Politics

  • JNU Activist Sharjeel Imam’s Speech Did Not Incite Violence
    Allahabad [Uttar Pradesh] : Sharjeel Imam’s speech at the Aligarh Muslim University neither gave the call for anyone to bear arms nor incited any violence as a result of it, the Allahabad High Court has said granting him bail in a sedition case. Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh granted bail on Saturday to Imam who was booked under sections 124A, 153A, 153B and 505(2) of the IPC at Civil Lines Police Station in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. “Having heard learned counsel for the parties and having perused the record, without referring to the exact allegation made against the applicant, it may be noted that on an undisputed basis neither the applicant called anyone to bear arms nor any violence was incited as a result of the speech delivered by the applicant,” the judge said in the bail order. “In view of the above, without expressing any opinion on the final merits of the case, let the applicant involved in the aforesaid crime be released on bail on his furnishing a personal bond of ₹ 50,000 with two sureties of the like amount to the satisfaction of the court concerned,” the judge said. Sharjeel  Imam was arrested for allegedly making inflammatory speech at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
  • Delhi HC refuses to entertain plea seeking ban on Salman Khurshid’s book
    New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High court on Tuesday refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to Centre and Delhi Government to stop the publication, circulation, and sale of the former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s book–“Sunrise Over Ayodhya” that allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.The Court noted that the petitioner has even not made the “author of the book” and “publication house” a party in the petition. The Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday showed displeasure with the petitioner after noting that there are no proper impleadments of the parties in the petition copy.Justice DN Patel said, “These are all chance-taking petitioners. You even not made party to Sr Lawyer Salman Khurshid (Author of the book) and Publication house and praying for the ban.”However, Court granted liberty to the petitioner to file a fresh petition with proper averments, parties, etc.The petitioner Rakesh through advocate AK Dubey and advocate Pawan alleged that Salman Khurshid has misused his fundamental right of freedom of expression in a very complex manner.“This is because the freedom of expression is not absolute and carries with it special duties and responsibilities towards the public interest. There ought to be some restrictions according to the rule of law,” the plea said.Plea added that “There are 90 crores Hindus in India, if every person takes suchstatement in a very angry manner then the […]
  • Uttarakhand CM announces withdrawal of Char Dham Management Board law
    Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday announced that the State government will be withdrawing Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act after months of protests by Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations. “Our government has taken a decision to take back the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill,” said Dhami.“The decision to abolish the Devasthanam Board is taken on the basis of the feedback received by Teerth Purohit, Haq Hookdhari, people’s representative and report of a high-level committee,” he added. Last December, the Uttarakhand Assembly had passed the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. The law aimed at bringing the Char Dham of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and 49 other temples under the purview of a proposed shrine board. Many organisations including Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti were opposing the said act. According to the temple priests, their rights are being played due to the formation of this board. Mahapanchayat in its meeting on November 20 had decided to organise a sit-in protest against the Devasthanam Act at worship places of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham. Kedarnath Teerth Purohit Samaj had earlier claimed that the then Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had assured to reconsider the board. The agitation against the board has been going for 21 months. Earlier, Uttarakhand High Court had dismissed two pleas challenging the validity of the said […]
  • PM Modi announces ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for kin of deceased in Nadia’s road accident
    New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Sunday. “The injured will also be given Rs 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet.“The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” the PMO India tweeted. As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district. The injured people have been shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital. (ANI)
  • Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai
    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Several areas in Chennai have been partially submerged in floodwater after torrential rains over the past few days on Saturday. “We are suffering due to rain for the past few days. The water level has come to 4 feet. We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out,” Ananth, a local said.Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain. Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts. (ANI)
  • Punjab polls: SAD, BSP exchange Mohali, Ludhiana North seats with Raikot, Dina Nagar
    Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Tuesday announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats. Former Punjab Education Minister and SAD leader Dr Daljit S Cheema informed today that the total seat share of both parties remains the same.In a tweet, Cheema wrote, “The SAD President S Sukhbir Singh Badal and BSP President S Jasbir Singh Garhi have jointly announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats which were with BSP with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats which were earlier with SAD. The total seat share remains the same. Punjab is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022. In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.
  • NCB conducts raids in several districts of Maharashtra
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Monday conducted raids in several districts of Maharashtra.Sources told ANI, NCB is conducting raids in several districts of Maharashtra including Nanded, Jalna, and Aurangabad. Further details awaited.
  • Union Cabinet to take up withdrawal of three farm laws for approval
    New Delhi [India] : Union Cabinet is likely to take up the withdrawal of the three Farm Laws for approval on November 24, the government sources said on Sunday.The Bills for withdrawal of the laws shall then be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to commence from November 29. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier on Friday, announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament beginning later this month.The Prime Minister had also announced that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since the Centre had passed the laws in 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act. 
  • Yogi Adityanath shares picture with PM Modi
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Sharing a photograph of himself with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “committed to building a new India”.“We have embarked on a journey. We have dedicated our everything and pledged to build a new India which will touch the heights beyond the sky with new light,” tweeted Yogi Adityanath (roughly translated from Hindi).Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Lucknow to attend the 56th DGP-IGP conference.He reached Raj Bhawan on November 19 and will leave for New Delhi on the evening of November 21. Elections for the 403-seats Uttar Pradesh Assembly are slated for early next year.In the run-up to the assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2022 in five states, Uttar Pradesh being the most important one for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party has already started putting in efforts to address the people of the state.
  • Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal, Indore
    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that the Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal and Indore.Sharing information about the implementation of the Police Commissionerate system in Bhopal and Indore, Shivraj Singh Chouhan told, “The law and order situation in the state is better, the police are doing a good job. The police and administration together have done many achievements, but the urban population is increasing rapidly”. “The metropolis is also expanding geographically and the population is also increasing continuously. Hence some new problems of law and order are arising. We have decided to solve them and to control the criminals. We are implementing Police Commissionerate system in two big metropolitan cities of the state, in the capital Bhopal and in the clean city of Indore in order to better control the crime,” he added.
  • Agitation will go on till MSP, other demands resolved by Centre, farmer union leader
    New Delhi [India]: Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal Singh said on Saturday that their agitation will go on till pending issues of farmers like MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020 and Air Quality Ordinance are resolved by the Centre.“The agitation will continue till our pending issues are not addressed. These issues include MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020, Air Quality Ordinance, withdrawal of cases against us and allocation of land for a memorial dedicated to farmers who died during the agitation. We hope that government will hold talks to resolve these issues,” he told the media here. The repeal of three farm laws was the key demand of protesting farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that the three bills will be repealed in the forthcoming parliament session.Darshan Pal Singh said that a meeting of the main body of Samyukt Kisan Morcha will be held on Sunday and all upcoming events of the morcha will go on.“Our programmes for November 22, November 26 and November 29 will continue as usual. Lucknow rally will be held on November 22. One year of farmer’s agitation will be marked across the country on November 26 and there will be a tractor rally to the Parliament on November 29,” he said.
  • Higher allocation for sports in next budget, says Karnataka CM Bommai
    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured here that the state government would provide higher allocation for sports in the next budget.Addressing the inauguration of the Indian National League by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday, the chief minister said the government is giving greater thrust for sports and has decided to adopt sportspersons for Paris Olympics. “Our government is giving greater thrust for sports. We have decided to adopt 75 sportspersons from different games to prepare them for Paris Olympics to be held in 2024. We have identified them. We are going to train them, take care of their education, and will get the best of the coaches. We want to see that out of 75 at least 5 of them win medals at Paris Olympics. In the coming budget, we will increase the allocation for sports,” Bommai said.The Chief Minister further said that the Khelo India University being set up in the state would soon be inaugurated.“We are keen to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it,” he said.“Through Prime Minister Modi’s inspiration, we won maximum medals at the recently held Tokyo Olympics. That saga should continue and we are there to support you,” he said.
  • Court issues summons to BJP leaders in defamation case filed by Delhi Jal Board
    New Delhi [India]: A Delhi Court has issued summons to Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Adesh Gupta, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Vijendra Gupta and Harish Khurana in a defamation case filed by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Raghav Chadda (Vice Chairman, DJB).The Delhi Jal Board and its vice-chairman Raghav Chadda had moved a defamation complaint alleging that all respondents in furtherance of their common intention indulged in malicious campaign to tarnish the image or reputation of both complainants in the matter. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh in an order passed on November 18, 2021, said, “This court is of the considered view that in the present case there are sufficient grounds for proceedings against respondents.”“In view of allegations made in the complaint, testimonies of witnesses and material brought on record by them, this court is prima facie satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for the summoning of all respondents as accused qua offence punishable under section 500 r/w, section 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). They are summoned through permissible mode for the next date of hearing on November 27, 2021,” Court said.The complaint stated that on January 21 this year, one press conference was held by respondent Delhi BJP leaders wherein allegations were levelled that complainants have committed the scam of Rs 26,000 crores. They referred to the Delhi Jal Board as the “Dalali Jal Board”.It was alleged that the following statements […]
  • Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle
    New Delhi [India] : The stage seems to be all set for the much awaited cabinet reshuffle as hectic preparations are on for the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at Governor House on Sunday at 4 p.m, confirmed officials, adding that all ministers of Rajasthan government may be asked to resign after the cabinet meeting, which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Saturday. The meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Although it has not yet been decided which new faces will be included in the cabinet, the process of reaching out to a large number of Congress MLAs in Jaipur started last Friday evening. After the meeting, a new cabinet will be formed with new names and their oath ceremony will be held on Sunday at Raj Bhawan. Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra will be returning on Saturday evening after attending a programme in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Maken, the state in-charge of Rajasthan Congress, who is in Jaipur, will discuss the names of the prospective candidates with CM Ashok Gehlot. Former deputy CM Sachin Pilot is also returning from Delhi to Jaipur on Saturday evening. Sources said that Pilot will meet Ajay Maken before the names of ministers are decided for the cabinet expansion. By Saturday evening, the situation will become clear on this aspect. It needs to be informed here that the state ministers, including Govind Singh Dotasra, Dr Raghu Sharma and Harish Chaudhary had offered […]
  • Varun Gandhi urges PM Modi to take ‘immediate decision’ on farmers’ demand
    New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to “immediately” take a decision on the farmers’ demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) and their other demands.“I welcome the announcement of withdrawing three agricultural laws,” said the BJP leader in a Tweet today. He further said, “It is my humble request that now the demand for making a law on MSP and other issues should also be decided immediately so that the farmer brothers should return home respectfully after ending the agitation,” he added.“I have sent a letter to the respected Prime Minister in this regard,” he added.The BJP leader’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.Farmers have been protesting the Centre’s three farm laws since they were passed in 2020.The three farm laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and […]
  • Pilgrimage at Sabarimala temple suspended due to heavy rain
    Pathanamthitta (Kerala) [India], November 20 (ANI): Pathanamthitta district administration has suspended pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple, which is situated in the district, for a day on Saturday, due to heavy rains and rising water levels in the Pamba river. A red alert has been issued for Kakki-Anathode reservoir (gates open) and Pamba dam, said District Collector Dr Divya Iyer.“The pilgrims who have booked via virtual queue will be given the opportunity for darshan in the nearest possible slot once the weather conditions turn conducive. We request the pilgrims to cooperate by not undertaking the journey during this time,” said the Pathanamthitta district collector Divya S Iyer. The administration has also said that it will make arrangements for the devotees to reach Pamba from the Nilakkal base camp. The pilgrims will be allowed in different batches after ensuring necessary security. They will be allowed in batches at regular intervals after monitoring the water level of the Pamba river and dam. The decision was taken in a meeting between Pathanamthitta district collector Iyer and Sabarimala ADM Arjun Pandyan. (ANI)
  • Memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in Punjab
    Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on repealing of the three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced that a memorial in the name of all the farmers from the state who lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation will be set up in the state.“A memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in State,” said Channi on Friday. “After Independence, if there was any big struggle, it was this (farmers’ agitation against three farm laws) which strengthened the democratic system in the country,” he added.Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for the past one and half years.”He also sought compensation for the state on account of financial and property losses during the Kisan Morcha.He further said that the state government has already provided government jobs to the victim families of farmers besides financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each family of the deceased farmer, who lost their lives in the farm agitation.CM Channi also asked the Prime Minister to immediately announce a financial package to relieve farmers and labourers reeling under the burden of debt.He also asked the Centre to […]
  • TDP condemns derogatory language used against Chandrababu Naidu in presence of speaker
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National spokesperson, GV Reddy has stated that the party condemns outrightly the derogatory language used against Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on the floor of the house in presence of the Speaker.Speaking to ANI on Friday, the spokesperson said that such language is outside the ambit of a democratic system and people will not spare this kind of language. “Such language is outside the ambit of a democratic system and people will not spare against this kind of language. But YSRCP Members regular practice is to divert their failures with personal derogatory language against the opponents,” he said.Reddy said that the ruling YSRCP government wants to deprive their voice against their failures in the Government.“Ruling YSRCP is unable to digest the sharp recovery of TDP in the recent local body Elections and they want to deprive our voice against their failures in the Government,” he told ANI.He further alleged that chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy allowed his leaders to criticize their party.“YS Jagan knows that He hasn’t governed the State properly. Hence, He is irritated and allowing his leaders and Cadre for criticizing our party,” he said.
