of India trip
New Delhi, Jan 14: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here on Sunday on a six-day visit that will also take him to Mumbai and Gujarat. He was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  This is the first visit to India by an Israeli Prime Minister since Ariel Sharon came in 2003. "A special welcome for a special visit... Modi personally receives Israeli PM at Delhi Airport," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted. Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation.The Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture at Vadrad in Gujarat and interact with business leaders in Mumbai.(IANS)




Congress questions PM Modi for sending his Principal Secretary to CJI
New Delhi, Jan 13: Congress on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he sent his Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence here a day after four senior judges told the media that all was not well with the Supreme Court. Nripendra Misra was seen on Saturday sitting in his car outside Justice Misra's residence in New Delhi. "As PM's Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI's residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg; PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to Chief Justice of India," tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala. The development came a day after Justice J. Chelameswar along with three other sitting senior Supreme Court judges took on Justice Misra over the allocation of benches, among other issues. On Friday, in an unprecedented move, the four senior-most judges in the Supreme Court burst out in the open and accused the Chief Justice of not strictly adhering to the rul...




CJI selectively assigned political cases: Prashant Bhushan
New Delhi, Jan 12: Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday appreciated the four senior Supreme Court judges for taking on the Chief Justice, saying they had made people aware of the "extraordinary abuse of power" by the latter. He said Chief Justice Dipak Misra was selective in assigning politically sensitive cases. "Truly unprecedented! Kudos to 4 senior-most judges of SC who addressed a Press Conf today (Friday) to apprise the people about the extraordinary abuse of 'master of roster' powers by CJI in selectively assigning politically sensitive cases to hand picked junior judges for desired outcome," Bhushan tweeted.In an unprecedented event in the history of Indian judiciary's, four senior sitting judges -- J. Chelameshwar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurien Joseph and Madan B. Lokur -- expressed concern about the need to protect the institution of the judiciary and said that "for the survival of democracy impartial justices are needed".




RJD will not split due to Lalu's jail sentence: Tejashwi
Patna, Jan 6: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday said the three-and-a-half-year jail sentence to party supremo Lalu Prasad in a fodder scam case will not lead to a split in the party.The former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister also said an appeal will be filed in the Jharkhand High Court."There will be no trouble or any negative impact on the party. The RJD's history has been that of struggle amid conspiracies against it. Laluji had to go to jail many times... but he came out every time. That time too, people said it (party) had split or predicted that it may split. Instead, it grew stronger," Yadav, Lalu's son, told the media.Lalu Prasad, a former Chief Minister of Bihar, had support from across the country and he had indicated in a rally that there could be a conspiracy against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Yadav said."The Centre has misused the central agency (CBI)," Yadav, Leader of Opposition in the Bihar assembly,...




Rahul describes GDP as Modi's Gross Divisive Politics
New Delhi, Jan 6: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked the Centre for the economic slump in the country and described "GDP" as the "Gross Divisive Politics" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Rahul Gandhi targeted both Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the slowdown in investment, bank credit growth, job creation and agricultural growth."FM Jaitley's genius combines with Modi's Gross Divisive Politics (GDP) to give India: New Investments: 13 year (low), Bank credit Growth: 63 year (low), Job creation: 8 year (low), Agriculture GVA growth: 1.7% (low) Fiscal Deficit: 8 year (high), Stalled Projects (high)," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.Rahul also tweeted a news report in which the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has projected that economic growth rate for 2017-18 will be lower than the 7.1 per cent that was achieved in 2016-17.Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and subsequent slowdown in the manufacturing sector was expected to drag do...




Lalu Prasad gets three and a half years jail in fodder scam case
Ranchi, Jan 6: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was on Saturday sentenced to three and a half years jail in a fodder scam case.Special CBI judge Shivpal Singh announced the sentence after hearing arguments on quantum of sentencing.He also slapped a Rs 5 lakh fine on the former Bihar Chief Minister.The court had on December 23 convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in the case relating to the multi-million-rupee scam.(IANS)




Mevani urges Modi to speak up on anti-Dalit violence
 New Delhi, Jan 5: Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if Dalits in the country had a right to hold peaceful protest rallies and urged him to speak up on the violence against the community in the last three years."Dalits were attacked when they held peaceful rally in Bhima-Koregaon. Why is Modiji silent on violence against Dalits? He must clarify his stand," he said while addressing a press conference here.The Gujarat MLA recalled instances of Dalit atrocities in the past three years such as the Rohith Vemula suicide case, thrashing of Dalit youths in Gujarat's Una, and Saharanpur caste clash."Modiji calls himself an Ambedkarite, a follower of (B.R.) Ambedkar. Then why has he not spoken a word in these cases yet. There has been no action either. Why are Dalits not safe?""Do Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party government have any commitment to the annihilation of caste, which was Ambedkar's ultimate goal," M...




Mevani, Khalid booked for 'inciting passions' in Pune
Pune, Jan 4: Police have registered a FIR against Gujarat Dalit leader and MLA Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for allegedly inciting passions between communities, an official said on Thursday.The FIR was lodged late on Wednesday following a complaint by a 22-year-old student, Akshay G. Bikkad, of Pune who took objections to the speeches by Mevani and Khalid at Shaniwarwada on December 31.In his complaint, Bikkad said that at a ‘Yalgar Parishad' held that day, the two speakers made inflammatory speeches that could create misunderstanding between communities.The complainant added excerpts from the speech by Mevani: "The (January 1, 1881) battle of Koregaon-Bhima can be a war of tomorrow. If they attack, it is time to retaliate, and winning this war will be a tribute to the martyrs. Crushing the new ‘Peshwai' can be a homage to the heroes of the Koregaon-Bhima battle."The alleged excerpt from Khalid's speech: "If we want to win this war agains...




