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  • After Sisodia its Jain under CBI’s lens

    Poonam Jain

    New Delhi: 3 days after a team from Central Bureau of Investigation questioned deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's at his residence in relation with a programme related to, 'Talk 2 AK', Satyendar Jain’s turn on Monday. The CBI on Monday questioned PWD minister’s wife, Poonam Jain, in connection with a case of alleged money laundering against him.

  • All that you need to know about Ram Nath Kovind and why his victory won’t be a surprise

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    New Delhi: Despite Congress led opposition having announced the very competent Meira Kumar as its candidate, Kovind still has way brighter chances of becoming the 14th President of India. Apart from being a Dalit face, Kovind’s image has also been clear and he has generally steered clear of controversy. His nomination was certainly a big surprise for all and set the stage for an interesting presidential election. Here are a few facts you definitely need to know about the next prospective president and his family and also why his victory is definitely confirmed.

    Kovind's birth and marriage:

    Kovind, who was associated with the Koli community of the Dalits, was born in Parakh, a small village in Kanpur village. Ram Nath Kovind's wife's name is Savita Kovind. They were married on May 30th, 1974. They have a son, whose name is Prashant and he is married, while his daughter's name is Swati. Swati’s done B.Com and LLB from Kanpur University and is a successful lawyer.

  • Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be NDA's presidential candidate: Amit Shah

    Ram Nath

     New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be NDA nominee for Presidential election, addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah announced his name. 

  • Cong attacked PM for PNB scam

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    Congress leveled up with another salvo on Centre over the PNB fraud allegedly involving designer jeweller Nirav Modi, saying the country's "biggest bank loot scam" is pegged far bigger at Rs 21,306 crore with fresh revelations.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired yet pointed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Nirav Modi fleeing the country. Taking to Twitter, he posted, "The scamster's escape formula: La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) ---(with) Na(Mo)---> Bha(Go)", while using the hashtag "#ModiRobsIndia".

    The opposition party hit out at the PM for his "silence" on the issue, alleging that he did not act on the scam even after his office was informed about it by one Vaibhav Khuraniya on May 7, 2015.

    Releasing letters purportedly written to various agencies in this regard, Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala asked why the BJP and government were silent on the issue and how accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi were "allowed" to escape.

    "India's biggest 'bank loot scam' has got bigger over the last 24 hours to Rs 21,306 crore as layers of the conspiracy got unearthed by the hour," he told reporters.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Cong: Asking jobless youth to sell pakodas is a shame on BJP

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    The Congress on Tuesday slammed Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief Amit Shah over his statement in his speech at Rajya Sabha on Pakoda sellers.

    “It is so disgraceful to learn that the unemployed youth of our country, who are extremely talented and decently educated are being asked to sell pakodas by our ruling party,” Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan said.

    “No one has gone to such depth in making this despicable and disgraceful remark,” he further added.

    Ranjan also hit out at Shah's statement that the GST was brought after all parties' consensus.

    "The fact that he has to give a justification is proof enough that he realizes he made a mistake. GST was Congress' proposal but we wanted to implement 14.5 percent and BJP took it to 28 percent. With the labour cost added, it increases to as high as 46 percent," he said.

    Congress leader Nasir Hussain also criticised Shah for including "vendors as jobs creation by their government."

    "Post GST and demonetisation, the employment has come down, so now they feel that even selling pakodas, rolling bidis, rolling incense sticks," Hussain added.

    Terming the GST a scheme to loot people, Hussain further said, "People of this country have realized what demonetisation and GST have done to them. This is why they (BJP) had come very close to getting defeated in Gujarat and they lost all the by-elections from Rajasthan to West Bengal."

    In his maiden speech at the Upper House on Monday, Shah hit back at former finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram for comparing pakora seller to a beggar, and said it was better to sell 'pakodas' than stay unemployed.

    In defence of the GST launched by the NDA government, Shah stated that the taxation system was implemented after everyone's consensus.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Cops detained AAP leader for sealing drive

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    City Police on Monday detained Aap Aadmi Party leader after lathi charged, during their 'Parliament March' as a protest against the sealing campaign by Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD).


    Answering to the Police action, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted that MLAs and MCD councilors were protesting against sealing by MCD and Police beat up the female volunteers of AAP.

    Senior AAP leaders including Ashutosh and Dilip Pandey have been detained from the situation.


    PM’s police attacked elected MLAs, councilors and women protestors were protesting against the BJP action of sealing shops in various markets in the Capital. Are elected representatives treated such way, elsewhere in India? Tweeted Nagendra Sharma, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

    The sealing drive is being carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes, and it is being implemented by the three BJP-led municipal corporations.

    Saurabh Bharadwaj told media, BJP is solely responsible for the sealing drive for the past two months.

    He also added that the Central government will have to change Master Plan 2021 for Delhi to put stoppage to the sealing drive, reports IANS.