  • “Delayed but welcome step”
    Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said that the Centre’s decision to repeal all three farm laws is delayed but is a welcome step.Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for the past one and half years.” The Chief Minister said that incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri in UP, which happened during the struggle “has put a slur on the fair name of democracy and the people will never forgive BJP led Central government for its misdeeds.”Pointing out further, Channi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should compensate the farmers adequately “for the humungous losses of life and property suffered by them.”Likewise, he also sought compensation for the state on account of financial and property losses during the Kisan Morcha.He further said that the state government has already provided government jobs to the victim families of farmers besides financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each family of the deceased farmer, who lost their lives in the farm agitation.CM Channi also asked the Prime Minister to immediately announce a financial package to relieve farmers and labourers reeling under the burden of debt.He also asked the Centre to make its stand “crystal […]
  • 90% defence equipments to be made in India
    Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Union Defence Minister Rajanth Singh on Friday said Defence Ministry is continuously working to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution of ‘Self-reliant India’, and soon 90 per cent equipment of the country’s defence requirements will be made in India.Addressing an event in Jhansi today, Rajnath Singh said, “I want to assure the country that the day will come soon when 90 per cent of equipment of the country’s defence requirements will be made in India.” “Defence Ministry is continuously working in mission mode to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolution of ‘Self-reliant India’. At one time 65 to 70 per cent of the defence material in the country was being imported from outside. Today the picture has changed and we are buying 65 per cent of the defence items from India itself,” he noted.“Works are being started to strengthen the defence resolution, which is related to Uttar Pradesh. DRDO already has two laboratories in Uttar Pradesh. It is now proposed to open a Defence Technology and Testing Centre,” Singh added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today handed over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and other indigenously manufactured defence equipment to Indian Air Force.He also handed over an advanced electronic warfare system ‘Shakti’ to the Indian Navy.The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project worth Rs 400 crores. […]
  • PM Modi lays foundation stone of UP Defence Corridor project worth Rs 400 cr in Jhansi
    Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project worth Rs 400 crores in Jhansi.The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the much-awaited significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organized by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh here in the city. The Centre has decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country– one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Kanpur.For the Jhansi node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor, the state government has made nearly 1,034 hectares of land made available.Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU), is setting up a plant for the propulsion system for Anti-Tank Guided Missiles in the Jhansi node. It will be spread over 183 acres of land in Jhansi. The facility will involve an investment of Rs 400 crores.The project is expected to provide direct employment to 150 people and indirect employment to nearly 500 people.Besides, the Prime Minister dedicated and launched several new initiatives of MoD to the nation in a grand ceremony organized in the precincts of Jhansi Fort.The Ministry of Defence has taken several steps to promote ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in defence in the last two […]
  • “Centre had no other option”
    New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws and said that the Centre had no other option for safeguarding the interests of their party and the government.KPCC president Shivakumar, who is in Delhi, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for farmers and the Congress party. Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, “In my opinion, this is not a big decision. The Centre had no option left to save their party, their government. This decision was needed to safeguard the country’s interests.”Shivkumar further added, “The decision earlier had been taken against the interest of the country and the farmers. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke on record that the Centre had no option left but to repeal these laws.”The state Congress supremo further said that this agitation had been going on for almost a year. “Many people lost their lives. Lakhs of the people did not opt to work in the farm, agriculture activities, business, production, family and were just fighting for their right,” he said.“Today is the victory of all the farmers. Now, I appeal to the Centre to compensate all those who lost their lives in this farmers’ movement,” the Congress leader said. The Congress leader further said that it is likely that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming assembly elections in 2022.In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra […]
  • Moinaguri: Assam village has a story to tell about its transformation from handguns to handlooms
    Kokrajhar (Assam) [India]: A tribal village in Assam’s Kokrajhar district under Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), which was once affected by militancy, has now transformed itself into a hub of weavers. Moinaguri village, comprising of 66 families, is dominated by Rabha tribes and is situated close to the India-Bhutan border, about 40 kilometres from Gossaigaon in the Kokrajhar district. This hamlet is now known as weavers’ village.Till a few years back, the entire village was hit by waves of militancy and the villagers were forced to live in poverty. But now, each family in the remote village is now engaged in handloom weaving and their income has also risen. Hiranya Devi, Superintendent of Handloom and Textile department, Gossaigaon, talked to ANI about this change and how her department has been a part of it. She said, “As it’s known that in our village the tribal community has the knowledge about colours by birth, and also most tribes in Assam have an association with weaving. Here too their relation with weaving was the same, but ever since our department saw their talent we have extended all support to the villagers by providing free looms, yarn and other materials. We have also made wall shades for the workers so that they can work even in times of rainfall without facing any problems.” Hiranya also spoke about the village’s militancy problem and added, “When there are steps taken […]
  • Centre had no other option, says Karnataka Congress chief on repeal of farm laws
    New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws and said that the Centre had no other option for safeguarding the interests of their party and the government. KPCC president Shivakumar, who is in Delhi, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for farmers and the Congress party.Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, “In my opinion, this is not a big decision. The Centre had no option left to save their party, their government. This decision was needed to safeguard the country’s interests.” Shivkumar further added, “The decision earlier had been taken against the interest of the country and the farmers. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke on record that the Centre had no option left but to repeal these laws.” The state Congress supremo further said that this agitation had been going on for almost a year. “Many people lost their lives. Lakhs of the people did not opt to work in the farm, agriculture activities, business, production, family and were just fighting for their right,” he said. “Today is the victory of all the farmers. Now, I appeal to the Centre to compensate all those who lost their lives in this farmers’ movement,” the Congress leader said. The Congress leader further said that it is likely that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming assembly elections in 2022. In a major […]
  • PM Modi inaugurates Arjun Sahayak Project in UP’s Mahoba
    Mahoba (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Arjun Sahayak Project in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday.PM Modi also inspected models of various development projects to be inaugurated in the district. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel were also present with him.The Prime Minister’s visit had been scheduled to Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba today to inaugurate the key schemes relating to irrigation in the district.Later in the day, Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Jhansi for the “Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv”. During this event, he will formally hand over Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for naval ships to the Indian Navy. 
  • CM Yogi welcomes Centre’s move
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the three Central farm laws.“I thank him and welcome this step taken by him. Though a large section of people believed that such laws can play an essential role to increase the income of farmers. When farmer organisations opposed it, the government attempted to establish a dialogue on all levels,” the chief minister said. In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In the address to the nation, PM Modi said, “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh.”Apologising to the countrymen for the three farm laws over which the government “failed to convince” the farmers, Prime Minister said, “Today, while apologising to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth like the light of the lamp to some farmers.”PM Modi said that it is the holy festival of light of Guru Nanak Dev and it is not the time to blame anyone.“Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I am doing, […]
  • Centre realised its mistake: Punjab Dy CM
    Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the three farm laws, thereby ending the year-long standoff between the government and the agitating farmers, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday welcomed the decision and said that the Centre “realised its mistake” and decided to take back the “black” laws.Speaking to reporters in Gurdaspur, Randhawa said, “Farmers have been agitating for past 11 months and during this period around 700 farmers have died. The Government of India has accepted its mistake and repealed the farm laws. I welcome this. Govt should also help the 700 families who lost their loved ones, as Punjab Govt did.” He further said, “Many farmers have died during the protest. The Punjab government has taken measures to rehabilitate the family members of the protesters, who died in the protest. I request the Union government to take similar measures.”The announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws comes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur scheduled to be held early next year.Among these states, farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were protesting across Delhi’s borders for the past one year.Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and UP had arrived at the Delhi border on November 26, 2020, demanding the repeal of three farm laws — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act The Farmers (Empowerment […]
  • Centre forced to withdraw three farm laws
    Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of three farm laws, thereby attempting to end the standoff between the agitating farmers and the government, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that the Centre was forced to withdraw the three farm laws owing to the circumstances that were prevailing in the country.Speaking to reporters, the Rajasthan CM said, “The farmers’ efforts have paid off. Given the circumstances in the country, the PM was forced to withdraw 3 farm laws. Today’s decision was in view of UP elections. The PM and the BJP putting in all their efforts to win polls…You never know if they get a shock like West Bengal.” In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws. In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the Centre’s three farm laws since they were passed in 2020.The three farm laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs).Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi […]
  • Farmers distribute sweets at Gazipur border after announcement on repeal of farm laws
    New Delhi [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement repealing three farm laws, farmers burst into celebration and distributed ‘Jalebis’ at the protest site on Gazipur (UP-Delhi) border on Friday.“I thank Prime Minister Modi for taking this decision. People were saying that it will be the government’s defeat if they take back the farm laws, I always used to say that the government is a very big institution and repealing the farm laws is not their defeat. Since it is the government of farmers how can this be their defeat,” said one of the protesters present at the Gazipur site. “I welcome the decision of the Central government. I just wish that they would have done this a bit early,” said another.“This victory is dedicated to those farmers who lost their lives during this protest. I thank everyone who supported us and helped spread our word,” said a protestor. Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since they were passed by the Centre in 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.The […]
  • Three farm laws to be rolled back, declares PM Modi
    New Delhi [India] : In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any license-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.