Mayawati blames BJP, RSS for Maharashtra violence
Lucknow, Jan 4: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of engineering the caste violence in Pune and other parts of Maharashtra."These incidents could have been prevented but the state government did not make adequate arrangements there as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was involved in the caste conflicts," she said in a statement.She alleged that the BJP and other like-minded forces were out to destroy the rich history of Dalits as they did not want them to have a legacy or a life of honour.The four-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister expressed sympathy for the family of a youth who was killed in the violence.Seeking immediate help and medical aid to the injured, the BSP chief called for the immediate arrest of the people behind the violence."The perpetrators of the violence should be given exemplary punishment, but the track record of the BJP does not give much hope," she added.(IA...




IMA calls off strike after NMC Bill sent to select committee
New Delhi, Jan 2: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday called off its 12-hour countrywide shutdown of OPD services at all private hospitals in the country, after the government agreed to its demand and sent the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 to a select committee."We have called off the 12-hour strike as we have just been informed that the government has agreed to our demands and has sent the Bill to a select committee," K.K. Aggarwal, former president of IMA, told IANS.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the "anti-people and anti-patient" National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).The IMA has 2.77 lakh members, which includes Corporate Hospitals, Poly clinics and Nursing homes, across the country.While private hospitals in other states followed IMA's call to keep OPDs shut for 12 hours, the natio...




Triple Talaq Bill must be sent to select committee: CPI
New Delhi, Jan 2: CPI leader D. Raja on Tuesday said that the Left wants the Triple Talaq Bill to be referred to the Select Committee and accused the government of "bypassing the committees" on crucial bills."As far as Left parties are concerned, we want this bill to be referred to the Select Committee. But the BJP-led NDA government is bypassing the committee system," he said"They are saying 'don't send bills to the Standing Committee for closer scrutiny'. When it comes to Rajya Sabha, we will demand that it should be sent to the Select Committee," he said.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 has been listed for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.The bill to criminalise triple talaq was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.(IANS)




Owaisi trashes PM's claim on Haj journey of Muslim women
Hyderabad, Jan 1: MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday rejected claims by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had facilitated Muslim women's travel for Haj without 'Mahram'.The Hyderabad MP said that a regulation by Haj authorities of Saudi Arabia was in force for many years which allow women above the age of 45 years to perform Haj without a 'Mahram' if they travel with a group.He told reporters here that women above 45 years of age from Indonesia, Malaysia and several other countries had been performing Haj under this Saudi regulation.'Mahram' is a male relative of a woman with whom she is permanently forbidden to marry by Islam.Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' speech on Sunday had said that his government had removed the restriction which allows Muslim women to perform Hajj only in the company of 'Maharam'. He had stated that injustice was done to women for decades."It has become the habit of the Prime Minister to claim credit for everything. If tomorrow women in Saudi Arabia are al...




IMA calls for 12-hour shutdown of private hospitals across country over NMC Bill
New Delhi, Jan 1: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday called for a 12-hour shutdown of all private hospitals in the country on Tuesday to protest the "anti-people and anti-patient" National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI).The IMA has 2.77 lakh members, which includes Corporate Hospitals, Poly clinics and Nursing homes, across the country.The demand comes after a delegation of the IMA led by President K.K. Aggarwal and its national president Ravi Wankhede met Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P Nadda, seeking strict amendments in the Bill that was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday."IMA strongly opposes this Bill and has no option but to take the issues to our patients and the people. We have called for 12-hour shutdown of our member hospitals and health institutions tomorrow (January 2) during which the routine medical services like OPD and elective surgeries across the country will be wi...




Muslim Body appeals opposition to oppose Triple Talaq bill in Rajya Sabha
IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Jan 1: Terming the Bill on instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday as anti- Muslim women, anti-Islamic laws and also anti-constitutional, country's largest Muslim body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has appealed opposition parties to oppose the Bill in Rajya Sabha to not to be passed.  Calling the Bill as "self contradictory" it said that this was central government's unnecessary move that goes against the recent judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue.     "Not only is this Bill against Article 25 of the Constitution of India which guarantees religious freedom but also goes against the recent judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue of triple talaq. We wish to point out to the Government of India that it should not interfere in the Shariah and must refrain from furthering this Bill. We also wish to express our disappointment at the support offered by certain Opposition parties to this Bill. We appeal ...




Kovind, Naidu, Modi wish 'Happy New Year'
New Delhi, Jan 1: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the nation on the occasion of New Year."Happy New Year to everybody. May 2018 bring laughter, friendship and prosperity to all our families, to our country and to our unique and beautiful planet," Kovind tweeted."May the Year 2018 bring peace, prosperity and happiness in the lives of every citizen of our country," Naidu said a tweet.He also said: "I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the advent of Year 2018 and let us collectively resolve to dedicate ourselves towards building a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious society.""Wishing you all a happy 2018! I pray that this year brings joy, prosperity and good health in everyone's lives," Modi said.(IANS)




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