Modi govt weakening RTI: Rahul Gandhi



New Delhi: Aiming a major attack on the Narenda Modi led BJP government in centre, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today called on the people of the country to oppose the proposed changes in the Right to Information Act (RTI) by the government. Apart from Gandhi, many activists have strongly opposed the proposed changes to the RTI Act which pertains to the salaries and services of chief information commissioner and information commissioner. “Every Indian has the right to know the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act. They must be opposed by every Indian,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted with the hashtag #saveRTI.


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'Pakistan Muslim League like Flags to be banned ?

Delhi bureau: The Supreme Court asked the Centre to respond to the plea seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and a star at buildings and religious places across the country. Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi filed his petition, and claimed that green flags with a crescent and a star are “un-Islamic” and resemble the flag "Pakistan Muslim League"a party belonging to the enemy country.

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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)

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Saffron party’s yuva hunkar rally to check preparations

Haryana CM Manohal Lal Khattar riding to examine the rally

Huge arrangements are made in Haryana ahead of Saffron Party’s “Yuva Hunkar” rally on Thursday for which CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday rode a motorcycle to the Pandu Pindara village to examine the preparations, as per media reports.

Lakh of BJP supporters and youth workers are expected to participate in the rally. The state BJP unit has made it mandatory for all ministers and MLAs to arrive at the rally on bikes. The Haryana BJP had decided that 1,111 motorcycles from 90 Assembly constituencies in the state would start for the venue a day before the rally. It is unknown whether the bikes began their journey on Wednesday.

The Haryana Police and paramilitary forces have stationed hundreds of personnel in Jind ahead of Shah’s rally in view of the Indian National Lok Dal’s plan to disrupt the rally and to release black balloons into the sky, IANS reported.

Hisar range Inspector General of Police Sanjay Singh has appealed against releasing black balloons into the sky as it may cause problems for Shah’s chopper to land. He also warned of strict action against those who attempt to take the law into their own hands.

Raj Kumar Saini, the BJP MP from Kurukshetra, has said that he will not attend the rally, and would announce the formation of a new political outfit soon. Haryana Aam Aadmi Party chief Naveen Jaihind has said that he would present pakodas to Shah over the state government’s failure to generate jobs over the last three years.

The Congress has also opposed the rally. However, Khattar told media persons in Rohtak on Wednesday that everyone had the right to express themselves in a democracy and that opposing a political outfit’s public event was wrong.

The All-India Jat Andolan Sangharsh Samiti had earlier threatened to disrupt the rally too, but its outfit president Yashpal Malik called off the protest after a meeting with Khattar. The state government also agreed to revoke all criminal cases against members of the Jat community.

(with agency inputs)

Iran prez to make first visit to India for 3-days

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The External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting from Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both heavyweights will hold a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
Rouhani will also call on India President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
According to Iran news reports, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city's Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
Citing the Iran president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.
Business leaders of both sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities, according to Esmaeili.
This will be Rouhani's first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013.
It comes after Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar.
The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility.
The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations bypassing Pakistan.
India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.
(With agency inputs)