  • Victory for Farmers’ Movement, Farm Laws to be taken back
    New Delhi [India]: In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.
  • Haryana Public Service Commission official, 2 others held; Rs 1 crore seized
    Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana has arrested a Deputy Secretary of Haryana Public Service Commission and two others involved in manipulating the marks of candidates who appeared in the written examination for recruitment of Dental Surgeons, conducted by the HPSC on Sept 26, 2021.“Following the registration of FIR on 17th Nov 2021, a raid was conducted and one Naveen Kumar resident of district Bhiwani was caught red-handed while accepting cash amounting to Rs 20 Lakhs. He was produced before the Court on 18th Nov 21 and has been remanded to police custody for 4 days,” read a press release. “Based on his confession and other evidence obtained during the investigation, the SVB officials have further arrested Ashwani Sharma resident of district Jhajjar and seized cash amounting to Rs. 1 crore 7 lakh 97 thousand during his house search,” it added.Following further investigation, the SVB has arrested Sh Anil Nagar, HCS, Deputy Secretary, Haryana Public Service Commission. Search at the residence of one of his associates is going on resulting in recovery of more cash, it said.Further investigation in the case is underway to ascertain the nexus and bring all culprits to book.
  • Navy to get advanced electronic warfare suite
    New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally hand over Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for Naval ships to the Indian Navy at a ceremony in Jhansi on Friday.The ceremony will be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv at Jhansi on 19 Nov 2021. The Prime Minister will kick start the beginning of the significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh. Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) System ‘Shakti’ has been designed and developed by Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad a laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Capital Warships of the Indian Navy for the interception, detection, classification, identification and jamming of conventional and modern Radars.The Shakti EW system will provide an electronic layer of defence against modern radars and anti-ship missiles to ensure electronic dominance and survivability in the maritime battlefield. This system will replace the earlier generation EW Systems of the Indian Navy, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally hand over this system to the Indian Navy at a ceremony to be held as part of Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv at Jhansi on 19 Nov 2021,” the statement read.The system has been integrated with the wideband Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Counter Measure […]
  • Odisha CM launches smart health cards
    Bhubaneswar (Odisha): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched the distribution of Smart Health Cards under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Kendujhar district through video conferencing. Speaking at the occasion, Patnaik said, “The programme has paved the way for the entire country in the field of health care. Around 4.2 lakh people in the district will get the benefit.”The Chief Minister also dedicated projects worth Rs 2037 crores including the inauguration of 142 projects worth Rs 458 crores and laying foundations for 257 projects worth Rs 1201 crores. These projects include healthcare, education, roads and bridges, sports infrastructure and livelihood projects. In a bid to further accelerate the infrastructure development, Patnaik also announced 13 new projects worth Rs 378 crore for the district. This includes a mega poultry farm project worth Rs 36 crores which will benefit 30 thousand people from tribal communities in the region to increase their income. Patnaik stated, “The state government has been focusing on drinking water, with the aim to make Kendujhar a prosperous district.” He further announced that all villages, towns, and families in the Kendujhar district would be provided with piped water by December 2022. The Chief Minister said that 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the Smart Health Card and people of the state can avail free medical treatment by holding these cards in the 200 […]
  • Punjab Assembly polls: ‘The Great Khali’ meets Arvind Kejriwal; extends support to AAP
    New Delhi [India]: Professional wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known by his ring name ‘The Great Khali’ met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday and extended his support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).The Wrestler expressed his appreciation for the work done by the Chief Minister Kejriwal-led government in the fields of education, health, water, and electricity, among others. The meeting comes ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections which are scheduled to take place next year.As per an official statement, Khali informed the Chief Minister how he was “smitten by the development that has taken place in Delhi under his leadership”. He said that he is willing to support the Kejriwal government in whatever way possible for the betterment of society.“Khali talked at length with Kejriwal about the kind of changes he has seen in Delhi over the years in the field of education, health, water, and electricity. He drew comparisons of the model of development of Delhi with that of the rest of the country and stated how proud he felt to see such work take place in the national capital,” the statement said.While in conversation with the Chief Minister, Khali also expressed his raging concerns over the difficulties faced by young sportspersons in his home state of Punjab, added the statement.Upon hearing this, the CM apprised him of the concept of the ‘Play and Progress Scheme and Sports Policies’ of Delhi, […]
  • “Parliament is not for tearing papers”
    Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Ahead of the Winter session of the Parliament, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur lashed out at the Opposition over instances of disruption in Parliament and condemned the unruly behaviour hampering an open discussion in the House.Speaking at the valedictory session of the All India Presiding Officers Conference (AIPOC), the Union Minister said, “Any issue should be discussed openly in the House. When people run out of facts, they tear the paper and dance on the table. Papers can be torn on streets too…. the House is for discussion.” Parliament witnessed unruly scenes in previous sessions over farm laws, Pegasus and discussion on various other issues due to which the proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned repeatedly.Emphasizing on better research for a qualitative discussion in parliament, Thakur said, “The better the research system, the better will be the quality of the debate.”The minister also recalled his maiden speech in Lok Sabha when the then Speaker Somnath Chatterjee gave him confidence and ensured that there was a cordial atmosphere in the House.The Winter Session of Parliament will commence from November 29 and is likely to continue till December 23.
  • PM to attend 56th DGP Conference
    New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 56th Conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGP) at Police Headquarters, Lucknow on November 20-21, 2021.The two-day conference will be held in a hybrid format, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a release. DGP of states/UTs and heads of central armed police forces and central police organizations will attend the conference physically at the venue in Lucknow, while the remaining invitees will participate virtually from 37 different locations at IB/SIB Headquarters.According to the release, the conference will discuss a wide range of issues including cybercrime, data governance, counter-terrorism challenges, left-wing extremism, emerging trends in narcotics trafficking, prison reforms among others.“Since 2014, the Prime Minister has taken a keen interest in the DGP conference. Unlike the symbolic presence earlier, he makes it a point to attend all sessions of the conference and encourages free and informal discussions that provide an opportunity to top police officials to directly brief the Prime Minister on key policing and internal security issues affecting the country,” read the release.As per the vision of the Prime Minister, since 2014, the annual conferences, which used to be customarily organized in Delhi, have been organized outside Delhi with an exception of the year 2020 when the conference was held virtually.The conference had been organized at Guwahati in 2014; Dhordo, Rann of Kutch in 2015; National Police Academy, […]
  • Balbir Sodhi appointed Punjab Mahila Congress chief
    New Delhi [India]: The Congress on Thursday appointed Balbir Sodhi as the President of Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress.“Congress President has approved the proposal of the appointment of Balbir Sodhi (Rani) as the President of Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress with immediate effect,” an All India Congress Committee notification stated. The appointment comes months before the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.
  • Punjab CM led-‘Jatha’ leaves for Kartarpur Sahib
    Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab) [India]: With the reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, a ‘Jatha’ (group) of Punjab Cabinet and other dignitaries led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday left for paying obeisance at Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara. The Chief Minister, accompanied by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, MLAs Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Barindermeet Singh Pahra and his family members crossed the border to pay obeisance in sanctum-Sanctorum of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Narowal, Pakistan on the occasion of Prakash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.Describing the re-opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as a historic moment, Channi said that it is a joyous occasion as the corridor has facilitated numerous devotees to go to Kartarpur Sahib. “The long-pending ardaas of Sikh Sangat has been fulfilled and now they can pay reverence at this holy shrine without any hindrance,” he said while adding that it facilitates visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib merely by obtaining a permit. The Chief Minister further mentioned that he was fortunate enough to be part of Sangat paying homage since the demand of Khule Darshan Didar of Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur fulfilled after a long period over seven decades. Channi said that he will pray at Kartarpur Sahib for further prosperity, peace and harmony of both sides. He said that our Gurus have shown the path of humility, unity, […]
  • SC dismisses students’ plea on CBSE, ICSE Board exams for classes 10, 12 in hybrid form
    New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined a plea filed by students seeking directions to CBSE and ICSE to hold Term I exams for Classes X and XII in a hybrid manner. The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar dismissed the petition of the students stating that the exams of CBSE have already commenced on November 16 and refused to interfere with the process.The Bench in its order said, “As the exam has commenced on November 16, it will be inappropriate to intervene now and disturb the entire process. At this belated stage, the petition cannot be entertained. We hope and trust that all the precautions will be taken by the authorities and COVID-19 SOP will be adhered to.” It also took into note that the ICSE term exams will commence from November 22. The Bench was hearing a petition filed by some students challenging the revised examination schedule directing the exams to be conducted in offline mode only instead of adopting the Hybrid mode. Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBSE, assured the apex court that adequate arrangements have been taken regarding COVID-19 and the exam centres have been increased to 15,000 from 6,500 of last year to ensure more social distancing and less travel time. Now only 12 students will sit in a centre, as opposed to 40 students earlier, Mehta told the Bench, adding […]
  • Karnataka set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year, 250 more next year, says CM Bommai
    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the state is set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year and 250 more next year with assistance from the union government.According to a press release by the Chief Minister’s Office on Wednesday, a permanent Healthcare Vision Document with a long term perspective would be formulated for the state. Speaking after inaugurating the new 350-bed cardiac care hospital built by Infosys Foundation in the premises of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Centre Bommai said the health infrastructure in the state would be ramped up. Action would be taken to build speciality hospitals, and Cardiac, Cancer hospitals at the Divisional level in the coming days.“The 21st century is the century of Knowledge. Infosys Foundation is giving back what it got from society by building this 350-bed hospital. The new hospital would help in reducing the patient pressure on Jayadeva hospital,” said the chief minister.Not only in India but Jayadeva is also considered a model for coronary care in the US too, Bommai said citing the instance of an American citizen surprised after getting all the check-ups done for just Rs100 here. His letter to the then American President Barack Obama prompted the US government to send a team to study the services at Jayadeva and announce a slew of concessions for patients at Obama Care Centres in that country, said the press […]
  • “Govt not made attempts to be inclusive”
    New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor slammed the government saying it has not made sufficient attempts to be inclusive and has not prioritized to take everyone along.Speaking to ANI at the launch of his book Pride, Prejudice and Punditry here on Wednesday, Tharoor said, “This government has made insufficient attempt to be inclusive. When you are going to rule a country as large and diverse as India, you ought to be able to take everyone along with you. And I think it’s very evident that’s not being a priority for this government.” Tharoor hit out at the followers of Hindutva including Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that one cannot imagine them doing any of the things Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did.“Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was Gandhian, now present Prime minister and his party is trying to appropriate Sardar Patel’s legacy, but he (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel) was very much a Gandhian and he was somebody who felt that moral principle should be infused in politics,” he said.Tharoor further said that Sardar Patel went all his way to protect Muslims from communal violence during the partition.“He was very angry about the treatment of Hinduism in Pakistan at that time but he felt the moment Hindu misbehaved against Muslims, they forfeited the moral claim to take any hostile action. This kind of thing is very Gandhian way of looking at relations between the communities, for example, he went […]