     

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • FODDER SCAM: RJD Supremo termed for jail sentence

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    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others were convicted in fodder scam case under fraudulent which withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar treasury 21 years ago. A Jharkhand court stated that Yadav will receive his quantum of sentence on Thursday and he was brought from Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail to the court for sentencing in a Fodder Scam case. 
  • It’s better to be laborer then a beggar: BJP chief

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    Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief address in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, highlighted ‘pro-poor’ government schemes that are functioning under government run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Pointing out at Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s jibe against Modi’s comment on ‘pakoda sellers, Shah says being a street vendor and selling fritters is still better than being jobless

    (Answering to the question that Chidambaram Sir's has tweeted that 'there are people who started selling pakodas under Mudra scheme, can this be called employment?' Yes, I believe that it’s better that somebody is earning from labour rather than begging. Their next generation will become industrialists)," he said.

    He said that a chai-wala's son is now sitting in the House as Prime Minister and that should inspire people.

    Shah went on to slam the Congress party on several counts. Responding to the opposition's criticism of Goods and Services Tax (GST), he asked all parties to come together and support the government's tax system.

    "Sarvanumat se faisla hua hai.Aur shabd kya diya? Gabbar Singh Tax, kon hai Gabbar Singh? Sholay film me dakait ka naam tha. Kanoon se bana hua tax wasoolna daikaiti hai kya? (This was an unanimous decision. And now what do they call it? Gabbar Singh Tax, who is Gabbar? A dacoit from sholay film. How can a legal tax system be equated with dacoity?," he asked.

    (With agency's input) 

  • MCG Election 2017 Results: 35 seats, independents win 20, BJP 14, INLD 1

    MCG Election 2017 Result

    The counting ended around 8pm of MCG Election 2017 on Sunday, the independent candidates emerged victorious in this MCG polls, winning 20 of the 35 seats. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was confident of bagging about 30 of the 35 seats, had to contend with just 14 seats while one seat has gone to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

    As results came in, they brought in good news for the women of the city as well with 15 women candidates emerging victorious. Of them, 10 are independents, while five are from the BJP.

  • NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets support of AIADMK & JD(U)

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    New Delhi: NDA proposed Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind got a boost with the AIADMK (Amma) faction, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced its support to him. 

  • PM to speak on Kovind’s ‘motion of thanks’ debate

    Narendra Modi

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    A source of BJP on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

    The action was initiated on Monday and the motion in expected to be accepted by the House, yet the rulling NDA has a big main part, on Wednesday, following the PM’s reply.

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House on Wednesday and the day after. The government may introduce some important bill on Thursday, sources said.

    In his reply, Modi is expected to respond to the opposition attack on his government over a host of issues, including alleged tardy employment generation, the state of economy, agriculture and foreign affairs, among others, and will list its achievements.

    BJP members in their speech have hailed the government for its work in curbing black money, strengthening economy and boosting agriculture, claims refuted by opposition lawmakers in their address.

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began on Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Rahul’s row over seat: He is not a VVIP, says BJP

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    BJP national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao hit back at Congress over their objection on its President Rahul Gandhi’s allotted 6th row seat at the R-day parade, saying that he is not a super VVIP who should be put ahead everyone else.

  • State BJP prepared for mid term elections: Devender Fadnavis

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    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is prepared for mid-term polls.

    Responding to the reports of speculations that mid-term polls could take place in state following farmers' stir for loan waiver, the chief minister said if someone wants to impel the BJP to go for mid-term polls, he is confident that the BJP will be able to form the government again. 

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had recently said that if the government does not implement the provisions of loan waiver by next month, the party could withdraw support to the state government.

    Buoyed by the BJP's success in the recently held Maharashtra local governing bodies' polls, Fadnavis said that the success was unprecedented and no other party achieved such success. 


    Even the Congress-NCP couldn't attend the success even during their hay days. 

    So, people believe in the government. 


    The Fadnavis government had announced the long-standing demand of the farm loan waiver just last Sunday.

  • Why BJP government’s move to paint the doors of the poor in Dausa district is absurd

    Doors Of The Poor In Dausa District

    New Delhi: In an apparent move to ‘identify’ the poor  and to make them avail the benefits of National Food Security Act (NFSA) scheme, the state Bhartiya Janata Party  has gone about painting the doors of all poor households in Dausa district of Rajasthan. The doors now read “I am poor…I get ration” and this serves as an ‘eligibility’ to get subsidized Ration. This, for obvious reasons, has sparked a lot of controversy among social activists and the opposition has pooled in for political mileage.

  • Why the farmers’ protests everywhere is something to worry about

    Padmini Ramesh

    Starting from the Mandsaur protests in Madhya Pradesh  in the beginning of this month, there has been a series of farmers’ protests propping up across the country with the latest being yesterday’s protest in Punjab. It would be irrational to assume that this rising anger and restlessness among the farmers across the country is simply because they want to keep up with the Mandsaur protests. Rather, the Mandsaur protests could be viewed as the tipping point of this crack down by the farming community- a distressed farming community with mounting debts, poor marketing facilities, unable to get competitive remuneration for their produce; the recent cash crunch post demonetization only worsening their problems. With the inflation rate falling short of the target of 4% implying fall in food prices, a surge in the rates of petrol and diesel increasing the transportation costs and the new notification by the centre banning the sale of cattle and live stock in animal markets for slaughter purposes, the situation had to reach this stage.