  • IMD Predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours
    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Indian Meteorological Department predicted on Thursday morning that the coastal region of Tamil Nadu is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls in the southern coastal region of Andhra Pradesh– Rayalaseema and adjoining areas of north Tamil Nadu during next 24 hours. “Intense rainfall has begun over coastal Tamil Nadu since early hours of today”n tweeted IMD tweeted.The Low-Pressure Area (LPA) over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay now lies as a Well Marked Low-Pressure Area over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay off north Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh coasts, IMD informed. “It is very likely to intensify into a Depression during the next 12 hours,” said IMD. The Weather department also predicted that Strong winds (speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph) are very likely to prevail over Southwest and adjoining West-central Bay of Bengal and along and off Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-south Andhra Pradesh coasts. “As Rough to Very Rough Sea conditions are also very likely to prevail over Southwest and adjoining West Central Bay of Bengal and along and off Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-south Andhra Pradesh coasts, Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas till 19th November morning,” said IMD in an official statement. (ANI)
  • 62.82 cr samples tested for COVID
    New Delhi [India]: India’s testing capacity has been ramped up extensively and it has conducted 62,82,48,841 COVID-19 tests so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Thursday. Of the total testing done so far 12,32,505 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, India on Wednesday reported 10,197 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country also reported 12,134 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 3,38,73,890. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,555, the lowest in 527 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent and it is the lowest since March 2020. More than 113.68 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. (ANI)
  • Andhra Pradesh in debt-trap; failing to attract investment, says BJP leader
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Income Tax Department conducts searches in Delhi, Haryana on Wednesday claimed that Andhra Pradesh is in a debt-trap and is failing to attract investment.Speaking to ANI, Dinakar stated the debts of Andhra Pradesh are increasing abnormally as the YRSCP-led government is not maintaining a “proper system of financial planning” in the state. “The Union Finance Ministry has taken a decision to release monthly devolution in advance to the states for their Capital expenditure needs. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are getting Rs 1,923 crores and Rs 999 Crores respectively for the month of October. November month devolution funds are getting to utilize the capital expenditure needs as the priority. Andhra Pradesh is lagging behind to achieve the capital expenditure targets badly in the second quarter of the current financial year,” Dinakar said.“Andhra Pradesh estimated the capital expenditure for Rs 31,119.38 crores for the current financial year but, the actual capital expenditure incurred by the second quarter is Rs 6,711.60 crores only. Hence, states like Andhra Pradesh should maintain the standards in incurring capital expenditure as per the intention of the Centre to create future revenue-generating productive assets for the benefit of the people,” the BJP leader added.Dinakar further claimed the debts of Andhra Pradesh are “rising abnormally without productive assets are worrying everyone.”“YSRCP-led government must maintain proper systems of financial planning for the future of the state. […]
  • “We will get strategic independence”
    Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asserted that India will now achieve “strategic independence” and laid emphasis on self-reliance in the defence sector.Speaking after the inauguration of a three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ at ‘Mukta Kashi Manch’ in Jhansi today, Singh said, “I want to tell citizens of the country through this event that India will now achieve strategic independence as it has achieved political freedom.” “India in the coming decade will achieve the goal to stop importing defence equipment,” he added.“Such situations will arise in India within a decade when India will stop importing defence equipment and these types of equipment will be manufactured in India itself. We want to achieve ‘Samarik Swatantrata’ (strategic independence),” he said.Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s statement “our freedom will remain incomplete till we achieve the goal of complete swaraj or swadeshi”, Singh said, “We also have to complete the journey of development and become completely self-reliant”.“By Swadeshi, he (Mahatama Gandhi) meant self-reliance. Our country is rapidly moving on the path of self-reliance with the efforts of the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the minister added.Noting that “India is currently facing many conventional and non-conventional challenges”, Singh said, “These challenges have not only grown over time but have also diversified. Earlier, there were only border challenges. Later, India faced terrorism and Naxal challenges. Now, cyberspace and the potential for space hazard cannot be […]
  • Congress is not as it was at Nehru’s time, says Yoganand Shastri
    New Delhi [India] : Former Congress leader Yoganand Shastri who joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday said that he left the grand old party as it has changed and is not the same, the way it was during Jawaharlal Nehru’s time.“We believe in our culture, a person should keep on doing work and I didn’t keep myself vacant. The Party didn’t give me enough work, that is why I joined NCP,” Speaker of Delhi Assembly Shastri told. “Congress has changed, it is not the same, the way it was during Nehru’s time. Those who want to contribute are not given much importance in the party,” he added.“I don’t blame the top leadership but you know the ground-level reality. Top leadership is not at fault but the party at the local level is not fine and people are not given respect,” he stated.Shastri’s induction to NCP took place in the presence of party chief Sharad Pawar.Shastri, who had a long association with Congress resigned from the party in 2020. He held the post of Delhi Assembly Speaker between 2008 and 2013. He was a cabinet minister in Chief Minister Sheila Dixit-led government.
  • PM Modi to launch multiple development projects in UP
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the districts of Uttar Pradesh and will launch multiple development projects worth over Rs 6250 crore on November 19.As per Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), at around 2:45 pm, Prime Minister will inaugurate multiple projects in Mahoba in a significant initiative to alleviate water distress. These projects will help alleviate the issue of water shortage in the region and bring much-needed relief to the farmers.These projects include Arjun Sahayak Project, Ratauli Weir Project, Bhaoni Dam Project and Majhgaon-Chilli Sprinkler Project.“The cumulative cost of these projects is more than Rs 3250 Crore and their operationalisation will help in the irrigation of around 65000 hectares of land in the districts of Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Lalitpur, benefitting lakhs of farmers of the region. These projects will also provide potable drinking water to the region,” the PMO said in a statement.At around 5:15 pm, the Prime Minister will participate in a programme during which he will lay the foundation stone of 600 MW Ultramega Solar Power Park at Garautha in Jhansi.It is being constructed at a cost of over Rs 3000 crore, and will help provide the dual benefits of cheaper electricity and grid stability.The Prime Minister will also inaugurate Atal Ekta Park in Jhansi. Named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the park has been built at a cost of over Rs 11 crore, and is […]
  • “Mahila hoon lad sakti hoon”
    New Delhi [India] : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will launch the party’s 100 days action plan for the “Adhi Abadi”, an outreach programme for women voters in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Chitrakoot’s Ram Ghat today to launch the programme. The Congress general secretary is betting high by announcing that 40 per cent tickets will be given to women in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The Congress leader has also made big promises to woo women voters and for which a separate manifesto has been prepared.Some of the key promises include smartphone and two-wheelers for college-going girls, three cylinders for free for housewives, free travel for women in government buses, an honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month to ASHA and Anganwadi workers, and old age-widow pension of Rs 1000 per month.To give an edge to this mission, the Uttar Pradesh Congress has prepared an action plan for the next 100 days. There are about 7 crore women voters in the state and Priyanka Gandhi’s banking on this significant portion of the electorate.According to sources, the Congress is also going to commence a big public relations campaign to reach out to four crore women voters in the next 100 days. A brigade of around 8,000 woman volunteers has been assigned for the task with the slogan “Mahila hoon lad sakti hoon”.As many as 150 professionals are working on this campaign. The […]
  • SC appoints former Punjab and Haryana HC judge to monitor probe in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case
    New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Rakesh Kumar Jain, former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to monitor the investigation in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case to ensure transparency, fairness, and absolute impartiality. The apex court reconstituted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and named three senior IPS officers, SB Shirodkar, Deepinder Singh and Padmaja Chauhan in it.The top court is to hear the case next after the chargesheet is filed and a report is received from the retired judge, Local farmers had blamed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ and his son Ashish Mishra for the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers a local journalist and others during a farmers’ protest. They were mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the Minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh. The apex court was a hearing case where two lawyers had written a letter to the CJI seeking a high-level judicial inquiry into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. The top court had also declined to hand over the probe to the CBI saying “CBI is not the solution to everything”. It had expressed concerns about the case against the prime accused in the case relating to mowing down the farmers being diluted by clubbing the investigation with the counter-case of mob lynching. The top court had said that […]
  • No improvement in Delhi’s air quality
    New Delhi [India]: No improvement was witnessed in the air quality of the national capital on Wednesday as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 387, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board at 10 am. The pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially Noida and Gurugram, witnessed a drastic deterioration. The AQI in Noida dropped from the upper end of ‘very poor’ category to the upper end of the ‘Severe’ category at 479 today. The air quality in Gurugram has also deteriorated from yesterday, but remains in the ‘Very Poor’ category at 352, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).As per SAFAR’s bulletin, the air quality in Delhi is likely to slip to the lower end of the ‘Severe’ category by today. “Surface Winds are likely to be very calm with a low ventilation index pushing AQI to severe by today and fluctuate between severe to upper end of very poor thereafter until November 18,” it said. The agency also said that the intrusion of stubble burning related pollutants into Delhi is not likely for the two days due to unfavorable (winds coming from east direction) transport level winds. The effective farm fire count has reduced to 1820 and its contribution to Delhi’s PM2.5 yesterday was 8 per cent, SAFAR reported. “The peak in […]
  • Kejriwal slams BJP, Congress over criticisms of AAP’s free electricity promise in Goa
    Sattari (Goa) [India]: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress for criticizing him over his declaration of distributing free electricity in Goa saying, ministers get 3,000 units free electricity and if I want to give 300 units to citizens then what is wrong with it?“BJP and Congress say that Kejriwal is distributing everything for free. I want to ask each and every leader that every minister gets 3,000 units of free electricity every month and if I want to give 300 units free every month to my citizens then what is wrong with this?,” Kejriwal said on Tuesday. “Why are leaders hurting by this? Politicians are hurting because with these schemes all of their corruption money will end,” he added.Kejriwal has promised to provide 300 units of free power to the people of Goa and also offered to waive off old electricity bills if they come to power in the next assembly elections.AAP’s supremo remarks on Tuesday came while he was addressing a gathering in Sattari, Goa after inducting BJP leader Vishwajit K Rane into Aam Aadmi Party.Rane had unsuccessfully contested from the Poriem Assembly constituency in 2017 against Congress leader Pratap Singh Rane. Several leaders have joined the AAP in the run-up to Assembly elections next year.
  • Unique Land Parcel ID Numbers
    New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh inaugurated ‘Bhumi Samvaad’ – a National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) at India Habitat Centre here in the national capital.“Unique Land Parcel Identification Numbers (ULPIN) is just like the Aadhaar Number of land parcels,” said Singh. “In this unique system, a unique ID based on Geo-coordinates of the parcels is generated and assigned to the plots. This has been introduced to share the computerized digital land record data among different States/Sectors and a uniform system of assigning a unique ID to the land parcel across the country,” he said.As per the official statement, so far it has already been implemented in 13 States and pilot tested in another 6 States. Department has decided to complete the process of assigning unique IDs to the land parcels in the entire country by the end of this financial year, (FY 2021-22). When this system will be implemented in the entire country most of the land disputes will be resolved automatically.On this occasion, the Minister also launched National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) portal and Dashboard.
  • Trinamool Congress releases manifesto for Agartala civic polls, party MP says doors open for like-minded parties
    Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress on Tuesday released its election manifesto exclusively for Agartala Municipal Corporation Areas making nine major promises aimed at improving the standard of living for residents of Agartala City. TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy announced the manifesto and said that the Trinamool Congress would work hard for the development of the prestigious Agartala Municipal Corporation areas.He said that the TMC if voted power in the AMC, will ensure that residents receive better amenities, at least two bio-toilets in every ward, better markets equipped with fire and disaster management facilities, eradication of all dark spots with enough lighting, tax rebates and direct access to the Mayor through “Hello Mayor” initiatives. He said, “The manifesto reflects TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s way of thinking for the people and how the Bengal government reaches out to people with its welfare schemes. The attitude of the AMC board will be similar to the people-centric TMC government in Bengal.” Later addressing a press conference, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev said, “If polls are conducted in a free and fair spirit with zero intimidation from the end of the ruling party, all the Trinamool candidates shall form the board of Agartala Municipal Corporation.” Dev also did not rule out any possibilities of coming to a pre-poll arrangement with the regional political parties like former Congress leader Pradyot Kishore Dev Barman-led Tipra Motha […]
  • Mansukh Mandaviya rides bicycle
    New Delhi [India] : With an aim to reduce pollution in the city and inculcate fitness habits among individuals, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya rode a bicycle to inaugurate Health Pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) here on Tuesday.After pedalling to Pragati Maidan hall no 11, he said, “Today I am here for inaugurating the health pavilion. Pedalling cycle reduces air pollution, it keeps one fit and healthy and saves non-renewable energy.” He further said, “To promote cycling, I will be launching awareness with the help of cycling clubs across India.”Earlier, Mandaviya rode a bicycle to Parliament and had said that cycling is his passion.
  • Purvanchal Express will become lifeline of development
    Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said that Purvanchal Express will become the lifeline of development in eastern Uttar Pradesh.While speaking at the inauguration of the Expressway, the Chief Minister said, “The work of Purvanchal Express was completed in three years amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will become the lifeline of the development of Eastern UP. Congratulations to the people of Purvanchal.” The CM said there is a focus on overall and inclusive ‘vikas’ across the state as part of a big development push.“From Kanpur metro to the new airport in Kushinagar, other major infrastructure projects are in the pipeline,” he said.He further said that this is the development path of “New India” under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“Work is underway to connect Bundelkhand with a new expressway. The work of Ganga Expressway is going to start to connect Western Uttar Pradesh with Eastern Uttar Pradesh. By next month the metro system of Kanpur will also open. In five years, a new Metro facility was provided under the guidance of PM and transport facilities have been also upgraded in the state.”He further said that till 2017, there were only Lucknow and Varanasi airports, but today nine airports are fully functional in the state and work for 11 new airports is underway.The Chief Minister further said, “Eastern Uttar Pradesh had been neglected continuously since independence. Now, this Purvanchal […]
  • PM Modi slams Opposition
    Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Slamming the Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that both Delhi and Lucknow were dominated by dynasts for years and the partnership of family members kept crushing the aspirations of people of Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a gathering in Sultanpur after inaugurating Purvanchal Expressway, PM Modi said: “In Uttar Pradesh, we have seen a long period of governments who showed dreams of industrialization without worrying about connectivity. As a result, many factories located here were shut due to the lack of infrastructure. It was also unfortunate that both Delhi and Lucknow were dominated by the dynasts . For years and years, this partnership of family members kept crushing the aspirations of Uttar Pradesh.” “The people of Uttar Pradesh were treated unfairly by the then government. Discrimination was done in development just to serve the interest of their family. The people of Utter Pradesh removed those governments from the path of development of the state forever and ever. Who can forget the power cuts, the law and order condition and the condition of medical facilities in Uttar Pradesh earlier? For previous chief ministers, development was limited to where they had their homes,” he said.Prime Minister pointed out that for the all-round development of the country, the balanced development of the country is equally important. Some areas marching ahead in the race of development and some areas […]
  • PM Modi unveils Sardar Patel statue
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in New Delhi on Tuesday to mark the first Audit Diwas.Audit Diwas is celebrated to mark the historic origins of the institution of CAG and the contribution it has made to the governance, transparency and accountability over the past several years.Prime Minister Modi in a tweet had said: “Audit Diwas seeks to highlight the rich contributions of CAG to boost transparency and good governance.” 
  • RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav accuses Nitish Kumar of protecting criminals
    Patna (Bihar) [India] : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the law and order situation in the state and accused him of protecting criminals in Bihar.“Chief Minister is aware of everything. In Bihar, Gangs of Nitish Kumar is going on. There are continuous reporting in cases of theft, murder, rape, people are dying every day, the law and order situation has completely collapsed. The whole is indebted in Corruption,” said Yadav on Monday. “He is protecting the criminals. In every case, the names of his ministers and MLAs are coming up. Nitish Kumar has no control over his ministers and MLAs, so how will he control criminals,” he added.Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar on Monday said the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor.Speaking to media persons here, Kumar said, “Some people have turned against me because I ordered a liquor ban and I am serious about it. Those who are against it, feel bad. It is a different matter. They might have their own opinion. But we listened to the people – both men and women. I stand against liquor.”“The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and Police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening,” he said.Earlier this month, 32 people died in the state after consuming spurious […]
  • Centre bans IRF foundation
    New Delhi [India] : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday extended the ban imposed on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an NGO headed by Islamic evangelist and India-born preacher Zakir Naik for a further five years.In its notification issued on Monday, the Ministry mentioned if the activities of the “unlawful association” were not curbed, it would continue its subversive activities and reorganize its absconding activists to create communal disharmony, propagate anti-national sentiments and support militancy. The Ministry in its notification said that Islamic preacher Naik’s speeches and statements were meant to inspire youths of a particular religion in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.Naik’s statements and speeches are objectionable, subversive that promote enmity, hatred among religious groups, the Home Ministry said on extending the ban on IRF.The Centre had declared the IRF an unlawful organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) on November 17, 2016 for a period of five years. The ban was due to expire on Tuesday.The Union Home Ministry in its notification said that the IRF “has been indulging in activities which are prejudicial to the security of the country and have the potential of disturbing peace and communal harmony and disrupting the secular fabric of the country.”Naik’s IRF has been “encouraging and aiding its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between […]
  • Calcutta HC adjourns Nandigram vote-counting case to Dec 1
    Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Calcutta High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing for Nandigram vote-counting case to December 1.In this matter, the Court asked the BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari to file a written response by November 29. The results of the state assembly polls were released on May 2.On July 13, after Justice Kausik Chanda recused himself from the hearing of the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over Nandigram poll results, the matter has been allotted to the Bench of Justice Sampa Sarkar of Calcutta High Court. On July 7, the Calcutta High Court imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for putting the judiciary in a bad light.The Calcutta High Court’s single bench led by Justice Kausik Chanda had passed the order while hearing Mamata Banerjee’s election petition challenging Adhikari’s victory from the Nandigram Constituency in the recently held state assembly polls.At the outset of the argument, Justice Chanda refused to withdraw the case but later changed his decision to say that he was recused from the case.The West Bengal Chief Minister had earlier moved an application to change the judge in the case and alleged that Justice Chanda has connections with the BJP.The Election Commission had declared BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari the winner in the fiercely contested election for the Nandigram constituency. After […]
  • IAF gets ‘Made in India’ chopper
    New Delhi (India): In a significant push for make in India in the defence sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be handing over the first of the Light Combat Helicopters to the Indian Air Force in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi during the ‘Jhansi Jalsa’ event.The event would also see the Prime Minister handing over ‘Made in India’ drones to the Indian Army which would be using them for different requirements all across the country. “The Prime Minister will hand over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, HAL designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to Indian Air Force,” Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar told a press conference while giving details of the event.He said the LCH is the only attack helicopter in the world that can land and take-off at an altitude of 5,000 m with a considerable load of weapons and fuel.For the Navy, the Prime Minister would hand over the DRDO designed Advanced Electronic Warfare suite for naval ships including that for Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikrant.“The Advanced EW suite will be used in different naval ships including destroyers, frigates etc. and marks a big step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’,” the defence secretary said.The Prime Minister would also lay the foundation stone of a Rs 400 crore project to develop the propulsion system of the anti-tank guided missiles by the Bharat Dynamics Limited.This would be the first project in the Jhansi node of defence industrial corridor created in Uttar […]
  • Author Mannu Bhandari passes away
    New Delhi [India]: Renowned Hindi author Mannu Bhandari passed away at Narayana hospital in Gurugram, Haryana on Monday. She had been keeping unwell. Her last rites will be performed in Delhi tomorrow, confirmed her daughter Rachna Yadav via an official communication today.Aapka Bunty, Mahabhoj, and Yahi Sach Hai are some of her works in Hindi. (ANI)
  • Nitish Kumar says, crime rate in Bihar has come down after liquor ban
    Patna (Bihar) [India]: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the crime rate in Bihar has come down after the liquor ban and he stands against liquor. Speaking to media persons here, Kumar said, “Some people have turned against me because I ordered a liquor ban and I am serious about it. Those who are against it, feel bad. It is a different matter. They might have their own opinion. But we listened to the people – both men and women. I stand against liquor.”“The crime figures have not increased. If something happens, action is taken. Administration and Police are active and action is being taken wherever something is happening,” he said. “At some places, other incidents have occurred, an incident of Naxals have been reported from one location. It is being probed. It is a different matter but the incidents of general crime have come down. I did also like to add that the crime rate has come down after the liquor ban,” the Bihar CM added. Earlier this month, 32 people died in the state after consuming spurious liquor in Muzaffarpur. Nitish Kumar has called a high-level meeting over the liquor ban on November 16.
  • Modi’s Cabinet reorganised
    New Delhi [India] : Taking a significant step to further improve the functioning of the central government, all the 77 ministers in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led cabinet have been divided into eight different groups.In the eight new groups of ministers, the responsibility of coordinating each group will be given to a senior minister. Further, two new ministers, a few old ministers and some state ministers will also be a part of each group. According to sources, the step has been taken after the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he had asked to expedite the working of the ministries and make efforts to coordinate among themselves.In the series of meetings with the union council of ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently reviewed the work of ministries. During the meetings, suggestions were also sought from all the ministers in order to make decisions in public welfare. At the same time, the possibilities of bringing about further improvement in the functioning of the ministries were also discussed in detail. Prime Minister also laid special emphasis on the better use of technology in all ministries.In these meetings, the Prime Minister also referred to the tiffin meetings between ministers in Gujarat during his tenure as chief minister and directed the union ministers focused on the same lines to meet and work.The effort of the government is to make it easier for the new ministers to […]
  • Mamata Banerjee ‘political mother of all terrorists in country’, says BJP’s Saumitra Khan
    New Delhi [India] : BJP leader Saumitra Khan has hit out at Mamata Banerjee over her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene and withdraw the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres stating that the West Bengal chief minister is the “political mother of all terrorists in the country.”Speaking to ANI, Saumitra Khan requested the Prime Minister not to heed to Mamata Banerjee and said that she wants to destroy the country in the same manner in which she had destroyed West Bengal. The BJP leader further accused the West Bengal chief minister of attempting to turn India into a “dharmashala”.“She is the political mother of all terrorists in the country because when the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed in the Parliament, she opposed it. When the National Register of Citizens was passed, she opposed it because she wants to make India a ‘dharmashala’. Is India a dharmashala that the Rohingyas would enter India, kill people here and loot the money of the Indian government?” Khan asked.The BJP leader also alleged that Mamata Banerjee is supporting the Rohingyas to end the integrity of the country.“Mamata Banerjee is supporting the Rohingyas to end the integrity of the country. That is the reason she is upset because now terrorists would not be able to enter India as a result of […]
  • Prime Minister Modi to visit Uttar Pradesh, inaugurate Purvanchal Expressway
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Purvanchal Expressway at Karwal Kheri in Sultanpur district on November 16.The inauguration will be held at around 1:30 PM, the Prime Minister’s Office said. After the inauguration, as per the PMO, PM Modi will also witness an airshow by the Indian Air Force on the 3.2 km long airstrip constructed on the Expressway in Sultanpur district to enable landing and take-off of Indian Air Force fighter planes in case of emergency.The 341 kilometre-long Purvanchal Expressway starts from village Chaudsarai, district Lucknow located on Lucknow-Sultanpur road (NH-731) and ends at village Hydaria located on National Highway number 31, 18 kilometres east of the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border.The expressway is 6-lane wide which can be expanded to 8-lane in future. Constructed at an estimated cost of about Rs 22,500 crore, the Purvanchal Expressway is set to give a boost to the economic development of the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh especially the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. 
  • “I am pained beyond words”: PM Modi
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his condolence on the demise of notable historian, author and Padma Vibhushan awardee Balwant Moreshwar Purandare who was popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare.Purandare, 99, passed away at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra around 5 am today. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said that Babasaheb Purandare left a major void in the world of history and culture.“I am pained beyond words. The demise of Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare leaves a major void in the world of history and culture. It is thanks to him that the coming generations will get further connected to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His other works will also be remembered,” he said.PM Modi further said that Babasaheb Purandare was witty, wise and had a rich knowledge of Indian history and he had interacted with him very closely over the years.“Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare was witty, wise and had a rich knowledge of Indian history. I had the honour of interacting with him very closely over the years. A few months back had addressed his centenary year programme,” the Prime Minister wrote.“Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare will live on due to his extensive works. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with his family and countless admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said.Notably, the Prime Minister had in August, attended a function to mark Baba Saheb Purandare entering the 100th year of his […]
  • Telangana: Congress’ Revanth Reddy slams Centre, state over paddy issue
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Revanth Reddy slammed the Centre and state government for “being irresponsible in purchasing paddy.”Reddy questioned the state Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and said why the government is not spending money on paddy? He criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) saying “both are one.”Congress leader further demanded, “a special budget to be introduced so that every grain be bought.” He also stressed that a protest should be held at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.Meanwhile, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister Nehru, the congress party laid flowers at the statue of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Gandhi Bhavan.He remembered Nehru’s contribution and said “he was jailed for ten years for nation, it is a festival day for people of this country.”India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary is celebrated as Children’s Day in India on November 14.Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasizing the importance of giving love and affection to children.After the death of Nehru, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as ‘Bal Diwas’ or Children’s Day in India.
  • Heroin seized near India-Pak border
    New Delhi [India]: The Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered eight packets of contrabands suspected to be heroin near the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) track in the paddy field in the Ferozepur sector in Punjab, the force said on Monday. The BSF troops deployed at Border Outpost Pachharian recovered the heroin packets on Sunday noon near IB track in the paddy field. “The recovery was made in alignment in between Border Pillar (BP) 180/3 – 180/4,” the force said.The BSF said that the recovered items were in the shape of sticks. “Of the total eight sticks three were packed with yellow colour tape and five with silver colour tape and concealed in paddy crops with the straw.”This is the third seizure in the area of responsibility of Border Outpost Pancharian since January 2021 and the total progressive seizure of suspected heroin in the Ferozepur sector is 103.048 kgs, added the BSF.
  • Centre should discuss Punjab affairs with state government or all political parties, not just BJP, says AAP
    New Delhi [India]: After a Punjab BJP delegation went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor and other issues, the Aam Aadmi Party said that all parties should have been part of the delegation or the state government should have held these talks.“The affairs of Punjab should be discussed with the state government or with all political parties of the state. It is meaningless to discuss the issues with a number of elected MLAs or leaders and especially those whom the people of Punjab do not allow to enter their villages. It is dishonesty. It is a part of the election strategy,” AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj told ANI. “There are elections in Punjab within the next three months. the Prime Minister’s Office will try to save its credibility in those elections,” he added.Reacting to Sonu Sood’s recent announcement that his sister would be joining politics, he said, “Sonu Sood remained in the headlines during Corona. He did a lot of work for the migrants. If his sister wants to join politics, then it is her personal matter. The leadership of Punjab will decide whether she will contest from the Aam Aadmi Party or not. He is the brand ambassador of the Delhi government’s mentor program in the country, and we have benefited greatly from his arrival.”Reacting to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s BJP JAM vs […]
  • Rs 34 crore input tax credit fraud
    New Delhi [India]: Based upon specific intelligence, the officers of the Anti Evasion branch of Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) Commissionerate, Delhi (East) have unearthed a case of availment/utilization and passing on of inadmissible input tax credit (ITC) through bogus GST invoices without actual movement of goods of Rs 34 crore.The seven firms were created in order to generate bogus GST invoices with intent to pass on fraudulent ITC without actual movement of goods and without paying actual GST to the Government, according to a press release. These entities have generated goods less GST invoices of value Rs 220 crore (approx.) and passed inadmissible ITC amounting to Rs 34 crore (approx.). Rishabh Jain was the mastermind behind running this racket of creating bogus firms and generating/selling bogus GST invoices.The modus operandi involved creating multiple firms with the intent to avail/utilize & passing on of inadmissible credit. The firms involved in this network are Blue Ocean, Highjack Marketing, Kannha Enterprises, S S Traders, Evernest Enterprises, Gyan Overseas & Viharsh Exporters Pvt. Ltd.Rishabh Jain tendered his voluntary statement admitting his guilt. He admitted that due to non payment against Overdraft account of Central Bank of India, the business premises were sealed by bankers. Thereafter, he indulged into issuance of bogus GST invoices without actual movement of goods.Rishabh Jain has knowingly committed offences under Section 132(1)(b) of the CGST Act, 2017 which is cognizable and non-bailable […]
  • Indian at par with its neighbour
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that India is no less than its neighbour in development at the Arunachal Pradesh border and the country will give a befitting reply in every situation.Speaking on the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebrations of the All India Ex-Servicemen Services Council at Telibagh in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, the Defence Minister said, “People are talking about the development of a village at Arunachal Pradesh border. I don’t want to discuss it here but what we are doing at borders, I have personally visited and seen it. I want to congratulate our officers of defence services that we are no less than anyone. Whatever be the situation, we will give a reply. We are clear with our policy on national security.” The Minister also said that Pakistan, which lost the 1971 war and 1999 Kargil War, will now have to sever its ties with terrorism.“As the Defence Minister, I tell you that they have made an announcement that they don’t shelter terrorism anymore,” he added.Without naming China in his speech, Singh said that India has one more neighbour and there is no need to name it.He said, “We have one more neighbour. You know it very well, no need to take its name. It has made up its mind to practice arbitrariness with everyone. Many nations didn’t oppose it as they should have. Earlier our […]
  • Custodial deaths on rise in UP under ‘Thoko Raaj’, Akhilesh Yadav slams Yogi govt
    Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday alleged that custodial deaths have increased in Uttar Pradesh under ‘Thoko Raaj’ prevailing under the BJP-led Yogi Adtyanath government in the state.Talking to the media, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “Today, Uttar Pradesh is leading ahead of all the states in custodial deaths and this is because of the ‘Thoko Raaj” which is running in the state. No one knows who would attack whom.” Referring to the Kasganj incident where a youth died in police custody, Yadav said,” Innocent people are being killed. No one would imagine that the young man in Kasganj will die tying the string of his bottom wear with a tap. The police are creating fake stories. In Gorakhpur, the family members of the deceased were threatened not to file FIR by the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.”He further said that people of the “Valmiki community were killed by police on Valmiki Jayanti”.He claimed that his party will come to power in the state where elections are due early next yearHe asserted that sensitive policing, smart policing is the need of the hour.“With district recognition, airport, roads, laptops, ambulances, we applied developmental plans,which is why the public wants SP again. I don’t believe the Yogi government has taken a big decision here in 4.5 years,”Akhilesh Yadav said during a press conference in Kushinagar as he is […]
  • Indian Army Chief to visit Israel
    New Delhi [India] : Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane On Sunday proceeded on a five-day visit to Israel.The visit aims to further strengthen strategic defence cooperation between both the countries, said Indian Army. “General MM Naravane #COAS proceeded on a five-day visit to #Israel. The visit aims to further strengthen strategic defence cooperation between both countries,” the Army said in a tweet.The visit comes weeks after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar travelled to Israel to strengthen ties.
  • SBSP National President to join Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Samajwadi Vijay Yatra’
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) National President Om Prakash Rajbhar will join Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav for ‘Samajwadi Vijay Yatra’ on Tuesday, informed the party sources.Om Prakash Rajbhar will join Akhilesh Yadav from Ghazipur to Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh for ‘Samajwadi Vijay Yatra’. Samajwadi party began this yatra on October 12, ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a former BJP, have become allies for the 2022 UP assembly polls.Earlier on October 9, Yadav had expressed confidence about winning the polls in Uttar Pradesh and said that the people of the state were disappointed with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state.“We are again getting an opportunity to hold rath yatra and this time, it is a ‘Vijay Yatra’ of Samajwadi Party. The people of Uttar Pradesh are disappointed with the BJP government,” Yadav had told ANI earlier.He further said that his party is optimistic about getting 400 seats and securing a landslide victory.“The way BJP is running the government in the state and at the Centre, it is not for the people and they are unhappy with the party. As a result, the Samajwadi party is very optimistic about 400 seats in the upcoming elections,” he added.
  • Bihar CM, Governor pay floral tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary
    Patna (Bihar) [India] : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Governor Phagu Chauhan on Sunday paid floral tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary which is also celebrated as Children’s Day in India.Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children. After the death of Nehru, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as ‘Bal Diwas’ or Children’s Day in India.Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. He breathed his last on May 27, 1964.He became the prime minister on August 15, 1947, following an active role in the freedom struggle of the country.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru, as the nation observed 132nd birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister. “Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his birth anniversary,” PM Modi tweeted.On this day, a number of activities are organised for students in schools nationwide such as games, competitions, and so on, while government bodies pay tributes to the late prime minister and organise commemorative events on this day.In 1954, the United Nations had declared November 20 as Universal Children’s Day and India used to celebrate Children’s Day on 20th November every year before 1956 but after the death of Prime Minister Nehru in 1964, a resolution was passed in the Parliament unanimously declaring the […]
  • Amit Shah to chair 29th meeting of Southern Zonal Council in Tirupati
    Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) [India] : Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah will chair today the 29th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council comprising of the States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, and Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands here in Tirupati.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need to leverage cooperative and competitive federalism to achieve all-around growth. Zonal Councils provide the platform to foster such collaboration through a structured mechanism for dialogue and discussion on a continuous basis on the issues affecting two or more states or the Centre and States, in the spirit that strong States make a strong nation. According to a press statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shah has given impetus to this vision of cooperative federalism to empower States and promote a better understanding between the Centre and States in the policy framework. He has emphasised on using the platform of the Zonal Council for dispute resolving and promoting cooperative federalism.The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is the Vice Chairman and host. Other Chief Ministers from the States in the Zone along with two Ministers each are the Members. Chief Secretaries and senior officers from the State Governments and the Central Government will also attend the meeting.The Zonal Councils take up issues involving Centre and States and one or many States falling in the […]
  • PM pays tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 132nd birth anniversary.“Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Ji on his birth anniversary,” he tweeted. In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14 every year as a mark of respect to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.Nehru was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ and was known for emphasising the importance of giving love and affection to children.After the death of Nehru, it was unanimously decided to celebrate his birthday as ‘Bal Diwas’ or Children’s Day in India.Nehru was born on November 14, 1889, in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. He breathed his last on May 27, 1964.He became the prime minister on August 15, 1947, following an active role in the freedom struggle of the country.On this day, a number of activities are organised for students in schools nationwide such as games, competitions, and so on, while government bodies pay tributes to the late prime minister and organise commemorative events on this day.In 1954, the United Nations had declared November 20 as Universal Children’s Day and India used to celebrate Children’s Day on 20th November every year before 1956 but after the death of Prime Minister Nehru in 1964, a resolution was passed in the Parliament unanimously declaring the day of Pt. Nehru’s birth anniversary as National Children’s Day.
  • 26 Naxalites killed in encounter with police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli
    Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) [India]: Twenty-six Naxalites were killed in an encounter with the Maharashtra Police in the Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil in Gadchiroli district, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal said. C-60 unit of the anti-Naxal operation of Gadchiroli Police has killed 26 Naxalites in an encounter in Gyarapatti forest of Korchi Tehsil on Saturday, police said. “Police had received secret information that there was a camp of Naxalites in the Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest of Korchi, on the basis of this, the C-60 unit of Gadchiroli Police started the search operation in Gyarapatti-Kodagul forest from 6 am on Saturday morning,” said Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal told ANI. The bodies of 26 Naxalites have been recovered, whose identification is on, he added. Along with the 26 bodies, the police recovered a large amount of Naxal literature and weapons, the police added. Four jawans of the C-60 unit were injured in the encounter that lasted for about eight hours. The jawans had been airlifted to Nagpur and are undergoing treatment at Orange City Hospital in Nagpur. (ANI)
  • Uttar Pradesh CM hints at renaming Azamgarh to Aryamgarh
    Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Hinting that the name of Azamgarh could be renamed as Aryamgarh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that setting up of a state university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.While laying the foundation stone a state university in Azamgarh district on Saturday along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the UP CM said, “There should be no doubt that this university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.” Addressing the event in Azamgarh, the home turf of Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, “The government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has decided to provide free food, including wheat and rice, to all the 15 crore Antyodaya cardholders until Holi. The government has taken the responsibility of taking care of the poor and marginalised people.”Along with Shah, CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other BJP leaders were present during the foundation stone laying function of the university in Azamgarh.Azamgarh is Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are slated to be held early next year.
  • “BJP ‘hijacked’ Hinduism”
    Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday alledged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have “hijacked” meaning of “Hindutva and Hinduism”.While speaking to the media in Jammu, Mufti said what BJP and RSS are propagating is not “Sanatan Dharma”. “Real Sanatan Dharma does not teach us communalism, it teaches inclusivity. RSS and BJP have hijacked Hindutva and Hinduism in the name of their parties. They feel Hindutva and Hinduism are the BJP and RSS, but it is not so.”She further compared RSS and BJP with Islamic State (ISIS), and said, ” Communal parties can be compared with IS (Islamic State). Parties that want clashes between Hindus and Muslims can be compared not only with ISIS but also with other similar organisations as they kill people in name of religion.”
  • Citizen’s Tele-Law app
    New Delhi [India]: Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju along with Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Baghel on Saturday launched the Citizen’s Tele-Law mobile app and felicitated the Tele-Law Frontline Functionaries organised by the Department of Justice.The event also witnessed the felicitation of 124 Frontline functionaries which includes Para legal volunteers, village level entrepreneurs, panel lawyers, and state coordinators representing from different corners of the country. According to the Department of Justice (DoJ), expanding its reach and ambit the Citizens’ Tele-Law Mobile App intends to widen the access to increased legal information and empower the masses to identify their problem and choose from the appropriate forum of dispute redressal to claim their entitlements and rights by connecting the beneficiary directly to the Panel Lawyer or with the assistance of Para Legal Volunteers, Village Level entrepreneurs, in case of a beneficiary who are unable to read or write.The consultation is available free of cost to those entitled to free legal aid under Section 12 of Legal Service Authority, whereas others could avail at Rs 30/ per consultation, stated DoJ.During the occasion, Rijiju announced the expansion of Tele-Law in 75,000 Gram Panchayats covering all States/UTs as a part of the 75 years of India’s Independence celebrations. He also appealed to the Lawyers to join the Tele-Law movement and provide legal guidance and consultation as basic steps to legal aid services. He appreciated […]
  • Known for radicalisation during SP rule, Azamgarh will now be known for education, says Amit Shah
    Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that Azamgarh, which was known for radicalisation during Samajwadi Party rule, will now be known for education.The Union Home Minister on Saturday laid the foundation stone of a state university in Azamgarh and later addressed a public rally. While speaking at the public rally, Shah said, “Azamgarh was known for radicalisation during the Samajwadi Party rule. Now, Azamgarh will be known for education.”The Union Minister suggested that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath name the university being built in Azamgarh after Maharaja Suheldev.“Azamgarh is witnessing transformation under Yogi government and Mafia-raj has ended under CM Yogi Adityanath,” Amit Shah said.The Union Home Minister further said that CM Yogi brought an end to casteism, nepotism and appeasement.“Before 2015, UP’s economy ranked sixth in the country but today it ranks second. The unemployment rate was gone down to 4.1 per cent. There are 40 medical colleges and medical seats have gone up to 3800. Speaking at the public rally, Yogi Adityanath said, “In 2007, there was an attack on me in Azamgarh. Ajit Rai, an ABVP member was killed inside Shibli National College for demanding to recitation of Vande Mataram during Republic Day and no FIR was registered for a month after the incident. But today, no one commits such acts.” Along with Shah, CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and […]
  • BJP should not worry about 2024, answer people’s questions in 2022: Akhilesh Yadav
    Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should not worry about 2024 but answer people’s questions in 2022.Akhilesh Yadav said, “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should not worry about 2024 (general elections) but answer people’s questions in 2022 (assembly elections).” “People of Gorakhpur are waiting to see development. I have come here to appeal for the development of the state,” said the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.Samajwadi Party chief is leading the party’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in Gorakhpur, campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are slated to be held early next year.Earlier on Friday, Yadav targeted the Centre over inflation and unemployment and claimed that his party will come in the power in the state.Speaking to media persons in Jaipur before attending a marriage ceremony, he said, “SP will win over 400 seats in UP. Inflation and unemployment have increased. The public has made up its mind for the elimination of the BJP.”
  • PM Modi meets US delegation
    New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met with the US Congress delegation here and had a “frank” discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.According to an official statement by the Prime Minister office (PMO), PM Modi met with US Congressional delegation led by Senator John Cornyn which included Senator Michael Crapo, Senator Thomas Tuberville, Senator Michael Lee, Congressman Tony Gonzales and Congressman John Kevin Elizey Sr. Senator John Cornyn is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans.“The Congressional delegation noted the excellent management of COVID-19 situation in India in-spite of the challenges of large and diverse population. Prime Minister noted that people’s participation based on democratic ethos of the country played a key role in managing the worst pandemic of the last one century,” read the statement.It informed that PM Modi appreciated the consistent support and constructive role of the US Congress in deepening the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership which is anchored in shared democratic values.“There was a warm and frank discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region,” said the statement.It further stated that PM Modi and the visiting delegation noted the increasing convergence of strategic interests between the two strategic partners and expressed a desire to further enhance cooperation with an aim […]
  • Priyanka hits out at Amit Shah
    New Delhi [India] : All India Congress Committee (AICC) Uttar Pradesh Incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday targetted Union Home Minister over the increasing snatching incidents in the state.Taking to Twitter, the Congress general secretary, “The Home Minister of the country gives the jumla (rhetoric) of “stepping out laden with jewellery”, but only the women of UP knows what kind of things they have to deal with every day. That’s why ‘I am girl, I can fight’ is necessary, to increase the participation of women in politics and in making security-related policies.” She also cited a news report which reported the recent crime incidents in the Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.Last month in Lucknow, Shah had praised the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and said that today even a 16-year-old girl can roam around wearing jewellery at 12 in the night, and not have to fear for their safety.The next elections are scheduled to be held early next year to elect 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.BJP in the 2017 polls, won 312 seats with a vote share of 39.67 per cent. This was followed by a strong electoral performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when the BJP won 62 of the state’s 80 parliamentary constituencies.
  • Amit Shah attends ‘Akhil Bhartiya Rajbhasha Sammelan’
    Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday attended the ‘Akhil Bhartiya Rajbhasha Sammelan’ in Varanasi.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present at the event. Shah is on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal and reached Varanasi on Friday.Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Union Home Minister also held a review meeting with Vidhan Sabha in charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Varanasi on Friday.In addition, Shah offered prayers at Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uttar Pradesh election in-charge and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also present with Shah.He also paid tribute to Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya at Banaras Hindu University on his death anniversary yesterday.Shah’s visit is significant in view of the upcoming high-stake Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh as he is considered as the architect of the BJP’s turnaround in the state after the party had been reduced to the fourth major electoral group in the 2012 polls.The next elections are scheduled to be held early next year to elect 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. 
  • New Secretary General
    New Delhi [India] : Former Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Pramod Chandra Mody assumed charge as the new Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha on Friday.The Rajya Sabha Secretariat in an official notification informed that “Pramod Chandra Mody, a 1982-batch retired IRS officer and former Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) assumed charge as the new Secretary-General of Rajya Sabha.” The Vice President of India and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu appointed Mody as the Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha today in the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary till August 10, 2022 or until further orders whichever is earlier. He succeeds Dr Parasaram Pattabhi Kesava Ramacharyulu, who demitted office as SG today. Dr Ramacharyulu has been appointed as Advisor.Born on September 1, 1959, Mody has almost 40 years of long experience in handling various posts under the Government of India including Chairman of CBDT. He has deep insight into jurisprudence and exposure to judicial and quasi-judicial processes.As the Member (Administration), CBDT, he has handled the entire cadre of Indian Revenue Service Officers and staff. He has also supervised the functioning of an investigation wing of the Income Tax Department spread throughout the country as the Member (Investigation), CBDT.During his tenure as the Chairman of CBDT, he encouraged and promoted extensive use of technology in the Income Tax Department and constant upgrading of systems culminating into the introduction of Faceless Assessment and Faceless […]
  • Bihar: 38,72,645 litres of illicit liquor confiscated, 62,140 arrested in last 9 month
    Patna (Bihar) [India] : A total of 49,900 cases were registered in different districts of Bihar after conducting special raids under the State Prohibition and Excise (Amendment) Act-2018 from January 2021 to October 2021 and a total of 38,72,645 litres of illicit liquor were recovered and confiscated in the state, informed the State Police on Friday.The Bihar Police in an official statement issued on Friday said that a total of 12,93,229 litres of country liquor and 25,79,415 litres of foreign liquor was recovered and confiscated in the state. During the operation, 62,140 accused were arrested and 12,200 vehicles were confiscated in the state, said the Bihar Police, adding that out of the total accused, 1,590 people were arrested, who did not belong to the state.The five districts, which were on top in terms of liquor seizure are Vaishali with 45,63,59 litres of liquor, Patna with 35,00,85 litres, Muzaffarpur with 25,64,80 litres, Aurangabad with 23,25,42 litres and Madhubani with 223767 litres, said the Bihar Police.The five districts, which were on top in terms of arrests are Patna with 6855 arrests, followed by Saran with 3872 arrests, Motihari with 2832 arrests, Nawada with 2814 arrests and Muzaffarpur with 2660 arrests. 
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, UP CM Yogi Adityanath meet with investors to boost UPDIC
    New Delhi [India]: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath held consultations with industrialists to enhance investment in the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC) at the Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow on Friday.The meeting was attended by more than a hundred industrialists, where they discussed and raised their concerns with Defence Minister and Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister. Singh listened to the views of representatives of private defence industries present at the meeting and was briefed on the progress of investments in UPDIC.“We have to build a strong defence manufacturing ecosystem to achieve ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Singh.He described the setting up of Defence Industrial Corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as one of the many steps that reflect the Government’s unwavering commitment to cater to the needs of defence industries.Singh said that for the first-time private industries have been given a share in domestic manufacturing.“From the year 2014, till date over 350 licences were issued to private industries compared to 200 licences issued between 2000 and 2014. Policy provisions are being considered to encourage the private sector in design and development projects,” he said.Listing out some of the initiatives of the government, Singh said that free transfer of technology by DRDO and an increase in FDI limit up access to cutting edge technologies of the world are some of the steps taken […]
  • “Data Security essential”
    Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: In a cyber world, data security is essential for personal and national security, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Friday.During his inaugural address of the 14th edition of c0c0n, the largest conference in the country conducted by the Kerala Police on Cyber Security, General Rawat said, “In a cyber world, data security is essential for personal security and national security.” In a press release from the Kerala Police, General Rawat said, “During the COVID-19 era, living conditions changed and more and more people switched to the Internet, and subsequently the crime rate has multiplied. As many jobs have moved online, even private data has become publicity available. This has led to serious cyber crimes.”Bipin Rawat said that the formulation of a cyber security policy at the national level is in its final stages. He also spoke about the need to modernize the IT Act in the country. All the agencies in the country should work together for cyber security. He appreciated the efforts of the Kerala Police for cyber security and national security. c0c0n has been gaining popularity for the past 13 years. That proves the public’s confidence in Cyber Security Conferences. He also wished that it would benefit more people.DGP Anil Kant IPS delivered the introductory speech. Manoj Abraham IPS, ADGP and Vice Chairman – c0c0n organizing committee explained the features of the 14th Edition of c0c0n […]
  • North East Delhi Violence: Court frames charges against four accused, says prosecution case has merits
    New Delhi [India]: A Delhi court has framed charges against four accused in the murder case of deceased Deepak in connection with violence in north east Delhi in February 2020 and said after hearing counsels for the parties and perusing the charge-sheet and supplementary charge-sheet along with accompanying record that the prosecution case has ample merits.Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on November 9, framed charges against all the four accused persons. Accordingly, charges for the offence under Section 147/148/302 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and Section 302 IPC read with Section 120-B IPC have been framed against all the four accused persons to which they have pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.The Court also said, “On the basis of material on record, I am of the opinion that there are grounds for presuming that the accused persons namely Anwar Hussain, Kasim, Shahrukh@ Rinku and Khalid Ansari have committed offences under Section 147 IPC, 148 IPC, 302 IPC, read with Section 149 IPC and under Section 302 IPC read with Section 120-B IPC.”The Court also noted that the judicial TIP proceedings were conducted of all the said accused persons in relation to the said public witness and only one agreed while the rest declined to undergo the judicial TIP and an adverse inference will have to be drawn against the said accused persons for their refusal to participate in the said TIP proceedings. One […]
  • PC to Women Officers
    New Delhi [India]: After the Supreme Court cautioned the Indian Army of contempt, the Centre on Friday assured that it will roll out Permanent Commission option to all eligible Women Short Service Commission Officers (WSSCO) in the Army.The Centre told the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that a swift decision would be made within ten days with regard to eleven women army officers, who have approached the top court, to grant Permanent Commission (PC). As the apex court warned that it was going to initiate contempt proceedings against the Indian Army for failing to grant PC to eleven women officers in line with its previous orders, the Centre submitted that it was ready to grant Permanent Commission to the officers before the Court.The Bench in its order noted that Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said that those officers whose case is not before the court in contempt proceedings but meets criteria laid in its previous judgment, will be granted a permanent commission and necessary orders in this regard will be passed within three weeks from today.The ASG clarified that not just the eleven Women Short Service Commission (WSSCO) Officers who have moved the court in contempt as a part of 72 officers and who were not granted PC till date, but even those officers who are not before the court but are meeting the criteria will be granted PC, subject to their willingness.During […]
  • India to deploy BrahMos ?
    New Delhi [India] : Amid concerns over reported Chinese military build-up across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Centre has backed the ambitious Char Dham road project, saying that wider roads are needed to transport missiles like the BrahMos and other military equipment. The strategic 900-km-long Chardham project worth Rs 12,000 crore aims to provide all-weather connectivity to four holy towns -Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath in Uttarakhand. The court on Thursday heard the Centre’s plea seeking modification of the September 8, 2020 order, which had asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to follow the 2018 circular stipulating carriageway width of 5.5 metre on the ambitious Chardham highway project, which goes up to the China border. The Centre told the apex court that if the Army cannot move its missile launchers, heavy machinery upto the northern Indo-China border, then how will it defend it and fight a war, if it breaks out. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for Centre, said “These are inhospitable terrains where Army needs to move heavy vehicles, machineries, weapons, missiles, tanks, troops and food supplies. Our Brahmos missile is 42 feet long and needs large vehicles to carry its launchers. If the Army cannot move its missile launchers and machineries upto the northern China border, then how will it fight a war, if it breaks out”. He said, “God forbid if the war breaks out then […]
  • Punjab assembly polls: AAP announces first list of 10 candidates
    Chandigarh [Punjab] [India] : The Aam Aadmi Party on Friday announced its first list of 10 candidates for the 2022 Punjab assembly polls. All of the 10 candidates are sitting MLAs. Senior AAP leader Harpal Singh Cheema, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, has been given ticket from Dirba seat, while Aman Arora will contest from Sunam assembly constituency, according to the list shared by the party on its Twitter handle. Saravjit Kaur Manuke will contest from Jagraon seat and Baljinder Kaur from Talwandi Sabo. Kishan Roudi has been given ticket from Garhshankar seat, Manjit Bilaspur from Nihal Singh Wala, Kultar Singh Sandhwan from Kotkapura, Budhram from Budhlada, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer from Barnala, and Kulwant Pandori from Mehal Kalan, according to the list. The election to the 117-member Punjab assembly is due early next year. The poll schedule is yet to be announced by the Election Commission.
  • West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar meets Amit Shah
    New Delhi [India] : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence in the national capital.Apprising of his meeting with Shah, Dhankar tweeted, “West Bengal Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar called on Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah at his residence today.” This comes a day after President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attended the Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the national capital.Dhankar was also present at the conference.
  • UP Defence Corridor
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh On Friday attended the consultation meeting on Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor in Lucknow.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present at the meeting. Later today the Union Minister is scheduled to visit Babu Banarsi Das University where he will unveil a statue of Dr Akhilesh Das.Singh is on a three-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Lucknow.On Saturday, Singh will attend the inauguration and foundation-laying function at PTC Industries Complex at Kanpur Road, thereafter he will attend a program organized by Mamta Charitable Trust. He will also inaugurate a new branch of St Joseph school, the senior official informed.He will attend the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the All India Ex-Servicemen Services Council at Telibagh on Sunday.He is expected to leave for Delhi at 04:20 pm on Sunday.
  • Baghel meets Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, discusses strategy for 2022 UP polls
    New Delhi [India] : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday met All India Congress Committee (AICC) Uttar Pradesh Incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the national capital and discussed strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections.Baghel has been given the responsibility of the party’s senior observer for the Uttar Pradesh elections. He has been given the task of coordinating with the organization and the election machinery of the party.Baghel visited Uttar Pradesh four times in the last month and has addressed rallies in Gorakhpur and Varanasi along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister also visited Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight persons, including four farmers, were killed during a farmers’ protest. Lakhimpur Kheri has witnessed a political slugfest after the violence.In the past, Congress has tried to make the initial election announcements among the people through the ‘Pratigya Yatras’ from different areas.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is campaigning aggressively in the state against the BJP-led state government.She has made several announcements including a 40 per cent ticket for women in UP Assembly polls.The Congress general secretary has also kept possibilities open for alliance with small parties.Many leaders feel that if the voters who are annoyed with BJP are divided into many political parties, then the party will suffer.In such a situation, it would be appropriate to contest elections in alliance with some local political parties, they feel.At the same time, some leaders are in favour of going in […]
  • Union Home Secretary to visit Kolkata, extension of BSF jurisdiction on agenda
    New Delhi [India] : Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla will be visiting Kolkata on Friday to hold a meeting with West Bengal Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Additional Director General of Police (DGP) over the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres along the border area.Officials from the Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF), Indian Coast Guard and District Magistrate from districts adjacent to border areas will be present virtually. The Ministry of Home Affairs in October extended BSF jurisdictions to 50 kms from the border area on which Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had objected.The Centre had earlier in October empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata raised strong objections against the Centre’s move to expand the jurisdiction of BSF from 15 kilometres to 50 kilometres along the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam and said that the move was meant to torture common people.The letter […]
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